EN234 Introduction to Fiction

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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction


U1V 2009 GO


Farrington, Jay A.


Adjunct Faculty


B. S. Hardin-Simmons Univ.Major: English/Bible; Minor: History
M. A. , ABD, Univ. of Texas at Austin; Major: Southwestern American Folklore; Minor: American History; Fulbright Exchange Lectureship Baghdad University.

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Semester Dates

Summer I; June 1 to July 26, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


    Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
    Introduction to Fiction,
X.J. Kennedy. ed. 10th Edition

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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

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:

Your progress in the class this term will be assessed via weekly writing assignments, weekly readings and discussion postings, a critical research paper, and a final examination. You will find evaluation criteria for the critical research paper in the class rubric linked to the syllabus.  Evaluation criteria for the weekly homework and discussion assignments will be circulated via the announcement page the first week of the term.

  • Weekly Discussion/Homework Assignments 30%
  • Weekly Reading Research and Response Assignments 20%
  • Critical Research Paper (prospectus plus two drafts) 30%
  • Final Examination 20%

Due dates and specific instructions are outlined within each assignment listed in the course for each week.


The specific assignments will suggest a length range for each essay. The range is established as a reasonable guide for your written work. Any essay that does not meet the general length requirements will receive a penalty proportinate to the portion missing.


Regarding Discussion Thread Responses and Participation

  1. Each week there is a discussion thread. You are to respond to two of the three questions.
  2. The weekly discussion will be evaluated using the grading rubric below.
  3. The first posting is due by Wednesday midnight (MST)
  4. The second posting is due by Friday midnight (MST)
  5. EACH discussion response - when you are answering the question - must be a minimal of 350 words and meet the criteria listed below for content in order to gain the full 5 points for each question (10 points all together)
  6. At least TWO of your peer responses must meet a minimum of 150 words each and meet the criteria below in order to gain the full 2.5 points for each response (5 points all together)
  7. The discussion responses and the peer responses are a combined grade in the grade book, 15 points.  Therefore if you do no peer response in any given week, your score of 10 turns into a D.

My internal grading rubric when I read your responses - the things I'm looking for are:

  • Quality - which for me includes professionalism in writing, correct spelling and being articulate in thought
  • Independent knowledge from the student
  • Post should add to the collective learning environment
  • Information posted should have a valid or reasonable support either in terms of course content or gained knowledge in the course of our discussions - at least one post per week will have a direct quote from the literature or the lecture or from other sources the student seeks out

How well you meet the above four criteria will determine where your post will fall within the rubric listed below. This then determines what percentage of your points you will earn.


Points possible

Measurement of Discussion Thread


Provides an insightful analysis of the question, is lengthy in response (350 words or more) and includes specific cited examples from the text.


Provides a thoughtful analysis, is more than complete in length (250-300 words) and includes references to the text.


Provides an acceptable discussion of the text, is of the appropriate length (200 words) and understand the main ideas in the text.  


Spotty discussion of the text, is sometimes minimal in length (under 200 words) and lack of understanding of the main ideas of the text.


Spotty discussion of the text, is often minimal in length (under 150 words) and lack of understanding of any of the text.


Does not meet minimal expectations.



Late Submission of Course Materials:







In class Discussion Notes




Daily Reading Quiz

each class



Weekly Response Papers




Rough Draft Paper 1

Due Week 3



Paper 1 (CA)

Due Week 4



Rough Draft Paper 2

Due Week 7



Paper 2 (CA)

Due week 8








Total points for class





576 - 640


512 - 575


448 - 511


384 - 447


383 below


Late Submission of Course Materials:

I consider any assignment not submitted by the posted deadline late. Late assignments will be assessed a 10% penalty for each day it is late.  Discussion Question Responses are due by Wednesday midnight (MST) and Friday midnight (MST) and also will fall under the late penalty.  Park University's academic week starts on Monday at 12:01 AM and ends the following Sunday at Midnight (MST).  In the event of a documented emergency or event that is beyond your control, then please send me an email so that we can discuss your options.  Late penalties will be waived for situations that are beyond your control.


Discussion Thread Postings (homework, prospectus, research draft and discussion assignments)

Students who post all discussion thread and peer review thread responses on one day will not receive full participation credit.  Discussion thread and peer review responses must be posted on multiple days throughout the week.  A minimum of two different days are the requirement.  This does not equal an A, however. Meeting all of the criteria for discussion threads must be maintained in order to receive full points. 

Reading Responses

Weekly reading responses are due to the dropbox by the end of each week (Sunday at Midnight).  Work submitted after Sunday at Midnight will receive a 10% point deduction for each day it is late.

Essay Assignments:

Late essay assignments will be penalized one full letter grade (ten points) for each day late. 

Planned Absences:

If you know you are going to be absent for class for any reason, and will be unable to meet an essay or reader response deadline, let me know via email (PirateMail), and we can discuss arrangements for you to turn your work in early.  This type of exception will only be allowed once during the course of the semester.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

·  Remember that it is fine to "agree to disagree" and that there will be multiple interpretations of stories and the novel.

· If you have a question, please post in the Instructor's Office, because it is likely that other students will have a similar question.

· Civility toward the stories, the authors, and each other will be greatly appreciated.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

6/2/09 Tue

Introduction to class

Discuss the following:
-Critical paper

-Literary terms

-Literary periods


Discuss the following:
-“The Appointment in Samarra” p. 4   (Kennedy)

-“Independence” p. 8

-Assign reading Farewell to Arms pp. 3-21

6/9 Tue
Discuss Farewell to Arms

6/11 Thur

Discuss Farewell to Arms

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

6/ 16 Tue

Discuss Farewell to Arms pp 42-61

Writing Mini-lesson: Conclusion

6/18 Thur

Discuss Farewell to Arms   pp 62-78 (end of Part I)

Discuss Farewell p. 81-100

Discuss "Sonny's Blues" p. 43 (Kennedy)


Discuss the following:

Farewell, p.101-116

"The Storm" p. 115  

"To Build a Fire" p. 119


Discuss Farewell,  pp 117- 141

Discuss "The Things They Carried" p. 625

Writing Mini-lesson: Doing research and MLA (Works Cited page)

Begin movie


Discuss Farewell p. 142-159 (end of Book II)

Finish movie


~Submit and review outline/thesis for critical paper~

~Quiz over Farewell to end of Book II


Discuss Farewell  pp 163-180

Discuss "The Story of an Hour" p. 523

Discuss "Sweat" p. 558


Discuss Farewell pp181-202

Discuss "Barn Burning" p. 160

Writing Mini-lesson: Proofreading and peer critiques


Discuss Farewell pp 203-225

7/21 Tue

7/23 Thur  (Last Class)


~Critical paper due~

*Schedule is subject to change.

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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
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  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".
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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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