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EDE 311 Child Lit for Early Childhoodand Elementary Teachers
Bennett, Betty


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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The School for Education at Park University, an institution committed to diversity and best practice, prepares educators to be effective school professionals, reflective change agents, and advocates for equity and excellence for all learners.



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The School for Education at Park University is to be known as a leader in the preparation of educators who will address the needs, challenges, and possibilities of the 21st century.

Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


Course

EDE 311 Child Lit for Early Childhoodand Elementary Teachers

Semester

UU 2008 HOZ

Faculty

Bennett, Betty

Title

Associate Professor/Director of Field Experiences

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Elementary Education
M.A. in Reading
Ed. Sp. in Reading

Office Location

Copley 316

Office Hours

Wednesday 9:00 a.m.  -2:00 p.m.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6823

E-Mail

bbennett

Semester Dates

June 2 - July 27-

Class Days

Thursdays

Class Time

1:00 p.m.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Cullinan, B., & Galda L. (2006) Literature and the Child (6th ed.). New York:  Harcourt Brace.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

 

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
A survey of traditional and modern literature best suited to children from early childhood through the elementary grades. An attempt is made to develop an appreciation for prose and poetry suitable for children of different ages. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
 

The instructor's philosophy is one of interactiveness based on literature readings, lectures, dialogues, presentations, projects, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in developing a love for quality children's books, a feeling for the wonderful possibilities of children's books, the ability to select and use children's books critically, and the desire to share good children’s literature.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Use available resources to access a wide variety of good literature for children.
  2. Critically discuss and evaluate literature for children by using theories, terminology and standards currently used by professionals who know the field of children's literature.
  3. Develop instructional activities for engaging children with literature, and for using literature across school subject areas.
  4. Select children's literature that is appropriate in terms of children's developmental levels as well as their prior knowledge.
  5. Describe the possibilities for celebrating a diverse culture through children's literature; In addition, incorporate books representing many types of people within instruction.
  6. Effectively and confidently, present children's books to children and colleagues.
  7. Collaborate with colleagues to share books, resources and ideas within the professional community.


Core Assessment:

Resource file of 100 annotations of children’s books.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
   

  1. Class Participation

“Participation” means

  • Reading assignments before their due dates so you are able to fully participate in and contribute to class discussions.
  • Bringing in children's books for sharing with the class. On lecture days, bringing in examples of books that fit the genre of that week. 
  1. Two Book Sharing Presentations
    • Read Aloud: Select a book that you love and practice reading it aloud several times to yourself using the elements discussed in class and in the text. This will ensure an expressive, attention maintaining presentation. Your grade will be based on the instructor’s scoring guide and included as part of your final grade. Classmates will also give input to the reader. Your written reflection of your reading experience should be two or more pages in length. This self-evaluation should include: what you think went well, what did not, what you would do differently next time, your response to the class critiques, and general reflections about what you learned from doing this.  Carefully consider how you felt before, during, and after your presentation. Present your reflections in a clear professional manner.  A typed paper is recommended. Submit your reflection paper to the instructor the class period after you have read your book aloud to the class.
    • Lesson Plan using a Book: Students are to read a book using it as the building block for a lesson plan. A formal lesson plan will need to be followed. The format will be provided by the teacher. These book sharing presentations should have a formal lesson plan with three distinct parts

                                                            1.      Some motivational activity or device to gain attention, build motivation, and tap into prior knowledge. It is important to include some open-ended discussion. This is called an anticipatory set

                                                            2.      Reading all or parts of the book in a well practiced, interesting manner.

                                                            3.      An activity that relates to the book. Again, incorporate open-ended discussion. There are a wide range of possibilities, but the activity should do one or more of the following:

1.      Integrate with teaching topics and learning outcomes

2.      Allow students to express themselves creatively

3.      Help students understand the diversity in our society.

4.      Build literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical viewing, visually representing)

For lesson presentations, please submit the following:

                A two page lesson plan outlining the activities you did before, during, and after reading (or sampling) the book. At the top, include a full bibliography for the book (title, author, illustrator, copyright date, publishing company). Follow the format given to you for a formal lesson plan. Include examples of anything you would give to the children if you were doing this with a classroom of children. If a creative project is involved, include a sample or samples. Included in the lesson plan you need to make suggestions of what will be done to accommodate or adapt your lesson to meet two different individual's needs.   Please make a copy of your lesson plan for each member of the class as well as the instructor (you do not have to make activity samples for everyone, just the instructor). If this is not financially feasible, please let the instructor know and she will have it done for you. These should be submitted the day of your lesson presentation. 

                A self-evaluation that includes: what you think went well, what did not, what you would do differently next time, how you decided on the book, activity, how you went about planning, other ideas you may have come up with before, during, or after, and general reflections about what you learned from doing this. This should be two or more pages. You submit this to the instructor the next class period following your presentation.

·        Accommodations and/or Adaptations for Special Needs Students in the Regular Classroom

There will be discussions that will focus on the needs of diverse learners. Lesson plans must have 2 identified areas that the presenter (you) will consider. Each identified area needs 3 possible interventions or considerations. Points are assigned to this and can be found in the grading plan section of the syllabus.

  1. CORE ASSESSMENT     Children's Literature Resource File 
                              (You will receive a CARS (rubric) to use while developing your file)
    The resource file consists of brief but focused annotations for 100 children's books that you have read this semester.  Each annotation should include the following:

    ·        Full bibliography for each book
    ·        The genre(s) it may be categorized under.
    ·        The age level(s) it should be used with.
            Any awards it has received
    ·        A one-sentence synopsis of the book.
    ·        Describe what you think are the 3 main strengths
            of the book.
    ·        Describe, if any, a potential problem or challenge of the book.
    ·        Minimum of 3 uses for the book.

    You may keep your file on note cards and store them in a file or on paper and keep them in a notebook (the mostly frequently used method).  You may use technology.  You will most likely use at least parts of this file as portfolio artifacts for the departmental portfolio you are working on, so you may use the computer to create the annotations.  It is important that each annotation is done carefully and neatly.  There must be a table of contents and an explanation of how the annotations are organized.

    Since many people use their children's resource file in their classrooms, the file should be easy to use and organized.  You will notice on the schedule there are dates for “progress checks” on the resource files.  This is to help you avoid procrastination and give you feedback as to your progress.

    Book Genres and Distribution of Annotations
    Distribute your book cards and your reading, of course, as follows:

    ·        Traditional Literature/Folklore       15
    ·        Poetry                                           15                                        
    ·        Modern Fantasy/Science Fiction    15
    ·        Realistic Fiction                              15
    ·        Historical Fiction                            15
    ·        Nonfiction/Biography                      15
    ·        Your own choice                             10 (note genre)    

    You do not need to organize the genres in particular order, however, it should be a system that you find easy to use and maintain.  Some students choose to go genre by genre, as we discuss them in class.  Others do not.  You may count a book only once in your annotations towards 100 entries, even if it fits more than one category.  You will need a table of contents with an explanation of your organization system.  Follow the core assessment rubric for your annotations.

    At least one-fourth of your books (excluding picture books and poetry) should be chapter books for older children.  Make time to read one or two chapter books each week in order to fulfill this requirement.  If your true interest is in grades 4-6, you probably need to read a larger proportion of such books.  You want to be able to use this resource in your classroom one day.  Think about what would benefit you most.  If you decide to read a majority of longer books and are having a problem reading the number needed, see the instructor for ideas of ways to preview a book without reading every word.  

    Look for examples of good children's literature.  Avoid what is called “grocery store books”.  These are the kinds of books that you buy at a supermarket or discount store for a couple of dollars.  Examples might be Little Golden Book, Walt Disney book, R. L. Stine, etc.  Be careful with series books.  Some are fine, but others offer limited story lines (e.g. Babysitters' Club, Goose Bumps, Bernstain Bears).  If in doubt, consult a librarian, a classroom teacher, or instructor.  However, even in libraries, you will sometimes see this kind of substandard or “commercial” (designed to sell entertainment or merchandise) book for children.  The Cullinan text has an excellent bibliography of quality literature.  The instructor will also provide you with others sources for bibliographies of quality.  It is imperative that you select quality literature and not books to simply fill you file.  You will not use inferior books in your classroom but will want literature to inspire, delight, provoke thought, etc. in your students.  Do not settle for less in your resource file.

4.   Resource Notebook

This is an organizational activity arranging teaching materials and lesson plans by the instructor and fellow students. This is to be submitted the last week of class. Its organization will be individual preference, but easily understood and deemed functional by the instructor.

5.   Project-based Take-home Midterm and Final

These exams will actually be open-ended activities that will allow you to integrate ideas from your reading to higher levels of learning. Early in the course, you will receive a set of options. You will then select one of these options to complete over the specified time. Options will vary, but each will emphasize higher level outcomes: application to the classroom, analysis, synthesis/creative thinking, and evaluation/critical thinking. They will be keyed to various MOSTEP standards so you can use them as “artifacts” in your departmental portfolio.  

Grading:
 

                Daily Attendance                                                2 points each session

                Chapter Assignments/Participation                  3 points each session

                Interim Resource File Check                            20 points each

                Final Resource File Check                                 80 points

                Book Reading                                                      25 points

                Book Reading self-reflection paper                   15 points

                Book Reading & Lesson Plan Presentation       25 points

                Lesson Presentation self-reflection                     15 points

                Lesson Plan                                                            25 points

                Accommodation/Adaptation for Special Needs 10 points

                Teaching Resource Notebook                              15 points

                Midterm/Final Project                                         50 points each

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Timely completion is built into some assignment criteria. Late work of daily assignments will be accepted up to one week late, but the grade will be reduced. Late submission of reading files will not be accepted and will be recorded as a “zero”. Late submission of presentations, take-home midterm exam, group presentation, resource notebook, and take-home final exam will result in grade reductions of 25%. Absolutely no late work will be accepted after the assigned time of the final. Any missing assignments after the finals date will be recorded as a “zero”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

           As future teachers, the students in the environment should practice dispositions that are listed in the Philosophy and Frameworks of the Education Department. Each class participant should be a positive, polite contributor to the classroom.   

                As computers and technology have made writing and revising easier and more productive, they have also created unique problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines. Be sure to save your work for backup purposes. 

*Please do not use cell phones or text messaging during class.    

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Date

Topics/Assignments

June 5

Course intro, Genres in children's literature, your resource file

Course syllabus

Review children's libraries to work with this semester

-Compile a list of books you enjoyed as a child

Assign Chapters 1, 2, and appendix 3—write reviews of each chapter

 Make a graphic organizer of the genres

Begin RESOURCE FILE

June 12

Lesson plan instruction

Reading books aloud

Commercialism

Assignment:

-Assign Chapters 3, 4, and Appendix 1 –write reviews of each chapter

-Assign Chapters 13 and 14

-Select your book reading date

-RESOURCE FILE CHECK

 June 19

Assignment:

-Assign Chapters 5, 6, and Glossary of Literary Terms (p. 422)- write reviews of each chapter

-RESOURCE FILE CHECK

Midterm (due July 10) and Final Exam (due July 24) distributed

June 26

Assignment:

-Asssign Chapters 7 and 8 –write reviews of each chapter

-RESOURCE FILE

.BOOK READING BEGINS (Be sure to turn in reflection paper the class after you give your book reading).

 July 3

 No Class

July 10

Accommodations/Adaptations

Bloom's taxonomy,

 Lesson plan review

BOOK READING CONTINUES

Assignment:

-RESOURCE FILE Check

-Assign Chapters 9 and 10-write reviews of each chapter   

July 17

 Lesson Plan, Accommodations/Adaptations

BOOK READING CONTINUES

Select date for Lesson Plan Presentations (March 24- April 21)

Assignment:

-RESOURCE FILE  Check

-Assign Chapters 11 and 12 -write reviews of each chapter 

July 24

 Share Final Projects

FINAL EXAM DUE

RESOURCE NOTEBOOK DUE

NOTICE: Absolutely no late work will be accepted after today’s class.

-RESOURCE FILE

May 9

Share Final Projects

FINAL EXAM DUE

RESOURCE NOTEBOOK DUE

NOTICE: Absolutely no late work will be accepted after today’s class.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
When appraising children's literature more than three strengths and well stated concerns  demonstrate insight of each book evaluation. When appraising children's literature three strengths and valid concerns will be sited for each book evaluation. When appraising children's literature less than three strengths, no concerns, or strengths/concerns are repetitious within the book evaluations. When appraising children's literature, strengths and concerns for evaluating children's books are lacking. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
When evaluating children's literature the student sites more than 5 uses for each selection and the uses vary in type. When evaluating children's literature the student has a minimum of  5 uses and develops variety in the uses for each selection. When evaluating children's literature the student has less than 5 uses and lacks variety in the uses for each selection. When evaluating children's literature the student does not note uses for each selection. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The student demonstrates an understanding of a child's development intellectually and emotionally documenting specific information relating each literature selection to grade/age level  i.e. lesson ideas for different levels The student demonstrates an understanding of a child's development intellectually and emotionally identifying a reasonable and justified grade/age level for each selection. The student demonstrates a limited understanding of a child's development intellectually and emotionally identifying a grade/age level for each selection but each is not reasonable or justified. The student does not demonstrate an understanding of a child's development intellectually and emotionally lacking grade/age level for each selection. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The student demonstrates an ability to formulate an organizational system for the resource file that shows considerable efforts including resources i.e. internet, author information, etc. The student demonstrates an ability to formulate an organizational system for the resource file that is classroom ready, easily accessible and flexible. The student does not have  a resource file that is classroom ready and its organization is poor and/or not accessible demonstrating a lack of understanding when formulating an organizational system. The student does not have a resource file that has any organization (i.e. selections are placed with no order in mind) demonstrating an inability to formulate an organizational system. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 5, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The student inventories each resource selection with a unique presentation and a complete and consistent bibliography format.  The student's literature selections are from both current and classical literature focusing on a child's development intellectually and emotionally using a wide variety of topics and genres. The student inventories each resource selection with a complete and consistent bibliography format.  The student's literature selections are examples of quality literature with an understanding of genre and a wide variety of topics (30). The student inventories each selection with a mostly complete bibliography.  The student's literature selections are limited, genres are confused 20% or less of the time and the variety of topics is less that 30. The student inventories selections with missing key information in the bibliography.  The student's literature selections are weak/poor, genre selection is nonexistent and variety in topics is lacking. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The student has examined, acquired and inventoried 110 or more selections (books) for the resource file having a wide variety of authors.  The selections are formatted(i.e. APA, MLA, etc)  with cross references ( i.e. genres, age/grade, themes) and excellent conventions (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc.) The student has examined, acquired and inventoried 110-100 selections (books) for the resource file having a wide variety of authors (85).  The selections are formatted consistently (i.e. APA, MLA, etc) organized (i. e. genre, age/ grade, themes) and care has been taken in conventions (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc.) The student has examined, acquired and inventoried 99-90 selections (books).  The selections are inconsistent in format but organized in a manner that includes information (i.e. genre, grade/age, themes) and care has been considered but may be inconsistent in conventions (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc.) The student has examined, acquired and inventoried fewer than 90 selections (books).  The selections are inconsistent in format and or organized lacking/missing information 
Disciplinary Competency:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
MoSTEP Indicator 1.2.7 The pre-service teacher models effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
___ models exceptional verbal/nonverbal communication skills (no errors) 1.2.7.1

___ documents an sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, and physical ability differences classroom communication and in responses to students' communications in each lesson/card. 1.2.7.2

____ documented multifaceted support and expansion of learner expression in speaking, writing, listening, and other media. 1.2.7.3

____  always uses more than three media communication tools 1.2.7.4



 
___ models effective verbal/nonverbal communication skills. (errors are few and do not disrupt communication) 1.2.7.1

___ documents sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, or physical ability differences classroom communication or in responses to students' communications. 1.2.7.2

____  evidence of support and expansion of learner expression in speaking, writing, listening, and other media. 1.2.7.3

___ uses three media communication tools 1.2.7.4

 
____  inconsistent in modeling effective verbal/nonverbal communication skills (errors disrupt communication) 1.2.7.1

____  Inferred sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, or physical ability differences classroom communication and in responses to students' communications. 1.2.7.2

____ unsubstanuated support and expansion of learner expression in speaking, writing, listening, and other media. 1.2.7.3

____  uses at least two media communication tools 1.2.7.4 
____  does not model effective verbal/nonverbal communication skills (errors are frequent and many) 1.2.7.1

____ does not demonstrate sensitivity to cultural, gender, intellectual, and physical ability differences classroom communication and in responses to students' communications.(biased information, i.e. favors girls) 1.2.7.2

____  does not support and expand learner expression in speaking, writing, listening, and other media 1.2.7.3

____ uses only one media communication tools  1.2.7.4



 
Disciplinary Competency:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
MoSTEP Indicator: The pre-service teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually assesses the effects of choices and actions on others.  This reflective practitioner actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally and utilizes the assessment and professional growth to generate more learning for more students.                                                                                                                                                                                 
____ applies and includes a multifaceted  self-assessment and problem-solving strategies for reflecting on practice, their influences on students' growth and learning, and the complex interactions between them. 1.2.9.1  

____  uses a variety of documented resources available for professional development 1.2.9.2

____ practices and reflects upon professional ethical standards 1.2.9.3

 
____ applies a self-assessment and problem-solving strategy for reflecting on practice, their influences on students' growth and learning, and the complex interactions between them. 1.2.9.1  

____ uses a documented resource for professional development 1.2.9.2  

____ practices  professional ethical standards 1.2.9.3  

 
____  a self-assessment or problem-solving strategy for reflecting on practice is included, but their influences on students' growth and learning, and the complex interactions between them is not included.   1.2.9.1  

____ evidence of but no documentation of resources available for professional development inconsistently or on a limited basis 1.2.9.2

____  fails to practice one of the  professional ethical standards 1.2.9.3



 
____  does not apply a variety of self-assessment and problem-solving strategies for reflecting on practice, their influences on students' growth and learning, and the complex interactions between them. 1.2.9.1  

____  does not use resources available for professional development 1.2.9.2

____ Fails to practice two of the professional ethical standards  1.2.9.3



 

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