English (ENGL) 305

Literature for Children (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study (check availability)

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 305 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Overview

This course introduces the student to children's literature, its history and development, and its rich variety of forms and techniques. The required reading is not exhaustive but acquaints the student with some of the more important and representative forms, authors, and works of children's literature.

Note: Since this is a senior course, we expect students to have good reading and writing skills as well as the basic critical tools and knowledge of literary forms and techniques that are acquired in an introductory university English literature course like Athabasca University's English 211 and 212. Students who do not have the recommended credits in an introductory English literature course may experience significant difficulty with the essay assignments and examinations.

Outline

  • Lesson 1: Historical Background
  • Lesson 2: The Folktale
  • Lesson 3: From Folktale to Literary Tale
  • Lesson 4: The Evolution of Fantasy
  • Lesson 5: High Fantasy
  • Lesson 6: Alternatives to High Fantasy
  • Lesson 7: The Realistic Novel
  • Lesson 8: Period and Historical Fiction
  • Lesson 9: The Cultural Context
  • Lesson 10: Non-fiction
  • Lesson 11: Nursery Rhyme, Poetry and Nonsense Verse
  • Lesson 12: The Picture Book and Illustration
  • Lesson 13: Who Classifies the Classics?
  • Lesson 14: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Evaluation

To obtain credit for English 305, you must submit three essays of varying lengths and write two examinations, each of three hours duration. To receive credit for the course, you must obtain a minimum grade of 50 percent on each exam and a course composite (or final) grade of at least “D” (50 percent)

The weighting of the course assignments is as follows

Essay 1 Essay 2 Essay 3 Midterm Exam Final exam Total
10% 15% 25% 25% 25% 100%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbooks

Abrams, M. H. A Glossary of Literary Terms

Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting

Bourgeois, Paulette. Franklin in the Dark

David, Alfred, and Mary Elizabeth Meek, eds. The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales

George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves

Hautzig, Esther. The Endless Steppe

Jacobs, Joseph, ed. English Fairy Tales

Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories

Kogawa, Joy. Naomi’s Road

Lee, Dennis. Alligator Pie

Le Guin, Ursula. The Tombs of Atuan

Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

MacDonald, George. The Princess and the Goblin

Milne, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh

Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables

Munsch, Robert N. The Paper Bag Princess

Opie, Iona, and Peter Opie, eds. Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes

Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet

Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Russell, David L. Literature for Children

Richler, Mordecai. Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are

Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Eagle of the Ninth

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit

White, E. B. Charlotte's Web

Other Material

The course materials include a student manual, study guide, and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 305 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on each part of the examination.

Take Home Essay Written Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Current Grouped Study Locations

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, January 8, 2015.

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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services