Final - Children's Literature Course Packet Notes I Quiz 1...

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Children’s Literature Course Packet Notes I. Quiz 1 Purposes of Children’s Literature  The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim o "For a story truly to hold the child's attention, it must entertain him and arouse his curiosity.  But to enrich his  life, it must stimulate his imagination; help him to develop his intellect and to clarify his emotions;  be attuned  to his anxieties and aspirations;  give full recognition to his difficulties, while at the same time relate to all  aspects of his personality--and this without ever belittling, but on the contrary, giving full credence to the  seriousness of the child's predicaments, while simultaneously promoting confidence in himself and in his  future. The Reader, the Text, the Poem by Louise Rosenblatt o A work of literature must be thought of as an event in time .  It is not an object  or an ideal entity.  It happens   during a coming-together, a compenetration, of a reader and a text.  The reader brings to the text his past  experience and present personality.  Under the magnetism of the ordered symbols of the text, he marshals  his resources and crystallizes out from the stuff of memory, thought, and feeling a new order, a new   experience,  which he sees as the work of literature.  This becomes part of the ongoing stream of his  experience, to be reflected on from any angle important to him as a human being. “Literature, What is it?” by Rebecca Lukens  o We choose literature that promises entertainment  and, sometimes, escape .  If other discoveries come to us  too, we are pleased and doubly rewarded. However, our first motive for reading a novel or a poem is personal pleasure. Literature provides a second reward:  understanding. Literature shows human motives  for what they are, inviting the reader to identify with the character. Literature may also provide form for experience.   Literature reveals life's fragmentation. Literature helps us focus on what is essential.  Literature can reveal the institutions of society. Literature provides vicarious experience. Theories Cognitive Development – Piaget  o Human learning and understanding came both from Nurture: experience with the world  Nature: the innate ability in the brain to make sense of the experience o 4 Stages Sensorimotor Explore the world constantly, using the five senses in order to learn about the world Preoperational Begin to understand symbols     ABC books, Counting Books Operational
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2010 for the course INF 322T taught by Professor Lukenbill during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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Final - Children's Literature Course Packet Notes I Quiz 1...

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