RDGED 703 Children's Literature in the Reading Program (grades K-5)

Online Course
Instructor: Sharron McElmeel
3 semester hours graduate credit
Tuition: $441 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,323 per course)

Spring: January 7 - March 15, 2019
Tuition Due - February 27, 2019

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If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-232-2693.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

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You Will Learn

This course focuses on

  • the role of children’s literature in the development of children to build knowledge for developing a curriculum that promotes “a progressive development of reading comprehension
  • suggestions for “a diverse array of contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects
  • inclusion of classic myths and stories from around the world
  • reading as a means of developing vocabularies and conventions of language
  • an opportunity to model integration of technology with literature related activities
  • criteria for evaluation and selection of materials
  • determination of the reading interests, needs, and abilities of children
  • reading, listening and viewing guidance in the classroom, in school and public libraries
  • recent developments in contemporary literature for children

Course Description

Evaluation, selection, and teaching of literature in the elementary school language arts program based on the foundation of historically significant books, and with a focus on authors and illustrators writing for today's young readers.

Teaching children's literature with important books, children's authors and illustrators. Create and share classroom activities to improve reading comprehension and meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


An e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Galda, L., Sipe, L.R., Liang, L.A., and Cullinan, B.E. (2017). Literature and the Child, 9th Edition. Australia: Cengage Learning. ISBN: 978-1-305-64236-2

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from an online bookstore such as amazon.com. Be sure to allow for delivery time. NOTE the ISBN number and 9th edition.

In addition to the textbook, participants will be asked to read widely in the area of children's literature. Specific titles will not be required, but readings on each topic or genre will be required to successfully participate in the class discussion. Focus is on contemporary literature published within the past five years.

Continuing Education for the:

  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Title 1 Teacher
  • Library media specialist
  • Reading specialist
  • Reading interventionist

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • continuing education refresher course
  • graduate credits/electives
  • transfer the credit to another university or reading certification program
  • refresher course
  • reading teacher certification

This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing reading teacher certification, Wisconsin #1316

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

No travel to campus - 100% Online

  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.

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Our Students Say. . .


"This online course is extremely useful for any teacher wanting to know how and which books to use to promote reading and improve literacy in the classroom. 

Sharron McElmeel is a wonderful guide to navigate you through the giant maze that is children's literature."
~ Margaret Cox 5th & 6th Grade Literature Teacher
House of Stankevich School, Moscow, Russia


"This class had a huge influence on me. I'm offering a reader's workshop and made arrangements with my principal to keep our school library open during the summer school hours."
~ Laurine Karstens, GT/RtI
Chetek, Wisconsin


"This course has been a wonderful introduction to my graduate school experience. I have enjoyed the format and the clarity of the course, as well as the communication and information."
~ Leah Le Clair, 2nd Grade Teacher
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

"This course is an energizing and wonderfully guided journey through both contemporary and classic children's literature. Sharron McElmeel's expertise in the field abounds, and the activities are certainly applicable to classroom practice.

Dialogue with colleagues is engaging and relevant to current teaching topics surrounding children and what they are reading. Don't miss this class!"
~ Sadie Sveum, Elementary Teacher
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

"Not only do I have a wish list for new books but also I have discovered books in my collection. I have a more critical eye about multicultural books and activities along with a better grasp on whether a book is historical fiction or a misrepresentation of a historical event. I found this class encouraged me to use that enjoyment of literature and share it with others."
~ Naomi Gelfand, Media Specialist
Rockville, Maryland

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School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693



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