130, 131- sections OAS, OAC
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Rosenberg, Donna. World Literature: An Anthology of Great Short Stories, Drama and Poetry. Glencoe Edition. ISBN: 0-07-860352-8
English 130 offers students a survey of World literature, including poetry, drama, and fiction. The course is designed to help college students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills as well as their ability to write.
English 130 is a completely online class; therefore, you are not required to attend classroom sessions. However, English 130 is not a correspondence course, completed on your own timetable in isolation. If you signed up for this course thinking that it will have less work than a course in the classroom, you are mistaken. I teach this online course exactly like the classroom-version. A successful student in this course will submit work according to the deadlines published on the class calendar AND participate in group discussions of the literature.
Online education is not for everyone. At this time, the online classroom is a totally visual medium. Therefore, your ability to read, comprehend and infer at college level is essential for successful completion of this class. How well you manage your time, understand written materials, ask questions of me and your classmates, and follow written directions will be a good indicator of your success in this class.
Recommended Prerequisites: Placement in English 101 or higher; college-level reading skills.
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Because of the special method of course delivery, several requirements must be considered.
I cannot emphasize enough that you,
the student, must have at least a basic level of skill in using these tools and
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The following list of policies, along with the Arts and Humanities division policy, will govern this course. Please read both policy statements carefully.
Formal Papers: You will write 3 formal papers in this class. Each paper
assignment is structured around one of the literary genres we will cover (i.e.
poetry, drama, or fiction) as specified in the assignment sheet. Each 750-1200
word paper is worth 100 points.
Total -- 300 points
Exams: You will take one required exam this quarter, a test on
literary terminology. You may also take an optional final exam if you wish.
Each exam is worth 100 points.
Total -- 100 points (required) + 100 more points (optional)
Seminar Papers: You will write 3 seminar papers in this class. These responses should be a minimum of 600 words in length (unless otherwise noted), though certainly they may be longer. Minimums mean just that to me--a minimum effort. See the Writing Seminar Papers lecture in the Fiction module for more help with these assignments.
If you are interested in getting an A in this class, I expect that you will write at least 700 words.
I do not accept late seminar
papers, so please submit
your work on time. Each seminar paper is worth 25 points.
Total -- 75 points
Literature Discussions: I have created a topic forum on the discussion board for each genre of work we will be reading (drama, fiction, and poetry). Your discussion assignment is to post two (2) questions on two different works (your choice) from our reading list for each genre. For example, you will post two questions (on different poems) from the poetry section. Avoid posting a question that someone else has posted. For each discussion (drama, fiction, poetry), you will also need to respond to ten (10) other questions or comments by other students. Please spread your work around, so that you will benefit from the discussion. Each student question/answer/comment is worth 3 points. Twelve (12) responses (including two questions) are required per section (poetry, drama, fiction). The class calendar will publish a date and time for each discussion to begin and end. Late work will not be accepted in this area. Each section is worth 36 points. See "Literature Discussion Requirements" in the Fiction Module for more specific instructions on this task and grading.
Though I cannot respond to everyone
Total -- 108 points
Total Points for Course: 583 points ------------- **683 points (if you take the optional final)
* NOTE.To figure out your grade at any time, simply divide the total points you have earned by the total points you have submitted to that point. I use standard percentage markings:
94-100% = A, 90-93% = A-, 87-89% = B+, 84-86% = B, 80-83% = B-, and so on.
According to the English department at Bellevue Community College, the learning outcomes for English 130 or 131 are as follows:
This course is designed to instruct the student in the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are required in order to meet the learning outcomes set by the college. Therefore, by the end of the quarter, you should be able to:
The discussion area for the class provides an asynchronous place for student discussions regarding course materials. I have divided the discussion area into three categories: Class Communication, Literature Discussions, and the Writing Workshop. Some of the prominent threads in these areas are noted below.
You are responsible for posting the discussion messages to the correct forum depending on its purpose. You must also handle the postings, creating folders to store information you wish to keep. You may choose to save some messages to a diskette or your hard drive.
A chat room is provided on the web site. Please post the best times for you to chat in your introduction to the class, so that you can see who will available at what time. Then you can contact that person for chat, if you want to get together and talk about the course. Chat is available 24/7, so you can meet in chat anytime you wish to meet there. YOU are NOT required to participate in chat, though I have found that people who do use this tool seem to make better scores overall. If you wish to talk with me in chat, I will be happy to meet you there at a particular time as long as we can work out a mutually convenient time BEFORE the chat session.
A class e-mailbox has been provided for private e-mail communication between you and I or you and other classmates. Please use this service when you need to communicate with me about personal matters which you do not wish to share with the rest of the class.
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