Children's Literature 443
Section 6 Fall 2000
Instructor: Linnea Hendrickson, M.A.T., M.A., M.L.S.
- August 21. Introduction to Course. Earliest memories.
- August 28. Newbery and Caldecott books. Read: Nodelman,
Chapter 1 ("How to Read this Book"). Continue reading
first novel. Library search for "your" picture book
and remembered book. Weekly writing: Describe your
library visit and reflect on why you chose as you did. Begin
reading Trelease: Read Aloud Handbook. Bring: Chosen
picture book, remembered book, novel.нннннннннн
- September 11. Read: Nodelman, Chs. 2, 3 (How to Read
Children's Literature, Teaching Children Literature). Weekly
writing: Exploration, p. 20 (What are your pleasures?).
Apply to a children's novel. Select next novel to read with
book club. Bring: novel.
In class presentations: Nodelman Explorations, pp. 22, 40 #
1, 40 #2, 40 #3.
- September 18. Discuss second novel, move into poetry. Read:
Nodelman, Ch. 4 (Strategies for Reading a Literary Text).
Weekly writing: Have each book club member select one
of the 6 consistency-building procedures: concretization,
character, plot, theme, structure, or focalization to apply
to your current common novel. Read and Bring: Poetry,
In class presentations: Nodelman Explorations, pp. 48, 49.
- September 25. PORTFOLIOS DUE. Read: Nodelman, Ch.
10 (Poetry). Begin reading Kennedy (optional) or other anthologies.
Explore the children's poetry section in libraries. Weekly
writing: Exploration, p. 212 (Devise a strategy to use
with children). Bring: Novels and poetry. Continue
novels with book clubs. Nodelman Explorations, pp.197, 198.
- October 2. POETRY PROJECT. Finish reading Trelease. Begin
Picture Books. Begin reading Nodelman, Ch. 11 on Picture books.
Begin reading 3rd novel with book club. Bring: Novel,
poetry. Nodelman explorations, pp. 225, 241, 242 (top).
- October 9. Picture Books. Read: Nodelman, Ch. 11
(Picture Books). Weekly writing: Have each book club
member select format and first impressions, plus one other
aspect (mood and atmosphere, style, meanings of visual objects,
or pictorial dynamics to explore in relationship to a chosen
picture book). Bring: Caldecott books, picture books.
Nodelman explorations, pp. 242 (middle), 242 (bottom).
- October16. Picture books, continued. Weekly writing:
Comparison of illustrations of two picture book versions of
the same folktale. Bring: Picture book versions of
folktales. Nodelman explorations, pp. 246, 250, 262.
- October 23. PERSONAL TEXT SETS. Weekly writing: Two
page paper reflecting on each of six books in your personal
text set (one paragraph for each book, plus one paragraph
for synthesis, plus bibliography). Bring: Books and
display, plus 2-page hand-out.
- October 30. PORTFOLIOS DUE.н Folk and fairy tales. Storytelling.
Read: Nodelman, Ch. 12; selected tale in Opie. Weekly
writing: Folktale comparison, using one of the following
Nodelman explorations as your guide: p. 254 (top or bottom)
or p. 260. Bring: Folktales.н Nodelman explorations,
- November 6. Begin informational books. Bring: informational
books, biographies. Discuss research for author/illustrator
fair. Nodelman explorations, pp. 97, 99, 102.
- November 13. AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR/POET FAIR.
- November 20. Informational books. Work on research for Issues
- November 27. ISSUES PRESENTATIONS.
- December 4. PORTFOLIOS DUE (3). Weekly writing: Review
of portfolio and construction of growth statement. ISSUES
- December 11. Course evaluation, celebrations, special topics
and finishing up.