Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-2326- Section: 01
American Literature
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Instructor Information
Instructor Jeremy Belyeu
Phone(409) 984-6436
Location:Student Success Center - Room: 130
Hours:MWF 12-2PM; TR 9-11AM
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
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 Composition I
Learning Outcomes 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.
Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or
religious contexts of different literary periods.
Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different
historical periods or in different regions.
Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose,
using various critical approaches to literature.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA (LSCPA): Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis,
evaluation and synthesis of information.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and
expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work
effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical
Textbooks Norton Anthology of American Literature (Shorter 8th Edition) Vols. 1&2
ISBN: 978-0-393-91887-8
Lecture Topics

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: Dickinson/Whitman/Exam 2
Week 9: SPRING BREAK March 13-17
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/Loy/Hughes/Eliot/Hurston/Cummings/
Week 15: Fitzgerald/Bishop/Cheever/ Plath/Review for Final
Week 16: Final
Major Assignments
Week 5: Exam 1
Week 8: Exam 2
Week 10: Research Projects
Week 13: Exam 3
Week 15: Review for Final
Week 16: Final

Final Exam Date May 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM   Through  May 10, 2019 - 1:30 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Response Papers (8-10)- 30%
Tests (m/c)- 25%
Participation 10%
Research Paper- 15%
Final (m/c and essay)- 20%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies When using email, please indicate our class (ENGL 2326-01) in the subject line.
Attendance Policy Our class is based on discussion and participation, so please show up. I want to give you ample opportunities for success, but any more than than five absences will result in the loss of a letter grade. Additional absences will result in additional grade penalties. Two tardies of five minutes or more will be counted as an 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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