American Literature I


  2. A. Course Title: American Literature I
    B. Course Number: EN 213C - 10465
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Trevathan, Teresa
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 12:00:00 PM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 12:00:00 PM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 12:00:00 PM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 12:00:00 PM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    I am online and available for questions Monday through Thursday 12 noon to 2 p.m.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 123.
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course examines the development of American literature from the earliest works to the Civil War. It is designed to offer a broad cultural awareness of American Literature and culture. Emphasis is placed on enriching the students’ critical appreciation of literature. Readings, reports, and writings required. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 123


    The study of literature empowers students by introducing them to people, places, and customs the might not otherwise personally experience. Learning to communicate this experience enhances the ability of students to make connections between themselves and others, create a deeper understanding of the world and their roles in it. Critical thinking and analytical skills learned from studying literature are valuable skills for life and any scholastic endeavor, and learning to appreciate the entertainment value of literature provides students with outlets for recreation and relaxation that will last a lifetime.

    Sophomore English is required for many NMJC degree programs, and a passing grade transfers to all public colleges and universities in New Mexico. For transferability to schools outside of New Mexico, please consult the transfer school.



    Cain, William E., Alice McDermott, Lance Newman, and Hilary E. Wyss. American Literature, Volume I. 2nd edition. Pearson.
    ISBN 978-0134053325.

    Glenn and Gray. Harbrace Essentials. Cengage Learning. Second Edition. Print.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


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    Grading: Essays---------------------60%
    Reading Responses-------------------15%
    Quizzes, inc. Final Exam------------10%
    Discussion Participation------15%

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    New Mexico Junior College's English and Languages Department uses the Core Competencies establishedd by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, the student should be able to:
    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    • Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


    Specific Objectives:
    By the end of the semester, the student should be able to:
    • Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 123 course objectives.
    • Analyze literary works for elements, such as theme, character, plot, setting, symbolism, tone, and imagery.
    • Recognize, interpret, analyze, discuss, criticize, and evaluate works of literature created during the period.
    • Identify, distinguish, and evaluate authors of the period.
    • Interpret, organize, and evaluate knowledge of the period and its relationship to the authors and their works.
    • Recognize and use the relevant vocabulary of literary criticism and analysis.


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    1. Regular class participation is essential to the objectives of this course. Weekly participation is required. If a student chooses to stop participating in this class, the student must withdraw from the class. The instructor will not drop students from the course.

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    Assignments and Calendar

    The course is broken down into time periods based on American literature:
    Period One--Readings to 1820
    Period Two--Readings from 1820 to 1865

    Week One—Module One
    Module Zero Assignments *must be submitted by midnight Monday Jan. 23 for attendance to count in the course*
    Orientation Quiz
    Discussions—Columbus, Bradford, Winthrop
    Columbus Reading Responses
    William Bradford/John Winthrop Reading Responses

    Week Two—Module Two
    Anne Bradstreet Reading Responses
    Mary Rowlandson Reading Responses
    Discussions--Bradstreet and Rowlandson

    Week Three—Module Three
    Research Guidelines Quiz
    Jonathan Edwards Reading Responses
    Benjamin Franklin/Thomas Paine Reading Responses
    Discussions--Edwards, Franklin, and Paine

    Week Four—Module Four
    Period One Essay
    Period One Quiz

    Week Five—Module Five
    Washington Irving Reading Responses
    Ralph Waldo Emerson/Henry David Thoreau Reading Responses
    Discussions Due--Irving, Emerson, and Thoreau

    Week Six—Module Six
    Nathaniel Hawthorne Reading Responses
    Edgar Allan Poe Reading Responses
    Harriet Jacobs/Frederick Douglass Reading Responses
    Discussions-- Hawthorne, Poe, and Jacobs

    Week Seven—Module Seven
    Walt Whitman Reading Responses
    Emily Dickinson Reading Responses
    Discussions--Douglass, Whitman, and Dickinson
    Period Two Quiz

    Week Eight—Module Eight
    Research Paper March 8
    Final Exam March 9

    *any work submitted after March 9th will not be counted toward the course.*