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EDLS 301, Children's Literature k-8, version 1

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours 

Instructor Information:

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Dr. Diane Lowry, Clinical Assistant Professor

She holds a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Alabama Birmingham and an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders. She has twenty-five years of teaching experience in the field of special education.

Her collegiate experience includes teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as well as serving as the special education coordinator. She has taught students with mild/moderate disabilities and supervised special education teachers in suburban and urban public schools for sixteen years. Her research focuses on formative assessment and effective teaching practices for students with mild/moderate disabilities. She has written several articles, presented at national and state conferences, and served on grant-writing teams for national and local grants.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education, Dr. Lowry received her doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi. She holds a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Alabama Birmingham and an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders. She has twenty-five years of teaching experience in the field of special education.

 

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Course Description

The 11 chapter Independent Study course focuses on the study of the various genres of literature for children with emphasis upon criteria for selecting and interpreting quality material for children who are at different developmental levels and upon recognizing the dimensions of response to literature. Each lesson contains a brief summary of the lesson, and PowerPoint, along with a lesson quiz. There are also 6 various Literary Activities (before Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 5, Lesson 6, Lesson 8, and Lesson 11) to be completed with the lessons.

Textbook Information:

TEXTBOOK

Required Textbook:

Ziefer, B. Z. & Tylson, C. A.

Charlotte Huck's Children's Literature A Brief Guide, 2nd Edition

McGraw-Hill 2014

Print ISBN-13: 978-0078024429 ISBN-10: 0078024420 ISBN-13: 978-0078024429

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com or ABEbooks.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to Flex (asynchronous) students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint but not completed by the midpoint deadline will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons and complete course exams (other than the final) is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. To establish the importance of the role of literature in developing language and literacy of all children.
  2. To learn to select literature for children in accordance with their developmental levels and changing interests.
  3. To develop criteria for evaluating the various kinds or genres of children's literature.
  4. To become aware of theories of response to literature.
  5. To acquaint students with outstanding authors and illustrators of children's literature.
  6. To aid students in dealing with current issues in book selection and teaching.
  7. To introduce students to a variety of aids and techniques for broadening and deepening children's response to literature in elementary and middle schools.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 11 instructional lessons.

LESSON
Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing guide to complete the course in a semester
Syllabus

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
0
First Literary Activity. This literacy activity is due before progressing to Chapter One. Literary Activity: Article Critique Week 1
1

Chapter 1: Knowing Children's Literature

Quiz
Week 2
2

Chapter 2: Understanding Childrenís Responses to Literature

Quiz, Literary Activity
Week 3
3

Chapter 3: Picturebooks

Quiz
Week 4
4

Chapter 4: Traditional Literature

Quiz
Week 5
5
Chapter 5: Modern Fantasy
Quiz, Literary Activity
Week 6
6

Chapter 6: Poetry

Quiz, Literary Activity
Week 7
MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.

If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your orientation information.

Midterm Exam

Covers Chapters 1-6

Test:
To be scheduled
Week 8
7

Chapter 7: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Quiz
Week 9
8

Chapter 8: Historical Fiction

Quiz, Literary Activity
Week 10
9

Chapter 9: Nonfiction

Quiz
Week 11
10

Chapter 10: Biography

Quiz
Week 12
11

Chapter 11: Planning the Literature Program

Quiz, Literary Activity
Week 13
Final Exam
Covers Chapters 7-11
To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit
Week 14

Grading:

Guided Math and Math Workshop

A 93-100
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D 60-69
F Below 60

The grading format is as follows:

Lesson Assignments (quizzes and literary activities) 34%
Midterm Exam 33%
Final Exam 33%

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded!

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