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SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL by Patricia MacLachlan




Course Policies

Attendance & Late Work

Please come to our class room on time and prepared! Every absence will lower your overall grade. If you miss 4 days of class, you will earn zero class participation points. This means you will not be able to earn an A. Should you miss more than three weeks of class (excused or unexcused) you will not be allowed to pass the course. Late papers and forum posts will be marked down one full grade per week and will adversely affect your overall class grade.


Your final grade will be determined as follows:

1. Written Analysis & Discussion of 4 Novels: 60%

2. Riverside Homework: 20%

3. Informative Internet Essay: 5%

4. Class Participation: 15%
(Class Participation includes In-Class Discussions, Teaching Project, Poetry Presentation, Attendance and Late Work)

NOTE: Whole-class forum postings will be graded 'A' for effort and thoughtfulness. Please leave yourself enough time to read and respond to your peers PRIOR to our in-person class time. You will receive a letter grade for each Turnitin assignment.

Academic Dishonesty

According to the CSUN catalogue, plagiarism is the act of “intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or works of another as one’s own in any academic exercise,” and will result in a failing grade for the assignment. In addition, it may result in a failing grade for the course and disciplinary action on the part of the university. Internet software is available to assist CSUN faculty to scan student writing. ALL student assignments will be scanned for plagiarism.

Please adhere to the CSUN Student Conduct Code for all course activities, including email and forum discussions, and written analyses.

Course Description & Requirements


English 428 - Children's Literature - Fall 2013

Course Number: 13134

Monday & Wednesday 12:30pm-1:45pm

Jerome Richfield Hall 304

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Enrollment Procedures

CSUN regularly enrolled students register for online courses in the same manner as they register for any course. If you wish to add the course after the semester begins, you must email the course Professor for a permission number.

Course Description and Objectives

Welcome to English 428 - a course in children's literature! During the semester we will study form, content, and theme in children's literature, classic and contemporary, from pre-school through ninth-grade level. By thorough analysis on the meaning/moral of our stories, we will examine how children's literature plays an intricate role in the belief systems that we carry into adulthood. Equally important, we will discuss how to teach these stories to children in the home environment and the elementary school classroom.

Course Requirements

Our focus will be on the analysis and teaching of children's literature. Since this is mostly a discussion class, the success of this course depends on active participation. Since you will be learning to be a teacher, most of our class time will be spent on your presentations and analysis of the material. This means that you must read all the material and come prepared to class. We will also take advantage of the Internet by searching for additional information and lesson plan ideas on the historical and cultural topics we will discuss in our readings.

During the course of the semester, you will be required to post written responses in whole-class Moodle forums and to post major assignments on Turnitin. All responses are designed to reinforce the ideas presented in our course, enabling you to have a better understanding of the material.

Technical Requirements

Students will need to have access to the Internet, either Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari, and an active CSUN email account to access the Moodle system. To activate your CSUN e-mail address or reset its password use the account utility page.

Instructions will be provided for all computer activities; you may visit CSUN's IT for Students site for information on technical requirements and applications. CSUN also provides information on computer resources and availability. Please be familiar with CSUN's online applications, particularly Moodle, prior to our first meeting.


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Students concerned with accessibility to digital course materials should contact the Center on Disabilities (COD) for assistance.