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Evaluation, selection, and teaching of literature in the elementary school language arts program with a focus on historically significant books, authors and illustrators writing for today's young readers. Discuss exciting new ways to integrate children's literature with curriculum activities.
The course will include: criteria for evaluation and aids for selection of materials; determination of the reading interests, needs, and abilities of children; and reading, listening and viewing guidance in the classroom, in school and public libraries, as well as, a discussion of recent developments in contemporary literature for children through wide reading of the literature - including listening and viewing media.
This course focuses on the following key areas in the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards
If you are a classroom teacher, media specialist or reading specialist and haven't taken a recent children's literature update, this class is a must!
This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing reading teacher certification, WI 316. This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university or library media specialist or reading certification program.
Norton, Donna E. Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature, Eighth Edition (2011) Pearson-Merrill Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0137028757
Available new or used from http://www.textbooks.com or amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.
In addition to the textbook, participants will be asked to read widely in the area of children's literature. Specific titles will not be required, but readings on each topic or genre will be required to successfully participate in the class discussion.
Additional recommended articles will be available via the course website.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Course objectives are aligned with the following teaching standards:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 1, 4, 7
Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.
The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
"This course has been a wonderful introduction to my graduate school experience. I have enjoyed the format and the clarity of the course, as well as the communication and information."
~ Leah Le Clair, 2nd Grade Teacher
"Teaching Children's Literature in the Classroom is an energizing and wonderfully guided journey through both contemporary and classic children's literature. Sharron McElmeel's expertise in the field abounds, and the activities are certainly applicable to classroom practice. Dialogue with colleagues is engaging and relevant to current teaching topics surrounding children and what they are reading. Don't miss this class!"
~ Sadie Sveum, Elementary Teacher
"I have always loved teaching all areas of language and have been interested in getting a reading specialist or add-on certificate for quite some time. The opportunity to earn this credit online is just what I have been waiting for."
~ Heather Knight, First Grade Teacher
"Not only do I have a wish list for new books but also I have discovered books in my collection. I have a more critical eye about multicultural books and activities along with a better grasp on whether a book is historical fiction or a misrepresentation of a historical event. I found this class encouraged me to use that enjoyment of literature and share it with others."
~ Naomi Gelfand, Media Specialist
School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751