Types of Literature I


  2. A. Course Title: Types of Literature I
    B. Course Number: EN 213 - 30321
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Underwood, Daphne
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: No Office Hours Available. Conference is an option or meeting before/after class.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course examines selected literary works from one or more genres. The successful student has the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills through close reading of the selected genre(s) presented and exploration into the cultural, social, political, and/or historical influences on the works. Writing assignments may include journaling, a research project, critical commentaries, and/or oral reports. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 123




    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Stamford: Cengage Learning with Overview of Updated MLA booklet Print. ISBN: 978-1337284677

    Charters, Ann. The Story and Its Writer. 9th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s: Boston, Print. ISBN: 978-1457665554


    Ink pen or pencil

    USB Flash Drive (32 MB or greater)

    Microphone and Video Camera (For Creative Presentations)


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    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:
    90 - 100% = A
    80 - 89% = B
    70 - 79% = C
    60 - 69% = D
    0 - 59% = F

    1. The class grade is determined in this manner: analytical essay (10%); annotated bibliography (5%) research paper (30%); exams (I, II, III), (35%); daily assignments, (15%); Creative Presentation, (5%). Exams will be taken in Respondus Lockdown Browser online.

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    The following tentative outline is intended to provide you with an overview. It does not include daily assignments like quizzes, discussion posts, and the like, which are due on a regular basis starting in the first week of class. You will receive detailed instructions on these smaller assignments in each Canvas learning module, and due dates always appear in Canvas.

    Week One - Two: Syllabus / Introductory assignments / Short Stories from Foreign Authors and Theory

    Week 3: Hispanic Literature and Magical Realism / Exam I

    Week 4: Cultural Appropriation and Criticism in Short Stories

    Week 5: 19th-20th Century American Short Stories

    Week 6: 19th-20th Century American Short Stories

    Week 7: Character Portrayal in Short Stories

    Week 8: Annotated Bibliography; Exam II

    Week 9: American Gothic Literature

    Week 10: American Gothic Literature continued

    Week 11: American Gothic Literature continued

    Week 12: Rethinking the Short Story and How it should be Written

    Week 13: Rethinking the Short Story and How it should be Written

    Week 14: Thanksgiving Break

    Week 15: More Fiction and Elements in Short Stories

    Week 16: Creative Presentations (Microphone and Video Camera Needed)

    Final Exam: December 13th, 2017