Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-2326- Section: 73E
American Literature
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Instructor Information
Instructor Caitlin James
Phone(409) 984-6415
Location:Student Center - Room: 416
Hours:M,W- 9:00-11:00 and 12:00-2:00, F- 9:00-11:00. Also by appointment (masks required).
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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Course Information
Description A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement 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.
Prerequisites ENGL 1301.
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 (PSLO 5& Alpha) Measured by response paper rubric & Pre-test/Post-test
2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within social/ethical, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods. (PSLO 1,2&6) Measured by class discussion and essay rubric
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions (PSLO 1,2&6) Measured by essay rubric
4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities. (PSLO 1,2,5&6)Measured by essay rubric
5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature. (PSLO 1&2) Measured by essay rubric.

Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.

Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Norton Anthology of American Literature: Beginnings to 1820 9th ed
Norton Anthology of American Literature: 1820-1865

-Provided by your high school-
Lecture Topics
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Major Assignments
Week 1: Course Overview; Intro to American Literature, Timeline
Week 2: Iroquois Creation Story/Pilgrims/Bradford
Week 3: Bradstreet/Salem Witch Trials/Rowlandson/Mather
Week 4: Edwards/Franklin/Paine/Wheatley
Week 5: Exam 1/ TBA
Week 6: Irving/Emerson/Longfellow/Thoreau
Week 7: Hawthorne/Poe
Week 8: SPRING BREAK March 9-13
Week 9: Dickinson/Whitman/Exam 2
Week 10: Writing Workshop: Multi-Genre Research Projects
Week 11: Twain/Harte/James/
Week 12: Wharton/Chopin/Gilman
Week 13: Crane/Dunbar/Exam 3
Week 14: Frost/Hughes/Eliot/Hurston/Cummings
Week 15: Fitzgerald/Bishop/Cheever/ Plath/Review for Final
Week 16: Final

Final Exam Date December 3, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 8, 2020 - 5:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Quizzes- 10%
Response Essays (8-10)- 15%
Tests (m/c)- 25%
Participation 10%
Research Paper- 20%
Final (m/c and essay)- 20%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies DO NOT email me to ask what was missed during your absence. Ask another student and check Blackboard. No texting during lectures. NO FOOD. No phones out during class unless I specify you may use them.
Attendance Policy For on-campus-meeting classes- Class attendance is mandatory. However, for either illness or emergencies, I will allow THREE absences for this course without any punitive damage to your grade. Please note: for each subsequent absence after three, a letter grade will be deducted from your semester average, and there is absolutely NO exception to this penalty. If you are an athlete and have to miss class due to an off-campus game, proper paperwork MUST be submitted to the instructor before the date of absence, if not, this will count as an absence. If you are absent (for any reason), you are still responsible for the material that was covered during your absence and for assignments given during your absence. If you get up and leave before I dismiss class, you will be marked absent for the day. It is discourteous to leave while class is in session, but if you really must leave the classroom during class (even for just a couple of minutes), you are still responsible for whatever was covered during your absence.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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