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K-12 Professionals

Teacher Literature Studies: Genre Study and Analysis for the Classroom

EDUC 600




Instructor: Kimberly Nielsen

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Section 2: April 9 - May 28, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

Broaden your knowledge of literature genres while reviewing and analyzing titles in accordance with national reading standards. Surveys will be conducted to discover which books are especially important to read for self-growth within your field, grade level, and content area like Art, English, and Physical Education.       

Lists from classmates can be compiled to determine what experts believe fit into these categories and as a comprehensive resource for later use. Participants will also review a wide selection of classroom literature and analyze it for best instructional purpose in order to recommend that 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 to improve reading achievement of students to meet national reading goals and measures.


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

  • The theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts of the course content.
  • How the analysis of literature and best literature can benefit student achievement.
  • How the analysis of literature can be beneficial in designing classroom activities to meet national standards.
  • To appreciate best literature for its literary merits and teach students to do the same.
  • The advantage of a greater knowledge of the best children’s literature and its implications.
  • How to implement classroom reading activities identified in the course to aid student learning.
  • How to lead reading discussions and reflection groups concerning books the participants have read, both throughout the course and in the classroom.
  • How to share some of the latest research and reading strategies and gain knowledge from those shared with them to apply when working with their students.
  • How to review a wide selection of books in the categories of children’s literature, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction/fantasy, biography, and classic fiction and make a list of their top ten  must read books for the age group they teach.
  • How to identify ways to integrate reading into the classroom to meet national standards regarding genre exposure and student reading achievement.
  • How to share ideas for helping parents understand the teaching of reading to their children and gain a list of ideas from fellow participants.


1. Hoyt, L. (2005). Spotlight on comprehension. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

2. Students are also expected to choose one book to read from each genre during the course. These genres are fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, science fiction/fantasy, biography and classic fiction.  The titles chosen are at the participants’ discretion. 

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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