EN 201 Introduction to Literature
F1LL 2012 LR
Hampton, Ashan R.
M. A. English LiteratureB. A. English
August 20- October 14
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Meyer Michael. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, WritingBedford/St. Martin's; Ninth Edition: ISBN-10: 0312594348.
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The study of language and literature, as well as the practice of writing, stimulate creative thought, sharpen the senses, and unlock dormant intellectual and creative potentials. I firmly believe that once the intellect has been nurtured, developed and sufficiently stimulated that one can do or learn whatever he or she chooses.
“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” -- Abigail Adams
“To teach is to learn twice.” -- Joseph Joubert
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Examinations, quizzes, literary analysis paper, creative writing assignments; Participation: rough draft sessions.
Quizzes (8) 20 points = 160
Exams (1) 100 points = 400
Short Story Assignment = 80
Poetry Assignment = 80
Drama Assignment = 80
Literary Analysis Paper = 100
Rough Draft Sessions (Participation) 25 points = 100
Total points = 1000
Quizzes & Assignments - 20%
RD Sessions (Participation) - 10%
Literary Analysis Paper - 25%
89 - 80% B
79 - 70% C
69 – 60% D
Late Submission of Course Materials:
All work must be turned in during the class period it is due. It is understandable that things may arise unexpectedly beyond the student’s control. In this case, the instructor will make every effort to assist you. However, late work will be reduced by 5%, regardless of the reason. Students must immediately contact the instructor to arrange for an assignment extension, as determined by the instructor. No assignments will be accepted after the extension date and will be scored a zero. Note that quizzes and rough draft sessions cannot be made up at a later date, since this defeats the purpose of these type assessments. Exams that have already been scored and returned to students cannot be made up or submitted at a later date. Overall, the key to resolving late work situations is immediate contact with the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Mon. August 20
Introduction to Course Lecture
Read & Discuss Chapter 1, p. 13-23
Homework: Godwin, “A Sorrowful Woman,” p. 39
Walker, “The Flowers,” p. 82; Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily,” p. 84;
Wed. Aug. 22
Plot & Character
DiscussGodwin, Walker, Faulkner
Homework: Diaz, “Fiesta, 1980” p. 150; Hemingway, “A Soldier’s Home,” p. 165, Chekhov, “The Lady with the Pet Dog,” p. 192, Collette, “The Hand,” p. 230
Mon. Aug. 27
Setting & Point of View
Discuss Diaz, Hemingway, Chekhov, Collette
Homework: Ellison, “Battle Royal,” p. 233; Mansfield, “Ms. Brill,” p. 263; Gibb, “Love in L.A.,” p. 267
Wed. Aug. 29
Symbolism & Theme
Discuss Ellison, Mansfield, Gibb
Homework: Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown,” p. 325, Hawthorne, “The Birthmark,” p. 343; O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” p. 367
Mon. Sept. 3
Style, Tone, Irony
Discuss Hawthorne & O’Connor
Homework: Rough Draft Session Short Story: Write an original short story; Exam #1
Wed. Sept. 5
Exam #1 (100 pts);
Rough Draft Session, Short Story (25 pts)
Homework: Short Story Assignment Due; Reading Poetry, p. 549-560; Diction & Tone in four love poems, pp. 611 - 617
Mon. Sept. 10
Short Story Assignment Due (80 pts)
Intro to Poetry Lecture
DiscussReading Poetry, p. 549-560; Diction & Tone in four love poems, pp. 611 - 617
Homework: Poetic Forms, pp. 756-784; Thematic Case Study: Love and Longing pp. 973-984
Wed. Sept. 12
DiscussPoetic Forms & Love and Longing
Homework: A Study of Langston Hughes, pp. 899-921; Rough Draft Session Poem Assignment (25 pts.): Create two original poems.
Mon. Sept. 17
RD Session: Two original poems
Homework: Exam #2 (Poetry);
Student Poem Presentations
Wed. Sept. 19
Exam #2 (100 pts);
Poem Assignment Due
Homework: Reading Drama, pp. 1065-1086; Hollinger, Naked Lunch, p. 1086-1090
Mon. Sept. 24
Intro to Drama Lecture
Discuss Reading Drama, pp. 1065-1086
Homework: Modern Drama, pp. 1275-1279; Ibsen, “A Doll House,” p. 1279-1329
Wed. Sept. 26
Homework: Read August Wilson, “Fences,” p. 1516-1564
Mon. Oct. 1
Homework: Rough Draft Session (Drama Assignment):Write a one act scene play similar to Hollinger; Exam #3 (Drama)
Wed. Oct. 3
Exam #3 (100 pts)
RD Session: Original One Act Play (25 pts)
Review MLA Format & Literary Analysis Paper
Homework: Rough DraftLiterary Analysis Paper; Drama Assignment
Mon. Oct. 8
Drama Assignment Due (80 pts)
Rough Draft Session #3 - Literary Analysis (25 pts)
Homework: Literary Analysis Paper; Final Exam
Wed. Oct. 10
Literary Analysis Paper Due
Exam #4 (Final)
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Wed. Sept. 5 - Exam #1 (Fiction) - 100 pts
Wed. Sept. 5 - Rough Draft Session #1 - Short Story - 25 pts
Mon. Sept. 10 - Short Story Assignment Due - 80 pts
Mon. Sept. 17 - Rough Draft Session #2 - Poems - 25 pts
Wed. Sept. 19 - Exam #2 (Poetry) - 100 pts
Wed. Sept. 19 - Poem Assignment Due - 80 pts
Wed. Oct. 3 - Exam #3 (Drama) -100 pts
Wed. Oct. 3 - Rough Draft Session #3 - One Act Play - 25 pts
Mon. Oct. 8 - Drama Assignment Due - 80 pts
Mon. Oct. 8 - Rough Draft Session #4 - Literary Analysis - 25 pts
Wed. Oct. 10 - Literary Analysis Paper Due - 100 pts
For this creative writing assignment, you will write an original short story. Your work must effectively incorporate most of the elements of the short story writing as defined in the textbook and illustrated by professional authors in the readings. The following basic elements must be identifiable in your work: plot, character, setting, point of view, conflict, resolution.
Format: 3-5 pages; MLA format, typed; MS Word 2003-2004.
Optional elements: The extent to which symbolism, theme, style, tone and irony appear in your work will be based on your creativity and sophistication of your writing. Do not stress yourself by attempting to include all of these additional elements. Just write a good, interesting short story with a solid beginning, middle and end.
For this creative writing assignment, you will write two original poems. Your work must effectively incorporate most of the elements of poetry writing as defined in the textbook and illustrated by professional authors in the readings.
Each poem should be at least 10-12 lines or longer. You might also decide to write one longer poem (1-1 1/2 pages) and one shorter poem (10-12 lines). In either this case, this assignment must total 2-3 pages. Do not overuse symbolism or decorated language to the point that your work is confusing or misleading. Just write heart-felt, vivid, rhythmic poems. Note that your lines do not have to rhyme.
Format: 2-3 pages; Type your poems as illustrated in the textbook. Do not include line numbers. Use single space or 1 1/2 space.
For this creative writing assignment, you will write an original play. Your work must effectively incorporate most of the elements of modern drama as defined in the textbook and illustrated by professional authors in the readings.
This assignment can be brief, but effective. Use Hollinger’s “The Naked Lunch” as an example of incorporating character, setting, tone, symbolism in a rather brief work.
Format: 3-5 pages;Type your play as illustrated in the textbook. Do not include line numbers. Use single space or 1 1/2 space, as the genre dictates.
For this required core assessment assignment, you should choose one or two of the readings to base your literary critique upon. You can focus on the use of symbolism in one short story; compare and contrast two poems or the modern themes evident on one play (drama), for example.
You should choose your readings and your focus by the fourth week of the course. Do not wait until the last minute to begin work on this assignment.
Use the myriad of student essay examples in the textbook to understand how to summarize the works and choose specific elements to critique. Remember, this is a third person, academic literary critique, not a creative writing or first person assignment.
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