EN 317 Earlier American Literature
F1J 2006 PV
Wittmeyer, Lisa K.
Senior Adjunct Instructor
B.A., M.A. English
Before & After Class; by Email & Telephone
to be announced in class
August 21 - October 15, 2006
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volumes A and B, sixth edition.. Nina Baym, editor. Student website: www.wwnorton.com/naal
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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. My goal is to encourage exploration of this relationship and to broaden your understanding of earlier American literature. I will endeavor to make the works as clear, interesting and inspiring as possible in an atmosphere of interactiveness based on readings, web explorations, writing and discussion.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
All Park University courses will include a Core Assessment with rubric. This will include ¾ of the Core Learning Outcomes listed above. The Core Assessment in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term.
The rubric for this assignment is published so the student can see the expectations.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Since class combines discussion with interactive activities, the assessment will reflect this. In addition to a major paper requiring skills of interpretation modeled in class, students will take two exams and earn credit for participation to include sharing in classroom discussion and completing classroom activities such as web or library explorations and group work. Guidelines for how to write the essay, suggested topics and a supplement on American literature themes will be made available.
A=100%-90%; B=89%-80%; C=79%-70%; D=69%-60%; F=59%-0% There are 1000 total possible points in this course. Midterm = 250 points or 25% Final = 250 points or 25% Essay Project/Critical Paper = 250 points or 25% Classroom = 250 points or 25% Classroom activities emphasize discussion complimented by group work, library and web explorations, and, if time permits, illustrative video and short writings. Expect multiple essay questions on exams and both class discussion about this and review suggestions posted in our eCollege classroom to help guide your preparation.
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. The final paper must be completed by deadline. Midterm make up exams should be completed within one week.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Basic to succeeding in this class is reading the material assigned, completing assignments on the scheduled day, attending class, and dialoguing with the instructor if any clarification is needed. All formal written assignments should be in MLA style. Students should also check their Park emails for class updates.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Based on student interest &/or time considerations, changes/ modifications may be made to the schedule and will be announced in class or emailed.
Week & Date--EN317
(Outcomes below relate both to class activities and submitted assignments)
Meeting - 1 on 8/24
Witness Literature: The Captivity Narrative & Colonial Literature
Bartolome de Las Casas 38;"The Very Brief Relation."
Cabeza De Vaca 61-70;
the Puritans: Mary Rowlandson "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration." 308-340; Anne Bradstreet poems 263 & 267-269
1, 2, 3, 1A
Meeting - 2 on 8/31
American Enlightenment---American Individualism and the American Dream
Benjamin Franklin: "Autobiography": 538-554; 557-560; 565; 575; 588-599; "The Way to Wealth" 516-522;
"Remarks" 534 & Web Quest
Thomas Jefferson--The Declaration of Independence 728-732;
Crevecour "Letters from an American Farmer" selections Letters III & IV & 674-675
Meeting - 3 on 9/7
Transcendentalism & the New American Revolution
Thoreau "Walden" selections tba & Emerson "Nature": 1106-1123; 1130-1134; "Self-Reliance"; Margaret Fuller tba
William Apess "An Indian's..." 1079 *Review for Midterm Exam
Meeting - 4 on 9/14
Romanticism & Puritan History Twice Told
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter-- read the whole story, focusing on 1358-1385; 1402-1423; 1431-1432; 1437-1442; 1447-1452; 1467-1474 end
Metting - 5 on 9/21
Romanticism: The Growth of Fiction and Dark Romanticism
Discussion on Hawthorne (cont.)
Edgar Allen Poe: poems "The Raven" & "Annabel Lee" and "Sonnet To Science"
Stories: "The Cask of Amontillado"; & "Tell-Tale Heart"; "Liegia" &/or student choices as time permits
Meeting - 6 on 9/28
Romanticism & the Heroic Potential
The Literature of Social Reform & Abolition:
Frederick Douglass 2029, "Narrative of the Life..." Read the entire narrative but focus especially on Chapters I 2039 -- VII 2059;
Harriet Jacobs(additional readings may be announced)
Meeting - 7 on 10/5
Poetry and Song
Whitman's "Song of Myself" stanzas: 1, 6, 13, 15 and additional stanzas from group work as time permits.
Spirituals and Slave Songs on Web Quest.
RESEARCH ESSAY DUE
submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting 8 on 10/12
Earlier American Literature in Thematic and Historical Perspective --Wrap Up
1, 2, 3
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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 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 a redo.
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Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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Last Updated:7/26/2006 7:21:58 AM