EN320 Literature for Young Adults

for F1T 2010

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EN 320 Literature for Young Adults


F1T 2010 DL


Collins, Leslie R.


Park Professor


MFA Creative Writing/Poetry Georgia State University
MFA Creative Writing/Poetry Georgia State University 2005

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8/16/2010 to 10/10/2010

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Course Description:
EN320 Adolescent Literature: A study of literature in English appropriate for readers in grades six through twelve. Application of literary analysis and interpretation, as well as emphasis on historical and cultural context, will locate adolescent literature within the broader literary tradition. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a bibliographical knowledge of available adolescent literature by producing a bibliographical research paper focusing upon such literature and by sharing bibliographical knowledge orally in the classroom. (MoSTEP (Frameworks: Knowledge 4, 7)
  2. Demonstrate their skills in teaching adolescent literature by producing a teaching package containing sufficient lesson plans for the teaching on one major work of adolescent literature and by presenting one lesson plan from that package to the class. (MoSTEP,,,,,, (Frameworks: Knowledge 4, 6, 7, 10; Skills 5, 11, 12 13, 14; Dispositions 4)
  3. Demonstrate minimal mastery of the internet in regard to finding useful references to adolescent literature by producing an internet search project. (MoSTEP,,,,,, (Frameworks: Knowledge 4, 7, 13; Skills 6, 11.17; Dispositions 4, 5, 6, 16)
  4. Demonstrate enriched appreciation for the variety and depth of available adolescent literature through journaling, class discussion, and examination. (MoSTEP,,,, (Frameworks: Knowledge 4, 7; Skills 8, 17; Dispositions 2, 4, 10,
  5. Demonstrate critical knowledge of several major examples of adolescent literature through class discussion, formal oral presentation, and examination. (MoSTEP 1.1.1,,,,, (Frameworks: Knowledge 3, 4, 5, 8, 10; Skills 8, 12, 17; Dispositions 2, 3, 4, 6, 25)

Core Assessment:

All Park University courses will include a Core Assessment with rubric. This will include Âľ 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.

Class Assessment:

  • Weekly Assignments (guided discussion topics requiring original 200-300 word responses delivered to the Drop box) 
  • Discussion Thread – Discussion Prompt Response and Peer Response (two100 word posts)
  • Research essay with proposal (2,500-word critical, thesis-driven research-based paper using MLA formatting)
  • Mid-term exam (essay exam dealing with material from the first half of the semester)
  • Final exam (comprehensive essay exam focusing on issues drawn from readings)

No Extra Credit Work Available – Remain current with assignments, responding appropriately, and no extra credit work will be needed


  • Class Assessment Table
    Assessment Week Points Total
    Discussion Thread Postings Weekly 5 40
    Peer Discussion Response Weekly 5 40
    Weekly Assignment Paper
    (exception in Week Five when Prewriting subs for assignment)
    Weekly 10 70
    Midterm Due Week 4 30 30
    Research Paper Prewriting Due Week 5 50 50
    Research Paper Due Week 7 100 100
    Final Week 8 75 75
    Total Points 405
  • Late Submission of Course Materials:
    Work must be submitted on or before the posted deadline; documents must be delivered on time, in final form. Late work will receive no credit. In the event of extenuating circumstances, such as hospitalization, an exception can be made. In order for assignments to be considered for such exceptions, you MUST contact me prior to the deadline. Only one such exception is permitted. Computer problems do not constitute an excuse for late work, unless the entire system is "down." Do not make a habit of waiting until the last minute to submit, and you should encounter no problems with work arriving late.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    Each week you will participate in a discussion in our online classroom. Appropriate language and a respectful tone are required.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
    Weekly Assignments:

    Each week you will respond to discussion prompts or questions based on your readings for that week. Please treat these short writings as “mini-essays,” in which you make and support a main point. In order to receive all 10 points for a week, you must:

    • Contribute a short writing of 200-300 words including at least one quotation from the readings or electronic sources
    • Observe proper MLA format
    • Supply error-free writing (i.e. no punctuation, spelling, verb tense, or other mechanical errors).

    A grade of less than 10 points will be assigned for discussion responses that are deficient in one or more aspects of the above criteria. You must post both discussion and a peer response in order to receive any of the 10 points maximum credit.

    Threaded Discussion:

    Each week you will participate in a discussion in our online classroom. Appropriate language and a respectful tone are required. In order to receive all 10 points for a week, you must:

    • contribute at least one response of 100 words to a prompt. Select a different prompt each week.
    • contribute at least one response of 100 words to a classmate's weekly prompt response, which continues or enhances the discussion (do not simply agree or disagree with the classmate). Select a different classmate each week.
    • contribute relevant information that reflects a knowledge and familiarity with the assigned readings and supporting materials—including a direct quotation is required. Quote from a variety of sources, including the weekly lecture. 
    • post your responses in a timely and courteous manner; do not make a practice of adding the final post each week
    • posts receiving full credit must be error free. See hint below.

    A grade of less than 10 points will be assigned for discussion responses that are deficient in one or more aspects of the above criteria. You must post both discussion and a peer response in order to receive any of the 10 points maximum credit.

    Helpful Hint: Complete all assignments and threaded discussion postings in a word-processing program, which checks spelling and grammar (and word count). Then copy and paste to assure your work remains free from errors, as errors lower the number of points received. This is an English course, after all!

    Midterm Exam:

    The midterm exam will call for discussion responses to questions or prompts based on the course reading material.

    Final Exam:

    The final exam will be comprehensive. It will call for discussion responses to questions or prompts based on the course reading material.

    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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

    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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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    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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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