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This course is designed for two primary purposes: 1) for students to learn about the many types of literary works for children (e.g., oral and written, historical and contemporary), their purpose and their audience, and 2) for students to learn how to read children's literature as literature, to analyze, critique, and evaluate quality in children's literature. Students will also read widely in different types of literature for children (e.g., fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books, young child through young adult literature). Although developing a broad and deep understanding of children's literature as a specialized classification of world literature is the main goal of this course, students will also investigate the ways in which literature may be used by educators, therapists, counselors, parents, and others whose professional practices involve children. Students will read course texts and independently chosen works, participate in class discussion, keep a reading journal, and complete four short and one longer paper.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Humanities.
Please note: a course in Children’s Literature is offered at the advanced level as well, and students may include both courses on a degree plan.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Mar. May. Sep. Nov.
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