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Online Professional Development
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Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Sharron McElmeel
RDGED 704 960 June 6 - August 12, 2016
This course focuses on young adult literature and the trends over time, as well as a myriad of ideas for incorporating the use of literature into the goals/objectives of the classroom or library program.
Description: Designing strategies to build an appreciation of literature, motivating life-long readers, and using literature to encourage critical thinking across the curriculum. Topics include the nature of teenage readers, genres of young adult literature, and its use in classroom curriculum.
Designed for middle and high school English teachers, school library media specialists, talented and gifted consultants, special educators, classroom teachers, reading teachers, and directors of instruction.
This course focuses on the following key areas in the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards
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 for school library media specialist or reading certification program.
e-textbooks will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
In addition to the required textbooks, participants will be asked to read widely in the area of young adult literature. Specific titles will not be required, but readings on each topic or genre will be required to successfully participate in the class discussion.
Course objectives are aligned with the following 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.
"...a fabulous class! Hands down the best class I have taken, including those in my library master's program! Sharron is a rock star instructor and was able to draw out some great discussions among class members and help us think about the importance of helping young people become readers!"
~Sue Knopp, Library Technology Educator, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs
"This class truly rejuvenated me! I have many new ideas, new authors, and even a new (to me!) genre to use in the classroom.
Out of the 18 credits I have taken in the last four years this has (by far) been the most well-organized, most fun, and most valuable to me as an educator. "
~ Juliet Corbett, Middle School Language Arts (5-8), Art, and Physical Science Teacher, Park Falls, Wisconsin
"Your textbooks, endless resources, real connection with young people, and course requirements are and will be extremely useful to me, the students, and my colleagues! ... I also appreciated being able to have real conversations about race, class, book banning, censorship, diversity, etc... Your class epitomizes that literacy can bring us together."
~ Wendy Smith, Academic Literacy Coach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"YA Literature allows you to build a solid classroom library that includes a variety of genres and styles to meet the interest of every type of reader. "
~ Carolyn Mertz, Menomonie Middle School, Menomonie, Wisconsin
"The most valuable things I gained through the course were new book titles, new ideas and new perspectives – this has probably been the most useful class I've ever taken! I also enjoyed the online format."
- Wendy K. Baldwin, M.A. English degree student, Nashville, Tennessee
"This has been a terrific course. And great fun! Interesting material, I was able to read and look at lots of books and was exposed again to U.S. educators and practice in the states."
~ Linda Rogde, Middle School Librarian, Seoul, South Korea
" I found this course and my classmates' comments very thought-provoking, interesting, enlightening, and a lot of fun!"
~ Katherine Ruppel, Librarian, Holy Family University, Newtown, Pennsylvania
"What I will take most from this course is the idea that there is an endless amount of literature out there for students. It doesn't matter the age, gender, or interest. It's a matter of finding the books, peaking their interests, and encouraging them to try all different genres."
~ Rhonda Thesing, Title I Reading and Math, Minnesota
"My students will benefit (even more than me) from all of this "exploration" as I will be booktalking all of these books within the next month."
~ Evelyn Campbell, Middle School - Language Arts and World Geography Teacher, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751