To develop an appreciation and in-depth understanding of children's literature, participants will engage in readings, discussions, written analyses, and workshops that address literary and informational texts for children from birth to age 12. Topics include an examination of picture and chapter books, multicultural literature, and literature in a variety of genres. Topics also include non-fiction texts across a range of subjects, and censorship issues, including book challenges and book banning. In addition, participants will plan and teach a children's literature lesson to a small group. This class fulfills the teacher certification prerequisite and endorsement requirements.
To remain safe during the pandemic, this summer's offering of Children's Literature will convene remotely, using the Zoom meeting environment for synchronous class meetings and Canvas and other online tools for asynchronous learning opportunities. Teaching remotely during spring quarter helped me understand how these tools can provide satisfying opportunities for building rich and collaborative learning communities.
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