TR, 11 A-12:20 P
The class will be structured around our reading and then discussing a history of the genre (lecture plus Hawthorn) and a series of British novels. Readings will be assigned as we move along, the schedule adjusted as needed, to find a comfortable pace.
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Marks in the class will be created through a series of efforts:
1) Members will be expected to come to class prepared and willing to participate. Thus, everyone in class will be asked to keep a Participation Log (copy of sample page attached) listing daily engagements with the discussions at hand. The Log will be collected on 1 May and be worth 10% of the final grade. To receive full credit, the log will list fifteen responses (fifteen for ten points, fourteen for nine . . .).
Note: Class members who feel bashful about speaking out can earn their participation points by keeping a journal. Please use standard 8.5” by 11” paper. Each week, log at least one page (c. 300 words) of brainstorming and commentary regarding the class lessons on a specific day. All entries must be typed, dated, readable, and apply to actual lessons. Points will be awarded according to the same system indicated on the log sheet: 15 entries earn 10 points, 14 entries, 9 points . . . Journals will be due on 1 May. A combination of journal and log entries may be turned in, as well (e.g., 6 participations and 9 journal entries).
2) In addition, we will write four exams, as indicated on the calendar. Each will cover the unit of work we just have finished. That is, Exam IV will not be comprehensive. Each exam will have two parts: one written in class (short answers, blanks to fill, multiple-choice questions); one typed outside of class (an essay of four pages responding to questions supplied about a week before the exam date). The exam grade average will create 75% of the final mark. Sample questions will be handed out in class.
3) The remaining 15% of the final mark will be created by a final, in-class report offered during the last class days. Each undergraduate class member will present a ten-minute response to a novel we have read, indicating how any one of the basic genre elements covered by Hawthorn (point of view, character, plot, setting, language, theme) affected the member’s reading of the chosen novel. Specific requirements will be distributed in class.
NOTE: Students taking the class for graduate credit will have different assignments--please see the instructor.
In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.
All written materials will be submitted in MLA style.
No late work can be accepted, unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.
Regular attendance and participation will be expected. After the first two cuts, each additional cut will lower the final mark one grade. Two late arrivals count together as one cut. Exceptions will be made ONLY for certifiable illnesses or for "authorized" absence, specifically as described in the university Catalog.
Everyone should read the “Being Old-Fashioned” sheet.