Essay #4 Assignment (15%): Assignment outline HERE.
Essay #3 Assignment (15%): Assignment outline HERE.
HOW TO CITE AN ONLINE SOURCE: Here.
Citation Guide for MLA style:
LITWEB: An Online Companion to The Norton Introduction to Literature. Sep. 2001.
W.W. Norton & Co. 8 Sep. 2001. <http://www.wwnorton.com/introlit>.
Please note: The above format is how you should cite materials you quote from
this website in your papers, except that the first date is the date the page was
last modified and the second date is when you accessed the page. Also, replace
the URL (ie: http...) with that of the actual page you have cited. If you have
cited many, it is sufficient to use the one above as the 'root site.'
Department of Fine Arts, Okanagan University College: Front Page to WORDS OF ART.
Okanagan University College. 13 Dec. 2001. <http://www.arts.ouc.bc.ca/fina/glossary/gloshome.html>.
This is an online 'dictionary' of terms or general theoretical approaches to
literature and other arts. Please remember to use proper citations when using
this material in any writing.
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The goals of English 101 are to teach critical writing,
critical reading and critical thinking. Each section of English 101 will
combine the study of works of literature with instruction in writing and
rhetoric, with a view to enabling students from different backgrounds, and with
a wide variety of interests, to express themselves better in writing and to
appreciate literature. The September to December portion of this course (Term
1) will focus on the pre-Twentieth Century novel, drama and the short story,
and help students become better thinkers and clearer writers. The January to
April (Term 2) portion will offer students a chance to engage critically with current
social and political issues through the study of a variety of rhetorical
strategies used by contemporary writers. The winter term's readings (and
listenings!) include spoken word poetry (including rap and dub), a contemporary
novel, and the analysis of media coverage on various summits and protests
surrounding the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA).
Course Format: This course will combine lecture, discussion, group
work, and workshop sessions. Throughout the year, students will write at least
6000 words. A minimum of 30% of class time will be devoted to writing
instruction in many forms. While specific essay and writing workshops are
scheduled throughout the year, writing instruction, exercises, and stylistic
analysis will generally take place during the last 15-20 minutes of regular
You are expected to come to each class having read the assigned readings and
ready to contribute to class
discussion. For this reason, you are strongly encouraged to read ahead on
the major texts. Readings are light prior to the three major texts we will
study in Term 1 (Jude the Obscure, Hamlet, and "Zero & Asylum
in the Snow") and the novel assigned for Term 2 (Cereus Blooms at Night);
this structure is intended to facilitate reading ahead. During Term 1,
five reading tests will be conducted periodically as 'pop quizzes.'
Beaty, Jerome, Alison Booth, J. Paul Hunter and Kelly J. Mays. Norton
Introduction to Literature. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2002.
Giltrow, Janet. Academic Writing. Peterborough, Ontario:
Broadview Press, 1995.
Hacker, Diana. Canadian Pocket Style Manual. New York: Saint
Martinís Press, 2000.
Hardy, Thomas. Jude the Obscure. Peterborough, Ontario:
Broadview Press, 2000.
Mootoo, Shani. Cereus Blooms at Night. New York: Avon Books,
1996 (Availabe end of Term 1).
Gifford, James. Term 1 Coursepack: English 101 M4
Brittain, Melisa. Term 2 Coursepack (Available end of Term
Secondary critical readings will be placed on reserve in the Salter Reading
Room. While these readings are not required, it is suggested that you consult
those papers that refer to your essay choices. Likewise, four films are
suggested for your viewing and these will be discussed in class. An optional
group screening may be arranged outside of class time, according to convenience
and interest, but will have no bearing on participation or grades.
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Please Note: Term work constitutes 70% of your final grade, and the
Final Exam (written in April) constitutes 30% of your final grade
Term 1 (Fall)
Diagnostic Writing Assignment (250-500 words) | Sep 25 | ungraded
Essay #1 (1000-1500 words, including DRAFT: due Oct. 16) | Oct 23 | 10%
Library / Film Assignment (250-500 words) | Nov 1 | 5%
Essay #2 (1500-2000 words, including DRAFT: due Nov. 20) | Nov 27 | 15%
Reading Tests (five) unscheduled | 5%
Mid-Session Exam (date to be announced) | 10%
Term 2 (Winter)
Essay #3 (750 words, including Library/Research Assignment: due Jan 24) | Feb 7 | 15%
Essay #4 (Research Essay: 1500-2000 words, including Proposal: due Mar 5) | Mar 19 | 20%
Group Presentation (including Position Paper: due Mar 26) | April 2&4 | 10%
Class Participation for Terms 1 and 2 | 10%
Total for Term Work _________ 100%
Final Exam (2 hours, covers entire course, date to be announced) constitutes
30% of your final grade
***FINAL GRADE = Term Work (as
above) x 70% -- PLUS -- Final Exam x 30%***
The 10% Class Participation Mark is
based on active participation in class, group activities and course workshops,
as well as on the completion of various ungraded assignments given throughout
the year (including a diagnostic writing assignment, in-class writing
assignments and preparation of interview questions for a class with author
Shani Mootoo in Term 2).
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All graded essays MUST be submitted in both a Draft and Final (in
duplicate) form, as per the class schedule. To save paper, the duplicate copy
may be submitted electronically. All formal Essays and their Draft versions
must be double-spaced and word-processed in the format we outline in class. If
you do not have access to a computer, please see the instructor to make
All written assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class
on the due dates indicated on the outline, or they will be considered late.
Late assignments will not be accepted unless the instructor has been
notified BEFORE the deadline, in which case a late penalty of up to 10%
per day will be applied, unless an extension is given. Extensions will only be
granted in cases of illness (in which case a doctorís note may be requested)
or according to unique circumstances.
According to university policy, all term work must be returned to students
by the final class of any given term. This explains the Essay #2 deadline; however,
if you formally request an extension on the second paper, James will grant one
to anyone who asks in advance. If you request an extension for Essay #2,
it will be due on the last day of Term 1 and returned to you on the day of the
Mid-Session Exam. This option does not apply to Essays #1, #3 or #4.
We encourage the use of the MLA
style citation system for all Essays for this course. Students may arrange to
use an alternative citation style (APA, Chicago Manual, etc.) if it is more
appropriate to their intended field of study; however, we will only cover the
MLA style in class.
Faxes or emails of assignments will
not be accepted, though students are encouraged to use email for class
discussion or to communicate with the instructor. An email does count
as the duplicate copy of a paper that is required.
PLEASE NOTE: All assignments will be described in
more detail prior to their due dates, and possible topics will be suggested
if and when they are required by students.
Description of Term 2 Assignments:
ESSAY #3 - This assignment will require you to engage critically with
the poetry and authors of your choice from Section 1: Dub and Slam Poetry.
This assignment is designed to encourage critical analysis of poetry using
pertinent biographical, historical, political and/or linguistic contexts of
the poets and poetry under study, which you will get from at least one
secondary source. The week before Essay #3 is due, you will be required
to hand in a short Library/Research Assignment showing that
you have started research on the poetry and poet that interests you most.
The Library/Research Assignment requires you to find at
least one secondary source, i.e., critical article, review, interview, or
book, on the poetry and/or author you intend to write on, and provide me
with 1. bibliographic information from that source (using
MLA format), 2. a paragraph on the reason(s) you chose this particular piece
to help you explicate the poetry, and 3. a Thesis Statement
for Essay #3. The essay itself will require you to draw on your library
research to bring meaning and context to the poem or poems you will write
your 750 word essay on.
ESSAY #4 - This assignment should reflect your
ability to engage critically with any of the material under study thus far
in Term 2 (Sections 1 and 2). You may write on poetry again, but must choose
different poems and authors this time around. You may also write on
Cereus Blooms at Night or Slam!. You will be required to hand
in a Proposal of your topic two weeks prior to the due date
of Essay #4, and you must use at least two secondary sources in your
essay (one can be from the Course Pack, but the other must be from your own
library research and must be a different source than the one(s) used in Essay
#3). Possible topics for this essay will be suggested throughout the term and
closer to the due date as the class requires.
GROUP PRESENTATION - The group presentation will give students the
opportunity to present their opinions and analysis of the issues and
techniques under study in Section 3: Rhetoric and Media Analysis. Topics
will be determined by the class as a whole, and groups will consist of 4
or 5 students each. In preparation for the presentations, each students
will be required to hand in a one page (250 word) Position Paper
on the topic one week prior to the presentations. This
paper will show that you have started work on the assignment and have
begun thinking about how you would position yourself in relation to the
issues being discussed.
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