Course Prefix and Number Course Title English 2328 Section: Semester: American Literature II
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A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.
Pre-Requisite: ENGL 1301 (Composition I)
Textbook: Baym, Nina. Norton Anthology of American Literature: Volumes C, D and E. Eighth Edition. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2012.
Supplies: Paper, pen, pencils, Scantron answer sheets as required, examination blue books, collegiate dictionary, thesaurus
Purpose of the course:
From 1860 to the present. The course treats briefly of the emergence of modern American literature in order to center attention on major literary figures of the latter half of the nineteenth century and the twentieth century. Both narrative and expository prose are studied along with poetry and drama. This course is intended to acquaint students with the major American writers and writings of the late nineteenth century and twentieth century. American Literature II will satisfy degree requirements for Hill College and for transfer credit to senior institutions.
Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.
2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.
4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.
Description of Institutional Core Objectives (ICO’s) Given the rapid evolution of necessary knowledge and skills and the need to take into account global, national, state, and local cultures, the core curriculum must ensure that students will develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life. Therefore, with the assistance of the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, the Coordinating Board approved a 42 semester credit hour core curriculum for all undergraduate students in Texas, including a statement of purpose, six core objectives, and common component areas.
Statement of Purpose Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. Hill College faculty periodically evaluate the objectives included in the Foundational Component Area of Language, Philosophy, and Culture.
General Learning Activities
Critical Thinking Skills
CT1: Generate and communicate ideas by combining, changing or reapplying existing information
Pre-writing, brainstorming, outlining, class and group discussion
SR3: Engage in regional, national and global communities
Use research and blog with students from various countries with varying cultural belief systems
Embedded assessment analysis and research paper
PR1: Evaluate choices and actions and relate consequences to decision-making
Class discussion, writing from a different point of view, creating a cause/effect analysis
Embedded assessment analysis, cause and effect essay
The students’ success in completing these objectives will be measured using a set of examinations and assignments described, in detail under the section of this syllabus headed “Method of Evaluation.”
An Annual Assessment Plan will be implemented each year to review the course
Methods of Instruction: This course will be taught face-to-face, on-line and by various distance learning delivery
Audio-visual materials and computer based technology will be used when appropriate.
Methods of Evaluation: The students' success in completing the core objectives within the Foundational Component Area of Language, Philosophy, and Culture will be measured using rubric, exam, or embedded assessment activity.
Grades in this course will be based on the following evaluative criteria:
Essays/Exams and Writing Assignments will be given during the semester. The average of these essays/exams will make up 25%, and writing assignments will make up 50% of the students’ grades. The comprehensive final exam will count 25%.
Mastery of material with a 60% accuracy minimum for earned credit
Readings, both required and supplemental, as assigned
Writing assignments completed punctually
Oral assignment, both group and individual, as assigned
Letter grades for the course will be based on the following percentages:
Below 60% F
Regular attendance at all class meetings is expected. Disruptions in class will not be tolerated.
Outline Of Topics:
I. Introduction to Realists and Regionalists (1865-1914)
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