Print Version

Effective: Summer 2014

Advisory: Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement as determined by score on the English placement test OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 25 & ESLL 249.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify the characteristics in each genre of children's literature.
  • Analyze the cross-cultural variants in a folktale archetype.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills through formal literary analysis of children's texts.
Description -
A survey of children's literature from many periods and cultures, including classics, picture books, folktales, fairy tales, biography, poetry, fantasy and fiction. Emphasis on the ideas, didactic and sociological, reflecting relationships among cultures in America included in books usually read by children. Special emphasis on books that explore the cross-cultural influences of our shared oral tradition and folklore as well as the issues arising from a diverse mix of cultures in the U.S.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify the types and major works of children's literature.
  2. recognize folktale archetypes and motifs.
  3. analyze a story of children's literature conventions.
  4. develop standards of evaluation of new children's fiction and non-fiction.
  5. create a bibliography of relevant children's literature focusing on contemporary issues that affect our views and understanding of the different cultural groups in America..
  6. explore and review standard reference works about children's literature.
  7. collect, classify, and annotate a personal list of traditional and contemporary children's literature for use as a parent, caregiver, teacher or librarian.
  8. recognize and apply basic literary terminologies, theories, categories, motifs, and genres appropriate to an introductory college-level discussion of literature.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus, no special facility or equipment needed.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Types and major works of children's literature
    1. Reading list of all major types
    2. Common characteristics in major works
    3. Categories and terms for analysis of children's literature
  2. Folklore archetypes and motifs from a variety of cultures, particularly American cultures
    1. Common folklore archetypes
      1. The 'journey'
      2. The 'problem solution' tale
      3. The cautionary tale
      4. The 'strong woman' tale
    2. Common folklore motifs
      1. 'becoming stuck'
      2. 'the power of naming'
      3. 'the wicked stepmother or father'
    3. Analysis of folktales and contemporary literature for archetypes and motifs.
    4. Discussion and analysis of children's literature to reflect an understanding of the relationships of cultures in America.
  3. Children's literature conventions and genres
    1. Basic literary conventions and genres
      1. myth
      2. genesis tale
      3. fable
      4. fairy tale
      5. contemporary realistic fiction
    2. Literary convention categories
    3. Annotated bibliography of children's literature
  4. Development of Evaluation Standards of Children's literature
    1. Effective and ineffective storytelling techniques
    2. Classification of evaluative impressions
    3. Personal code of evaluation of children's literature
  5. Children's Literature and Contemporary Social Issues
    1. Contemporary issues, problems and controversial topics
    2. Reading in children's literature dealing with social issues
    3. Annotated bibliography of children's literature exploring social issues
  6. Standard Reference Books and Sources of Information about children's literature
    1. Current reference books on the topic
    2. Other sources of information about children's literature
    3. Categories of class resources
    4. Annotated reference list
  7. Annotated Bibliography
    1. Reading children's literature
    2. Personal list of titles in a variety of genres
    3. Cross-referenced bibliography of topics and issues
    4. Evaluative criteria of selected children's literature
  8. Knowledge of literary terms, theories, categories, motifs, and genres
    1. Denotative and connotative meaning of words and statements
    2. Structure or development of events, emotions, images, ideas
    3. Figurative and symbolic language in relation to central theme(s) of the work
    4. Artistic synthesis of literal and figurative details with theme(s)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Annotated bibliographies
  2. Midterm and final exam
  3. Written papers
Representative Text(s) -
Griffiths, John W. and Frey, Charles H. Ed. Classics of Children's Literature. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005.
Jacobs, James and Tunnell, Michael O. Children's Literature Briefly. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Merrill, a division of Prentice Hall, 2011.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, presentation, collaborative projects.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Cross-cultural analysis of a folktale
  2. Focused annotated bibliography of children's books
  3. Weekly tasks and quizzes