Module Title:Children's Literature in Early Childhood
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Module Aim: This module will examine picture books, fiction, drama, and poetry written for children and explore the theory, content and practice of integrating the literary and performing arts into the early learning environments. Emphasis is placed on aesthetic development of young children through picture books and poetry. Students will be immersed in the best of children’s literature while learning the basic tenet of effective writing. Students will gain a familiarity with contemporary children’s literature; with a sharpened ability to analyse a text; and gain a heightened delight in children’s books. Each student should find ample opportunity to explore children’s literature and writing for children in a way that is personally meaningful and relevant to him or her.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Define the characteristics of the various genres of children’s literature, including a familiarity of classifications within each genre.
LO2 Understand how narrative and aesthetic approaches in contemporary children’s literature, its genres and theories can respond to the new media landscape.
LO3 Research the world of professional writing and publishing for children in literary fiction
LO4 Evaluate the style and illustrations of contemporary picture book illustrators
LO5 Explore ways of eliciting meaningful, thoughtful, and creative responses to children’s literature.
LO6 Adapt stories into a dramatic structure for young children.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
• Overview of the Genres of Children’s Literature • Developing Appreciation of Children’s Literature
Selecting and Evaluating Children’s Literature.
• Identifying literary elements • Determining basic text structures across genres • Identifying and evaluating authorial devices.
The quality of the book, authors, and illustrators
• Quality literature in each genre? • Literary elements for each genre? • Outstanding authors and illustrators in each genre? • Artistic media used to illustrate children’s books? • How do the artistic elements impact the contribution of illustrations to the overall quality of the book?
• Elements and structures of children’s poetry • Literary devices • Strategies for reading and responding to children’s Poetry • Using Media tools to encourage response.
Traditional Literature
• Identifying elements and structures of Traditional Literature • Fairy Tales • Folktales • Drama
• Survey of theories of children’s literature in a new media age. • Postmodern picture books as a case • New horizons and transdisciplinary perspectives
Social and Cultural Issues in Children’s Literature.
• The diversity perspective: • What ideological assumptions are uncovered through an in depth analysis of children’s literature? • How do we select books that represent the diverse populations evident in early years environments?.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Portfolio n/a   100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 1.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 0.50