Reading -don’t overdo it -fewer novels, more stories/poems/short-form works -think what is reasonable to read from one class to the next (balance – 50 pages?) Theme -pick something that will interest the students and be accessible to them -pick a theme that aids in constructing assignments -(The monster in ____ is a metaphor for ____). Assignments -re-visit the “college paper” over and over -it is a writing class as much (if not more) than a literature course; instruction there is useful -I found it helpful to have the students write the “same” paper several times -RECOMMEND: several (4) shorter papers (3-4 pages) and one longer final paper (5-6 pages) Expectations -focus on growth in two key areas (writing analysis and critical reading) -don’t overwhelm the students (perhaps no critical research or presentations) -do other things together (we would read critical research as a class, discuss it, and students would use that for their final paper) -teach students how to write good papers (like how to use quotes from research, how to set up an analytical body paragraph [EEE], etc.) -even if they learned something in 108, don’t expect them to remember how to do it (review, not redo)
Remember, the class adheres to the WI program guidelines!