Children's Literature

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Children's Literature

Children’s literature is one of the foundations for all reading. Most of the fairy tales are oral traditions that eventually were written down. This is how written language takes off and was instrumental in teaching literacy for adults and children alike. For your Part 1, you will describe what images came to mind when you read your selected story. The Part 2 will have you discuss a fairy tale from your childhood and the Part 3 will have you rewrite the story you created for the last two weeks and turn it into a 1-3 sentence piece of micro-fiction.

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The reading assignments for this unit are:

  • ENGL 1405 – Micro Fiction.

Also, you are responsible for reading ONE of the following:

Children's Literature Children’s literature is one of the foundations for all reading. Most of the fairy tales are oral traditions that eventually were written down. This is how written language takes off and was instrumental in teaching literacy for adults and children alike. For your Part 1, you will describe what images came to mind when you read your selected story. The Part 2 will have you discuss a fairy tale from your childhood and the Part 3 will have you rewrite the story you created for the last two weeks and turn it into a 1-3 sentence piece of micro-fiction. Reading The reading assignments for this unit are: • ENGL 1405 – Micro Fiction. Also, you are responsible for reading ONE of the following: • • • • • • • • • • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/k/kipling/rudyard/jungle/chapter9.html) The Viking’s Tales (any of them) by Jennie Hall (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/24811/24811-h/24811-h.htm#Page_62) The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (any of them) by Hans Christian Andersen (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/27200/27200-h/27200-h.htm) The Happy Prince and Other Tales (any of them) by Oscar Wilde (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/902) Fairy Tales (any of them) by The Brothers Grimm (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2591/2591-h/2591-h.htm) African Fairy Tales (any of them) by Various Artists (http://fairytalesoftheworld.com/africa/) Fairy Tales from Asia (any of them) by Various Artists (http://fairytalesoftheworld.com/asia/) Aesop’s Fables (any of them) from Aesop (http://historyworld.org/Aesops_Fables_NT.pdf) 1001 Arabian Nights (any of them) by Various Artists (http://www.bartleby.com/16/) The Surprise by Lili Potpara (http://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2012/september/surprise-lilipotpara#.U62WXI1dXfQ) Assignments: PART 1: For this part, you will write about the piece of children’s literature you read. You will, describe what you thought of when you read it. You do not have to tell what the story is about, but only what images came to your mind while you read the story. PART 2: For this Part, you are to tell any fairy tale you heard while growing up. Do NOT copy and paste something from the internet. Tell, in 2-3 paragraphs, what the story is about and what connection you have to it. This can be anything from a memory as a child or even a deeper meaning found as an adult. PART 3: You have written and re-visioned a story of your own design. For this Part, you will pick a new genre that you haven’t used and re-create your story yet again. This time, however, you will use only 1-3 sentences to tell the entire story. This is an exercise in Micro-Fiction and the ability to analyze a plot structure and boil it down to a logline. For example, the movie Terminator can be ‘boiled down’ to one sentence: A man from a dystopian future is sent back in time to stop a killer android from destroying the unborn leader of the resistance. Story re-visioned : The season of short rains had begun in the arid parts of Namibia. The early morning dew had dwindled, and the smoke rose from the distant. Grass-thatched huts could be seen within the horizon. As the hot sun touched the ground, what seemed like faint blue smoke could be seen rising from the previously wet earth. “The underworld people are cooking; the underworld people are cooking” the children screamed as he hurried the cows to the river. “Let’s hurry so that we can get fresh water at the river!” Chioto shouted to his three grandchildren, Maipi, Kisio, and Bhahona. On their way to the river, the children implored their grandfather to tell them a story, as it had been long since he had narrated one to them. Chioto, knowing how stubborn his grandchildren were, he promised to narrate a story after they had driven the cows to the grazing field. When they had all settled under a Mutarakwa tree, Chioto narrated the story of the hare (Apuoyo) and the ogre (Apul). Once upon a time, Apul and Apuoyo were great friends who lived and did everything together. Nonetheless, their friendship came to an abrupt end when they wanted to marry. Both of them were in love with the same girl, but Apuoyo used his tricks to sweep the girl off her feet, and therefore, Apul had to marry another girl who was not as beautiful as the girl Apuoyo had married. When they got children, Apuoyo’s children were prettier than Apul’s, something that angered Apul. Therefore, he vowed to eat Apuoyo’s children whenever he got a chance. During that time, the land experienced a great famine that everybody was forced to look for food many miles away. Since Apuoyo was aware of the danger that faced his family, he instructed his children never to open the door for anyone except when they heard him singing a specific song. One day after Apuoyo had left, Apul came by the door, singing and hoping that Apuoyo’s children would open the door. However, the children could not be fooled, as they knew Apul’s hoarse voice. Since Apul was determined to revenge, he sought the services of a medicine man who advised him on ways of making his voice mellower. He was instructed to feed on crickets for one fortnight and go back for more instructions. After fourteen days, the medicine man told him to feed on honey for three days, and his voice would be mellower. After carefully following the instruction, Apul achieved the results that he had desired as his voice had become mellower. He went back to Apuoyo’s house and sang in a voice that sounded like Apuoyo’s voice. When the eldest daughter opened the door, Apul pounced on her devoured her. He also managed to eat the other children before Apuoyo could return. When Apuoyo and his wife returned, they were horrified to find blood spilled all over, and the children missing. He too stunned to speak and wailed the whole night. When he calmed down, he attended a meeting that has been called by the elders at the river to discuss how to make rain since the drought had left caused great famine in the land. Also, in attendance, was Apul who led others in singing and beating the drum. When it was the turn for another person to sing, Apuoyo took the drum and beat it while singing a song that amused everyone. Apul danced gleefully forgetting that his nemesis could easily revenge on him. Apuoyo took this opportunity, slipped from the meeting, and headed for Apul’s home. He set Apul’s house on fire, killing everyone inside and sneaked back to the ceremony that was at its climax. When the meeting was over, Apul headed home and was horrified to see his house reduced to ashes. He went to confront Apuoyo whom he found that had secretly migrated to the distant lands. Apul could not trace their whereabouts and was left to regret his actions that had led his present suffering. By now, the sun was high in the sky, and the cows had started heading home on their own. Chioto finalized his story by advising that the children should treat others, as they would like to be treated.
THE ART OF MICRO FICTION How to be concise. Dr Joseph Szewczyk for University of the People MICRO FICTION Micro Fiction • This unit will require a micro fiction submission. • Micro fiction, for this course, will be limited to no more than ‘4’ sentences. • It shall include an entire plot line. 1. 2. 3. 4. Micro Fiction for this course. Why do we study this? Example. Now you try! MICRO FICTION Why do we study this? • This use of synthesis is important because: • It allows us to really see what the main issue of any story. • It makes us focus on being concise. • It prepares us for thinking in a more exact (razor sharp) manner. 1. 2. 3. 4. Micro Fiction for this course. Why do we study this? Example. Now you try! MICRO FICTION Example. • Movie: The Terminator • A man from a dystopian future is sent back in time to stop a killer android from destroying the unborn leader of the resistance. 1. 2. 3. 4. Micro Fiction for this course. Why do we study this? Example. Now you try! MICRO FICTION Now you try! • Think of the last movie or TV show you saw. You can also pick a book or article. • Try writing a 2-3 sentence plot line for the show/reading. • Did you mention the main characters? • Did you get the basic story? 1. 2. 3. 4. Micro Fiction for this course. Why do we study this? Example. Now you try!

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