Quizzes, assignments, class presentations, research paper, final exam.
July 10, 2013
The aims of this course are:
To define the nature of literature written for children, and discuss the function and many forms of this literary genre.
To explain the relevant philosophical, theological and cultural debates which have shaped children’s literature in England over many centuries.
To develop the ability of the students to recognize, analyze and interpret a literary work written for children.
On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
Identify a work of fiction or poetry as a work of Children’s literature and be able to connect that work to other forms of literature within the same period, or to a particular cultural phenomenon or historical event.
Form an educated opinion on a particular work of children’s literature and be able to discuss that opinion in a verbal or written format.
Compare and contrast various literary works in terms of form, style, theme, and content.
Recognize the recurring themes of children’s literature and why they have mattered in the process of creation and evaluation of works written for children.
Indicative syllabus content:
This course aims at the study and analysis of literature written for children. The question of what is Children’s Literature is an important one, not only to children but also to parents, educators, psychologists, as well to students and scholars of literature. The works discussed in this course can range from classical fairy tales to modern fantasy fiction. Prominent writers of children’s literature will also be discussed and studied. Students will read a selection of related critical material and consider major themes, issues and debates in the field, including whether children’s literature should instruct or delight and the relationship of children’s literature to conceptions of childhood in English literary history
Weekly lectures, quizzes, in class discussions, research paper writing, essay writing, students’ presentations, and exam (3 hours per week).
Assessment within this module is designed to have the students recognise properly the course content which they will be learning during the semester. The assessment of the students’ overall success during the semester and at the end of the semester includes reading and writing assignments, classroom discussions, group activities, midterm and final exams.
Quiz 10% ( two quizzes based on the previous lecture content, each carries 5%)
Essay assignment 20% (Students will be responsible for at least four written assignments)
Research paper 20% (Students will have to write one research paper 10 to 12 pages long)
Speeches/ Presentations 10% (Students will deliver one speech to the class which will be evaluated)
2. The Pleasures of Children’s Literature by Perry Nodelman, (Longman, 2nd edition, 1996)
Rowling, J K , Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Taylor, M, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
Pearce, P Tom's Midnight Garden.
Pullman, P Northern Lights.
Reeve, P, Mortal Engines.
Potter, B The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
McGough, R, Editor, 100 Best Poems for Children.
Stevenson, R L, Treasure Island.
Naidoo, B, The Other Side of Truth.
Intranet web reference:
Expected knowledge of:
Excellent speaking skills
Course policies: Attendance is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED in the class. Arrive at class promptly and with the required supplies for that day’s session. Participation in class critiques is very important for the same reasons as attendance. Absence from lectures and tutorials shall not exceed 30%. Students who exceed the limits without a medical or emergency excuse acceptable to and approved by the Dean of the relevant faculty shall not be allowed to take the final examination and shall receive a mark of zero for the course. If the excuse is not approved by the Dean, the student shall be considered to have withdrawn from the course.
Late Work: Late work will not be accepted. If you must be absent on the day an assignment is due, please make every effort to turn the assignment in digitally or in advance.
Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones must be turned off during class. Students caught texting will be asked to leave class or remand their cell phone to the instructor until the end of class. If this becomes a consistent problem, the student may be asked to drop the course.
Academic Honesty Policy: Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations, paraphrases, or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopaedias, magazines, and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism.
Quiz 1: 10/011/14
Midterm exam: 15/012/14
Quiz 2: 25/12/14
Final exam: 15th week (28/02/14)
Student surveys, discussion on course, student appeals, e-mails, direct (formal) feedback at the end of the semester by students, assistants and other colleagues