This class combines distance learning with some on campus meetings. Note that class meets at several different locations during the semester, depending on the activity. Please consult the course calendar or this syllabus to insure that you come to class on the designated days at the designated location. Green shaded dates below indicate
off campus classes.

May 13

Campus meeting - First Class - Meet in AB 2-144 for instructions on procedures and resources. Introduction to literature as it relates to literacy and life. Overview of genres; literary elements; focus on poetry.

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Site for Kids' poetry:

Children's Literature Electronic Resources:

May 20

Campus meeting - Griffin 109 - Instructional Approaches to Literature in the Elementary Classroom: Focus on Non fiction

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Caroline Arnold:

Vicki Cobb:



Julius Lester:

May 27

On line - Developmental literature: Infancy and Early childhood: Easy Reader and Transitional books; Picture books, illustration styles and media, Caldecott Awards. Choose an easy to read book and a transitional book. Read them and evaluate them using the information in chapter in the Horning book.


Caldecott Awards:

Picture books:

Ezra Jack Keats Multimedia:

Patricia Polacco:

Jan Brett:

Bedtime stories:

June 3

On line - Issues in children's literature: censorship and multicultural/transcultural literature- Focus on multicultural literature. Discussion of Little Black Sambo and Sam and the Tiger.


Latino literature:

Multi-racial families:

Native American literature:

Virginia Hamilton:

Gerald Hausman:

Banned books:

June 10

Online or on campus - On-line conference with Julius Lester . Griffin 205 computer classroom is reserved. You may log on from home or come to campus. If you are an AOL user, it is recommended that you come to campus due to technical issues with AOL and the FGCU chat program. Professors will be on line in the computer classroom and technical assistance for your getting on line will be available.


Focus on Historical Fiction:

June 17

On line - Literary Genres and Subgenres



Kay Vandergrift:

June 24

On line - Focus on Contemporary Realistic Fiction: Issues in children's literature: reflections of society; appropriate uses of bibliotherapy


Katherine Paterson:

Jean Craighead George:


Newbery Awards:

July 1

On line - Folk literature and Fantasy


Science fiction data base:

Madeline L'Engle:

C. S. Lewis:

Anne McCaffrey:

Traditional Literature:

Another site:


Greek Myths:

Using folk literature:

Cinderella Tales:

Fractured Fairy Tales:

July 8

Campus meeting- Griffin 109 - Folk literature and Fantasy

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July 15

Campus meeting- Griffin 109 - Assessing a literature program

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