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FACULTY OF LANGUAGE STUDIES
EA300A: Children’s Literature (I)
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EA300A: Children’s Literature (I)

Student Notes: These notes suggest some possible approaches you might want to take in response to the TMA question. literary knowingness. Students can ask the following questions to explore this topic:  What effect is Pullman hoping to achieve in such a claim?  Why is he trying to be controversial?  What are these themes and subjects that Pullman thinks are appropriate for children’s books but not for adults? Why?  To what extent does this quote reshape our assumptions about the nature and definition of children’s literature?  What implications does this quote have on the subject of what is suitable for children to read? How does this apply to Northern Lights?  What status does Pullman give to children’s literature as opposed to adult literature? . This assignment is asking the students to explain Pullman’s quotation and to examine its relevance to his novel Northern Lights. They are not designed to be used as an essay plan. 2015 . stories are there on sufferance. Other things are felt to be more important: technique. and are intended to help you get started. style. and Pullman.2016 TMA: 20 points Cut-off date: week 11 December 12-17.” Explain this quotation and highlight its significance to Philip Pullman’s novel Northern Lights. as usual. The reason for that is that in adult literary fiction. The quotation is controversial.TMA: Semester 1. they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book. too large for adult fiction. some subjects. and you may well want to take a different approach. 2015 Length: 2000 words In his Carnegie Medal acceptance speech. Philip Pullman states: “There are some themes. is using his wit to shock his audience and shake their assumptions about the nature and definition of children’s literature.

 If children’s literature deals with such themes. . and where you are refining them or challenging them. You can also look at the bibliographies at the end of each essay on Northern Lights in your reader to find more articles relevant to your topic. You are likely to find it helpful to contrast critical viewpoints. When it comes to planning your essay. M. 2. 2. you are expected to engage with the critical materials provided for the module. Plan your essay ahead of time by writing a plan highlighting the main points you intend to cover. Hunt and M. it is essential to make detailed reference to the novel. Lenz and C Scott. Squires. 4. Lenz. But we advise you to do more research to write a substantial essay. To do this TMA. Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman. Students may find the critical works in their Reader: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends on Northern Lights helpful for writing their TMAs. The following critical works may be helpful in your research: 1. then what is the role of this literature according to Pullman? How is this true for Northern Lights?  Does this quote confirm that Northern Lights is a crossover novel? How so? In the course of your essay. 3. Tucker. Your tutors and assessors are interested in what you think about the topic. you may find it helpful to set up an outline structure of points you wish to make. Select some excerpts that relate to your argument. as well as to experiment with how far they can be aligned. In this type of essay. 3. you will need to do the following steps: 1. explaining where you are adopting critics’ views. Philip Pullman. A thesis statement and a proper logical presentation of ideas are necessary. Master Storyteller: A Guide to the Worlds of His Dark Materials. and then choose two or three scenes from the novel to write about in detail to flesh out your points. as well as to the critical literature. N. C. Write a thesis statement stating your argument to be included in the introduction. His Dark Materials Illuminated: Critical Essays on Philip Pullman’s Tribology. P. Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction. State what these passages say and add your own comments and interpretation.

8. pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your sources Copying from the notes or essays of a fellow student (Slightly adapted from OU document on quoting versus plagiarism) It is important to remember that plagiarism is strictly barred and would be subject to punitive action by the Arab Open University. The following are guidelines on plagiarism: If you submit an assignment that contains work other than yours without acknowledging your sources. The audiovisual material should be well integrated in your essay. 7. 6. Make sure your essay makes reference to some quotations from the novel. Students who fail to use and refer to material from the e-library will subsequently lose some marks. you are expected to know how to paraphrase and synthesize the material you read. using your own words as much as possible. photographs. Using the e-library on campus: Students are requested to visit the e-library on campus and use it to do their TMAs properly. You still have to quote and use quotation marks in the right annotation methods you learned from your tutors. Your analytical comments should follow every time you quote from the text under discussion or the critical material you refer to.4. Marking Descriptor . 9. They are also requested to show their tutor that they used the e-library in doing the TMA by referring to some articles they have read. Make sure you ask your tutors in class and during their office hours for further clarifications. You should refer and quote from the course’s audiovisual material whenever possible. Reference to critical material related to this topic is a must. you are committing plagiarism. (You should refer to at least 3 critical works). 5. This might occur when:        Using a sentence or phrase that you have come across Copying word-for-word directly from a text Paraphrasing the words from the text very closely Using text downloaded from the Internet Borrowing statistics or assembled facts from another person or source Copying or downloading figures. At this stage.

No evidence of editing. . . .Above average range of specialized terminology. good understanding of any (18-20) relevant theory.Some error types that impede communication. . .Fair range of specialized terminology. but body still fair. +B to B (16-17) +C to C (14-15) D (10-13) F Below Very good answers showing secure knowledge of course materials. . Adopting an analytical approach and providing relevant discussion covering most of the key issues. . Answers which omit some concepts /evidence and/or lack coherence /structure.First four criteria above maintained .Body divided into several paragraphs . . .Error-free grammar & register.Conclusion which directly relates arguments to topic.Demonstrates extensive grammar control. and a capacity to address the question in a structural.Inconsistent in in-text citation and referencing .Body badly organized or irrelevant. . .Evidence that essay has been edited.Introduction and/or conclusion short but acceptable.Few grammatical errors that impede communication. . .Has an introduction defining plan of essay. .no evidence of editing. . . . thoughtfully and with insight.No introduction and /or no conclusion. Distinguished from A answers by being less insightful or by showing less comprehensive knowledge of the course. and/or make minor errors while still demonstrating basic understanding. Competent answers reflecting adequate knowledge of the more directly relevant course material and concepts.Wide range of specialized terminology.Inaccurate in-text citation and referencing .Introduction and/or conclusion short but still satisfactory. . direct and effective way. .Evidence of editing.Minor Inconsistency in in-text citation and referencing .GRADE CONTENT A Excellent answers showing confident and wide-ranging knowledge of core material. Originality of thought or ideas from outside the course are an added asset.Consistent in-text citation and form of referencing .Slightly confused introduction and/or conclusion. .Good range of specialized terminology. with reasonable structure and adequate coherence related to the question set.Terminology specialized but less varied. Answers which attempt to draw upon relevant material but do not reflect sufficient knowledge of the course LANGUAGE & ORGANIZATION . . Examples are to the point. Or Bare pass answers which show awareness of some relevant material and attempt to relate it to the question.Less grammar control than above.

and/or are incomplete in some important aspects whilst being acceptable in others. . .Limited or not specialized range of terminology.No in-text citations and no referencing .10 and/or neglect the focus required by the question.Poor grammar control (extremely limited range of grammar & register). .