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Literature for Preschool Children

Course NumberLIT 253W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionSurveys quality fiction and nonfiction trade books for preschool children, 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. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Recognize the quality and variety of children's trade books, as opposed to commonly known mass marketed books.
  1. Research quality trade books, authors, and illustrators through repeated trips to libraries.
  2. Inventory various genres of fiction and nonfiction for a range of preschool audiences.
  3. Identify a range of stories in preschool literature, including realistic, fanciful, historic, poetic, and traditional.
  4. Identify a range of imaginative informational books, including alphabet books, counting books, and various concepts books, as well as problem-solving and self-esteem books.
  5. Survey multicultural books for young children, traditional and contemporary.

Revise common stereotypes and misconceptions about literature for young children to a clearer understanding of how effective literature speaks to children, reflects their experience, and exposes them to understanding or information about themselves, people, and the world.
  1. Assemble an annotated file analyzing a range of effective, engaging fictional stories.
  2. Assemble an annotated file analyzing a range of effective, engaging concept books.
  3. Report orally on creators whose books for young children are particularly noteworthy for use with preschool children.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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