Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
Course Description: Study of significant American writers from the colonial period to the Civil War with attention to the historical and cultural contexts of their works. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: Great literature, no matter when it was written and no matter how dated the language may seem, is worthwhile and often readily relates to our own lives. English 317 then should be an enjoyable class. I will endeavor to make the works as clear, interesting and inspiring as possible. I see class as an opportunity for all to share. To enhance this interaction, lecture or discussion will be combined with small group activities, library and/or web explorations, videos and/or sound recordings. Since reading is a big focus of this class, we also might have quizzes or short writings to enhance comprehension.
Learning Outcomes:1. Identify qualities of national character, common experience, goals, professed values, or of literary characters, settings, or themes that are American.
2. Formulate some personal paradigm by which to evaluate a literary work.
3. Write with understanding about literary themes, elements, and terms using language appropriate to the discipline of English
4. Identify literature as an invitation to broader academic discussions and comparisons to life experience 5. Demonstrate listening, speaking and thinking skills in a collaborative environment
Course Assessment: Since class combines discussion with interactive activities, the assessments will reflect this. In addition to a major paper requiring writing and interpretive skills, students will complete two exams and earn credit for participation in classroom activities and discussion.
Grading: --Two Exams: Midterm and Final --Classroom Activities include all in-class assignments, group projects and participation/ presentations
--Essay: This research paper must be on a work of Earlier American Literature not read in class or a comparison of what was read in class with another work as per guidelines which will be made available either in the eCompanion classroom and/or by email. We will discuss options and suggested approaches will be presented. Conference time on this project will be available.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work may be accepted based on instructor discretion though penalties may apply. No make up for the final or missed classroom activities is permitted. Late research essays may not be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Basic to succeeding in this class is reading the material assigned for each class session, completing assignments on the scheduled days, attending class, and dialoguing with the instructor if any clarification is needed. All formal written assignments should be in MLA style and in 12-point font. The instructor also requests that students regularly check their Pirate (Park University) emails for information and updates important to the course and assignments. Park email can be forwarded to a personal account.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: If changes are made to the readings or due dates to accomodate an unexpected circumstance, these changes will be announced or emailed.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87Documentation guidelines will be made available with the essay guidelines. Students should carefully read this information and consult with this instructor in case of questions. Plagiarism on an assignment results in a zero with no opportunity for resubmittal.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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