School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 405/516 Outline

LIS 405/516 Canadian Literature for Young People in Schools and Libraries

(Winter 2012, 3-0-0)

Instructor: Gail de Vos
Phone: 1- 780-797-3949

Calendar Description: A survey of Canadian children’s materials from books for babies to those aimed at the young adult market. Focus on contemporary works, trends in both publishing and content, and issues such as censorship, multimedia forms and the Internet.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course students should:

  • Understand their own reading processes and appreciation of story.
  • Appreciate the significance of literature in the lives of young people.
  • Apply criteria for the evaluation of literature in terms of literary merit, media format, and the developmental needs of young people.
  • Have an increased understanding of the challenges facing the authors and illustrators, the publishers and booksellers, and the reading public today in Canada.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes (KSAs) correlation:

  • All students can learn, albeit at different rates and in different ways
  • The purposes of short, medium, and long term range planning
  • Students’ needs for physical, social, cultural, and psychological security
  • The importance of respecting students’ human dignity
  • There are many approaches to teaching and learning.
  • The functions of traditional and electronic teaching/learning technologies
  • Student learning enhanced through the use of home and community resources

Content:  General Introduction to the Field Criteria for evaluation and selection of materials. Reading needs and interests of children. The diverse body of material with appeal to young readers. Current trends, issues and problems.

Methods: Course instruction will include online lectures, assigned readings, and evaluation of texts for young people in various formats.

Assignments: There is no examination for this course. A 10% penalty for lateness per day will be enforced for all assignments. Students have until midnight to post their assignments on the course site on the due date. Raw scores (marks on assignments) are totalled at the end of the course and converted to University of Alberta’s letter grading scale. In addition to the following assignments, students registered in LIS 516 will have an additional assignment worth 20% of their total mark (80% will be comprised of the regular assignments.)

  • Virtual Seminars                                        30%
  • Read and Reacts                                       30%
  • First Nations Picture Books                        25%
  • Participation                                               15%

Academic Integrity: The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Inclusive Language & Equity: The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of equality and respect for all people within the university community, and to educating faculty, staff and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support and Disability Services.