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Course Calendar & Presentations

kahaluu at sunset  

How To Use The Course Calendar
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 Primary Source literature itself, listed by title and author, is on line. A Google search with title and the word TEXT will find the work if the provided link does not work. Following that, read the online presentation of the writing Strategy/Format for the week (Org & Outline, Quoting Your Sources, How To Take A Test, etc.). You are also required to read the Literary Terms for that week in Online Presentations (Character, Theme, Irony, etc.). Finally, read Questions for Reading and Writing. Anything not associated with page numbers or an author's name will be covered in chat. This will allow you to follow the schedule and be topical in the chat room. Read the directions. Assignments and due dates for papers and tests are posted on the Message Board. Most of this syllabus is self-explanatory. The following is a plan for the semester.

Tentative Schedule

Week 1

Week 2
Response 1 Due

Week 3
Paper 1 Due

Week 4
Response 2 Due

Week 5

Week 6
Response 3 Due

Week 7

Week 8
Response 4 Due

Week 9

Week 10
  • Literary forms
    • Description: Point of View
  • Primary source

Response 5 Due

Week 11

Week 12
  • Writing strategies/Format
    • The Term Paper: Getting Started
    • Term Paper Idea due
  • Primary source

Response 6 Due

Week 13

Week 14

Week 15
Term Paper due/Final Test

Week 16
Finals Week

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photo of sunset at Playa Jaco in Costa Rica

Questions for Reading and Writing

Something to keep in mind in your essays and tests for this class (These are NOT the RESPONSE prompts for message board participation):

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. Who is the speaker of the message? Be as specific as you can. This is NOT necessarily the author. Authors will create characters or "voices" to tell a story or give a viewpoint. In lyrics, this often makes singer appear to be a different person than they really are or hold different values than they really do. 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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