ENGL 210 introduces you to the conventions and characteristics of three genres or kinds of literature: short stories, drama, and poetry. Through reading, writing, and responding to others’ writing, you will gain an understanding of literary terms and concepts and learn to interpret, analyze, critically evaluate, and appreciate selections from these genres. The course emphasizes active reading, critical thinking, and effective writing.
Fees This course has fees totaling $30.00
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Once you have completed this course you will be able to:
1. Identify and apply literary terms, concepts, devices and characteristics in short stories, poetry, and drama;
2. Think critically and independently in interpreting short stories, poetry, and drama;
3. Analyze how literature reflects human values and thus has relevance to today’s world;
4. Describe the structural and language devices that are characteristic of the three genres studied;
5. Write clearly and intelligently about literature;
6. Communicate effectively an understanding of the literature and exchange ideas about literature;
7. Understand and demonstrate the conventions of writing about literature;
8. Use basic MLA-style documentation in writing about literature;
9. Read literature more effectively with an appreciation for the sound and rhythm of words.
1. Introduction to Reading Fiction, the Idea of the Literary Canon
2. Reading and Writing from Different Critical Perspectives
3. Plot, Style, Tone, and Irony
4. Character, Point of View
5. Setting, Symbolism, and Theme
6. Introduction to Drama
8. Introduction to Poetry
9. Poetry: Ways of Making Sense
10. Word Choice, Word Order, and Tone; Figures of Speech
1. Is not self-paced.
2. Does not require on-campus meetings.
3. Does not require real-time chats. Student dialogue occurs through responding weekly to each other’s writing.
This course does not have a face-to-face orientation
1. Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the Distance Learning Homepage.
2. Read assigned literature.
3. Complete weekly journal responses to the assigned literature.
4. Post weekly responses to specific assignments and react to other students’ responses (i.e., class discussion).
5. Complete reading quizzes
6. Complete all three essay exams (one for each genre studied).
7. Write one critical paper.
Kennedy, X.J. and Dana Gioia, eds. Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. 4th ed. New York: Longman, 2012.
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PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
Windows Media Player
Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word
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