LITE304 Children's Literature

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
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LITE304 Children's Literature 2 1 6 B F1.22 Mon 11.00-12.49 B F1.22 Wed 10.00-10.49
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Course Objectives LITE 304 course aims to introduce students to the genre of children's literature through its history and development and the basic features of the genre. Students will acquire knowledge about different texts, from picture books, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, to short stories and novels aimed at children in different cognitive developmental stages (ages 3-5; 5-8; 8-11; 11+). Students will apply their knowledge to critically analyse and interpret a variety of texts, as well as to create their own children's story, taking into account basic characteristics of the genre (visual-pictorial, aural and textual). Students will raise their own awareness why children's literature is important and how they can professionally use it in teaching.
Textbook Children's Literature in Context, Fiona McCulloch, Continuum, 2011; Constructing the Canon of Children's Literature, Anne Lundin, Routledge, 2004; Developmental Psychology, Nineth Edition,David R. Shaffer and Katherine Kipp, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014; The Hidden Adult, Perry Nodelman, The John Hopkins University Press, 2008; Course Reader, 2018.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate their familiarity with major stages in the history and development of children's literature and characteristics of the genre
  2. identify canonical works in the genre of children's literature and their authors
  3. analyse and critically interpret selected texts in the genre of children's literature related to the reader's age
  4. create and present a children's story of their own, taking into account basic characteristics of the genre
  5. use children's literature in teaching English as a foreign language
Teaching Methods Weekly lectures; in-class discussions and group work; close reading, individual work; student self-assessment and peer evaluation
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Child and childhood; History of Children's Literature Children's Lit. In Context (Chapters 1+2); Course Reader
Week 2 Literary Criticism Overview - application of literary theory to the children's literature texts Children's Lit. In Context (Chapters 3+4); Course Reader
Week 3 Elements of the genre: poetry, picture books The Hidden Adult (Chapter 3), Perry Nodelman, The John Hopkins University Press, 2008
Week 4 Elements of the genre: stories, novels The Hidden Adult, P.Nodelman
Week 5 Child development - cognitive abilities and reading ages Developmental Psychology, 9th Ed.
Week 6 Children's literature for children aged 3 - 5 Mother Goose; Peter Rabbit
Week 7 Children's literature for children aged 3 - 5 Fairy tales; Course Reader
Week 8 Mid-Term; Group project (presentations) A picture book project
Week 9 Children's literature for children aged 5 - 8 Peter Pan; The Wind in the Willows; Charlotte's Web
Week 10 Children's literature for children aged 8 - 11 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Matilda
Week 11 Children's literature for children aged 8 - 11 Revolting Rhymes; Cronicles of Narnia; The Jungle Book
Week 12 Children's literature for children 11+ Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince; The Giver; Holes
Week 13 Children's literature for children 11+ The Catcher in the Rye; His Dark Materials
Week 14 Essay writing + MLA MLA Handbook
Week 15 Final exam preparation
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 1,2,3
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Quiz 1 10 1
In-term Exam 1 25 2,3
Group Project 1 15 4,5
Individual presentations 1 10 1,2,3
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Project 8 2 16
Home Study 3 15 45 Home Study 3 15 45
Quiz 3 1 3 Final Exam Study 10 3 30
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 04/03/2020
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