English | Children's Literature
L390 | 9107 | Barbara Lehr


L390 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Barbara Lehr

Lecture:
9107 – 11:15a-12:05p MW (110 students) 3 cr. A&H.

Discussion:
9109 – 9:05a-9:55a F (19 students)
9110 – 10:10a-11:00a F (18 students)
9111 – 11:15a-12:05p F (18 students)
9112 – 12:20p-1:10p F (18 students)
9113 – 1:25p-2:15p F (18 students)
9108 – 2:30p-3:20p F (19 students)

L390 is primarily a historical survey of what is widely considered
the best that has been written for young readers. We will read
fables, folk tales, myths, classic and contemporary children's
literature, children's poetry, and illustrated books for the very
young. We will also delve a bit into a variety of approaches to
understanding children's literature, including some feminist and
some psychoanalytical approaches, though we will primarily adhere to
a new critical approach to the literature. After taking L390, you
should be able to analyze children's literature, understand the
major trends in literature written for children through the
centuries, and differentiate between great, good, and mediocre
children's literature.L390 is primarily a historical survey of what
is widely considered the best that has been written for young
readers. We will read fables, folk tales, myths, classic and
contemporary children's literature, children's poetry, and
illustrated books for the very young. We will also delve a bit into
a variety of approaches to understanding children's literature,
including some feminist and some psychoanalytical approaches, though
we will primarily adhere to a new critical approach to the
literature. After taking L390, you should be able to analyze
children's literature, understand the major trends in literature
written for children through the centuries, and differentiate
between great, good, and mediocre children's literature.

Required Reading:
Classics of Children's Literature. Ed. Griffith and Frey (includes
Treasure Island, Little Women, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and
Charlotte's Web) Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling The Lion, the
Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
Reader for Dr. Lehr's L390 course, available at IU bookstore, TIS

Required Work:
Short paper (2-3 pages) 150 points:
Long paper (3-4 pages) 200 points:

Ten Quizzes (20 points each): 200 points
Illustrated picture book 100 points
Midterm examination: 150 points
Final examination: 200 points