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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
Dick, Linda L.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

EN 234 Introduction to Fiction

Semester

F1T 2009 DL

Faculty

Dick, Linda L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Western Michigan University, Master's Degree magna cum laude: Creative Writing and World Literature
Western Michigan University with honors: Literature

Office Location

Virtual

Office Hours

Monday 10 AM - Noon Eastern Standard Time

Daytime Phone

269-271-0327

E-Mail

Linda.Dick@park.edu

bue51@charter.net

Semester Dates

August 17, 2009 - October 11, 2009

Class Days

Sunday - Saturday

Class Time

Asynchronous - online

Prerequisites

none

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Introduction to Fiction tenth edition; Edited by X.J.Kennedy and Dana Gioia; isbn 0321475836

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Course Description:
EN234 Introduction to Fiction (GE): 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:
 

My teaching philosophy is pretty simple. I strive to help each student I teach to reach for that elusive space outside the box; to conquer it; and claim it thus expanding each student’s ability to think critically and to move towards a new level of understanding and commitment in whatever endeavor he or she chooses – be it a new career option or a continuation of an education within the four year university. I find this philosophy especially important for non-traditional students who, for the past six plus years, have taught me the meaning of education and what it means for students from all backgrounds and walks of life. My philosophy is to help each and every one of those students reach his/her potential no matter what subject I’m teaching. To open up the world outside of the classroom, and help the student bridge from one world to another. 

Communication is a vital link in today’s fast moving cultural landscape. Helping students learn to communicate effectively in rhetorical situations prepares them for the real life scenarios played out in work and life once students complete college degrees. The English classroom is one of the places where communication skills can be honed to a fine edge. It is my belief that all students can be helped to the pinnacle of rhetorical skills with some one-on-one coaching as well as team spirited collaboration. And that is how I see myself, as a writing coach. It is my style to help each student reach the top most layer of his/her skills in communication, which will help insure success in other college work and later on in life, work for hire in the job market. I believe in a combination of individual attention and a team approach, which incorporates all the students in the classroom setting, working towards a successful portfolio of student writing. I also find the one-on-one conference sessions to be the place where I can really help make a difference in a student’s talents and abilities as a writer. My secondary philosophy therefore, is to be a helpful coach: To inspire, to instruct, but most of all, to encourage.

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


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:
Week 1: Plot and POV (Point of View)

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Start on Paper 1

Week 2: Elements of Fiction -- Character and Setting

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Start on Paper 1's rough draft

 

Week 3: Elements of Fiction -- Tone and Style

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Submit Paper 1's rough draft in dropbox

 

Week 4: Elements of Fiction -- Theme and Symbol

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1, 2 and 3:

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

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Upload Completed Paper One in dropbox


Week 5: Edgar Allen Poe, Case Study

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Start Paper 2

Week 6: Alice Walker, Case Study

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 2:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

2. Discuss a representative range of fictional texts.

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Start on Paper 2's rough draft

Week 7: A Farewell to Arms

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Submit Paper 2's rough draft in dropbox


Week 8: A Farewell to Arms

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1, 2 and 3:

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

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Upload Completed Paper Two in dropbox by Friday night midnight
  • Take Proctored Final 

 

 

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
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:

Late work will receive a 10% reduction of points for each day the work is late. This applies to discussion question responses as well.  Park University is on a point accumulation system. Therefore it is to your benefit to turn all work in regardless of whether it is late or not, because some points are always better than no points.
 
If you experience difficulty beyond your control to get your work in on time, or if you can let me know ahead of time that your work will be late, I can waive the late penalty at my discretion.
 
Absolutely no work will be accepted after the last day of the session.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Be respectful of your fellow classmates, and they will respect you back.
 
Polite, professional language and attitude is expected at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Plot and POV (Point of View)

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Start on Paper 1

Week 2: Elements of Fiction -- Character and Setting

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Start on Paper 1's rough draft

 

Week 3: Elements of Fiction -- Tone and Style

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Submit Paper 1's rough draft in dropbox

 

Week 4: Elements of Fiction -- Theme and Symbol

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1, 2 and 3:

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

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Upload Completed Paper One in dropbox


Week 5: Edgar Allen Poe, Case Study

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Start Paper 2

Week 6: Alice Walker, Case Study

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 2:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

2. Discuss a representative range of fictional texts.

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Start on Paper 2's rough draft

Week 7: A Farewell to Arms

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1 and 3:

1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre.

3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Submit Paper 2's rough draft in dropbox


Week 8: A Farewell to Arms

The Core Learning Outcomes (CLO's) to be covered this week include 1, 2 and 3:

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

What to do:

  • Complete weekly reading
  • Log on to the "My Literature Lab" and read, listen or watch the items listed
  • Complete weekly quiz
  • Answer two of the three discussion questions
  • Write a response paper and upload into the weekly "response paper dropbox"
  • Upload Completed Paper Two in dropbox by Friday night midnight
  • Take Proctored Final 

 

 

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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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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.
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.

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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
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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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