Required Texts: Meyer, THE BEDFORD INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (5th)
Kracauer, INTO THIN AIR
Islas, THE RAIN GOD
Kingston, THE WOMAN WARRIOR
English 1B is an introduction to the four basic forms of imaginative writing: short fiction, the novel, poetry, and drama. In the course students can expect to read widely and to discuss, analyze, and write about the literature they read. Individual reading, class discussion and personal writing will provide the foundation for the focused thought that will become formal papers. In the process of writing about literature, students will learn to refine their ideas, to separate central and peripheral issues, to think critically about the written word, and to find tools to clearly express their developed thoughts.
Students may enroll in English 1B after successfully
completing English 1A. 1B transfers to a four-year institution if students
earn a grade of C or better. In this course students will be responsible
for five components: formal papers, a literary project, course participation,
a midterm, and a final. Formal papers are 4-6 page essays on topics
relevant to the literature. The papers are assessed for content as well
as effectiveness of expression. The papers are letter graded, and the grades
are averaged for a composite score. The literary project is a researched
response to a work of literature designed help elucidate meaning and includes
papers, documentaries of living authors, and multimedia presentations.
Course participation includes class discussion, group work, and informal
midterm is a test on the material from the first
half of the course, and the final is a comprehensive test at the
end of the semester with an emphasis on the second half of the course.
Both are evaluated for content and written expression. All five components
must be completed for a student to pass the course, and each will comprise
approximately 20% of the final grade.
Papers must be typewritten and turned in at the
beginning of the class on the day assigned. All work should be identified
by name, date, and assignment. In-class assignments must be completed in
ink. Paper revisions may be assigned; when not assigned, they may be completed
at the discretion of the student for an improved grade within one week
after a paper has been returned. Students are responsible for the work
covered in class whether they are present or not, so enrollees may wish
to team up with another student in case they need to get missed notes or
assignments. Although students are allowed five absences, such a number
of absences would seriously impede a student's ability to perform successfully
in the class.
special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability
should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services
Students are expected
to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating
and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation