Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education


READ 590: Children's Literature: preK-5 (3 cr)

Fall 2003, 2006, 2007
Winter 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2014
Summer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Winter 2014 (01/06/14 - 03/21/14)

Dr. Jo-Anne Lau-Smith & P. Brann – Southern Oregon University

This course was originally developed by and honors the memory of Joan Marioni

This course is designed for learners to interact with a wide variety of children's literature that includes a representation of ethnic and cultural diversity. In so doing, learners will share books and book related experiences with children. Learners will focus on current and traditional works as well as authors and illustrators of books for children at the early childhood and elementary level. In addition, learners will explore instructional strategies for using literature to teach reading and content subjects in the classroom.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to early childhood or elementary-level students.
Textbook, library, and online readings with posted weekly reflections; posting to whole class discussion forums; providing feedback to other learners; four practical, applied assignments plus an integrative capstone project.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2003 Standards for Reading Professionals:
2.3 Use a wide range of curriculum materials in effective reading instruction for learners at different stages of reading and writing development and from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
4.1 Use students' interests, reading abilities, and backgrounds as foundations for the reading and writing program.
4.2 Use a large supply of books, technology-based information, and non-print materials representing multiple levels, broad interests, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
4.3 Model reading and writing enthusiastically as valued lifelong activities.
This course incorporates assignments that require practical application of ideas learned. Learners will increase their understanding of all genres and examine criteria to evaluate literature and develop ideas to promote the use of it in the classroom and for recreation. An emphasis will be placed on searching for books that can play significant roles in the lives of children.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 3 elective credits in the Literature thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
INSTRUCTOR(S) Dr. Jo-Anne Lau-Smith, Associate Professor of Education, Southern Oregon University. Eight years of public school teaching experience; 7 years teaching in University of Hawaii system. (BA, M. Ed., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Early childhood and elementary teachers and those seeking a Reading Specialist endorsement.
Students should expect to spend approximately 11 hours per week for 8 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports/papers and classroom-based assignments). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK A textbook is required for this course. You will be sent the textbook title and suggested purchase locations when you register for the course.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT(S) For more details on this course, please contact Amy Belcastro or Angela Huftill at Southern Oregon University.

For further questions about ReadOregon programs, email Bonnie Morihara or call 503-838-8413.

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