TL 528 - Children's and Young Adult Literature in the Classroom
2021 Summer Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 7220
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Times and Location
Dr. Sonja Brandt
2021 Summer Office Hours:
Online by appointment
Office Phone: 701-777-3145
About the Professor
For information about your professor for this course, Dr. Sonja Brandt, view the Week 1 folder found under the Weekly Folders tab inside our Blackboard course. Students who are taking this course as part of their graduate-level Reading Education/ Literacy program as well as students taking this course as part of their graduate-level TESOL/ELL program will all complete a short introductory FlipGrid video to introduce themselves! All students will also create a Road Map Introduction via PowerPoint slides to share with the entire class. There will be opportunities for students from both programs to share and interact with one another throughout our course.
Updated course description (2021): This course explores the major area of literature for children and young adults in response to two questions: What is the range of literature available for children and young adults today? In what ways might children's and young adult literature be used in the classroom to promote culturally-relevant literature literacy growth?
Based on the questions from the Course Description, the goals for the course are as follows:
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Expand your knowledge of the wealth of literature available for diverse children in classrooms. (CAEP Standard #1, NBPTS #2, ILA Standards #1 and #4)
Explore and deepen your knowledge of genres and elements of literature for children to strengthen literature-based engagements in classrooms. (CAEP Standard #1, NBPTS #2, ILA Standard #1 and #5)
Increase knowledge of foundational aspects of literature (e.g., criticism) and use in purposeful ways as a tool to deepen and assess children’s engagements with literature. (CAEP Standard #1, NBPTS #2 and #3, ILA Standard #3)
Add to your repertoire of practices for connecting children with books and deepening response to literature in the classroom setting. (NBPTS #1, #2, #3 and #4)
This course is aligned with the conceptual framework defined by the Department of Teaching and Learning and with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which have been adopted for the graduate programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Note: Not every dimension of the conceptual framework of every NBPTS principle is covered in any single course.
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Link to CAEP Website
- Standard #1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
- Standard #2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice
- Standard #3: Candidate Quality and Selectivity
- Standard #4: Program Impact
- Standard #5: Provider Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards:
- Standard #1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
- Standard #2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
- Standard #3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
- Standard #4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
- Standard #5: Teachers are members of learning communities.
International Literacy Association: Standards for Reading Professionals
Link to ILA Website
- Standard #1: Foundational Knowledge
- Standard #2: Curriculum and Instruction
- Standard #3: Assessment and Evaluation
- Standard #4: Diversity
- Standard #5: Literate Environment
- Standard #6: Professional Learning and Leadership
North Dakota Reading Specialist Standards:
- 05007.4: The teacher candidate has studied and had experiences with teaching appreciation of literature in various literacy genres, personal-social growth through reading, and the use of fiction and content area reading to encourage lifelong learning.
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Leland, C., Lewison, M., & Harste, J. (2013). Teaching children’s literature: It’s critical. New York: Routledge. (ISBN: 9780415508681)
Knickerbocker, J.L., Brueggeman, M.A., & Rycik, J.A. (2012). Literature for young adults: Books and more for contemporary readers. Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers. (ISBN: 9781934432433)
Choose one of the following:
(Read in Week 2 of our summer course):
Lambert, M.D. (2015). Reading picture books with children: How to shake up storytime and get kids talking about what they see. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. (ISBN: 9781580896627)
Lado, A. (2012). Teaching beginner ELLs using picture books: Tellability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. (ISBN: 9781452235233)
Choose one of the following books you have not previously read:
These will be read across Weeks 1-3 for our summer course for your Book Review Major Assignment.
Note: These are grouped by general classrooms, EL reading classrooms, and EL writing classrooms:
General Reading Classrooms:
Kittle, P. (2013). Book love: Developing depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Miller, D. (2009). The book whisperer: Awakening the inner reader in every child. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
Miller, D., & Kelley, S. (2014). Reading in the wild: The book whisperer’s keys to cultivating lifelong reading habits. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
EL Reading (see EL writing choices in the following section):
Stewart, M. A. (2017). Keep it R.E.A.L.!: Relevant, engaging, and affirming literacy for adolescent English learners. Teachers College Press.
Herrera, S. G., Kavimandan, S., Perez, D. R., Wessels, S., & De, J. E. J. (2017). Accelerating literacy for diverse learners: Classroom strategies that integrate social/emotional engagement and academic achievement, K-8. Teachers College Press.
Roberts, T. A. (2017). Literacy success for emergent bilinguals: Getting it right in the preK-2 classroom. Teachers College Press.
Bell, J., Maksimovich, E., Loates, J., & Loates, J. (2013). New language, new literacy: Teaching literacy to English language learners. Ontario: PippinPub.
Dove, M. G., & Honigsfeld, A. M. (2013). Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5: English Language Arts Strategies. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
Honigsfeld, A. M., & Dove, M. G. (2013). Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12: English Language Arts Strategies. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
Grabe, W. (2012). Reading in a second language: Moving from theory to practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kissner, E. (2011). Summarizing, paraphrasing, and retelling: Skills for better reading, writing, and test taking. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Graff, G., Birkenstein, C., & Durst, R. K. (2017). "They say / I say": The moves that matter in academic writing, with readings. W. W. Norton & Company.
Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. B. (2016). Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills. Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press.
Gottlieb, M., & Ernst-Slavit, G. (2014). Academic language in diverse classrooms: Definitions and contexts. Corwin.
Gottlieb, M., & Ernst-Slavit, G. (2014). Academic language in diverse classrooms: English language arts, grades K-2: Promoting content and language learning. Corwin.
Reynolds, D. W. (2013). One on One with Second Language Writers: A Guide for Writing Tutors, Teachers, and Consultants. University of Michigan Press.
Andrade, M. S., & Evans, N. W. (2013). Principles and practices for response in second language writing: Developing self-regulated learners. New York, N.Y: Routledge.
Craig, J. L. (2013). Integrating writing strategies in EFL/ESL university contexts: A writing-across-the-curriculum approach. New York: Routledge.
Ortmeier-Hooper, C. (2013). The ELL writer: Moving beyond basics in the secondary classroom. Teachers College Press.
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This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.
The course content is organized into nine weeks. Each week contains a purpose, learning outcomes, and a variety of links to articles, video/audio, and other instructional resources selected to enhance the learning experience and support the various topics. Discussions, blogs, wikis, surveys, quizzes, tests and assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and application of those materials over the course of this class.
To get the most from your experience, it is recommended that you consider the following:
Review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard
Use the FAQ Discussion Board found under Resources to ask questions
Participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from your peers and the facilitators
What Should Students Do First?
Prior to the start of the first week you should have reviewed the syllabus, explored our Blackboard course, and created your FlipGrid introductory video. During Week 1 you may work on your Road Map Introduction via PowerPoint.
How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities
On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Weekly Folders” tab. Inside this tab you will find all the required readings, videos, and assignments/activities for the week. An overview of each week can be found in Blackboard under the Schedule tab. The "Major Assignments" tab contains an overview for the major assignments for this course.
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- The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions online as provided and as part of this course.
- The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
- The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.
- The student will always use professional language (no netspeak) in their postings and emails, being respectful of classmates at all times even if one disagrees with others' ideas. Our online posts are our main interactions and discussions as a community of teachers and learners. We are here to learn from and alongside one another!
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You are encouraged to post your questions about the course in the FAQs discussion board forum in the Blackboard site or raise them in class if held synchronously or on campus. The Blackboard discussion board is an open forum in which you and your classmates are encouraged to answer each other’s questions. But, if you need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week or weekend.
Discussion Forums, Blogs, & Wikis
These tools are an excellent way for you to engage with the course material and with your peers. Each week we will have at least one of these tools for you to participate in. You are expected to read all assigned discussion boards, blog posts, and/or wiki pages and provide thoughtful contributions.
When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.
The course is organized into nine modules. Each module contains 2-3 different assignments based on the readings and topic for that lesson. Assignments include Discussion Board posts, creating lesson plans, completing study guides, etc. Each discussion board post is worth 10 points and each assignment is worth 20 points.
Your Course Assignments are worth a total of 50% of your final grade.
You will write a two-part book review about one of the books that you choose from either the general reading classroom, EL reading classroom, or EL writing classroom lists of books provided in the syllabus.
This Book Review Major Assignment is worth a total of 20% of your final grade.
This is your final project in which you will draw upon all that you have learned during the course. You will create a classroom-based project that would be practice and usable in your classroom, curriculum, position, etc.
This Literacy Project Major Assignment is worth a total of 30% of your final grade.
Grade Scale (0%)
• A 100-90%
• B 89-80%
• C 79-70%
Schedule of Topics and Assignments
|5/17||Introductions (using FlipGrid.com & Roadmap Introductions PowerPoints)
Introduction to the course
The importance of story
|Read the first third of your general reading, EL reading, or EL writing text
FlipGrid & Road Map Introductions assignments
Week 1 Souvenir
|5/24||How picturebooks work
The art of the picturebook
|Read second third of your general reading, EL reading, or EL writing text
Week 2 Souvenir
Responding to literature
|Read the final third of your general reading, EL reading, or EL writing text
Week 3 Souvenir
Traditional Literature/Folklore Bibliography
Using literature to teach reading
Fluency through repeated readings
|Write your Book Review on your general reading, EL reading, or EL writing chosen text
Read your chosen picturebook text (general or EL)
Week 4 Souvenir
Final Literacy Project proposal
Poetry/Novel in Verse Bibliography
|6/14||Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Culturally Rich & multicultural literature
The Giving Tree
|Library Audit Assignment
Week 5 Souvenir
Realistic Fiction/Culturally Rich Bibliography
Websites for vocabulary teaching & practice
|Week 6 Souvenir
Nonfiction Graphic Novel Bibliography
Fiction Graphic Novel Bibliography
Fantasy/Science Fiction Bibliography
Inquiry into the world through focused studies
Meaning-based writing instruction
|Text Sets FlipGrid video
Other Texts FlipGrid video
Week 7 Souvenir
Work on your final Literacy Project assignment
Historical Fiction Bibliography
Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir (BAM)
What is "Good Writing"?
|Week 8 Souvenir
Literature in the classroom
|Final Literacy Project due by Friday at 11:59pm CST|
Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard. Assignments are to be turned in on the day they are due. Note that initial weekly discussion board or FlipGrid assignments are due on Friday with follow-up comments due by Sunday at 11:59pm CST unless otherwise noted.
All assignments must be submitted by the due dates posted in the course. The acceptance of late assignments is at the discretion of the instructor, provided that you contact the instructor before the due date with a legitimate reasons (such as an illness) and ask for an extension. Assignments turned in late without prior arrangements will be accepted for 1 week after the due date, but will receive a letter grade reduction in points and no written feedback. All requirements for this course must be completed during the course dates. Assignments due in the last week of the course will not be accepted late unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Final project assignments due after the last day of the course will not be accepted late unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.
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In this graduate level course, students are expected to
- Complete all readings in a reflective and critical manner
- Demonstrate graduate-level skills in thinking and communication
- Be considerate of others’ thoughts and opinions
- Assignments that are not well-written or well-thought out will be returned to the student for revision. Unless otherwise directed, format assignments using 12 pt. font and 1 inch margins and follow APA style. All assignments must be posted in Blackboard unless otherwise directed. E-mailed assignments will not be accepted without prior permission from the instructor.
- Central Standard Time is used for due dates and times.
Students are required to login regularly to the online class Blackboard site. Students are also required to participate in all class activities such as discussion boards, blogs, and wikis. Students must post their initial discussion board post in a timely manner (by the due date) so the other students in the course have sufficient time to respond.
Plan to spend sufficient time on the course. You are expected to put in the sameamount of time into online courses as you would if you were enrolled in a face-to-face course on-campus. For example, if a three credit course were meeting on-campus it would meet for three hours a week for sixteen weeks. In addition to this meeting time, you would be expected to spend, at minimum, an additional hour for each hour of class time on assignments and readings. Therefore, for a three credit online course you can expect to spend at least six hours a week on the course. However, because our three-credit course only spans across nine weeks, instead of sixteen weeks, you can anticipate spending at least ten – twelve hours each week working on our course, this would include readings, assignments, discussions, major assignments, etc.
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How to Seek Help When in Distress
We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, some students may struggle. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares program Webpage.
How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress
The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:
- Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
- Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
- Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
- Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
- Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
- Student is acting out of character or differently than usual.
- Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
- Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on normal conversation.
- Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
- Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.
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