INFO 269-10
Early Childhood Literacy
Fall 2016 Syllabus

Elizabeth (Beth) Wrenn-Estes, Lecturer
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: 510-410-1959
Office location: Home Office:
Office Hours: By Appointment

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 24th, 6 am PDT unless you are taking an intensive or a one unit or two unit class that starts on a different day. In that case the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

Covers a wide variety of topics important for an understanding of early childhood multi-literacies in library and non-library environments, including current research, best practices and practical examples that can be implemented in various work environments with children.

Course Requirements

  • Students are responsible to review the Syllabus and the Canvas course site.
  • These two important information sources (Syllabus and Canvas Course site) work in tandem to give students directions, requirements and information needed to be successful in Early Childhood Literacy. You need to understand both.
  • Each student is expected to check the CANVAS site at least once per day for course updates, additional resources, announcements, and other new information that may be posted by the instructor.
  • The student should read the Syllabus carefully and then visit the website and read through everything that is there. Compile questions or clarifications that you need ask and post to Questions and Answers Discussion Thread.
  • The instructor makes every effort to proofread the information in both the syllabus and the Canvas course website. However, errors may occur. If you see something that confuses you or doesn’t look correct please let the instructor know by placing the question or comment on the Question and Answer discussion thread.

The Importance of completing SOTES at semester’s end.
Students complete SOTES to evaluate the course and the instructor at the end of each term. An announcement will go out from the iSchool administration letting students know when the SOTES open. The importance of SOTES is very easy to describe – it is the student’s voice to the administration and the instructor giving them both feedback on the positives and negatives of the student’s experience in each class they take in the program. Completing the SOTES is so very important to improving courses and instruction.

E-mail Subject Lines/Naming of Assignment Files – Mandatory

  • Format for subject line for all email correspondence:
  • Format the file name for all of your assignments:

E-mail Response Time
Instructor answers email on a regular basis throughout the day and evenings.

Official iSchool Email Policy:

  • Instructor will respond to student emails within 24-hours of receipt. The instructor will inform the class if a longer response time is needed (instructor out of town, illness, etc.).
  • Students are expected to promptly answer emails from the instructor and fellow students.

Blackboard IM:
Students MUST sign up for Blackboard IM (BbIM). The iSchool will send out information on how to sign up. Blackboard IM is an excellent way for the class to stay in touch with one another and with the Instructor.

Crisis or Emergency:

  • Please CALL, TEXT or EMAIL the instructor (in advance if at all possible) if a situation will prevent you from completing an assignments or another class activity.
  • You will receive a zero for any course work missed unless you have received permission from the instructor for an extension. Most extensions are granted for extenuating circumstances only and not for being overwhelmed at work (for example).
  • The instructor reserves the right to deduct points (the number of points is determined by the instructor) for any work not submitted on time or lack of participation in any class activities or assignment.

Course Calendar:
Subject to change with fair notice.

Technology Requirements:
You will need a high-speed connection (DSL, cable, etc.) to successfully participate in this class.

Grading/Grading Rubric
The instructor uses the rubric inside the Canvas Speedgrader. The instructor grades assignments as quickly as possible but it may take up to three weeks to get an assignment completely graded and returned to the class if class size is large and the instructor has additional classes to teach during the semester. The instructor will post grading updates on the announcements page to let students know where in the grading process of a certain assignment the instructor is.

Grading: – see scale below

Rounding – The instructor does not round points to the next whole number. If you receive an 89.6 you will get the grade equivalent for those points.

Assignment Points Due Date
Movers and Shakers in ECL (Paper) 8

Due Week 3 September 11th 11:59 p.m. Pacific

A detailed description of the assignment will be given when the course site opens.

CLO 1,2,6 /Comp K,N

Article Review



Due Week 5 – September 25th 11:59 p.m. Pacific

Pick three articles from the Notes section in Chapter 1 of Ghoting/Martin-Diaz - Storytimes for Everyone. Read and evaluate the articles (research) and write a paper summarizing the articles focus and findings. More detailed description will be given when the course site opens.

CLO 1,2,6 /Comp K,N

Guest Speakers


Collaborate Session (Mandatory) – Week 6 - September 29th – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PST – Guest Speakers

Reflections Due Week 6 October 2 11:59 p.m. Pacific

CLO 1,2 /Comp K

Early Childhood Literacy Program (Blog)


Due - Week 10 – October 11th

More detailed description will be given when the course site opens.

CLO 1,2,5,6/ Comp K, M, N

Early Childhood Literacy Project


Due Week 11 - November 1st

There are many concepts and skills that a librarian needs to know to be effective in integrating early childhood literacy concepts into programs and services.

Evaluation Process (if evaluations are needed), including due dates, will be explained when the course site opens.

CLO 2,3,6/Comp M,N

Guest Speakers


Collaborate Session (Mandatory) – Week 15 –November 30th – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PST – Guest Speakers

Reflections Due Week 15 December 3rd 11:59 p.m. Pacific

CLO 1,2,6 /Comp K, N

Student Observations Blog


Due Week 16 – December 7th 11:59 p.m. Pacific

A detailed description of the assignment will be given when the course site opens.

CLO 2,3,6/Comp M,N

Discussion Forums (5) 16

See Discussion Threads Schedule for topics and point allocations.

CLO 1,2,3,6/Comp J, K, M and N

TOTAL 100  


  • The instructor reserves the right to deduct points for any assignment not turned in on time.
  • There is an exception to this rule - Instructor does grant extensions for extenuating circumstances and gives students alternate due dates for specific assignments BUT students must contact the instructor immediately should there be extenuating circumstances that cause an assignment to not be turned in on time. Reminder - important to notify the instructor of your situation earlier than later.
  • Collaborate sessions are mandatory to attend. If you miss a Collaborate session you will lose all points for that sesssion for non-attendance (see extensions for extenuating circumstances above)

All assignments, overviews and lectures, will be provided in written form and in audio and video formats.

The instructor will act as a facilitator for the threads The instructor may comment from time-to-time but the discussions are student driven.


  • Students are expected to contribute to each thread and to participate as much as possible throughout the designated time frames for each thread
  • Do not post before the opening date of the thread.
  • Except for the Introduction post (week 1) which is worth 0 points all other posts are worth 4 points.
  • All threads begin on Mondays at 1 a.m. pacific and end on Sundays at 5 p.m. pacific.
  • You must post one substantial post on Tuesday and one substantial post on Thursday of each week and two posts to classmates before Sunday at 11 p.m. pacific. All students are asked to check the site and read any new posts by 5 p.m. pacific.
  • Full points will be awarded to students who write in-depth insights and opinions about the weekly topic.
  • If students do not post the required number of posts or do not include the level of detail in the substantial posts points will be deducted. Substantial posts are worth 1.75 points each and the responses to classmates are worth .25 each.
  • The instructor will include questions or prompts with each book discussion thread to get the conversation going but students are charged with keeping the discussion going throughout the week.
  • Doing more than the minimum number of posts is encouraged and helps keep the conversation going.


  • Please read through the entire site when it opens on August 24th.
  • Weekly outlines (appear on Canvas Course Site) will have more descriptive content than indicated on the Syllabus including but not limited to links for discussion threads, assignments and overviews/lectures, articles to read, websites to read, URL to readings or links to PDF’s on the course site, detailed descriptions of assignments and lectures and videos to watch.

General Writing Standards- ALL ASSIGNMENTS

  • Students must produce assignments that meet writing and research standards appropriate for students in a Master’s program of study. Write clearly!
  • It is critical to proofread your work and then proofread again before turning it in.
  • Graduate level writing standards do not tolerate grammatical errors of any kind.
  • You will lose points so please make sure you pay attention to sentence construction and other grammar.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to a style writing handbook of their choice- suggestions are Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. APA is mandated for citations included within the text of the paper and reference/bib page(s) BUT no other parts of the assignments

Spelling and Grammar Guidelines
Instructor may not read your entire assignment for spelling and grammar mistakes; if, in the instructor’s opinion, your assignment contains too many errors the instructor will reduce your points and stop grading the assignment for grammar and spelling and will go on to content and research, etc.


  • Blogs must have a banner on the homepage
    Include the following on the homepage
    • Name of Student
    • Title of assignment
    • Class number and title
    • Name of Instructor
    • University Name
    • Date of Assignment
  • If you want to make up a name for your blog you can do so but the Assignment Name instructor has given must appear first and then your title next.
  • You may use an existing blog that you have for assignments from other classes but instructor must have a clear path to the blog for this class and not have to do any un-necessary searching.
  • Blogs must look professional and have color themes, font choice, and navigation (live links to all sections of blog for instance from the homepage) picked to enhance the assignment.
  • Use the many features that the blog has and thoroughly review the blog you have chosen so that you know it will accommodate the requirements of the assignment.
  • Books covers are especially important to include when appropriate. Use of illustrations, pictures or embedded video is encouraged.
  • Pictures should enhance text/narrative but images do not replace written content narratives.
  • Blogs do not have a specific page length but must be of sufficient length to adequately cover the assignment.
  • Blogs are written in formal style unless otherwise noted on the assignment description. Remember this isn’t a blog you are keeping for day-to-day personal use. Think moderate but friendly academic level writing and focus on creating a blog that peers, colleagues, children and their parents would find useful. The blog is still a creative way to present this assignment instead of creating an electronic document.
  • References and citations within narratives must be in APA format. References can be done as one blog posting at the end of the blog or the references at the bottom of each section of the blog.
  • All images must have a credit for where you obtained it and that credit can be located under the specific image or at the end of the blog section.
  • Any other questions not answered in the points above contact the instructor. Any other questions not answered in the points above please contact the instructor for further information or clarification.


  • Prepare all assignments in MS Word.
  • Do not exceed the number of pages specified by the instructor.

Title Page MUST have:

  • Name of Student
  • Title of Assignment
  • Class number and title
  • Name of Instructor
  • Name of University
  • Date of Assignment

Other points

  • Papers must be doubled spaced and the font to use is 12 point Arial or Cambria
  • Page numbers and the name of the assignment must appear on all pages except the title page
  • Reference page(s) must be included and meet APA guidelines - Single Spaced
  • Citations within the text must be in accordance with APA guidelines
  • All papers are to be written in moderately formal but friendly style unless otherwise noted on the assignment description.
  • Remember pictures within the document adds visual breaks for the reader and helps clarify points that you are making. Books covers are especially important to include when appropriate. Cite all sources that you take images from.
  • Any other questions not answered in the information above please contact the instructor.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 200

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify early literacy skills and activities.
  2. Define characteristics of early childhood development.
  3. Discuss major early literacy theorists and key research findings, their differences and similarities, and determine which are most useful in library and non-library environments.
  4. Develop assessment tools for evaluating early childhood literacy programs and services.
  5. Design an early childhood literacy program for a library or non-library environment.
  6. Discuss new technologies and new forms of communication and their impact on young children.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 269 supports the following core competencies:

  1. K Design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories.
  2. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations.
  3. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Ghoting, S.N., & Martin-Diaz, P. (2013). Storytimes for everyone!. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. Available through Amazon: 0838911692arrow 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 or Informatics) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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