Building and Appreciating Values, Perspectives, and Beliefs Through the Incorporation of Non-Fiction Multicultural Children's Literature within the Literacy Curriculum

Course Number: EDU 5620 C03
Instructor: Laura Terry
Location: Online
Dates and Times: Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition:  $900

Note: Please register online. Purchase order or payment of $900, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Center for Schools at (802) 770-7060.

Course Description

By introducing and implementing non-fiction multicultural children's literature into the literacy curriculum, this will enable our learners to develop and build their own values, perspectives, beliefs, and to appreciate and respect those of others from different countries and cultures. Our learners will build and strengthen their courage and raise their own awareness to honor differences other than their own. Empathy toward others and advocating for basic human rights for all can be achieved. Learning that we all can make a difference in the world we live in is so powerful!

Course Objectives

• Design instruction that raises their learners’ awareness and builds empathy.
• Develop literacy instruction that builds upon their learners’ appreciation for others’ values, perspectives, and beliefs in other countries.
• Implement instruction that encourages discussions, honors differences, and encourages learners to advocate for their basic human rights.
• Build learning opportunities for their learners to promote the development of connections between their own cultures and those of others.
• Allow their learners to ponder, explore, and expand their own thinking.
• Engage their learners on how each of them can make a difference in the world.
• Look on with happiness and pride as your learners develop and appreciate values, perspectives, and beliefs, which in turn, gives you the joy of discovering the purpose in your teachings!

Required Texts

You will need to purchase the following non-fiction multicultural children's literature books:
The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can A True Story by Dr. Tererai Trent
The Librarian of Basra A True Story From Iraq by Jeanette Winter
Malala A Brave Girl From Pakistan and Iqbal A Brave Boy From Pakistan by Jeanette Winter (both stories are in the same book)
Biblioburro A True Story From Columbia by Jeanette Winter 
Nasreen’s Secret School A True Story From Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
Wangari’s Trees Of Peace A True Story From Africa by Jeanette Winter

There will also be articles provided by the instructor.

For additional course information

Laura Terry
(802) 849-2225

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 770-7060

Register online now!