OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE Professor’s Syllabus Professor Randy B. Monroe English 222--Native American Literature Catalog Description: This course traces the evolution of Native American writing from its origins in the oral tradition to its varied expression in modern fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The course will examine the ways in which world view, cosmology, myth, and symbol are interwoven to create the rich fabric of Native American storytelling. The writings will be studied in their cultural context as well as for elements of content, structure, style, and meaning. Prerequisite: ENGL 151 Semester: Spring 2011 Office Location: Room 218 W. Kable Russell Building Phone: 732 255-0400 ext. 2204 E-Mail: [email protected] or [email protected] Office Hours: 9:30-10:45 MTh; 1:00-1:50 TF To arrange a meeting with your instructor in addition to the regularly scheduled office hours, please contact your instructor directly or contact the Department of English. Phone 732-255-0375. E-Mail: [email protected] Required Texts : Native American Literature, LaWana Trout; Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie; The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday General Education Goals: Goal 1a—To use critical and logical methods of thinking Goal 1c—To demonstrate skills in inductive, deductive, and analogous reasoning Goal 2—To develop the ability to communicate effectively through reading, listening, speaking writing. Goal 3—To develop the ability to solve problems by collecting, organizing, and evaluating information. Goal 6—To develop an understanding of the aesthetic and intellectual experience of literature and the arts and to appreciate creative expression. Goal 13—To foster the curiosity, creativity, and desire to become autonomous learners for life. Student Learning Objectives: In English 152, students will achieve the following course learning objectives: --Develop reading, listening, and speaking skills. --Read a variety of works and demonstrate through writing and speaking the ability to analyze those works from various critical perspectives --Consider how their own beliefs and intellectual assumptions affect their reactions Page Two Learning Objectives (Cont.) to and interpretations of the literature--Understand the cultural forces affecting Native American peoples and how those forces have been reflected in their writing--View Native American literature within the broader framework of American literature, identifying points of convergence and divergence. Course Standards: 1. Due dates for papers are somewhat flexible, but from time to time I will set a final date for various assignments. No papers will be accepted after that date, and incomplete work will receive a zero grade. At my option, D and F papers may be rewritten. 2. Missed quizzes/tests/responses must be made up within the following two classes (outside of class time, if necessary. Certain specified classroom activities may not be made up. 3. Papers may be handwritten on standard white notebook paper. Word processing is encouraged, however. All papers handed in should be identified with your name, the date, and some notation of the assignment. Typed work is double-spaced. 4. No student may withdraw after 60% of the course is complete without receiving a letter grade (based upon work completed at time of withdrawal). 5. Class participation is expected and may take the form of group activities, individual board work, general class discussions. Attendance Policy: Regular attendance is required. Anyone missing more than four (4) classes for any reason other than verified college activities will be withdrawn from the course (W grade prior to cut-off date; letter grade, including F, thereafter). Please note that other than the exception noted above, there are no excused absences. Grading Scale: A=90-100; B+=88-89; B=80-88; C+=78-79; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=59 or below. Course Outline: I. Historical background 2. Image and Identity 3. The Spirit World 4. Sherman Alexie 5. N. Scott Momaday 6. Leslie Silko 7. Other major writers (as time allows) Plagiarism Policy: Plagiarism is the use of another writer’s words or ideas without disclosure of the source, or failure to adequately change the original language of a source. Failure to disclose sources, or to present another’s words as one’s own, may result in a charge of plagiarism and subsequent failure for a given assignment (zero grade). See the current student handbook-planner, Time Well Spent, for an explanation of Plagiarism Policy #5180. Page Three Classroom Behavior/Civility: Appropriate classroom behavior is expected. This goes beyond simply not being disruptive and refers also to the fact that time allotted for work will be spent doing that work. If I feel you are not behaving appropriately, you will be asked to leave and an absence will be recorded. You will not be readmitted to class until I am satisfied that a resolution to the problem has been reached. Repeated tardiness is unacceptable and will be equated to absences on a 3 to 1 basis. Cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices may not be used except with my explicit permission. Evaluation of Student Performance(Grading): I use numerical rather than letter grades on assignments, in the form of a fraction, such as 85/100, 9/10, etc. Zero scores are assigned for incomplete or plagiarized assignments. Three standard compositions (750 words each on Alexie, Momaday, Silko books): 75% Group/Individual Research Project: 10% Response Questions/Quizzes/Participation 15% Campus Resources and Services: Tutoring is available in the Writing Center for writing assignments is all subject areas, not just English, and also in the Mathematic Tutoring Center. Tutoring information for all other subjects can be found on the Tutoring page on the college website. In addition, Study Strategy Seminars are scheduled each week and are posted on the college website under “Academics.” More information on college services can be found by using the A-Z index on the college website. Statement of Accommodation: If there is any student in this class who has special needs because of learning disabilities or other kinds of disabilities, please feel free to discuss this with me or a staff member in the Center for Academic Excellence. Disclaimer: Individual faculty members may make reasonable changes to this course outline exclusive of course requirements, course calendar, and grading procedures. All individuals should not assume that anything received, sent, or stored in this course or in any course is private. Students’ written work, assignments, and test results may be used anonymously for college assessment purposes. Course content, support materials, and communications (including chats, discussions, emails, and any other forms of communication) may be used for quality assurance purposes by authorized college administrators. Important Note: Ocean Cruiser is the official email communication for students at OCC ([email protected]). Ocean Cruiser may also be used for posting class materials to be used by students. Failure to pay for this course may result in your being dropped for non-payment.