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Gibbins EDCI 443 Syllabus Spring 2012

Gibbins EDCI 443 Syllabus Spring 2012 - The University of...

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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.
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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 framework. For more information please visit, http://www.education.umd.edu
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