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EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)
Children's Literature and Literacy
University of Vermont
EDEL 177 – Summer 2014 (3 credits) Professor: Haley Woodside-Jiron, Ph. D. Location: Online Email: Haley.Woodside-Jiron@uvm.edu Dates: June 16 July 11, 2014
Course Summary and Goals
The focus of this course is the development of a rich and functional knowledge base related to literature for children from a developmental perspective. You will read widely from books representing a variety of genres, authors, artistic representations, and perspectives. You will apply your knowledge of children's literature as you learn about research-based instructional  practices for teaching reading and writing across the subject areas. Throughout the course, you will practice evaluating, selecting, and matching texts to learning objectives and learners’ interests and abilities so to increase both motivation and skill in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Course Learning Objectives:
Participants in this course will:
Read broadly from classic and contemporary literature and non-fiction for children including multicultural literature representing those with less well represented  perspectives
Use knowledge of children's literature to describe and evaluate the literary qualities as well as the instructional potential of a broad range of books and genres
Teach and model questioning strategies to increase students’ use of multiple comprehension and comprehension monitoring strategies
Identify, plan, and carry out effective literacy strategies that promote life-long learning and reading for children and young adults through integration of reading, writing, listening, speaking and visual representation
EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)
Required Texts / Materials
** Please note that all of the required readings for this course are available for  purchase digitally and can be read on any number of e-readers.
Required Textbook: Travers, B. E. & Travers J. F. (2008),
Children’s Literature: A Developmental  Perspective
. Wiley Publishers. Required Children’s Literature (select ONE): An, Na. (2001). A Step from Heaven. Front St. DiCamillo, Kate. (2000). Because of Winn Dixie. Candlewick. Lowry, Lois (1989 / republished digitally more recently). Number the Stars. Houghton. Scieszka, Jon. (2010). Guys Read: Funny Business. Walden Pond / HarperCollins. ** You will also be required to read additional children’s books that
 choose independently. You can either purchase these books or simply access your local libraries and bookstores. Again, many of these books are also available for  purchase in digital format and can be read using e-readers.
Grading Criteria
Assignment Weight Due
Literacy Autobiography 30% 6/21 Author / Illustrator Study 30% 6/28 Individualized Children’s Literature and Literacy Project 20% 7/9 Participation 20% Ongoing
Attendance Policy and Classroom Environment Expectations
Students participating in this online course will:
Spend approximately 10-12 hours a week on this course.
Read the assigned readings (articles or websites) for each module.
Post to the discussion board as assigned throughout the course.
Participate actively and consistently in all discussions.
Check in and participate in the discussion boards at least 3-4 times a week.
EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)
Course Schedule
EDEL 177: Children’s Literature and Literacy UVM Summer 2014; Professor: Haley Woodside-Jiron, Ph.D. Module #1: June 16 - 22 Module 1 Topic: Welcome to the wondrous world of children’s literature! Throughout Module 1 we will orient ourselves to the world of children’s literature and consider the developmental needs of children as they interact with texts. Module 1 Reading: Travers, B. E. & Travers J. F. (2008),
Children’s Literature: A Developmental  Perspective
. Wiley Publishers. ** Dicamillo, K.
 Because of Winn Dixie
. Due 6/17: Travers & Travers Chapter 1 Due 6/19: Travers & Travers Chapter 9 Module 1 Discussions: Due 6/16: Introduce yourself in the Welcome and Introductions section Due 06/17: Initial response to Travers & Travers Chapter 1 (Discussion Board:
Children’s literature from a developmental perspective
) Due 6/17 – 6/19: Response to 1-2 colleagues’ posts Due 6/19: Initial response to Travers & Travers Chapter 9 (Discussion Board:
 Engaging  young children with quality literature
) Due 6/19 – 6/22: Response to 1-2 colleagues’ posts Module 1 Assignments: Due 6/21 Literacy autobiography (30% of your grade) Continued ….

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