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EDO3472 Children's Literature

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Children's Literature
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070303 - Education Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nathan Lowien


Pre-requisite: BEDU (Primary) Only - EDP2111

Other requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.


Literature is one of three interrelated strands of the Australian Curriculum: English. Understanding the historical, social, and cultural perspectives of our literary traditions, as well as developing a broad knowledge of the range and genres of children’s literature, from historical and contemporary perspectives, provides a critical and informed approach to the selection and integration of children’s literature in educational contexts.


This course will explore the selection and use of children's literature to enrich the educational experience of diverse literacies learners. The development of children's literature from historical through to contemporary genres will be studied. Investigation and analysis will be conducted to explore the value of literary texts, including wide reading from a range of picture books, novels for beginning and independent readers. Pedagogical strategies for engaging diverse learners through the use of quality literature will also be explored.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service educators should be able to:

  1. create literature rich environments for children (APST 2.1, 2.6, 3.4)
  2. know where to look for, and how to select quality children’s literature (APST 2.1, 2.6, 3.4)
  3. devise a literary pathway to source literature with related literary themes (APST 2.1, 2.6, 3.4)
  4. identify and analyse the literary devices used in picture books (APST 2.1, 3.4)
  5. investigate literature and the issues portrayed, through engagement with a variety of texts (APST 2.1, 3.4).
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the many genres and formats in children's literature (APST 2.1, 2.6, 3.4)
  7. Demonstrate competence in, and appropriate use of, language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to children’s literature 10.00
2. Picture books, including postmodern picture books 40.00
3. Novels for beginning and independent readers 20.00
4. Introducing books and ‘hooking’ the reader 20.00
5. The graphic novel. 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

McDonald, L 2018, A literature companion for teachers, 2nd edn, Primary English Teaching Association Australia, Newtown, New South Wales.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 07 May 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 06 Jun 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.