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Course Syllabus Course Information ED/LIT 3315.

501 Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-5:45 Children’s Literature 2010 Spring

Professor Contact Information Dr. Patricia Leek (TDC) 972-883-2730 and ask to leave message or call cell phone (UTD Email only!) Office hours – (CBW 1.203) M/W/T/R 4 PM to 5 PM, by appt.

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites and/or Other Restrictions Students are expected to show above average skills in the following areas: Critical reading, writing, and thinking skills Basic to mid-level computer skills (Internet, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.) Time-management skills Effective study skills Effective communication skills Ability to reason and make sound judgments

Course Description This course is a broad introduction to children’s literature, focusing on the genres and concepts of publications for children from picture books to informational books. Learning experiences are designed to encourage the greatest possible dialogue (both written and oral) and exchange of views and ideas related to children’s literature. Students will develop critical abilities in examining publications for children and will be required to do wide reading in the genres. The primary emphasis will be on the materials themselves, but you will also be expected to become familiar with the extensive variety of resources available for children’s literature.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes The students will describe and discuss the historical, social, and psychological contexts as well as the characteristics of various genres of children’s literature in reflections, portfolio selections, classroom discourse, and presentations, both written and oral. The students will appreciate the role of children’s literature in the aesthetic, efferent, and analytical growth of children as shown in reflections, presentation of genre choices, and discussions, a summative portfolio, as well as earning passing scores on embedded tests.

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The students will analyze, study, and respond to children’s literature genres and illustrative techniques by successfully creating a graphic representation and a summative portfolio. Students will also show their knowledge and skills by developing individual projects, responding to a cross-genre novel study, and achieving passing scores on embedded tests.

Required Textbooks and Materials Armstrong, Alan and Schindler, S.D. (Illus.). (2005). Whittington. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers. (ISBN 0375828656) Bang, Molly. (2000) Picture this: How pictures work. Seastar Publishers. (ISBN 1-5871-7030-2) Dumas, Firoozeh. (2003). Funny in Farsi. New York: Random House. (Will be provided in class…Free PDF file on WebCT) – You also may download the book to your CL flash drive before or after class. McCauley, David. (1990). Black and White. New York: Houghton Mifflin. Either the paperback or the hardback version is fine. (paperback – ISBN-10: 0618636870 ISBN-13: 978-0618636877 hardback - ISBN-10: 0395521513 ISBN-13: 978-0395521519) Minimum 2 GB flash drive ONLY for Children’s Literature downloads and assignments. Put your name on it and do not lose it! Microsoft Office Suite (including Microsoft Word & PowerPoint) - available on campus for a low price because of a campus-wide purchase agreement. Take advantage of this opportunity! Your work must be in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint for my assignments. Russell, David L. (2009). Literature for children: A short introduction, 6/e. New York: Pearson Education. Articles by Alexander and Yolen will be provided in class. Multicultural Children’s Literature Explorations packet provided. Fantasy Children’s Literature Explorations packet provided. Wide reading across the genres is important. Some readings are listed in the calendar, and some are available online. You will need to read many children’s books; most will be of your own choice and are available at libraries or bookstores. You do not need to purchase a Newbery, Caldecott, or Orbis Pictus winner, but you will need to have one of each available for assignments and tests. Lists available at the sites below: List of Newbery winners and honors ewberymedal.cfm List of Caldecott winners and honors caldecottmedal.cfm

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Orbis Pictus winner and honors and recommended Multicultural children’s literature project will also require reading books available at libraries or for purchase online or at bookstores Wide reading across the genres is important. Some readings are listed in the calendar, and some are available online. You will need to read many children’s books; most will be of your own choice and are available at libraries or bookstores. Assignments & Academic Calendar…Always read assigned readings and chapters before class. If class is canceled due to weather or any other unexpected reason, the schedule will be adjusted and an updated calendar will be provided. Week/date Topics Assignments

Week 1, 1-12-10

Syllabus, What is CL? 1-14-10 Can children be literary critics? Can adults be literary critics of children’s literature?

Read and understand course requirements and policies Start looking for books and other readings – Start you bibliography (60 book minimum) for your portfolio immediately – plan to read and work on this course everyday! Read Chapter 3

Russell Ch. 3 Week 2, 1-19-10 Martin Luther King Day Alexander Article 1-21-10 Russell Ch. 1 Week 3, 1-26-10 Cinderella & Red Riding Hood 1-28-10 Russell Ch. 2 January 25 - Read traditional and/or modern versions of Cinderella ( and Red Riding Hood ( 10 pts - Bring versions and/or images of Cinderella and Red Riding Hood – type a minimum 200 word reflection on one or both of these tales to turn in (hard copy) at the beginning of class on January 26 Read Chapter 2. Read Chapter 1 No class Read Alexander article – type a minimum 200 word reflection to turn in (hard copy) at the beginning of class on 1-21 – 10 points

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Week 4, 2-2-10

Molly Bang, Picture This: How Pictures Work

Read book before class. Sign up for a tale to represent.

2-4-10 Russell Ch. 6 Week 5, 2-9-10 2-11-10 Week 6, 2-16-10 Russell Ch. 7 Tell Me favorite Caldecott

Ch. 6 library/bookstore experiences and chapter content guided study – 10 points Read Ch. 7 Choose a favorite Caldecott winner and type a minimum 200 word Tell Me reflection. Bring an artifact that you associate with the book. – 10 points

Molly Bang Image presentations Create and present your Molly Bang image and handout. Save image to CL flash drive as lastnameMB. (For example, leekMB.jpeg or leekMB.pptx) – 2-18-10 20 points Essay test (1) 2-25-10 Multiple choice test (2) Details TBA

Week 7, 2-23-10

Week 8, 3-2-10

Multicultural Children’s Literature Explorations, Russell Chapter 5 – complete assignments and save to CL flash drive as lastnameMCLE.doc or .docx. For example, if your name is Joe Jones, save the file as 3-4-10 jonesMCLE.doc or jonesMCLE.docx. – 20 points Russell Chapter 8 Read Ch. 8 Choose a favorite poet or poetry book and type a minimum 200 word Tell Me reflection. Bring an artifact that you associate with the poet/poetry book. – 10 points Chapter 9 directions will be given in class

Week 9, 3-9-10

3-11-10 Russell Chapter 9 Guided study Spring Break SPRING BREAK 3-15-10 and 3-17-10 Week 10, 3-23-10 Chapter 11 3-25-10 Newbery Tell Me

Read Chapter 11 before class. Choose a favorite Newbery medal winner or honor book and type a minimum 200 word Tell Me reflection. Bring an artifact that you associate with the Newbery book. – 10 points
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Week 11, 3-30-10 4-1-10 Week 12, 4-6-10

Read Russell Chapter 10. Read Whittington. Complete Fantasy Exploration and save to flash drive as lastnameFCLE.doc (or .docx). – 20 points. Bring flash drive and submit to class computer on April 5

Russell Chapter 12 Award Winners 4-8-10 Orbis Pictus/Robert Seibert Tell Me

Read Chapter 12 before class. Appendix

Week 13, 4-13-10

Choose a favorite Orbis Pictus medal winner, honor, or recommended book or a Robert Seibert medal winner or honor book and type a minimum 200 word Tell Me reflection. Bring an artifact that you associate with the Orbis Pictus book. – 10 points Individual Projects – 1/2 of class each of the 2 scheduled days. Sign up for your day. See project choices in the Assignment handout

4-15-10 Individual Projects Week 14, 4-20-10 Portfolio Presentations -1/2 of class each of the 2 scheduled days. Sign up for your day. See portfolio instructions in the Assignment handout Save portfolio as lastnameportfolio.ppt or .pptx (e.g., jonesportfolio.ppt or jonesportfolio.pptx) 4-22-10 Portfolio Presentations -1/2 of class each of the 2 scheduled days. Sign up for your day. See portfolio instructions in the Assignment handout Save portfolio as lastnameportfolio.ppt or .pptx (e.g., jonesportfolio.ppt or jonesportfolio.pptx) Individual Project/Portfolio presentations Test review 4-29-10 Multiple choice test (3) Reading days 5-4-10 and 5-5-10 Take Home test (4) Submit to elearning by 11:59PM on Thursday May 6

Week 15, 4-27-10

Tests: (200 points) 1. 2. 3. 4. Essay – 50 points Multiple Choice - 50 points Essay –50 points Multiple Choice –50 points
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Applications: (200 points) • Molly Bang image - (create image, handout, and orally present it to the class) – Create a Molly Bang representation of your assigned traditional tale. You must sign up for a tale in class and identify the scene when you show it to the class. You will burn your image to your Children’s Literature flash drive and bring to class. Title your file as (lastname)MB (e.g., LeekMB.jpeg or SmithMB.pptx). Combine in some fashion, colors (including background), lines, and distinctive shapes in order to create your image using Bang's principles. (The key elements are color, line, shape, and placement.) Part of your grade will be the quality of your presentation. You should dress appropriately and help your classmates understand Molly Bang principles with your explanation of your image. You must provide each classmate with a handout that will help him or her learn from your creation. Don't be realistic: follow the abstract style of Bang's depiction of "Little Red Riding Hood" (e.g., She uses on a red triangle to characterize and represent Red Riding Hood). - 20 points Tell Me reflections and artifacts (Caldecott, Poetry, Newbery, Orbis Pictus) - 10 points each (about 200 words each) – total 40 points Alexander reflection (minimum 200 words) – 10 points Cinderella and/or Red Riding Hood Reflection and illustration – 10 points Chapter 6 Guided Study Fantasy Explorations (Chapter 10, Whittington, and Yolen article) – 25 points Multicultural Children’s Literature Explorations (Chapter 5, Funny in Farsi, traditional tale research, multicultural book(s) – 25 points PowerPoint Portfolio – Pick the best of the work that you have done throughout the semester and showcase it in a PowerPoint Presentation. See Assignment handout for further instructions – 30 points Individual Project – see assignment handout for choices and further instructions – 30 points

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Grading Scale for Children’s Literature 60% 240-255 D64% 256-271 D 68% 272-279 D+ 70% 280-295 C74% 296-311 C 78% 312-319 C+ 80% 320-335 B84% 336-351 B 88% 352-359 B+ 90% 360-375 A94%+ 376-400 A

Course & Instructor Policies Attendance is essential. You are expected to attend every class, arriving on time and staying until dismissed, because this displays commitment to the class and respect for your professor and classmates. Doctor’s notes and the like are not “excuses” for absences; however, the instructor appreciates being informed about your reason for absence(s). Attendance will be tracked and absences (for any reason) as well as tardiness or leaving early will impact your final grade. • Arriving more than a few minutes late or leaving more than a few minutes before dismissal is considered missing half of a class. Absences are unacceptable; however, TWO absences will not result in any point deduction. A THIRD absence will result in a deduction of 10 points. A FOURTH absence will result in a deduction of 40 points

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of the possible 400 points). Although each individual situation will be considered, in general, missing five classes will result in failing the course. Policies • I will not accept emailed assignments for any reason! Assignments that are not turned in the prescribed format or are late for any reason must be turned in as prescribed and will lose 25% of the earned value. (*See below for exceptions related to illness or other serious situations.) Read the assigned material and complete homework assignments BEFORE class. Take part in discussions, in-class assignments, and group work. Be prepared to ask questions about material you do not understand. You are responsible for determining and making up any work that you miss due to an absence. You should arrange to have a "class buddy" collect handouts, communicate information, and inform you about the material covered. Exchange email addresses and/or phone numbers. The instructor will not “pre-grade” assignments. Pre-grading gives some students an unfair advantage and should not be necessary for upper-level or post-graduate students. The writing lab in the library can provide assistance. Also, peer review can be very helpful. Quality, neat work is expected. Work will be graded based upon the instructor’s evaluation of the quality of the work as well as completion of the work. Average work will result in average grades. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the days listed in the calendar, unless stated otherwise. Assignments are to be completed and turned in on time; late assignments will not be accepted. *If an assignment is not turned in on time due to serious illness or another grave reason, contact the instructor, if possible, before class to arrange for an extension. Depending on individual circumstances, the assignment will either be accepted for credit, a 25% deduction will be taken, or all points will be lost. Exams will be taken only on the dates listed in the syllabus; make-up tests will not be given except for extreme situations. The testing environment will be honored for the good of all. Once an exam begins, the instructor will not converse with anyone for any reason. Professionalism, attendance, positive participation, and timely fulfillment of the requirements are expected. A student’s grade could be raised or lowered based on the instructor’s subjective evaluation of overall performance in the aforementioned areas.

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Extra Credit. No extra credit is planned. Technology. • • No emailed assignments will be accepted!!!! You need a minimum 2 GB flash drive dedicated for Children’s Literature. Label it and don’t lose it! You will turn in some of your assignments by downloading your files from your flash drive to my computer. You will also download some assignments and shared resources to it. Laptops may not be used during class.

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The course will use UTD elearning and UTD email only. Be sure to have your accounts in order and your computer working properly. You always have the option to come to campus and use the computers here. Only emails that are signed with your name, class, and section number will be answered. Put the course and section number in the subject line of your email to ensure that it gets through and will be opened. Please address the recipient respectfully and use correct grammar and spelling. Email correspondence should be appropriate and should not contain requests for handouts, notes, grades, etc. to be sent or faxed to you, and should NEVER be a request to treat your coursework and grade differently than what is outlined in the syllabus. Additionally, you should not request special favors or expect special consideration be given to you that is not afforded to other students in the class. Emails containing such content will not be answered. Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word are required. I cannot open Microsoft Works. Also, If you have a Mac, make sure that you save your work in a Word compatible format. If I can’t open your document, it will be considered late and will lose points. Technology problems are NOT acceptable excuses for late work! Complete your work enough ahead of time to make sure that your computer, printer, elearning, etc. are in working order such that you can turn in your work on time. Save your work often and seek advice and resources from the campus technology help desks in JO and the library, if necessary. (972-883-2991) Please turn your cell phone off during class. Other than in emergency situations, emailing, texting, twittering, IMing, surfing, and all the other “electronic”ing are not acceptable in class!.

Field Trip Policies/ Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities. - N/A Field Trip Policies/ Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities. - N/A

Student Conduct & Discipline The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year. The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/8836391).

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A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct. Academic Integrity The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective. Email Use The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts. Withdrawal from Class The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled. Student Grievance Procedures

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Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations. Incomplete Grade Policy As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F. Disability Services The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is: The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY) Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or

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university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours. Religious Holy Days The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated. The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment. If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee. These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

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