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Language and Literacy Education (LL ED)

LL ED 402 Teaching Children's Literature (3) Survey of children's literature with an emphasis on the importance of literature in the development of the elementary school curriculum.

LL ED 402 Teaching Children's Literature (3)

The purpose of LL ED 402 is to familiarize teacher candidates with different theories and practices of teaching literature. Candidates are immersed in the study and experiences of literature and strategic models of literature instruction. Understanding that belief systems inadvertently determine the models of literature instruction educators adopt. LLED 402 asks candidates to be mindful of the diverse nature of our communities, and encourages them to strive to create literary communities that respect, value, and encourage multiple modes of expressions. The basic course goals are to help candidates to understand the importance of story in all human lives; to exhibit a wide repertoire of flexible strategies for interpreting literature; to understand socio-cultural influences upon writing and literature; to know and be able to use basic reference tools and selection guides for research; to become familiar with different genres, diverse texts, and styles; to read for sequence and for secrets; to articulate responses to literature across a variety of media; to weave into the exploration of each of these goals a struggle to understand and to accept human difference; and to understand the role that literature plays in the school curriculum.

The course presents theories of teaching literature and models of literature instruction that place at the center socio-cultural practices typical of democratic literary communities. This requires knowledge of how literature and texts work in real life and in a variety of social and cultural contexts. Informed by research, standards and current practices, LLED 402 exhibits the power of literature, the complexities of students’ learning and experiences with texts, and the problem solving character of teaching.

LLED 402 is part of a block of courses in a PSU teacher education program that is unified by the basic set of principles supporting the development of a broader and more inclusive understanding of texts, children, and communities.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: C I 295A orC I 295B;EDTHP 115 or EDTHP selection
Concurrent: LL ED 400 LL ED 401 for CEAED majors

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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