English 2 Critical Analysis and intermediate Composition

Catalog Description  This course helps students develop their critical thinking and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 1. The course emphasizes the application of logical reasoning, analysis, and strategies of argumentation in critical thinking and writing, using literature (both fiction and non-fiction) and literary criticism as subject matter.

Course Objectives English 2 teaches students to analyze, interpret, and examine the three genres of literature: poetry, drama, and fiction. We will examine elements such as structure, character, point of view, style, tone, symbol, and theme. We will apply critical perspectives to the literary texts to foster critical thinking skills.

Reading is a crucial aspect of university life. You should read the material before class. Read the text carefully, highlighting passages you find persuasive, interesting, or even confusing. Write your questions regarding the text down and bring them to class for discussion. The more time you spend reading, re-reading, asking questions, and writing reactions, the more your academic life will be enhanced and enriched.   "We...write [and read] to heighten our own awareness of life...We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in the retrospection...We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it..." Anais Nin.

Required Texts

Meyer, Michael. Ed. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature 7th Ed. Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006.

Novel: TBA

Course Requirements
5 Academic Essays including a Final essay exam. Quizes and Homework Questions.
All papers must be typed, double-spaced, with MLA documentation.

Attendance and Participation  Regular attendance and participation is expected. SMC policy allows three hours of unexcused absence. After three hours you may be dropped from the course, or receive a lower final grade. 
Due dates Late papers will receive lower grades. Papers over a week late will not be accepted. If you need an extension on a due date, contact me before the paper is due.
If you are having difficulty with an assignment, please do not hesitate to call me. Do not wait until the paper is due to call. I am here to help.
Class Decorum:  Please turn off pagers and cell phones before entering class. If you must come in late, walk in quietly; try not to disrupt the class already in session.

Grading (tentative)

Essays  15% each 60%
Final essay exam 20%
Quizzes, writing responses, Participation  20%
Total 100%

Plagiarism is defined as using another person's ideas, language, or thoughts as if they are your own. It is a serious offense and will be dealt with severely; you could fail the assignment and/or possibly the course. You may be reported to the Dean, or possibly suspended from the University.

  (subject to change)                      

Week 1
Course Introduction: Introduction to the Short Story.  Read "Plot" and In Class Writing.  
Homework: Plot: p. 63-72. Setting-- the Moths p. 168-172, Character -- 104-109. Saving Sourdi p. 110-122.

Plot/point of View: p. 173-178 William Faulkner "A Rose for Emily" p. 80-88. Theme: p. 239-242. % Dagoberto Gilb "Love in LA". p. 256-258.                     

Week 2    Read: Handout on Elements of Fiction and  Ernest Hemingway "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place".        

Week 3     
Discuss:common writing errors.   Papers assigned.  

Week 4        Papers Due.
Read for next class: Othello

Week 5    Poetry     

Week 6        
Discuss Drama.

Week 7         
Drama Discuss Othello.   Handout: Aristotle’s Definition of tragedy.         

Week 8           
Handout  Drama Paper #3: 4-5 pgs

Week 9        
Drama Paper due

Week 10            
Peer-discussion groups will create flowcharts for characters, theme, and plot for all stories.

Week 11         

Read Novel.

Week 12           Paper #4 Due in class.   Discuss Novel
 Finish reading.

Week 13          

Week 14      

Week 15     Discuss. Discuss Final Exam.

Final Exam.  Short answer and essay questions on novel. 
  Bring Blue Book