COURSE TITLE: ENGL 2242 American Literature II
SEMESTER: Fall 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Laura Hoebing
PHONE: (507) 671-1580
COURSE DESCRIPTION: (from the course catalog)
This course explores developments in American Literature between 1865 and the present. Students will explore both historical and formal developments affecting literature of this period, as well as the similarities /differences among the works covered. Some of the specific issues addressed include the rise of Realism and Naturalism, Regionalism, and Post-Modernism.
MnTC (Goals6/HU and Goal 7/HD); (3 Cr – 3 lect., 0 lab)
TEXTBOOK: Selected readings from The Heath Anthology of American Literature will be available via Moodle
. MAJOR CONTENT AREAS:
o Historical writing (Booker T. Washington, W.E.B Du Bois, Standing Bear)
o Short story (Folk Tales, Mark Twain, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Tillie Olsen, Raymond Carver, Sherman Alexie)
o Poetry (Sarah M. B. Piatt, Sophie Jewett, Elaine Goodale Eastman, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes)
o Essay (Randolph Bourne, Anzia Yezierska, Sonia Sanchez)
o Biography (Gertrude Bonnin/Zitkala-Sa)
o Novel (independent choice)
o Terms, ideas and authors related to major literary periods.
ASSESSMENTS: (Summative Assessments – 75% of course grade)
Formative assignments (25% of course grade)
Attendance is mandatory and will be taken at the beginning of each class. Excessive absences will affect your final grade in the course. Absence from class does not preclude you from due dates, nor do computer problems. Excused absences must be discussed with the instructor beforehand so arrangements can be made.
100% – 94% = A
93% – 90% = A-
89% – 87% = B+
86% – 84% = B
83% – 80% = B-
79% – 77% = C+
76% – 74% = C
73% – 70% = C-
69% – 67% = D+
66% – 64% = D
63% – 60% = D-
59% or less = F
This policy is different than the HHS Grading for Learning policy because it is a college course. Formative assessments turned in after the due date but prior to the related summative assessment will be given a 10% deduction. Formative assessments will not be accepted after the related summative assessment. Summative assessments will lose 10% of their credit for each school day they are late for up to five school days. Summative assessments will not be accepted more than five days after the due date. Extenuating circumstances must be discussed with the instructor well before the due date.
This policy is different than the HHS Grading for Learning policy because it is a college course.
Students may choose one summative assessment to redo per quarter. Retake scores will replace original scores. Students have five calendar days to take the retake and must have all related assignments completed and turned in. For papers, the original rubric and paper should be turned in as well as a new copy with changes noted using the “Track Changes” function of Word. Redone papers should be thoroughly revised and improved beyond simple grammar and spelling errors.
This course may require use of the Internet, the submission of electronically prepared documents and the use of a course management software program. Students who have a disability and need accommodations should contact the instructor or the Student Success Center at the beginning of the semester. This information will be made available in alternative format, such as Braille, large print, or current media, upon request. Riverland Community College, a proud member of the Minnesota State, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. This information will be made available in alternative formats such as braille, large print, or audio upon advanced request by calling 507-433-0600 (TDD 800-627-3529).
This policy is different than the HHS policy in accordance with Riverland Community College expectations. Plagiarism is theft of intellectual material of others, whether their words or their ideas, without giving proper credit to the author(s). Plagiarism will result in a 0 for that assignment, will be reported to the principal and Riverland faculty liaison and may lead to further disciplinary measures, depending on the severity of the incident. A more thorough discussion of plagiarism will take place when we begin the major papers that require research.
Plagiarism will include, but not be limited to the following:
The aim of the academic honesty policy is to maintain the academic integrity of Riverland Community College and promote an intellectual climate of honesty and integrity. To maintain an environment of academic integrity, all students are required to accept personal responsibility for their work at Riverland Community College. Any offense against the academic honesty policy compromises the educational integrity of Riverland Community College and will be considered a grave offense. Plagiarism and other academic or student misconduct will result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, receiving a score of ‘0’ on the plagiarized assignment or being expelled from the course. See the Student Handbook for the Riverland Academic Honesty Policy: http://www.riverland.edu/studenthandbook/
Course material, testing requirements and grading subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.
RELATIONSHIP OF COURSE OBJECTIVES TO ASSESSMENTS:
Students will be able to:
The student will successfully:
|MnTC Goal 6a||a demonstrate awareness of the scope and
variety of works in the area of humanities.
|1. read and analyze many genres and modes of 19th, 20th, and 21st century American literature.
2. examine the dominant modes of romanticism, realism, and naturalism in the major works .
3. explore the beginnings of modernism and postmodernism A member of Minnesota State 2 in the writings in the late 20th century.
|MnTC Goal 6b||understand those works as expressions of
individual and human values within an
historical and social content.
|1. read and analyze individual
authors in a chronological
approach to the literature
2. examine an author’s life and
3. connect the individual and
human responses of each writer
to the issues of the time.
4. examine each literary work as a
reflection of the culture of the
time and discuss how the issues
of the most recent periods in
American history are reflected
in those works
|MnTC Goal 6c||respond critically to the work in the arts and
|1. evaluate assigned literary texts
in both class discussion and
2. write numerous short responses
that demonstrate knowledge of
literary concepts as well as the
styles of individual writers.
3. demonstrate a knowledge of
cultural and social contexts of
individual literary works while
evaluating the effectiveness of
those works from a literary
|MnTC Goal 7a||understand the development of and the
changing meanings of group identities in
the United States’ history and culture.
|1. explore the unique
contributions of diverse groups.
2. examine the concerns of these
groups in literature and
understand the group dynamics
and see how group identities
change focus once the concerns
of the group are addressed.
|MnTC Goal 7b||demonstrate an awareness of the individual
and institutional dynamics of unequal power
relations between groups and contemporary
|1. examine the literary texts of the
Reconstruction and Reform
periods in American history.
2. demonstrate an understanding
the beginning of the women’s
right movement, the concern for
civil rights for African-Americans after the Civil War,
and economic rights for the
laboring classes due to the
effects of industrialization and
|MnTC Goal 7d||describe and discuss the experience and
contributions (political, social, and
economic) of the many groups that shape
American society and culture
|1. analyze the works of many
groups of 20th and 21st century
American (women, immigrants,
the poor, African-Americans)
2. demonstrate how those works
contributed to the growth and
social consciousness and
diversity in contemporary
|MnTC Goal 7e||demonstrate communication skills
necessary for living and working in a
society with great population diversity.
|1. communicate with language
that is respectful and free from
discriminatory and derogatory
2. develop skills and foster
attitudes for living and working
in a culturally diverse society
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION:
All formal papers must be word-processed and follow MLA guidelines. You must complete all of the major summative assessments to pass the course. Papers must be printed or electronically shared with the instructor before class on the due date.
Classroom Behavior Expectations
You are expected to be fully present and engaged during class, prepared, and willing to work collaboratively in a positive manner with your classmates. We will workshop all of our major papers for this class. Being a critical reader helps all of you to create the best possible final version of your paper projects, benefitting everyone. Negative comments and/or attitudes toward one another are not productive, will not be tolerated, and may affect your grade for the course.
Technology in the classroom
Cell phones and other technology should not interrupt class. Cell phones should be silenced and placed in the phone caddy prior to the beginning of class. Photos/video should not be taken unless you have written permission and instructor has been informed beforehand. Laptops should be used only for coursework.
I will make class announcements via email, particularly in the event of a weather-related closing or changes to lesson plans or due dates. Students are expected to check their email regularly. I will also respond to student questions via email between the hours of 7:30 am and 8 p.m.
Harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation is prohibited. See page 43 of your Student Handbook for further information. The instructor reserves the right to ask students in violation of this policy to leave the class. Repeated offenses may result (at minimum) in failing the course.
Course Coding Information: Course Code H/Class Maximum 30; Letter Grade
Revision date: 04/05/16AASC
Approval date: 04/20/16
|*Riverland Community College Disciplines||MnTC Goal Number|
|Natural Sciences (NS)||3|
|Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (MA)||4|
|History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences (SS)||5|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (HU)||6|
|**Riverland Community College Core Themes||MnTC Goal Number|
|Critical Thinking (CT)||2|
|Human Diversity (HD)||7|
|Global Perspective (GP)||8|
|Ethical and Civic Responsibility (EC)||9|
|People and the Environment (PE)||10|