NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Books, Writers & Successful Students

EDUC 600

Course participants will read the text The Wonder of it All:  When Literature and Literacy Intersect by Nancy J. Johnson and Cyndi Giorgis.  Teachers will explore how literature can be a partner in education through writing, reading, and character education activities.  The materials will inspire teachers to embrace the partnership with authors through various activities such as literacy letters, poetic forms, and reader’s circles.  Student’s skills in reading, writing, and speaking will grow as a result of application of course materials.

Goals & Objectives:

As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  1. Show synthesis of information by identifying two or more ways to implement books as partners in education.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of chapters read through written response.
  3. Develop lessons that utilize books for writing, reading, and character education.
  4. Evaluate a variety of children’s books in order to select age appropriate materials for his/her classroom.


The required reading is found in:

Johnson, Nancy J and Cyndi Giorgis.  (2007).   The Wonder of it All:  When Literature and Literacy Intersect.  Heinemann.