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Unformatted text preview: The University of Maryland, College Park College of Education Introduction to Children’s Literature EDCI 443: Section 0301 T & TH 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Taliaferro Hall 1103 Course Syllabus Spring 2012 Instructor: Thor Gibbins Office: Cole 0108L Office Hours: T/Th 12:30-1:30 Email: [email protected] “Whether writing in the nineteenth, twentieth, or twenty-first centuries, authors infuse texts with the hope that through childhood, that potent period in an individual’s development, sensibilities can be transformed. Children’s literature allows readers a means to reconceptualize their relationships to ethnic and national identities. Telling stories to a young audience becomes the conduit for (peaceful) social and political revolution.”-Katharine Capshaw Smith Course Objectives This undergraduate course is designed to: • Provide an introduction to literature written for children and adolescents (birth-middle school) • Expose students to a variety of literary genres • Teach students how to identify high quality children’s literature • Expose students to children’s authors and to prestigious book awards • Demonstrate how children’s literature is a conduit for a culturally relevant curriculum. • Teach students how to analyze texts using literary as well as social, cultural, political, and historical perspectives. • Emphasize the interaction between reader and text. • Explore the concept of identity, examining our own multiple facets of identity as well as the identities of our students. • Analyze which groups of people are represented in children’s literature and which groups are excluded. 2 In particular, you will • Read and discuss texts from a variety of genres and traditions • Learn how to use literary criteria to select and evaluate children’s literature • Become familiar with authors and illustrators of classic and contemporary children’s texts • Exhibit a familiarity with a range of children’s literature awards • Understand the hegemonic influence of Western literary traditions in American schools • Recognize the hegemonic portrayal of history and society by popular Western media • Think critically about representations of race, ethnicity, class, gender and/or sexuality in texts for children • Learn how to use literature to connect to the lives of diverse students • Understand the sociopolitical contexts surrounding selected award winning titles • Recognize the transformative power of literature • Learn how literature is a component of a culturally relevant curriculum Conceptual Framework This course is a requirement for the teacher education program. The intent of the teacher education program at UMCP is to prepare reflective practitioners for a diverse society through research based professional programs. Our shared vision is consistent with our mission as a Research I institution that views Research and Inquiry, Diversity, Collaboration, and Technology as foundations to our conceptual...
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2012 for the course EDCI 0102 taught by Professor Gibbins during the Spring '12 term at Maryland.
- Spring '12