Course Schedule*

Course Schedule*

Date: Topic Readings Assignments/ Activities
Wed, Jan 11th  Course Introductions

Goals and Projects


Claim an Education, Adrienne Rich

 Bring your favorite childhood book to class for a self-introduction.

Post brief self-introduction on the course Discussion Board (DB).

Mon, Jan 16th MLK Jr. Day CLB, Chapter 5

Red Pencil (begin)

 Class Visit to the Little Shop of Stories bookstore at 2 p.m. on MLK Day

After the tour of the store, browse the aisles of the Children’s Section and select a book to purchase (using our class discount)

Observe and write a reflection on what you noticed and experienced – post on the Discussion Board (DB).

Wed, Jan 18th History and Defining Children’s Literature: Childhood across the globe Childhoods 

The Red Pencil

Bring a book from your childhood memories that you cherish
Mon, Jan, 23rd Why Read? Defining Children’s Literature.  CLB, Chapter 1

Red Pencil (complete)

Complete introductory discussion board (DB) posts

Complete selecting your “you choose books” — post your course reading list to the DB. Explain your theme, list books by category, and include title, author, publisher and year published.


Wed, Jan 25th What makes a good book? CLB, Chapters 2 & 3

Home of the Brave (begin)

Literacy Autobiography Part 1 due in class (hard copy)

Begin your specific book club book

Mon, Jan 30th What makes a good illustration?   CLB Chapter 4

Select 2 picture books from a Library to read and review in class

Guest speaker, Dr. Anne Beidler
Wed, Feb 1st  Organizing Children’s Literature

(Age, Genre, Reading level)

CLB Chapter 6 Bring our course required reads and your selections to class so that we can classify them by genre.

From last time — Select 2 picture books from a Library to read and review in class.

Mon, Feb 6th  Global Book Awards You choose – award winning book

CLB Appendix D

Home of the Brave (complete)

Before class, research: what are the major children’s literature awards? Which books in our course readings and “you choose” list have won these awards? Post your findings on the DB.


Wed, Feb 8th Teaching: Books in the Classroom  CLB Chapters 17 & 18

Teacher Identity

Inside Out and Back Again (begin)

Select your JK Rowling book and begin reading
Mon, Feb 13th Encountering Children’s Literature: Read Aloud How to Create a Story 

Pedagogical Stories: Moth

Kimono & Sparkle 

Guest Speaker: MJ Smith (Waldorf/ Steiner approach to reading and stories as therapy)
Wed, Feb 15th Encountering Children’s Literature: Storytelling & Folklore  ECL: Chapter 7 (Folktales)

Inside Out and Back Again (complete)

Google Drive Link for readings

Mon, Feb 20th  Global Reads  Intro to Multicultural Lit (Google)

Why Teach Multicultural Lit

El Deafo (begin)

Wed, Feb 22nd  Global Reads Books by Authors from the “Global South”

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Book Share: Post your selections on the DB – Title, author and why you selected this book. Bring your selections to class so that we can discuss.
Mon, Feb 27 Global Reads Books set in a part of the world you have not visited

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy

El Deafo (complete)

Book share: You choose books — present book cards

Bring your book set in a part of the world who have never visited (post on the DB before class)

Wed, Mar 1st  Global Reads Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Boy Who Harnessed the Win (begin)

 Book share: You choose books — present book cards

Special Guest Lecture: Dr. Erica Dotson

March 6th – 10th Journeys/Peak Week  Read all required books  Complete all pending Book Cards/ DB Posts

Because of Winn Dixie 

JK Rowling 

March 13th – 17th Spring Break Complete all required books Book Cards Set 2 due March 15 (posted on DB)
Mon, Mar 20th  Children’s Literature Around the World  GPCL, Chapter 2 & 3 (Google Drive readings)  Midterm Reflection due on DB
Wed, Mar 22nd Children’s Literature Around the World  CLB, Chapter 15  LSOS Group share Read Aloud
Mon, Mar 27th Genre: Home of the Brave   CLB, Chapter 11  Book Club presentations
Wed, Mar 29th  Genre: Inside Out and Back Again  CLB, Chapter 8  Book Club presentations
Mon, Apr 3rd  Genre: El Deafo  Equity? Equality?  Book Club presentations
Wed, Apr 5th  Genre: JK Rowling

(class cancelled)

  CLB, Chapter 10  Book Club presentations

April 8th — Class Service Projects to Books for Africa

Post HP teacher  & Practicum reflections to DB

Mon, Apr 10th Genre: Because of Winn Dixie

& JK Rowling

 Empathy Books  Book Club presentations
Wed, Apr 12th  Genre: Boy Who Harnessed the Wind   CLB, Chapter 13  Book club presentations
Mon, Apr 17th  Genres: Reflections  Revisit CLB Chapter 6 Book Club experiences – debriefing on the process and lessons learned

(Post on DB before class)

Special Guest Chance Claar-Pressley


Wed, Apr 19th  Redefining Teaching & Learning

(role of children’s literature)

Faculty Diversity


Revisit CLB Chapter 17

Complete CLB 17.1 Self Quiz

Reflect on your own pedagogy & how you will use or not use global children’s books

Mon, Apr 24rd Issues in Children’s Literature Globally and Lessons Learned  CLB, Chapter 16 & 17

We need Decolonized Education

 Dr. Coia visits our class
Wed, Apr 26th  Books that need Writing/ Book Projects Imperialism Critical Pedagogy


 Literacy Autobiography Parts 1 edited and Part 2 due

Special Guest: Rukayat Yakub

Mon, May 1st Lessons and applications  Presentations  Final Book Projects due & Presentations
Wed, May 3rd Lessons and reflections  Presentations  Final Creative Reflective Projects (Seniors present today)
Thurs, May 4th Reading Day
May 8th Final Class Wrap-Ups  Final Reflection Projects Presented  All final assignments due on May 8th (in lieu of exams)

*This schedule is open to ongoing revisions.