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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 270
Course Title: Literature for Children and Adolescents
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The study of literature for children and adolescents as a literary genre. Students analyze and evaluate selected works of literature including folktales, picture books, poetry and novels. Prerequisites: EDUC 102, ENGL 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

EDUC 102, ENGL 112.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Essentials of Children’s Literature
By Lynch-Brown, C. (Allyn & Bacon)
Course Objectives

MoSTEP Quality Indicators: 1.3, 2.1, 9.2, 11.5 • To examine the psychoanalytic aspects of traditional literature. • To compare and contrast the artistic values of picture books. • To describe the significance of literacy development in literature selection. • To analyze various genres of literature and apply these to the selection of books for children. * To explore the role of technology in use of literature for young adults and children *To evaluate the most common approaches or methods of teaching students to enjoy reading. * To analyze and discuss the literary aspects contained in selected works of children's literature.

Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze and apply these literary elements: plot, characters, setting, theme and style.
  • Synthesize bibliotherapy methods used with realistic fiction selections.
  • Evaluate the visual elements of picture books: line, color, shape, texture and composition.
  • Create lesson ideas with book titles to motivate readers.
  • Analyze literary and artistic values of the various book genres.
  • Read and analyze Newbery, Caldecott and Mark Twain award winning books.
    Topical Outline: An educational technology application is required.

  • What is literature for children and how is it defined
  • Developmentally appropriate applications
  • Literacy qualities of children’s literature
  • Artistic qualities of children’s literature
  • Picture books-selection and application
  • Traditional literature
  • Fantasy and science fiction
  • Poetry for and by children
  • Realistic fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Biographies for children
  • Informational books
  • Multicultural books

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Paul Hanna Date: December 20, 2010
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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