Prince George’s Community College

English 223 Section 3512

MW 1-2:15

Spring 2006



Instructor:                     Professor Ryna May    

Office hours:                 Largo Campus: Monday &Wednesday: 12-1pm

                                    LCC: Tues 1:30-2:30pm, Wed 5:30-6:30pm, Thur: 9:15-10:15am

Office location:              Marlboro Hall 3095 and Laurel Center 204

Office phone:                301.322.0601

Email address:     

Mailbox location:           Largo Campus: Marlboro Hall 3072 / Laurel Center 205

On the Web:       



Course Description

English 223 is a study of various genres of children’s literature with focus on the analysis of the content and quality of works for various age groups.  This course focuses on the theme of heroes and villians in children’s literature, a study of the representations of archetypes.   Prerequisite: Second semester composition (EGL 102, 110, 132, or 134).


Course Objectives


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

·         Identify major writers, illustrators, and works in the canon of children’s literature

·         Establish standards for evaluating children’s literature

·         Analyze texts as literary and cultural artifacts

·         Evaluate texts in terms of literary and social value

·         Present strategies for introducing texts and identifying themes

·         Define literary terms

·         Write analytically about aspects of children’s books (including genre, illustration, style, and content) with appropriate documentation


Course Requirements: Texts and Materials

  • The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature, Edited by Jack Zipes, et al.,
  • ISBN # 0-393-97538-X
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling, ISBN # 0-590-35342-X
  • Additional readings will be given out as handouts
  • Computer access to Microsoft Word and a dedicated disk to save your work
  • A folder or binder with pockets to keep all your graded assignments and handouts given in class until the end of the semester








Required Coursework

All of the assignments will be explained in-depth through the use of an assignment sheet.

Name of Assignment                                           Grade Weight
Homework and Journal Responses                                 20%
Classwork/Quizzes                                                        20%
Library Project/Interview                                               5%
Project 1                                                                       15%   

Project 2                                                                       20%

Project 3                                                                       25%

Extra Credit Project                                                    5 points added to any project grade


College Level Expectations

In general, college students can anticipate spending at least 2 hours out of class on coursework for every hour spent in class.  So the typical commitment for a 3 credit hour class is 6 hours of your own time outside of the classroom.  In order to perform to college level expectations, you should expect to devote a minimum of 6 hours per week to the work required for this course.



For each project, you will present a text to the class.  You will have some choices and flexibility in each project and will receive an assignment sheet describing the requirements and grading criteria for each project.  Project work involves extensive reading and analysis.  You will give your analysis to the class in an oral presentation and you will turn in a written copy of your analysis as well.


Assignment Deadlines and Extensions

Assignments are due in class on the assigned dates (see the syllabus).  A late project or paper will only be accepted for up to one week after the due date, but it will drop one letter grade.  In-class contribution activities, including homework, are due in class on the dates indicated on the syllabus and cannot be turned in late for any reason. 


In-class Contributions

The quality of work, both written and verbal, and the degree of preparation you bring to each class session affects the quality of the classroom experience for all of its members. Because the work you produce is designed to enhance collaborative learning in the classroom, these assignments (including any quizzes) cannot be "made up" or turned in outside of class: you must be present, on time, and prepared in order to receive credit for your contributions. 


Course Policies

When you enroll in college courses, you expect that instructors will do their best to ensure a good learning environment, one in which we can concentrate on the material and feel comfortable sharing ideas and asking questions.  Nearly all students do their part to be respectful of others and consider it common sense and courtesy to be on time to class, leave only during designated breaks, etc. But, just in case there’s a problem or conflict, it’s good to have our ground rules in writing.


Attendance and Courtesy

Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time.  There are no “excused” absences in the course, and any student who for any reason misses more than 5 of the class sessions or who does not turn in all the major assignments cannot pass the course.  Students who are more than 10 minutes late for a class session will be marked absent.  Students who disrupt class to an unreasonable degree with late arrivals, leaving and returning to the classroom, leaving early, or other non-productive activities like sleeping, or socializing, even after discussions with or reminders from the instructor, will be considered to be “absent” for a session. Also, please be sure to turn off all beepers and cell phones when in class, or, in emergencies, to set alerts to “silent” or “vibrate” mode.  Students are not permitted to eat during class.


Disruptive Behavior

Behavior that is incompatible with a learning environment will not be tolerated.  This includes arriving late for class, disruptive talking, interruptions of class activities, rudeness, eating in class, leaving class early, or other behavior not suitable in a college class setting.  Disruptive behavior can result in a student being removed from the class or dismissed from the college.  The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college.   A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2004-2005 Student Handbook, beginning on page 39, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.


Cancelled Classes.

If essays are due on a day that the college is closed, the new due date is the next class session.  In the event that the instructor has to cancel a class unexpectedly, a notice will be posted on the classroom door and/or an email will be sent to all students with instructions regarding the schedule.



When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining at the time of the opening will be held.  For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will be held.  This procedure applies to all credit classes.


Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for maintaining copies of all of their written work, on disk and on paper.  All drafts and essays must be saved and compiled in a course folder.  In the event of lost work or missed classes, students are still expected to produce copies of assignments, and/or gain access to notes, announcements and session material. 


Extra Help

Students who need extra help with any aspect of the writing process (grammar, invention, drafting, etc) are encouraged to visit the Writing Center, which is located on the first floor of Bladen Hall (B107). Please call (301) 322-0748 for a half-hour, one-on-one tutoring session with an English faculty tutor. When you go to your appointment please be on time, have all needed materials (assignment sheets, outlines, etc.), be able to identify exactly what it is you would like to work on, and have a good attitude.


Disability Support Services

PGCC students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations.  Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.



Academic Honesty

The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle.  In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity.  To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process.  The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2004-2005 Student Handbook (pages 41-43) and posted on the college's website.


A common violation of the academic honest policy is plagiarism.  Plagiarism is the improper use, or failure to attribute, another person's writing or ideas. It can be as subtle as the inadvertent neglect to include quotes or references when citing another source or as blatant as knowingly copying an entire paper verbatim and claiming it as your own work.  


Students who are caught plagiarizing will be subject to disciplinary measures according to the college policy.  When you are caught, you will receive a failing grade of zero for the assignment and the incident will be reported to the Office of the President for Student Services.  Subsequent incidents may result in your dismissal from the college. 

Here are some general guidelines as to what constitutes plagiarism:

  • Copying a source word for word without using quotation marks and without identifying the source
  • Extensive borrowing of words and phrases from a source without using quotation marks and without identifying the sources
  • Too close paraphrasing
  • Using others' ideas or information (including graphics, statistics, observations, or research data and findings) without giving credit to the source in the text of your paper in a footnote or endnote
  • Submitting the work of someone else as your own

Important Dates

Last day to apply for spring graduation                                Wednesday, February 15

Presidents’ Day – College closed - No classes                    Monday, February 20

Last day to change from "audit" to                                       Friday, March 3

            "credit" or "credit" to "audit"                             

Spring Break – College closed - No classes                        Mon.-Sun., April 10-16

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes                   Friday, April 21

Final exam period/last week of classes                                Tues.-Mon., May 9-15

Commencement, 7 p.m.                                                      Thursday, May 25

NOTE:  The instructor reserves the right to adjust the order and times indicated on this syllabus to suit the needs of the class; however, notification of such adjustments will be made in advance of the appropriate date.


Spring 2006



You are expected to read and respond to the assignments before the class they are listed below so that you are prepared to question, discuss, and write in class. Some limited assignment and reading changes may be made in response to class progress and interest. Students are expected to bring textbooks to every class session.  All readings are from the Norton Anthology or Harry Potter unless otherwise indicated.






Readings and Assignments

Week One


Mon. Jan. 23

Welcome! Introduction to the course and each other

Wed. Jan 25

Reading: Jung (handout)

Class Discussion: Archetypes and Images

Week Two


Mon. Jan. 30

Fairy Tales pp. 175

Puss in Boots pp. 185

The Cat in the Hat (handout)

Homework: (handout)

Class Discussion: The Personal and Academic Value of Literature to Children

Wed. Feb. 1

Beauty and the Beast pp. 200

Hansel and Gretel pp. 208

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice pp. 284

Class Discussion: Shrek

Week Three


Mon. Feb. 6

Red Riding Hood in Context

All selections pp. 338-386

Class Discussion: Shrek

Journal 1

Quiz 1 (taken in class)

Wed. Feb. 8

Legends: Robin Hood

Legends pp. 445-453

History of Robin Hood pp. 461-468

The Adventures of Robin Hood: Robin Hood and Little John pp. 468

Library Assignment Due

Week Four


Mon. Feb. 13

Reading: Joseph Campbell (handout)

Classical Myths

All selections pp. 419-444

Journal 2

Class Discussion: Heroes

Wed. Feb. 15

King Arthur

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight pp. 474

Class Discussion: Arthurian Legend and the Holy Grail

Quiz 2 (taken in class)

Week Five


Mon. Feb. 20

College Closed: Presidents’ Day (No Classes)

Wed. Feb. 22

Picture Books

All Selections: Black and White pp. 1051-1097

All Selections: Color (following p. 1098) pp. C1-C32

Homework (handout)

Class Discussion: Fantasia

Week Six


Mon. Feb. 27

Project 1 Due

Wed. March 1

Project 1 Due

Week Seven


Mon. March 6


Peter Pan pp. 1293-1355

Quiz 3 (taken in class)

Wed. March 8


All Selections pp. 1099-1115

Journal 3

Week Eight


Mon. March 13


Introduction pp. 551

The Capture of Father Time pp. 582

Class Discussion: The Wizard of Oz

Wed. March 15

Holiday House pp. 559

Class Discussion: The Wizard of Oz

Week Nine


Mon. March 20

Project 2 Due

Wed. March 22

Project 2 Due

Week Ten


Mon. March 27

Life Writing

Introduction pp. 1485-1491

The Brownies’ Book pp. 1516-1531

Anne Frank pp. 1531-1538

Wed. March 29

Domestic Fiction

Introduction pp. 2067-2080

Ramona and Her Father pp. 2211-2247

Out pp. 2400-2419

Quiz 4 (taken in class)

Week Eleven


Mon. April 3


Lord of the Rings (Handout)

Beowulf (Handout)

Journal 4

Wed. April 5

Harry Potter pp. 1-60 (Chapters 1-4)

Homework (handout)

Week Twelve


Mon. April 10

College Closed: Spring Break (No Classes)

Wed. April 12

College Closed: Spring Break (No Classes)

(Read diligently!)

Week Thirteen


Mon. April 17

Harry Potter pp. 61-241 (Chapters 5-14)

Quiz 5 (taken in class)

Wed. April 19

Harry Potter pp. 242-309 (Chapters 15-17)

Journal 5

Week Fourteen


Mon. May 1

Project 3 Due

Wed. May 3

Project 3 Due

Week Fifteen


Mon. May 8

Last Day of Scheduled Classes (Meet if Necessary)

All Extra Credit Projects Due to Division Office M 3072 by Noon