Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2011 Course Descriptions

This course is a survey of children’s literature. Students will be introduced to authors and texts that have shaped the field of children’s literature. They will discuss and write about how children’s literature shapes and reflects cultural ideas about children and childhood.


Learning Outcomes:


At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to


·         Discuss common definitions of children’s literature and articulate their own definition orally and in writing.

·         Identify characteristics of “genres” of children’s literature, including picture books, fantasy, and realistic fiction.

·         Articulate written and oral assessments or analyses of children’s texts using a variety of critical and theoretical lenses including feminist, historical, cultural, and psychoanalytic approaches.

·          Recognize and demonstrate knowledge about authors and illustrators of children’s texts in oral responses and in writing.

·         Develop and put into practice strategies for teaching children’s literature.



Crosscurrents of Children’s Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism Eds. J.D. Stahl, Tina L. Hanlon, and Elizabeth Lennox Keyser ISBN 019513493-1


Requirements and Grading:

One five page paper (200) , one ten page paper (300), one exam (100), one individual presentation (100), one group presentation (200), reading quizzes and daily participation (100). 


12:40 - 2:05 pm

2:20 - 3:45 pm

Lorinda Cohoon
Patterson Hall 110

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