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The course is divided into three units: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Eighteenth Century.
Each unit consists of six lessons. In one of the lessons in each unit you will be asked to write a literary analysis paper (500-750 words) which you will submit for a grade. The other lessons include: 1) a Self Check consisting of a self-evaluated spot quote analysis, and 2) a Speedback test consisting of multiple choice and true-false questions; these are open-book. While each unit’s homework quiz and the final exam are designed to test your mastery of the material for that unit, the final exam for unit three includes an essay question that requires you to synthesize material from the previous units. The two homework quizzes and the final exam consist of a series of 10 spot quotes from the reading assignments, of which you will be required to respond to 7, and an essay question. The final exam will include the additional essay question mentioned above. Please note that the final is administered by a proctor and is closed book and closed notes and there is no time limit.
In a nutshell, then, the course requires you to write three literary analysis papers, take two homework quizzes, the final exam, and complete fifteen Speedback assignments.
A note about spot quotes on the exam: I realize that an exam that requires you to recall quotes from the dozens of texts you will be studying may seem daunting. Let me try to put your mind at ease. First, I’m not going to choose obscure passages. My goal isn’t to try to trick you. I generally choose quotes that relate to the major themes and issues in the text and that tie into the study questions I provide in each lesson. Second, accurately identifying the text from which a quote comes only accounts for 10 percent of the points. The other 90 percent is awarded on the basis of your analysis and commentary regarding the quote’s significance. If you misidentify the quote but offer insightful analysis, you could still receive 90 out of 100%. Third, I require you to respond to only 7 of 10 quotes on the homework quizzes and final exam. My guess is that you will probably be able to identify at least 7. Finally, this doesn’t require you to memorize individual works. However, you will want to pay attention to whether a work is in poetry or prose and the individual styles and tendencies of each author and work. You might note, for example, that Milton’s Paradise Lost is written in blank verse while Pope’s The Rape of the Lock is in heroic couplets.
|Lesson Titles and Assignments|
|Unit One||The Middle Ages (ca. 450-1485)|
|Lesson 1||Celtic/Roman Britain||Assignment|
|Lesson 2||Anglo-Saxon [Old English]||Unit One Essay|
|Lesson 4||14th and 15th Centuries||Assignment|
|Lesson 5||Medieval Drama||Assignment|
|Lesson 6||Medieval Mysticism||Assignment|
|Lesson 7||Homework Quiz One||Quiz|
|Unit 2||The Renaissance/Early Modern Period (1485-1660)|
|Lesson 8||Renaissance Humanism and the Reformation||Assignment|
|Lesson 9||The Elizabethan Era||Assignment|
|Lesson 10||The Elizabethan Theater||Assignment|
|Lesson 11||Lyrics and Sonnets||Assignment|
|Lesson 12||Metaphysical Poetry, the Cavalier Poets, Early Modern Women Writers||Unit Two Essay|
|Lesson 13||The Revolutionary Era||Assignment|
|Lesson 14||Homework Quiz Two||Quiz|
|Unit 3||The Restoration and 18th Century (1660-1785)|
|Lesson 16||A Great Age of Satire||Assignment|
|Lesson 17||The Restoration and 18th Century Theater||Assignment|
|Lesson 18||Readership, Print Culture, the Periodical Essay, and Prose Fiction||Assignment|
|Lesson 19||The Novel and Robinson Crusoe||Unit Three Essay|
|Lesson 20||The Age of Sensibility||Assignment|
You will submit your completed unit essays electronically. To make sure that I can open and read your papers, and that they retain the formatting you put into it, please save each file as a Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX.
The final exam will consist of a series of 10 spot quotes from the reading assignments, of which you will be required to respond to 7, and two essay questions, one of which will require you to synthesize material from all three units. The final is administered by a proctor and is closed book and closed notes and there is no time limit.
A note about spot quotes on the exam: I realize that an exam that requires you to recall quotes from the dozens of texts you will be studying may seem daunting. Let me try to put your mind at ease. First, I’m not going to choose obscure passages. My goal isn’t to try to trick you. I generally choose quotes that relate to the major themes and issues in the text and that tie into the study questions I provide in each lesson. Second, accurately identifying the text from which a quote comes only accounts for 10 percent of the points. The other 90 percent is awarded on the basis of your analysis and commentary regarding the quote’s significance. If you misidentify the quote but offer insightful analysis, you could still receive 90 out of 100%. Third, I require you to respond to only 7 of 10 quotes on the homework quizzes and final exam. My guess is that you will probably be able to identify at least 7.
Finally, this doesn’t require you to memorize individual works. However, you will want to pay attention to whether a work is in poetry or prose and the individual styles and tendencies of each author and work. You might note, for example, that Milton’s Paradise Lost is written in blank verse while Pope’s The Rape of the Lock is in heroic couplets.
|Graded Assignments||Each is worth . . .||Total|
|15 Lesson assignments||2% of your grade||30%|
|3 Literary analysis papers||10% of your grade||30%|
|Unit 1 Homework quiz||10% of your grade||10%|
|Unit 2 Homework quiz||10% of your grade||10%|
|Unit 3 Final exam||20% of your grade||20%|
Your final grade will be determined according to the following scale:
|A||100 – 94|
|A-||93 – 90|
|B+||89 – 87|
|B||86 – 83|
|B-||82 – 80|
|C+||79 – 77|
|C||76 – 73|
|C-||72 – 70|
|D+||69 – 67|
|D||66 – 63|
|D-||62 – 60|
|E||59 or below|
To successfully complete the course, I encourage you to carefully read each lesson and the required reading assignments, making meaningful annotations as you go. Before submitting any of the literary analysis papers, I would suggest following a rigorous process of writing and rewriting; that is, develop a draft, perhaps let it sit for several days, solicit feedback from a trusted reader, and revise, revise, revise (I’ve included some additional writing tips with the first writing assignment).
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