Dr. Roberta Seelinger Trites 438-3297
Office: STV 337; Office hours: TTh
Course objective: In
this class we will analyze books written for children from fourth
to eighth grade as literary discourse.
Required texts: Alexander, The Book of Three
Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz
Burnett, The Secret Garden
Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
MacLachlan, Unclaimed Treasures
O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphin
Sachar, There's a Boy in the Girls' Room
Pip packet #57
(All articles are also on reserve
Two exams: 20% each
Paper (appx. 2500 words): 25%
Final exam: 25%
Daily grade/participation: 10%
* Students are expected to attend class.
Three absences will adversely affect your daily grade; five will
affect your final grade; seven may result in failure.
* Any assignment that is late will be
penalized one letter grade per day that it is late.
* I expect you to have read the assignments
listed on the syllabus before you come to class. The number
of pop quizzes I give is directly proportional to my sensing a
general lack of preparation.
* Please type the out-of-class paper
double-spaced with one-inch margins on standard typing paper.
(Word processors are OK.) Proofread everything you turn in,
because grammar, organization, and mechanics are a substantial
part of every grade you receive.
* Plagiarism, collusion, or any act of
cheating is intolerable. I will report such incidences to the
* I will not discuss any evaluation I
have given your work until at least twenty-four hours after you
have received the evaluation.
* You earn your grade by performance,
not by negotiation. Unless I have made an error of computation,
please do not ask me to raise your grade.
January 13: Introduction
January 15: Hollindale, "Ideology
and Children's Books" (packet)
January 20: The Marvelous Land of Oz
January 22: Chaston, "If I Ever
Go Looking . . . " (packet)
January 27: Secret Garden
January 29: McGillis, "Secrets and
Sequence" and Paul "Enigma Variations" (both in
February 3 - 5: Anne Frank, Diary
of A Young Girl
February 10: Island of the Blue Dolphins
February 12: Maher "Encountering
Others" and Tarr "An Unintentional System of Gaps"
(both in packet)
February 17: Zeely
February 19: Exam 1
February 24 -26: Harriet the Spy
March 2: Lois Lenski Lecture, 7 p.m.
March 3: Dragonwings, Topics due (Oct. 8)
March 5: Cai, "A Balanced View of
March 17: The Book of Three
March 19: Gooderham, "Children's
Fantasy Literature" (packet)
March 24: Witches
March 26: 5 sources due
March 31: Tuck Everlasting
April 2: Exam 2
April 7: Unclaimed Treasures
April 9: Moss, "Varieties of Metafiction"
April 14: There's a Boy in the Girls' Room
April 16: Writing Workshop
April 21: Papers due
April 23: True Confessions of Charlotte
April 28: Review
May 4: ENG 271.03 final exam, 3:10-5:10
May 5: ENG 271.01 final exam, 3:10-5:10