Children's Literature and Literacy University of Vermont

EDEL 177 – Summer 2014 (3 credits) Professor: Location: Email: Dates: Haley Woodside-Jiron, Ph. D. Online Haley.Woodside-Jiron@uvm.edu 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

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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 you 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 Literacy Autobiography Author / Illustrator Study Individualized Children’s Literature and Literacy Project Participation Weight 30% 30% 20% 20% Due 6/21 6/28 7/9 Ongoing

Attendance Policy and Classroom Environment Expectations
Students participating in this online course will:
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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)

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EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)

Module #2: June 23 – June 29 Module 2 Topic: Throughout Module 2 we will explore the various genres of children’s literature and consider literature for the intermediate years. We will also talk about the challenges that reluctant readers face in literacy development. Module 2 Reading Travers, B. E. & Travers J. F. (2008), Children’s Literature: A Developmental Perspective. Wiley Publishers. Due 6/24 Travers & Travers Chapter 3 Due 6/26 Travers & Travers Chapter 10 ** Scieszka, Jon. Funny Business Module 2 Discussions Due 6/24: Initial response to Travers & Travers Chapter 3 (Discussion Board: What’s your genre?) Due 6/24 – 6/26: Response to 1-2 colleagues Due 6/26: Initial response to Travers & Travers Chapter 10 (Discussion Board: Reluctant readers – what to do??) Due 6/26 – 6/29: and second half of Module 2 Assignments: Due 6/28 - Author / Illustrator Study (30% of your grade)

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EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)

Module #3: June 30 - July 6 Module 3 Topic: Throughout Module 3 we will move into thinking about how children select, analyze, and respond to literature. We will also focus on children’s literature for older children in the middle school years.

Module 3 Reading: Travers, B. E. & Travers J. F. (2008), Children’s Literature: A Developmental Perspective. Wiley Publishers. Due 7/1: Travers & Travers Chapter 4 and pages 109-119 Due 7/4: Travers & Travers Chapter 11 ** Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars

Module 3 Discussions: All of your discussion comments will be housed in one threaded discussion this week called Reading as active thinking Due 7/1: Initial response to Travers & Travers Chapter 4, pages 109-119 (Discussion Board: Reading as active thinking) Due 7/1 – 7/4: Response to 1-2 colleagues Due 7/4: Initial response to Travers & Travers Chapter 11 (Discussion Board: same) Due 7/4 – 7/6: Response to 1-2 colleagues

Module 3 Assignments: There is no written assignment this week. Use this time to work on your Individualized Children’s Literature and Literacy Project due next week.

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EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)

Module #4: July 7 - 11 Module 4 Topic: Throughout Module 4, our final module, we will wrap things up by exploring diversity and multiculturalism in children’s literature. We will also analyze nonfiction children’s literature – a very important part of curriculum.

Module 4 Reading: Travers, B. E. & Travers J. F. (2008), Children’s Literature: A Developmental Perspective. Wiley Publishers. Due 7/8: Travers & Travers Chapter 6 Due 7/10: Travers & Travers Chapter 13 ** Na, An. A Step from Heaven

Module 4 Discussions: Due 7/8: Initial response to Travers & Travers Chapter 6 (Discussion Board: Multiculturalism in children’s literature) Due 7/8 – 7/10: Response to 1-2 colleagues Due 7/10: Initial response to Travers & Travers Chapter 13 Due 7/11: Time to say goodbye to your classmates (Discussion Board: Bittersweet)

Module 4 Assignments: Due 7/9: Individualized Children’s Literature and Literacy Project (20% of your grade)

** The remaining 20% of your grade is based on your participation in the online discussions throughout the course. ** Continued…

EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)

Student Rights and University Policy
You are your own best advocate. I believe that it is important for you, as a student here at the University of Vermont, to know about and have access to the following information. Please review carefully. Student Learning Accommodations: In keeping with University policy, any student with a documented disability interested in utilizing accommodations should contact ACCESS, the office of Disability Services on campus. ACCESS works with students to create reasonable and appropriate accommodations via an accommodation letter to their professors as early as possible each semester. Contact ACCESS: A170 Living/Learning Center; 802-656-7753; access@uvm.edu; www.uvm.edu/access UVM’s policy on disability certification and student support: www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/disability.pdf Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. If you need to miss class to observe a religious holiday, please submit the dates of your absence to me in writing by the end of the second full week of classes. You will be permitted to make up work within a mutually agreed-upon time. Academic Integrity: We take academic integrity very seriously here at the University of Vermont. Please make sure that you understand and are familiar with the following policies related to academic integrity. This policy addresses plagiarism, fabrication, collusion, and cheating. www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf Grade Appeals: If you would like to contest a grade, please follow the procedures outlined in this policy: www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/gradeappeals.pdf Grading: For information on grading and GPA calculation, go to www.uvm.edu/academics/catalogue and click on Policies for an A-Z listing. Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/studentcode.pdf FERPA Rights Disclosure: The purpose of this policy is to communicate the rights of students regarding access to, and privacy of their student educational records as provided

EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)

for in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/ferpa.pdf Final exam policy: The University final exam policy outlines expectations during final exams and explains timing and process of examination period. www.uvm.edu/academics/catalogue201011/?Page=allpolicies.php&SM=policymenu.html&policy=Examinations ** There is no final exam for EDEL 177 in the Summer 2011 online session. **

EDEL 177 Children’s Literature and Literacy – Dr. Haley Woodside-Jiron (Summer 2014)

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