EN201 Introduction to Literature

for S1QQ 2012

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EN 201 Introduction to Literature


S1QQ 2012 HI


Nelson, Crystal M.


Adjunct English Instructor


MA - Literary Studies, Utah State University
BA - English, Weber State University

Office Hours

Before and after class

Daytime Phone

(801) 829-0615




Semester Dates

16 January - 11 March

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


English 105 suggested

Credit Hours


Meyer, Michael.  The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature.  8th edition.  Boston & New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009.

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Course Description:
Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and evaluating literature and surveys some of the major concerns and movements in literary criticism. 

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interaction with students based on dialogues, examinations, writings, and class discussions.  Reading is crucial to success in today's world, and if one develops the habit of awareness along with an appreciation for the messages in works of fiction, one is better prepared to make wise decisions.  The more one reads, the more one knows, and the richer becomes one's life.

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

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize and name the elements of literature.
  2. Read significant pieces of literature exemplifying and labeling the elements.
  3. Identify various authors and list at least three facts about each.
  4. Apply literature to life.
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:
Final presentation and paper; five reading responses; video worksheet; vocabulary; final exam; class participation


Reading Responses  125 points (5 @ 25 points)
Final Presentation    100 points written
                                 100 points oral
Video Worksheet        50 points
Final Exam                100 points
Participation               75 points
Vocabulary                 50 points
TOTAL               600 points
90%-100%  (540-600 points)          A
80%-89%    (480-539 points)          B
70%-79%    (420-479 points)          C
60%-69%    (360-419 points)          D
59% and below (fewer than 359 points)     F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text.  Written assignments are due on the date assigned, and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated with the instructor beforehand.  Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All submissions must be typed in 12 pt. font in MLA style.  Students must recognize that technology can cause problems, and students must plan ahead to meet all deadlines.  In other words, computer problems are not valid excuses for late assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

#1   1/21   Introduction; value of literature; reading and writing about literature; assign RR #1
                  Homework:  RR #1; read Chapters 1 and 2 pg. 13-68; vocabulary; poems TBA
#2   1/28   Discuss readings; RR #1 due; vocabulary due
                  Homework:  RR #2; read Chapter 3 pg. 69-78, William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" pg 90-                  102, Chapter 4 pg 117-152; vocabulary; poems TBA 
#3   2/4      Discuss readings; RR #2 due; vocabulary due
                  Homework:  RR #3; vocabulary; read Chapter 5 pg. 162-170, Chapter 6 pg 188-193, Chapter 11 pg 319-
                  325, Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" pg 334-342; poems TBA 
#4   2/11   Discuss readings;  RR #3 due; vocabulary due; Trifles in class
                  Homework:  RR #4; vocabulary; read Chapter 7 pg 237-240, Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman
                  Brown" pg 325-333, Chapter 8 pg 262-278; poems TBA
#5   2/18   Discuss readings; RR #4; vocabulary due; video worksheet in class
                  Homework:  Begin working on author paper and presentation; RR #5; vocabulary; read Chapter 9 pg 283-                  288; poems TBA
#6   2/25     Discuss readings; RR #5 due; vocabulary due
                  Homework:  Author presentation and paper; read Chapter 12 pg 361-406
#7   3/3      Discuss readings; author presentations and papers due
                  Homework: Study for final exam
#8   3/10      Final exam

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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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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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