Fall 2004 Tues./Thurs. 2-3:15
Instructor: Lisa Wenger
Phone: 334-5867 (w) or (336) 775-2255 (h)
Mailbox: 133 McIver
Office: 137 McIver
Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11-12:30
An undergraduate survey that introduces and explores elements of the narrative through discussion and written response PREREQUISITE: English 101 and 104
This course will examine the literary elements of fiction. The class will explore narrative with the aim of understanding the stylistic patterns, cultural contexts, and major themes often prevalent in them. Using various critical approaches, we will read and analyze, through writing and discussion, both traditional and contemporary multicultural literature.
On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
? Recognize the various narrative types
? Understand the many literary elements that construct the short story and novel
? Read and interpret various types of literature with specific critical approaches
? Develop evaluative research skills, both library and online sources
? Actively participate in group collaboration and presentations
Charters, Ann. The Story and Its Writer: An Introdcution to Short Fiction. 6th ed.
Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.
Course Pack: CD-Rom
? Aaron: The Little, Brown Essential Handbook for Writers, 3rd edition
? or another such style book that covers grammatical issues and MLA style
This course is graded on a point system, building toward a cumulative total, which is then calculated at the end of the semester into percentage grades.
Freewritings 5 points each
Quizzes 5-10 points each
Discussion Questions 15 points each
Participation 200 points
Literary Analysis 150 points
Group Discussion Lead & Presentation 200 points
Drama Research Paper & Presentation 300 points
You are allowed 2 absences. After the 2nd absence, your grade will be lowered one letter grade for each absence. If you miss more than 4 classes, you will be dropped. For every 3 times you are late to class, you will accumulate 1 absence. If you are late 7 days, your grade will begin to lower. If you are late 13 days, you will be dropped.
Missing due dates: Unless you have a valid reason for missing (i.e. doctor’s note, funeral, etc…), you will get a zero for participation and any quizzes or writings you miss.
Late Papers: Papers will be docked 10% of the final grade for each day they are late. Hence, papers that are 10 days late automatically get a 0.
In any writing class, plagiarism is a great risk. Plagiarism includes the use of the words or ideas of another person or organization without clearly naming the original source. All sources must be credited properly and any use of the original source’s wording must be enclosed in quotation marks. Plagiarism is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy (see student handbook or www.uncg.edu/saf/studiscp/Honor.html). If you have any questions are concerns regarding accidental plagiarism in an assignment, please see me before the paper is due.
The Writing Center:
If you need help with your writing, please take advantage of the Writing Center, located in 101 McIver. The Writing Center is open M-Th, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can contact the Writing Center at 334-3125.
The Speaking Center:
The University Speaking Center, located in 22 McIver, provides students with assistance in speech preparation, delivery, and in developing knowledge and skills in the areas of interpersonal and group communication. The Speaking Center is open M-Th from Noon – 8 p.m. and F from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You can contact the Speaking Center at 256-1346.
If you would like to request accommodations for a disability that could affect your performance in this course, please contact me and/or the office of Disability Services at 334-5440
This syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible to note any such changes.
ENG 105: Introduction to Narrative
Fall 2002 M&W 2-3:15
Note: Readings must be completed by the start of the class period they are listed under
8-17: Class Intro
8-19: Library/Planning Day
8-24: “The Company of Wolves”: pgs 22128 & “Hills Like White Elephants”: pgs 647-50
Handouts: Critical Heuristic & The Elements of Fiction.
8-26: “The Things They Carried”: pgs 1102-16 & “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”: pgs 570-74
8-31: The Metamorphosis: pgs 803-814
9-2: The Metamorphosis: pgs 812-837
Group 1 Meets w/ me & outline due
Week 4 Group 1
Group 2 Meets w/ me & outline due
Week 5 Group 2
Handout: Writing About Fiction
Literary Analysis Assigned
Group 3 Meets w/ me & outline due
Week 6 Group 3
Group 4 Meets w/ me & outline due
Week 7 Group 4
Group 5 Meets w/ me & outline due
Week 8 Group 5
Literary Analysis due
Group 6 Meets w/ me & outline due
10-12: No Class—Fall Break
Week 10 Group 6
Group 7 Meets w/ me & outline due
Week 11 Group 7
Handouts on Documenting and Citing
Literature Research Paper and Presentation Assigned
Group 8 Meets w/ me & outline due
Week 12 Group 8
Group 8 Meets w/ me & outline due
Week 13 Group 9
Literature Research paper proposals due
11-23: No Class—Work on Papers and Presentations
11-25: No Class—Thanksgiving
12-30: Literature Research Presentations
12-2: Literature Research Presentations
Literature Research Papers due
Group Presentations & Discussion Leads
Each group will be required to lead the discussion during a 2 day time period.
1) Preparing a Group Presentation that encompasses research on:
? the work(s) author or authors
? relevant historical/social/economical etc. information as related to the author and/or text
? criticism and arguments about the work
? any other aspects you think might be relevant
? Take a look at the Researching guide for how and where to find research
2) Creating discussion questions and leading the discussions on your readings.
Methods can include:
? group work
? group or class discussions
? planned activities and games
? visual aids such as posters, charts and photos
? anything else you can think of
*NOTE 1: Each group must meet with me the week before your discussion lead/presentation. At this time, your group also must provide an outline encompassing presentation topics, discussion topics/questions and discussion activities.
*Note 2: If you wish to use music and/or videos for your discussion, please let me know in advance so I can get the equipment needed.
You will have time during the first few class periods to work in your groups planning and selecting your readings
ENG 105 Research:
Tips and Guides
Go to: http://library.uncg.edu
1. Library Catalog
? use the Keyword search option to find books on the plays, authors, and theatre
? From the left hand menu of “Electronic Databases by subject (in yellow) click on the link for English, then scroll down the page
? MLA International (Modern Language Association) Bibliography is the best database. However, it does not contain many full text articles. For most articles, you will have to fill out the linked, library form to request either a paper or pdf copy. Generally, it takes less time (2-10) days if you request a pdf copy. However, it does take anywhere from 2-10 days before you get the articles, so be sure to research well in advance.
? Literature Resource Center is a good database that usually contains all sorts of information on both authors and their writings. It is a bit limited, and you may find that there is not a whole lot of information on the author(s) you choose to write on.
? Scribner Writer’s Series database also might be useful
? General databases such as Academic Search Elite and Education Full Text also often have articles on writers and their writings. These databases will also contain articles about theatre as well
? If you keep scrolling through the English Databases, you will find many other databases that you can explore
? Some databases contain abstracts as well as full text articles. Make sure you check the search option for full text articles only when searching the databases, or you will end up with a lot of unusable things.
3. The Internet
? Here, you can often find everything from critical to biographical information on works and writers.
However, be careful because not all Internet sources are credible. Also, Do Not use only web sources for your research. You must include database and/or book sources as well.