ENGL 4365: 002

Tim Morris

Children's Literature Spring 2000

9:30-10:50 AM Tues / Thurs

office hours: MTTh 11AM-1PM, W 11AM-noon (206 Carlisle)
tmorris@uta.edu

office phone: metro 817-272-2739

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

course prerequisites: 1301, 1302, and six hours of 2000-level English

required textbooks: Anna Sewell, Black Beauty; Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden; J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit; Nancy Willard, A Visit to William Blake's Inn; Bruce Brooks, What Hearts; Lois Lowry, The Giver. These texts are widely available at any bookstore, and especially in public libraries; there's no need to buy them. You will also be required to write on the 1960 TV production of Peter Pan starring Mary Martin, which is widely available at video stores and libraries for rental or borrowing. In addition, you will be responsible for three papers on books of your own choice: a picture book, a Newbery Medal winner, and a series novel. (By "series novel" I mean one of a deliberately packaged mass-market series. So, Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia are not "series novels" in this sense; Animorphs and American Girls are.) Again, you will be able to find books for these assignments at a public library.

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I will hand out updated versions that indicate readings and discussion plans. However, every writing assignment and every component of your grade is here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/4365s00/

course description: This course offers a cultural-critical approach to children's literature.

course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have read some classics of children's literature, will have a basic understanding of the canon of 20th-century American children's literature, and will have some introductory understanding of the theoretical problems of studying children's literature and culture.

attendance is mandatory. You may miss three (3) classes for "free," each missed class over the limit costs you one grade point (see below).

drop policy: UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason. You may drop with a W until the first drop deadline (Friday 25 February). After that date, you may drop with a W only if you have a passing average on all assignments due on or before your drop date; otherwise, you will have to drop with an F. You may not drop at all after Friday 14 April.

assignments: Ten three-page papers. Papers must be typed, must use MLA style, and must cite all sources used in their preparation. Late papers will not be accepted. They will earn zero points.

grading: Grading is on a point system. Each paper may earn 0, 1, or 2 possible points. (Each missed class over the limit of 3 costs you a point.)

That makes a total of 20 possible points for the semester. Your final grade is determined on the following scale:

Most papers will earn 1 point. Papers that are handwritten, late, irrelevant to the topic, fail to cite sources, fail to use MLA style, or are written in prose that falls below an acceptable college English standard will earn no points. Two points will be given for excellent papers. If you earn one point on each paper and have no excessive absences, you will make a B for the semester. I think that a B is a good grade for an undergraduate course, and that a C grade is quite acceptable. The grade of A should indicate excellence rather than mere completion of the course.

academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 4984, and by email at anderson@library.uta.edu You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www.uta.edu/library/mavinfo/arts.html

schedule of assignments and readings

Tues 18 Jan: Syllabus and procedures

Thurs 20 Jan: Introductions

Tues 25 Jan: lecture: Beauties

Thurs 27 Jan: Paper One (Black Beauty) due; lecture: Burnett

Tues 1 Feb: discuss Paper One

Thurs 3 Feb: Paper Two (The Secret Garden) due; lecture: Barrie

Tues 8 Feb: discuss Paper Two

Thurs 10 Feb: screening, Peter Pan

Tues 15 Feb: field trip: to the library of Duff Elementary school, Lynnwood / Duff/ Park Row in west Arlington. Details TBA.

Thurs 17 Feb: Paper Three (Peter Pan) due; lecture: Tolkien

Tues 22 Feb: discuss Paper Three

Thurs 24 Feb: Paper Four (The Hobbit) due; lecture: poetry (see Mother Goose)

Tues 29 Feb: discuss Paper Four

Thurs 2 March: Paper Five (A Visit to William Blake's Inn) due; lecture: picture books

Tues 7 March: discuss Paper Five

Thurs 9 March: Paper Six (picture books) due; lecture: baseball books

Tues 14 March: picture-book seminar

Thurs 16 March: Paper Seven (What Hearts) due; picture-book seminar continues

Tues 21 & Thurs 23 March: Spring Break

Tues 28 March: discuss Paper Seven

Thurs 30 March: Paper Eight (The Giver) due; guest speaker: Peggy Kulesz

Tues 4 April: discuss paper Eight

Thurs 6 April: Paper Nine (Newbery medalists) due; lecture: Goosebumps

Tues 11 April: Newbery seminar

Thurs 13 April: Newbery seminar

Tues 18 April: Newbery seminar

Thurs 20 April: Paper Ten (series fiction) due; lecture: Winnie McConnell

Tues 25 April: series seminar plus evaluations

Thurs 27 April: series seminar plus evaluations; last class day

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