ENGL 2131HThis is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title American Literature I (Honors)
Prerequisite(s) ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H with a "C" or better and acceptance into the Honors Program.
Corequisite(s) None Specified
This course is ENGL 2131 for Honors students.
Expected Educational Results
Students will understand the conventions and historical development of the literary works and genres that characterize the development of American literature in relation to the diverse cultural milieu that produced it. These genres may include essays, fiction, poetry, autobiography, and biography.
Students will analyze in an essay an aspect of one or more works of literature, thereby demonstrating their comprehension of literature as an art form.
Students will demonstrate through discussion and paper writing an understanding of how literature mirrors the culture that generates it, giving us insights into social, economic, political, and religious institutions that would otherwise be unavailable to us.
General Education Outcomes
During the semester, students will read, discuss, and write about various authors, literary works, genres, and literary periods.
Tests will be assigned at the individual instructor's discretion.
Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine part of the course grade. Each test and the final will require but are not limited to essay responses to questions designed for the demonstration of skills in analysis or synthesis.
An in-depth study of some aspect of the course content will also be required of each student. Assignments to satisfy this requirement are suggested below:
a. a conventional research paper of 8-10 pages.
b. three papers of about three pages each, some of which are research based, involving the student in different aspects of the course content .
c. two five-page interpretative papers based on intensive study and examination of primary sources, and perhaps incorporating secondary sources.
d. an annotated bibliography on outside readings equivalent to the preceding paper assignments.
English 2131H, the first half of the American literature survey course, covers the development of the American literary tradition from its early beginnings to the late nineteenth century. The instructor may use a literary-historical, thematic, or genre approach to introduce students to the contributions of culturally diverse groups that have shaped American literature during this period. Students will examine the impact of religious, philosophical, and political ideas as well as social and historical influences on the emergence of a national literature.Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Suggested chronology for covering course content:
Pre-1700’s 4 weeks
1700 – 1800 5 weeks
1800 – 1865 6 weeks
Tests, Homework, and Classroom Performance 30-50%
Writing Assignments 30-50%
Final Examination 20-30%
This course will be assessed every five years in the most appropriate semester for the individual campus. Every student in English 2131H will be required to complete a prepared course assessment instrument that is part objective and part essay.
The objective Personal Response Assessment Questionnaire will be administered just prior to or at the time of the final exam for purposes of assessing effective learning.
Each student will be required to write at least one in-class literary analysis essay to be duplicated for purposes of assessment of cognitive learning.
During the assessment semester, The Personal Response Assessment Questionnaires for the academic year and duplicate copies of the essays will be read and evaluated by the English 2131 Committee and the Honors English Course Committee, and the results will be forwarded to the Humanities Division.
USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS
The results of the assessment instrument will be read by the Honors English Course Committee and the English 2131 Assessment Committee. The student responses to the objective portion will be tabulated. The essay responses from randomly selected students will be read and evaluated by the committees. The results will be analyzed by the members of the committees, and the results will be reported to the Humanities Division. The data collected will be used to discuss any implications for change in English 2131H. Any suggestions regarding change will be forwarded to the Humanities Division Chairs.
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