This course provides pre-service Early Childhood and Elementary teachers with the theoretical foundations and practical skills necessary to become reflective professionals who can analyze and select high quality and developmentally appropriate literature for children. Student will develop skills needed to guide children's selection of books, understand how to use literature with children, design age appropriate lessons and activities to stimulate and extend children's literary experiences and reading enjoyment throughout the elementary curriculum for economically, academically, culturally, racially and linguistically diverse children. Session topics will focus on student motivation, classroom organization , and teaching with children's literature. Central to all topics is the use /inclusion of literature that is multicultural/multiethnic.
- Guide students in selecting independent reading materials provide opportunities for self-selected reading through regularly read-aloud.
- Have knowledge of how to analyze and teach literary text and elements, structures and elements and criticism, drawing upon literature and instructional needs and interest.
- Have knowledge of how to provide frequent opportunities to listen to and read high-quality literature different purposes.
- Have knowledge of how to select, evaluate, and response to literature from a range of genres, eras, perspectives, and cultures.
- Have the ability to evaluate and response to a range of literature and analyze text structures and elements.
- Motivate students to read at home: encourage and provide support for parents or guardians to read to their children, in English and /or in the primary language of the learner.
- Select appropriate use of a wide range of engaging text-repressing various genres and cultures when designing reading lessons. Facilitate and develop student's responses to literature and their critical reading abilities through high level interactive discussions about text.
- The ability to design purposefully lessons/tasks based on the qualities, structures, and difficulty of texts and reading needs of individual students including the selection and use of supplementary materials to support the reading development of struggling and gifted readers.
- Create and maintain a motivating classroom environment that promotes ongoing student engagement and literacy for all students.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how proficient readers read, how to facilitate listening comprehension, and how to develop students' comprehension of print material.