NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Children’s Literature/Elem, Gr K-4

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: $80

Course Description:

This course will cover early chapter books and will be targeted at professionals working at the elementary grade level (K-4). Individuals enrolled in the program will read a wide range of early chapter books including fantasy, realistic fiction, graphic novels, and humorous content. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to draw from experience, think critically about what they are reading, and design ways to use the literature within their classroom as well as engage online weekly with other students.


Throughout the course participants will:

  • Read and critique books to gain a greater knowledge of early chapter books that will engage younger and less skilled readers.
  • Complete online assessments.
  • Engage in discussions regarding the books.
  • Complete four early chapter books independently.

Required Materials:

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

  • Rise of the Earth Dragon” by Tracey West ISBN (0545646243)
  • Harriet the Invincible” by Ursula Vernon ISBN (9780545913423)
  • Kiki” by Kyla May ISBN (9780545496131)
  • Hilda and the Troll” by Luke Pearson ISBN (9781909263147)

"I thought the assignments were very worthwhile for this subject matter, especially the discussions boards. It was great to trade ideas and perspectives on the books with other teachers. I am always open to hearing what other teachers like, what their students respond to, what works and what doesn't work in the classroom. This was the perfect format for the course."

"This course made me more aware of the significance of illustrations in children's books."

"I feel the most valuable parts of the course were the children's books we read, and the discussion board. I felt writing the paper helped me solidify what I wanted to say. This was a fun and very practical course."

"Enjoyed reading new books that I can use in my classroom."

"The objectives of this course were clear; to read newly-published children's literature, to discuss with other educators the books and how one might use them in a classroom setting."

"This class taught me so much about a genre I was frankly avoiding. I now understand it better and value it more."

"The literature we read is very worthwhile as well as the dialogue with other educators and exposure to this unique genre was so valuable."

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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