Introduction to Literature
Schedule of Deadlines and Points

Detailed assignment instructions can be found in the CURRENT ASSIGNMENTS area of the Blackboard virtual classroom. The list and schedule below gives you an overall view of the course, so you may plan your schedule. Deadlines are twice a week, Weds. and Fri., at noon Central Time.

Preview Week: Aug. 24 through 31

Due by the end of the day on Monday, August 31:

  • View the introductory message.
  • Read the communication guidelines
  • Get the textbooks. (2 are required; obtain prior to start date)
  • Read the syllabus.
  • Log into Blackboard (Bb) virtual classroom and complete the quiz to confirm your seat in the course.

Week 1: Aug. 31 through Sept. 4

What Is Literature?

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  • Introduce Yourself on VoiceThread 1 (5 Points)
  • Submit a one-paragraph summary of Ch. 1 (10 points)
  • Create a definition of literature (5 Points)
  • Quiz 1 on Ch. 2 and videos. (25 points)
  • Takeaway/Muddiest Point

Week 2: Sept. 4 though Sept. 11

Reading Poetry As Literature

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Due by Noon on Weds. Sept. 9:

  • Reflection on Definition of Literature (10 Points)
  • Post to the Week 2 Discussion
  • Contribute to the Literary Terms Presentation

Due by Noon on Friday, Sept. 11:

  • Replies on Discussion Posts (20 points, including the initial posts)
  • Take the Literary Terms Quiz 1(20 Points)
  • Sign Up for Presentation Topic

Week 3: Sept. 11 through Sept. 18

Interpreting Figurative Language

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Due by Noon on Weds. Sept. 16:

  • Insight from Last Week (2 points)
  • Guided Reading of "Those Winter Sundays" (5 points)
  • Post a guided reading (25 points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Sept. 18:

  • Example of Figurative Language (2 points)
  • Post an "I Remember You" Poem (25 points)
  • Nominate a Poem for Class to Read

Week 4: Sept. 18 through 25

Interpreting Closed & Open Forms

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Due by Noon on Weds., Sept. 23:

  • Read & Respond to "I Remember You" Poems (5 points)
  • Compose  a Closed Form Nonsense Villanelle (25 points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Sept. 25:

  • Read Essay 1 Guidelines and pick a poem (10 Points)
  • Reflection on Week 3 poem discussion (20 points, which includes points for your group discussion this week)
  • Poetry Presentations research
  • Work on paper (optional worksheet); review literary terms examples.

Week 5: Sept. 25 through Oct. 2

Rough Draft & Poetry Presentations

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Due by Noon on Weds., Sept. 30

  • Reflection on Closed Form Poems (5 points)
  • Quiz on MLA formatting, conventions for incorporating sources (20 points)
  • Rough Draft of Poetry Explication Due

Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 2:

  • Presentation Due on Poetic Topics (100 Points, split)
  • Peer Review of Rough Drafts (no late work accepted) (60 points, combined)

Week 6: Oct. 2 through Oct. 9

Poetry Presentations Due, Poetry Explication Due (Essay 1)

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Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 9:

  • Review Peer Feedback, Revise
  • Review Poetry Presentations (10 points)
  • Final Draft of Poetry Explication Due (200 points)
  • Evaluate Peer Reviews (10 points)

Week 7: Oct. 9 through 16

Intro to Reading and Writing About Drama: A Raisin In The Sun

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Due by Noon on Weds., Oct. 14:

  • Literary Terms Worksheet (15 points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 16:

  • Take the Reading Quiz  on Act 1 (42 Points)

Week 8: Oct. 16 through 23

Reading A Raisin In The Sun: Character, Theme

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Due by Noon on Weds., Oct. 21:

  • Quiz on Act II (22 points)
  • Participate in Group Analysis of the play (2 points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 23:

  • Quiz on Act III (20 points)
  • Review and Reflect on Group Analysis (5 points)

Week 9: Oct. 23 through 30

Character, Plot, Setting in Drama in Clybourne Park

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Due by Noon on Weds., Oct. 28:

  • Post an insight from the supplemental info. (5 points)
  • Create a Bio Cube for Character from Act 1

Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 30:

  • Create a Bio Cube for Character from Act 2. (25 points combined with Act 1 Biocube)
  • Read guidelines for Essay 2; pick a character to analyze. (10 points)

Week 10: Oct. 30 through Nov. 6

Drafting Essay 2

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Due by Noon on Weds., Nov. 4:

  • Outline of Essay 2 due (20 points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Nov. 6:

  • Review Poetry Explication Feedback (5 points)
  • Compose First Draft of Essay 2

Week 11: Nov. 6 through 13

Essay 2 Final Draft Due

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Due by Noon on Friday, Nov. 13:

  • Check Essay for Citations
  • Final draft of Character Analysis Essay (300 points)

Week 12: Nov. 13 through 20

Interpreting Plot and Heros

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Due by Noon on Weds., Nov. 18:

  • Reflect on Character Analysis Essay (2 points)
  • Worksheet on Plot in Short Stories (5 points)
  • Quiz on Terms and Short Story Group A (40 points)
  • Questions for Short Story Group Discussion A

Due by Noon on Friday, Nov. 20:

  • Follow-Up Discussion of Short Story Group A (30 points, combined)
  • Work on Presentation (Optional)
  • Post something about beginnings (2 points)

Week 13: Nov. 21 through 27

Interpreting Literary Theories;

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Note that Thanksgiving occurs at the end of this week.

Due by Noon on Weds., Nov. 25:

  • Review & Post Final Thoughts on Short Story Group A (5 points)
  • Quiz on Theories and Short Story Group B (30 points)
  • Post an insight on Point of View (2 points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Nov. 27:

  • Work on Presentation (Optional)
  • Read Guidelines for Final Course Essay

Week 14: Nov. 27 through Dec. 4

Fiction Presentations

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Due by Noon on Weds., Dec. 2:

  • Presentation on Authors of Fiction Due (100 Points, split)
  • Post a Question on Short Story Group B and C
  • Identify a compelling description in one of the short stories (5 points).

Due by Noon on Friday, Dec. 5:

  • View all presentations and vote for Distinguished Presentation Awards! (20 extra credit points possible here)
  • Pick a short story to focus on for Response Essay (2 points)
  • Follow-up on Discussion (30 points, question/answers combined)

Week 15: Dec. 4 through 15

Final Essay Due

You have an extra weekend this week to complete assignments! Read/View weekly course content. Because this is the final week of regular classes, note the change in deadline.

All late work or "not yet" redo work due. No late work accepted beyond this week's deadline.

Due by Noon on Tuesday, Dec. 15:

  • Final Course Essay Due (200 points)
  • All late or redo coursework.

“It is only through literature that one can put oneself in someone else’s shoes and understand the other’s different and contradictory sides and refrain from becoming too ruthless” (118). Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran.