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 C04 (Graduate)
Instructor: Laura Terry
Location: Online using Moodle
Dates and Times: March 4 – May 27, 2019
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $925

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $925, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05753. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

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 Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

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.


Required Texts:

Costs for required readings, if any, are not included in the course tuition.

"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

For additional course information

Laura Terry
(802)849-2225

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802)468-1325

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