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OER for Prof. Blyschak


Welcome to CASD 1718!

Performance surrounds us every day and has always been a vital part in conveying narrative. Oral Interpretation is “the art of communicating to an audience a work of literary art in its intellectual, emotional and aesthetic entirety.” (Gura, 2010 Oral Interpretation)

This course is a zero cost/open educational resources course.  That means there is no textbook students need to purchase. All materials are available freely to students.

Course Description

An investigation of traditional and contemporary children’s literature from various cultures.


Professor: Nataliya Blyschak
Office Hours: Wednesdays 7:00 PM or by appointment

Do you need a laptop etc.?

If you do not have reliable and regular access to a desktop or laptop computer, headphones or internet access please go to the Brooklyn College Device Loan Requests/Returns to request equipment. Brooklyn College has Chromebooks, Laptops, iPads, Headphones and T-Mobile Hotspots that can be loaned to you.

About the Course and How It Works

In this course, students will work on the skills necessary to analyze and bring to life words on the page, with specific emphasis on embodying distinct characters from a range of Children’s literature, and understanding the role and function of reading and literature in working with children and young adults.

This Distance Learning course will feature both a synchronous component involving live class discussions and presentations, as well as asynchronous learning material provided for your development as a performer of children’s literature.

What is asynchronous learning?

Asynchronous learning means that the instructor and the students in the course all engage with the course content at different times (and from different locations). The instructor provides students with a variety of course materials which the students move through on a more flexible timeline still guided by the instructor. Each unit might make use of assigned readings or uploaded media, online quizzes, discussion boards, and more. The instructor sets guidelines, provides them with feedback, and assesses them as needed.

What is synchronous learning?

Synchronous learning means that the instructor and the students come together at the same time – either face-to-face or digitally. If participants are remote, synchronous events are typically mediated by digital tools that allow for livestreaming of audio, video, and presentations, such as live classes or meetings, live conversations, simultaneous document editing, and more.

(Source: The Transforming Teaching Toolkit by the Centre for Teaching & Learning, Queen’s University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)

Citation: [Little Bookworms] (2019, Dec. 4) Whoever You Are - Diversity Book Read Aloud [Video File]. Retrieved from

Citation: [Scholastic] (2013, Sept. 26) Yuyi Morales Reads Niño Wrestles the World [Video File]. Retrieved from