Child and Adolescent Literature

Course Details

Course Number
Summer II 2016
Ferguson Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

M-R 10:10am to 12:10am

Leann Curry (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Objectives  The learner will:

  1. become familiar with children’s literature, authors, and illustrators representing a variety of genres.
  2. become familiar with trends and issues in children’s literature from a historical perspective.
  3. be able to critically evaluate children’s literature as well as identify and apply criteria for selecting quality children’s books.
  4. develop activities for using children’s literature in the classroom.
  5. be able to present literature that instills a love of reading in their future students.



Course Expectations



NCTE Standards


Knowledge of English Language Arts


Standard 3. Candidates are knowledgeable about language; literature; oral, visual, and written literacy; print and nonprint media; technology; and research theory and findings.


Standard 3.5.  Candidates demon­strate knowledge of, and uses for, an extensive range of literature.


Standard 3.6.   Candidates demon­strate knowledge of the range and influence of print and nonprint media and technology in contemporary culture.



IRA Standards


Standard 4  Creating a Literate Environment. Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.  As a result, candidates:


Standard 4.2. Use a large supply of books, technology-based information, and non-print materials representing multiple levels, broad interests, cultures and linguistic backgrounds.


Standard 4.3. Model reading and writing enthusiastically as valued life-long activities.


Standard 4.4. Motivate learners to be life-long readers.


ACEI Standards


Standard 2.1

Candidates are familiar with, able to use, and recommend to students many reading materials based on different topics, themes, and a variety of situations and consisting of different types, including stories, poems, biography, non-fiction, many categories of literature written for children, and texts from various subject areas.



Generalist (EC-4)

Domain I- English Language Arts and Reading


Competency 004 (Literacy Development)

The beginning teacher:

  • Demonstrates familiarity with children's literature and provides multiple

opportunities for children to listen and respond to a wide variety of children's literature, both fiction and nonfiction, and to interact with others about literature.

  • Teaches children about authors and their purposes for writing.


Competency 007 (Reading Comprehension)

The beginning teacher:

  • Teaches elements of literary analysis, such as story elements and features of different literary genres.


Generalist (4-8)

Domain I- English Language Arts and Reading


Competency 005 (Reading Applications)


The beginning teacher:

  • Knows literary genres (e.g. historical fiction, poetry, myths, fables) and their characteristics.
  • Recognizes a wide range of literature and other texts appropriate for students.
  • Provides multiple opportunities for students to listen and respond to a wide variety of children’s and young people’s literature, both fiction and nonfiction, and to recognize characteristics of various types of narrative and expository texts.
  • Engages students in varied reading experiences and encourages students to interact with others about their reading.
  • Uses strategies to encourage reading for pleasure and lifelong learning.


English Language Arts and Reading (8-12)

Domain II- English Language Arts and Reading


Competency 006


The beginning teacher:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of genres and their characteristics through analysis of literary texts.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of literary elements and devices, including ways in which they contribute to meaning and style, through analysis of literary texts.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of a substantial body of young adult literature.

Grading Standards


Assignments/Grading Procedures


1. Exams (35 points):


There will be two scheduled exams for this course. The format for the exams will be multiple-choice. A Scantron will be required for the exams. See calendar for exam dates.


2. Literature Evaluations (40 points):

Assignment Instructions:

  1. Choose one book from each of the following genres (2 total)
    1. Modern Fantasy p. 273 (book selected is appropriate for adolescents or young adults; chapter book; 15 points)
    2. Historical Fiction p. 413 (book selected is appropriate for adolescents or young adults; chapter book; 25 points)


  1. Turn in the following:


  1. A bibliography for each book.


  1. A detailed evaluation, in paragraph form, for each book. Use the information provided in the text and handouts to guide your evaluations; however, do not limit the evaluations strictly to the questions listed in the evaluation guides. Be sure to include the literary elements in each evaluation. Be critical, negative as well as positive. Give details and examples from the book to support your critique.  Be sure to back up your statements with an explanation and evidence from the book. (see examples)


  1.  Would this book appeal to teachers? Why or why not? How could this book be used in the classroom? Be sure to consider all curriculum areas. Etc…


  1.  Bloom’s Taxonomy- Create Bloom’s questions for each genre. The information should be typed and appropriately labeled with the specific genre/category.


  1. More information will be given in class. Also, see Web Ct for examples.


3. Author Presentation –groups of 4 to 6 students- (17 points):


  1. Turn in the following: (7 points total)
    1. Biography of the author (2 points)


  1. Bibliography and short summary of their literature (also make copies for your classmates); be sure to include the genre of each book (2 point)


  1. Description of book activity (3 points)


  1. Author Presentation: (10 points total)
    1. Create a digital presentation that will sell the author to your intended grade level/audience. Include information about their life and work. ( 3 points)
      • Catches the attention of the audience
      • Creative, eye-catching, etc…


  1. Give a brief history of the author and their literature (3 points)


  • Comprehensive history of the author and their work; included major pieces of literature; informative


  1. Book Activity: Choose one book and create an activity that will inspire/motivate your intended grade level to read your author’s work. Create a digital presentation to showcase your activity. Be sure to WOW US!!!!!!!!!  Be creative!! (email your digital presentation to your classmates using Web Ct email) ( 4 points)


  • The presenters should be well prepared and enthusiastic about the presentation. The presentation should be unique, creative, and grab the attention of the audience. In other words, the presentation should captivate the audience by making them think about the author and their literature.




4. Participation and Bibliography of Literature – (8 points):


Each week you will be required to bring books related to the literary genre discussed in class. See course calendar above. These books will be gathered in groups each week. Please keep track of the books you bring to class each week. Each group will be required to turn in a bibliography for each genre at the end of the term. See the course calendar for due dates. Bibliographies should be organized by genre using APA format. This will be discussed further in class. Groups that do not bring their books to class each week will lose participation points. Remember, if you are absent it is still your responsibility to help your group members collect books for the week.



Final Exam

08/11/2016 10:10am

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Assignments must be submitted on time to receive full credit. All assignments must be turned in no later than one week past the deadline. Points will be deducted for late assignments. Assignments turned in more than two weeks after the deadline will not be accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance Policy

  • Although the course requires a thorough understanding of the readings and assignments, class activities will provide the basis for learning and assessment. Most sessions will be interactive in nature and difficult to "make up" if you miss. Be on time and don't leave early.  Students who arrive 15 minutes after class has started or leave 15 minutes before it ends will be counted absent.


  • Therefore, class attendance is crucial to successful completion of this course.


  • Students enrolled at Midwestern State University should make every effort to attend all class meetings.  Attendance will be graded as follows:  1 absence = - 2 points from final grade; 2 absences = additional 8 points from final grade; 3 absences= additional 10 points from final grade; 4 absences = dropped from class.  For example, if you have two absences, 10 points will be deducted from your final grade. This policy applies to excused and unexcused absences; however, work cannot be made up for unexcused absences.


  • In addition, after your third absence or sixth tardy, you will be administratively dropped from the course.

Other Policies


Plagiarism Statement

“By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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