College English

Course outline and reading assignments

• NOTE:  This syllabus is a living document.  Ms. Solie reserves the right to update and alter this syllabus as needed to meet the goals and objectives of the course.

 

 

Week 1:  9/4-9/7  - Course Details, Syllabus Perusal

                                                      - Books of Literary Merit vs. Commercial Fiction

                                                      - Discussion of Book Project Requirements

                                                      - The Color Purple Background & Notes

                                                      - The Color Purple—pp. 1-42

                                                      - Focus on Setting & Diction

 

Week 2:  9/10-9/14               - The Color Purple pp. 43-101

                                                      - Focus on Direct & Indirect Characterization— “Hunters in the Snow”

                                                      - Literary Analysis Essay

 

Week 3:  9/17-9/21               - The Color Purple pp. 102-185

                                                      - Focus on Tone— “Everyday Use”

                                                      - Poetry Friday:  “The Red Wheelbarrow”

 

Week 4:  9/22-9/28               - The Color Purple pp. 186-246

                                                      - Timed Writing Discussion and Practice

                                                      - Poetry Friday:  “Intro. to Poetry”

 

Week 5:  10/1-10/5               - The Color Purple pp. 247-288

                                                      - Focus on Point of View & Symbolism— “Hills Like White Elephants”

                                                      - The Color Purple Review

                                                      - The Color Purple Timed Writing

                                                      - Discussion of Research Paper Topics

 

Week 6:  10/8-10/12            - 1984 Background & Notes

                                                      - Discussion of Credible, Reliable Sources

                                                      - Discussion of 1984 Book I, Chapter 1

                                                      - Focus on Setting/Historical Effect

                                                      - Poetry Friday:  “The Ballad of Birmingham”

 

Week 7:  10/15-10/17          - Discussion of 1984 Book I, Chapters 2 & 3

                                                      - Discussion of Notetaking, Focusing on Support of Topic

                                                     

Week 8:  10/22-10/24          - Discussion of 1984 Book I, Chapters 4-6

                                                      - Focus on Syntax

                                                     

Week 9:  10/29- 11/2           - Discussion of 1984 Book I, Chapters 7 & 8

                                                      - Discussion of MLA Works Cited Page Format

                                                      - Poetry Friday:  “My Papa’s Waltz”

 

Week 10:  11/5-11/9            - Discussion of 1984 Book II, Chapters 1 & 2

                                                      - Search for Quality Sources/Annotated Bibliography Work

                                                      - Poetry Friday:  “Break of Day”

 

Week 11:  11/12-11/16       - Discussion of 1984 Book II, Chapters 3-5

                                                      - “Johnny Got His Gun” Timed Writing

                                                      - Poetry Friday:  “Dulce et Decorum Est”

 

Week 12:  11/19-11/21       - Discussion of 1984 Book II, Chapters 6-8

                                                      - Research Paper Work

 

Week 13:  11/26-121/30     - Discussion of 1984 Book II, Chapters 9 & 10 and Book III, Chapters 1 & 2

                                                      - Research Paper Work

                                                      - Poetry Friday:  “Much Madness is divinest Sense”

 

Week 14:  12/3-12/7            - Discussion of 1984 Book III, Chapters 3-4

                                                      - “Folding Sheets”

                                                      - Discussion of 1984 Book III, Chapters 5-6

                                                      - 1984 Review/Page Annotation Round Robin

                                                      - 1984 Timed Writing

 

Week 15:  12/10-12/14       - Go over returned rough drafts, discuss editing, etc.

                                                      - Work on Research Paper Final Draft

                                                      - Poetry Friday: “The Man He Killed” & “Is My Team Plowing”

 

Week 16:  12/17-12/21       - A Midsummer Night’s Dream Background/Notes

                                                      - “Pyramus and Thisbe”

 

Week 17:  1/2-1/4                 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

                                                      - Focus on Characterization & Diction

 

Week 18:  1/7-1/11               - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

                                                      - Focus on Plot, Structure, Freytag’s Pyramid, and Theme

 

Week 19: 1/14-1/18             - A Midsummer Night’s Dream           

                                                      - A Midsummer Night’s Dream Timed Writing

                                                      - Book Project Presentations 

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