About ENGL 1990 OL1

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Asynchronous online

Section Description

Course Description: In this shorter summer version of the class, we’ll read fiction and poetry by African American artists that address national, racial, ethnic and cultural identity, and we’ll explore the relationship between politics and literary arts. Readings and resources will include non-fiction prose and interviews. All our material will enhance our understanding of American authors’ views on family, community, nation, history and the role of art in our culture. Featured writers include W. E. B Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, June Jordan, Nikki Giovanni, Claudia Rankine, Kevin Young, Jericho Brown, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, among others. Required Materials: *Access to a good computer with internet capabilities. *Ability to print out materials for annotation and study, if desired.

Section Expectation

Course Expectations: Students will be expected to: 1. Read through course expectations and track due dates (this course moves quickly). In general, this four-week course is asynchronous daily, meaning there is no particular time during each day when we will meet together, and you can proceed through material when you have time during the day. But there are regular due dates for discussion board posts and writing assignments, so keep an eye on those. 2. Read five “Follow the Trail" online lectures and the associated literature. Respond to Prompts in a Discussion Board for Each. "Follow the Trail" lectures involve reading, listening or watching a series of primary texts and online lectures. These will take a few hours, and you will have a couple of days to complete each “trail.” Take notes as you read (I recommend keeping a Word or Pages or Google Docs file open to jot down thoughts and questions you might bring to the discussion board). 3. Discussion Board: in Brightspace, discussion boards are organized around “Topics.” There will be a “Topic” for each of our Trails. I’ll post a prompt to get each “Topic” started. You can then either “Start a Thread” or “Reply” to a thread within that topic. All posts should be a minimum of 200 words long. When you include quotes from the literature (and you should), do not include that text in the word count. By the end of the class, you should have posted at least twice in each of the five discussion board topics for a total of 10 DB posts. This is how you’ll show that you’re doing the reading and keeping up with the class. 4. Draft Two Short Essays: before we begin drafting final papers, you will have three opportunities to submit a short essay. You should submit two short essays by the beginning of the final week of class. In other words, you can skip one of the due dates. Only two short essays can be submitted by each student. Ideally, your short essays will be expanded revisions of discussion board posts (so those posts can be warm-ups for longer essays). On the course calendar, you’ll see three “Short Essay Opportunities” over the course of our four-week semester. You may want to look at your calendars and plan ahead, knowing that you will skip one of these opportunities entirely. By the time we reach the “final paper drafting” phase of the class (the last three days), you should have submitted two short essays and received feedback. These short essays should be a minimum of 750 words. 5. Draft a Final (Longer) Essay: you’ll revise and expand one of your short essays for a minimum 1200-word final essay.


Grading: Grades will be based on the following percentages: *Discussion Board Posts (a minimum of 10) 30% *Short Essays 20% Each *Final Essay 30%

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