Course Details for Dr. Eileen Shanahan - Winter - 2018-19

Willy Wonka, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins: Exploring Adolescent Literature

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Eileen M. Shanahan recently earned her Ph.D. at Ohio State University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Literacy at Eastern Kentucky University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in middle grade language arts education, content area literacy, and the teaching of grammar and writing. Her research and teaching interests include understanding how discourse shapes teacher learning, teaching English language arts from a social justice perspective, and argumentative writing instruction. She previously taught eighth grade language arts in Charlotte, NC where she also served as a middle school curriculum coordinator. (More Info)

Faculty:
Dr. Eileen Shanahan (More Info)

Course:
Willy Wonka, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins: Exploring Adolescent Literature

Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 8, 2019

Honors Credit:
None

WKU Course:
EDU 400

Discipline(s):
Education , English Language and Literature

Course Description:
Great Britain is the home of many authors of literature for young people. Board a train like WWII child evacuees, walk the London streets like Mary Poppins, and try to find Platform 9 and 3 / 4 like Harry Potter. Read British children’s literature, walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters, and visit the settings of your favorite books. You will see original transcripts and drawings from classic books at the British Library, experience the making of the Harry Potter movies at The Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour AND encounter literary history at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Prerequisites:
None

Physical Activity Requirements:
Participants will be walking 4-6 hours a day. Students should pack for the winter in Great Britain.

Course Highlights:
  1. Upper level or graduate literacy education course open to all students/majors
  2. Course can be used for elementary and middle or secondary English language arts education majors – both pre–service and in-service teachers
  3. In this course you will read popular past and current literature, walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters, and visit the settings of your favorite books.
  4. Some of the literature includes works by J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare, and Roald Dahl
  5. We’ll consider the impact of Great Britain’s history on the development of adolescent literature and how the setting impacted the plots of the various stories we know and love today.