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ENG 247-81 —Poetry and Drama ( M/W 10-11:47 Hillsdale campus room 13) Instructor: Diana Agy Office: BW 245 Office Phone: 787-0800 ext. 7006 Office Hrs: M W 12-1:30 (Hillsdale campus) +T/Th in WA 12:30-1; 2:30-3; 4:30-5:30; online MW 6-7:30 and by appointment Email: [email protected] Textbooks and Supplies The Compact Bedford Intro. to Drama Poetry by Mike Meyers Course Description “Students are introduced to lyric and dramatic genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of poetry and theater as language performances and literary forms. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation” Prerequisite ENG 131 Course Design: This course is discussion-based and focused on close reading (annotation). You are expected to actively participate in class discussions and activities, complete formal and informal writing assignments, and respond to assigned quizzes. You will be expected to read and write about material that is moderate to difficult in complexity. The subtitle of this course is “American Identity”. You are to consider each author/work in light of this phrase. Whom do they see themselves as? How do they see themselves in light of other people’s views/ politics/ gender/ religion etc…? How does the larger society see these authors, characters, or themes? How do they identify and signify the notion of “American Identity”? Most importantly, how do they relate to you and your experiences in 2009? I will select a variety of readings from our texts that will help us answer some of these questions. Format: The structure of the class is lecture and group work based. To better understand how these pieces relate to our own lives, it is very important that we become familiar with them. This involves reading and discussion. This course is designed to be reading intensive. If you are like me, you might have a hard time reading and might generally forget much of what you have read if you do not engage with the text. Therefore, I will show you ways to engage: annotation, chunking, use of artifacts and historical memorabilia, and life connections. I want this to be an interesting class, and I hope you walk away informed and interested. Please let me know how I can help you in any way; I am looking forward to your wonderful insights and ideas. Performance Objectives: The primary goal of this course is to help you achieve a satisfactory level of skill in reading, writing, and critically thinking about literature. Please note,“The course goal incorporates specific Associate Degree Outcomes (ADO’s) established by the JCC Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty. These goals are in concert with four-year colleges and universities and reflect input from the professional communities we serve. ADO’s guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit, transferability, and professional skills needed in many certification programs. The ADO’s addressed in this course are: ADO 1—Writing Clearly, Concisely, and Intelligibly at the Developing ---close reading and application of annotations in writing form ADO 6—Understanding and appreciating aesthetic experience and artistic creativity—discussion and peer group work You will compose texts that shed light on the meaning of assigned works. To satisfy the expectations stated in ADO 1, you must carefully revise your compositions so that they reflect the conventions of essay-writing. You will be expected to come to class prepared to articulate your response to the writers, the works, the creative choices made by the writers, and the contexts within which they present their works. This engagement will help you meet the expectations stated in ADO 6. This course also addresses specific discipline-related goals. It aims To broaden your knowledge of the authors, literary techniques, genres, and themes of poetry and drama; To help you relate the themes of poetry and drama to contemporary life; To help you become familiar with culturally diverse works of poetry and drama; and To examine the historical and cultural milieu that shaped individual works. GRADING SCALE: 100 pts-- Weekly worksheets: These will be worksheets that will help you read/annotate the texts. These are due the moment you walk in; you are not to work on these during class. I will not accept them after the first 5 minutes of class. More on these later. 100 pts-- Four Quizzes: The four quizzes can be made up of multiple choice, small answer, matching questions or essay questions. 50 pts-- Midterm: This can be a mixture of questions including multiple choice, small answer, matching, and essay. I will let you know a week in advance as to the test style. 100 pts-- Final: This can be a mixture of questions including multiple choice, small answer, matching, and essay. I will let you know a week in advance as to the test style. 50 pts-- Paper: This is a research paper stemming from topics discussed in class. You will draw on your class notebook for potential topics. You will rely only on your annotations for this paper, so it is very important that you practice those annotations during the semester. 100 pts-- Participation: You must be here to participate. I enjoy your contributions and your cool insights into these author’s works. Participation means engaging, responding, contributing to peer work and class discussions. I accept no late work except with hospital or funeral documentation. These must be documented in order to make up the work. Please do not make appointments during class time, and please do not schedule vacations during class time. The work cannot be made up.Attendance: A new federal government regulation makes it necessary for me to keep attendance and to drop students who are not attending class regularly. If you miss two consecutive weeks of class, you will be dropped from the course. If you miss 5 classes at any time during the semester, you will be dropped (before midterm) or will fail the course if the 5th absence occurs after the midway point. Please contact me if you must miss class. Again, you are responsible for all missed classes—you must contact a class member and get class notes. Academic Honesty: Honesty is expected of all students. Any and all acts of academic dishonesty or plagiarism will be reported to the


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