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ENG 117 - Children’s Literature

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ENG 101  

This is a course that 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 will be emphasized. Critical issues in children’s literature will also be 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. Develop criteria to use in evaluating all major genres of children’s literature.
  3. Recognize the classics of children’s literature, including major authors and illustrators from the 15th century to the present.
  4. Identify and argue from the principal issues of debate and more recent scholarship in children’s literature such as censorship, didacticism, feminism, multiculturalism, and post modernism.
  5. Develop practical strategies for engaging children with literature and encouraging a meaningful response.
  6. Apply critical reading to the texts.
  7. Develop critical thinking skills by analyzing the literature.
  8. Further develop writing skills in relationship to literature
Listed Topics
  1. Children’s poetry: including nursery rhymes, and classic as well as contemporary works
  2. Picture and illustrated books: classic as well as contemporary
  3. Fables, folktales, fairytales, legends, romances, epics, and myths
  4. Fiction: both realism and fantasy
  5. Nonfiction: including but not limited to biography and autobiography; instruction, travel, and history
  6. Critical issues of debate and recent scholarship
  7. Timeline of periods and authors
Reference Materials
Current recognized texts, handouts, videos, study sheets, Internet resources and multi-media.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 01/30/2007

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