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Children's Literature (ENLT 1161)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces you to the wide range of children's literature. You will study the genres and history of children's literature, the critical responses to it, and the reasons for valuing this unique form. The course addresses the interests of college students, educators and parents.

Topical Outline:
1. History and Criticism of children's literature
2. Diversity in this art form: Culture, race, and sexual orientation
3. The interplay of text and illustration
4. Genres of children's literature; for example, realistic and historical, poetry, multicultural, biography, and fantasy
5. Elements of children's literature: theme, character, plot, setting, point of view and style

Learning Outcomes:
1. Reading, discussing and critically interpreting a variety of children's literature
2. Understanding children's literature, its history and genres and how these works reflect the values of the people and times in which they were written
3. Applying a critical approach to analyze, interpret and evaluate selected work of children's literature
4. Presenting thoughtful personal responses to children's literature using literary terminology such as character, plot, setting, theme, style, point of view, symbol and metaphor

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity