Course Syllabus

Course: ENGL 2330

Division: Humanities
Department: English & Philosophy
Title: Children's Literature

Semester Approved: Fall 2015
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2020
End Semester: Fall 2021

Catalog Description: This course provides an introduction to poetry, fiction and non-fiction written for children. Emphasis is on selection, critical analysis, and approaches to teaching.

Semesters Offered: Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0

Prerequisites: English 1010

Justification: Children's Literature is an option in all Elementary Education programs. In addition, it serves parents, teachers, and para-professionals in the local school districts.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Students will develop their understanding of literary and artistic techniques used in children's literature. They will demonstrate this learning through discussion, exams, and other written work.

5: A student who completes the GE curriculum can respond with informed sensitivity to an artistic work or experience. Students will examine and analyze the literary and visual art in children's literature. They will demonstrate this learning through discussion, exams, and other written work.


Student Learning Outcomes:
should have a sense of the beginnings and major changes in literature for children, Students will demonstrate this understanding though exams, writing assignments, and class discussion. 

should be familiar with authors and illustrators of significance in the development of children's books, Students will demonstrate this understanding though exams, writing assignments, and class discussion. 

should be familiar with prominent authors and illustrators of the present, Students will demonstrate this understanding though exams, writing assignments, and class discussion. 

should be able to evaluate a book in terms of illustration and content, Students will demonstrate this ability though exams, writing assignments, and class discussion. 

should be able to select a balance of books for the school classroom or library both in terms of genre and diversity. Students will demonstrate this skill though exams, the card file and other writing assignments, and class discussion.  


Content:
The following outline is representative of course content but may vary depending on instructor preference. Understanding Literature and the Child Reader. Developments in the History of Children's Literature Identifying and Understanding Literary Elements Reader Response Theory and its Ramifications Diversity and Multiculturalism Exploring the Genres of Children's literature. Traditional Literature Picture Books Poetry Modern Realistic Fiction Historical Fiction Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction Informational Books and Biography Creating the Literature -Based Classroom Creating Discussion Literary and Content Units The Classroom Library

Key Performance Indicators:
Grade will be determined by % of points possible. Point bearing components are as follows:

Written Critical/Analytical assignment with each chapter as assigned: 35-40% 

Oral reports on an author and an illustrator as assigned: 5-10% 

Cardfile of 100 (minimum) books read and reviewed as assigned: 35-40% 

Selection and submission of a poetry anthology as assigned: 5-10% 

Diagram, materials list, and instructions for a theme-based Reading Corner as assigned: 5-10% 

 

 

 

 

 



Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Charles Temple and Miriam Martinez. Children's Books in Children's Hands. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, current edition.


Pedagogy Statement:


Maximum Class Size: 30
Optimum Class Size: 20