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Creative Writing - Writing for Children

The Writing for Children Certificate provides students with the academic preparation and skill set needed to demonstrate their ability to author literature for children, including works for personal development and/or professional application. Completion of the required courses formalizes students’ creative writing abilities as they apply to writing for children and adolescents.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2022-2023 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchM3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

Total Semester Units:3.5 
2nd Semester
ENGL 131 - Creative WritingM3.0
ENGL 131 - Creative Writing (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for students interested in various types of writing as forms of expression. It offers students a workshop setting in which to develop their writing skills in various genres such as fiction, poetry, and playwriting. Students will learn to "read as writers" by analyzing published writings in various genres with a focus on authorial techniques and effectiveness. Students also will be required to write regularly, present their own work in class for discussion, and develop critical standards for evaluating the merit of their own work and the work of their peers.

Select one: LIT 114 / LIT 114H M3.0
LIT 114 - Children's and Adolescent Literature (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU (*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: LIT 114 or LIT 114H

This course is an introduction to children’s and adolescent literature in its three general literary forms: the short story (including myths, legends, fairy tales, and folk tales), the novel, and poetry. Stress is placed upon critical thinking, critical reading, and composing. The course explores works of children’s literature from ancient times to the present, analyzes the literary elements of these works, assesses their value for both children and adults, and examines the historical periods and cultural environments in which they were written. This course is beneficial for English majors, students planning to transfer to a university, parents, and future elementary and secondary teachers.

LIT 114H - Children's and Adolescent Literature Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU (*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: LIT 114 or LIT 114H)

This course is an introduction to children’s and adolescent literature in its three general literary forms: the short story (including myths, legends, fairy tales, and folk tales), the novel, and poetry. Stress is placed upon critical thinking, critical reading, and composing. The course explores works of children’s literature from ancient times to the present, analyzes the literary elements of these works, assesses their value for both children and adults, and examines the historical periods and cultural environments in which they were written. This course is beneficial for English majors, students planning to transfer to a university, parents, and future elementary and secondary teachers. This course is designed for students eligible for the Honors Program.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
Summer 1
Select one: LIT 102 / LIT 102H M3.0
LIT 102 - Approaches to Literature (3.0 units)


Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: LIT 102 or LIT 102H)

This course is designed for students who wish to study the four general literary forms: poetry, drama, short story, and novel. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, critical reading, and composing. Compositions will be based upon discussion, analysis and interpretations of literature, and upon the relationship of Western and Non-Western literature to contemporary thought.

LIT 102H - Approaches to Literature Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: LIT 102 or LIT 102H)

This course is designed for students who wish to study the four general literary forms: poetry, drama, short story, and novel. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, critical reading, and composing. Compositions will be based upon discussion, analysis and interpretations of literature, and upon the relationship of Western and Non-Western literature to contemporary thought. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

ENGL 231 - Advanced Creative WritingM3.0
ENGL 231 - Advanced Creative Writing (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 131
Transfers to:CSU

This course is for students interested in continuing their studies in various forms of writing. It offers students a workshop beyond ENGL 131 in which to develop more advanced writing skills in various genres such as fiction and poetry. Students will continue to learn to “read as writers” by analyzing published writings in various genres, with a focus on authorial techniques and effectiveness. Students also will be required to write regularly, present their own work in class for discussion, and develop critical standards for evaluating the merit of their own work and the work of their peers.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
Total Units for Creative Writing - Writing for Children COA program 15.5 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will identify, analyze, and evaluate creative genres of writing with an emphasis on children’s literature from ancient times to the present, and examine the historical and cultural environments in which this literature was written.


2

Students will brainstorm, draft, revise, and produce their own pieces of nonfiction and fiction to final completion.


3

Students will employ critical thinking skills, research strategies, revision techniques, and correct grammar and usage in the development of their own writing.


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