Using the eighteenth century and the twentieth or twenty-first centuries as points of comparison, discuss some aspect of the interplay between social change, definitions of childhood, and narrative.

Choose a topic for your essay from the list below century. Develop your essay using a combination of course materials and readings, and secondary research. At least 60% of the sources that you use for the essay must be taken from the course readings; up to 40% of the sources that you use for the essay must come from your own research. Your sources outside of the course materials must be critical, peer-reviewed articles or books

Essay Topics

Your essay should address one or a combination of the following topics.

1.Using the eighteenth century and the twentieth or twenty-first centuries as points of comparison, discuss some aspect of the interplay between social change, definitions of childhood, and narrative.

2.Literacy is a theoretical concept that was first formulated with respect to print culture, particularly the ability to read. Having now studied the different competencies required for “literacy” across a variety of technologies, this topic offers an opportunity for you to summarize your learning and add to it through further research. Choose two or three technologies to compare or contrast. What has changed from the medium of print? What has stayed the same? What do we think we know? What questions remain unanswered?

3.Examine how movies, toys, and experiences based on narratives are marketed to children. Outline and explain the effects that such media-based commodities and their associated advertising may have on children. Analyze and evaluate the role played by the Disney Corporation or any comparable organization in the narrativizing of consumption.

4.Genre is an important factor in any study of storytelling. Each text genre—whether chapter books, information books, series books, or digital stories—requires certain competencies from its readers. After performing a close reading of two or three books of a particular genre, indicate which skills readers would need to bring in order to understand that genre, and describe which skills would be developed through reading it.

5.Employing methodologies and readings that you have encountered in this course that relates to analyzing the relationship between narrative and visual imagery, write an essay indicating why you would or would not recommend five or six specific texts for the curriculum of a certain school grade (you must choose and identify the age of the children).

6.This option gives you the opportunity to write an essay that analyzes some aspects of narrative in film and television. This analysis can take you in many directions. You may look at repertoire, address, modality, intertextuality, focalization, camera techniques, cultural difference, and so on. You might, for example, compare different television shows or films aimed at the same age or gender; versions of the same show or film produced in both the United Kingdom and the United States; versions of the same show or film produced in different eras; or the same narrative delivered through different technological formats. You might focus on how successful the show or film has been in its intent to entertain, to educate, and/or to inform. Alternatively, you might examine how one show or film has influenced others over time. Choose a specific aspect of narrative in film and/or television for your essay.

7.The study of narrative in video games presents an especially interesting field for discovery. Have a good look at the literature on what happens to narrative in video games. What should we ask ourselves about the ways in which video games are changing (or may change) narrative? You may wish to refer to a specific game or game type to illustrate your argument, but you must ensure that your tutor has access to the game.

Length: 3,000–4,000 words (12.5 to 16.5 pages, double-spaced, not including references page)

Use APA Style to cite your sources and to create a corresponding references page

In the Answer documents, use different colours to highlight the 60% of the sources which are taken from the course readings and the 40% of the sources that from your own research.

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