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EN 201 Introduction to Literature
Bradford, Erin


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

EN 201 Introduction to Literature

Semester

F1LL 2012 LR

Faculty

Hampton, Ashan R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M. A. English Literature
B. A. English

Office Location

Room 113

E-Mail

ashan.hampton@park.edu

ahampton36@gmail.com

Web Page

http://www.youtube.com/profarhampton

Semester Dates

August 20- October 14

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Meyer Michael. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, WritingBedford/St. Martin's; Ninth Edition: ISBN-10: 0312594348.

 

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Course Description:
EN201 Introduction to Literature (LE) : Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and evaluating literature, and surveys some of the major concerns and movements in literacy criticism.

Educational Philosophy:

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

  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:

Examinations, quizzes, literary analysis paper, creative writing assignments; Participation: rough draft sessions.

Grading:

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


Exams - 45%

Quizzes & Assignments - 20%

RD Sessions (Participation) - 10%

Literary Analysis Paper - 25%


100 - 90
%         A

89 - 80%           B

79 - 70%           C

69 – 60%          D

59%    F

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:

Turn off cell phones, multimedia and other electronic devices before entering class. Do not answer in class. You are expected to politely excuse yourself from the room if you absolutely must attend to these type communications.
 
No eating in class; covered or bottled drinks are allowed.
 
Communicate respectfully and professionally with the instructor and other students.
 
Do not distract other learners with side conversations, excessive noise or other inappropriate behavior.
 
Please make the instructor and administration aware of any medical conditions that might require attention during class hours.
 
 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Mon. August 20

Introduction to Course Lecture

Read & Discuss Chapter 1, p. 13-23

MLA Format

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

Discuss Hughes

RD Session: Two original poems

Homework: Exam #2 (Poetry);

Poem Assignment

Student Poem Presentations

 

Wed. Sept. 19

Exam #2 (100 pts);

Poem Assignment Due

Student Poem Presentations

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

Discuss Hollinger

Homework: Modern Drama, pp. 1275-1279; Ibsen, “A Doll House,” p. 1279-1329

Wed. Sept. 26

DiscussModern Drama

Discuss Ibsen

Homework: Read August Wilson, “Fences,” p. 1516-1564

 

Mon. Oct. 1

 

Discuss Wilson

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)

 

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:
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

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 98
An excused absence requires official, written, verifiable documentation (e.g. doctor's statement, court documents, university officials, etc.).

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:

 ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE


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


Wed. Oct. 10 - Exam #4 (Final) - 100 pts

 

 


 


Assignment Details

 


Mon. Sept. 10 - Short Story Assignment Due - 80 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.




Wed. Sept. 19 -
Poem Assignment Due - 80 pts

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.




Mon. Oct. 8 -
Drama Assignment Due - 80 pts

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.




Wed. Oct. 10 -
Literary Analysis Paper Due - 100 pts

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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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
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. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
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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