Course Description

Wordless books give students an opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills by practicing inferring, building an understanding of the relationship between pictures and words and identifying the story structure. At your own pace you will explore wordless books that give K-8 students of all levels and abilities, learning opportunities, from labeling pictures to strengthening their understanding of story and plot. Grades K-5.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to Identify the characteristics and qualities of good children's literature and how wordless books tell a story.
  • Understand strategies for using children's literature to engage students of all ages and abilities.
  • Have become familiar with techniques for using storyline to draw out meanings.
  • Be able to design multi-curricula lessons & projects for wordless books that are literature based.
  • Have learned how current media resources can be a valuable resource in learning about children's wordless books.
  • Have learned how to choose wordless books and decide how to fit them into the curriculum.
  • Have gathered ideas for using the best in children's literature with students of diverse needs.
  • Be able to choose graphic organizers, story webs, event maps to retell the book.
  • Have learned how to find concept books that focus on a particular theme but still have a story to tell.


I've really enjoyed discovering new books. I've already used quite a few of the titles from this course with my class and the kids love them. I've used a couple of wordless books in the past, but now I'm planning to make them a much bigger part of my literacy curriculum. Thanks for a great course!

---4th grade teacher, International School

This class has shown me how useful wordless books can be for developing reading skills. Wordless books are an easy platform for differentiating curriculum, as they can be interpreted by every student, no mater their reading level. This genre of books can be used as a huge confidence booster because the curriculum that can be used with them is completely open-ended and students will be comforted by the fact that it is hard to get a wrong answer.

Wordless books are a treasure, and I cannot wait to implement them in my own classroom!

---3rd grade teacher, Myrtle Point

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Section Title
Children's Books: Wordless Wonders
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (2 units) $525.00
Available for Credit
2 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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