Maricopa Community Colleges  CRW120   19976-99999 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 05/27/97
CRW120 19976-99999 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Introduction to Writing Children's Literature
Overview of writing children's literature. Emphasis on genres and standards for quality. Development of techniques in reading, evaluating, writing, revising, and editing literature written for children. Prerequisites: None. ENH291 suggested but not required.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
CRW120   19976-99999 Introduction to Writing Children's Literature
1. Analyze and provide examples of the genres and types of children's literature that writers are currently marketing. (I)
2. Generate topics and themes suitable for children's books according to type, genre, and age category. (I)
3. Analyze critical articles and reviews of children's literature to determine expected standards of quality. (I)
4. Evaluate the quality of selected children's books according to standards discussed in class. (I)
5. Distinguish between and describe literary and non-literary standards of quality. (I)
6. Describe the collaborative nature of creating children's books. (I)
7. Use a variety of methods and tools to draft ideas for children's literature. (II)
8. Write children's literature of various types and genres. (III)
9. Use a variety of techniques to revise and improve one's own writing of children's literature. (IV)
10. Submit a portfolio of children's literature written in correct manuscript form that incorporates techniques studied in class and demonstrates the application of extensive revision. (II-V)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
CRW120   19976-99999 Introduction to Writing Children's Literature
    I. Overview of Children's Literature
        A. Genres
          1. Contemporary realism
          2. Historical fiction
          3. Fantasy
          4. Non-fiction or informational
          5. Poetry
          6. Other
        B. Types
          1. Board book
          2. Novelty book
          3. Picture book
          4. Picture story book
          5. Beginning reader
          6. Chapter book
          7. Middle grade novel
          8. Young adult novel
          9. Other
        C. Suitable topics and themes
          1. Type
          2. Genre
          3. Age category
        D. Standards of quality
          1. Literary
          2. Non-literay
          3. Criticism and reviews
        E. Collaboration
      II. Methods and Tools of Discovery and Invention
          A. Brainstorming
          B. Idea files
          C. Dreams
          D. Journals
          E. Other
        III. Writing Children's Literature
            A. Techniques
            B. Elements
              1. Fiction
              2. Non-fiction
              3. Poetry
          IV. Revision and Editing Techniques
            V. Manuscript Preparation
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