ENGL 235 - Children’s Literature
3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [Reading Level 3 and Writing Level 3 ]
This course is a survey of literature for children in the elementary grades, aimed at developing techniques for using books with children, storytelling and the criteria for book selection.
OFFERED: fall and spring semesters
Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1: Students will select literature for children in accordance with their developmental levels and changing interests.
- Classify various types of children’s literature including poetry and plays, picture books, traditional literature, non-fiction, fantasy, and realistic, historical, and multicultural fiction.
- Research quality children’s books through using the public library and Internet.
- Discuss the various types of literature appropriate for use with children.
- Prepare for, and participate in, book talks that prompt an understanding of, and appreciation for, selected award-winning children’s books.
Goal 2: Students will evaluate various genres of children’s literature by utilizing specific criteria.
- Select appropriate children’s literature for various age groups and population.
- Critically assess current problems and issues in children’s literature.
- Evaluate the works of major authors and illustrators, and literary awards.
- Document developmental challenges in the selection of children’s literature by directly working with children.
Goal 3: Students will write perceptively about children’s literature.
- Interpret how children’s books reflect their stages of development and various interests using reader response logs.
- Reflect on ways the literary themes and situations connect to one’s life experiences using reader response logs.
- Assemble an annotated bibliography to illustrate and to promote age-appropriate books for children.
- Analyze the main literary elements in children’s literature.
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