New Course: Teaching Children’s Literature through the Arts!!


Teaching Children’s Literature through the Arts is coming to Portland

Dates:  January 20, 21 and March 23, 24, 2012  (Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 8-4pm)
Location:  Portland, Maine                                                               Instructor:  Catherine Ring


This course is designed for pre-service and in-service teachers of kindergarten through grade 8.   Practical strategies for using visual art, poetry, drama, story telling and music to enhance children’s experience and understanding of literature will be a major part of the course.  Discussions in class will include a review of genres in children’s literature.  Combined with an emphasis on multi-cultural and international literature, the focus on the aesthetic and artistic aspects of literature, music, the visual arts and drama promotes culturally responsive and researched-based teaching, making reading more inviting to diverse groups with varied learning styles.  The class is informative, hands-on, and fun!

This study can be taken for 3 semester hours of graduate or undergraduate credit through Endicott College (Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Beverly, MA).  The course has also been approved  by the Maine Department of Education for re-certification.
Materials Required:
Encountering Children’s Literature:  An Arts Approach.  Jane M. Gangi., Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2003.
A laptop is required.  Please bring to the first session.  Internet access is a requirement during the course.