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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
Decker, Amy B.


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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EN 234 Introduction to Fiction

Semester

S2T 2010 DL

Faculty

Decker, Amy B.

Title

Senior Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA English, George Mason University, 2002
BA English, George Mason University, 1998

Daytime Phone

540 419 9463

E-Mail

amy.decker@park.edu

Semester Dates

3/15/2010 ~ 5/9/2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Introduction to Fiction, An, 10th Edition
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:
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 educational philosophy stresses guiding adult learners in their engagement with texts in an effort that they make meaningful connections between texts, find relevant connections between the texts and their own lives, and use those understandings to enrich their ideas and understandings about the human condition. It is essential that adult learners develop confidence in their ability to form, support, and articulate their ideas, so my philosophy of education always focuses on both abstract principles and the very concrete ones involved in clear communication and idea exchange that will serve adult learners both academically and professionally.

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:
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

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

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Keep the instructor informed of any situations that might require the submission of late material. Generally, work in the classroom ( participation in discussions, etc.) may not be 'made-up' if missed, regardless of the nature of the absence (excused or unexcused). Weekly assignments that are submitted to the dropbox ( papers) for grading may be accepted late with a penalty not to exceed one grade per day of lateness.
 
This course is a condensed, collegiate, 8 -week term. It is essential to your success that you remain on top of things to avoid insurmountable work loads and stress levels, as the time will go fast.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Participation

This course is offered Online, over the Internet, using Park's eCollege platform. Students are expected to devote a minimum of five hours per class week either logged on to the eCollege or conducting research or discussing assignments with your instructor or classmates, the same amount of time you would spend in the physical classroom.

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should normally be completed by Sunday of the week assigned, although I'll provide specific due dates for all assignments, including online discussions. Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully submitted so that they are in my hands on the due date.
If you turn in work to the dropbox, you may modify any assignment up to the moment it is officially due, usually midnight of the Sunday ending a particular week.
After that time, no modifications may be made to work. I will begin grading shortly after the due date and will normally return work within 4 days. I will not grade work early, as you have the right to reconsider and revise pieces until they are officially due.

NOTE: Because this is an Online course designed to get feedback on assignments to you directly via the Internet, you must make prior arrangements with me before submitting a paper via fax or the postal service. If you ever have problems transmitting your assignments to me, telephone me or send me an email immediately, and I'll be glad to assist.

Please Note:

* It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
* Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
* A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
* Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

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

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .



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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