EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
S2RR 2010 MT
Thomas, Peter F.
BA in Communications from University of Southern CaliforniaMA in English from Boise State University
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March 22 – May 16, 2010
7:40 - 10:10 PM
Charters, Ann. The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 7th. ed. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007.
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 1996. ISBN-10: 0393970124
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No matter where people's interests in reading lie, being able to read and critically evaulate and interpret text is crucial to success in today's society. In order to facilitate students' critical thinking, I will enage students in classroom discussion and encourage them to consider varying opinions and styles of writing.
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:
Students' understanding of classroom texts will be assessed through quizzes composed of short answer and essay questions. Students' understanding and ability to reflect on classroom texts will be assessed through a final paper. A grading rubric for the final paper will be given to students in class. There will also be a final exam.
Class Participation 10%
Quizzes 10% each (4 quizzes total)
Critical Paper Outline 5%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
If you must be absent, please call or email me as soon as possible. If you miss something, make arrangements with me to get your assignments in at the earliest possible time. If you miss assignments due to an unexcused absence, you will receive a grade of "zero."
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Turn off any electronic devices such as cell phones, blackberries, cell phones, etc. before you enter the classroom. During classroom discussions, students are expected to treat each other with respect. Interruptions are to be kept minimal, and students are to enter the classroom with the understanding that everyone has a different interpretation and opinion and that no opinion is better than another. Students are to be careful while eating and drinking in the rooms and should throw away any trash they have before they leave.
3/23/10 Day 1
Introduction to class
Discuss the following:
3/25 Day 2
Discuss the following:
-“A Rose for Emily” p. 391
-“The Meaning of ‘A Rose for Emily’” p. 1445
-“The Cask of Amontillado” p. 1092
-“The Importance of the Single Effect in a Prose Tale” p. 1661
3/30 Day 3
Discuss the following:
-“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” p. 115
-“The Lottery” p. 587
-“The Morning of June 28, 1984, and ‘The Lottery’” p. 1468
Writing Mini-lesson: Thesis statements and introductory paragraphs
4/1 Day 4
~Quiz 1 over short stories~
-“The Minister’s Black Veil” p.517
-“Everyday Use” p.1306
-“The Gift of the Magi” p. 1123
Writing Mini-lesson: Body paragraphs and intro to MLA (in-text citations)
4/6 Day 5
-“The Open Boat” p.329
-“The Sinking of the Commodore” p. 1438
-“To Build a Fire” p. 798
Writing Mini-lesson: Conclusion
4/8 Day 6
-“The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” p. 15
-“Superman and Me” p. 1400
-“The Things They Carried” p. 990
4/13 Day 7
~Quiz 2 over short stories~
-“Good Country People” p. 1016
-“Civil Peace” p. 10
4/15 Day 8
Discuss the following:
Heart of Darkness (263-283)
4/20 Day 9
Discuss Heart of Darkness (284-304)
Writing Mini-lesson: Doing research and MLA (Works Cited page)
4/22 Day 10
Discuss Heart of Darkness (304-324)
~Submit and review outline/thesis for critical paper~
4/27 Day 11
~Quiz over Heart of Darkness ~
4/29 Day 12
Discuss Dracula p. 1-90
5/4 Day 13
Discuss Dracula p. 90-180
Writing Mini-lesson: Proofreading and peer critiques
5/6 Day 14
Discuss Dracula p. 181-270
Writing Mini-lesson: Q & A session
5/11 Day 15
5/13 Day 16
~Critical paper due~
*Schedule is subject to change.
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