Instructional Goals and Objectives
At the beginning of every semester in my children’s literature classes, I share this poem:
Their job, I tell them, is to become storytellers in their own right. The following is an example of the “Storyteller” theme in unit one of the course. I include the curricular goal, the curriculum objective, and each of the instructional goals and instructional objectives in unit one:
Unit One: The Mission of the Minstrel
Curriculum Goal One:
Students will select and read children’s literature for a variety of purposes and contexts.
Curriculum Objective One:
By the end of the LIT 255, all students will exhibit proficiency in selecting children’s literature for multiple purposes, including multiculturalism, bibliotherapy, entertainment, and instruction.
Instructional Goals and Objectives for Unit I:
Goal One/Objective One:
Goal: The student will select multiple pieces of children’s literature from various award-winning categories, reading levels, and interest levels.
Objective: The student will create a creative and meaningful way to catalog and remember books from multiple sources, including books from award winning categories (Caldecott, Newbery, King, Geisel, Belpre, Sibert, and Lambda), books appropriate for socio-emotional development, and books of the student’s own interests at the proficiency level contracted for. (Domains: Cognitive, Affective, and possibly Psychomotor)
Goal Two/Objective Two:
Goal: The student will respond to children’s literature through description, analysis, classification, personal reaction, interpretation, and evaluation.
Objective: The student will respond to children’s literature through description, analysis, classification, personal reaction, interpretation, and evaluation with the number of books contracted for. (Domains: Cognitive and Affective)
Goal Three/Objective Three:
Goal: The student will integrate activities with children’s literature containing multicultural elements.
Objective: In cooperative learning groups, the student will research and design a themed, critical, and creative presentation, integrating children’s literature with multicultural components at the applicable level of proficiency as contracted. (Domains: Cognitive, Affective, and possibly Psychomotor)
Goal Four/Objective Four:
Goal: The student will develop an understanding of evaluative criteria of a children’s book in a self-selected genre.
Objective: The student will review a children’s book in a self-selected genre using that genre’s evaluative criteria at the applicable level of proficiency. (Domains: Cognitive and possibly Affective and Psychomotor)
A Different View:
What follows are the same curriculum objective, the same instructional goals, and the same instructional objectives. The curriculum goal, in this case, is called the “Course Competency,” which is in line with the language used in the Colorado Community College System.
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