EN234 Introduction to Fiction

for F2RR 2011

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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction


F2RR 2011 MT


Thomas, Peter F.


Adjunct Faculty


MA in English from Boise State University
BA in Communications from University of Southern California

Office Location


Office Hours

Before or after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone

208-395-0607 (Call before 9:00PM)



Semester Dates

October 17 – December 11, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


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***
ISBN 020553662X

A Farewell to Arms
Author: Hemingway
ISBN 0-684-80146-9

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Course Description:
EN234 Introduction to Fiction (LE) (GE): Close reading of selected works of English and American prose fiction, emphasizing the historical development of the novel and short story. 3:0:3

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

  1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre
  2. Discuss a representative range of fictional texts
  3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

Core Assessment:

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 Rubric

Class 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%

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:
-Critical paper

-Literary terms

-Literary periods

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

Begin movie

Writing Mini-lesson: Conclusion

11/3/11    Day 6

Setting the Voice, p. 145

-“The Yellow Wallpaper” p. 436

Finish movie

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:

Literary criticisms

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

Thanksgiving Day/No class

Farewell to Arms

11/29/11    Day 13
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

~Final Exam

~Critical paper due~

*Schedule is subject to change.

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Provides well-chosen personal and critical insights into the literature through close reading that supports thesis. Makes adequate personal and critical statements into the literature, through close reading, though sometimes strays from thesis. Provides only plot summary or  biographical information. Paper shows ittle or no evidence of close reading of literature. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Integrates primary and secondary sources in original and perceptive ways, using MLA Documentation Style, that contribute innovative insights and new knowledge to the field, while retaining a personal voice. Integrates primary and secondary sources adequately, using MLA Documentation, though insights are not particularly innovative or personal. Integrates very little from primary/secondary sources, lacks control of MLA Documentation Style, and fails to bring new insights to the literature. Does not submit assignment, or uses inadequate or no sources or no MLA documentation of sources. 
Provides convincing and insightful connections between texts to illustrate the main focus of the essay. Provides connections between texts that are clear but mundane. Ideas sometimes stray from thesis. Provides vague and under-developed connections between texts. Does not submit assignment or provides no clear connections between texts. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Skillfully supports interpretation with detailed analysis, logical organization, and convincing conclusion. Adequately supports interpretation, though more detailed discussion is needed. Organization is weak, and conclusion is predictable. Interpretation lacks clarity, plausibility, or adequate detail. Lack of a clear organizing principle obscures point. No plausible conclusion. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to requirements. 
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 well developed essay. Writing shows persistent problems with use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical or incomprehensible; organization and development of ideas do not support thesis. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to requirements. 
Provides new insights into specific, well-chosen passages from primary text. Adequately examines specific passages, though with little innovation. Does not examine specific passages or does so using vague generalities. Does not submit assignment or does not examine passages closely. 
Responds to a range of literary texts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Analysis includes full discussion of elements of fiction as a genre and makes connections to a range of texts. Adequately discusses elements of fiction as a genre. Does not discuss elements of fiction; makes no meaningful connection to other texts. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to requirements. 


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