NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Children’s Literature/Newbery 2021, Gr 4-8

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Duane Arnold

Grading: Letter

Monday, February 28, 2022 - Sunday, April 10, 2022

Course completion April 10, 2022

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $160

Course Description:

This course will cover both fiction and nonfiction material that is targeted for high-level students from 4th - 8th grade. Individuals participating in this course will read all of the books recognized for the Newbery Award in 2021. This will provide exposure to four fiction books and two nonfiction 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 six Newbery books from 2021.

"Wonderful cohort of converation!"

"I loved the book(s) and the exchange of teaching ideas via the discussion board."

"Enjoyed the discussion board interaction."

"The book(s) are interesting and the instructor had great assignments."

"Discussion with classmates helped me to get some new ideas for teaching."

"This class was very interesting and gave me some new outlooks on the award."


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

  • “When You Trap a Tiger” by Tae Keller (978-1524715700)
  • “All Thirteen” by Christina Soontornvat (978-1536209457)
  • “Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom,” by Carole Boston Weatherford (978-0763691561)
  • “Fighting Words,” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (978-1984815682)
  • “We Dream of Space,” by Erin Entrada Kelly (978-0062747303)
  • “A Wish in the Dark,” by Christina Soontornvat (978-1536204940)

About The Instructor

Duane ArnoldDuane 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.

As a librarian, his job is to connect people, especially children with books. He is passionate about this since reading for pleasure is not only the main goal of the library but also the biggest indicator of whether or not an individual will be successful in the future. While reading is one of his main focuses, it is not the only one and he constantly tries to instill skills that students will be able to take into the future. Through research projects, he teach students how to locate and evaluate information both in print and digital formats as well as cite these sources in MLA and APA formats.

In addition, he has incorporated valuable skill sets in the research products students are required to make by teaching them how to create slideshows, videos, and websites for their final projects. He is constantly collaborating with his colleagues in order to improve upon these offerings and better meet the needs of the over 800 elementary students at his school.

In addition to his work within the classroom, he also has provided library programs that include book clubs, fundraising, and Parent Involvements Events including Literacy and Math Night with frequently more than 300 individuals in attendance.

**Registration Instructions:

Online registration URL will close March 9, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.

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