Chapter Five: Creative Non-Fiction

Goals, Objectives, and Assessment of the Curriculum

Curricular Goals:

  1. Students will select and read children’s literature for a variety of purposes and contexts.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of children’s literature, up to and including 21st century children’s literature.
  3. Students will think about and reflect on varied types of topics in the context of children’s literature, including the human condition, diversity in all forms, varied economic situations, and healthy living.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between literature and education.
  5. Students will reflect on children’s literature in the context of their own learning.

Curricular Objectives:

  1. By the end of the LIT 255, all students will exhibit proficiency in selecting children’s literature for multiple purposes, including multiculturalism, bibliotherapy, entertainment, and instruction.
  2. By the end of LIT 255, all students will demonstrate proficiency in summarizing key issues presented in children’s literature, including controversial topics, cultural values, and educational subject matter.
  3. By the end of LIT 255, all students will demonstrate developing proficiency in reflecting on children’s literature, including proficiency in narrative reflection, developing proficiency in critical reflection, and beginning proficiency in meta-reflection.
  4. By the end of LIT 255, all students will exhibit a body of work that is reflective of their developing understanding of the context of children’s literature and the places and uses of children’s literature in a variety of contexts.

Assessments Table:

Assessments Description
Memory Project TBD at institution using the AACU’s Information Literacy Value Rubric
Written Responses
Genre Presentation
Children’s Book
Table 2: Assessments and Assessment Instrument for Goal One and Objective One

Alignment:

LIT 255 Curricular Goals Associated Curricular Objectives Assessment Assessment Instrument
Students will select and read  children’s literature for a variety of purposes and contexts. By the end of the LIT 255, all students will exhibit proficiency in selecting children’s literature for multiple purposes, including multiculturalism, bibliotherapy, entertainment, and instruction. Portfolio including Memory Project, Written Responses, Genre Presentation, and Children’s Book AACU Information Literacy Value Rubric (Linked)
By the end of LIT 255, all students will demonstrate proficiency in summarizing key issues presented in children’s literature, including controversial topics, cultural values, and educational subject matter. YA Book Study and Fairy Tale/Gender Roles Paper AACU Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric (Linked)
By the end of LIT 255, all students will exhibit a body of work that is reflective of their developing understanding of the context of children’s literature and the places and uses of children’s literature in a variety of contexts. Lesson Plan and Content Lit Kit AACU Creative Thinking VALUE Rubric (Linked); AACU Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric (Linked)
Table 3: Goals, Objectives, Assessment, and Instrument Alignment (Note: This table is an example of alignment of curricular goals and objectives and assessment for goal one.)

Course Offering:

This course is to be offered in both the fall and spring of each academic year, in the fall at night (night to accommodate students who work during the day, and at night in the fall to accommodate poor roads during winter), and in the spring during the day (to accommodate high school students attending college concurrently). It will also be offered at least once online during the year. Per institution-level procedures, the number of sections may increase as needed.

Grading:

Contract grading will be the norm across the Colorado Community College System, although institution specifics regarding contracts will be organized at that institution’s level.

Chapter Six: The Mission of the Minstrel (Instructional Goals and Objectives)