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

3 credit hours


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Instructor name:

Dr. Nancy E. Douglas, Assistant Professor

Instructor Information:

Dr. Douglas holds an Ed.D. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading, a M.Ed. in Special Education, and a double undergraduate degree in Secondary Mathematics and Special Education, all from The University of Mississippi.

She has taught and was a special education administrator in public schools before coming to teach at The University of Mississippi in 2006. Her research focuses on teacher beliefs, efficacy, and dispositions concerning inclusion of students with disabilities in a general education classroom.


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The University of Mississippi, Department of Outreach and Continuing Education
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826


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.


Required Textbook:

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

Charlotte Huck's Children's Literature A Brief Guide

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,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

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


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.


This course consists of 11 instructional lessons.

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

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

Chapter 1: Knowing Children's Literature


Chapter 2: Understanding ChildrenĂ­s Responses to Literature

Quiz, Literary Activity

Chapter 3: Picturebooks


Chapter 4: Traditional Literature

Chapter 5: Modern Fantasy
Quiz, Literary Activity

Chapter 6: Poetry

Quiz, Literary Activity
Midterm Exam

Covers Chapters 1-6

To be scheduled

Chapter 7: Contemporary Realistic Fiction


Chapter 8: Historical Fiction

Quiz, Literary Activity

Chapter 9: Nonfiction


Chapter 10: Biography


Chapter 11: Planning the Literature Program

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



90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


The grading format is as follows:

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



A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). iStudy has a testing facility (DETL, the Distance Education Testing Center at UM) to proctor tests for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take tests from any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Testing centers and public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit a test application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online test application via the iStudy website.



In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

NOTE: after you've submitted the quiz, you can view the results by first accessing the quiz as you did before and then clicking the "OK" button in the bottom right corner when prompted.

Online Attendance Verification: The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement by taking the syllabus quiz. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment. If you have already submitted any other assignment, you do not need to take the quiz.

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The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at


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Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

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