ENGL 223 Children's Literature • 5 Cr.

Description

Examines literature written for children. Students discuss its moral, psychological, and political implications and its place in the larger literary heritage. Recommended: ENGL& 101 or ENGL 201 or a literature course in the 100 series.

Outcomes

After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain how an individual work reflects the characteristics of children's literature as a genre and support their explanation with examples from the reading and lectures.
  • Compare the conventions of oral tales (fairy tales), traditional 19th-century children's literature, and contemporary children's literature, referring to
  • Plot
  • Language
  • Character
  • Style
  • Audience expectations
Relate an individual work to historical and cultural context, referring to perceptions of
  • What a child is
  • How children develop and learn
  • Relationships between parents and children
  • Purpose of story-telling (e.g., didactic)
  • Social norms and expectations
  • Economic and political forces (e.g., WWII)
  • Belief system (world view)
Compare and contrast works from different cultures and/or historical periods. Discuss a work from two or more different interpretive perspectives (e.g., psychological, socioeconomic). Express outcomes 1-5 both verbally and in writing Read aloud and/or tell a story effectively