Teaching Children's Literature (3) Teaching Children's Literature in light of recent literary pedagogy, the history of childhood, and critical approaches to Children's Literature.
ENGL 477 Teaching Children's Literature (3)
This course explores the teaching of Children's Literature. Beginning with students' own interpretations of the children's books we read, we develop critical concepts through which to understand and teach children's literature. The course presumes that books written for children have an intrinsic importance as literary and cultural artifacts and so demand serious consideration. Because this course is offered as an English course, we will concentrate on such things as the formal characteristics of the works we study, the kinds of audiences they seem to solicit, their implied authors, their ideologies, and so forth. The emphasis of the course is on teaching Children's Literature as literature; the course assumes that teaching literature is teaching reading and writing. Students are evaluated according to their participation in class discussion and three required papers-one on the teaching of a particular work of Children's Literature, one on some aspect of the history of childhood, and one that analyzes a children's book.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.