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Introduction to Children’s Literature. RE 3240. Warm Up. What are your first memories of you as a reader? What material? What grade? Feelings that you can remember? Jot ideas down for discussion. What is children’s literature?. It is the entire body of literature read to and by children.

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Introduction to children s literature

Introduction to Children’s Literature

RE 3240

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Warm up
Warm Up

  • What are your first memories of you as a reader? What material? What grade? Feelings that you can remember?

  • Jot ideas down for discussion

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What is children s literature
What is children’s literature?

  • It is the entire body of literature read to and by children.

    • The number of works for children is staggering.

    • The range of children’s literature is huge.

    • The history of publishing works for children is long.

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What qualifies as a good book
What qualifies as a “good” book?

  • Good books expand awareness.

  • Good books provide an enjoyable read that doesn’t overtly teach or moralize.

  • Good books tell the truth.

  • Good books embody quality.

  • Good books have integrity.

  • Good books show originality.

    • (Temple, p. 9)

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Teachers need children s literature in their classrooms
Teachers Need Children’s Literature in Their Classrooms

  • Collection of good children’s literature for your classroom

    • Different genre

    • Many topics

    • Varying levels

  • Use in your teaching to

    • Motivate your students to read (independent reading)

    • Integrate with curriculum (science, social studies, and language arts)

    • Model writing—mentor texts

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What is the best way to study children s literature
What is the best way to study children’s literature?

  • Thematic perspective?

  • Chronological perspective?

  • Genre: Categories of literature

    • Traditional fantasy

    • Modern fantasy and science fiction

    • Contemporary realistic fiction

    • Historical fiction

    • Informational texts

      • Biography

    • Poetry

  • What about picture books?

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    Genre
    Genre

    • Genre – a category of artistic works

    • The “rules of the game” tell us what to expect in a certain type of literature.

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    Genre1
    Genre

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    Genre2
    Genre

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    Genre3
    Genre

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    Genre4
    Genre

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    Genre5
    Genre

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    Genres of children s literature
    Genres of Children’s Literature

    • Traditional Literature/Traditional Fantasy

      • Works that began in the oral tradition

      • No known author

    • Modern Fantasy/Science Fiction

      • Works with other worldly or supernatural elements

      • Written by a known author

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    Genres of children s literature1
    Genres of Children’s Literature

    • Contemporary Realistic Literature

      • Fictional stories that could happen in today’s world

    • Historical Fiction

      • Fictional works set in a historical time and place

    • Poetry

      • Works in verse, rhymed or unrhymed

    • Informational Literature

      • Works that explain real things & events in the world

      • Biography

        • A subcategory of informational texts

        • Works which chronicle the life of a real person

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    Resources
    Resources

    • Check the resources at the IMC at the ASU library.

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    References
    References

    • Temple, C., Martinez, M., and Yokota, J. (2011). Children’s Books in Children’s Hands: An Introduction to their Literature, 4th ed. Boston: Pearson Education Inc.

    • Yopp, H. K. & Yopp, R. H. (2006). Literature-Based Reading Activities, 4th ed. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

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