(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Laura Hoebing

High School English Teacher

American Literature II

COURSE TITLE:  ENGL 2242 American Literature II

SEMESTER: Fall 2019

CREDITS:  3                                                          

INSTRUCTOR:  Mrs. Laura Hoebing                            

ROOM: 25    

PHONE: (507) 671-1580                                                                 

E-MAIL:  lhoebing@hayfield.k12.mn.us


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



  • American literary genres/forms (1865 – Present)

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)

  • Major periods in American literature (1865 – Present)

o Realism

o Naturalism

o Regionalism

o Modernism

o Post-modernism

o Terms, ideas and authors related to major literary periods.

  • Social, historical, psychological, and cultural influences on American literature

ASSESSMENTS: (Summative Assessments – 75% of course grade)

  • Unit tests
  • Essay responses
  • Presentations

Formative assignments (25% of course grade)

  • Reading quizzes
  • Informal responses
  • Discussion participation
  • Daily work



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


Late/Incomplete Work

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:

  1. Submitting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, including but not limited to homework assignments, papers, research reports, group projects, artistic works, tests, or class presentations.
  2. Submitting someone else’s electronic work as your own, including but not limited to video clips, audio clips, electronic files, electronic programs, and any other copied electronic page, document, article, review, etc.
  3. Submitting someone else’s work as your own with minor alterations. Paraphrasing without proper citation is also plagiarism.
  4. Submitting someone else’s work without appropriate use of quotations, paraphrases, footnotes, or references.


Academic Honesty:

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.





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

artistic style.

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

group work.

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




Paper expectations

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.


Course communication

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
Communication (CM) 1
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