Writing for children involves the effective use of imagination, wittiness and often, the sensitive and dynamic use of tradition. As a result, children’s literature is often imbued with complex themes and imagery, which speaks to adults and children on separate yet conducive levels. When choosing a topic to write about on children’s literature it can be useful to target a specific age range to avoid making generalisations and to help recognise the differing levels of academic competence associated with different children’s ages. In this subject there are often strong themes, which have been recurrent over many decades. The following are some ideas that you could use for your language and literature dissertation:
Extension projects are not
art activities for their own sake. A good extension project will
keep the thinking and response alive even after students have finished
a book. The goal is to lure students back into the book to cement,
enhance, and even reinvent what they gained from their first visit.
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Another good source is " Notable Social Studies Books for Young People " from the National Council for the Social Studies. These annual lists are not searchable, but titles are arranged by themes, including culture, contemporary concerns, social interactions, and relationships. The annotations provide information about both content and intended audience. The 2001 list included a variety of titles that might address classroom concerns. Explore the balance between personal freedom and government intervention in Lynn Joseph’s Color of My Words , a story addressing a young girl’s struggle to write and be heard in a society without protection for the freedom of expression. Examine a single event from sixteen different perspectives in Voices of the Alamo by Sherry Garland, and then discuss how current events or issues may appear different to different people. The 2003 list offers selections to deal with the fears students express about violence on the global scale, such as Understanding September 11th . On a more local scale, A Perfect Snow provides context for a hate crime and reveals the dangers of fearing people who are not like us.