EN 201 Introduction to Literature
F2T 2009 DLA
Baldwin, Dawn L.
Senior Adjunct Instructor
MA in English -concentration in Technical and Professional CommunicationsBA in Liberal Studies
Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00PM (EST) and Thursday 10:00 - 11:00AM (EST)
October 19 - December 13
Title: "The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature" Eighth Edition, ©2008 Michael Meyer
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Educational Philosophy: Students' interactions with other students and with the instructor is crucial in an online class. Interaction is based on discussions, e-mail, lectures and essays. The instructor will promote student learning and at the same time will help students' engagement in reading and critical thinking.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass 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 fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term.
The rubric for this assignment is published so the student can see the expectations.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Work must be submitted on time to be considered for full credit. Work that is submitted late will receive a full grade deduction for each day that it is late. For example, an assignment that is due Sunday night by midnight will not earn passing credit after Wednesday night.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: I have 3 basic rules:
1) Treat each other with respect when posting responses in the discussion threads. Remember you will disagree with your classmates or myself from time to time, especially due to the nature of the topics in our readings, however we can find respectful ways on how to disagree (i.e carefully choose our choice of words, diplomacy is a strong tool and be open minded).
2) Interaction in the course with your classmates and myself is crucial to the dynamics of the course.
3) Analyze and critically respond to the readings.
Week 1—Fiction (Plot, Character, Setting)
2. How does your response to Bartleby develop over the course of the story? Is she a dynamic or a static character?
3. Explain how Kreb’s war experiences are present throughout the story even though we get little detail about them.
ü Post a Peer Response to at least two of your classmates' responses on the Discussion Thread.
Response Paper -- ü Write a one-page (double-spaced) response paper for each of the three Exercises listed in Lesson One under "Plot", "Character," and "Setting" (one for each of the fictional elements). These Exercises are in the PowerPoint Lecture for Lesson I. Turn these 3 Response papers in to the dropbox by the end of Week One.
Quiz -- ü Take the weekly quiz.
Discussion Posting --
ü Post a response in the Discussion Thread for Week 2 to two of the three questions below:
1. How does the Point of View (POV) affect your understanding of "The Cask of Amontillado"?
2. Explain how the 7-Eleven is used as a symbol of American life in "Clothes".
3. Examine Young Goodman Brown's response to his experiences.
Response Paper -- ü Write a one-page (double-spaced) Response Paper for each of the three Exercises listed in Lesson 2 under "POV", "Symbol," and "Theme" (one for each of the fictional elements). These Exercises are in the PowerPoint Lecture for Lesson 2. Turn these 3 Response Papers in to the dropbox by the end of Week 2.
Paper One (due week 3)-- ü Turn in thesis and very rough draft for the comparison and contrast paper by the end of Week 2.
ü Post a response in the Discussion Thread for Week 3 to two of the three questions below:
1. How is “Barn Burning” a story about social class, drawing from DeMott’s argument?
2. How is “Barn Burning” a story about human development and psychology, drawing from Wilson’s essay?
3. Why might, according to Hiles, “Barn Burning” be a “regional” story?
Response Paper -- ü Write a one-page (double-spaced) response paper for “Barn Burning” drawing from one of the questions listed in “The Questions for Writing” at the end of chapter 13. Turn this Response Paper into the dropbox by the end of Week 3.
Paper One Fiction-- ü Turn in Essay 1.
ü Post a response in the Discussion Thread for Week 4 to the two of the three questions below:
1. In “Introduction to Poetry”, what kinds of advice does the speaker in the poem give the reader? What is your favorite poem in the first chapter, and how does the speaker’s advice impact your reading of that poem?
2. “Tone” is the writer’s attitude toward the subject. Examine Ted Kooser’s “A Death at the Office.” What is the tone of the poem? What lines in the poem support your views on the tone?
3. In “To His Coy Mistress”, is there more to the theme than a "simple but vigorous celebration of flesh?"
Response Paper Write a one-page (double-spaced Response Paper for each of the two Exercises listed in Lesson 4 under “Word Order”, “Symbol,” and “Tone” (one for each of the two fictional elements). These Exercises are located in the PowerPoint Lecture for Lesson 4. Turn these 2 Response Papers in to the dropbox by the end of Week 4.
Paper Two --(Due at the end of Week 6) ü Begin to identify two poems that you would like to compare and contrast, and begin to craft a thesis statement, or controlling idea for the paper. Both poems must be found in the class text, and at least one of the poems needs to be one that we have read as a class (though you may well use both poems from the course reading list). For example, you could compare and contrast "Dover Beach" and "Ode to a Grecian Urn," but not "Ode to a Grecian Urn" and "When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be" because we have not read either poem as a class. If you have questions about writing essays about poetry, please go to the following website from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at PurdueUniversity to brush up on how to Write about Poetry:
Week 5—Poetry (Images and Figures of Speech)
ü Post a response in the Discussion Thread for Week 5 to two of the three questions below:
1. Wilfred Owen emerges as one of the great W.W.I. poets. What images in “Dulce et Decorum Est” are the most vivid? To what senses do they speak?
2. In Linda Pastan’s “Marks”, discuss how the last line serves as the poem’s controlling metaphor.
3. In William Stafford’s “Traveling through the Dark”, what are the symbols in the poem? What do they represent?
Response Paper -- ü Write a one-page (double-spaced) Response Paper for each of the three Exercises listed in Lesson 5 under “image”, “Metaphor,” and “Irony” (one for each of these three element of poetry). These Exercises are located in the PowerPoint Lecture for Lesson 5. Turn these 3 Reponses in by the end of Week 5.
Paper Two -- ü Turn in thesis and rough draft for the Poetry paper.
Week 6—Poetry (A Study of Robert Frost)
ü Post a response in the Discussion Thread for Week 6 to two of the three questions below:
1. Discuss the symbolism in “A Road not Taken.”
2. What is your favorite Frost poem, and why?
3. Why might, according to Herbert R. Coursen, the speaker in the poem resemble “Santa Claus”?
Response Paper -- ü Write a one-page (double-spaced) response paper for “Birches” drawing from one of the questions immediately following the poem in the text.
Paper Two -- Poetry ü Paper 2 is due in the instructor's dropbox by Sunday at midnight.
Week 7—Drama (“Reading Drama”; “Writing About Drama”; Death of a Salesman
ü Post a response in the Discussion Thread for Week 7 to two of the three questions below:
1. Is this a tragic play according to the definition of tragedy found in the glossary of Literary terms found at the back of the text?
2. How is Willy Loman an “everyman”?
3. Death of a Salesman’s Willy Loman believes that it is more important to be well-liked than almost anything else. Do you agree or disagree with this belief? What do you think Arthur Miller’s perspective might be?
Response Paper -- ü Write a one-page (double-spaced) response paper for Death of a Salesman answering the following question, “Who is most responsible for Willy’s death?”
This draft is due in the dropbox by the end of Week 7.
This paper (5 pages, MLA citations) will compare a similar theme between genres. Like your other two papers, you will establish a thesis and craft your paper around this controlling idea. You will draw from each text for specific examples, as well as at least three scholarly sources (in addition to the texts.)
The rubric for this paper is posted in your course syllabus under "core assessment."
ü Post a response in the Discussion Thread for week 8 to two of the three questions below:
1. How is the play’s title symbolic of the "fences" at baseball parks and the "fences" that people create between one another?
2. What is the relationship between fathers and son in Death of a Salesman and Fences?
3. How are Willy Loman and Troy Maxson similar/different?
ü Post a Peer Response to at least two of your classmates' responses on the Discussion Thread.
Response Paper -- Write a one-page (double-spaced) response paper for Fences answering the following question, “Is the ending of the play happy?”
Quiz -- Take the weekly quiz.
Paper Three -- Drama: Paper 3 is due.
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