EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
S1T 2008 DL
McLallen, Wendy W.
Ph.D. in English and American Literature, Florida State UniversityM.A. in English, Florida State UniversityB.A. in English, Stetson University
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Online Reference Resources
The following list includes web sites that will help with your research as well as web sites that offer general writing advice. It is not an exhaustive list, but will help get you started.
Skillin, Edward, Jr. "Richard Wright's Native Son: A Review" Chicken Bones: A Journal for literary and Artistic African-American Themes.
Avoiding Plagiarism (Indiana)
Skylar Hamilton Burris. "A Catalogue of Symbols in The Awakening by Kate Chopin." http://www.literatureclassics.com/ancientpaths/awakening.html
Kate Chopin--A RE-Awakening: Electronic Library. http://www.pbs.org/katechopin/library/
From "When We Dead Awaken by Adrienne Rich
Online English Dictionary and Thesaurus www.dictionary.com
Purdue University Online Writing Lab-- online writing resources including grammar and technical exercises. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Smarthinking.com (Online tutoring; free to Park University Students)
Online Dictionary and links to grammar guides for 110 languages, including English
Aardvark’s English Forum for Students and Teachers of English including ESL and EFL
Arts & Letters Daily http://www.aldaily.com/
Full text reference library, Bartlett’s Quotations http://www.bartleby.com/
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/
Electric Library http://www.elibrary.com/
My Virtual Reference Desk http://www.refdesk.com/
The Guide to Grammar and Writing http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
Grammar and Style Notes http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/
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Educational Philosophy: Critical reading and interpretation are essential keys to Introduction to Fiction. No matter where people's interests in reading lie, being able to read and critically evaluate and interpret text are crucial skills to success in today's society. In addition, we will focus on understanding the connections between fiction and the cultural, historical, and national issues that surround each of us.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The Core Assessment for En 234 is a critical paper consisting of no fewer than 5-8 pages of original literary analysis using personal insights and primary and secondary sources. MLA documentation, including a Work Cited page, is also required. A minimum of 3 sources are required, and must include a range of types of sources, including online and traditional print sources. The core assessment must account for no less than 25 % of the final grade.
The rubric for this assignment is included below.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Your progress in the class this term will be assessed via weekly writing assignments, weekly readings and discussion postings, a critical research paper, and a final examination. You will find evaluation criteria for the critical research paper in the class rubric linked to the syllabus. Evaluation criteria for the weekly homework and discussion assignments will be circulated via the announcement page the first week of the term.
* General requirements: The instructor will provide specific due dates and detailed instructions and more specific requirements for each assignment, including grading criteria.
Proctored final examination: An examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University website. Other Information on proctored exams: It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam at the prearranged time (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.
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I consider any assignment not submitted by the posted deadline late. I generally do not accept late work. Park University's academic week starts on Monday at 12:01 AM and ends the following Sunday at Midnight (MST). Typically, any work submitted after Sunday at Midnight will not be accepted. In the case of the final critical paper, I will make an exception but late critical papers will be severely penalized. Keep reading for a more detailed explanation of my late work policy.
Discussion Thread Postings (homework, prospectus, research draft and discussion assignments)
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Weekly reading responses are due to the dropbox by the end of each week (Sunday at Midnight). Work submitted after Sunday at Midnight WILL NOT be accepted.
Your critical paper is due via the dropbox at the end of week 7 (by Sunday at Midnight). Late critical papers will be penalized one full letter grade (ten points) for each day late.
In an online class your ability to submit work on time depends on reliable computer access. Computer problems can and do arise, so think ahead and have a back-up plan in place in case your primary means of computer access goes down unexpectedly. Be prepared: locate the nearest library, Kinkos, Internet cafe, etc and note their hours, price and policies.
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Online Course Policies:
Park Universitys online class week begins Monday and ends the following Sunday at midnight, Mountain Standard Time (MST). Work will be due at various points within each week and you should expect to be online at least every other day. For example, in a typical week you can expect to have a homework assignment due on Wednesday(by midnight, MST) a peer response due on Friday (by midnight, MST) and a reading response due on Sunday (by midnight, MST). You will submit all work by posting it to online discussion forums or by using the digital dropbox. Refer to each assignment's instructions for specific directions.
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If you've never taken an on-line class before, I can't emphasize enough the following two principles:
Read everything VERY carefully
In order to complete this term's assignments you will need, in addition to regular web access, regular access to a word processing program. You should also be comfortable copying and pasting large sections of text and saving in rich text format. I advise composing and saving your discussion postings, reading logs, peer responses using a word processing program and then copying and pasting into ecollege. That way you'll be protected should internet service go down or your ecollege session times out.
You also ought to have a thumb drive or an alternative backup system in place in order to protect yourself from data loss. It would not be fun to have worked on a paper and suddenly find that your hard drive has crashed, taking all your hard work with it.
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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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85Plagiarism is a serious offense, regardless of whether it is intentional (e.g. copying a paper off the Internet) or accidental (e.g. taking sloppy notes while researching). Any incidents of plagiarism will be reported to the appropriate university officials as outlined in the undergraduate catalog and can result in failure of the assignment in question or the entire course.
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