DIVISION: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                                            Date:  February  2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:   Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration


COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE: English 250 (formerly ENG 150): Introduction to Children’s Literature.


CREDIT HOURS:    3         Hours/Wk. Lecture: 3                                 Hours/Wk                                         Lab: Lec/Lab:  3



I.      CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Surveys the history of children’s literature, considers learning theory and developmental factors influencing reading interests. Introduces the forms, themes, history, and uses of literature written for children ages three to fourteen.  Students learn to evaluate and select literature critically and understand its use in preschool, elementary, and middle school classrooms.  Genres to be studied include traditional fiction / folktales, contemporary realistic fiction, picture books, fantasy / science fiction, historical fiction, biography, nonfiction, and poetry / verse. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.    Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which it is Taught:

Students successfully completing this course will demonstrate the ability to read and think critically, write in an organized manner, listen objectively, locate and utilize information/resources, recognize the existence of different perspectives and culture values, and develop a historical consciousness.


III.   Required Background:     Prerequisite: ENG 111   Co-requisite: ENG 112


IV.  Course Content:  

1) Introduction to literary study: genres, critical terminology, etc.

                        2) Traditional literature: folk tales, myths, legends, fables

3) Picture books 

                        4) Poetry and verse

                        5) Contemporary realism 

                        6) Fantasy / science fiction

                        7) Historical fiction

                        8) Nonfiction: biography / autobiography, history, travel, and science


V.           Learner Outcomes

VI.       Evaluation


The student will:


A.               Be able to respond critically and reflectively to literary works.

B.               Be able to trace literary trends and movements

C.               Be able to assess the quality and appropriate reading level of literary works for children

D.               Be able to think and write critically about literary works for children

E.               Develop an appreciation for the works of significant authors who have written literary works for children

Students must write at least one major critical analysis paper, two book talks, and one analytic booklist. In addition, faculty may assess students using essays, and short answer tests, and/or other projects or assignments designed to assess mastery of course content.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.  This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding