English 428 - Children's Literature - Fall 2013
Course Number: 13134
Monday & Wednesday 12:30pm-1:45pm
Jerome Richfield Hall 304
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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.
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.
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