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K-12 Professionals

Children’s Literature Studies: Expanded Readers Workshop

EDUC 600




Instructor: Kimberly Nielsen

Grading: Letter

Monday, October 06, 2014 - Monday, November 17, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

Broaden your theoretical knowledge together with underlying principles and concepts needed to fairly evaluate the literature genres and titles to accompany each, as appropriate. Focus will be on the age level your currently teach and those higher level thinking skills which research demonstrates are the most effective in terms of effective student achievement. 

Read self-selected literature driven by your classroom needs, as well as compiling a list of your most important classroom needs. A survey of teachers will be conducted to ascertain what books they believe are especially important to read at a particular grade level, as well as for a given content area like Art, English and Physical Education. Lists from classmates will be compiled to determine what experts believe fit into these categories and as a comprehensive resource for later use.

Review a wide selection of favorite authors as well as read a limited selection in order to recommend others become familiar with the books on their list. The final product will be an extensive list of literature and recommended authors that can be used by all teachers as a resource of best literature for students.


As a result of participation in this course, participants should know and understand:

  • The related theoretical bases together with underlying principles and concepts.
  • The best children’s literature and its implications.
  • The principles and concepts related to the strategies, ideas, materials and activities presented in the course.
  • The best ways to relate the course content and presentations to student achievement.
  • How the analysis of literature can benefit one’s teaching.
  • How the analysis of literature can be beneficial in designing classroom activities.
  • How to appreciate literature for its literary merits.
  • How to discuss the use of literature in the classroom.
  • How to best implement classroom reading strategies and activities identified in the course to the end that the participants’ classroom performance will be improved.
  • The analysis of current literature for its application to the classroom.
  • How to lead reading discussions and reflection groups concerning books the participants have read, both throughout the course, and in the classroom.
  • The best use of the latest research and the primary text on reading strategies, and how to gain knowledge from them, especially research related to student achievement.
  • The parent’s role in understanding the teaching of reading to their children.


Fountas, Irene C., & Pinnel Gay Su. (2001). Guiding Readers and Writers. Portsmouth, NH, Heinemann.

About The Instructor

Kim Nielsen
Kimberly Nielsen

Kimberly Nielsen earned an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she also earned a B.S. in Elementary Education. Kimberly has over 18 years of experience in Elementary Education.




Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.

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You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.

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