Course Details for Dr. Tara Alvey - Winter - 2019-20

From Hogwarts to Wonderland: Children's Literature from Great Britain

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Dr. Alvey is an Assistant Professor of Literacy at Austin Peay State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy methods, children's literature, and English Language Learners. She also coordinates both the Reading masters program and the Master of Arts in Teaching program at APSU. She earned her BA in English/Secondary Education from Thomas More College, her MEd in English Education from Vanderbilt University, and her PhD in Learning, Teaching, and Diversity, with an emphasis in Language, Literacy, and Culture from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Alvey's scholarly interests include digital literacies, children's literature, struggling readers, and teacher education. (More Info)

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From Hogwarts to Wonderland: Children's Literature from Great Britain

Program Dates:

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Education , English Language and Literature

Course Description:
Walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters and visit the settings of your favorite books. Board a train like Paddington Bear, see London from above like Mary Poppins, and try to find Platform 9¾ like Harry. In this course, you will read a range of British children's literature and experience the world in which these stories take place. You will see original transcripts and drawings from classic books at the British Library and experience the making of the Harry Potter movies at The Harry Potter Warner Brothers studio tour. Join us for this exciting adventure! 

An introduction to education course OR an introduction to literature course

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
  1. Great course for preservice teachers or anyone with an interest in children’s literature!
  2. Gain a better understanding of and appreciation for children’s literature from and about Great Britain
  3. Tour the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour outside London
  4. See children’s literature come to life on stage in London’s theatre district
  5. See original manuscripts and artwork from classic children’s books at the British Library
  6. Visit museums to explore aspects of children’s literature (including the Victoria and Albert Museum)
  7. Engage in discussions about literature with peers while experiencing the environment in which the books are set