eZine Part II
Again, you can do the eZine individually or with a partner. Read the GROUP rules with attention if planning to work with a partner toward the end of this description/instructions.
This eZine is a way for you to bring together what you have learned in this course so far.
- Select a children's book focused on a SOCIAL or CULTURAL diversity issue. Then READ it and ASSESS the quality of the book. The quality should be based on what Russell and I, Prof. Shaw, have pointed out as responsible for the high quality of some children's books. So, this is YOUR assessment of the quality of the book.
- Now, read REVIEWS of the book and use these reviews to ASSESS the quality of the book.
- IF the book you selected isn't of good quality, DISCARD it and SELECT another one.
- Once you select the book, start with your title for your eZine. Underneath, add "by your name (or your name and your partner's name)."
- Now, insert a copy of the front page of the book and center it.
- Next start writing a 5-paragraph article about this children's book.
- Your article must have a title.
- As you write, keep in mind that YOUR audience (your targeted readers of the eZine). You will be writing to parents, ducators, caretakers, and people interested in choosing this type of children's book as a gift to a child.
- BEGIN YOUR first paragraph by stating what the TITLE is and who the WRITER and ILLUSTRATOR are. In the same paragraph, the targeted AUDIENCE. The publisher's site and Amazon will identify the targeted audience. Still in the same paragraph, identify the GENRE and/or TYPE of book your selected book is. Use your Russell's textbook to review the main characteristics (features or elements) of the genre and/or type of book. Then write about the characteristics of the genre and/or type of book THIS children's book is in more detail.
- Next, PERSUADE your readers that all children should read this book. This part should consist of three paragraphs. Explain WHY all children should read it. Your reasons should be based on 3 to 5 features or elements about the book that make it stand out. In addition, refer to specific parts of the story that are appropriate to the cognitive, moral, and psychosocial developmental stages of the targeted children readers of the book. A review of your textbook Chapter 2 should be helpful.
- BE SPECIFIC and GIVE DETAILS. SUPPORT what you say and GIVE EXAMPLES from the book.
- Insert copies of pages of the book that are important to illustrate a point. For example, say you think the use of colors is important. You need to insert a page which supports what you say. Another example: suppose you say that the writer uses just the right amount of words or sentences, or specific words, that are particularly appropriate for the age and developmental stage of children--insert a picture of a page as an example.
- Finally, write a concluding paragraph.
- Your article must be equivalent to a five-paragraph long, double spaced regular .docx file page with 1" margins, Times Roman size 12 font. A column format is fine, but check if what you wrote is equivalent to the .docx file described above. One way of checking is by copying and pasting the article in a .docx page without columns. If it's equivalent, then the article in the columns work.
- Your eZine should also include a separate section on the writer of the book. Research her/his life and work and highlight what you think your readers should know, especially if there's something that explains why the writer wrote this particular book Insert a photo of the writer. If it's relevant, you can insert copies of the writer's related works. IF the writer and illustrator are the SAME, then write about her/his work in one single section.
- If the illustrator is different, include a separate section on the illustrator. Research her/his life and work and highlight what you think your readers should know, especially if there's something that explains why the illustrator chose to illustrate this book. Insert a photo of the illustrator. If it's relevant, you can insert copies of the illustrator's related works.
- Your eZine should also have a section about you and WHY you selected this book. Was there a personal reason? Or did you do it because it was part of an assignment? Did you learn something that you wouldn't if you hadn't selected this book? You can also write about anything else about you and children's books that would be good for YOUR audience (the readers of the eZine) to know.
- Your eZine should also have a section in which you recommend or suggest children's books and/or resources (for example, if you chose a book about a disability, same-sex parents,adopted siblings of different nationalities, you may have some recommendations regarding a site about these topics). For each recommendation, have a link, followed by about 3 lines with an explanation of why you are making this recommendation. Include images/photos as well.
- DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. Do not pass other people's work, information, ideas, words as your own.
- CITE your sources, following MLA citation guidelines.
- Writing should be double spaced. Times Roman, size 12 font should be used. The only exception in regard to font is for titles, but regardless of the font for the title, you must use 12 size font.
- You must use BLACK color for the written parts. However, DIFFERENT colors for titles or a few words can be used. Do not use faint colors. You may also use the highlighter for some words as long as words are visible.
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