EN201 Introduction to Literature

for S1T 2013

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EN 201 Introduction to Literature


S1T 2013 DL


Edwards, Gregory M.


Senior Adjunct Faculty


BA English, University of Missouri-Kansas City
MA Literature, Baker University

Office Location


Office Hours


Daytime Phone

(816) 721-3535 (CST)



Semester Dates

01/14/2013 - 03/10/2013

Class Days

online Mon-Sun

Class Time

online Mon-Sun



Credit Hours



The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature Eighth Edition, ©2009
ISBN: 0-312-46959-4 ISBN 13: 978-0-312-46959-7
Please note that the text is the "Compact" Bedford, and is the "8th Edition."
A text other than the "Compact" version or the "8th edition" will not include components that are required for the course.

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Additional Resources:

A style guide featuring MLA Style, or an online source MLA Style guide would be useful but are not required. All papers are to be formatted according to MLA standards.
Recommended MLA resource site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/


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Course Description:
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:

I believe that literature is a reflection of what it means to be human. By reading and analyzing literature, such as the works we find in our text, we can learn about ourselves (individual and collective), our past, and our potential for the future. We must keep an open mind, and we must be willing to explore the worlds that appear before us. To examine the works created by others we need companionship for dialogue and feedback, we therefore come together as a class to share in the journey.

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:

Your work will be assessed in the follow ways:
Discussion posts
Peer response to discussion posts
Response Exercises
Weekly Quizzes
3 Literary papers
Final exam


Assessment Week Points Total
Discussion Thread Postings  Weekly 10 80
Peer Response to Discussion Posts Weekly 5 40
Weekly Quizzes Weekly 15 120
Weekly Response Papers Weekly 10 80
Paper 1 (Fiction) 3pp Due Week 3 100 100
Paper 2 (Poetry) 4pp Due Week 6 130 130
Paper 3 (Drama)  5pp Due Week 8 150 150
Final Exam Proctored, at end of course 100 100

Total points for class


800-720  A
719-640  B
639-560  C
559-480  D
479 and below  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Discussion thread postings (response to discussion issues) are due by Thursday (CST) each week; peer responses are due by Sunday (CST) each week. At the end of each week the Discussion Thread will close and missed postings cannot be made up. Weeks run Monday to Sunday. 
For each day that an assigned paper (including weekly response papers and the three larger essays) is late it will lose 10% of its earned points.
The grades is this course are points-based, so always turn in assignments, even if late, and earn at least partial points.

Quizzes are closed and locked at the end of the week; there is no late submission of quiz materials.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Civil and thoughful responses are required, both to the textual material, and to each others' posts. Differing perspectives are encouraged, but please respect yourself and others. This is an academic forum and thus proper writing form (grammar, spelling, etc.) is expected.
All papers are to be written using MLA formatting, including proper citations (in-text and on a Works Cited page.)

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Fiction (Plot, Character, Setting)
Week 2: Fiction (Point-of-View, Symbolism, Theme)
Week 3: Fiction (Critical Case Study: “Barn Burning”)
Week 4: Poetry (Reading Poetry, Word Order, Word Choice, Tone)
Week 5: Poetry (Images and Figures of Speech)
Week 6: Poetry (A Study of Robert Frost and his Poetry)
Week 7: Drama (Death of a Salesman)
Week 8: Drama (Fences)

Each week there will be the following activities:
Assigned Reading
Discussion Posting
Response Paper
Papers are due in Weeks 3, 6, and 8.
During Week 8 you will take a proctored Final Exam

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 95-96

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 95
All work must be the student's own, and have been created after the first day of class.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Missed assignments and quizzes can only be made up if an absence is excused. Missed discussion postings cannot be made up, regardless whether the absence is excused or unexcused.

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Additional Information:


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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