||This course meets MnTC Goal Areas 2, 6 and 7. This course introduces students to children's literature. Students will read and respond to diverse, traditional and contemporary texts. Emphasis will be placed on reading, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating children's literature from various contextual frameworks, such as the development of the genre, cognitive development, censorship and depictions of family, race and gender.
- Apply criteria for reviewing, evaluating and selecting age-appropriate texts for children and young adults.
- Evaluate the power of literature to address personal values and goals and to challenge human endeavor.
- Respond critically to the readings studied by producing oral and written analyses.
- Identify traits of books which encourage children's social, literacy, and cognitive development.
- Trace the development of the genre.
- Analyze literary terms and concepts related to the genre.
- Identify major contributors (authors, illustrators, etc.) to the genre.
- Identify books that celebrate diversity and promote cultural awareness.
- Read critically children's books from various genres (biography, fantasy, poetry, picture books, etc.).
- Demonstrate an awareness that literature reflects human experiences and values based upon historical, political, socio-economic and cultural contexts.
|MnTC goal areas:
- (2) Critical Thinking
- (6) The Humanities and Fine Arts
- (7) Human Diversity
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