English 105-02: Introduction to Narrative
Instructor: Heidi Hanrahan
Class Info: MWF 10:00-10:50
Office Info: Petty 01-G
Mailbox: 133 McIver
Course Summary and Learning Goals:
This course will serve as an introduction to
narrative. Together we will read,
discuss, and write about different narrative texts and conventions. We will learn how to identify and understand
the varied characteristics of narrative literature, learn to apply techniques
of literary analysis to texts, and use literary study to develop skills in
careful reading and clear writing. As a
way into this very broad topic, our primary focus will be on
Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
Tartt, The Secret History
Other texts available via ereserve
1. Reading Assignments: We will do quite a bit of reading in this class, so it is important to keep up with class assignments and take the time to read carefully and thoroughly.
2. Short Writing Assignments/Reading Journal: Often short writing assignments will be given. These should always be neat and typed (double spaced) in a reasonable font (I suggest Times New Roman 12 point). Assignments are due in class and late papers will not be accepted.
3. Reading Quizzes: Regular (and very simple) quizzes will be given to check that students are keeping up with the reading.
4. Participation: Participation in class discussions, combined with regular attendance, is a key to success in this class. Even if you are bit shy, try to speak up and make your opinions and ideas heard. Just as important as speaking, of course, is active and respectful listening. It is important, therefore, to pay attention to class discussion.
5. Formal Paper: You will write 1 longer paper, about 6-7 pages. Specific guidelines for the paper will be given at a later date. Late papers will not be accepted. Failure to turn in a paper on its due date will result in a failing grade in the course.
6. Book Clubs: Throughout the semester, you will work in groups since
this is one of the best ways to learn from each other. I know many
students have strong feelings about group work, but it is an important aspect
of this class, and we will all work to make group time valuable and
enjoyable. For a large part of the semester, you will work in a book club
group, reading a novel together and presenting it to the class. All group
members will be held accountable for what goes on in their time together and I
will regularly monitor the group
7. Class Leadership/Presentation: Once during the semester you will take a turn leading a portion of class discussion. More specific information about this will be given in a separate handout.
Other Items to Note:
Attendance: In this
type of class, attendance is crucial and missed class time cannot be made up.
Therefore, you are allowed THREE absences. Anymore will reduce your grade
by one third a letter grade. More than six absences and you will fail the
class. Additionally, being late to class is rude and disruptive. Don
Email/Internet Access: Please activate your UNCG email account as soon as possible and make sure you can get onto the internet. Email is the best way to get into contact with me. We will communicate important class information over email and perhaps eventually conduct online discussions through Pipeline. Plus, internet access is absolutely necessary for downloading the e-reserve materials.
30% Short Writing Assignments/Reading Notebook
20% Book Club Work
20% Longer Paper
10% Class Leadership/Presentation
Academic Honor: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Please see the section on academic honor in the UNCG Handbook if you have any questions. If you are still unsure about citing something, see me.
The Writing Center: This free resource is available to all UNCG students. You may make an appointment or just drop in to have a one-on-one conference with writing consultants. They can assist you on any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming topics to revising a final paper. The center is located in 101 McIver and is open Mon-Thur. 9-8 and Fri. 9-3.