Course Description

Create Literature Lessons in the Differentiated Classroom

Learning with Literature (K-3) is designed to teach K-3 educators how to use children's books to become better equipped to teach language arts. The use of children's books will provide more interest which leads to more meaningful lessons. This course provides you with various learning levels for you to differentiate lessons for each student. Start with preselected children books and then choose your own books to create lesson plans. Differentiate in the classroom and plan creative and well thought out literature units for the current and/or upcoming school year!

Learner Outcomes

  • Learn to differentiate and modify instruction for the various levels in the K-3 classroom, including:
    • Word Analysis
    • Vocabulary Development
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Literary Response and Analysis
    • Writing Applications
    • Written and Oral English Language Conventions
    • Listening and Speaking Strategies

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (kindergarten through third grade) who want to know how to use any children's book or story to teach the standards and objectives necessary for their grade level in an interesting and fun manner.

Course Materials: Access to a copy of each of the following seven children's books: Alice the Fairy by David Shannon; Farm Alphabet Book by Jane Miller; The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant; Sunshine, Moonshine by Jennifer Armstrong; You are Special by Max Lucado; The Way to Start a Day by Byrd Baylor; and Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons. Plus you will need to choose three (3) additional children's literature books of your choice to complete the assignments. Check your school library and/or city library; or books can be ordered on Amazon.com or at your local bookstore. Also, some lessons use typical classroom art supplies that you may already have access to. This course can be completed with or without classroom students present.


"The flexibility of the lessons and wide array of literature makes this course work for my grade levels. It aligns nicely with the Common Core Standards." -- Kathleen Smith, 1st Grade Educator, Sacramento, CA
"Writing the lessons for the Final Project was what really gave me good experience in planning and differentiating. Planning and thinking in terms of each grade level is what really made everything come together for me. My students have started asking me when we're going to do another 'fun' lesson. I plan to continue to tie skills to literature using your format. It's logical and organized." -- Bobbie M., DoDEA Instructional Support Reading Specialist
"This class was very beneficial and I believe it helped me to become a better teacher. This class taught me how to take any book off my shelf and plan a Language Arts activity that will be meaningful and fun for my students." -- Laura N., Teacher, Transitional Kindergarten
"Thanks so much for teaching this class...my students and I will continue our reading program enjoying many more purposeful, meaningful, lesson-ful books!" -- Valerie M.,Teacher, 1st Grade

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $391 credit (3 units) $391.00
Available for Extension Credit
3 units
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