District Syllabus
American Literature From 1870

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: ENC1102 English Composition II with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: Selected American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Meets A.A. general education Category II. A writing emphasis course.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Perkins & Perkins. The American Tradition in Literature, 12th ed., McGraw Hill, Copyright 2009, 2009. ISBN: 0077239059
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I.  Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate the validity of their 
own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing the results into the creative process.  To that end, 
they will:
     A.	Evaluate text, making logical judgments and reaching valid  
         conclusions from readings.
     B.	Consciously raise appropriate questions about authors’
     C.	Apply understanding and knowledge by extending the literary 
         discussion into the real world of contemporary issues.
II.  Communication: Students will develop effective reading, writing, 
speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and nonverbally 
on literal and figurative levels. To that end, they will:
     B.	Discuss ideas in speech and writing, with civility and  
         respect for opposing viewpoints.
     C.	Read and discuss works of fiction and nonfiction, 
         recognizing and comprehending literal and inferred content. 
     D.	Organize coherent and meaningful written responses to
         reading assignments.

V.  Cultural Literacy:  Students will develop an appreciation of 
human culture and its diversity and the role of the creative arts in 
society.  To that end, students will:
     A.	Understand the value of literature as art.
     B.	Recognize the role of creativity and the imagination in
         literature and other writing.
     C.	Critically analyze, in discussion and writing, literature
         as a reflection of history, culture, diverse societies and a 
         variety of world views.

Major Learning Outcomes:
1.  Ability to analyze and interpret assigned literary works.
2.  Competence in writing critical essays on literature.
3.  Development of intellectual curiosity about literature.
4.  Recognition of universal concepts in assigned literature and
    awareness of their relevance to our lives.
Course Learning Outcomes:
During this course, students will demonstrate ability to:
  1. Use selected literary terms in oral and written discussion of literature.
  2. Choose and apply appropriate rhetorical strategies in formal essays.
  3. Produce fully developed, coherent multi-paragraph essays on literary topics.
  4. Analyze selected works using critical reading skills.
  5. Express convincing interpretations of selected literature.
  6. Make logical connections between literature and life experiences.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, with the policies of the college and the department. Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
  1. Writing which includes critical essays and which may also include reader’s journals and documented reports based upon independent research.
  2. Oral participation which may range from participation in class discussion to formal oral presentations.
  3. Unit tests, objective and/or essay, and a final exam.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
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Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.