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216 Course Calendar

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How To Use The Course Calendar
Using all of this information requires a bit of organization, so follow these general instructions. The works themselves, listed by title and author, are primarily available on line or provided by students. You are then to view the Web pages for the authors and topics for that week, listed as a link on the English Internet Resource List section of the Web site (not all are covered). That means all you have to do is click on the colored (usually blue) label 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.). Finally, read Questions for Reading and Writing. This will allow you to follow the schedule and be topical in the classroom. Read the directions. Assignments and due dates for papers and tests are announced in class. Most of this syllabus is self-explanatory. The following is a plan for the semester.

Tentative Schedule

WEEK 1. Getting Started

WEEK 2. Literary Theory and Criticism/Point of View

WEEK 3. Gender politics

WEEK 4. Politics

WEEK 5. Familia

WEEK 6. Time to Write

WEEK 7. Political Activism

WEEK 8. The Drama Continues

WEEK 9. The Story

WEEK 10. Checking In

  • Conferences

WEEK 11. Back to the Story

WEEK 12. The End is Near

  • Presentation

    WEEK 13. Final Conferences


    WEEK 14. How It All Fits Together

    • Presentation

    WEEK 15. El Fin

    • Term Paper due
    • Final Test Prep

    WEEK 16. Finals Week

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    photo of Joan Baez ca. 1964

    Questions for Reading and Writing

    Something to keep in mind in your essays for this class:

    Be able to answer these four questions somewhere in the context of your essay. Please don't merely list the answers... make them part of your general discussion of the work.

    1. What is the message? Clearly state it and support your response from the text itself. There can be more than one answer.
    2. What is the prespective of the message? Be as specific as you can. Authors will create characters or "voices" to tell a story or give a viewpoint. In drama, that is all you get... all characters, no narrator.
    3. Who is the audience of the message? There can be more than one, often linked to the message...or a single message may have different audiences with different expected results. Again, be specific and use text for support.
    4. What methods does author use? Be specific, using terms from ENGL 101 -- irony, symbolism, theme, conflict -- and new terms from this course.
      • In poetry, the use of meter and rhyme and condensation of ideas into brief images is common.
      • In drama, the use of character, dialogue and setting are often important.
      • In literature, all of these aspects may be factors.
    Once you've gotten this information into your paper, then we apply the critical approaches to discuss HOW EFFECTIVELY the message was delivered by author.
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