English 355 Syllabus

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Course Description

Whether you read voraciously when you were younger or are just now coming to children’s literature, this course will introduce you to a wide spectrum of fun and engaging books for kids of all ages. Because this is an English class, you will be expected to share your experience by writing about the literature you read. While the class will be reading twelve books together to discuss theory and genre, you are also expected to read a variety of books on your own (48 others). Don't worry; you can do it. We'll help you.

As you gain understanding about various genres, you will learn to analyze the quality of those books with more criteria than “I liked (or didn't like) it,” and you will become a more savvy reader. You will be able to share your favorite books with others and let them share theirs with you, thus exposing you to a wide variety of styles and stories. As you talk together about the lessons and magic found in children’s literature, you’ll be able to expand not only what you share with all the children in your life, but your own reading list as well. It's going to be a great adventure. Let's 'fall in'!

Course Outcomes

Throughout the semester, you will:

Course Architecture

In an online course, regular and sustained attention to the activities of the course is critical. In order to do well, you must be attentive to the deadlines, reading assignments and course activities. Most assignments cannot be made up once the deadline has passed. However, if you feel you have extenuating circumstances that warrant special consideration, let your instructor know early. The earlier you inform your instructor, the more discretion he/she has to work with you. Any accommodations will be made at the sole discretion of your instructor so give them time to work with you.

Even though this course is an online course, it is not an independent study course. This course in particular involves large amounts of reading and interaction. It is designed with the expectation that each week you will spend 3–4 hours per credit working on course materials. Therefore, you will need to commit to working on this course for 9–12 hours each week. If you are unable to commit to the time demands this semester, please consider taking this course some other time when you will have the time necessary to complete the workload.

The course is organized into 12 one-week lessons (L02-L13), with two additional lessons:

Each Lesson

As you interact with others in various assignments, please remember to be kind, considerate, and respectful of differing viewpoints. You can differ in opinions (sometimes the best learning comes when others challenge your thinking) but still be civil. Any violation of basic common courtesy—including interaction with the instructor—will negatively impact your grade.

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Course Activities

Other Activities


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Course Requirements

Course Pre-requisites

Course Texts

Access to the following books are necessary to successfully complete the course. They can be found in most bookstores, libraries, and online sites such as Amazon, ebay, ebrary, OverDrive, and Google Play. You are not required to purchase these books for this course, although you will probably find you want to have them in your personal library. You are, however, required to read them by the middle of the lesson in which you talk about them.

All other books used in this course are in I-Learn, and—in order to comply with Copyright laws—have been intentionally embedded in such a way that prevents someone from downloading them. You should not take a screenshot or use any 'snipping' tool to copy any part of the books provided on I-Learn. It is dishonest and against the law to download or copy any of the published material in this course.

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Grading Policies

Grade Breakdown

A 93-100% C 74–76%
A- 90-92% C- 70–73%
B+ 87–89% D+ 67–69%
B 84–86% D 64–66%
B- 80–83% D- 60–63%
C+ 77–79% F below 60%

Grading Categories

The general breakdown of course points is as follows:

Assignment Name Total Points Percentage
Introductory Activities 40 5
Book Planner Grades 280 40
Reading Quizzes 44 5
Show and Tell 78 10
Short Papers (Whisper Secrets, Maybe Shout & Playing by the Rules) 120 15
Exams 100 10
Discussion on Required Books 44 5
Student Book Presentations 85 10
Extra Credit for Book Presentation 5 .5
Total Points 751 100.5

Class Policies

Course Questions/Problems/Concerns

This course has Notes from Instructor boards in each lesson where you can post general questions/problems/concerns/etc. Using these boards will inform the instructor, class members, and others monitoring the course of the issues you find and will allow the proper people to correct them for everyone. This is the fastest and most efficient way to report a problem and get it fixed. If you are experiencing the same problem as another student who has posted, you can post as well so others know the seriousness of the problem. If you know the answer to a problem, please post solutions. Helping to solve your classmates’ problems is another way to teach one another. Additionally, your instructor will use the board to communicate with you including informing you of fixes and solutions. So check back often to learn of any changes to the course.


Email your instructor directly only if the problem is of a personal nature, or your instructor informs you that is the way he/she would like to be made aware of questions, problems, or concerns.

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Late Work Policy

Assignments are due on the day indicated. Work that is late hampers both your and your classmates’ ability to fully participate in the course, and will be accepted only at your instructor’s discretion. No late work will be accepted without first obtaining permission from the instructor. Inform your instructor before the assignment is due of your extenuating circumstances. Any late work that is accepted is subject to a penalty as determined by your instructor.

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Final Note

The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place, so pay attention to communication from your instructor.