*Please note that this course may not always be offered as a CSL course
English for Young Readers, (EN209) is a truly unique English course. In the course, students explore the challenges facing writers creating stories for young readers. The CSL placement brings the theory alive by giving students the opportunity to interact directly with young readers and reflect upon this interaction.
Picture books, stories and poetry for pre-schoolers and beginning readers, and fiction for young readers and young adults are examined.
CSL placements are with children in community-based settings such as schools, daycares, community centre programs, etc., where literacy-based activities take place. The primary goal of the placement is for students to compare their own response to children’s literature with their observations of the responses of young readers to these books and stories.
Along with the CSL placement, reflection papers, in-class discussion, and online tutorials help to further investigate specific texts in the course. Students also select from a variety of formal assignments in order to shape their work in this course according to personal interests.
In EN209, students gain a personal and comprehensive understanding of children’s literature; one which could not be developed by reading texts alone. At the same time, students give back to the KW community by encouraging literacy in children. All partners truly benefit with this service learning experience.
Last offered as a CSL course: Winter 2013