Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Desire to Learn! - D2L)

LIB 592: Contemporary Children's & Young Adult Literature (3 cr)
Spring 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Barbara Ruben, Ed.D., Portland State University

This course involves an analysis and study of contemporary children's and young adult literature as well as a study of trends and styles in modern literature. It includes picture books, fiction, and nonfiction featuring contemporary authors and illustrators who are dominating the 21st century literary landscape.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to K-12 students.
Fully online delivery using D2L. Course readings and assignments; Discussion Board, Threaded Discussion; providing responses on selected topics and exercises to share with one another.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 Standards for Reading Professionals:
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
2.3 Candidates use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
4.1 Candidates recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.
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.
4.3 Candidates develop and implement strategies to advocate for equity.
Students will:
  1. Explore different genres and authors of contemporary award winning children's literature.
  2. Create a resource list of contemporary literature (both fiction and nonfiction) across a developmental range, for a content topic or theme of their choosing.
  3. Examine the potential power literature can have in the moral, ethical, and cultural development of young people in 21st Century.
  4. Be prepared to justify the use of potentially controversial children's literature with the public.
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 as a stand-alone course.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Barbara Ruben, Assistant Professor, PSU Graduate School of Education. 20 years teaching K-12. Has both Oregon teaching license and educational administrator's license. Specialist in literacy, brain-based learning, science, and ecology. (BA, UC Santa Cruz; MS and Ed.D., Portland State University.)
K-12 teachers interested in expanding their knowledge of contemporary children's and young adult literature.
Students should expect to spend 9 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 according to posted deadlines.
TEXTBOOK Course readings are available electronically through the PSU Millar Library course reserve files. Students will find children's literature primarily at their school's and public libraries.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Elizabeth Snyder or Dr. Barbara Ruben.

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