EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
F2QQ 2007 HI
Harper, Gavin W.
MA: English, Brigham Young University, 1998BA: English, Weber State University, 1994
BLDG 383 HAFB
Before and after class
October 22 -- December 16, 2007
11:00-12:30 PM MW, 11-1 PM F
Textbook: Charters, Ann, ed. The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 7th ed. Boston: U of Connecticut P, 2006.
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. Margo Culley, ed. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 1994.
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Educational Philosophy: Understanding the connections between fiction and the cultural,historical, and national issues that surround each of us,as readers, is one of the main concerns of my class. Defining the main features of key genres of fiction (short stories, novellas,novels, flash fiction, etc.) will also be one of the central themes of this course. The class will function through participatory discussions of the assigned texts, lectures, and assessments at the end of each genre section.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment: As part of your class participation grade you will be required to discuss your reading assignments within the class and participate in small group discussions about the readings. Four times during the term, you will be required to submit a "reader response" assignment for one of the stories/novellas/novels that we will be reading together as a class. These responses should capture your thoughts, analysis, and evidence of your ideas within a single page. At least four times during the term, you will be presented with a reading quiz upon the day's assigned texts. For your more polished writing, you will be required to submit a prospectus of your topic, argument, and ideas; a first draft of your writing (4-5 pages) due at midterm; and finally, a polished 5-8 page essay focusing upon one of the texts that we have read or the connections between a small thematic group of texts. Many possible writing topics are listed below, within the table/schedule of reading assignments, but further details will be provided within the class.
Grading: Class Participation/Attendance: 100 pts
Reader Response Entries: 200 pts
Reading Quizzes: 200 pts
Prospectus and Draft of Analysis Essay: 200 pts
Final Analysis Essay: 300 pts
Total Points: 1000 pts
1000-900 pts = A
899-800 pts = B
799-700 pts = C
699-600 pts = D
599-below = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: During an eight week term, the deadlines for course assignments will approach rapidly. While I will accept late work, you will be penalized by one full letter grade for each day the assignment is late. Please take great care in meeting the deadlines for the course.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: As there is a moderate amount of reading in a class studying fiction,you should be prepared to discuss the assigned material on the day it appears on the syllabus. In other words, you should make sure to read each selection BEFORE the day it is due. Your discussion and participation during the class day will be expected and valued.
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