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ENG 117 - Children’s Literature

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ENG 101  

This course introduces and surveys children’s literature, including poetry, picture books, fables, folktales, myths, realistic and fantastic fiction and nonfiction. A reading knowledge of representative, noteworthy children’s texts and their evaluative review is emphasized. Critical issues in children’s literature are examined and debated.


Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify significant historic milestones and literary movements in the development of children’s literature.
  2. Examine the historic and contemporary classics of children’s literature, including authors and illustrators.
  3. Analyze principal issues and more recent scholarship in children’s literature, such as censorship, didacticism, feminism, multiculturalism and post modernism.
  4. Devise practical strategies for engaging children with literature and encouraging meaningful response.
  5. Evaluate children’s literature for bias/stereotypes such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and ability/disability.
  6. Develop communication skills by analyzing the literature through writing, discussion and presentation.
Listed Topics

  1. Children’s poetry: nursery rhymes, classics and contemporary
  2. Picture and illustrated books: classics and contemporary
  3. Fables, folktales/fairytales, legends, epics and myths
  4. Fiction: realism and fantasy both classics and contemporary
  5. Nonfiction
  6. Literary criticism: critical issues of debate and recent scholarship
  7. Periods of development of children’s literature
Reference Materials
Current recognized texts, handouts, internet resources and multi-media.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/22/2020

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