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Ch 6: Children's Literature Genres & Characteristics

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This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of children's literature genres and characteristics. Review short lessons to boost your knowledge of the history of children's literature, works of Beverly Cleary, benefits of reading and more.

Children's Literature Genres & Characteristics - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to find out how much you know about children's literature genres and characteristics. Lessons examine the basics of children's literature and also explore specific genres, literary works and the impact of literature in children's lives. By reviewing this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the history and themes of children's literature
  • Identify and discuss children's literature genres
  • Discuss the biography and books of Beverly Cleary
  • Summarize and discuss the characters and author of Charlotte's Web
  • List and describe literary devices in children's literature
  • Explain how the author's purpose can impact the style and technique of a children's book
  • Share ways that literature can help children learn to read
  • Pinpoint ways reading can benefit children cognitively
  • Detail the social and emotional benefits of children's literature

Tailor the resources in this chapter to your specific schedule and study needs. Access the lessons anytime and revisit them as often as needed to fully absorb the concepts covered in this chapter. Test your knowledge of children's literature genres and characteristics by taking multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter exam. If you have questions about lesson topics, don't hesitate to submit them to our experts.

13 Lessons in Chapter 6: Children's Literature Genres & Characteristics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

1. What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about children's literature, the only genre defined by its audience, through a discussion of its history and themes, while also taking at look at some representative examples.

Genres in Children's Literature

2. Genres in Children's Literature

Reading throughout childhood can be a powerful tool for healthy development. This lesson will explore the different genres in children's literature, including contemporary, historical and science fiction.

Beverly Cleary: Biography, Books & Facts

3. Beverly Cleary: Biography, Books & Facts

Beverly Cleary is one of the most recognizable and successful names in children's literature. Learn more about Beverly Cleary, her works, and test your understanding through a quiz.

Roald Dahl: Biography, Books & Poems

4. Roald Dahl: Biography, Books & Poems

With tales of wondrous factories and vengeful youngsters, Roald Dahl's stories have sparked imaginations and controversies for generations. Find out more about the surprisingly dark life and work of this fascinating creative genius in this lesson!

J.K. Rowling: Biography, Books & Facts

5. J.K. Rowling: Biography, Books & Facts

J.K. Rowling is one of the most popular authors in the past decade due to her success through the Harry Potter series. Learn more about J.K. Rowling and her works, and test your knowledge through a quiz.

Charlotte's Web: Summary, Characters & Author

6. Charlotte's Web: Summary, Characters & Author

E. B. White's ''Charlotte's Web'' is one of the most famous classics of children's literature, and has been translated into multiple languages and made into several films. Learn about the novel and its popularity, meet some of the main characters, and test your knowledge with a quick quiz.

Literary Devices in Children's Literature

7. Literary Devices in Children's Literature

In this lesson, we will discuss literary devices in children's literature, such as character, theme, setting, and illustration, and how they can be used to gain and keep a child's interest.

Author's Purpose in Children's Literature

8. Author's Purpose in Children's Literature

In this lesson, we will discuss the main intentions behind writing children's literature and provide examples from children's literature for various author's purposes.

The Role of Literature in Learning to Read

9. The Role of Literature in Learning to Read

Literature is an important part of teaching children to read. There are many different activities that involve literature that teachers and parents can do with students to help them get interested and keep on reading.

Cognitive Benefits of Reading on Children

10. Cognitive Benefits of Reading on Children

In this lesson, we will learn more about how reading influences a child's cognitive development by improving vocabulary, increasing background knowledge, and contributing to critical thinking skills.

Social & Emotional Benefits of Children's Literature

11. Social & Emotional Benefits of Children's Literature

In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between social and emotional development and children's literature. The development of empathy and cultural awareness will be explored, as well as the use of bibliotherapy for emotional healing.

Criteria for Evaluating Children's Literature

12. Criteria for Evaluating Children's Literature

This lesson supports teacher candidates who are learning how to choose children's literature for an elementary classroom. The value of the content and needs of students will be examined.

Analyzing Style, Theme & Voice in Children's Literature

13. Analyzing Style, Theme & Voice in Children's Literature

This lesson helps teacher candidates learn about analyzing children's literature based on style, theme, and voice. We will discuss each of these literary elements and examine some examples.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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