National Park, AR · General Education · General Education Com Arts
American Literature I (8142)
- Summer 2020
- 3 Credits
- 05/22/2020 to 08/13/2020
- Modified 08/10/2020
- Class Days: Online
- Class Time: Online
- Class Location: Online
- Class Format: Online Delivery
Survey of American poetry, fiction, and essays from 1620 to 1865. Provides historical, biographical, and formal approaches to these works of American literature.
ACTS Equivalent: ENGL 2653
Prerequisites ENG 1123 - English Composition II* with a grade of “C” or better
Next Course in Sequence: None
General Education Purpose and Objectives
National Park College (NPC) is committed to its mission statement, "Learning is our focus, student success is our goal." NPC is dedicated to helping all students develop as communicators, critical thinkers, and professionals who behave ethically and recognize the diversity of the world around them. The General Education Objectives are designed to be an integral component of all courses at NPC.
General Education Objectives (GEO)
It is the expectation that upon successful completion of a certificate or degree program at National Park College, the student will be able to:
- Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
- Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
- Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
- Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.
Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)
Course Title: American Literature I
Course Number: ENGL 2653
Selected works of American literature from its beginnings to 1865. It is strongly recommended that the student should have completed ENGL 1023 (Composition II) with a “C” or better.
ACTS Course Objectives (ACO):
The student will:
- Read, analyze, and interpret works by representative American writers. (CLO 1, 2)
- Identify various literary techniques, methods, and ideas. (CLO 2)
- Illustrate how literature reflects culture and society. (CLO 3)
- Write at least one interpretive paper. (CLO 4)
Course Level Objectives (CLO)
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Analyze and interpret works by representative American writers. (GEO 2, 3)
- Critique various literary techniques, methods, and ideas. (GEO 2, 3)
- Formulate how literature reflects culture and society. (GEO 2, 3, 4)
- Write at least one interpretive paper. (GEO 1, 2, 3)
- Compare works of major periods of American Literature with the characteristics of the periods. (GEO 1, 2, 3)
Required and Recommended Materials
Essays: You will write two essays in the class. You should be adept at MLA format for these. I have included several resources for these essays in a class folder.
Discussion Forums: You will write weekly discussions, which consist of a 100-word post and two replies, at 50 words each. In these discussions, you are required to make a miniature claim about the topic and support this claim with at least one quote from the text that is properly formatted in MLA style. You should know how to summarize as well as interpret for these discussions.
You'll want to do MORE than simply summarize the readings, adding a short (sentence or two) summary and then largely interpreting what you've read.
Specifically, (courtesy Seattle Pacific University's online course description of literary interpretation):
- Close reading intensively examines a text’s language and literary devices, creating a detailed map of the text’s possible connotations and implications. Close reading is the primary tool used in interpretation.
- Interpretation is an explicit argument about a text’s deeper meanings—its implied themes, values, and assumptions. It pays special attention to the text’s contradictions, tensions, and ambiguities. Interpretation also recognizes how the cultural context of the text and the reader might influence our interpretive conclusions.
Remember to post once, using at least one quote from the text, and respond twice.
Here is the proper way to quote:
When you first quote, use the author's full name in a signal phrase:
Ben Franklin writes, "Quote" (43).
Later, you may use one of these methods:
Further, Franklin states, "Quote" (67).
He also asserts, "Quote" (Franklin 43-45).
When you quote a complete sentence:
Franklin states, "All the leaves are brown" (90).
When you quote a phrase from a sentence:
Franklin also notes that "summer is the best time to go swimming" (90).
Quizzes: You will take weekly reading and terms/vocabulary quizzes. These cannot be done on your cell phone. Please use a reliable Internet server.
Keep track of the course under Course Schedule, located under Begin Here.
- Classroom Attendance policy in accordance with the campus attendance policy. - In this online course, your attendance is recorded by weekly work. In a fast-paced summer course, you may be dropped for missing a week's work.
- Late and Make-up Work policy - I do not take late work.
- Extra Credit policy - I do not offer extra credit in this summer course.
- Feedback and Response Time policy - Since for most assignments you have until the Sunday evening to complete the work, I have that following week to grade your work. Many of the assignments have rubrics. You can read the feedback in the rubric comments.
- Expectations concerning:
- Time and Effort Commitment -
You should carefully consider your time obligations before committing to this course. The general suggestion for all college courses of 2 hours work per week outside class for every hour credited definitely applies to this course. (You should expect 6 hours of homework a week for a 3 hour course) plus the 3 hours you would normally be attending class for a total of 9 hours.
- Inclement Weather / LMS downtime -
When NPC is out of class due to weather, our class will continue as set in the calendar. The only time this will be modified is in the case of an unplanned D2L downtime. If D2L goes down unannounced, any assignments that are dueduring that time will be reopened for one day. D2L down time that is announced by the NPC Online office will need to be observed by the learner and assignment submission modified by the learner if it interferes with a final due date/time for any assignment.
- Time and Effort Commitment -
- Communication - Contact me through D2L. I will not communicate through Outlook as a general rule.
- Expectations for Written Assignments - All essays are expected to be formatted in MLA style with a works cited page and properly cited quotes. I have included essay resources in the course, but you are expected to have mastered this in your composition courses. For discussions, I expect you to correctly format your quotes in MLA style here, too. In all assignments, you should proofread carefully, with attention to punctuation, grammar, word choice and style.
I will not allow makeup work for plagiarism in this class. You will receive a zero on the assignment, and the second occurrence of plagiarism can result in you being dropped from the course.
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Any NPC students who display dishonesty in their behavior while attending classes at NPC will be subject to disciplinary action to help the student first and foremost, but to also protect the rights, dignity, and property of others while maintaining an environment that fosters success and learning.
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Flexibility Clause: The aforementioned requirements, assignments, policies, evaluation procedures, etc., are subject to change. Learners’ experiences and needs, as well as emerging knowledge, will be considered in modifying this course syllabus.
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