ENGLISH 282 - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Required Texts:



Children's Books in Children's Hands (primary text)

Best-Loved Folktales of the World (oral literature)

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel (picture book)

Fox in a Trap (chapter book)

Honey I Love (poetry)

Skellig (fantasy)

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (realistic fiction)

Esperanza Rising (historical fiction)

One Newbery or Newbery Honor Book of Your Choice





Course Objectives:



-To learn the history and changes in British and American lit

-To understand folk tradition, the meaning of variants,

  and cross-cultural similarities

-To become sensitive to literary analysis and the criteria

  one uses to judge children's literature

-To explore the ways in which children develop and how that

  affects what is being written for children

-To examine the changing marketplace, multiculturalism and broadening perspectives, 

  and global values

-To explore ways of making children's literature come alive

  for children at home and in the classroom

-To understand the cross-disciplinary nature of children's

  literature

-To enjoy reading and writing and talking about children's books

-To develop ways of oral presentation that are appealing to children



General Policies:



Absenteeism is discouraged, particularly since we meet only twice a week and much of our 

learning comes from class discussion.  More than three absences will result in a grade diminishment.  

No one should continue to attend this course after five absences.  There are no make-ups on 

tests, quizzes, nor on presentations unless there are extenuating circumstances for which I am 

notified and find understandable.  In the event of illness, a doctor's excuse is required.  

Papers are expected to be turned in on time.  There is a grade diminishment for late work.  No 

paper is accepted later than a week after the due date.  Plagiarism results in failure.



This course is run informally.  Feel free to bring in your favorite books and to share your 

experiences with us.  Try out some of your required reading with kids if you wish.  We'd be 

delighted to know how they respond. 





Tests and Examinations:



The percentage break-down is subject to minor change but reads as follows:

	(a)  Quizzes and Short Papers - 250 points 

	(b)  Midterm - 200 points

	(c)  Newbery Book Discussion and Review - 150 Points

	(d)  Final Project  -   300 points 

	(e)  Participation - 100 points

	



Grade Scale:



940 - l,000 - A	      	810 - 849 CB    	650 - 699 D

890 -   939 - BA		760 - 809 C		    under 650 E

850 -   889 - B			700 - 759 CD



SYLLABUS:  

(Although the order will be retained, dates will change since each class takes a 

different amount of time to cover certain material.)



JANUARY



T	07	General Introduction - Syllabus Requirements - Guideline Sheets

		Favorite Book Paragraphs



Th	09	*2-27  CHILDREN'S BOOKS IN CHILDREN'S HANDS (CBCH)

		Hand out nursery rhymes to read, benefits handout,

		and nursery rhyme assignment  This will be a short paper.

		Favorite book - Hand In



T	14	Hand in picture book choices - Do picture book reading

		NURSERY RHYMES, JUMP ROPE VERSE AND THE BEGINNINGS OF POETRY

		*238-241  (up to Lyrics and Expressive Poems);  148-149

		(up to How Traditional Literature Works) - CBCH

		Discussion of sheets



Th	16	Nursery Rhyme Assignment - HAND IN AND DISCUSS

		An exploration of nursery rhyme texts -

		Mother Goose in books and on tapes

				

T	21	ORAL TRADITION - FOLKTALES

		*137-147 CBCH; 149 to top of 154 (up to Traditional Literature)  CBCH

		My sheets - Handout and Discussion of Folktale Plot, Origins,

		Versions, Variants

		*164-166 - CBCH - Derivatives

		

Th	23	TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE OF WEST EUROPE

		*Read numbers 1, 2, 8, l0, 11, 19

		Hand out Assignment II



T	28	WEST EUROPE, BRITISH ISLES, SCANDINAVIA - BEAST TALES

		*Read 3, 27, 45, 52, 55, 75

		

Th	30	EAST EUROPE, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST

		*92, 99, 104, 107, 116, 146

		GROUP TIME  FOR ASSIGNMENT TWO



FEBRUARY



T	04	AFRICA AND NORTH AMERICA

		*155, 174, 177, 183, 185

		

Th	06	PICTURE BOOKS

		* 177-187 (Up to Picture Storybooks) - CBCH

		*Discovery Questions - I Search List

		*MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL 

		(with Dr. Vocke's class in large room)

		HAND IN ASSIGNMENT TWO



T	11	190-218 - CBCH

		Discovery with Picture Books and

		A Mock Caldecott Award Winner Session

		

Th	13	*Multicultural Literature - 81-116 CBCH

		Discovery with Picture Books Continued



T	18	Results of Discovery/Possible Library Time



Th	20	*PICTURE BOOK ASSIGNMENT HAND IN

		235-252 - (Up to Elements) - CBCH 

		Discussion of Poetry

		Midterm Handout

		ORAL PRESENTATION - POETRY



T	25	*HONEY I LOVE

		*252-272 CBCH

		In class time with picture books and questions

		on midterm



Th	27	MIDTERM (Oral Verse, Poetry, Picture Books, Folktales)

		Hand out Assignment on Teacher or Librarian Interviews

MARCH



3-7 Semester Recess



T	11	Newbery Award Winning Book Hand Out

		*The Easy Reader - 187-190 CBCH

		*Realism in Children's Literature - 281-299 CBCH

		Hand in Interview Sheet



Th	13	*FOX IN A TRAP

		Social Issues continued - *299-307 - CBCH

		Hand in List for Newbery Project

		

T	18	Fantasy and Children's Literature General Discussion

		*349-374 CBCH  

		What Makes a Good Newbery Book - A close look at criteria



Th	20	*SKELLIG and Fantasy on Film Assignment



T	25	Fantasy on Film - Let's look at clips

		



Th	27	JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY



APRIL



T	01	History Slides and Discussion of Final Project

		

Th	03	History Slides and Continued Final Project Discussion 

		

T	08	Newbery Day discussion and Hand in Project



Th	10	Historical Fiction

		*32l-339 CBCH and Final Project Discussion

				

T	15	*ESPERANZA RISING 



Th	17	FINAL PROJECT CONFERENCES



Finals Week - Class Sharing of Projects