PCC / Class Schedule / Spring 2015: Credit / English /

ENG216 Teen and Children's Literature

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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. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 27793

From the Instructor:
Course Description:

In this course, we will explore a wide range of literature written for children and teens (young adults) and study the history of this literature and its many genres, focusing on American and British writing as well as international and multicultural traditions.

Specifically we will analyze the genres of alphabet books, chapbooks, primers, picture books, fairytales, fables, legends, comics, school stories, fantasy, science fiction, domestic fiction, and adventure stories.

We will examine the differences between literature for children/young adults and literature for adults, the relationship between text and illustrations, and other elements such as the didactic use of text in different eras. Additionally, we will consider the correlation between cultural/historical elements and trends in teen and childrens literature.

Intended Outcomes for the Course:

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

* Use skills and tools of literary analysis along with course information to analyze and critique childrens and teens literature, reading familiar works with a fresh perspective and gaining new insights and perspectives of unfamiliar works.

*Utilize these critiques, perspectives, and insights when communicating with peers, family members, young adults, children, and other community members

*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; apply this knowledge and understanding to current uses and trends in order to further understand the influence these factors have on current publishing practices in these genres today.

Course Specific Requirements:
Required Texts:

The Norton Anthology of Childrens Literature, 2005 W.W. Norton and Company, New York, 2005. ISBN: 0-393-97538-X, paperback

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe


The Giver

An alphabet book of your choice (to 'show' the class and tell us about it)

Discussion Board Participation

Participation in our class discussions (in Desire2Learn) is a large part of your grade. Your participation grade is based on the quality, depth, and thoughtfulness of your weekly discussion posts and also the responses you make to others' postings. No credit is earned for late posts. Please note that the Desire2Learn system automatically tracks when things are posted, when people are on line and for how long. I do use this system in determining late work and participation grades so please keep this in mind.

For each weekly discussion you will find in the discussion a set of questions about the readings assigned for that week. For each question, respond with at least 70-100 words (one strong paragraph). These answers are generally posted together in one message from you for the corresponding week.

Each week you are required to respond to at least 2 of your peers' posts, though I encourage you to read and respond more to get the most out of the learning opportunity. Responses to your classmates should be at least 3-8 sentences (a paragraph in length) and should show considerable and careful thought.

Discussion Expert and Discussion Facilitator: Everyone serve in each of these roles once during the term. Further explanation in the class.

Midterm paper: Literary analysis on assigned topic, 3-4 pages double spaced.

Final Paper

Your final paper is due the last Monday of class, during Final's week. You will find the assignment explanation for the final paper in the Content area of the D2L page. No late papers will be accepted for any reason.

Web Technical Requirements:
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Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
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  CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
WEB » 27793 - 30-Mar-2015 thru 13-Jun-2015
Instructor: Angela L Berdahl
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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