English 1053: Honors Composition II

Instructor:

 

Carl Brucker

Phone:

 

(479) 968-0484

Office Hours:

 

MWF: 12-3; TR: 9-12, 1-3

E-mail Address:
  cbrucker@atu.edu
 
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Required Text

Brautigan, Richard, Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar. ISBN 0-395-50076-1
Calvino, Italo. The Nonexistent Knight and The Cloven Viscount. Harvest. ISBN: 0-156-65975-1
Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat's Cradle. Dial Press. ISBN: 0-385-33348-1.

  Note: Many of the required readings in this course will be available from links on this online syllabus.
  Note:This syllabus is a work in progress that will be changed fequently.


Weekly Assignment Schedule

Week One : Writing Theory
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Mon
Jan12

Introduction

Wed
Jan14
Presentation: What is Writing?
Fri
Jan16
Presentation: The Writing Process

Week Two : More Writing Theory
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Wed
Jan 21

Presentation: Cognition, Seeing, and Writing
Log on to Blackboard and post a response of at least 150 words to one of the Assignment 1 prompts on the Discussion Board by Sunday, January 25. No more than 6 students may post to any single prompt. To view all of the photos used in this forum on one page click here.

Fri
Jan 23

Read: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Presentation:
Rhetoric and Writing

Week Three : Fiction
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Mon
Jan 26

Presentation: Linguistics and Writing
Ratings Assignment Explanation

Wed
Jan 28
Presentation: Introduction to Fiction
Presentation: Kurt Vonnegut Biography
Ratings for Assignment 1 responses due
Fri
Jan 30
Read: Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle, chs. 1-42, pp. 1-92.
Read: Herman Melville Moby-Dick, ch. 1 "Loomings"
Read: "The Book of Jonah" from the Harper's Bible Dictionary
Presentation: Cat's Cradle as Metafiction
Topics for Essay #1

Week Four : Fiction
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Mon
Feb 2

Read: Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle chs. 43-93, pp. 92-201
Presentation: Cat's Cradle as Social Commentary

Wed
Feb 4
Read: Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle chs. 94-127, pp. 201-287
Presentation: Bokonist Words
Fri
Feb 6
Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle
First Draft of Essay # 1 due

Presentation: Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove
Week Five : Fiction
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Mon
Feb 9

Video: Dr. Strangelove
Essay # 1 conferences

Tues
Feb 10
Essay # 1 conferences
Wed
Feb 11
Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove
Log on to Blackboard and post a response of at least 150 words to one of the Assignment 2 prompts on the Discussion Board by Sunday, February 15. No more than 6 students may post to any single prompt.

Fri
Feb 13
Read: Italo Calvino's The Nonexistent Knight, chs. 1-7, pp. 1-86
Presentation: Italo Calvino
Sun
Feb 15
Discussion Board Assignment 2 due
Week Six : Fiction
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Mon
Feb 16

Read: Italo Calvino's The Nonexistent Knight, chs. 8-12, pp. 87-141
Ratings Assignment Explanation
Essay # 1 due

Wed
Feb 18

Read: Italo Calvino's The Cloven Viscount, chs. 1-6, pp. 145-201
Presentation: Philosophical and Literary Terms
Ratings for Assignment 2 responses due
Log on to Blackboard and post a response of at least 150 words to one of the Assignment 3 prompts on the Discussion Board by Sunday, February 22. No more than 6 students may post to any single prompt.

Fri
Feb 20
Read: Italo Calvino's The Cloven Viscount, chs. 7-10, pp. 202-246
Sun
Feb 22
Discussion Board Assignment 3 due

Week Seven : Fiction
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Mon
Feb 23

Read: Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, pp. 1-47; Ernest Hemingway, "The Big Two-Hearted River."
Presentation: Richard Brautigan
Ratings Assignment Explanation
Wed
Feb 25
Read: Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, pp. 48-85; Henry David Thoreau "Where I Lived and What I Lived For" from Walden.
Presentation: Thoreau Quotations
Log on
to Blackboard and post a response of at least 150 words to one of the Assignment 4 prompts on the Discussion Board by Sunday, February 29. No more than 6 students may post to any single prompt.

Ratings for Assignment 3 responses due
Fri
Feb 27
Read: Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, pp. 86-112
Sun
Feb 29
Discussion Board Assignment 4 due
Week Eight : Poetry
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Mon
Mar 2

Presentations: Introduction to Poetry; Found Poems; Oscar Mayer; Angel Baby; Fun, Fun, Fun;
Landlocked Blues
Ratings Assignment Explanation

Wed
Mar 4
Read: Robert Frost. "The Road Not Taken" and "Desert Places"; Emily Dickinson "I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died."
Ratings for Assignment 4 responses due
Fri
Mar 6
Topics for Essay # 2
Week Nine : Poetry
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Mon
Mar 9

Read: Walt Whitman, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"; "I Saw in Lousiana a Live-Oak Growing"; Edna St. Vincent Millay "I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently"
Wed
Mar 11
Read: e. e. cummings "anyone lived in a pretty how town" and "next to of course god america i"; Robert Lowell "For the Union Dead"; Herman Melville "A Utilitarian View of the Monitor's Fight".
Fri
Mar 13
Read: Richard Brautigan's The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster
First draft of Essay # 2 due
Week Ten : Poetry
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Mon
Mar 16

Read: Richard Brautigan's The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster
Essay # 2 Conferences

Tues
Mar 17
Essay # 2 Conferences
Wed
Mar 18
Read: Michael Karl Ritchie's poems Spaceship and Robot
Play
: with the interactive versions of Michael Karl Ritchie's poems Spaceship and Robot.
Log on
to Blackboard and post a response of at least 150 words to one of the Assignment 5 prompts on the Discussion Board by Sunday, March 22. No more than 6 students may post to any single prompt.

Fri
Mar 20
Visit by Dr. Michael Karl Ritchie
Sun
Mar 22
Discussion Board Assignment 5 due
Spring Break
Week Eleven: Drama
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Mon
Mar 30

Presentation: Introduction to Drama
Presentation: Amiri Baraka
Ratings Assignment Explanation

Wed
Apr 1

Read: Amiri Baraka's Dutchman
Log on to Blackboard and post a response of at least 150 words to one of the Forum 6 prompts on the Discussion Board by Wednesday, April 8. No more than 6 students may post to any single prompt.
Essay # 2 due
Ratings for Assignment 5 responses due

Fri
Apr 3
Film: Dutchman

Week Twelve: Drama
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Mon
Apr 6

Amiri Baraka's Dutchman
Ratings Assignment Explanation

Wed
Apr 8

Read: Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire Scenes 1-6
Presentation: Tennesee Williams
Discussion Board Assignment 6 due

Fri
Apr 10

Read: Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire Scenes 7-11
Topics for Essay # 3
Ratings for Assignment 6 responses due

Week Thirteen: Drama
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Mon
Apr 13

Read: Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire

Wed
Apr 15
Read: Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire
Fri
Apr 17
Read: Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire
Presentation: Introduction to Film
First Draft of Essay # 3 due
Week Fourteen: Film
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Mon
Apr 20
Film: Crash
Essay # 3 Conferences
Tues
Apr 21
Essay # 3 Conferences
Wed
Apr 22
Film: Crash
Read: Crash Handout
Fri
Apr 24
Film: Crash
Week Fifteen: Group Projects
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Mon
Apr 27
Film: Crash
Topics for Group Project
Essay # 3 due
Wed
Apr 29
Workshop on Group Project
Fri
May 1
Workshop on Group Project
Review Week
Mon
May 4
Workshop on Group Project
Final

Mon
May 11

Final Examination 8-10:30 a.m.
Final Group Project due
Grade Computation

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Total

6
Discussion Board Responses
25 points

150

30%
3

Essays

100 points
300
60%
1
Final Group Project
50 points
50
10%
   
500
100%

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updated: April 22, 2009