EAC273 - Introduction to Children's Literature

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Subject Title
Introduction to Children's Literature

Subject Description
This course introduces students to various texts and sources in the domain of Children's Literature, and gives students the opportunity to discuss the many genres, issues, and theories that pervade the field, while simultaneously helping them gain practice analyzing literature for children with various critical literary elements in mind.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Evaluate the contribution that childhood literature makes throughout our lives.

2. Explore how children's books are used to socialize children.

3. Develop a set of criteria for evaluating and selecting children's books.

4. Apply these criteria to selected works for children.

5. Analyze children's literature from an adult's perspective.

6. Analyze how books, stories, and poems are used to spark a child's imagination, enrich his/her perceptions, and share the joy of language and story.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

EAC150 or equivalent

Topic Outline
Students in this course will examine fiction, non-fiction, and picture books. Areas of study within each genre are selected from the following:

  • Why children need stories
  • The history of children's literature
  • Reading and analyzing stories
  • Picture and Picture/Storybooks
  • Survey of the genres of children's literature - fiction and non-fiction
  • Criteria for evaluating children's literature
  • Canadian children's books
  • Social issues (e.g. gender, culture, race, religion)
  • Censorship
  • Literary theory of children's literature

Mode of Instruction
There are two modes of delivery for this course:

1. In-class: Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.

2. Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered.

* Students interested in pursuing an online course must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor.

Prescribed Texts
Classroom only:
See professor's addendum (section specific) for text titles

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Online only:
Levine, Karen. Hana’s Suitcase. Second Story Press
Munsch, Robert. The Paper-Bag Princess

Richardson, Justin and Peter Parnell. And Tango Makes Three. Simon and Schuster
White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web. HarperCollins

Reference Material
Maimon, Elaine, et al., A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Any Canadian Reference or Handbook

Students should possess an appropriate college-level dictionary/thesaurus.Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at: http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/

Term Work
The term work for In-Class sections will constitute 75% of the final grade. The term work for Online sections will constitute 60% of the final grade. In all cases, the instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities as well as the assignments, their due dates, and their value.  All assignments must be correctly documented using MLA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; MLA Works Cited page – and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise notified.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final examination for In-Class sections will constitute 25% of the final grade. The final examination for Online sections will constitute 40% of the final grade. In all cases, students will respond to the exam questions in short answer and essay form that satisfies the learning outcomes of EAC273: Introduction to Children’s Literature.

The final exam for Online sections must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Grading Scheme:

In-Class Sections Online Sections
    Online Assignments 15%
Content Quizzes 10%    
Written Assignments 30% Essay 1 20%
Major Paper 20% Essay 2 25%
Seminar with Written Analysis 15%    
Final Examination 25% Final Examination 40%

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams, and accommodations.

Student Success:

In-Class: Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work, and attend each and every class. Follow these suggestions will increase your chance of success.

Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in the online assignments and hand in any assigned work on time.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood