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Spring 2018

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LIT203 - Children's Literature

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines classical and contemporary selected works of children's literature from a variety of genres. Develops critical thinking skills to make informed judgments about children's books. Considers a variety of literary criticism models and applies them to representative works. Online course requires computer knowledge. Prerequisite: ENG101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful participation and completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Form and explain in writing their personal preferences or opinions relating to fiction and poetry from both classical and contemporary children's literature;
2. Define in writing or in oral presentations, the formal elements of narrative-point of view, plot, character, setting, mood, tone, theme/moral, conflict and resolution--as they apply to the various genres;
3. Describe and evaluate in writing the text and illustrations of a minimum of six Caldecott Award winners;
4. Analyze and evaluate in writing or oral presentation poetry for children and young adults;
5. Analyze and evaluate in writing or oral presentation a minimum of three children's nonfiction texts;
6. Examine orally and/or in writing the multicultural facets of at least three children's folk tales;
7. Analyze and evaluate a minimum of three award winning chapter books representative of the genres of children's fiction (i.e. fantasy, science fiction, realism, humor, history);
8. *Complete a 1500+ word MLA-style paper (or equivalent project which may include multimedia) evaluating children's books.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Picture Books

II. Poetry

III. Informational books

IV. Folk Tales

V. Chapter Books

Effective Term: Fall 2008