Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (BlackBoard)

READ 595: Multicultural Literature: PK-12 (1 cr)
Fall 2004, 2005
Spring 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Dr. Allen Evans - Eastern Oregon University

COURSE
DESCRIPTION
This one-credit course offers a workshop approach to enhancing teachers' ability to locate, evaluate, and incorporate quality multicultural literature into their grade-level curriculum. Learners will read and explore selected fiction, poetry, and non-fiction works by noted contemporary authors in the realm of multicultural literature. Learners will familiarize themselves with new authors and titles, explore activities which introduce students to multicultural literature, and develop resource lists for their own classrooms and school libraries.
PREREQUISITES Graduate standing. Learners are assumed to be K-12 teachers or those who are seeking K-12 endorsements at the graduate level. Recommended for all grade-level and content-area teachers (especially teachers of language arts, social studies, ESL and foreign languages, and the sciences) who are interested in adding quality multicultural literature to students' current reading lists in the content area.
COURSE
STRUCTURE
This is an online Blackboard course. Learners will complete textbook readings with posted reflections; post to whole class discussion forums; provide feedback to other learners; and complete assignments.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
2.3 Candidates use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
4.2 Candidates use a literacy curriculum and engage in instructional practices that positively impact students' knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity.
PRACTICAL
APPLICATIONS
  • Identify and evaluate quality multicultural literature for learner's grade and content areas
  • Introduce children in learner's classes to selected multicultural titles and discuss reactions with teaching peers.
  • Create an annotated bibliography of quality multicultural literature for use in a given content area or series of themed lessons.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 1 elective credit in the Literature thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Allen Evans, Associate Professor, College of Education, Eastern Oregon University. Dr. Evans taught for 15 years in an elementary school classroom, and now has 14 years experience working in higher education. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Education, and the chair of the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award Committee. Dr. Evans' research interests include children's literature and authors, teachers' spiritual formation, and the spirituality of children's literature. (Ed.D., Washington State University)
TARGET
AUDIENCE
K-12 teachers and those seeking the Reading Specialist endorsement.
TIME
COMMITMENT
Students should expect to spend 3 hours per week for 10 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.
TEXTBOOKS Textbook(s) are required for this course. You will find the textbook listed in the syllabus that is posted online at the EOU website or you may contact the instructor. For most classes, the EOU Bookstore will be a source for the textbook.
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 Dr. Allen Evans, Eastern Oregon University.

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