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EDU 619 Summer 2012 Syllabus

EDU 619 Summer 2012 Syllabus

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This syllabus is for EDU 619: Children's Literature: A Critical Literacy Perspective, which is a 3-credit hour graduate course taught during summer 2012 by American University Prof. Alex Hodges.
This syllabus is for EDU 619: Children's Literature: A Critical Literacy Perspective, which is a 3-credit hour graduate course taught during summer 2012 by American University Prof. Alex Hodges.

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EDU 619:
Children’s Literature: A Critical Literacy Perspective
 Summer 2012
 –
American University
 –
School of Education, Teaching & HealthInstructor:
Alex R. Hodges, Associate Librarian/Professor
Online Office Hours:
Online via Gchat/Google+
 –
Phone:
cell/text 202.210.8850
E-mail/Gchat:
Class meets asynchronously online:
July 2, 2012 through August 16, 2012Each weekly module runs on a Monday to Sunday timeline. New work will be assigned on
Mondays. Each week’s goals are to be met by the following Sunday.
 
Catalog Course Description for EDU 619:
Exploration and analysis of children's literature from a critical literacy perspective, including anexplanation of social issues such as marginalization, racism, and censorship, as reflected indifferent genre.
Textbooks:
See course outline for reading assignments by date.REQUIRED: Vasquez, V. (2010).
Getting Beyond “I
 
Like the Book”: Creating Space
for Critical Literacy in K-6 Classrooms (2
nd 
ed.)
. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
ON RESERVE at the University Library, Lower Level. Call number LB 1576 .V37 2010
ISBN: 0872075052
 
RECOMMENDED: Jacobs, J. S. & Tunnell, M. O. (2008).
Children’s Literature, Briefly 
. 4
th
ed.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
ON RESERVE at the University Library, Lower Level. Call number PN 1008.8 .J33 2008
ISBN: 780131734906
Required Children’s and Young Adult Literature:
 
Elijah of Buxton,
Christopher Paul Curtis
ON RESERVE at the University Library, Lower Level. Call number PZ 7.C94137 El 2007
ISBN: 0439023440
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
, Jon Scieszka
ON RESERVE at the University Library, Lower Level. Call number PZ 8.S324 St 1992
ISBN: 67084487X
Weetzie Bat 
, Francesca Lia Block
ON RESERVE at the University Library, Lower Level. Call number PZ 7.B6194 We 1999
ISBN: 0060205342
 
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Course Goals and Purposes for EDU 619:
Our work together as an online learning community requires reflection, observation and
communication. Together we will examine both children’s and young adult literature. Some of 
the texts we will examine will be considered classics. Other works may be so current that theywill include allusions to modern social conventions or currently contested terrains. Students willapply what they learn in this class to their eventual teaching practice and to the developmentof their critical thinking skills. Careful evaluation of the literature along with an engaged,conversant dynamic will aid the discussion of curriculum-based discoveries. In order to achievethese means, the course will use critical theory and a critical literacy framework to uncovermeaning, explore linguistic constructions and critique artistic imagery. As a community, theclass will . . .
1. Experience an introductory overview of the field of children’s and young adult literature.
 2. Engage critical thinking skills to evaluate, discuss, research and reflect upon reactions to theliterature in order to . . .View literacy as a social practice,Explore the possibilities of multiple literacies,Discover situated meanings within individual works, andExamine the motivations of authors, illustrators and publishers.3. Use the lens of critical literacy to . . .Discuss and learn about social issues such as diversity, difference, privilege,disadvantage, power and control as applied in books written for juveniles,Construct alternate versions of existing texts, and
Inform the future teaching of children’s literature while also reflecting upon teaching
practice and critical theory.4. Develop, discover and share research methods and strategies.5. Respect the diversity of communicated thoughts, experiences and belief systems.6. Reframe traditional literacy learning within the multimodal online learning environment.
 
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Learning Objectives for EDU 619:
1. Students will critically read the literature in order to unpack the social and political meaningsthat show the non-neutrality of juvenile literature. Students will have both assigned readingsand self-chosen readings. Some of the self-chosen readings will come from the International
Children’s Digital Library:
 http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ 2. Students will blog in order to use multimodal writing as a means to reflect upon,communicate and share their critical discoveries with the class.
3. Students will devise an alternate ending to a children’s fairy tale in order to critique the
subjective cultural mores inherent in moral stories. This exercise will require activating inquiryskills through library-based online research as well as activating creative problem-solving skillsin the redesign of a prominent, fossilized narrative.
4. Students will create a critical literacy analysis of a topical or genre area within children’s or
young adult literature in order to provide an in-depth linguistic and illustrative analysis, whichshows how teaching this subject can effect social action or illuminate a social problem thatneeds attention and change.5. Students will create a website and web-based Jing screencast to display the steps of theanalysis (from learning objective #4) in order to disseminate their reflection, newlycreated/researched knowledge and multimodal communication skills. This screencast willprovide other students in the class with new knowledge about the social and political messagesto consider with their own future students.

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