Fundamentals of Fiction. Students can identify and analyze such major elements of science fiction as subject, theme, character, point of view, setting, tone, mood, irony, metaphor, imagery, and symbolism.
Critical Inquiry. Students engage in increasingly sophisticated discourse and demonstrate aesthetic and critical discernment through close textual analysis.
Rhetorical knowledge. Students will demonstrate stylistic maturity and rhetorical effectiveness in their discussions and written critical analyses of science fiction
Class participation with daily evaluations 30%
Four critical papers (10%, 10%, 15%, 20%) 55%
Essay final exam 15%
The Writing Competency Rubric (copy attached) contains the standards for evaluating and grading writing. Make it your friend. Written handouts explaining each assignment will complement the Rubric.
All papers must be submitted in the format prescribed by the Modern Language Association (MLA).
The four out-of-class critical essays are due at the beginning of class (12:30) on the day specified on the course calendar (copy attached). Late papers turned in within 24 hours of this time will be lowered one letter grade. Papers more than 24 hours late will not be accepted.
With 30% of your grade based on class participation, attendance is essential for success in this class. If you must miss a class, please let me know ahead of time (email or voicemail) and take full responsibility for all that takes place in the class that you miss
For your four critical papers, I will read and comment on as many drafts of each paper as you are willing to write. On each draft, I will identify 2-4 “targets” for improvement and will make suggestions about how you should proceed. Usually (not on weekends) I will get drafts back to you the next day, sometimes the same day. If you want a faster response, bring a draft to my office during office hours. Give this some serious thought.