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EN 201 Introduction to Literature
Florentine, Sarah

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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EN 201 Introduction to Literature


S1K 2011 LA


Florentine, Sarah


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. English, B.A. History, American Studies & English

Office Location

Laughlin AFB

Office Hours


Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

January 10th - March 6th

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Credit Hours


Meyer, M. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature 8th edition, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-312-67729-9

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Course Description:
EN201 Introduction to Literature (LE)(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:

This class will be taught in a collaborative environment.  Students will be expected to work with their peers as they engage in active reading and critical thinking.  Classes will feature discussion and in-class activities. The ability to evaluate and interpret text is invaluable in any field of study. It is my goal to encourage students to not only learn how to perform literary analysis, but to see the significance of it as well. 

Students will acquire:

  • an understanding of literature within the context of cultural, social and political events
  • an enjoyment and appreciation for different genres of literature
  • an understanding of the relationship between writer, work and reader
  • an understanding of the terminology of literary analysis

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:

EN201 includes the following assessments:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments from the assigned texts and lectures
  • Taking quizzes randomly administered throughout the term 
  • Participating in weekly discussions
  • Completing three substantial writing assignments, referred to as essays
  • Completing the core assessment project
  • Completing a reading journal
  • Completing a midterm examination
  • Completing an analytical comparison project
  • All graded components of the course include detailed assignment descriptions and grading criteria.

The grading scale for EN201 maintains an “A” as 90-100%; a “B” as 80-89%, and so on. Grades will be posted in the student’s eCollege grade book.

Grades will be determined as follows:
450-500 points = A; 400-449 points = B; 350-399 points = C; 300-349 points = D; 299 or fewer points = F.




15 Quizzes


5 points each (75 points total)

Reading Journal



Class Participation



Essay #1 Fiction



Essay #2 Poetry



Essay #3 Drama



Midterm Exam



Analytical Comparison Project



Core Assessment Paper





500 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will be docked two points for every 24 hours it is late.  Work more than 5 days late will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Turn off all cell phones. Be on time.  Be aware of the university's policy for absences. Absences are excused for duty, unexpected work conflicts and true illness.  Students must provide a written excuse prior to or immediately after the absence.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


In Class

Homework DUE

Week 1


What is fiction? Why do we read fiction? What should we as readers bring to a text? What does the author bring to a text? What factors influence the ‘meaning’ of a story?


The Language of Fiction

Welcome to Class

Active Reading

Reading Journal discussed


Introduction p. 1-7

Reading Fiction p. 13-19

Active Reading p. 1557-1561

Glossary p. 1619


The Tools of Fiction



Quiz #1


Plot p. 69-78

“Killings” p. 102-115


The Tools of Fiction

Character and Point of View




Character p. 117-122

“Mines” p. 152-161

 Point of View p. 188-193

“We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This” p. 193-203


The Tools of Fiction



Quiz #2


Setting p. 162-164

“How to Tell a War Story” p. 542-552

“The Cask of Amontillado” p.552-557


“The Invalid’s Story”

Week 2

Finding meaning in Fiction

The journey of literary analysis: What does it all mean?



No Class


No Class


Literary Analysis

Analysis and Interpretation

Critical Analysis




Essay #1 Distributed and Explained


Questions for Responsive Reading and Writing

p. 47-50

Questions for Writing p. 309

Choosing a Topic p. 1561-1568

“The Story of the Good Little Boy” p. 494-496


Literary Analysis

Symbolism and Theme



Quiz #3


Symbolism p. 237-240

“The Hand” p. 240-242

Theme p. 262-265

“Love in L.A.” p. 278-281

The Theme of Deception in “Love in L.A.” p. 282


Literary Analysis

Style, Tone and Irony




Quiz #4


Style, Tone and Irony p. 283-287

“Popular Mechanics” p. 287-289

“Lusts” p. 292-298


“Tell-Tale Heart”

Week 3


What defines a poem? How is analyzing a poem different than analyzing a short story?



The Language of Poetry

Reading Poetry



Reading Poetry p. 569-576

Suggestions for Approaching Poetry

p. 588-589

On the Differences between Poetry and Prose p. 679-680


Essay #1 due by midnight via dropbox


The Language of Poetry

Word Choice, Order and Tone

Quiz #5


Word Choice and Word Order p. 622-632

Diction and Tone p. 635-641


The Language of Poetry

Figures of Speech and Sounds

In Class:

“On the Contemporary Use of Rhyme” p. 737

Quiz #6


Figures of Speech p. 681-690

Sounds p. 725-731

Rhyme p. 724-737

Sound and Meaning p. 738-740


The Language of Poetry



Images p. 659-666


“I Died for Beauty”

“Ode on a Grecian Urn”

Week 4

Finding Meaning in Poetry

Where do we find poetry today? How is poetry a conversation?



Analyzing Poetry

Poetry and Pop Culture

Writing about Poetry

Essay #2 distributed and discussed


Encountering Poetry: Images in Popular Culture

p. 591-599

Poetry in Popular Forms p. 600-605

On Hard Poetry p. 606

Writing about Poetry p. 613-621


Analyzing Poetry

Symbol, Allegory and Irony


Quiz #7


Symbol, Allegory and Irony p. 702-712


“I Died for Beauty”

“Ode on a Grecian Urn”


Review Day – Fiction and Poetry


Midterm Exam


Week 5


What is drama? How do you ‘read’ drama?


Drama in Written Form

Reading Drama

Quiz #8



Reading Drama p. 1045-1047

“Trifles” p. 1047-1057

Elements of Drama p. 1060-1063


“A Jury of Her Peers”


Popular Drama

Today’s Drama

Watch Seinfeld Episode

“The Pitch”


Seinfeld p. 1071-1080

On Seinfeld as a Sitcom Moneymaker p. 1080-1081


Analyzing Drama

Analyzing Drama

Quiz #9

Essay #3 distributed and discussed


Writing about Drama p. 1088-1093



William Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s England


A Study of William Shakespeare p. 1152-1164

Essay #2 due by midnight via the dropbox

Week 6

Finding Meaning in Drama




Quiz #10


Project distributed and discussed

Merchant of Venice Act I


Quiz #11

Merchant of Venice Act II


Quiz #12


Movie Clip

Merchant of Venice Act II


Quiz #13

Merchant of Venice Act IV and V


Project Topic Due

Week 7

Writing about Literature

Critical Analysis, the Research Paper – Putting it all together



No Class


No Class


Critical Strategies

Reading Through a Lens


Quiz #14


Core Assessment distributed and discussed


Critical Strategies p. 1533-1556



Using Park’s Library

Quiz #15


The Literary Research Paper p. 1593-1606

Developing a Thesis p. 1563-1565


Reading Day


Essay #3 due by midnight via the dropbox

Week 8






Class Projects


Class Projects


Class Projects


Reading Journal Due


Class Projects


Core Assessment due by midnight via dropbox

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 ( or 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

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: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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. 
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. 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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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