ENGL 484: Children’s Literature (Arnold)
This course is designed to introduce students to the scholarly appreciation of works appropriate for the elementary and middle school child.
In this class, students develop an appreciation for children’s literature and an awareness of the wide variety of children’s literature available for elementary and middle school readers. Readings range from classic to contemporary and cover a variety of levels, genres, themes, and cultures. Class discussions and assignments focus on understanding, categorizing, analyzing, and evaluating children’s literature and illustration; using children’s book awards, booklists, and other tools for selecting children’s books; and understanding the importance of including multicultural books in children’s literature.
Members of the learning community in ENGL 484 participate actively in class discussion and group work; contribute to a shared class book list through composing an annotated bibliography; gain practice reading aloud, working with colleagues, and presenting literature to a group; and become familiar with issues and scholarship in the field of children’s literature.