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Areas of Study | | EDUC207 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Children's Literature
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person, Hybrid

Introductory survey of children's literature. Includes teaching methods; criteria for selection, evaluation, and presentation of books and related materials; and community resources. Using technology to facilitate application of the learning process.

Place into ENGL121.

NOTES: Hybrid- 3 announced mandatory meetings during the semester, end of the semester group play will be performed for the DACC Child Development Center during facility hours convenient for children’s schedule that will be announced.

This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Read, discuss, watch and write about a broad range of literature for young children, Pre-K through grade 6 through graded discussion board threads.
  • Discuss methods of selecting and evaluating literature after watching online videos by monitored discussions and evaluated projects.
  • Select, read, respond to, and evaluate children’s books throughout the semester through written assignments.
  • Visit the library/bookstore and websites to find quality children’s literature to fulfill graded children’s literature file resource.
  • Demonstrate reading techniques learned from “teacher visits” through graded reading lesson.
  • Share the joy of literature with children using developmentally appropriate practices through graded group play presented at the Child Development Center.

  • Children's Literature defined.
  • Evaluating Children's Literature.
  • Book Awards including: Newberry, Caldecott, International, and Lifetime Contribution.
  • Children's responses to literature.
  • Children's books-history and current trends.
  • Exploration of children's literature including: first books, finger rhymes, and nursery rhymes, Mother Goose, alphabet books, counting books, wordless books, Picture Books, Traditional Literature, Modern Fantasy, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction- Biographies and Informational Books.
  • Diverse Perspectives.
  • Online Children’s Literature.
  • Children’s Literature in the Classroom- read aloud, shared and guided reading and writing.
  • Independent Reading and Writing and Literature Circles.

Johnson, Denise. The Joy of Children’s Literature (2012). 2nd edition. Houghton Mifflin

See bookstore website for current book(s) at

A point system, based on the following criteria, will be used to evaluate the student’s performance in this class.

Assignments 80 points
Theme Study 50 points
Project Poster/Bulletic Board 30 points
Write and Illustrate a Children's Book 100 points
Author Showcase Board 30 points
Book Reading 30 points
Group Play 50 points
Final Project Resource File 100 points
Exams (4) 100 points

Total 720 points

92-100% A
84-91% B
76-83% C
68-75% D
67% - F


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Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Fall 2018

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