Children’s Literature and Its Life-long Lessons: A Cross-Continent Collaboration (CBL)

Stories exert a profound influence on humans by engaging our imaginations and teaching us life lessons while entertaining us.  From economics to advertising to the inspiration to follow your dreams, chances are, it was a piece of children’s literature that led to your initial understanding of the concepts and themes now guiding your young adult life.  As we explore the power of storytelling, this class will learn to identify the many life lessons we first encountered as children and to also consider the importance “setting” plays in both literature and our own lives.  The class will work closely with the London FYP class as we together explore two very different settings:  the city of London and the St. Lawrence University campus.  Students from both classes will share assignments, provide peer feedback on one another’s writing and oral presentations, and collaborate on their first semester college experience using various forms of digital media.  The course will also have an optional travel component; over the early portion of Thanksgiving break (November 22- November 27, 2013) some students from the course may travel to London.  Finally, as a culminating experience, students will create their own literacy project, including an original children’s book set in either London or Canton, New York, to share with local children’s organizations.  In anticipation of this project, sharing literature with children at local Community Based Learning sites will take place throughout the semester. (CBL)