Child & Adolescent Literature

Course Details

Course Number: READ3013  Section Number: 180

Fall 2015

Location: McCoy Engineering Hall

Classroom Number: 205

Days & Times:

Thursdays: 4:30 pm-7:20 pm

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
SuHua Huang   
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Course Objectives


The student will

  1. Become familiar with children's literature, authors, and illustrators representing a variety of genres.
  2. Become familiar with trends and issues in children's literature from a historical perspective.
  3. Be able to critically evaluate children's literature as well as identify and apply criteria for selecting quality children's books.
  4. Develop activities for using children's literature in the classroom.
  5. Be able to present literature that instills a love of reading in his/her future students

Focus of the Course

  1. The Child Responds to Literature
  2. The History of Children's Literature
  3. Evaluating and Selecting Literature for Children
  4. Artists and Their Illustrations
  5. Picture Books
  6. Traditional Literature
  7. Modern Fantasy
  8. Poetry
  9. Contemporary Realistic Fiction
  10. Historical Fiction
  11. Nonfiction

Course Expectations

1.      Chapter Presentation  (Group Project)                                            40 points


Each group (Literature Circle Group) needs to select one of the chapters (chapter 5-12) to present in the class based on the Kiffer textbook, Huck’s Children’s Literature. Your presentation should include:

(a)    List seven key ideas of the chapter

(b)   Bring books that related to the key ideas

(c)    Explain what ideas did you think were the most important for your audience

(d)   The idea that can be used in your future classroom

(e)    Questions you have after reading the chapter

(f)    Leave time for questions and discussion

(g)   Presentation length is about 15-20 minutes


2.      Literacy Autobiography (Individual project)                                  100  points


 Sharing our unique experiences with literacy will help us build our classroom community. Reflecting on our own and each other’s literacy histories will help us understand the wide-range of experiences and worldviews our readers bring into our classrooms and libraries.


You will draft a literacy timeline. Your timeline should span from birth to the age of the children you are currently working with or plan to work with. These are some questions that will help you create your literacy timeline.

·         What memories do you have about stories, books, and/or reading as a child? (These memories can be from home, school, libraries, scouting, religious institutions, or other literacy places.)

·         Who are the people who made a difference in your early literacy experiences?

·         Besides books, what other media played a part in your early literacy (or storytelling, TV, movies)?

·         Are these specific story/book/movie titles or genres (such as poetry, science fiction, fantasy) that stand out in your recollections?


·         What memories do you have about stories, books, and/or reading as an adolescent? (These memories can be from home, school, libraries, scouting, religious institutions, or other literacy places.)

·         Who are the people who made a difference in your young adult literacy experiences?

·         Besides books, what other media played a part in your adolescent literacy (music, TV, films)?

·         Are there specific story/book/ movie titles or genres (such as poetry, science fiction, fantasy) that stand out in your recollections?

·         What was happening in the world around you at that time?


You can be as creative as you want with this project, and are encouraged to use social media tools such as Voice Thread, Glogster, YouTube, Wordle, Screenr, Zoho or others. You can record and upload a video to YouTube or create a slideshow—Up to you!!


*** You need to present the project while you present your author study project. Please see the course calendar for due dates (pp.12-14).



3.      In-Class Activities:                                                                                          210  points


Students will participate in a variety of graded cooperative group activities related to class content and readings. These activities will include the following:


(a)   Bibliography of Literature (30 points)


Students will be required to bring books related to the literary genre discussed in class. These books will be gathered in groups each week. Please keep track of the books and bring to class each week. Each group will also be required to turn in a bibliography for each genre at the end of the term. Bibliographies should be organized by genre using APA format, including title of the book, author, publication date, and brief summary of the book (probably two sentences to describe the books). An example of the group bibliography is listed on page 15.


(b)   Literature Circle Group Project (100 points)


Each student will sign up for a children’s book and become a part of a literature circle group based on his/her choice. Each group will present its celebration project at the completion of this assignment. For more information about literature circles please refer to the syllabus pp.16-20. You just select one method to present your project. If you do not present for your group’s literature circle project on Nov.14 you will lose 50 points for this whole project.  Your literature circle group is also a group that you need to work with all through this semester. Your group needs to bring and collect books for its week’s assignment. See the course calendar for due dates (pp.12-14).  Groups that do not bring their books to class each week will lose participation points. Remember, you still do have responsibility to help your group members collect books for the week when you are absent.


(c)    Participation (80 points)


Merely attending class is not sufficient to earn the class participation credit, but you must be present in order to participate. You are expected you to come to class prepared and ready to actively participate in each class session: ask questions, answer questions, share your knowledge and experiences, and actively participate in whole class and small group discussions, and activities. Read any assigned course materials, bring your texts and course materials to every class session, and take responsibility for your share of discussion.


Each one of you has to take a turn in charge of an author chair. Your responsibilities include reading aloud a children’s book in class or discussing a book in the class after finishing a weekly author introduction. Books and discussion questions will be presented by the one representing the author on that day.


Absence will affect your participation grade. For each absence you will lose 10 points for participation. Please sign up for the date you would like to be in charge of the author chair activity. Your duty may include reading aloud a book in class or leading the discussion


4.      Reading Record(Group Project)                                                                   400 points


Each group needs 5 students. You will read and record a specified number of children’s books from a variety of genres and the reading record will include the title of the book, author, illustrator, date of publication, and a book award if appropriate. A brief summary will be included which will also give the reader an indication of how you would use this book in the classroom. The numbers of books to be read and recorded are: 80 Picture books, 20 traditional folklore, and 30 chapter books; (5 Modern fantasy; 5 science fiction; 5 contemporary realistic fiction; 5 biography; 5 historical fiction; 5 multicultural fiction, and 30 informational picture books. If your group has 6 students, you need to add 20 picture books to your reading record.


Chapter books must be selected by authors from a Required Authors List. If you have your own preference of authors, please send the names of the authors to the instructor. The instructor will examine his/her literature book.  Summaries of chapter books and book activities should be ½ page in length.


Total: 160 books

80:  picture books

20:  traditional folklore

      30:  chapter books

                     30:  informational picture books


Please see an example of a reading record on page 21


** You could use your reading record for multiple tasks for this class such as book bag, etc., but you cannot use your literature circle’s book for your reading record assignment. You could use another group’s literature circle book for your reading record, however.


*** You are not allowed to download books’ summaries from the Internet or other resources. You are only allowed to select two books for each author. Do not try to recall from your memory. Please read the books that you have haven’t read yet. You will lose 800 points if you plagiarize.



5.      Create- A-Book(Individual Project)                                                             100 points


You are required to create one picture book or a short chapter book based on your major area or personal interest. You are to be an author. Your book should include (a) Select one of the following  topics: Language arts/ Reading/ Math/ Social Studies/ Science/ Special Education/Physical Education , (b) Grade level , (c) Book Cover, (d) Title of the book, (e) The content: to develop a good story related to your topic, (f) Appropriate language usage, (g) Illustrations: If it is a children’s picture book, include lines, colors, shapes, and texture, (h) Layout of the book, (i) The length of the book: Reminder, your book page numbers must be even, (j) Binding  the book: you can use staples or paper clips, (k) your book should be publishable when it is finished, (l) Present your book in the class.



6.      Author Study(Individual Project)                                                                 100  points


You will select an author (from the required list) and prepare a unit for presentation which will include an author profile, and a bibliography of selected works.  You will turn in: (a) biography of author, (b) bibliography and short summary of  his/her literature, be sure include the genre of each book, (c) share one of the author’s books that you have read and include your evaluations, and suggestions to classroom teachers. You must know the author’s work better than non-presenters, (d) description of book activity.


Author presentation should include:


(a) Use a presentation board or any other type of display that will sell your author.     Examples are pictures, illustrations, games, book jackets, etc…. Bring as many of your author’s books as you can find.

ü  Catches the attention of the audience

ü  Creative, eye-catching, etc…

ü  Utilizes a variety of books, props, resources, etc…

                (b) Give a brief history of the author and his/her literature

ü  Comprehensive history of the author and her/his work; include major pieces of literature; informative.

(d)   Book Activity: Create several activities to go with the author’s books and then choose

one book and do an activity with the class. Bring all the   supplies you will need.      Be sure to WOW US!!!!!! Be creative!!

You should be well prepared and enthusiastic about the presentation. The presentation should be unique, creative, and grab the attention of the audience. In other words, the presentation should captivate the audience by making them think about the author and his/her literature.

(e)    Additional items which will be fully explained in a rubric. See page 22.                                                                                                    



7.      Teaching Literature Program (Group Project)                               100  points


In this assignment you will create a mini unit describing how you will promote children’s and or young adult (YA) literature in a classroom or library setting.


Requirements for the unit include:


A description of the setting in which you will introduce children’s/YA literature (classroom, school library, public library or other setting such as an after-school center) and the population with which you will work (young children, school age, adolescent, etc. You also need to provide a description of the activities /lessons (at least 5 activities and 5 lessons) that you need to use to promote children’s/YA literature in your unit.


The theme/focus of your unit could be a genre, a particular author, a theme, time of year, etc.  A product created with a social media tool that you will use in conjunction with the mini unit could be an instructional/production tool such as Voice Thread, Glogster, YouTube, Wordle, ScreenR, Zoho or a promotional tool like a Facebook fan page or Twitter).


An annotated bibliography of the books you will use in your unit (if you read any of the books, you can include them in your reading record). You need to present the project while you present your literature circle project. The due day is Nov. 14.


Grading Standards



            Final grade will be determined by the number of points earned through completion of the following assignments. You are required to finish all of the assignments in order to receive a complete final grade.  If you have any unfinished assignment, you will receive “incomplete” on your final grades till you completely finish all course required assignments. Meanwhile, you will lose 100 points on your final grade.


Assignment                                                    Points

Chapter Presentation  (Group Project)        40

Literacy Autobiography                                  100

In-Class Activity                                              210

Reading Record                                            350

Create-A-Book                                               100  

Author Study                                                  100

Teaching Literature Program                     100


Total                                                               1000


Final point total will be converted to a course grade as follows:


A= 1000-900     Work that is outstanding and exemplary

B= 899-800       Work that is above the minimum requirements  

C= 799-700       Work that meets expected level of performance for most students   

D= 699-600       Work that falls short of minimum criteria

F= 599 below    Work that falls well below the expected level of performance for most students


Final Exam12/8/2015  5;45-7:45PM

Submission Format Policy

More details please refer to the course syllabus.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No late work is acceptable. 50 points per day will be deducted for late assignments. Arrangements for exceptional cases must be made AT LEAST two days prior to the due date, but only one time per semester. Turn in your assignments with a hard copy on the due day which is listed

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements
  •  This course has a strict attendance policy. Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible.  Therefore, you are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class. Tardiness, leaving early, and absences are considered evidence of lack of dependability and are taken seriously.
  • If you are absent, your grade will be reduced.

1st Absence – No penalty.

2nd Absence – 80 points deducted from your final grade average

3rd Absence – 150 points deducted from your final grade average

More than 3 absences – additional 100 points deducted from your final grade average for each absence beyond the first 3.

If you have an unexpected medical treatment, you must turn in a doctor's note at the time you return to class. It is your responsibility to provide the written  documentation to the instructor to avoid the loss of points


  • Punctuality is also expected for all classes. Arriving 5 minutes late for the class is considered a tardy. Three tardies will result in a loss of 50 points from your final point total. Five tardies will lose 100 points in your final point total. When you arrive 10 minutes after class has started or leave before it ends you will be counted absent for that class period.
  • Do not use your laptop to do any assignments in the class. You are supposed to your assignments after the class.
  • Turn cell phoneoff during class time. No texting is allowed. Texting is very distracting in the class. Do not do it!!
  • Disability Access: In accordance with the law, MSU provides academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students with documented disabilities who believe they may need accommodation in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and to contact the MSU Disability Support Services, Clark Student Center, Room 168, phone: 940 – 397 – 4140

Other Policies

Academic Honesty

Honesty is a fundamental precept in all academic activities, and those privileged to be members of a university community have a special obligation to observe the highest standards of honesty and a right to expect the same standards of all others. Academic misconduct in any form is inimical to the purposes and functions of the university and therefore is unacceptable and rigorously proscribed. Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade for the semester and will be reported to the appropriate authorities within the College. This policy applies to the issue of plagiarism, in particular. It is critical that you cite your sources and give people the credit they deserve. 

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather, the instructor will post an announcement regarding the status of the class through email. Students are also encouraged to call the department if they have no immediate access to the Internet.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.