American Literature I – ENGL 201

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A survey from the early Colonial period through the American Renaissance. Two critical papers are required.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

English 201 provides an opportunity for students to explore and analyze some of the more significant works of American literature.  Through studying and writing about the literature, students will discover the connection between historical, philosophical, and religious views expressed by the authors of this period.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. Characterize each period of American Literature from its beginning through Romantic periods.
  2. Examine the works from each period as literary products of their age. 
  3. Analyze works from a diversity of authors, genres, cultures, and historical periods.
  4. Produce perceptive analytical essays, accurately and effectively integrating and documenting the primary text(s) (and secondary sources, if any).
  5. Discuss the unique literary style(s) of authors and draw comparisons among the various authors/texts studied.
  6. Evaluate the varied provenance of American literature from a biblical worldview, particularly its religious, sociopolitical, economic, cultural, and literary derivations.

 

General Education Foundational Skills Learning Outcomes (FSLO)

 

CT 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.

CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.

CT 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.

CT 4: Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.

CT 5: Relate critical thinking and ethics to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 1 classmate’s thread. For Discussion Board Forum 1, the thread must be 250–300 words and the reply must be 200–250 words. For Discussion Board Forum 2, the thread must be 200–250 words and the reply must be 150–200 words. Both the thread and the reply must demonstrate correct, formal writing style. (MLO: 1, 6; CT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Essay 1: The Colonial Period

The student will compose a 750-word critical analysis essay (3–4 pages). The essay must focus on the colonial period of American literature that is covered in the course. The essay must include a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the essay and a correctly documented works cited page. The essay must include two (2) or more secondary, scholarly sources. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis and outline prior to the essay. (MLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; CT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Essay 2: The Age of Reason/Revolutionary Period

The student will compose a 750-word critical analysis essay (3–4 pages) that focuses on the Age of Reason/Revolutionary Period of American Literature covered in the course. The essay must include a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the essay and a correctly documented works cited page. The essay must include two (2) or more secondary, scholarly sources. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis and outline prior to the essay. (MLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; CT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Essay 3: The American Renaissance/Romantic Period

The student will compose a final paper of at least 1,200 words (4–5 pages) that incorporates a minimum of three (3) secondary, scholarly sources. The paper must have a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the paper and a correctly documented works cited page. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis and outline prior to the research paper. (MLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; CT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Pre-Tests (3)

In the module/week before each test, the student will take a pre-test that will help him/her prepare for the subsequent test. Each pre-test will be open-book/open-notes; consist of 20 multiple-choice and true/false; and have a 1-hour time limit. The student may take each pre-test as many times as he/she likes until the due date. The final attempt will be counted toward the final grade. (MLO: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; CT 1, 5)

Tests (3)

The student will take 3 tests. Each test will be open-book/open-notes; consist of 40 multiple-choice, true/false, and reading comprehension questions; and have a 1-hour time limit. Unlike the pre-tests, the student may only take each test once. (MLO: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; CT 1, 5)