Course Requirements

The requirements work together to support the course's learning goals and objectives. The critical readings and periodic lectures will a. o. provide you with background information. In discussion and writing assignments you will develop your critical thinking skills. During your work on your team project as well as in discussion you will learn about each other's perspective and examine your own. Finally the Learning Portfolio gives you a chance to integrate what you have learned.

Attendance and Participation
Attendance at all classes and at a Sunday afternoon screenings on Spept.18, 4 p.m. is mandatory.
The success of this seminar depends largely on the degree to which you take responsibility for your own learning and that of your peers. Since our meetings consist primarily of discussion your regular attendance and active participation are crucial. Because of this format, the attendance policy for this class is very important. You are allowed one unexcused absence. Your second unexcused absence lowers your participation grade by one third of a grade. For each unexcused absence after your second, your final grade will be lowered by one third of a grade (e.g., from a B+ to a B).

Discussions are most lively when everyone shares their thoughts and ideas, and listens carefully to other students' comments, in class and at group meetings. You are expected to have finished the assigned reading before every meeting. In addition to the required readings, you may explore supplementary readings such as the one's listed under Other Resources on the syllabus. Overall, these readings are intended to fuel your interest and as resources for your papers. Whatever you are reading: Take notes in your Reading Journal and prepare questions - the questions you have will be of help to everyone.
For grading standards see Expectations for Class Participation

Team Project
Since this class by necessity only represents a limited selection of topics, texts, and theories, it leaves a whole range of critical areas untouched. This is your opportunity to explore the field of children's studies with thee of your peers working on a subject of your choice.
Team Project assignment

Writing Assignments

Final Essay - Learning Portfolio
At the end of the course you are asked to create a learning portfolio to reflect on the changes in your thinking about children's and young adult literature/film. Everything you will write in this course is eligible for inclusion in your portfolio. Your success with this final assignment will depend in large measure on your continuous effort. This is not a course in which you can put off work, or think about it later, or cram and do well. Look for topics that really engage you early on and pursue them in regular writing sessions.
Learning Portfolio assignment

Reading Journals
Reading journals are a place to try out and explore ideas concerning our readings, lectures, and discussions without worrying too much about being evaluated. It is a place to experiment and to ask yourself, "How accurately can I explain or describe my/this idea?" The point of the journal is to develop a regular, habitual practice of figuring out what you think of our course materials. If you add to your journal consistently and regularly, you'll find that your thinking, your ability to make connections and to have insights will deepen. Above all, these journals are for you!
Reading Journal assignment

Response Papers (including book review)
You will be asked to e-mail or post 6 short (350 word) response papers during the course of the semester. Use them as an opportunity to express your thoughts more formally than in your reading journal and open them up for discussion with your class mates.
Response Paper assignment

You will have a chance to develop an idea or question you raised in a journal entry or response paper in greater depth when you write a formal paper. Giving yourself enough time will help you compose a clear argument in support of strong thesis. It also allows for constructive early feedback from your peers. Papers are due in class. All papers are to be submitted in the form of a hard copy; no e-mail or other electronic submission will be accepted. If you hand in your paper late your grade will be lowered by one-third of a grade (e.g., from a B+ to a B) for each day the paper is late (including Saturdays and Sundays.)
Papers assignment

Grade Distribution
25%    Class participation (discussion, journal, mini presentations, peer feedback, course feedback)   
15%    Response papers, including reading reactions, afterthoughts and debates, book review
15%    1st paper             
15%    2nd paper            
15%    Team project             
15%    Learning portfolio