English 2230: Children’s Literature
Professor Kramer
Fall 2010 Syllabus
Office: M-3073
Office Phone: 322-0579
English Dept.: 322-0563
Office Hours: M: 2:30-3:30, T: 2:00-3:00 TH 12:30-1:30, 3:30-4:30
E-mail Address: [email protected] (Required code in “Subject” heading: CCGP07)
Required Texts
Tomlinson, Carl M., and Carol Lynch Brown. Essentials of Children’s Literature, 6th.
ed. Allyn & Bacon, 2008
Lukens, Rebecca. A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature, 8th. ed. Allyn & Bacon,
Course Packet: English 223: Children’s Literature Supplemental Readings (available in
the College Bookstore, listed with your other required texts)
Required Tradebooks
These tradebooks which everyone in class is required to read, are available in any library
and have been ordered for this course through the College Bookstore.
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Freedman, Russell. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
Lowry, Lois. The Giver
Kadohata, Cynthia. Kira Kira
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Konigsburg, E.L. The View From Saturday
Objectives of Children’s Literature
1. To familiarize students with the major writers, illustrators and works in the five
primary genres.
2. To enable students to develop standards and understanding about judging the literary
value of children’s books.
Expected Course Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
Identify a wide variety of children’s books from the different genres.
Explain the important literary criteria for evaluating a children’s book.
Identify and explain literary terms.
Write analytically about each aspect of children’s books including genre,
illustration, childhood development, style and content with appropriate
1. 3 partially open-book tests for 30% of the grade. The tests are challenging and will
contain questions from all reading in the texts, from all handouts which I distribute, from
the assigned tradebooks, and possibly even videos viewed in class. It is important to
carefully study and organize your information before you come to class on the day of a
test, as you will only have one hour and fifteen minutes to complete each test. The last 30
minutes of the class I will allow you to open up your books and consult your notes and
the Supplemental Readings. I do not give makeup tests.
2. 6 Portfolio essays totalling 20% of your grade; I do not accept late portfolio
entries. You may revise three to improve your overall average, but you cannot simply
resubmit revisions as these are optional. Instead, you must see me in a conference format
during office hours before the last day of class. In order to revise these essays you must
visit me on your own time, and you must bring both the originals and the revisions and
I’ll reassess based on content improvement. There is also a “Bonus Portfolio” option,
which you can substitute in addition to your revisions for a fourth portfolio “revision”
(see Portfolio assignments). You cannot revise an essay you never submitted; therefore, it
is always in your best interest to submit something when an essay is due, even if it’s not
your best work. Portfolio essays should be written in essay format; every portfolio entry
should begin with an introductory paragraph and thesis statement to focus the entry, and
coherent and unified paragraphs should develop your major points. Be sure to read the
“Guidelines” to accompany the Portfolio of Student Writing. These short essays must be
typed and double-spaced with a standard 12 inch font and one inch margins. You should
follow MLA format for labeling with your name, date, etc. The minimum length
requirement for each entry is 2 pages; anything shorter will receive a “0.” These short
essays make up the bulk of your writing in this course, and should be comprehensively
developed with strong examples from the reading. They should be focused, organized
and polished. Portfolio essays will not be given a letter grade, but will be assessed on a
four point scale with a v++ equalling four points, a v+ equalling three points, etc..
3. Annotations of 15 readings which you will find in almost any public library (these
include the tradebooks), totalling 10% of your grade. I do not accept late annotations,
and annotations for the major tradebooks are due at the start of class, as we will typically
discuss plot during that class period. These are an easy “A” for 10% of your grade as
long as you do the assigned reading and write comprehensive plot summaries. In other
words, you should briefly summarize the sequence of events hitting all of the high points
of plot in the book from beginning to end. You should also include some detailed
information from the book in your plot summary that demonstrates you indeed read
the book, as opposed to a general plot summary I might read on the back of the
book. If I feel your plot summary is incomplete, you may not receive credit for the
annotation, and these cannot be made up. If you complete at least 12 annotations and do
a comprehensive job on them, you will receive an “A” for 10% of your grade. Students
who complete less than 12 annotations will not receive a passing grade for the allotted
10%. In other words, you will earn either an “A” or an “F” on the annotations. You
must use the annotation form on the first page of your Supplemental Readings.
Photocopy the form or scan it into the computer for all of your annotations. Feel
free to write on the back of the page or attach additional pages if necessary.
4. Group Projects/Tradebook Presentations on 4 out of 7 tradebooks will total 15% of
your grade. It is imperative that you begin working together early in the semester and
manage your time as a group. Details of the Group Projects will follow.
5. Illustrators Reports will comprise 15% of your grade. You will be expected to present
an illustrator and his/her art orally to the class. Your report will be a timed presentation
where you will be expected to provide concrete biographical researched information and
discuss his/her contributions to Children’s Literature, along with awards earned. A major
objective of the illustrators Reports includes your awareness of his/ her artistic style
through examples, and your ability to provide visuals of the artist’s illustrations,
either through book illustrations, a brief slideshow, powerpoint, etc..
6. Attendance and Class Participation will account for 10% of your grade. You are
allowed to miss six classes without penalty, but you are still required to meet submission
deadlines or make other arrangements for any work due on those days. Students who
miss a class and wish to make up any work must contact me prior to the class missed and
request an extension, except in cases of emergency; otherwise a “O” is assigned to any
work not submitted on the day it is due. I do not give makeup tests. Missing more than
six classes will result in the loss of a letter grade from your final grade in the course
and may result in failure of the course. An “excused” absence, outside of your allowed
six, requires medical or court documentation, and Doctor’s notes must have a contact
number. If you are late you will be marked “tardy,” and 3 tardies equals one absence. If
you miss more than 1/3 of the class it is considered an absence. In other words, if you are
more than 25 minutes late to class or you leave class with more than 25 minutes
remaining, you will be marked absent.
Your professional behavior is expected, and improper behavior cannot and will not be
tolerated. You are all adults who pay good money for your education, and class time
belongs to all students. It is part of my responsibility to insure that the classroom climate
remains conducive to learning at all times. Therefore disruptive behavior of any kind will
be dealt with in strict accordance with college wide policy. Please remember to turn your
cell phones off; answering a phone call or text messaging in the middle of class is both
rude and disruptive. Although I don’t mind if you eat or drink during class, please do so
without being loud and disruptive, and be sure to clean up after yourself. When someone
else is talking, whether it is me or a classmate, you should be respectful and not talk at the
same time. There are other “givens” about conducting yourself in a professional manner
that I will assume you are aware of and will follow as adults.
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I have an “open-door” policy, and should you need help outside of class, you should feel
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in my faculty mailbox located in Marlboro 3072, leave a voicemail message, or leave a
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