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Course level: Undergraduate
This course examines literature for children. Through an overview of a variety of genres and topics, students will develop an understanding of literature for young readers.
- ENG/100 – Critical Reading and Composition OR
- a minimum of 3 college credits of College Composition
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Identify the classic works of children’s poetry.
- Describe rhythms, moods, images, and patterns in classic children’s poetry.
- Explain how poems can instill an appreciation for animals and the natural world in children.
- Analyze how poems can stimulate the imagination of children.
- Describe key attributes of children’s alphabets, chapbooks, and picture books.
- Explain the importance of illustration in children’s literature.
Fables, Folktales, Myths, and Legends
- Identify the classic fables, folktales, myths, and legends, from around the world.
- Explain the moral purposes of fables and folktales for children.
- Discuss the history and cultural significance of myths and legends.
- Identify major works of fiction for children.
- Explain how fiction helps children develop imagination and emotional maturity.
Issues in Children’s Literature
- Analyze issues in children’s literature.
- Explain how children’s literature helps children develop character.
- Explain the value of teaching children’s literature.