Syllabus for LIT-302
ADVANCED AMERICAN LITERATURE II
This upper-level course is an in-depth study of American literature beginning with the regional realism of the late nineteenth century and ending with the literature of the sixties counterculture and the continuing search for identity in literature today. Well-known writers are included as well as significant writers who are less often studied. The course involves analysis of texts and synthesis of readings as well as a significant amount of writing. Students write a documented research paper as a capstone project.
Through the www.learner.org site, students have searchable access to an online archive of nearly 3,000 primary-source documents including visual art, newspaper articles, musical recordings, photos, and sound files. The syllabus directs students to use this site.
Note: This is an upper-level literature course. Incoming students are expected to be familiar with the vocabulary and conventions of literary analysis as well as the correct use of MLA style documentation. Before enrolling in an upper-level literature course, students are strongly encouraged to complete English Composition II and one other introductory literature course.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
American Passages: A Literary Survey, 9 half-hour programs produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting in association with the American Studies Crossroads Project of the American Studies Association
The video programs are being offered via streaming video technology through this course site. Each activity will include the necessary links for accessing the video stream.
The Norton Anthology of American Literature was revised in 2007, but the American Passages video series and accompanying study guide were not. Therefore, some of the works of literature mentioned in the videos and study guide are no longer included in the Norton Anthology. Where they are available in online format, students will be directed to them. In other cases you will read a different work of literature in place of the missing work. If you are particularly interested in a work of literature that is not in the current anthology, consult a library or bookstore to locate the work.
Advanced American Literature II is a three-credit online course, consisting of eight modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, online discussions, reflective journals, and written activities. The course requires you to complete four written activities and to submit a final paper. You are also required to participate in ten graded online discussions and an ungraded "Introductions" forum. In addition, after each set of readings, you will write about what you read in a reflective journal and submit your efforts to your mentor. Each week in the semester begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written activities, complete a reflective journal, and complete a final paper. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum, Advanced American Literature II requires you to participate in ten graded class discussions.
Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.
You will be evaluated both on the quality of your responses (i.e., your understanding of readings, and concepts as demonstrated by well-articulated, critical thinking) and quantity of your participation (i.e., the number of times you participate meaningfully in the assigned forums). Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.
Meaningful participation in online discussions is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. (See Tone, Diction, and Style under WRITTEN ACTIVITIES for more information.)
In this course you have access to approximately 3,000 primary-source documents through the American Passages Online Archive. The site includes historical and cultural artifacts such as visual art, newspaper articles, musical recordings, diaries, and maps. In each module, this course site will suggest consulting the archive for specific items. However, the Study Guide is filled with additional references to the archive. Although viewing of material from the archive and its inclusion in activities is not required, students are encouraged to use the archive to enrich their learning experience.
Each module contains a set of references to the archive. You can click on the link in the table provided in order to access the archive document. As noted in the second point below, you may be taken to the legal policy page. Read the material on this screen, and if you agree click "Yes." Then you will be taken to the document.
To search the archive on your own, do the following:
You are required to complete four written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with the Activity Modules area of the course Web site, and read through the written activity questions before you begin the reading for that activity.
Your answers to the activity questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the readings and concepts. They should also adequately answer the questions posed. If you need help in writing, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Also, formulate responses in your own words. Do not merely copy answers from your reading materials. When quoting or paraphrasing from the text or other sources, be sure to cite the source of information properly according to MLA or APA guidelines (see also Basic Documentation Rules). However, your mentor will guide you in accordance with the correct style of documentation.
Your written activities should be approached in a quite different way from your responses to the online discussion topics. Written activities should be formal academic papers. This means, among other things, that you should write in third person, avoid informal diction or spelling, avoid contractions, proofread carefully, and use MLA-style parenthetical documentation to identify your sources.
The online discussions, on the other hand, much like live classroom discussions, are meant to be a more informal give-and-take. You may use first person (stating, for example, "I liked," "What struck me," etc.). Your discussion board responses will be similar to a conversation and may include contractions and less formal diction. Remember however, that while you may be somewhat informal, you should still write in Standard English and proofread your post before hitting "Submit."
The University's policy on plagiarism is included in the University Catalog and in the Online Student Handbook. See Academic Integrity for a detailed explanation of this policy.
This course includes some of the most widely read and assigned works of literature; therefore numerous essays and papers have been written about them and many are available on the Internet. The temptation to plagiarize can be very strong. Please read the policy and ask questions if you need clarification or guidance regarding possible plagiarism.
There is no midterm or final proctored examination in this course. An 18- to 20-page paper, described below, acts as your final assessment and is worth 50 percent of your grade. You will begin work on this paper early in the course, choosing a topic, submitting an outline, and submitting an abstract and list of major works cited. You must complete the writing of the paper and submit it to your mentor by the last day of the semester.
As stated, the paper is worth 50 percent of your grade. You will receive credit for submitting each of the intermediate steps (topic, outline, abstract and works cited); each is worth 2.5 percent of your total grade. Your grade on the paper, therefore, counts toward 42.5 percent of your final grade.
Your final paper should be 18 to 20 pages in length. You will find instructions in the Final Project area of the course site. You may want to look over them now, so that you can begin the course with a good idea of what your final assessment will require. You will choose any one author or work and show how the individual or the work relates to the totality of American literature.
Your final assessment should be well developed and should convey your understanding of readings and concepts, as well as answer the question adequately. It should be organized, coherent, and unified; it should also be free of spelling and grammatical errors. If you need help in writing such a paper, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
When quoting or paraphrasing from the text or other sources, be sure to cite the source of information properly according to MLA guidelines (see also Basic Documentation Rules). Your mentor will be able to guide you in accordance with this style of documentation.
You are required to submit the final project in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.
Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin FAQ Web Page
Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
Possible sanctions include:
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