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Nursery Rhymes & Cautionary Tales

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Department
English
Course Code
English 2033E
Professor
Gabrielle Ceraldi

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th Children’s Lit – Oct 15 Nursery Rhymes Common Elements - Oral tradition – even today  memory - Nonsense words - Polysyllabic rhyme, strong rhythm, sound - Predictability - Something goes up, comes back down – things break/smash - Random violence, reversible violence - Game, physical acting, movement, body - Animals - Gender norms/rolls Developmental Value - Rhyme  phonemic awareness - Numeracy - Riddles  empowerment of getting it right - Tongue twisters  phonemic awareness, empowerment Examples of Common Nursery Rhymes - Little Miss Muffet - Hickory Dickory Dock - Humpty Dumpty - Jack and Jill - Ring Around the Rosie - This Little Piggy - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Baa Baa Black Sheep - Mary Had a Little Lamb - Little Bo Peep - Hey Diddle Diddle - Rock-a-bye Baby th Children’s Lit – Oct 17 Cautionary Tales Problems with Moralistic Literature 1. Don’t think – explicit moral 2. Adult authority – could provoke resistance 3. What is the lesson? (Fostering child’s growth or encouraging behaviour that makes them more convenient for adults?) 4. Use of fear/shame – bad consequences to prevent certain behaviour Structure of the Cautiona
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