PREREQUISITES: EDUC 101, Introduction to Teaching or SPED 102, Introduction to Inclusive Teaching
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course examines literacy development and children’s literature for learners from Kindergarten through adolescence. Multiple genres of literature (i.e. picture books, folk tales, poetry, short stories, historical and contemporary fiction, fantasy, biographies, and novels) will be examined. The benefits of using children’s literature in the classroom will be discussed – enjoyment, aesthetic appreciation, enhanced comprehension, imagination and cognition, language development, multicultural integration and the development of the love of reading. The role of art, illustrations, and media adaptations of children’s literature will be examined. Books awarded the Newbery Award and Caldecott Medal will be examined. This course may be offered in Face to Face, Blended, or Learn Anywhere Formats. Up to 20 hours of service learning/field work experience in an educational environment may be required as part of this course. This course has been approved to be offered for dual credit. Students pursuing this course for dual credit are required to meet the minimum prerequisites for the course and pass the course with a C or better for dual credit to be awarded.