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Language, Literature, and Emergent Literacy (A Focus on Grades N - 3)

This course examines the role of literature in the life of the developing child. Students gain an understanding of monolingual and bilingual language development and the relationship between aspects of young children's language and what they relish in stories. Students examine ways to cultivate children's ability to express experiences, ideas, and feelings in poetry, illustrated stories, nonfiction accounts and in oral discussion. Using developmental, multicultural, nonsexist, and aesthetic perspectives, students develop criteria for selecting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and folklore for children of specific ages. Ways to use literature effectively are examined, leading to the students' understanding the functions of a variety of techniques within the young child's classroom: telling stories; reading aloud, stimulating children's participation in a story; and selecting stories to extend children's understandings of social studies and science.