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EN 201 Introduction to Literature
Wood, Jane


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Course

EN 201 Introduction to Literature

Semester

F1T 2007 DL

Faculty

Wood, Jane

Title

Chair of the English Department

Degrees/Certificates

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

Office Location

310 Copley Hall, Parkville Campus

Office Hours

MWF 11:00--1:00

Daytime Phone

813.584.3613

E-Mail

jane.wood@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.park.edu/deptofenglish

Semester Dates

Fall I, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Title: The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature Seventh Edition
ISBN 0-312-43445-6

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Course Description:
Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and evaluating literature, and surveys some of the major concerns and movements in literacy criticism. 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

  • Examine a range of literary texts and discuss responses to them
  • Categorize texts by established genres and critique genre identifications
  • Articulate a full response to a single literary text or define and respond to a collection of texts

    Core Assessment:

    The core assessment for En 201 is a critical paper consisting of 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:

    Your work will be assessed in the follow ways:
    Discussion posts
    Peer response to discussion posts
    Response Exercises
    Weekly Quizzes
    3 Literary papers
    Final exam

    Grading:

    Class Assessment:

    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
    Paper 1 (Fiction) 3 pages Due Week 3 100 100
    Paper 2 (Poetry) 4 pages Due Week 6 130 130
    Paper 3 (Drama)  5 pages Due Week 8 150 150
    Final Exam Take end of course 100 100
     

    Total points for class

    800

     

    Points Grade
    800 -720 A
    719-640 B
    639-560 C
    559-480 D
    479 and below F

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    For every day that a paper is due, it will lose one letter grade.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:

    Civil  and thoughful responses are required, both to the textual material, and to each others' posts.

    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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    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 .



    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Provides well-chosen personal and critical insights to the literatures that supports thesis. Makes adequate personal and critical statements, though sometimes strays from thesis. Provides only plot summary, biographical information. Little or no evidence of close reading of literature. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Incorporates primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style in ways that provide new insights into the literature. Incorporates some primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style adequately, though without particularly fresh insights. Primary and secondary sources used rarely if at all and without adequate MLA documentation. Adds no coherent personal insights. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    Provides convincing and innovative connections between texts through careful close reading of literature. Provides reasonable connections between texts that are obvious but nonetheless plausible. Connections between texts remain vague and undeveloped. Critique not supported by close readings. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
    Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Skillfully interweaves passages from literature and critical texts as well as strong personal statements that illustrate main point of essay. Incorporates passages from literary and critical texts as well as some personal statements to prove thesis. Rarely provides specific passages from literary or critical texts, or fails to provide coherent explanation of passages. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
    Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Outcomes
    3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    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 developed essay. Writing shows persistent problems with the use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical, incomprehensible; organization and development of ideas do not support thesis. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
    Close Reading                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    Outcomes
    1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Provides new insight into specific passages from primary text(s). Adequately examines specific passages from primary text(s). Does not examine specific passages, or does so using vague generalities. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
    Provides links among a range of literary texts                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Analysis includes full discussion of a range of literary texts. Employs generic and literary terms with ease. An attempt is made to include discussion of a range of texts with clear grasp of generic and literary terms. Paper does not address a range of texts and does not employ appropriate literary terms. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

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