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INF 382G.1
Visual Resources for Youth

Course Objectives

Students will become familiar with the history and criteria of Caldecott Award, the history of picture books and publishing, professional literature about children's materials and selection criteria for picture books. Students will evaluate and critique children's literature for various themes and concerns.

Students will develop the tools and ability to critically analyze picture books for narrative, artistic and compositional elements, illustrative techniques and their effectiveness in relation to particular texts. There will be an emphasis on the identification of books that use powerful verbal and visual images for use with young children.

Students will become aware of current issues and trends pertaining to picture books for young children including information needs, multiculturalism, stereotyping, and causes for fear and anxiety.

In order to meet these objectives, the student will be required to complete the following:

  1. Examine print and online sources of biographical and historical material on the history of picture books. Write a biographical sketch of one of the winners of the Caldecott Award analyzing what they have said about their work and about children's literature in general. Discuss how the author/illustrator fit into the history of picture book publishing.
  2. Through class discussions, readings and writing, develop a foundation in visual literacy by analyzing the illustrative, artistic and design elements of picture books for style, composition and narrative.
  3. Identify a topic and write a seminar paper about children's picture books.
  4. Participate in a mock Caldecott election process.

 

Graduate School Grading System

In the fall 2005 semester, the University modified the grading system for graduate courses to a plus/minus system. Below is the new grading system.

Letter Grade     Decimal Equivalent

A
4.00
A-
3.67
B+
3.33
B
3.00
B-
2.67
C+
2.33
C
2.00
C-
1.67
D+
1.33
D
1.00
D-
0.67
F
0.00

 


last updated August 18, 2009