British Literature Course Objectives
Submitted by bradb on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 13:35
Course Learning OutcomesUpon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Understand the historical context surrounding literary works including the political, social, religious, and artistic milieu in which early British authors wrote (Anglo-Saxons to the Neo-Classicists).
- Paraphrase and understand unfamiliar and difficult language.
- Identify elements of poetry such as basic rhythms, meters, and rhyme schemes; uses of metaphor; the conventions of the sonnet and other poetic forms.
- Identify the elements of prose genres (fiction, drama, satire): plot, setting, character, theme, irony, and argument.
- Make inferences about literature that rest on textual evidence and logic in classroom conversations.
- Articulate a critical position or interpretation; gather and use textual or critical evidence to support a particular interpretation.
- Appreciate the artistry of key early British writers
- Understand the influences of a variety of cultures on the development of early British literature.
Pass the Class!The primary goal of this class is to get you to pass the class by writing essays with a fairly high degree of proficiency. You cannot pass the course with a transferable grade (2.0 or better) without submitting all of the four revisable essays and undertaking the mandatory revisions (explained in the syllabus). Missing any one essay, or not submitting even one required revision, which includes the impromptu essays, means you will fail the course with a 0.0. Because the class consists of a portfolio evaluation, this is part of your grade. If you do not pass the final portfolio evaluation, you will receive a '0.0' for that part of your grade and no greater than a 1.9 for the class. If you do pass the portfolio evaluation, your highest grade will be matched and included as your portfolio grade.
How to Pass the Class
- Understand that "pass" means earn at least a 0.7 though my hope is that everyone earns a much higher grade than that.
- Attend class each day and take notes.
- Submit all work--summaries, drafts for review, drafts for grading and revised drafts--in class on the day they are due, no excuses.
- If you don't understand or are confused, ask questions.
- Visit me in my office to go over your drafts; visit the peer tutors for help.
- Understand that this is a difficult class and be willing to do what it takes to get it done.
How to fail this class
- Understand that "fail" means a 0.0.
- Don't attend daily
- When you are here, don't take notes, because it's boring (which it often will be).
- Don't submit summaries, drafts for review, drafts for grading or revised drafts when due. If any ONE essay draft or required revision is missing from the four main assignments, you'll receive a 0.0 for the class.
- Don't ask questions when things don't make sense.
- Don't ask for help from me or peer tutors, no matter how much you need it.
- Give up because it's hard (it is!).