English 131: Introduction to Literature

Spring 2013

Ann Rasmussen

 

 

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Spring 2013 Syllabus

Final Exam Schedule

sYour Final Exam: May 10, Thursday @8:00-10:45

Short Story Page

Short Stories:Group Presentation Schedule and Links TBA

Poetry: Schedule and Links

Poetry Power Point Lectures:

Scanning Poetry for Meter and Rhyme

Introduction to Poetry

Modernist Poetry

Youtube:

Voices and Vision: Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost

End of the Semester Assignment Schedule:

4/2: E. B. Browning; Robert Browing
4/4: "My Last Duchess" Sepera "My Ex Husband groups
4/9: Emily Dickinson: all poems in book, veiw film
4/11: The Modernists: WB Yeats: "Stolen Child" "Leda and the Swan" "Sailing to Byzantuum"

4/16: Robert Frost: all poems, film
418: The Post Modernists: EE Cummings, Anne Sexton, Marg Piercy
4/23: Finish Poetry. Return to P. Smith; Black Board Poetry quiz due by 4/6 6:00 PM
4/25: Much A Do About Nothing Study Guide Assignment
4/30: Film
5/1: Film
5/10: Final Exam 8:00-10:45

  • Student Presentations for poetry:
  • Students will volunteer to present one element of one poem to the class. The presentation will be 5-7 minutes. The student will turn in their typewritten notes to include a works cited if they used outside sources, which would be a good thing to do. The short presentation is worth 10 points. Students will be asked in class which of these topics they would like to present:
      1. Historical/Social Context
      2. Author Background
      3. Paraphrase
      4. Poetic Devices (Meter and Rhyme)
      5. Symbolism

Page Numbers for Short Stories

Reading Edition 1 Edition 2
1The Role of Reading 1263 1177
4 Writing About Stories 1318 1231
6 Writing about Poems 1325 1238
8 Literary Criticism and Literary Theory 1304 1287
"The Metamorphosis" 101 106
"The Chrysanthemums" 180 204
"Everyday Use" 324 375
"Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?" 276 318
"The Things They Carried" 332 375
"The Rocking Horse Winner" 140  
Desiree's Baby    
The Man Who Was Almost A Man    

 

 

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Weekly Schedule

 


 

Final Exam: Friday, May 10 @ 8 AM-10:45

Complet Much A Do Blackboard quiz by 11:55 PM May 8.
Prompt for class presentation:

Choose 1:

a. With the general acceptance of the Common Core Curriculum, a nationalized k-12 curriculum that will phase out literature in favor of non-fiction for high school seniors to include fictional prose and poetry, write a short statement to present to the class expressing your view on the value of literature in the high school English curriculum. I would like for you to explain what lesson in this class inspired your answer.

b. How does literature enrich the intellect? Or does it? Use an example from this course to explain your answer.

Due Dates:

April 30 @ 11:55 PM Blackboard Poetry Test
May 1 @11:55 PM Poetry Essaay Upload to Safe Assignment. Turn in hard copy in class May
May 2 Much A Do About Nothing Quiz opens on Blackboard at 8 AM; closes Wednesday May 8 @ 11:55 PM.

Week 15: April 30-May 2. View Much A Do About Nothing.Study Questions for Much Ado About Nothing.

You do not need to turn in the study questions. Instead use them to help as a guide to reading the play and to take the Blackboard quiz on the play. I will announce when the quiz will open. Depending on the amount of time we devote to our poetry discussion, we may need to finish the movie the day of the final exam. The Much A Do quiz will take the place of the final exam; however, each student will be asked to say something about literature and how his/her views on literature may have changed during the semester. So your final exam for English 131 will be a combination of a 25 point quiz on Much A Do and a brillaint statement on literature the day of your final exam. I will prepare a formally stated prompt for students to answer for the final period. Of course attendance is required the day of final exam.

Week 14: April 23-25: Tuesday: Discuss Modernism and Post Modernism. Read EE Cummings, Anne Sexton, Marge Piecey. Thursday finish poetry discussion. Introduce Much A Do About Nothing.

Assignments:

Due April 30: Black Board Poetry Test: 97 points. An email will be sent announcing when it will open and when it will close.

Due May 2: Poetry Essay. See assignment on Poetry Home Page

Week 13: April 16-18: WB Yeast: "Stolen Child" "Leda and the Swan" and "Sailing to Bysantium". Follow this link for "The Stolen Child" other Yeaths goodies. Thursday: Robert Frost Film. All poems in text. Dickinson quiz due.

Week 12: April 9-11: Tuesday Emily Dickinson film and quiz. Thursday WB Yeast: "Stolen Child" "Leda and the Swan" and "Sailing to Bysantium". Follow this link for "The Stolen Child" other Yeaths goodies.

Week 11: April 2-4: Tuesday discuss Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" Take home quiz for second poem. Begin group discussion of Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess" and "My Ex-Husband."

Week 10: March 26-28:

Tuesday: Groups will present their Shakespeare Sonnet. If we have time, we will begin our discussion of Ann Bradstreet's poem: "To My Dear and Loving Husband" with the discussion to be conducted through student presentations. Students may find the

 

  • Student Presentations for poetry:
  • Students will volunteer to present one element of one poem to the class. The presentation will be 5-7 minutes. The student will turn in their typewritten notes to include a works cited if they used outside sources, which would be a good thing to do. The short presentation is worth 10 points. Students will be asked in class which of these topics they would like to present:
      1. Historical/Social Context
      2. Author Background
      3. Paraphrase
      4. Poetic Devices (Meter and Rhyme)
      5. Symbolism

 

 

Week 9 March 12-14: Due this week short story essay. See link in Week 8. Upload to Safe Assignment by 11:55 PM Wednesday. Hard Copy due in class Thursday. Extra Credit for Writing Center assistance.

Tuesday: Discuss Postmodernism Poetry Read "Here Bullet" by Brian Turner and "Katrina" poetry by Patricia Smith.

Thursday: The Sonnet Francess Petrach (handout) and William Shakespear sonnets 18 and 130 in your textbook.

Week 8: March 5-7: Tuesday Recap short stories. Discuss essay assignment Begin Poetry Unit. Check website for handouts. Please print and bring to class if they are posted.

Click here for Short Story Essay. Essay due March 13 to Safe Assignment by 11:55 PM and hard copy in class March 14.

Week 7: "Where Are you Going? Where Have You Been?" and "The Things They Carried."

Week 6: "The Chrysanthemums" and "Everyday Use." Be prepared for a quiz.

 

Week 5: Feb. 12-14: Presntations: Feb. 12: "The Metamoprhosis" Feb. 14: "The Man Who was Almost A Man"

Week 4: Feb. 5-7:

  • Tuesday: Groups' short story workshop. Bring lap tops; plan for the entire period
    Thursday: Group 1: Desiree's Baby

Week 3: Jan. 29-31:

Tuesday: Cinderella in Film; groups;

Thursday: What is Short Story; groups will meet. Click here for the Short Story Page

 

Week 2: Jan. 22-24: The Fairy Tale: Readings:

 

Week 1: Jan. 15-17: Introduce Course and syllabus; General discussion on the value of literature; discuss literary cirticism and theory. Introduction short story (time allowing). Chapters 1, 4, 8 of Portable Anthology