EN201 Introduction to Literature

for U1Z 2012

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EN 201 Introduction to Literature


U1Z 2012 ML


Duckworth, Patricia G.


B.A., University of Sioux Falls
M.Div.; Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D. candidate, International Baptist Theological Seminary/University of Wales

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone




duckworthpg@msn.com -- preferred

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours


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

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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:

The instructor's educational philosophy
  • values the student's worldview as well as his/her personal experiences and values;
  • uses literature to both broaden and challenge a student's present understandings of life; and
  • encourages critical reflection to help a student understand his/her own thoughts as well as those of others.

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. Reflection through writing on the life issues and perspectives presented by various writers in their works.
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:

  • class participation (100 pts)
  • assigned reading in text
  • 5 tests (325 pts, total)
  • 3 critical reflection papers (25 pts each)
  • formal, critical paper of 5-8 pages (200 pts, see above core assessment)

Total points for class = 700.


Total number of points earned during course will be divided by the maximum number possible.  The final grade will be determined on the following percentage scale:
100-90 = A
  89-80 = B
  79-70 = C
  69-60 = D
  59-0   = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All papers and tests are to be completed in prescribed form. Late papers are discouraged.  Late papers will be accepted when prior arrangements have been made with the instructor and for reasons of illness or unscheduled work/duty.  Late papers which are submitted are subject to a late penalty (5% of the total possible).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to arrive in a timely manner, participate in class discussions and activities, demonstrate respect for others in speech and behavior, and explore ideas openly and honestly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Schedule for EN 201, Summer 2012




Material for session


Assignment due



June 5

Introductions, expectationsWhat is literature? Why literature?
Chapter 46 – Critical Strategies for Reading

pp. 1553-1556



June 7

Chapter 47 – Reading and Writing Chapter 48 – The Literary Research Paper

pp.1557-1592 pp. 1593-1600

CR #1
(25 pts)




June 12

Reading Fiction
Writing Fiction
pp. 1-15
pp. 47-53
pp. 69-78
Test #1
(50 pts)



June 14

Point of View
pp. 117-124
pp. 162-172
pp. 188-194
pp. 237-253




Style, Tone, Irony
pp. 262-281
pp. 283-289, 300
CR #2
(25 pts)



June 21

Nathanial Hawthorne

pp. 317-355

Test #2(elements of fiction
50 pts)



June 26

Flannery O’Conner

pp. 361-412



June 28

William Faulkner

pp. 414-437




July 3

Reading poetry
Word choice, order, tone
Figures of Speech
pp. 569-574; 603
pp. 622-629
pp. 659, 664
pp. 681, 683, 684, 686
Test #3 (Hawthorne, O’Conner, Faulkner
75 pts)



July 5

Symbol, Allegory, Irony

Patterns of Rhythm

pp. 702-707
pp. 725-726; 734; 738
pp. 752-753



July 10

Poetic Forms

pp. 773-777; 779
pp. 784; 786; 789; 790; 791; 792; 794; 796; 797
CR #3
(25 pts)



July 12

Putting it all together
   --Emily Dickinson                  

   -- Robert Frost

 -- Langston Hughes

pp. 831-838; 842; 845; 848
pp. 874-881; 884; 893; 896
pp. 907-913; 915; 931




July 17


Reading Drama

Origins-Greek Drama

pp. 1043-1048;
pp. 1094-1100
Test #4
(75 pts)



July 19

Modern Drama

“Trying to Find Chinatown”

pp. 1252-1257

pp. 1361-1368



July 24

“Noises Off”

In class DVD showing

Research paper
(200 pts)



July 26

“Noises Off”

In class DVD showing

Test #5
(75 pts)

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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
Students are required to attend class. A maximum of 1 unexcused absence is allowed.  (An excused absence is generally defined as work-related or due to illness.)  If a student misses more than 1 class for an unexcused reason, the final letter grade will be dropped one letter for each additional day missed.  Students are responsible for communicating absences to instructor, prior to class if at all possible.  Lack of communication regarding absenses are recorded as unexcused.

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 .

Additional Information:
For additional information on critical reflection papers and instructions/requirements for the formal, critical paper, please see items posted in the docsharing folder of the eCollege connection with this course after the beginning of the term.


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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