House Bill 2504 Spring 2011 Course Syllabus ENGL-2326-50 (Masterworks of American Literature)
Spring 2011 Course Syllabus
ENGL-2326-50 (Masterworks of American Literature)
|Instructor||Gongre, Charles E.|
|Course ID #||10041|
|Course Title||Masterworks of American Literature|
|Course Description||Critical study of six to ten major works of American literature, including both the19th and 20th centuries.|
|Course Prerequisites||ENGL 1302 or Departmental approval.|
The Scarlet Letter
The Great Gatsby
As I Lay Dying
The Prince of Tides
ENGL 2326 is designed to help students to attain the following:
•the ability to demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities
•the ability to understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context
•the ability to respond critically to works in the arts and humanities
•the ability to articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities
The major portion of your grade (75%) will be based on the three main tests, each covering approximately one-third of the course material.
These tests will be part objective, part essay, and you will be graded on your knowledge of characters and events in the novels. You will also be responsible for knowing the literary terms, biographical details about the authors, and literary history that I give you throughout the semester.
You will also be expected to identify the speakers of selected quotations and the works in which those quotations appear. Each of the three major tests will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a test, you will receive a zero unless you make it up.
The quizzes are designed to encourage you to do the reading assignments. They will not be difficult if you read (i.e. study) the assignments carefully. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped, and the average of the remaining quiz grades will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero unless you make it up.
|Discussion Topics||This is a course designed to introduce you to selected great works in American literature. You will study these works in depth. You will also learn something about these authors, about the major eras in American literature, and about novels, short stories, and literature in general.|
Attendance will be checked at every class meeting by means of a seating chart. If you miss a class, you will receive a zero for any assignment done in that class. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed during an absence and to arrange to make up any missed work. I will allow you to make work up, regardless of the reason for your absence, but you must take the initiative.
BE ON TIME. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. If you come to class late you will miss them, and I will not allow you to make up work that you miss simply because you are late.
You may be dropped by the instructor from any course for absences. This is a decision which is left up to each instructor, and it is your responsibility and in your best interests to determine how your instructors treat absences. Ordinarily I do not drop students for this reason, but you should be aware that instructors have this option and some of them do drop students for excessive absences.
When you know in advance that you are going to be absent, notify your instructors.
|Determination of Final Grade||
Determination of Final Grade
Test One: 25%
Test Two: 25%
Test Three: 25%
|Final Exam Date||May 17, 2011 - 6:00 PM|
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