EN203 Explorations in Lang & Lit:

for S1H 2008

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EN 203 Explorations in Lang & Lit:


S1H 2008 BU


Cramer, Ann B.


Professor of English/Adjunct Faculty


B.A. English, Williams College
M.A. English Language Literature and Creative Writing, University of Chicago
Ph.D. English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

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Semester Dates

January 7-March 2, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


EN105 or its equivalent

Credit Hours



Abcarian and Klotz.  Literature: The Human Experience, Shorter Ninth Ed.  New York: Bedford St. Martins, 2007.

Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff. New York: Bantam, 1983.

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Course Description:
Introductory study of language and literature as they relate to popular culture and other areas of contemporary interest. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Our topic will be "The Right Stuff": Morality and Perception. Using Tom Wolfe's book about the Mercury astronauts and Literature: The Human Experience, we will look in depth at questions of morality and perception. What does it mean to be a hero? How do we perceive bravery? What do we demand as a society of our soldiers? We will explore questions of morality through the sub-themes of Innocence and Experience, Culture and Identity, Conformity and Rebellion, Love and Hate, and Life and Death, centering our discussion on an exploration of the intersection of morality, culture, and perception.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss literary texts clustered around a central topic
  2. Analyze one or more literary texts in extended written form.

Core Assessment:

Core Assessment:

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 less than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed no later than the last quarter of the term. 

The rubric for this assignment is published so the student can see the expectations. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Reading logs, reading quizzes, three essays, including one critical paper no less than 5 pages, in class writing, oral presentation, midterm, and final..


Three essays at 100 points each             300
Quizzes                                                  100
Midterm                                                100
Final                                                      100
Reading responses                                 300
Presentation                                            100
Total 1000 points possible,
with 900-1000 A
800-899           B
700-799           C
600-699           D
599 and under   F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If your work is late for any reason, the instructor will take points off the total received for the work. at discretion of the instructor.
I will accept late reading responses.
I will not accept late quizzes, and quizzes can only be taken in class.  If you are late for class, you will probably miss the quiz for that day!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please make every effort to arrive on time and to stay through the completion of class.  It is disrupting to the class if you arrive late, and we lose valuable instructional time.  You are welcome to eat and drink in class, but please turn phones to silent.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Abbreviations: RS= The Right Stuff, L= Literature, and HO= Handout
Note:  page assignments in RS will be made the first week of class.
Due dates for the two shorter papers will be given the first week of class.
You will have quizzes and reading responses due each week.
Week 1:  Innocence and experience
  Jan.8: Introduction, syllabus, introduction to Wolfe and the Right Stuff (morality and perception)
  Jan. 10: Yeats (HO), Houseman (L136)
   RS- movie viewing
Week 2: Innocence and experience, cont.
   Jan. 15: Hawthorne (L80)
   Jan. 17: RS: pp.  1-64, Smith (L140), Forche (L420)
Week 3: Culture and Identity
   Jan. 22: Alexie (L584), Kincaid (L566)
   Jan. 24: RS: pp.   65-148 , Orwell (694)
Week 4: Conformity and Rebellion
   Jan. 29: Jackson (L350), Piercy (L414), Slough(HO)
   Jan. 31:RS, pp.  149-248  , Randall (L409), McKay (L406)
Week 5: Love and Hate
    February 5: Midterm
            RS-movie, pp. 249-294
   February 7: Carver (L742), Marlowe (L777), Raleigh (L778), Day-Lewis (L779)
Week 6: Life and Death
   February 12: O'Brien (L1036), Robinson (1075)
   February 14: RS, pp. 295-367 , Shakespeare (1056, 1057), Thomas (1083)
Week 7:  Third critical essay and presentations
   Feb. 19: 5 page critical essay due, presentations begin
   Feb. 21: Presentations
Week 8:  Presentations and final exam
   Feb. 26: Presentations
   Feb. 28:  Final exam

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 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.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Quizzes are given in-class only, usually at the beginning of class.  If you are late, you will miss the quiz and cannot take it.  There will be no quizzes made up for any reason, even for excused absences.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Critical essay is anchored by a controlling idea (thesis) that makes a creative, persuasive central argument for a theme that unifies the examined literary works. Critical essay contains a reasonable, persuasive argumentative thesis for a theme that unifies the examined literary works. Critical essay contains a thesis that simply summarizes the ideas of the examined literary works—that is, the thesis does not make an argument or makes a weak, insubstantial, or improbable argument. Critical essay does not contain a thesis. 
1, 2,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Essay incorporates primary and secondary sources perceptively and creatively to support thesis., Essay incorporates primary and secondary sources adequately—without particularly fresh or creative insights, but still in clear support of the thesis., Primary and secondary sources are under-utilized; are utilized in ways that simply restate classroom discussion; and/or are utilized in ways that do not clearly support the essay's thesis., Primary and secondary sources are not invoked to support the thesis or are invoked in ways that do not relate to or clearly contradict the essay's thesis., 
,1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
,Essay establishes particularly convincing and innovative connections among primary and secondary sources, juxtaposing sources to promote dialogue among differing viewpoints. ,Essay establishes connections among primary and secondary sources to reveal continuities and discontinuities; insights are plausible and interesting. ,Connections remain vague, undeveloped, and/or simply restate classroom discussion. Critique is not supported by close reading. ,Connections among primary and secondary sources are not present. 
Literary terminology is applied skillfully throughout paper., Literary terminology is used adequately throughout much of the paper., Rarely employs appropriate terminology or misuses that terminology repeatedly., Does not employ appropriate terminology., 
Terminology,Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
,1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
,Essay skillfully interweaves passages from primary and secondary critical texts with analytical statements to reveal insights that support the thesis. ,Essay adequately incorporates passages with some analysis to support thesis, though at points analysis is underdeveloped or missing. ,Essay contains an imbalance of passages from the texts and the writer's own analysis. ,Essay evidences no critical interpretation of primary and secondary sources. 
Technical Skill in Communicating,Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Essay employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style.  MLA citation of in-text quotations and paraphrases is correct, as are corresponding Works Cited entries., Essay employs conventions of Standard Written English adequately.  Citations are provided for all quotations and paraphrases, though at times those citations are not correct.  All Works Cited entries are present, though there may be minor flaws in formatting., Writing shows persistent problems with the use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical, incomprehensible.  MLA citation is inconsistent and incorrect., Standard Written English is not employed, to the extent that the writer's thoughts are significantly obscured throughout the essay.  MLA citations are not present., 
Application,Connects the study of language and literature to popular culture and other areas of contemporary interest                                                                                                                                      
,Essay makes insightful and creative links between the literary works and areas of contemporary concern. ,Essay contextualizes arguments within contemporary concerns in persuasive ways. ,Essay contextualizes arguments within contemporary concerns but only in minimally persuasive ways, or in ways that simply restate classroom discussion. ,Essay does not connect arguments to areas of contemporary concern. 
Crafts an extended analytical essay                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Evidencing mastery of the demands of writing an extended analytical essay, the thesis is thoroughly and persuasively argued; organization is logical, supporting arguments are linked and arranged persuasively. Evidencing understanding of the demands of writing an extended analytical essay, the thesis is thoroughly argued; organization is clearly discernable, with links made between supporting arguments. Thesis lacks complete defense; while organization can be followed, it is simply mechanical or perfunctory, with no links made among supporting arguments. An inadequate number of supporting arguments are included; organization is barely perceptible, with no discernable logic governing arrangement of supporting arguments. 


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