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EDCE 6800

Implementing a Literature-Centered Classroom for Children And Adolescents

In this course, participants explore the significant role of good literature in classrooms. Practical suggestions for initiating independent and group activities using literature, and oral/written composing are also examined. At the elementary school level, the course focuses on integrating children’s literature across the curriculum, supporting independent and collaborative reading, and analyzing author’s craft and book art as scaffolds for students’ own writing.

At the secondary level, participants investigate the use of young adult fiction for building student engagement, connecting to curricular themes, and addressing social issues. One particular emphasis of the PLN 3 course is the implementation, management, and assessment of literature discussion groups using rich literature for children and adolescents.