Loyola University Maryland

Messina

Self and Other Course Pairing

Language and Literacy as Lens for Learning about Self and Other (RE219)

In this class, we explore how the languaging process affects our understanding of literacy acquisition. By looking into our own literacy practices, we learn more about the multiple, often divergent, ways literacy develops. The goal is to build a nuanced perspective on literacy processes in order to complicate our teaching craft.
 

Faculty biography

Dr. Margarita Zisselsberger is an assistant professor of literacy education. Her research focuses on the language and literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Children’s Literature as Lens for Learning about Self and Other (RE242)

Narrative is the fundamental way we understand our selves and others, both near and distant. In this class, we explore how narrative can work to influence methods for teaching literacy, particularly by employing high-quality children’s literature. By the end of the semester, the aim is for each student to become a more critical consumer of children’s literature as they create the beginnings of a robust classroom library that attends to the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity of students in K-12 schools.

Faculty biography 

Dr. Mark Lewis is an associate professor of literacy education. His research focuses on evocative and imaginative frameworks for reading and telling stories, as well as representations of youth in children’s and young adult literature.

Mentor biography 

Amy Horst is in her 3rd year with the Messina program having started with the Loyola 101 groups.  She’s the Head Cross Country and Track Coach and enjoys translating the teamwork aspect of coaching to helping guide first years through their developmental time at Loyola!  Her favorite development modules are values discernment and Baltimore 101.  Still an active runner, you’ll see Amy cruising through campus with her team to smile and give high-5’s, or walking her large “puppy”, Joe the St. Bernard.

 
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