Department of Education & Professional Studies
LM 512 CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Summer 2014, 12 Weeks Term, Thursday, 4:30-7:30
Professor: Dr. Betty J. Morris Office: 5th Floor,
Houston Cole Library
Phone: 256-782-5011 (office)
678-478-2745 (cell) emergency only
Office hours: Tuesday, 2:00-4:30
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (office)
Chance, R. (2014). Young adult literature in action: A librarian’s guide. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited..
Vardell, Sylvia M. (2008). Children’s literature in action: A librarian’s guide. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
This course involves the evaluation of books and other materials for children and young adult students. Selection aids, selection criteria, and interests, needs, and abilities of both children and young adults are emphasized.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to demonstrate:
A. Knowledge of:
- Research in literacy and reading AQTS (3)(a)2.(i)(IV) (Assessment: children and young adult reading project)
- Identifying literary elements in a work of fiction AQTS (3)(a)2.(i)(III). (Assessment: children and young adult reading project)
- Identifying genre types of children and young adult literature. AQTS (3)(a)2.(ii)(I). (Assessment: children and young adult reading project)
- Select diverse materials in multiple formats and at levels that facilitate the reading process and the development of readers. AQTS (3)(a)2.(ii)(III) (Assessment: children and young adult reading project)
- Historical and contemporary trends and multicultural issues in reading materials for children and young adults. AQTS (3)(a)2.(i)(III). (Assessment: children and young adult reading project)
- Policies and procedures that support the mission of the school and address specific needs of the library media program, such as collection development policy, maintenance, challenged materials and acceptable use policies. AQTS (3)(d)2.(i)(II). (Assessment: children and young adult reading project)
- Selecting books and other materials that meet student information and recreational needs
- Performing book talks that promote reading
- Promoting enjoyment of reading and creative expression as a life-long learning strategy
- Selecting a variety of
literature genres to satisfy children and young adult student needs
Teaching literary elements to develop an appreciation of literature
- Selecting a variety of resource materials, including community resources
- Dispositions that:
- Recognize the need of promoting books using book talks
- Recognize the need to instill a love of reading in children and young adults.
- Recognize the importance of selecting a variety of literature genres and material formats
- Appreciate the importance of teaching literary elements in fiction works to enhance the enjoyment of reading.
- Recognize that modeling reading for enjoyment creates lifelong readers.
- Development of children and young adult literature
- Variety of resource materials in learning community in different formats
- Literary elements and genres in literature
- Genres of Children Young
Realistic fiction Fantasy
Accomplishment Traditional literature
Adventure Information Books
Historical Fiction Humor
Science Fiction Graphic Novels
- Promotion and enjoyment of reading
- In Library
- In Classroom
- In Booktalks
- In Community Resources
7. Author studies
8. Illustrator Studies
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND READINGS
The following resources will be helpful when doing class assignments:
Donelson, Kenneth and Alleen Nilsen. (2004). Literature for today's young adults. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Harlon, M. A., Loertscher, D. V. & McElmeel, S. L. (2005). Young adult literature and multimedia: A quick guide. Spring, TX: Hi Willow Research & Publishing.
Lukens, R. J. (2003). A critical handbook of children’s literature. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
McElmeel, S. L. (2005). The best teen reads. Spring, TX: Hi Willow Research & Publishing.
Web Site References:
Literary terms.Retrieved on April 16, 2014, 2014 from:
Ramsey County Library. (2014, February 7). Young Adult Literature Awards 2014--The winners.
1. Student work
All student work submitted during the course is required to be original. Original means that the work is done this semester and has not been done by another person. All projects must be completed to be graded.
Students who e-mail or telephone the professor can expect a reply in 48 hours if possible.
Students are expected to research all assignments thoroughly using books, audiovisual materials, and the Internet. All reference lists are to be done in APA style for this course. Use the following Long Island University website as a reference for APA style:
Students are expected to turn in all assignments using word processing. The following are general descriptions of the projects required for the course:
Project 1.1 Class participation and attendance
Students are required to attend class and to participate in the discussions. As part of the participation grade students will do a student information questionnaire, formative evaluation and write a reflective summary of the course. A blog/shelfari is part of the participation as well as deveoping the Library Media Portfolio.
Project 1.2 Children & Young adult readings.
Young adult literature related to the text readings will be read on a weekly basis. Written annotations/reviews will be completed on each book and discussed in class as much as possible. Students need to read a minimum of 15 young adult books, write an annotation, give suggestions for curriculum uses and discuss literary elements. Each book annotation and other information should not exceed one page per book read. Shelfari will be used as your place to post annotations for students to see in class. You will write annotations, discuss curriculum uses and literary elements here. Everything you read will be put on your reading tally sheet so you can keep a record of what you have read.
Students are required to read a total of 47 children & young adult books for the course. Read at least 2 e-books checked out from a library. Keep a record on Shelfari and Livetext as well as the Tally sheet of all books read for the semester.
Project 1.3 Booktalk Project
Students will prepare a book talk of 3 books on a curriculum topic; they can be a mixture of books: biography, fiction and nonfiction or they can all be fiction. You will develop a video of your booktalk using a flip it camera, your cell phone camera, etc. One to two book talks will be presented each time we meet on Wimba. I need at least two-three volunteers for May 10. The book talks will be submitted as a YouTube presentation in Wimba.
Project 1.4 Book Awards PowerPoint
Each group/team will develop a PowerPoint describing book awards for children and young adult books. This presentation will be given and will include all book awards, the purpose of the award and examples of books that have received the award.
Project 1.5 Illustrator PowerPoint
Each group will prepare a PowerPoint presentation based on famous illustrators normally included in children’s literature/young adult literature. Examples of illustrators and the types of illustrations they use should be included in the PowerPoint for the presentation in Blackboard Collaborate..
Project 1.6 Young adult literature articles.
Each student will read two articles related to children and young adults and to young adult literature. One article will be about how you promote reading with either children or young adults and the second article will be about young adult psychology. Students will turn in a one-page summary for each article. The bibliographic information for the article will appear at the top of the page. Two paragraphs are required: one that describes the article and a second paragraph that gives your reaction to the article. Students are required to discuss the articles in Wimba.
Project 1.7 Author Study project
Each student will prepare a lesson plan for an author study from a list of authors provided. The author study lesson plan will be presented during Wimba class time.
Project 1.8 Controversial/Banned Book Project
Students will become familiar with controversial books and why they are considered controversial. This project will acquaint you with procedures to use when a book challenge occurs.
The course grade will be determined by the performance of the student in meeting the course requirements. Students are evaluated in the following areas:
% of Final Grade
Type of Assessment
Class participation and attendance, formative evaluation, student info & reflective summary. A blog will be used for communication
Children & Young adult readings, annotations & oral presentations
Book Awards PPT
2 YA Article Critiques
Challenged materials project
The grading scale is as follows:
A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, F=69% and below.
No extra credit assignments are given.
Select children’s books from the children’s literature textbook. Select young adult books from the young adult literature textbook. The main characters in the young adult books you choose should not be less than eleven years of age.
An acceptable young adult book could be an adult book read by young adults--To Kill a Mockingbird, Stephen King titles, Agatha Christie titles, etc.
Reviews will contain a bibliographic citation using the APA style manual, a one half page or less summary of the story and an evaluation of the book based on specific criteria. Apply an evaluation using at least three literary elements for each book reviewed. Describe how you would use the book in the curriculum.
Further instructions about types of books, book summaries, and book talks will be provided on Livetext..
Except for the three assigned books, normally most students read different books. This practice will give us many more books that we will know and can recommend to students in the library media center. However, we want to have the option to read a highly recommended book suggested by our classmates.when we feel it is warranted.
I am going to be reading 50 books just like you. I have suggestions on how this can be accomplished. Read a little over 1 young adult books per week. Every night before going to bed read at least three children's books or picture books so you will feel that you are making progress.
Students are expected to submit all assignments on Livetext on time. Valid reasons for submitting work late must be cleared by the instructor in advance. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the professor when extenuating circumstances take place. Class participation points will be deducted for each day late.
Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally. Acting professionally is an essential quality for all professionals who will be working in the schools. Professionalism includes but is not limited to the following:
- Participating in interactions and class activities in a positive manner.
- Collaborating and working equitably with students in the class.
- Actively participating in class each week.
- Turning in assignments on time.
- Arriving at and leaving class punctually.
- Treating class members, colleagues, and instructor with respect in and out of the classroom.
- Eliminating interruptions in class. (This includes cell phones, beepers, and disruptive behavior during class meetings, such as talking that interferes with class activities.
- Threatening or bullying the professor and classmates will not be tolerated.
- Students who display a lack of professionalism will be contacted by the instructor immediately after the violation takes place and informed of the consequences. If there is a second violation the student may be dismissed from the program for at least one year.
Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty. Plagiarism occurs when a student uses or purchases ghostwritten papers. It also occurs when a student utilizes ideas or information obtained from another person without giving credit to that person. If plagiarism or another act of academic dishonesty occurs, it will be dealt with in accordance with the academic misconduct policy. Infractions may include cheating and plagiarism.
College of Education & Professional Studies Honesty Policy
1. Cheating: 1st Offense - A student who cheats or participates in the act of cheating on an examination (or any other graded work) will receive a failing grade (“F”) in the course.
2. Cheating: 2nd Offense - A student who cheats or participates in the act of cheating on an examination (or any other graded work) will be dismissed from the program study, and will not be allowed to enroll in any other program of study in the College of Education & Professional Studies at Jacksonville State University.
1. Plagiarism: 1st Offense – A student who plagiarizes or participates in the act of plagiarism will receive a failing grade (“F”) in the course. In addition, the student will be required to complete a remedial seminar on plagiarism. Failure to do so will result in an automatic 2nd Offense.
2. Plagiarism: 2nd Offense - A student who plagiarizes or participates in the act of plagiarism a second time will be dismissed from the program of study, and will not be allowed to enroll in any other program in the College of Education & Professional Studies at Jacksonville State University.
Exhibiting Unethical Disposition
1. Exhibiting Unethical Disposition: 1st Offense – A student who exhibits an unethical disposition such as lying and/or falsifying documentation to anyone in a supervisory role during any school or school-related activity associated with coursework will receive a failing grade (“F”) in the course.
2. Exhibiting Unethical Disposition: 2nd Offense - A student who exhibits an unethical disposition such as lying and/or falsifying documentation to anyone in a supervisory role a second time will be dismissed from the program of study, and will not be allowed to enroll in any other program in the College of Education & Professional Studies at Jacksonville State University.
1. It should be noted that the occurrence of cheating, plagiarizing, or exhibiting unethical dispositions is cumulative, i.e., it carries over to any other course taught in the College of Education & Professional Studies.
2. If a student wishes to appeal at any level of the honesty policy, she (he) is to follow the College of Education & Professional Studies’ grade appeal process.