Readings and Assignments 


Note: Readings and assignments are due on the day they are listed on the syllabus. Changes or additions to the readings may occur throughout the semester to accommodate the needs and interests of the class. I’ll announce these in class. 



WAL = Janet Gardner’s portable guide for Writing About Literature 

WR = A Writer’s Resource





M 1/9        Introduction to the course: “Writing About Literature” (WAL 1).


W 1/11       Fundamentals of Reading and Interpretation: “The Role of Good Reading” (WAL 2-10) / close reading exercise: Denise Levertov’s “The Secret”. Begin studying “Commas” (pgs. 501-513 in WR).


M 1/16       Martin Luther King Holiday: no classes, offices closed.


W 1/18       Conquering the Comma: review.

                  Course Contract Due


M 1/23       Introduction to Film Literacy; Film Glossary (for reference): view and discuss film clips / reading the grammar of film. Note: Review Preventing Plagiarism  (academic honesty quiz Wed. 25th).


W 1/25       Academic honesty quiz. Begin discussion of Little Miss Sunshine.


M 1/30       Bell Work #1 (“commas”). Little Miss Sunshine cont.- Assign guidelines for Essay #1.  Begin studying “Semicolons” (pgs. 514-517 in WR).





W 2/1        Conclude Little Miss Sunshine. Discuss WAL, “Tips For Writing About Literature,” pp. 33 / Thesis and Introductions (review and discuss “The Thesis,” WAL pp. 17).


M 2/6        Bell Work #2 (“semicolons”). Introduction-Thesis Workshop: bring a complete hardcopy of your introduction to class (for a participation grade). Review protocols for thesis construction (“The Thesis,” WAL pp. 17). Begin studying “Apostrophes” (pgs. 520-524 in WR).


W 2/8        Workshop: bring a revised hardcopy of your introduction with the addition of complete body paragraphs to class for feedback (for a participation grade). Paragraph Strategies – Three-Ied Monster;/ Strategies for Developing the Third “I”.  WAL, “Using Quotations Effectively,” pp. 35-41.


M 2/13       Bell Work #3 (“apostrophes”). Peer Critique (full draft); **Note** you must bring a completed draft to participate; otherwise, you will be dismissed and counted absent for that day. Begin studying “Homonyms” (pgs. 558-559 in WR).


W 2/15       “Elements of Fiction” in WAL, pp. 57-60.  Begin Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: “Brownies” (1) and “Our Lady of Peace” (54).

                   Essay 1 Due (20%)


M 2/20       Bell Work #4 (“homonyms”). Drinking Coffee: “The Ant of the Self” (82). Begin studying “Sentence Fragments” (pgs. 446-452 in WR).


W 2/22       Review session on Sentence Fragments.


M 2/27       Drinking Coffee: “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” (117); discovery techniques and preparation for in-class essay.


W 2/29       In-Class Essay (you have the entire hour and 20 minutes to complete this assignment). 





F 3/2          Last day to withdraw with a grade of W


M 3/5        Begin The World Made Straight (pgs. 3-146). Begin studying “Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences” (pgs. 453-458 in WR).


W 3/7        Continue The World Made Straight (pgs. 149-end).  Assign guidelines for Essay #2.


M 3/12       Continue The World Made Straight.


W 3/14       Workshop Thesis Construction/Topic Sentence/Paragraph Construction [using prose] (bring at least an introduction and 2 body paragraphs with you to class); Review How to Write A Literary Analysis. Begin studying “Subject-Verb Agreement” (pgs. 459-465 in WR).


Mar 17-Mar 24 Spring Break; no classes


M 3/26      Discovery Techniques for Essay 2 and Claim Development Strategies.  Peer Critique (to be conducted for homework). Review Sentence Fragments.


W 3/28      Review run-ons (Bell Work #5 & 6 proctored as take-home quiz). Begin The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (pgs. 1-129). Assign guidelines for Essay #3




M 4/2        Continue The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (pgs. 130-end).

Essay 2 Due (20%)


W 4/4        Bell Work #7 (“subject-verb agreement”). Continue Part-Time Indian.   Begin studying “Problems with Pronouns” (pgs. 478-488 in WR).


M 4/9        Part-Time Indian concluded.


W 4/11       Bell Work #8 (“pronoun problems”). Review Sentence Clarity / practice quiz: Sentence Clarity Presentation.


M 4/16       Bell Work #8-9 (“sentence clarity”). Peer Critique (full draft); **Note** you must bring a completed draft to participate; otherwise, you will be dismissed and counted absent for that day.


W 4/18       Last day of class: /course evaluations / discussion of final exam.

Essay 3 due (25%)


Final Exam: In-Class Essay #2 (optional):


11:00-12:20 classes................Monday, Apr 23, 11:00-1:30 pm
2:00-3:20 classes....................Monday, Apr 23, 2:00-4:30 pm


Note well: Grades will be posted to BanWeb following the final exam period. No grades will be distributed via phone or email.