LIBR 267-02
LIBR 267-11
Seminar in Services to Children and Young Adults
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Leigh Ann Morlock
Other contact information:503-318-4190 Office location: Online
Office Hours: By Appoinment

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ANGEL Information: This course is completely online and will be available January 22, 2009.  Access information email we will be sent to you.

Course Description

The course will expose students to a variety of children's and young adult literature across cultures found within the United States as well as issues and debates about such literature.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 204, and at least two of 262A-265 (or LIBR 260, 261, 262 prior to Fall 2008) required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Gain awareness of multicultural children's and young adult literature through reading a variety of such literature.
  • Critically analyze multicultural children's literature for accuracy, authenticity, and quality.
  • Develop a advocacy project/lesson plan for incorporating multicultural children's literature in a public library or school library.
  • Write a final research paper on a current issue in multicultural children's literature.

LIBR 267 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
  • apply fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;
  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection,  acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • understand the nature of research, research methods and research findings; retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;
  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.

Course Requirements


  • Textbook reading assignments
  • Novel and picture reading assignments
  • Assigned reading related essay
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Discussion response
  • Advocacy project/lesson plan
  • Research paper

Course Calendar

  • Week 1 assignment due January 29
  • Week 2 assignment due February 5
  • Week 3 assignment due February 12
  • Week 4 assignment due February 19
  • Week 5 assignment due February 26
  • Week 6 assignment due March 5
  • Week 7 assignment due March 12
  • Week 8 assignment due March 19
  • Week 9 assignment due April 2
  • Week 10 assignment due April 9
  • Week 11 assignment due April 16
  • Week 12 assignment due April 23
  • Advocacy project/lesson plan due April 30
  • Final Research paper due May 11

Please communicate with me if must turn in an assignment late.

Course Grading

  • Essays= 50 points each
  • Discussion participation= 20 points each
  • Annotated bibliography= 100 points each
  • Advocacy project/lesson plan=200 points
  • Research paper=300 points

Textbooks and Readings

Required Novels
in the order they will appear in the course

  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
  • Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
  • Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • A Step from Heaven by An Na
  • The Sky Changed Forever by Firyal Alshalabi and Sam Drexler
  • 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Rules of the Heart by Sara Ryan

Required Picture Books

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Shades of Black: a celebration of our children by Sandra Pinkney
  • The Five Chinese Brothers by by Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt Wiese
  • Sing Down the Rain by Judi Moreillon
  • Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto

Note: the required novels and picture books should be available at most libraries and bookstores, or online at

Additional Readings
In addition to the textbook, novel, and picture books listed above, you are also required to read five picture books for each that focuses on a specific multicultural topic.  Lessons 6-12.  This portion of the course will will require you to search, locate, retrieve, and introduce picture books to your colleagues. 

Required Textbooks:

  • Fox, D., & Short, K. (Eds.). (2003). Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity in Children's Literature. National Council of Teachers of English. Available through Amazon: 0814147445. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Henderson, D.L., amp; May, J.P. (2005). Exploring Culturally Diverse Literature for Children and Adolescents: Learning to Listen in New Ways. Allyn and Bacon. Available through Amazon: 0205464610. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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