Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education<br />Welcome to this Course!Welcome to this class and thank you for enrolling in this course! I think you will enjoy our time together! Professor John Weber<br />For many of you, this may be your first online course. <br />If you are not a computer whiz, don’t worry. You won’t need to be. <br />From a computer standpoint, everything is simple to use and easy to navigate.Our Course Syllabus is highly innovative and interactive and is organized by a uniqueTable of Contents. <br />If you like, you can move your cursor over our first Topic, “Professor Information”,press your left mouse key and you will see the section on “Professor Information.”You can continue scrolling down to view the rest of the Syllabus topics.<br />You may also wish to view a particular topic. All you have to do is move your cursorover the Topic and click your left mouse key. You will then view your desired Topic. 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Exploring all the topics in this syllabus and related links will help yousucceed in this course.<br />I’m looking forward to working with you and having a great semester! <br />Table of Contents TOC o "1-3" h z u Professor Information PAGEREF _Toc294266444 h 3About the Course PAGEREF _Toc294266445 h 3Course Title PAGEREF _Toc294266446 h 3The Facts about the Course PAGEREF _Toc294266447 h 3Instructional Materials and Equipment for the Course PAGEREF _Toc294266448 h 3Online Delivery System PAGEREF _Toc294266449 h 4Technology Requirements PAGEREF _Toc294266450 h 4Blackboard™ Supported Browsers for Blackboard Version 9.0.539.0 SP3 PAGEREF _Toc294266451 h 4Possible Plug-ins and Software Needed for Your Course PAGEREF _Toc294266452 h 5Course Description PAGEREF _Toc294266453 h 5Course Purpose PAGEREF _Toc294266454 h 5Learning Outcomes PAGEREF _Toc294266455 h 5Calendar of Activities PAGEREF _Toc294266456 h 6Your Course Participation PAGEREF _Toc294266457 h 12Description of Assignments PAGEREF _Toc294266458 h 12Discussion Board Forums PAGEREF _Toc294266459 h 12Tests and Quizzes PAGEREF _Toc294266460 h 12Written Assignments PAGEREF _Toc294266461 h 12Team Project Requirements (if applicable) PAGEREF _Toc294266462 h 12Grades for the Course PAGEREF _Toc294266463 h 13Late or Make Up Work PAGEREF _Toc294266464 h 13Recommendations for Success in this Course PAGEREF _Toc294266465 h 13About the College PAGEREF _Toc294266466 h 14Library and Learning Commons PAGEREF _Toc294266467 h 14Students with Disabilities PAGEREF _Toc294266468 h 14Important Dates PAGEREF _Toc294266469 h 14Technical Support PAGEREF _Toc294266470 h 14Success in Online Learning Workshop PAGEREF _Toc294266471 h 14Expectations of Student Conduct PAGEREF _Toc294266472 h 15Academic Dishonesty PAGEREF _Toc294266473 h 15Attendance Policy PAGEREF _Toc294266474 h 15Other Grade Indicators – FN Grade, “I” Grades, and Repeating the Course PAGEREF _Toc294266475 h 15FN Grade – Failure for Non-Attendance PAGEREF _Toc294266476 h 15The Next Step PAGEREF _Toc294266477 h 16<br />Professor Information<br />Professor: John Weber<br />Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 3 – 5 p.m.<br />Office Location: URC-U0404<br />Office Phone: 632-3042<br />Email: firstname.lastname@example.org<br />About the Course<br />This Online course is offered by Florida State College’s Open Campus. For questions or concerns, please feel free to call (904)-632-3116.<br />Course Title<br />Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education<br />The Facts about the Course<br />Course ID/Reference Number: EEE 0000/100006<br />Number of Credit Hours: 3<br />Term/Year/Session/Length: Summer/2011/A8/16 weeks<br />Course prerequisites: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102<br />Course co-requisites: EDG 4410<br />Instructional Materials and Equipment for the Course<br />16395708953500<br />Required Textbook<br />Christie, James F. (2011). Teaching Language and Literacy, Preschool throughthe Elementary Grades. Boston, MA: Pearson.<br />Required Reading Article –<br />Smith, John A. (2009). Foundations of Early Childhood Education.Early Childhood Education, 150. Retrieved from<br /> HYPERLINK "http://www.isbe.state.il.us/earlychi/default.htm" www.isbe.state.il.us/earlychi/default.htm<br />Required Web Link – www.cubs.com<br />Recommended Materials – Red, Blue, Green and Black Markers<br />Required Equipment – Portable Whiteboard – 36 inches wide<br />Online Delivery System<br />This course will be delivered by Open Campus using the Blackboard™ Online Course program.You will need to turn off the pop-up blockers to use this online course.<br />Please see the Technology Requirements and the Blackboard™ Supported Browsers.<br />Technology Requirements<br />Please use the following checklist to determine your computer readiness.You should own or have access to:<br />An email account<br />Computer with high speed access to the Internet<br />Access to College computers when needed<br />Virus-checking software<br />Word-processing software<br />Blackboard™ Supported Browsers for Blackboard Version 9.0.539.0 SP3<br />The highest level of compatibility is those browser programs rated as certified.<br />Certified: 100% Compatible<br />Compatible: Compatible in most areas but could have some incompatibility issues<br />Unsupported: Not tested and not recommended<br />Microsoft® Windows® Operating SystemInternet Explorer® 8Internet Explorer 7Firefox 3.6Firefox 3.5Windows® XP (32-bit)CompatibleCompatibleCompatibleCompatibleWindows Vista® (32-bit)CertifiedCompatibleCertifiedCompatibleWindows Vista (64-bit)CompatibleCompatibleCompatibleCompatibleWindows 7 (32-bit)CertifiedUnsupportedCertifiedCompatibleWindows 7 (64-bit)CompatibleUnsupportedCompatibleCompatible<br />Apple® Mac OS® Operating SystemSafari® 4.0Safari 3.2Firefox 3.6Firefox 3.5Mac OSX 10.5 “Leopard®”CertifiedCompatibleCertifiedCompatibleMac OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard®”CertifiedUnsupportedCertifiedCompatible<br />To view Blackboard’s most recent browser compatibility page, click here.<br />Possible Plug-ins and Software Needed for Your Course<br />Click on any of these to download and install.<br />Adobe Acrobat Reader<br />Flash Player <br />Java<br />QuickTime<br />RealPlayer <br />Shockwave Player<br />Windows Media Player<br />Course Description<br />This course examines the theory, research, and instructional practicespertaining to the way young children learn to read, write, listen, and, speakin early childhood education classrooms. Students will analyze literacystages and plan appropriate materials and activities to apply this contentknowledge. Field experience required (6-10 contact hours).<br />Course Purpose<br />In taking this course you will become competent in all elements of early childhood education. The aim of this course is to provide you with a foundation to inspire children to write, speak, and listen for lifetime learning.<br />Learning Outcomes<br />The primary objective of the course is to explore the subject matter, becomefamiliar with the vocabulary, concepts and developmentally appropriate application models for the field. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:<br /><ul><li>Discuss the historical aspects of language & literacy in Early Childhood Education.
Design developmentally appropriate practices for early literacy learning.
Compare and contrast early literacy theories in order to evaluate bestpractices for the classroom.
Demonstrate knowledge of major components of early literacy andinstructional approaches that apply to early literacy.
Conduct assessment consistent with the perspectives of early literacyto inform field work and future teaching.
Describe and implement strategies used in early childhood educationto promote intrinsic motivation toward reading, writing, speaking, andlistening for lifelong learning.
Demonstrate knowledge of early literacy development as it relates todiversity in the early childhood education classroom—particularly culturaland linguistic differences as well as students with special needs.
Exhibit an understanding of how early literacy is relevant to theirpersonal, social, and historical awareness as future educators.</li></ul>Calendar of Activities<br />The Calendar of Activities is a summary of the Weekly Lessons and Assignmentswithin our course. Our due dates for each weekly assignment can be foundwithin each weekly section inside our Online Course. Click on the individual week for complete directions and due dates.<br />Special Note: The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus. You will be notified of any changes to the course syllabus via a Blackboard announcement and a reminder in our Weekly Open Forum Discussions.<br /><ul><li>WeekLearning OutcomesLessons and AssignmentsDue DatesWeek 15/9 – 5/15Lesson 1 - Course OrientationView online orientation on the Syllabus.View online orientation on Navigating the Course.Introduce yourself in the Discussion Board forum Introduce Yourself.Post your answers to the syllabus activity in the Syllabus discussion board forum.Complete the quiz on the syllabus and navigation orientation.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.5/95/105/155/155/155/15Week 25/16 – 5/22Learning Outcome #1Lesson 2 – Historical Aspects of Language & Literacy in Early Childhood Education?Read Chapter 1 – Foundations of Language & Literacy.Read Chapter 2 - Oral Language Development.Complete the test on historical aspects of early childhood literacy.Complete the case study on oral language developmentComplete the test on historical aspects of early childhood literacy.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.5/165/175/225/225/225/22Week 35/23 – 5/29Learning Outcome #2Lesson 3 – Appropriate practice designRead Chapter 3 – Family Literacy.Read Chapter 4 – Early Language and Literacy Instruction.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Family Literacy discussion board forum.View the video on family literacy.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Early Language and Literacy Instruction forum.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.5/235/245/295/295/295/29Week 45/30 – 6/5Learning Outcome #3Lesson 4 – Early Literacy TheoriesRead Chapter 5 - Emergent Literacy Strategies.Read Chapter 6 – Teaching Early Reading & Writing.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Early Literacy Strategies discussion board forum.Submit lesson plansPost your reactions to the question posed in the Teaching Early Reading & Writing forum.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.5/305/316/56/56/56/5Week 56/6 – 6/12Learning Outcome #4Lesson 5 – Assessing the Major Components of Early LiteracyRead Chapter 7 – Assessing Early Literacy.Read Chapter 8 – Elementary Reading.Post your reactions the question posed in the Assessments discussion board forum.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Elementary Reading forum.View the video on elementary reading.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.6/66/76/126/126/126/12Week 66/13 – 6/19Learning Outcome #5Lesson 6 – Intrinsic Motivation StrategiesRead Chapter 9 – A Comprehensive Elementary Reading Program.Read Chapter 10 – Creating Writers.Complete the test on the major components of early literacy.View the video on how to intrinsically motivate your students.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Creating Writers forum.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.6/136/146/196/196/196/19Week 76/20 – 6/26Learning Outcome #6Lesson 7 – Teaching Writing and Completing AssessmentsRead Chapter 11 – Teaching the Mechanical Skills of Writing.Read Chapter 12 – Assessment.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Writing discussion board forum.View the video on creating assessments.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Creating Assessments forum.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.6/206/216/266/266/266/26Week 86/27 – 7/3Learning Outcome #3 & #4Lesson 8 – Early Childhood Education Trends and IssuesRead Chapter 13 – Trends and Issues.Complete the case study on improving childhood literacy awareness.View the video on trends and issues.Read the article on the future of early childhood education.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Trends and Issues forum.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 6/286/286/286/296/307/3Week 97/4 – 7/10Learning Outcomes #3 & #4Lesson 9 – New Early Literacy TheoriesRead Chapter 14 – Emerging Early Childhood Theories.View the video on competing theories of early childhood education.Complete the case study on developing a theory.Complete the quiz onemerging theories.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Theories forum.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 7/57/67/77/107/107/10Week 107/11 – 7/17Learning Outcomes #5Lesson 10 – Assessment StrategiesRead Chapter 15 – Developing a Proper Assessment Strategy.Read the article on developing proper assessments.Complete the exercise on proper assessment techniques.View the video: Why Proper Assessments are Necessary.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Building Proper Assessments forum.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.7/127/137/147/157/177/17Week 117/18 – 7/24Learning Outcome #6Lesson 11 – Special Needs StudentsRead Chapter 16 – Caring for Special Needs Students.Read the article on options for special needs students.View the video on developing literacy for special needs students.Complete the case study on fostering positive experiences with special needs students.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Special Needs forum.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.7/197/207/217/217/247/24Week 127/25 – 7/31Learning Outcome #7Lesson 8 – Class DiscussionPost your reactions the lesson plans created by other members in your class in the Lesson Plans discussion board forum.Post your reactions to the field work completed by other members in your class in the Field Work discussion board forum.View the video on creating motivating lesson plans.Complete the Early Literacy project.Read the article on exemplary field work.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.7/267/267/317/317/317/31Week 138/1 – 8/7Learning Outcome #8Lesson 9 – Class DiscussionPost your reactions to the research papers presented by other members in your class in the Research Paper discussion board forum.Post your questions regarding the outline and annotated bibliographies in the Bibliography Questions forum.Complete the early literacy case study.View the video on early literacy development.Complete the test on motivation.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.8/28/28/78/78/78/7Week 148/8 – 8/14Learning Outcomes #4 & #5Lesson 10 – Class PresentationsComplete the test on Early Literacy Development.View the video on oral language development.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Oral Language forum.Complete the language foundations case study.Present your field work.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 8/98/98/108/108/148/14Week 158/15 – 8/21Learning Outcome #5Lesson 11 – Class PresentationsSubmit your outline and annotated bibliographies.Post your reactions to the finalized field work by other members in your class in the Field Work discussion board forum.Present your field workView the video on family literacy.Post your reactions to the question posed in the Family Literacy forumPost any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.8/198/208/208/218/218/21Week 168/22 – 8/28Learning Outcomes #5 & #8Lesson 12 – Class Presentations Complete the course assessment.View the video on elementary reading.Post your reaction to the question posed in the Goodbye forum.Submit your final research paper.Present your field work.Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum.8/238/238/288/288/288/28</li></ul>Your Course Participation<br />Description of Assignments<br />Each week, you will have individual and/or group activities that must be completed. You will receive points toward your grade based on your participation in theactivities and the quality of your individual or group’s work. Complete instructionsand rubrics for each assignment can be found in each Weekly Assignment link.<br />Discussion Board Forums<br />Our discussion board forums represent an opportunity to have thoughtful discussionsabout a given topic. The questions raised will be general in nature and ask youto think deeply. <br />In each discussion topic, you will be required to give a thoughtful and comprehensive response of at least five to eight sentences that are reflective and well-written.The discussion begins when other class members read what you wrote and respond.<br />Class members are expected to contribute original thoughts as well as respondto at least two other people. In your responses, you will ask your classmates aquestion, expand on one of their ideas, ask for clarity on one of their points, politely disagree and explain why.<br />Please note that you should complete all of the readings for the week priorto submitting your discussion board forum response. <br />Note: You will be expected to post to the forums in correct sentence and paragraph format. Remember to check for correct spelling and grammar.<br />HYPERLINK l "TOC" o "Return to Table of Contents"Tests and Quizzes<br />This course will have the three tests as outlined in the Calendar of Activities. <br />Written Assignments<br />Written assignments are important in this course. The ability to communicateclearly and effectively to a variety of people is critical to success in the workplace.Your assignments will be evaluated from this perspective. Proofread all assignments carefully. Errors in spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar will result in point deductions.<br />Team Project Requirements (if applicable)<br />This course may include a team project. You will be assigned to a Team with your classmates. You will find the specific directions for your team project in our Weekly sections.<br />Grades for the Course<br />ASSIGNMENTSPOINTSForums (9@30 points each)270Assignments 1 – 4 (4 @ 45 points each)180Assignment 5: Classroom Observation70Assignment 6: Team Project60Quizzes on each Chapter ( 7@25 points each )175Research Paper245Total Points1000<br />GRADEPOINTSPERCENTAGEA900-1000 90-100B800-899 80-89C700-799 70-79D600-699 60-69F0-599 59 and below<br />Late or Make Up Work<br />Late or make up work will need to be discussed with the Professor for special directions.<br />HYPERLINK l "TOC" o "Return to Table of Contents"Recommendations for Success in this Course<br /><ul><li>Plan to study 4 hours for each credit hour of the course. </li></ul>For a 3 credit hour course, you will need a minimum of 12 hours (4 X 3) ofself-study time each week. This means an additional 12 hours of studytime in addition to the time requirements for completing assigned work.<br />Practice and repetition are the best way to ensure your masteryof the material.<br />Communicate with your instructor to ask any important questions andto discuss important concepts.<br />Complete all Reading Assignments and View and Review all Chapter Lectures.<br />Complete and Review all Online Classroom Activities.<br />About the College<br />Florida State College at Jacksonville offers many resources to help you becomesuccessful in your academic career. This section of the syllabus will review theseresources and any policies that may affect your course participation.<br />Library and Learning Commons<br />The Library/Learning Commons (LLC) is an instructional area of the Collegedesigned to offer a variety of teaching, learning and research resources tostudents enrolled in courses at Florida State College at Jacksonville. LLC servicesinclude individual and small group tutoring; traditional and virtual library servicesand materials; subject-specific instruction including orientations; free workshops; study areas; and access to tutorials, computers, and multimedia technology.<br />Students with Disabilities<br />If you have a disability needing academic accommodations you should, inthe first week of class: 1) register with and provide documentation to the Officeof Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) and 2) bring a letter to me fromthe OSSD indicating the need for academic accommodations. To view further information on the OSSD, click here.<br />Important Dates<br />Class BeginsMonday, May 9Refund DeadlineMonday, May 16Non-Attendance DropMonday, May 23Withdraw with “W”Monday, August 15FN GradeMonday, August 22Last Day of ClassSunday, August 28<br />Technical Support<br />For technical support, including help with Blackboard, visit the Online Support Centeror call (904) 632-3151 or Toll free (877)572-8895. Click here to view the Online Support Center.<br />Success in Online Learning Workshop<br />This free and optional workshop sets you up for success in online courses. Click here to view the workshop’s topics and schedule.<br />Expectations of Student Conduct<br />It is expected that each of you use appropriate, professional language andrespect when addressing classmates, as well as your instructor, in any part ofthe online classroom. That same level of professional conduct should extendto all assignments submitted. It’s expected that you will not make insulting orinflammatory statements to other members of the class. Read the commentsof other classmates thoroughly before entering your remarks and responses.Be positive, thoughtful, and constructive in your comments and responses.<br />Academic Dishonesty<br />Academic dishonesty, in any form, has severe consequences. Click here to view FSCJ’s academic dishonesty definitions and procedures.<br />Attendance Policy<br />Attendance is measured in this course by your weekly access to the onlinecontent and completion of all required Homework Assignments, Chapter Quizzes,Chapter Tests, Unit Exam Reviews, Unit Exams, Comprehensive Exit Test, Projects,and Online Discussions. If you fail to sufficiently progress in the online course priorto the official withdrawal date, you will be withdrawn for non-attendance. If the official withdrawal date has passed and you fail to sufficiently progress in theonline course, you will be awarded an FN grade for non-attendance.<br /> HYPERLINK l "TOC" o "Return to Table of Contents" Other Grade Indicators – FN Grade, “I” Grades, and Repeating the Course<br />FN Grade – Failure for Non-Attendance<br />A Failure for Non-Attendance (FN) grade may be assigned any time after the final withdrawal date. Please refer to the College catalog for additional information.<br />Incomplete – “I” Grades<br />Incomplete (I) grades may be awarded based on the criteria in the College catalog.<br />Repeating the Course<br />You may repeat a course in an attempt to improve a grade previously earned.However, you are limited in your attempts to courses where a “D,” “F,” or “FN”grade was earned. You have only three total attempts in any course, includingthe original grade, repeat grades, and withdrawals. Upon the third attempt ina course, you must be given an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F”.<br />When you repeat a course at Florida State College, only the last grade earnedis calculated in your cumulative grade point average (GPA). If you have anexcessive number of “W” or “FN” grades and repeat courses to improve yourGPA, you may jeopardize your admission to programs in the Florida StateUniversity System (SUS) or other institutions.<br />The Next Step<br />I hope you have enjoyed exploring this syllabus and find it useful. Your next step is to view the online orientation and begin Week One’s assignments.<br />See you in the online course!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />