EN 335: Children’s Literature in the Classroom
12:00-1:20, CAS 107


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Instructor: Dr. Amie A. Doughty
Office: 301 KJS Library
Office Hours: M-F 10:00-10:50 and by appointment
Phone: 635-2378
E-mail: adoughty@lssu.edu
Web Address: http://www.lssu.edu/faculty/adoughty

Required Texts:
Altman, Linda Jacobs. Amelia’s Road. Illus. Enrique O. Sanchez. New York: Lee & Low, 1993.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963. New York: Laurel-Leaf Newbery, 1995.
DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2000.
Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House. New York: Hyperion, 1999.
Falconer, Ian. Olivia. New York: Atheneum, 2000.
Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust. New York: Scholastic Signature, 1997.
Horvath, Polly. The Trolls. New York: Farrar, 1999.
Munsch, Robert. The Paper Bag Princess. Illus. Michael Martchenko. New York: Annick, 1980.
Steig, William. Doctor DeSoto. New York: Farrar, 1982.
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. Illus. Garth Williams. New York: HarperTrophy, 1952.
Wolf, Shelby A. Interpreting Literature with Children. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004.
Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel. New York: Dutton, 1997.

[Please note that you may use any edition of the above texts that you like.]

Course Description and Goals:
Catalog Description:
A review of the rich and diverse field of literature for children from infancy to adolescence. Required for elementary teacher non-English majors and an elective for English majors. Prerequisites: EN111 and SD101.

Translation: We will spend this semester talking about children’s literature from several perspectives, most notably how to interpret the literature with children in K-8 classrooms. One of the other focuses of the class will be the diverse range of texts available by authors of different ethnic and minority backgrounds. You will be required to examine children’s literature from both a teacher and a student point of view.

Course Requirements:
Being absent is not an excuse for missing an assignment. It is your responsibility to keep up with your own attendance. If you know in advance that you will miss a class, see me beforehand, or call or e-mail me. You are responsible for all course work, whether you are present in class or not.

Class Discussions: I firmly believe that the best learning comes from student-generated class discussions. Therefore, I expect you to come to class having read the materials and prepared to discuss them. If I call on you, I expect you to have something to say about the readings we're doing, even if it's a question about what was going on or your objections to what we've been saying about the text. It is OK to disagree with me and with your classmates, as long as you express your disagreement in a courteous manner. Because this class is small, it is important that everyone has something to say, so leave your discussion inhibitions at the door.

Assignments: Each of these assignments will be worth 20% of your final grade. For the last four assignments, more specific instructions will be distributed at a later date. Please note that you must complete all four of the major projects to pass the class, though completing them all does not guarantee a passing mark.

·         Journal: For each of the 8 chapters in Wolf’s Interpreting Literature with Children, we will be reading one or two primary texts. On the day that the discussion of the chapter and text(s) begins, you will have a journal entry due that discusses the primary text(s). You may write about the text in terms of the material covered in the chapter, but you may also approach the text(s) in other ways, from a basic literary analysis to some ideas about how you might incorporate the text(s) into a classroom situation. Make sure that you’re specific when you discuss the text(s) and that you bring in examples from the text to support your points.

·         Paper Analysis: In this assignment, you will choose a piece of children’s literature not read for this class and write an analysis of it using the first section of Interpreting Literature with Children as a guide.

·         Diversity Panel: You will work in small groups for this assignment and research the children’s literature of a specific ethnic, minority or other group. Each panel will be responsible for presenting its findings to the class, including a handout with a bibliography of primary and secondary texts.

·         Picture Book Analysis: You will choose a picture book and present a brief—5-10 minute—analysis of the text and artwork to class. In addition, you will hand in a written analysis of the picture book to me.

·         Dramatic Interpretation: For this assignment you will have two options. You may either write up a plan for dramatizing/incorporating drama in a text not discussed in Chapter 8, or you may work in a small group to create a short (no longer than 10 minutes) performance based on a text not discussed in Chapter 8. The presentation must be accompanied by an analysis and explanation of how the performance was devised and what it reveals about the text that a discussion of the text might not reveal. Presentations will take place the final week of classes and, if necessary, during the final exam slot on Tuesday, 14 December from 12:30-2:30.

Assignment Formatting: All assignments need to be prepared in MLA formatting. That means no cover page for papers. Include a Works Cited Page for each text that you discuss in your papers, including weekly journals. Any good handbook will have MLA format in it, and there are also several guides that have more complete MLA formatting instructions in them. I will also be happy to help you if you have any questions about the formatting.

Grammar and Mechanics: All of you are competent, experienced writers. As such, I expect your papers to have correct grammar and mechanics and to be proofread. Significant errors, especially proofreading errors, will lower your paper grade. For papers of 5 pages or fewer, for every 5 different grammar and mechanical errors (including MLA formatting errors), you will lose 1 letter grade. For papers longer than 5 pages, the number of different errors at which a paper grade is lowered by a letter equals the number of pages in the paper (thus a 12 page paper will lose a letter grade if it has 12 different errors). There is no limit to the number of letter grades you can lose (past students have lost as much as 30 points due to sloppy work), so take the time to edit and proofread your work.

Late Work: I will accept work no more than one week late. All late work will lose 10%. If you know that you won’t be able to get work in on time, see me before the due date, and we may be able to make arrangements for an extension.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the passing off of another's work (whether quoted, paraphrased or summarized) as your own without proper documentation and can result in serious repercussions, including expulsion from the university. Do your own work.

Students Accommodations and Support Services: In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available. Students who desire such services are to meet with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of classes, to discuss their disability-related needs. Students will not receive services until they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD). Proper registration will enable the RCSD to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations. RCSD is located in the Library 101. The telephone number is (906) 635-2454.