Children’s Literature: Fostering Agency, Equity, and Academic Success

Children’s literature has a transformative effect on student learning. We will examine, review, and critique children’s literature, as well as the theory, research, and application that supports our understanding of its impact on learning. In this course, we will apply criteria for the selection of children’s texts, and analyze them for bias. We will learn how children’s literature can foster the development of empathy and identity by affirming the voices of marginalized and/or under-represented groups and creating windows of awareness for others. We will also learn how children’s literature can strengthen vocabulary, language fluency, comprehension, and higher-order thinking. We will use a variety of texts from children’s picture books to middle-grade chapter books that reflect the developmental range of school-age children.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 24

Prerequisites: None.

Instructor: Tutin

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring