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Literature for Children and Young Adults

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EDN 250

       Course Name: Literature for Children and Young Adults

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces variety of literature available to children and young adults (ages 8-18).  Content includes exploring issues relevant to children’s and teen’s reading. Focus is on child development, cultural diversity, reading ability and preferences, and censorship. Wide range of literature read. Service project in  local school.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

•    think critically about literature created for children and young adults
•    express opinions about the literature
•    display an understanding of issues related to children’s and young adult’s literature (multiculturalism, censorship, reading abilities, etc.)
•    articulate strategies to encourage reading among children and young adults

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to children’s and young adult’s literature
B.    Child development and literature
C.    Theories of reading and literacy
D.    Evaluating children’s and young adult’s literature
E.    Discussions of children’s literature (8-10)
F.    Discussions of “tween” literature (11-13)
G.    Discussions of young adult’s literature (14-18)
H.    Censorship
I.    Student Presentations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will include lecture when necessary to clarify initial content; however, more generally this course will consist of student small groups, student discussions, and student presentations.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students are expected to have completed the assigned readings and/or other assignments BEFORE coming to class.  In addition, students are expected to participate in the group work and writing assignments assigned as part of the class session.  All work is due on time.

This course relies on the student’s ability to read and understand college-level text material.  Students will be required to write for this class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.

This course also relies on the student’s ability to use technology, such as e-mail, Internet search engines, library databases and presentation software.  All students must have a functioning e-mail address for this class. 

Students are expected to submit college-level writing that is free from typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors. All written work should be typed, doubled-spaced, using 10 or 12 point normal fonts (Arial, Times New Roman), and have 1-inch top and bottom margins, and 1.25-inch left and right margins.

In order to create a safe and healthy learning environment for all students in the class, it is important that you treat your fellow students and your instructor with respect and consideration.  Disruptive and/or disrespectful behavior can result in removal from the class and possible dismissal from the college.

Cell phones, beepers, and other disruptive communication devices are not allowed to be on during class.  Please remember to turn them off when entering the room.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Interaction with children or young adults and the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of graded material):

School Presentation
Students will work together to develop presentations for children on specific pieces of literature that then will be presented at a local school.

Reflection Journal
Each student will write a reflection journal on the course readings.  Specific guiding questions will be given out in class.

Individual Presentation
Each student will give a ten minute PowerPoint presentation on a topic related to children’s or young adult’s literature.
   
Book Discussions
Students will each have a turn at leading a book discussion group in class.  All students are expected to participate in these book discussions.

Annotated Bibliography
Each student will choose a specific age group and develop an annotated bibliography of 15 books.

Interview
Each student will interview a teacher, parent of a student, school librarian, or child/adolescent about experiences and opinions regarding children’s and young adult’s literature.

Examinations
There will be an in-class, short answer midterm and final exam.

XI.   Other Course Information

A.    Standards
This course contributes to the fulfillment of the following skill standards for Paraprofessionals working in general education established by the Education and Training Voluntary Partnership and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.


ETVP Standard    Assignment
Standard 1
Assist teacher with classroom instruction    •    School Presentation
•    Interview
•    Annotated Bibliography
Standard 2
Assist teacher with classroom planning and administration    •    Annotated Bibliography
•    Exams
Standard 15
Assist teacher in the implementation of I.E.P. goals and objectives    •    Reflection Journal
•    Exams


This course also contributes to the fulfillment of the following AFT
Paraprofessional standards recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.


Standard I: A - Reading    •    Individual Presentation
•    Book Discussion
•    Annotated Bibliography
Standard I: B - Writing    •    Reflection Journal
•    Annotated Bibliography
Standard II: A – Creative Thinking    •    Reflective Journal
•    School Presentation
•    Individual Presentation
•    Book Discussion
•    Exams
Standard II: C – Problem Solving    •    School Presentation
•    Reflection Journal
•    Book Discussions
•    Exams
Standard II: D - Integrating New Knowledge    •    School Presentation
•    Reflective Journal
•    Individual Presentation
•    Book Discussions
•    Annotated Bibliography
•    Interview
Standard II: E -- Reasoning    •    School Presentation
•    Reflective Journal
•    Individual Presentation
•    Book Discussions
•    Annotated Bibliography
•    Interview
Standard II: F – Organizing and Processing Information    •    School Presentation
•    Individual Presentation
•    Book Discussion
•    Annotated Bibliography
Standard III: A - Listening    •    School Presentation
•    Course Discussions on Readings
•    Interview
Standard III: B - Speaking    •    School Presentation
•    Individual Presentation
•    Book Discussion
•    Interview
Standard III: D - Respect for Cultural Diversity    •    School Presentation
•    Reflection Journal
•    Book Discussions
•    Annotated Bibliography
Standard III: F - Ability to Work as a Team Member    •    School Presentation
Standard IV: A - Responsibility    •    School Presentation
•    Individual Presentation
•    Book Discussion
Standard IV: C - Sociability    •    School Presentation
•    Interview
Standard IV: D - Self-Management    •    School Presentation
•    Reflection Journal
•    Individual Presentation
•    Book Discussions
•    Annotated Bibliography
•    Interview
Standard V: B – Human Growth and Development    •    Reflection Journal
•    Individual Presentation
•    Exams
Standard V: C – Instructional Strategies    •    School Presentation
•    Reflective Journal
•    Book Discussions
•    Exams
 

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.