Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ENG 216
Course Title:
Teen and Children's Literature
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Course Description

Explores a wide range of literature written for children and teens and introduces the history of this literature focusing on American and British writing as well as international and multicultural traditions. Examines the differences between literature for children and teens and literature for adults, the relationship between text and illustrations, and other issues and controversies concerning children's literature such as the didactic use of text and censorship. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. Use literary analysis to analyze and critique children€™s and teen€™s literature, reading familiar works with a fresh perspective and utilizing critiques and perspectives when communicating with others.
  2. Recognize and understand the ways in which literature for teens and children is generally created in a cultural and historic context that has influenced trends and uses of this literature in the past.
  3. Apply cultural and historic context to current uses and trends in order to further understand the influences these factors have on current publishing practices in these genres today.
  4. Write clearly about ideas and issues related to literature written for teens and children, identifying the variety of genres and historic trends as well as controversies surrounding these genres such as didactic applications and censorship.

Course Activities and Design

Class time consists of large and small group discussion, lecture, individual and group presentations, film clips, audio recordings, and author interviews. Students will read, discuss, and respond in writing to course materials.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment tools may include reading responses, study questions, informal quizzes, tests, midterm and final exams, individual and group projects, in-class and out-of-class writing, and formal academic essays.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Theme, setting, plot, characters, point of view, style, audience, symbolism, use of literary devices, tone/voice, imagery, form/structure, historic context, censorship, genres of teen and children€™s literature including alphabets, chapbooks, legends, fairytales, verse, fantasy, religious stories, school stories, comics, graphic novels, domestic stories, adventure, and science fiction, the relationship of illustrations to text, didacticism and its influence on literature for children through the ages.