Course Description: Study of significant American writers from the Civil War to the present with attention to the historical and cultural contexts of their works. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: To expose students to noteworthy American authors whose writings documented the development of the United States. Reading these writings will provide an understanding of the motivation for the discovery, development, philosophy and culture of this country. In addition, the writings will explain and enhance the sacrifices made by numerous cultural and ethnic groups which developed the American attitude. The writings will also provide an understanding of the struggles these groups as well as individuals encountered to unite this country in thought, ideals and philosophy.
Learning Outcomes:To have the student obtain a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts of reading and writing in a literature course. To help the students create topics, develop a thesis and build an argument, organize a paper, write a first draft, revise that draft, edit it and then present a finished paper. To familiarize the student with each genre of literature. To present the student with questions so arguments can be honed as the student discusses a work. To provide the student with critical strategies for reading and writing and then applying this knowledge to the literature read for class. To increase the vocabulary of each student which will help in speaking and writing. Through literature, provide the student with self-confidence and ease in speaking before a group.
Course Assessment: Lecture, class discussion, videos, presentations, homework, and examinations
Grading: Completion of assigned homework/quizzes (15%)
Attendance and participation 5%
Presentation and report (20%)
No extra work will be accepted for credit toward a higher grade. The grade to receive is the grade you have earned. Partial credit may be awarded for answers on exams if partial understanding has been shown.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late homework will not be accepted. Late is defined as after the date due
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Class begins on time. It is your responsibility to be here on time.
Read the material to be covered before the next class.
Complete all assigned homework and turn in at the beginning of each class.
Late homework will not be accepted. Late is defined as after the date due.
Participate in class discussions.
An 8 ½ x 11” paper with notes may be used for each exam. One side only.
Satisfactory completion of the Midterm and Final exam.
Other reading or course assignments as assigned.
Class lecture and student notes.
Give an oral presentation with an 8 page report.
All homework/reports must be typed in a 10 pitch courier or 12 pitch airal and double-spaced.
Appearance and format will count toward the grade.
Grammatical and spelling accuracy is absolutely necessary.
The students are responsible for all information in the text, information discussed in class and information in the videos.
Students are expected to attend each scheduled class. Regardless of cause, when a student is absent he/she is responsible for all material covered during that class period. The student is subject to appropriate consequences. A student who must miss a scheduled class may be granted an excused absence at the discretion of the instructor. All students must bring in a written confirmation why a class was missed.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
Oct 25/Mon Introduction
Video - Bierce
Assign Clemens, Howells and Bierce
Session 2 Homework turned in and discussion
Oct 27 /Wed Video – Booker T. Washington
Assign Harte, Jewett, Chopin (Story of an Hour – handout)
Session 3 Homework turned in and discussion
Nov 1/Mon Video – W.E.B. DuBois
Assign Freeman, Chesnutt and Gilman
Session 4 Homework turned in and discussion
3 Nov/Wed Video - Gilman
Assign Wharton, Crane, and London
Session 5 Homework turned in and discussion
8 Nov/Mon Video - Crane
Assign Robinson, Cather, and Frost
Session 6 Homework turned in and discussion
10 Nov/Wed Video
Review for midterm -– Presentation outline due
Session 7 Midterm
15 Nov/Mon Assign Anderson, Sandburg, Stevens and Williams
Session 8 Homework turned in and discussion
17 Nov/Wed Video of Anderson/Sandburg
Assign Pound, Jeffers, Hurston, – Haiku assignment
Session 9 Homework turned in and discussion
22 Nov/Mon Video
Assign Cummings, Fitzgerald and Faulkner
Session 10 Homework turned in and discussion
24 Nov/Wed Video - Faulkner
Assign Hemingway (handout) , Hughes, McNickle and Cullen
Session 11 Homework turned in and discussion
29 Nov/Mon Video - Fitzgerald
Assign Welty, Cheever and Updike
Session 12 Homework turned in and discussion
1 Dec/Wed Assign Roth, Carver, Walker and Silko
Session 13 Homework turned in and discussison
6 Dec/Mon Assign homework - American Poetry since 1945
Session 14 Discussion and review
Session 15 Final
Session 16 Presentations
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.
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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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101Individuals are required to submit their own work. Work assignments my be collaborated with others in the class or the individual's periphery, but completed homework and exams must be the individual's own answers and conclusions. Submitting work done by others as the student's own will not be tolerated and may result in a grade of F and being dropped from the course.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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