Survey of Children's Literature

Course Number: 
ENGL 233
Course Credits: 
Course Description: 
Survey of Children's Literature covers classic and contemporary literary selections designed for readers from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Books will be explored primarily for their content, but the course will also include discussion of the books' use of both literary and visual-art form. Satisfies humanities distribution area D requirement or specified elective requirement for the AA degree. 5 lecture hours.
Course Prerequisites: 
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in ENGL& 101.
Course Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the form, content, and context of literature written for children
    • comprehending the complex characters, themes and ideas in the texts
    • recognizing cultural and historical influences on examples of children’s literature
    • understanding the structural and technical formal elements of the literature
  • Craft meaningful responses to literature from a wide variety of authors and artists
    • engaging in logical, evidence-backed discussion of the meaning and art of the texts
    • analyzing and synthesizing ideas from the texts for a variety of purposes
    • thinking critically about the texts, and about one's own responses
  • Use the writing process to communicate effectively about the literature
    • writing critical and analytical responses to the texts in one's own, appropriate voice
    • writing clearly and thoughtfully about the meaning and art of the literature
    • writing for a variety of purposes, including to analyze, critique, and justify