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Course Calendar & Presentations

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Using all of this information requires a bit of organization, so follow these general instructions. For each week, begin by reading assigned work from the internet, indicated by an author’s last name and the story title. The stories themselves, listed by title and author, are on line. A google search with title and the word TEXT will find the story if the provided link does not work. There will be rhetoric from You are then to view the chosen web site for that week, listed as a link on the syllabus at the site English I-Net Resource List. That means all you have to do is click on the link of the name or address of the site. Following that, read the online presentation of the format strategy for the week, (Org & Outline, Quoting Your Sources, How To Take A Test, etc.). You are also required to read the thematic presentation for that week in Online Presentations (Character, Theme, Irony etc.). This will allow you to follow the schedule and be topical in the chat room and the class room. Any assignment or topic not linked to a website is on Read the directions. All Due Dates for written assignments listed here are approximate. Written Assignments and Due Dates for papers and tests are announced in class. Most of this syllabus is self-explanatory.
Tentative Schedule

Week 1

Introduction, Course Description
  • Anecdote (A Brief Story About You)

    Primary Text:

  • ASSIGNMENT: Begin "Why I Hate/Love Reading" Anecdote Essay

  • Week 2

    Internet: Stephen King

    Primary Text:

    Week 3
    • Berkowitz, David
    • Bernardo, Paul and Karla Homolka
    • Bundy, Ted
    • Cho, Seung-Hui
    • Dahmer, Jeffrey
    • Gacy, John Wayne
    • Holmes, H.H.
    • Meiwis, Arwin
    • Ramirez, Richard
    • Ridgeway, Gary
    • Speck, Richard
    • Spencer, Brenda
    • Toppan, Jane
    • Wuornos, Aileen

    Choose One Topic for Research Project
    “Why I Like/Hate Reading” paper due

    Week 4
    Internet:Bill Kurtis
    • Theme
    • Objective Reporting
    • Paraphrase

    Primary Text:

    Week 5
    In-Class Presentations on Criminal Research Projects

    Week 6
    • Gilman
    • Glaspell
    • Oates
    • Poe
    • Randall
    • Springsteen

    Choose One Literary Work from List Provided to Begin Research Paper

    Week 7
    • Dudley Randall
    • 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
    • Eugene "Bull" Conner

    Primary Text:

    Week 8
    • Susan Glaspell
    • Margaret Hossack

    Primary Text:
    Note Cards for Term Paper due

    Week 9
    • Edgar Allan Poe
    • Story of Cask

    Primary Text:

    Week 10
    • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    • S. Weir Mitchell

    Primary Text:

    Week 11
    • Joyce Carol Oates
    • Charles Schmid: Pied Piper of Tucson

    Primary Text:
    Outline for Term Paper Due

    Week 12
    • Bruce Springsteen
    • Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate

    Primary Text:

    Week 13
    Internet: Stephen Crane
    Primary Text: In-Class Presentations of Final Paper

    Week 14
    In-Class Presentations of Final Paper
    Peer Edit for Term Paper due

    Week 15
    • Final Term Paper Due
    • Final Exam

    Week 16
    Final Exam Week

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