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Teaching Self-Expression with Ezra Jack Keats
2 Clock Hour of Early Childhood Education
2 Clock Hours
Ezra Jack Keats wrote and illustrated many books in his literary career using a distinctive artistic style. Keats also began creating pieces of children’s literature from what he knew, which was inner city children from many backgrounds and ethnicities. His book, The Snowy Day featuring an African American protagonist came out in 1962 which was a turbulent time for Civil Rights in America. Keats’ books featured predominantly African American children in inner city settings which both caused a stir and opened up dialogue for diversity and common challenges that children face. Using Ezra Jack Keats books in an early childhood setting lends itself to support social and emotional development, respectful interactions between peers, and self-expression.
Course Difficulty: Level 2 - This course has entry level vocabulary that most students should be able to easily become familiar with. Assignments include peer discussion boards, open-ended and multiple choice questions.
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CDA Criteria for this Course
CDA Content Area: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development (2 hours)
Enrollment Hours (PST)
Monday - Friday 7 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm
Holidays 9 am – 8 pm