English (ENGL) 305
Literature for Children (Revision 6)
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Area of Study: Humanities
ENGL 305 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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.
- 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: Nonfiction
- 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
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 D (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
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Abrams, M. H., and Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 11th ed., Cengage Learning, 2013.
A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
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 (eBook)
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. The Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes (PDF)
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
The course materials include a Course Information, a Study Guide, and online readings.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
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