English 2C (Film and Fiction)

Spring 2012

Office: HU 111

Office Phone: 848-4710

Office Hours: 10:20-11:20 (Monday-Thursday) and by appointment

E-mail Address: grichards@gavilan.edu


Movie Schedule

January 31st:  Intro to class / Up in the Air

February 2nd: Up in the Air

February 7th: The Shawshank Redemption

February 9th: The Shawshank Redemption

February 14th: Julie & Julia

February 16th: Julie & Julia

February 21st: *To Kill a Mockingbird

February 23rd: To Kill a Mockingbird

February 28th: Discuss To Kill a Mockingbird

March 1st: Fight Club

March 6th: Fight Club

March 8th: Million Dollar Baby

March 13th: Million Dollar Baby

March 15th: *The Help

March 20th: The Help

March 22nd: Discuss The Help

March 27th: The World According to Garp

March 29th: The World According to Garp

April 3rd: *The Hunger Games

April 5th: Fieldtrip to see The Hunger Games

April 17th: The Descendants

April 19th: The Descendants

April 24th: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

April 26th: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

May 1st: *One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

May 3rd: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

May 8th: Pride & Prejudice

May 15th: Pride & Prejudice

May 17th: *Of Mice & Men

May 22nd: Of Mice & Men


Required Novels: 

         To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

         The Help by Kathryn Stockett

         One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

         The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

         Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Course Objectives: 

            The class objective is to expose you to new and different ideas by having you read great novels and watch great movies.  The course will offer a basic analysis of literary form and style and examine the film as an art form.  A brief history of the growth and development of the motion picture and of the film genre will be included.



       Reading quizzes on the five mandatory novels

         One research paper on the novel of your choice


            This class begins at exactly 6:30.  If you do not arrive on time, you will not only miss the beginning of the movies, but you will also disturb the viewing of them when you enter the classroom, so please make every effort to be on time.  On the days that we have reading quizzes, you must be on time because the quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class, and quizzes cannot be made up.  Attendance, both physical and mental, is important to this course.  Attending class means more than just showing up. You must come prepared to participate, having read and thought about all assigned readings and having completed all assigned work.  Experience has shown me that your work (and therefore your grades) will suffer if you miss more than one or two classes.  Students who miss more than four classes will be dropped


            Your final grade is based on your five reading quizzes (20 points each), and your class participation (20 points) for a total of 120 points.  You must do all assigned work to pass the course. 

Honesty Policy:

         Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity.  Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action, which may include recommendation for dismissal. 

ADA Accommodations:

          Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office. 

Occupational/Vocational Students:

           Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to and participation in Vocational Education Programs.