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National Park, AR · General Education · General Education Com Arts

American Literature II

  • Spring 2021
  • Section
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/15/2021
  • Modified 01/12/2021

Class Information

  • Class Days:  MWF
  • Class Time: 11-11:50
  • Class Location: CP 205
  • Class Format: Web-enhanced

Course Description

Survey of American poetry, fiction, essays, and drama from 1865 to the present. Provides historical, biographical, and formal approaches to these works of American literature.

ACTS Equivalent: ENGL 2663

Prerequisites: ENG 1123 - English Composition II* with a grade of "C" or better

Corequisites: None

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:

  1. Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
  2. Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  4. Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.

Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)

Course Equivalent 

Course Title: American Literature II 

Course Number: ENGL 2663 

Course Description: 

Selected works of American literature from 1865 to present. 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: 

  1. Read, analyze, and interpret works by representative American writers. (CLO 1, 2) 
  2. Identify various literary techniques, methods, and ideas. (CLO 2) 
  3. Illustrate how literature reflects culture and society. (CLO 3) 
  4. Write at least one interpretive paper. (CLO 4) 

Course Level Objectives (CLO)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze and interpret works by representative American writers. (GEO 2, 3)
  2. Critique various literary techniques, methods, and ideas. (GEO 2, 3)
  3. Formulate how literature reflects culture and society. (GEO 2, 3, 4)
  4. Write at least one interpretive paper. (GEO 1, 2, 3)
  5. Compare works of major periods of American Literature with the characteristics of the periods. (GEO 1, 2, 3)

Required and Recommended Materials

Required Textbook:

The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Shorter Ninth Edition. Volume II: 1865 to the Present. Robert S. Levine (General Editor), et al.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.


Course Activities

Grading Policy

At the end of the course, the overall numerical grade will be converted from a numerical scale to the following letter grade scale as indicated in the Grading Scale.


Grading Scale

Final Grade

Point Range








































Below 60

Quizzes, assigned essays, homework, attendance, and participation will all be factored for a final grade.  The grades from essays will constitute 80% of the points assigned for a grade.

Essays- 80%

Quizzes - 10%

Attendance, homework, and participation - 10%

Course Policies

Course Policies and Important Information:

Time and Effort Commitment:  The key to success in this class is persistent effort.  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 / D2L Downtime: NPC will continue to address inclement weather situations consistent with the Governor’s Policy Directive and the NPC Board policy. The general policy is that NPC does not close due to inclement weather unless necessary. Based on local weather conditions, the President or Vice-President will determine when to employ the inclement weather policy. Local media will be used for notification of policy implementation between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., if possible. The decision to cancel evening classes will be made by mid-afternoon and announced between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. if possible. Local television and radio stations will be notified if the campus will close. In case of a tornado alert, students and staff should take cover in a lower level corridor, basement area free of glass exposure, or in spaces on the southwest side of a building below ground level. In an effort to inform students, staff, and faculty of any college closing due to inclement weather, the following radio and TV stations will be notified:

Radio • Hot Springs: KLAZ 105.9 FM , KXOW 1420 AM, KQUS 97.5 FM • Hot Springs Village: KVRE 92.9 FM

Television • Little Rock KATV Channel 7 • KTHV Channel 11 • KARK Channel 4

Attendance Policy & Late Work Policy: Any students who miss class must come to the next class prepared, and any students who miss more than six class meetings for the MWF classes, 4 for the MW or TTH classes, or 2 class meetings for the night class may find their grade dropped one letter grade or may be asked to drop the class. Late work will only be accepted in extreme cases.

Communication Policy: I am here to help you understand the material.  My aim is to have a learning community where we can all share knowledge, ideas, and experiences – and thus learn from one another.  For your own benefit, please learn how to use email and D2L  and monitor them closely to keep informed. You will be held responsible for all of the information I provide. Below is a guide for how you can get your questions answered quickly.


Messaging: Use email to contact me at [email protected] Do not message me on D2L as I do not check it daily.

Expectations for Written Assignments:  All written assignments should be completed using MLA format or the format of your discipline. This is a class of professionals so the assumption is you can spell and use proper grammar and punctuation. Formatting, grammar, punctuation and spelling are a component of all assessments in this course.



NPC Policies

Board Policy 6.600 -- NPC Attendance Policy

Instructions to Students regarding attendance:

  1. Students are responsible to know and comply with syllabus attendance and coursework guidelines in each of their courses.
  2. Students are expected to meet all attendance requirements and engage in coursework as outlined in the course syllabus. Failure to maintain satisfactory course participation is the equivalent of excessive absenteeism and may result in the student being dropped. To maintain good-standing in online courses, students are expected to submit assigned coursework in a timely manner per instructor requirements.
  3. Students participating in athletics or a college-sponsored extracurricular activity are required to communicate scheduled absences ahead of time and to make arrangements with their instructors regarding missed coursework, including exams. The instructor determines how academic work associated with a college-sponsored absence(s) can be completed by the student.
  4. Failure to meet a course’s attendance policy does not mean a student will be automatically withdrawn from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from a course should do so either online through the student’s account or in person by visiting Student Affairs.
  5. Students who do not withdraw from a course by the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date will receive an earned grade.
  6. A faculty member may administratively withdraw a student from a course, including online courses, any time during the semester up to the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date if attendance does not meet syllabus guidelines.
  7. Students will not be administratively withdrawn by faculty after the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date except in life-changing circumstances or as a result of military orders.
  8. The withdrawal of a student from all courses may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received as calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with government grant guidelines.
  9. Only in extraordinary circumstances may a student earn a grade of IP (In Progress) to defer course completion. Please see the Incomplete Grades policy in the Student Handbook located at

The full attendance policy is available by clicking on this link to the Board Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

National Park College considers honesty and integrity as essential qualities of any learning institution. The faculty and staff strive to live up to these qualities in all aspects of their lives and encourage their students to do the same. Integrity and moral values will carry over in to their professional lives and careers. NPC’s goal is to successfully prepare all students for their futures and equip them to handle whatever challenges they may face; therefore, NPC considers academic dishonesty as unacceptable.

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.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations may range from receiving an “F” on the assignment in question up to permanent removal from the College.

  1. Technology manipulation
  2. Collusion
  3. Deception
  4. Misrepresentation and Lying
  5. Cheating
  6. Plagiarism
  7. Fabrication and Falsification
  8. Stealing, Defacing, and Destruction of Property

Please take time to read the entire policy, which can be found by clicking on this link to the Academic Honesty Policy.

LMS Policy

Brightspace by Desire to Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system (LMS) for the College. All students are expected to complete the LMS Student Training prior to the first day of class during their first semester here. Below you will find various policies relating to the LMS.

Privacy Policy:  Links to the privacy policies for all external tools used in the course are provided in the LMS. You can find the various privacy policies by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Accessibility Statement:  Links to the accessibility statements for all technologies required in the course are provided in LMS. You can find the various accessibility statements by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Netiquette Policy:  The netiquette policy for this course is located in your course in the LMS. You can find the Netiquette policies by clicking on the Netiquette Link by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

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.

ADA Statement

National Park College (NPC) believes in providing equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. It is our goal to ensure equal and comprehensive access to College programs, services, and campus facilities. It is the policy of NPC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College. National Park College’s ADA statement may be accessed by clicking on this link to ADA statement.

The Disability Services office is located in Room 240 of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center Building. You are also welcome to call us at (501) 760-4227 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Students with disabilities should visit our website using this link to disability services for more information.

Student Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides tutoring and other resources to help students succeed. Visit our webpage at this link to the Academic Success Center.

Computer Services Department

The Computer Services Department provides computing resources for students including password resets. Visit our webpage at this link to the Computer Services Department.

NPC Library

The NPC Library provides a wide variety of services to students. Visit the NPC Library website.

LMS Support

Support for the LMS is available through NPC Online by email to [email protected], phone at 501-760-4292, or visit Charlotte Phelps Room 204.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides test support for students and faculty. To learn more about the testing center visit our webpage at Testing Center.

Class Schedule

The schedule for this course will be made available in the LMS.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as the semester progresses.

Course Evaluations

Students will be asked to evaluate their instructor and course near the end of the semester. These student evaluations are very important to the improvement in the quality of instruction and course materials. All results are anonymous and shared with the faculty only after the semester is over and grades have been posted.

Legal Disclaimer

The schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. The instructor will always inform the students of any changes in a timely manner.

In the event of a community crisis the college reserves the right to change the mode of instruction for any or all classes.