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  1. Introduction to Children’s Literature RE 3240 Trathen

  2. 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 Hendrix

  3. 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. Trathen

  4. 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) Trathen

  5. 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 Hendrix

  6. 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? Trathen

  7. Genre • Genre – a category of artistic works • The “rules of the game” tell us what to expect in a certain type of literature. Trathen

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  13. 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 Trathen

  14. 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 Trathen

  15. Resources • Check the resources at the IMC at the ASU library. Trathen

  16. 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. Trathen