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Literature for Preschool Children

ENG 250W

Literature for Preschool Children

ENG 250W

Course Description

Surveys quality fiction and nonfiction trade books for preschool chilldren, with emphasis on top writers and illustrators of the best, most engaging literature. Increases awareness of how literature speaks to young children and engages them in language and learning experiences. Credit may be earned in ENG 250W or LIT 253W but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works.
  • Identify various literary genres.
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of multiple theoretical approaches.
  • Discuss the developmental tasks confronting preschool children and the role of literature in that process.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Research quality trade books, authors, and illustrators.

Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse nature of the cultural and historical context for this body literature.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how books for young children reflect and speak to their experience, common situations, and emotional, social, and educational needs.
  • Evaluate the positive and appropriate depiction of diverse characters in terms of gender, religion, race, or ethnic origin as well as those with disabilities.
  • Identify quality multicultural books for young children, traditional and contemporary.
  • Demonstrate an ability to overcome stereotypes and common clichés about children’s literature.