Dr. Roberta Seelinger Trites 438-3297

Office: STV 337; Office hours: TTh 2-3 seeling@ilstu.edu

English 272: Literature for Pre-Adolescents

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

Dahl, Witches

Frank, Diary of a Young Girl

Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

Hamilton, Zeely

MacLachlan, Unclaimed Treasures

O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphin

Sachar, There's a Boy in the Girls' Room

Yep, Dragonwings

Pip packet #57

(All articles are also on reserve at Milner)

Course requirements:

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 Dean's office.

* 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.

Reading schedule for English 272

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 packet)

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 Acculturation" (packet)

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" (packet)

April 14: There's a Boy in the Girls' Room

April 16: Writing Workshop

April 21: Papers due

April 23: True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

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