EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
F2RR 2011 MT
Thomas, Peter F.
MA in English from Boise State UniversityBA in Communications from University of Southern California
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October 17 – December 11, 2011
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Textbook: An Introduction to Fiction, 11/E with An Access Code for "MyLiteratureLab"
Authors: X. J. Kennedy/Dana Gioia
***This will be bundled with the textbook available at Park Bookstore***
A Farewell to Arms
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Educational Philosophy: 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.
Grading: Class Participation 10%
Quizzes 10% each (4 quizzes total)
Critical Paper Outline 5%
Critical Paper 25%
Final Exam 20%
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 turn in late work due to an unexcused absence, you will receive a 50% grade deduction.
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.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: 10/18/11 Day 1
Introduction to class
Discuss the following:
10/20/11 Day 2
Discuss the following:
-“The Tell-Tale Heart” p. 36
-“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”p. 79
-“A Game of Billiards” (Doc Sharing)
10/25/11 Day 3
Discuss the following:
-“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” p. 485
-“The Lottery” p. 247
-“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” p. 152
Writing Mini-lesson: Thesis statements and introductory paragraphs
10/27/11 Day 4
~Quiz 1 over short stories~
The Ship that Saw a Ghost (Doc Sharing)
-“Everyday Use” p. 455
-“To Build a Fire” p. 114
Writing Mini-lesson: Body paragraphs and intro to MLA (in-text citations)
11/1/11 Day 5
-“The Open Boat” p. 185
-“This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” p. 474
-“The Gift of the Magi” p. 169
Writing Mini-lesson: Conclusion
11/3/11 Day 6
Setting the Voice, p. 145
-“The Yellow Wallpaper” p. 436
Luck (Doc Sharing)
11/8/11 Day 7
-“Before the Law” p. 542
-“The Things They Carried” p. 595
~Quiz 2 over short stories~
11/10/11 Day 8
Discuss the following:
Farewell to Arms (1-50)
11/15/11 Day 9
Discuss Farewell to Arms (50-100)
Writing Mini-lesson: Doing research and MLA (Works Cited page)
11/17/11 Day 10
Discuss Farewell to Arms (100-150)
~Submit and review outline/thesis for critical paper~
11/22/11 Day 11
Discuss Farewell to Arms(150-200)
Farewell to Armsquiz 1
11/24/11 Day 12
11/29/11 Day 13
Discuss Farewell to Arms(250-300)
Writing Mini-lesson: Proofreading and peer critiques
12/1/11 Day 14
Discuss Farewell to Arms(300-330)
Writing Mini-lesson: Q & A session
12/6/11 Day 15
Discuss Farewell to Arms
Farewell to Armsquiz 2
12/8/11 Day 16
~Critical paper due~
*Schedule is subject to change.
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