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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 270
Course Title: Literature for Children and Adolescents
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The study of literature for children and adolescents as a literary genre. Students analyze and evaluate selected works of literature including folktales, picture books, poetry and novels. Prerequisites: ENGL 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisites: ENGL 112.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Children’s Books in Children’s Hands: An Introduction to Their Literature
By Temple, Martinez, and Yokota (Pearson)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrates knowledge of the academic language of the appropriate discipline applicable to the certification area(s) sought as defined by the Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri.
  2. Demonstrates content knowledge and ability to use multiple subject specific methodologies for specific instructional purposes to engage students.
  3. Understands how to engage students in the methods of inquiry and research in the elementary disciplines.
  4. Can create and implement interdisciplinary lessons that are aligned with standards.
  5. Demonstrates understanding of diverse cultural perspectives by creating and implementing lessons to introduce those perspectives, recognizing the potential for bias.
  6. Demonstrates knowledge of current instructional resources to support complex thinking and technological skills.
  7. Knows how classroom management, motivation, and engagement relate to one another and has knowledge of strategies and techniques for using this to promote student interest and learning.
  8. Demonstrates competence in managing time, space, transitions, and activities to create an effective learning environment.
  9. Recognizes and identifies the influence of classroom, school and community culture on student relationships and the impact on the classroom environment and learning.
  10. Understands the importance of and develops the ability to use effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.
  11. Develops sensitivity to differences in culture, gender, intellectual and physical ability in classroom communication and in responses to student communications.
  12. Develops the ability to facilitate learner expression in speaking, writing, listening, and other media ensuring it adheres to district policy.
  13. Develops skills in using a variety of technology media communication tools.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Overview of Children’s Literature
  • Censorship
  • Major Writers and Awards
  • Literary Elements in Children’s Literature
  • Picture Books
  • Visual Literacy
  • Multicultural Literature
  • International Literature
  • Traditional Literature
  • Poetry
  • Modern Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Contemporary Realistic Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Nonfiction

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Terrence Mason Date: October 9, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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