NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Children’s Literature/Newbery, Gr 4-7

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Duane Arnold

Grading: Letter

Monday, January 14, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019

Course completion March 1, 2019

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $80

Course Description:

This course will cover fiction material that is targeted for high-level students from 4th-7th grade. Individuals participating in this course will read the books recognized for the Newbery Award in 2018. This will provide exposure to three realistic fiction books. Participants will be required to complete comprehension assessments as well as engage with weekly online discussions. The assignments will provide participants a chance to draw from previous experiences, critical thinking, current events, and the critiquing of literature.


Throughout the course participants will:

  • Read and critique books to gain a greater knowledge of literature, draw from personal experience, critique and compare novels in terms of quality and content.
  • Complete online assessments.
  • Engage in discussions regarding the books.
  • Complete three Newbery books from 2018.


You will be able to locate the following texts at school and public libraries, local bookstores, and online.

  • Hello Universe by Kelly Erin (978-0062414151)
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (978-1481438254)
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (978-1681191058)

"It was a great way to read and discuss new books."

"It is beneficial for what I teach."

"Being able to connect the course with things from my own life was very valuable."

"I enjoyed the discussion questions and being able to share with other people in the class."

About The Instructor

Duane Arnold

Duane earned his BA in Elementary Education from Trinity Bible College and his MA from VCSU in Education and Library Sciences. He has worked for 4 years as a Learning Resource Strategist in Moorhead Area Public Schools at Robert Asp Elementary and has spent over 8 years in Education in Moorhead, Fargo, and West Fargo. He serves on the Star of the North Minnesota Book Award Panel.

**Registration Instructions:

The registration URL will close January 9, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.

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