EN234 Introduction to Fiction

for U1RR 2007

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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction


U1RR 2007 MT


Fish, Rachel Angelique


Academic Director/English Instructor


BA in English Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University
MA in Education with an emphasis on Literacy from Boise State University

Office Location

EN 234

Office Hours

3:45pm-5:00pm Tuesdays or by appointment

Daytime Phone

208-794-0860 (Do not call after 9:00PM)



Semester Dates

May 28-July 22

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:40 PM

Credit Hours







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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:
No matter where people's interests in reading lie, being able to read and critically evaulate and interpret text is crucial to success in today's society.  In order to facilitate students' critical thinking, I will enage students in classroom discussion and encourage them to consider varying opinions and styles of writing.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre
  2. Discuss a representative range of fictional texts
  3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students who complete EN234 will have an understanding of the history of the novel and short story.
  2. Students who complete EN234 will be able to think critically about fiction.
  3. Students who complete EN234 will know literary terms.
  4. Students who complete EN234 will be able to evaluate and interpret fiction and the author
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:
Students' understanding of classroom texts will be assessed through quizzes composed of short answer and essay questions.  Students' understanding and ability to reflect on classroom texts will be assessed through a final paper. A grading rubric for the final paper will be given to students in class.


Class Participation 10%
Quizzes 15% each (4 quizzes total)
Critical Paper Outline 5%
Critical Paper 25%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If you must be absent, please call or email me as soon as possible.  If you miss something, make arrangements with me to get your assignments in at the earliest possible time.  If you miss assignments due to an unexcused absence, you will receive a grade of "zero."

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
During classroom discussions, students are expected to treat each other with respect.  Interruptions are to be kept minimal, and students are to enter the classroom with the understanding that everyone has a different interpretation and opinion and that no opinion is better than another. Students are to be careful while eating and drinking in the rooms and should throw away any trash they have before they leave.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Summer Schedule for EN 234*

May 29

Introduction to class
Discuss the following:
-Critical paper

-Literary terms

-Literary periods

May 31
Discuss the following:
-“A Rose for Emily” p. 286
-“The Meaning of ‘A Rose for Emily’” p. 866
-“The Cask of Amontillado” p. 699
-“The Lust of Hate in Poe’s ‘The Cask of Amontillado’” Handout

June 5
Discuss the following:
-“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” p. 75

-“The Lottery” p. 365

-“The Morning of June 28, 1984, and ‘The Lottery’” p. 877

June 7

~Quiz over short stories~
Discuss To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 1-8
Writing Mini-lesson: Thesis statements and introductory paragraphs

June 12

Discuss TKAM Ch. 9-14

Writing Mini-lesson: Body paragraphs and intro to MLA (in-text citations)
June 14

Discuss TKAM Ch. 15-21
Writing Mini-lesson: Conclusion
Begin movie

June 19

Discuss TKAM Ch. 22-end

Finish movie

June 21

~Quiz over TKAM~
Discuss Frankenstein p. 7-73

June 26
Discuss the following:
Literary criticisms
Frankenstein p. 74-142

June 28

Discuss Frankenstein p. 143-214
Writing Mini-lesson: Doing research and MLA (Works Cited page)
Begin movie

June 29

Discuss Frankenstein p. 215-275

Finish movie
July 3
~Submit and review outline/thesis for critical paper~
July 5
No class.

July 10
~Quiz over Frankenstein~

July 12
Discuss The Awakening Ch. 1-17
Receive assigned criticisms on The Awakening
Writing Mini-lesson: Proofreading and peer critiques
July 17
Discuss the following:
-The Awakening Ch. 18-end

-Assigned criticisms on The Awakening

Writing Mini-lesson: Q & A session

July 19

~Quiz over The Awakening~
~Critical paper due~

*Schedule is subject to change.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
If anyone is caught plagiarizing, he/she will automatically fail the course.

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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 "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Additional Information:

Park University requires that we make up any cancelled classes. In the unlikely event that class must be cancelled, we will have class on a Friday as agreed upon by the class.


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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. 
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. 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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. 
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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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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