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General Course Information for ECE446: Literature and Young Children

Course: ECE446 - Literature and Young Children
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Course Description: A survey of literature for young children in preschool through first grade. Emphasis on effective read aloud and story telling strategies for the developing language and listening skills, for developing concepts of print and vocabulary and for fostering a love of reading and early literacy skills.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the value of literature in an early childhood classroom and share conditions strategies and applications for creating a literature rich environment.
  • Describe orally and in writing the benefits for children in listening to stories and the role of story telling in transmitting culture, philosophy, and language of different people.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of evaluation criteria in the selection of literature and choose appropriate books for children at the emergent and early levels that can be used throughout the curriculum.
  • Develop a knowledge base of literature and the use of various genre and formats and literacy activities in the growth and development of young children.
  • Describe the oral language and intellectual value of literature and develop ideas for the use of literature in providing children with positive literacy experiences.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching-learning strategies with literature for young children including a read aloud and the use of storytelling and drama techniques in the reading of and responding to literature.
  • Describe the creative, social and moral development of young children in relationship to literature and develop ideas for the use of literature in providing children with positive literacy experiences.
  • Demonstrate, in writing and discussion, blending of literature into all subject matter and into the integration into an age appropriate dynamic learning curriculum units for young children.
  • Research and share community, educational and commercial resources for the implementation of literature in the classroom.
  • Compile a literature and storytelling resource including various types of literature for your children.
  • Create and share an author study for use in literature instruction with young children.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the family in the development of preschool literacy skills.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for young children.
    • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in early childhood practice.
    • Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and very young children.
    • Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, structure of content areas and resources for early childhood education.
    • Implement a curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for diverse young children.
    • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in partnership with families and professionals to positively influence children's development and learning.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures