Children’s and YA Books in the College Classroom

Essays on Instructional Methods

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About the Book

Using children’s and young adult literature is a great way to enhance a variety of college classes in fields as varied as biology, computer game development, political science and history. This collection of new essays by educators from a number of disciplines describes how to use such works as Where the Wild Things Are, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Swamp Thing, Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter to introduce complex concepts and spark interest in difficult subjects. The contributors describe innovative teaching strategies using dystopian fiction, graphic narratives, fairy tales and mythology. Often overlooked or dismissed by teachers, children’s literature can support student learning by raising levels of academic rigor, creativity and critical thinking.

About the Author(s)

Emily Dial-Driver is a professor of English at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, and fiction editor of RSU’s Cooweescoowee: A Journal of Arts and Letters.
Jim Ford teaches humanities, philosophy, and religion at Rogers State University and is director of the honors program. His articles have been published in the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, and Honors in Practice.
Sara N. Beam is the Writing Center Coordinator and an English instructor at Rogers State University. Her recent scholarly work includes presentations at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the South Central Writing Center Association Conference.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Emily Dial-Driver, Jim Ford and Sara N. Beam
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 308
Bibliographic Info: 7 photos, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9502-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2115-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface  (Emily ­Dial-Driver) 1

Introduction  (Jim Ford) 3

Part I: Inside the English Classroom

Out of the Sandbox  (Emily ­Dial-Driver) 9

In Appreciation of Mere “Horseflesh”  Sara N. Beam 20

Magical Persuasion  (Scott Reed and Frances E. Morris) 29

Once Upon a Time  (Nataliya Romenesko) 37

Making a Case  (Robin M. Murphy and Macy McDonald) 52

Graphic Language (Devices) in the High School Classroom (Jesse Stallings) 59

Steppin’ Out with “Jabberwocky”  (Mike Turvey) 70

Composing a Work That No One Hero Could Compose Alone (Sara N. Beam and Holly ­Clay-Buck) 77

The Truth About Native Stories  (Sally Emmons) 93

Part II: Beyond the English Classroom

Shifting Perspectives  (Hugh Foley) 105

The Story, Myth, Legend of Jumping Mouse  (David Newcomb) 111

Happy Hedgehogs, Happy Students  (Gioia Kerlin) 120

Unwinding Ethical Questions  (Jacqueline Bach, Melanie Hundley and Emily Tarver) 127

Children’s Books from Serious, Adult Concepts  (Laura Gray and Gary Moeller) 136

Image and Text in The Tale of Peter Rabbit  (Michael McKeon) 145

Trees, Not Poles  (Peter Macpherson) 153

Freedom  (Carolyn Taylor) 164

Thinking About the Unthinkable  (Paul B. Hatley) 178

Biology Tales  (D. Sue Katz Amburn) 186

Biblical Studies through Yertle, Aslan and Little Red Riding Hood (Gregory Stevenson) 192

Timber!!!  (Francis A. Grabowski III) 202

Growling Bears  (Weldon Lee Williams and David Blakely) 212

Girls and Boys Stay In with Media  (Juliet Evusa) 220

Part III: Student Perspectives

The Whole Picture  (Erika Carter) 237

Sources of Morality  (Kimberly Qualls) 244

My Lady Hero  (H. J. Bates) 250

Tulsa’s ­Coming-of-Age Stories  (Jessica Limke) 259

Into the Swamp  (Davey Rumsey) 274

Epilogue  (Sara N. Beam) 281

About the Contributors 283

Index 287

Book Reviews

“Highly recommended”—Choice.