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EN 201 Introduction to Literature
Yarc, Carol


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

EN 201 Introduction to Literature

Semester

F2FF 2010 FA

Faculty

Yarc, Carol

Title

Senior Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

BA, Pennsylvania State University
MALS, University of Mary Washington

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

509-466-6306

Other Phone

509-981-6660 (cell) or 509-276-5206 (Suncrest)

E-Mail

carol.yarc@park.edu

cmyarc@comcast.net

Semester Dates

18 Oct - 12 Dec 2010

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:40 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature.  8th ed.  Michael Meyer.  Boston: Bedford, 2009.

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Additional Resources:
A good dictionary, thesaurus, synonym finder, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, or Lunsford's Easy Writer: A Pocket Reference. 

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Course Description:
EN201 Introduction to Literature (GE): Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and evaluating literature, and surveys some of the major concerns and movements in literacy criticism. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

My philosophy of teaching is a belief that any student can learn to write well.  I believe that good written English is not just a function of applying the rules of grammar; it is also a function of reading widely and often, and thinking critically about what has been read.  My opinion of the text is only relevant in helping the students stay focused or contributing special insights.  Students who actively engage a text by him or herself become more confident in their own ability to interpret the text and write about it. This confidence then requires the student to more actively pursue the language and grammar skills required to write well.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine a range of literary texts and discuss responses to them
  2. Categorize texts by established genres and critique genre identifications
  3. Articulate a full response to a single literary text or define and respond to a collection of texts


Core Assessment:

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:

Assessment for EN 210 will be:
  • Weekly discussion participation,
  • Weekly response papers,
  • Three short papers due in Weeks 3, 6, and 8,
  • Short weekly quizzes,
  • A critical paper of original literary analysis using personal insights and primary and secondary sources (Core Assessment)
 

Grading:
 

Week

Assignment

Points

Week 1

Discussion

Response Paper

Quiz

20

20

15

Week 2

Discussion

Response Paper

Quiz

20

20

15

Week 3

Discussion

Response Paper

Quiz

20

20

15

Week 4

Discussion

Response Paper

Quiz

20

20

15

Week 5

Discussion

Response Paper

Quiz

20

20

15

Week 6

Discussion

Response Paper

Quiz

20

20

15

Week 7

Discussion

Response Paper

Quiz

20

20

15

Week 8

Discussion

Response Paper

Quiz

Final Exam

Core Assessment Essay

20

20

15

160

200

Total

800

Points

 

Grade

720-800

A

640-719

B

560-639

C

480-559

D

479 and below

F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

1.  All assignments are due when they are due unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.
2.  Points will be awarded based on the caliber of the work when assignments are completed on time.
3.  For excused absences, points will be awarded based on the caliber of the work when completed by the late assignment due date.
4.  No credit will be awarded for any activity or assignment for unexcused absences.
5.  No work will be accepted aster the last day of class.
5.  There is no such thing as extra credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Students are expected to be on time for each class and prepared to discuss the assigned reading and study material.
  • Students must recognize that not all members of a class will agree with their position.  Respectful disagreement, however, is expected.
  • Food is not permitted; however, beverages can be brough into the classroom.
  • All cell phones, unless for duty reasons, must be turned off.
  • Texting will result in loss of all weekly discussion points. 
  • Children are not permitted.
  • Plan ahead for hardware or software glitches.  Students are responsible for meeting deadlines in spite of technology.
  • The Park University e-mail system will be used.  Check it early and often during the term!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week
Topic
Activities and Assignments
Week 1
 
Fiction (Plot, Character, Setting)
Read:
  • Ch. 2, “Writing About Fiction,” pp. 47-68
  • Introduction to Ch 3, “Plot,” pp. 69-70, and Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily, pp.90-96
  • Ch. 4, “Character,” pp.117-118, and Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener,” pp. 124-149
  • Ch. 5, “Setting,” pp. 162-164, and Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home,” pp. 165-170
Quiz 1
  • Write/Due Sunday:
    One-Page Response Paper
Week 2
Fiction (Point-of-View, Symbolism, Theme)
Read:
  • Introduction to Ch. 6, “Point-of-View,” pp. 188-193, and Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” pp. 553-557
  • Introduction to Ch. 7, “”Symbolism,” pp. 237-240,  Divkaruni’s “Clothes,” pp.533-541, and Bass’s “Her First Elk,” pp. 516-525
  • Introduction to Ch. 8, “Theme,” pp. 262-265, and Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” pp.325-333
Quiz 2
Write/Due Sunday:
  • One-Page Response Paper
Week 3
Fiction (A Critical Case Study: William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”)
Read
  • Entire Critical Case Study: William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning,” pp. 414-443
Quiz 3
Write/Due Sunday:
  • One-Page Response Paper
Week 4
Poetry (Reading Poetry; Word Choice, Word Order, Tone)
Read:
  • Ch. 18, “Reading Poetry,” pp. 569-612
  • Ch. 20, “Word Choice, Word Order, and Tone.” pp. 622-658
Quiz 4
Write/Due Sunday:
  • One-Page Response Paper
  • Outline, Rough draft, and Works Cited page for Core Assessment Essay
Week 5
Poetry (Images and Figures of Speech)
Read:
  • Ch. 21, “Images,” pp. 659-680
  • Ch. 22, “Figures of Speech,” pp. 681-701
  • Ch. 23, “Symbol, Allegory, and Irony,” pp.702-724
Quiz 5
Write/Due Sunday: One-Page Response Paper
Week 6
Poetry (A Study of Robert Frost)
Read:
  • Ch. 30, “A Study of Robert Frost,” pp. 875-906
Quiz 6
Write/Due Sunday:
  • One-Page Response Paper
  • Revised draft Core Assessment Essay
Week 7
Drama (Reading and Writing About Drama)
Read:
  • Introduction to Ch. 38, “Reading Drama,” pp. 1045-1047
  • Introduction to Ch. 39, “Writing About Drama,” pp. 1089-1093
  • Introduction to Ch. 40, “Theatrical Conventions of Greek Drama,” pp. 1096-1098
  • Miller’s Death of a Salesman, pp. 1372-1436
Write/Due Sunday:
  • One-Page Response Paper
Week 8
Drama (Fences)
Read:
  • Wilson’s Fences, pp. 1483-1530
Quiz 8 (Monday Evening)
Final Exam (Wednesday)
Write/Due Sunday:
  • One-Page Response Paper
  • Core Assessment Essay
 
* The instructor reserves the right to change assignments, if necessary or required.
 
 

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:
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

Attendance Policy:
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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provides well-chosen personal and critical insights to the literatures that supports thesis. Makes adequate personal and critical statements, though sometimes strays from thesis. Provides only plot summary, biographical information. Little or no evidence of close reading of literature. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Incorporates primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style in ways that provide new insights into the literature. Incorporates some primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style adequately, though without particularly fresh insights. Primary and secondary sources used rarely if at all and without adequate MLA documentation. Adds no coherent personal insights. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Provides convincing and innovative connections between texts through careful close reading of literature. Provides reasonable connections between texts that are obvious but nonetheless plausible. Connections between texts remain vague and undeveloped. Critique not supported by close readings. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Skillfully interweaves passages from literature and critical texts as well as strong personal statements that illustrate main point of essay. Incorporates passages from literary and critical texts as well as some personal statements to prove thesis. Rarely provides specific passages from literary or critical texts, or fails to provide coherent explanation of passages. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style in a well organized, fully developed essay. Employs conventions of Standard Written English adequately in a reasonably well organized and developed essay. Writing shows persistent problems with the use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical, incomprehensible; organization and development of ideas do not support thesis. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Close Reading                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provides new insight into specific passages from primary text(s). Adequately examines specific passages from primary text(s). Does not examine specific passages, or does so using vague generalities. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Provides links among a range of literary texts                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Analysis includes full discussion of a range of literary texts. Employs generic and literary terms with ease. An attempt is made to include discussion of a range of texts with clear grasp of generic and literary terms. Paper does not address a range of texts and does not employ appropriate literary terms. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

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