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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
Wood, Jane


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Course

EN 234 Introduction to Fiction

Semester

S2T 2008 DL

Faculty

Wood, Jane

Title

Chair of the English Department

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. University of Kansas
MA University of Kansas
BA University of Missouri

Office Location

310 Copley

Daytime Phone

816.584.6313

E-Mail

jane.wood@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.park.edu/deptofenglish

Semester Dates

Spring II 2008

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required Textbook:
Introduction to Fiction, An, 10/E
Authors: X. J. Kennedy/Dana Gioia

Required: An Access Code for "MyLiteratureLab"
***This will be bundled with the textbook available at Park Bookstore***

ISBN 020553662X

  Required Textbook:
A Farewell to Arms,
Author: Hemingway

ISBN 0-684-80146-9

 

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Course Description:
Close reading of selected works of English and American prose fiction, emphasizing the historical development of the novel and short story. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I will ask you to entertain the notion that reading and discussing literature matters. Indeed, I believe that who we choose to become as individuals and as a collective community springs directly from our ability to understand and make sense of the complexity of personal and collective life. Literature allows us to contemplate ways, as James Baldwin so eloquently writes, “to impose order on the void.” Read well, think and write wisely, discuss your interpretations as if the world depends upon your thoughts and ideas. For, indeed, I believe that it does.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre
    MoSTEP
    1.2.1.1 knows the discipline applicable to the certification area(s) as defined by Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri;
    SPAs
    •  NMSA 4.K1
    • NCTE 1.1, 3.5
  • Discuss a representative range of fictional texts
    MoSTEP
    1.2.1.1 knows the discipline applicable to the certification area(s) as defined by Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri;
    SPAs

    ·          NMSA 4.K1

    ·          NCTE 1.1, 3.5

  • Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts
    MoSTEP
    1.2.1.1 knows the discipline applicable to the certification area(s) as defined by Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri;
    SPAs

    ·          NMSA 4.K1

    ·          NCTE 1.1, 3.5

    MoStep Requirements 1.2.1.1 standards for EN234



    Core Assessment:

    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 Rubric

    Class Assessment:
    Essays, Quizzes, Response Papers, and a Final Exam.

    Grading:

    Assessment Week Points Total
    Discussion Thread Postings  Weekly 10 80
    Peer Review Posts Weekly 5 40
    Weekly Quizzes Weekly 15 120
    Weekly Response Papers Weekly 10 80
    Rough Draft Paper 1 Due Week 3 10 10
    Paper 1 (CA) Due Week 4 100 100
    Rough Draft Paper 2 Due Week 7 10 10
    Paper 2 (CA) Due week 8 100 100
    Final Proctored 100 100
     

    Total points for class

    640

     

    Points Grade
    576 - 640 A
    512 - 575 B
    448 - 511 C
    384 - 447 D
    383 below F

    Late Submission of Course Materials:

    Course work is due on the day and hour that is listed in the syllabus. Anytime that the work is turned in after I call for it (except in the cases of illness or prearranged absence) it will lose one letter grade per day that it is late.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:

    • Remember that it is fine to "agree to disagree" and that there will be multiple interpretations of stories and the novel.
    • If you have a question, please post in the Instructor's Office, because it is likely that other students will have a similar question.
    • Civility toward the stories, the authors, and each other will be greatly appreciated.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Please see the weekly assignments under each week in the online course.

    Academic Honesty:
    Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

    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 85

    Attendance Policy:
    Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

    1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
    2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
    3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
    4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
    5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
    6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
    7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
    ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

    Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Provides well-chosen personal and critical insights into the literature through close reading that supports thesis. Makes adequate personal and critical statements into the literature, through close reading, though sometimes strays from thesis. Provides only plot summary or  biographical information. Paper shows ittle or no evidence of close reading of literature. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Integrates primary and secondary sources in original and perceptive ways, using MLA Documentation Style, that contribute innovative insights and new knowledge to the field, while retaining a personal voice. Integrates primary and secondary sources adequately, using MLA Documentation, though insights are not particularly innovative or personal. Integrates very little from primary/secondary sources, lacks control of MLA Documentation Style, and fails to bring new insights to the literature. Does not submit assignment, or uses inadequate or no sources or no MLA documentation of sources. 
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Provides convincing and insightful connections between texts to illustrate the main focus of the essay. Provides connections between texts that are clear but mundane. Ideas sometimes stray from thesis. Provides vague and under-developed connections between texts. Does not submit assignment or provides no clear connections between texts. 
    Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    Skillfully supports interpretation with detailed analysis, logical organization, and convincing conclusion. Adequately supports interpretation, though more detailed discussion is needed. Organization is weak, and conclusion is predictable. Interpretation lacks clarity, plausibility, or adequate detail. Lack of a clear organizing principle obscures point. No plausible conclusion. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to requirements. 
    Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Outcomes
    1,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style in a well organized, fully developed essay. Employs conventions of Standard Written English adequately in a reasonably well organized and well developed essay. Writing shows persistent problems with use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical or incomprehensible; organization and development of ideas do not support thesis. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to requirements. 
    Interpretation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Provides new insights into specific, well-chosen passages from primary text. Adequately examines specific passages, though with little innovation. Does not examine specific passages or does so using vague generalities. Does not submit assignment or does not examine passages closely. 
    Responds to a range of literary texts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
    Outcomes
    3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Analysis includes full discussion of elements of fiction as a genre and makes connections to a range of texts. Adequately discusses elements of fiction as a genre. Does not discuss elements of fiction; makes no meaningful connection to other texts. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to requirements. 

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