Choose Option A or B

Option A: Critical Media Analysis

Research and select approximately 8 Canadian news stories about early childhood education and care (ECEC) published within the last 2 years and critically analyze the ways children, childhood, early childhood educators, and early childhood education are depicted, with particular focus on children’s rights and responsibilities. The articles you choose must be from credible Canadian news sources, either local or national. Click here for informationLinks to an external site. that will guide you in your evaluation of information sources. As you research, consider the ways the information or narratives presented in your selected articles speak to key issues of the UNCRC and ECEC. Thinking with the BC and FN Early Learning Framework, what is the image of the child that is enlivened by the story presented? The image of the educator? Of ECEC systems in general?
Drawing on your critical analysis of the articles, write an 6-8 page paper discussing the depictions of children and childhood in the Canadian news media. Ensure direct links are made between the articles and the UNCRC on the rights of children and your chosen articles, drawing on the principles of the British Columbia Early Learning Framework, the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care FrameworkLinks to an external site., the ECBC Code of Ethics and other related readings in your modules.
The paper must be grounded in the course material, include examples to support the course concepts, and include references to course readings and other related literature that you have independently researched.
Examples of appropriate news sources to draw from could be CBC NewsLinks to an external site., The Globe and MailLinks to an external site., The Conversation,Links to an external site. or The National Post. Links to an external site.Please contact your Instructor for further guidance or clarification.

For Options A or B

· Check with the instructor regarding the topic/books or references proposed
· Please ensure that your thoughts are organized clearly and concisely
· Employ Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri font, size 12, double spacing, first line indent for paragraphsand hanging indents for references following American Psychological Association (APA 7th) formatting
· UBC Library has REFWORKS for all students for free (https://guides.library.ubc.ca/refworksLinks to an external site.) – Do make use of this excellent database for your references!

Please note: In all assignments and discussion board posts, it is expected that the ‘person first’ language is employed. For example: “I observed” “One would consider” in contrast to “it is observed” or “you would consider.” Simultaneously, descriptive vs. labelling language is also required: a child with autism vs. an autistic child.

Additional Resources
· Digital Storytelling and ReconciliationLinks to an external site.
· Oral TraditionsLinks to an external site.
· The Africa Storybook ProjectLinks to an external site.
· Children’s Picture Book Resource List [Word doc]

Option B: Literature Review of Picture Books

Research a selection of young children’s (birth to eight years) picture books (approximately 8 books, published in print or non-print format) and write an 6-8 page paper that explores the concepts of children’s rights that are (or are not) transmitted in these books.

What is a picture book?

“Picture books are books in which illustrations play an integral role in creating meaning. Picture books are not the same as illustrated books, in which meaning does not depend on illustrations. In a picture book, text and pictures work together” (Bainbridge & Heydon, 2013, p. 553).

Researching Tip: Choose a specific theme for your paper (e.g., identity). Then, select 8-10 books that are varied according to genres that support your theme. Record the title of the books and provide a brief annotation in a graphic organizer (see the example below).

Theme: Identity

Every child has the right to an identity – an official record of their name, nationality, and family.

Article 8

1. States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations as recognized by law without unlawful interference (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1990).

Picture Storybooks

Title/Author

Annotation

Picture Storybooks (K-3)

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Wordless Books

Anno’s Spain by Mitsumasa Anno

Picture Books for Older Readers

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Traditional Literature

Title/Author

Annotation

Folk and Fairytales

Little Red Riding Hood by Paul Galdone

Myths and Legends

The Orphan Boy by Tololwa Mollel

Fables

The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

Poetry

Title/Author

Annotation

Picture Book Versions

My Shadow by Robert L. Stevenson

Poetry

If I Were by Eva L. Robinson

Ensure that direct links are made between the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and your literature choices drawing from the principles of the BC Early Learning Framework, BC First Nations Early Childhood Development Framework, BC Code of Ethics, and other related readings in your modules. Please include a concluding paragraph that summarizes your findings.
The paper must be grounded in the course material, include both observed real world examples to support the course concepts, and include references to course readings and other related literature that you have independently researched. Please ensure that your thoughts are organized, concise, and structure like this:
· Introduction
· Literature review and connections
· Conclusion

For Options A or B

· Check with the instructor regarding the topic/books or references proposed
· Please ensure that your thoughts are organized clearly and concisely
· Employ Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri font, size 12, double spacing, first line indent for paragraphsand hanging indents for references following American Psychological Association (APA 7th) formatting
· UBC Library has REFWORKS for all students for free (https://guides.library.ubc.ca/refworksLinks to an external site.) – Do make use of this excellent database for your references!

Please note: In all assignments and discussion board posts, it is expected that the ‘person first’ language is employed. For example: “I observed” “One would consider” in contrast to “it is observed” or “you would consider.” Simultaneously, descriptive vs. labelling language is also required: a child with autism vs. an autistic child.

Additional Resources
· Digital Storytelling and ReconciliationLinks to an external site.

· Oral TraditionsLinks to an external site.

· The Africa Storybook ProjectLinks to an external site.

· Children’s Picture Book Resource List [Word doc]

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