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Children's Literature in the Classroom (EDN308)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description Literature is a key component of the Australian Curriculum - English. This unit encourages students to become familiar with a wide range of children's literature, including classic and contemporary literature and texts from world cultures, and provides students with opportunities to gain an understanding of key aspects of literary theory. The unit focuses on strategies for introducing literature in years K-10, and models innovative and evidence-based approaches that will enable school students to engage imaginatively and critically with literary texts.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand and explain the role of literature in primary and middle school classrooms;
2. Understand key aspects of literary theory;
3. Apply knowledge about children's literature to develop resources and to plan activities to support children's reading and writing development.
Timetabled Learning Activities Timetabled Learning ActivitiesLecture/workshop: 2 hours per week. External: No attendance required.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit focuses on engaging with children's literature in creative and critical ways. Active learning and participation are fundamental to the learning experiences in this unit. Internal students attend weekly two-hour lecture/workshop and external students are expected to engage in regular on-line discussion and sharing of ideas. Lectures are interactive and lecture sessions are recorded for external students. Throughout the unit students are expected to read a wide variety of children's literature, and to share insights and responses with their peers. All students, both internal and external, are expected to engage with one another through online participation.
Other Learning Experiences The unit coincides with Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week. Students are expected to engage in activities associated with Book Week either by attending a library or by arranging to visit their local primary school or library during Book Week. External: No attendance required.
Assessment In Assignment One (30%), you will contribute to a blog. Addressing weekly focus questions, you will demonstrate your understanding of the role of children's literature and reflect critically about book choices. Assignment Two (30%) is a presentation and reading. You will identify criteria for selecting books and evaluate your own and others' oral reading skills. This is a supervised assessment. For Assignment 3 (30%), you will engage in a practical way with the content of the unit, designing a two-week literature focus unit. Your ongoing active engagement will also be assessed (10%). Written feedback (quantitative and qualitative) reflects the rubrics that are provided for each assessment in the Unit Information and Learning Guide
Prerequisites Nil.
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Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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