Course Description

The course is designed to take an in-depth look at methods and strategies used to conduct effective classroom novel study units. Students will examine their own practices with teaching novels and the practices of effective teachers of literacy. During the course they will create a novel unit based on the use of quality pre-reading, during reading and after reading questions, explicit vocabulary, journaling, text connections and a novel assessment. They will be encouraged to share their own instructional successes and challenges in the area of literacy as they work through the process of creating a novel study unit.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on their own literacy teaching practices and set goals for their teaching.
  • Apply Best Practices to their teaching and learning instruction.
  • Plan lessons that incorporate research based strategies.
  • Investigate the interwoven nature of standards and assessment.
  • Think critically about and evaluate literacy programs available to teachers.
  • Develop a unit of study for use in the classroom.


Participants will need Internet access and a middle level novel to read for creating novel study lessons.


Thanks so much! I appreciate your feedback, and it has been wonderful to feel prepared for the unit... I started it today!

---Winter 2016 Student

Thank you for an engaging and thoughtful class.

---Summer 2015 Student

I am so excited to use this with my students this spring!

---Winter 2015 Student

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Section Title
Developing a Successful Novel Study
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $690.00
Available for Credit
3 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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