COURSE TITLE: Teaching With Children's Literature
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Prof J. Bernice Stieva
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: In this course, students are introduced to a representative selection of contemporary authors for children and adolescents and to literary genres with a view to using this literature in K-9 language arts programs and across the K-9 curriculum.

This course is open only to second year students in the B.Ed. (AD) programs.

Prerequisites: ENGL 214
REQUIRED TEXTS:  In addition to the following texts, you will need to find, select and read additional children’s picture books and novels, as well as examples of poetry for children. Please consider exploring the wonderful collection in King's library, your own collections and the selections available at the public library. If you have any concerns about the reading selections listed below, please consult with the course instructor. Substitutions may be permitted.
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate Di Camillo
  • The Arrival, Shaun Tan                            
  • A Blind Date with a book - provided by course instructor, various authors           
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle
  • Holes, Louis Sachar
  • Love That Dog, Sharon Creech
  • The Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis
  • Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
  • A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park
  • Non Fiction selection of your choice, various authors
Reflective Response Journal30%
Author Pecha Kucha Presentation15%
Genre Activity15%
Summative project30%
  • read a wide variety of both traditional and contemporary children’s literature including fiction and non-fiction
  • explore innovative and engaging ways to incorporate children’s literature into multiple subject areas, at multiple grade/age levels, and to appeal to diverse learning needs and strengths
  • explore innovative and engaging ways to teach content through children’s literature
  • become familiar with children’s literature as a genre and its wide range of sub-genres. These include but are not limited to, folktale retellings, picture books, animal fantasy, fantasy, realism, non-fiction, contemporary, young adult and historical fiction.
  • learn about the basic elements of literature with a view to developing critical skills in assessing the quality of children’s literature 
  • learn to read illustration and format as integral to the text in children’s literature
  • confront a number of critical issues related to the use of children’s literature in the classroom 
  • design and present a summative literacy project, which highlights children’s literature, is connected to Alberta Elementary Program of Studies, and is focused upon the needs of a specific target population
  • explore how children’s literature provides a reflection of societal and individual values, issues, and ideologies, as well providing insight into ourselves 
  • actively participate in reflective writing, in large and small book discussions, and in a collaborative community of inquiry
  • Why read?
    • Identifying the Questions
    • Genres &  Literary Elements
  • Considering the Reader
    • Evaluating&Experiencing Literature
  • Considering what is read
    • Milestones in Children’s Literature
    • Visual Literacy
    • Illustrations & Illustrators &  Picture Books
  • To the Page From the Page to the Stage
    • Drama & Storytelling Authors 
  • Suspending Disbelief
    • Traditional Literature
    • Fables, Folktales & Fairytales
    • Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Mirrors & Windows
    • Contemporary /Youth Fiction
    • Multicultural Literature
    • Historical Fiction
  • Just the Facts
    • Non- Fiction
  • The Beauty of Language
    • Poetry
  • Battle of the Books Wrapping things up
  • Summative presentations

Maintained By Glenn J Keeler, Registrar