TUES. 5/9 (sect. 11)
THURS. 5/11 (sect. 10)
|LIT 165-10 (T/R 11:00) which meets in
GOSHEN 101A: Your final exam time is Thursday, May 11 at 10:30 am in
LIT 165-11 (T/R 12:30) which meets
in TYSON 120A: Your final exam time is Tuesday, May 9, at 10:30 am in
Both sections: I will collect portfolios along with
Paper #4 (Literary Synthesis Project) at the start of the final exam
|Assigned April 18
|For Thursday, 4/20 and Tuesday, 4/25: Class
is cancelled in lieu of individual conferences to discuss the
papers that will be due on 5/2 nd 5/9 (12:30 class) or 5/11 (11:00
will be held in Main
312. The assignment sheet for Paper
#3: Drama was distributed in class today, as well as group discussion questions for
studying Death of a Salesman.
Students wrote individual answers to one of the questions on this
handout to substitute for the
informal writing assignment on the course syllabus. It was
announced that there will be a writing workshop for Paper #3 in class
on Thursday, 4/27. Bring a complete draft of Paper #3 to class
that day to participate.
|Assigned April 6
|For Tuesday, 4/11 and Thursday, 4/13: Class will meet in FHG Library to view Death of a Salesman in the basement projection room (IMC
class today I distributed notes on "Drama
and Tragedy" as well as study
questions to guide your reading of "Death of a Salesman." Students
completed an in-class writing exercise to reflect on the poetry
journal project that was due today. They also completed a collaborative
creative writing project to gain an understanding of the dramatist's
craft in creating dialogue and action to reveal character. You
can view the directions for both of those classwork assignments here.
|Assigned Mar. 30
|For Thursday, 4/6, Poetry
Journal Project is due. There is no class on
4/4. Optional conferences in my office (Main 312). In
we discussed irony, ambiguity, symbol, and theme in several assigned
poems. Additional poems were provided in the handout, "Symbol in Poetry."
|Assigned Mar. 28
|For Thursday, 3/30, Read "Richard
Cory" (p. 688), "My Papa's Waltz" (p. 745) and "That Time of Year Thou
Mayest In Me Behold" (p. 982). Continue working on your Poetry
Journal Project, which will be due on Thursday, April 6.
|Assigned Mar. 23
|For Tuesday, 3/28, Read the poems
in the catalogue of poems
which were assigned in class. "Birches," "A Certain Lady,"
"Midterm Break" and "The Vacuum." Continue working on your Poetry
|Assigned Mar. 21
|For Thursday, 3/23, Read the poems
in the catalogue of poems
distributed today (or the poems
distributed before the break) to try using one of the
appproaches to reading poetry
discussed in class today. This effort can be used to get you
started on your poetry journal project. Today in class I
distibuted notes titled "Reading
Poetry," a second catalogue
of poems, and an outline
to help you organize your thinking about the poems we're studying. I
also announced a change to our course syllabus. The Poetry
Journal Project is now the major assessment tool for our poetry
unit. There is no change to the assignment other than the new due
date (April 6, unless I announce otherwise)--it is still intended
to be an "informal writing" project; the only difference is that this
project will be worth 15% of your course grade; the additional formal
paper for the poetry unit has been removed from the syllabus. On
Thursday we'll be discussing the "craft of poetry" using some of the
poems in the handouts and the textbook.
|Assigned Mar. 9
|For Tuesday, 3/21, read pp. 563-584
in your textbook. We will discuss the special demands of
reading poetry when we return from spring break. You may want to
work on your Poetry Journal
during the break, but it won't be due until the conclusion of our
poetry unit in April (the exact date TBA). ENJOY YOUR SPRING
|Assigned Mar. 7
|For Thursday, 3/9, Paper #1 is due and
we'll begin our poetry unit. In class today, students
completed a peer review workshop.
A handout on writing effective
introductions and conclusions was distributed along with the
workshop review sheet. Additionally, the assignment sheets for
the Independent Project - Literary
Synthesis Essay due at the end of the semester and the Poetry Journal project due at
the end of our poetry unit were distributed. We discussed the
aims of each project.
|Assigned Mar. 2
Thursday, 3/2 class was cancelled due to
the predicted ice storm. The writing workshop is
RESHEDULED for 3/7 and the due date for the paper is changed to
3/9. (Hopefully, you received my email with that
yesterday.) For Tuesday 3/7,
bring a complete, typed draft of your paper
to class for peer review and we will conduct our writing
workshop so that you can receive feedback on your work before
it for a grade.
|Assigned Feb. 28
|On Thursday, 3/2 there
will be a writing workshop in class. Bring a complete, typed draft of your paper
to class for peer review. This is an excellent time to
receive feedback on your work so that you can revise effectively.
|Assigned Feb. 21
|On Thursday, 2/23 and Tuesday, 2/28 there
will be no class. Individual conferences are scheduled instead to
discuss your progress on the first formal paper (workshop draft due
3/2; final draft due 3/7). The conferences will be held in my office in
Main Hall 312. You can bring your ideas, an outline, or a draft of the
|Assigned Feb. 16
|For Tuesday, 2/21: Complete the informal writing assignment on the course
syllabus (chronological outline).
Think about your topic for Paper #1.
On Tuesday 2/21 you will sign up for an individual conference to
discuss your topic ideas. Today in class I distributed a hand out with questions about
"Miss Brill" (p. 252) and asked students to discuss #1-9 in small
groups and then write individual answers to #10 (1-2 paragraphs).
Here are the questions you brainstormed in class on Thursday 2/16: "Short Fiction: Ambiguity"
|Assigned Feb. 14
|For Thursday, 2/16: Read "Miss
Brill" (252) and "Young Man on Sixth Avenue" (available
|Assigned Feb. 9
|For Tuesday, 2/14: Read "How
to Tell a True War Story" (473) and "A Solderiers Home" (154).
Then revisit the handout I distributed a few weeks ago and which we
looked at in class today ("APPROACHING THE ART OF SHORT
FICTION") to observe more closely what the other writers have to
say about the art of the short story. Then write 1-2 paragraphs
(informal writing, but please type) connecting what one of these
authors have to say with one of the stories assigned for class on
|Assigned Feb. 7
|For Thursday, 2/9: Write
one paragraph (please type) which analyzes/synthesizes at least two of
the stories we've
read so far--some suggestions
for comparing/contrasting were given in class (you can see them here). Additionally,
write three questions about any of the stories I've assigned so far.
These questions can be on the same page with your paragraph. Although
any kind of question is acceptable, see if you can write at least
one or more analytical questions that encourage a deep reading of the
story or stories. There is no new
reading assignment this week; I've cancelled the two stories that are
on the outline for Thursday. We may return to them later.
Use the time this week to read back over some of the more challenging
stories you've already read so far and to reflect on how these stories
relate to our rites of passage
|Assigned Feb. 2
|Due Tuesday, 2/7: Read the next
three stories on the course outline: “Girl” (517) “Where Are
Where Have You Been” (handout/online) and “Lust” (282). In
today (Thurs., 2/2, students completed an in-class small group discussion and
writing exercise. If you missed class, you can make up the
work if you email it to me before class on 2/7). Also, I
explained in class today that any works listed as available on
"e-reserves" in the course outline will instead be availalbe on this
course website. That includes "Where Are
You Going, Where Have You
Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates due this week.
|Assigned Jan. 26
|Due Thursday, 2/2: Read "Araby" and
"Love in L.A." ("Araby" is not available on e-reserve, but you can print out a copy or read the story online. Here's a link to a few analytical essays about
|Assigned Jan. 24
1/26: Read "A & P" and "Eveline" in your textbook.
We'll continue to discuss the art of fiction. Keep "The Story of
an Hour" and "A Sorrowful Woman" in mind; re-read if necessary.
|Assigned Jan. 19
1/24: Complete the INFORMAL WRITING
your course outline listed in Week 1 and read two short stories: "The
Story of an Hour" (p. 15) and "The Sorrowful Woman" (p. 38).
|Assigned Jan. 17
1/19: Write about your response
to the story you chose in your textbook.