In this course you will experience a tiny fraction of the world of children's literature. You will learn how to use it in the classroom to engage students in interactions with quality literature that are developmentally appropriate, capture students' interest, and inspire learning across the curriculum. You will learn how to select literature that accomplishes these goals.
In class you will think like a student as you participate in the same type of hands-on activities you will be assigning your own students. You will read over 100 books and prepare note cards for them that will aid you in lesson planning for your own classroom. You will be asked to think like a teacher as you analyze and discuss literature-based lesson plans and create materials such as you would use for your own students.
Following is the format required for the book cards you turn in. Be sure to use 4" x 6" lined index cards. For purposes of this class we will the following genre: Picturebooks (further identify them as PB-Wordless or PB-Predictable when appropriate), Traditional Literature (-folktale, -fable, -tall tale, -Bible story), Fantasy (-fairy tales, -high fantasy), Poetry, Fiction (-Contemporary Realistic, -Mystery, -Science Fiction), Biography (-autobiography). **Note: Genre listings on Wikipedia do NOT always fit the genre listed above. You will need to record the proper genre once you have read each book and check the above list.**
You will not use a book for more than one assignment. For instance, if you read and make a card for Tuesday by David Wiesner for your Caldecott winner assignment, you won't use it for your wordless book assignment.
is a difference between the award "winners" (first place) and the
"honor" (second place) awards. For the Newbery reading
assignments you should read only the winners. Click on the link below the Newbery Medal to see a list of the winners.
|Click medal for Newbery winners list.|
Caldecott winners list