EDEN 541: Engaging Literature for Children and Adolescents, K-12

July 8, 2024 - August 18, 2024

Instructor: Alyson Spearin 

Course Description:                                                                                        4.5 CEUs

In this course, educators will examine the role of literature in literacy learning. Emphasis will be on analyzing literature for children and adolescents from a variety of genres to determine quality and level of interest and on examining criteria for evaluating and selecting materials. In addition to teaching creative strategies to engage reluctant readers, the course will provide ideas on how to differentiate for diverse populations through the use of multi-cultural texts and a variety of genres. Participants will apply new learning to current teaching practices, enhancing reading for all students.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for children and adolescent literature. Participants will:

  • > Define “high quality” literature and analyze texts to determine quality
  • > Apply strategies to engage reluctant readers using “high interest” texts
  • > Address the diverse needs within classrooms through high quality, multicultural literature
  • > Describe and compare various genres of literature
  • > Evaluate current practices and apply new learning to teaching

Materials Needed:

All materials will be provided digitally.  No textbook is required.  Internet access and laptop or tablet are required.


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