This unit focuses on the imaginative and creative use of contemporary literature for children and young adolescents in primary classrooms. It emphasises practical and theoretical issues surrounding picture books, chapter books, novels and poetry for children in K-6 but will also examine the impact of new media on emerging forms of narrative and the importance of creative writing in the classroom. The sessions will involve discussion of participants' wide and close reading of a range of children's literary texts and of the recent theory and research relating the characteristics of such texts to the classroom practicalities of literacy pedagogy. The unit uses both formative and summative assessment strategies.
500wd class tasks (20%) and 1500wd annotated bibliography and resource portfolio (80%)
24 credit points including EDMT5502