British Literature I Syllabus

Our syllabi are mini-arguments. My syllabus is begins with objectives, moves to a section on realizing those objectives (which demands commitments from both me and my students), and a section on assessing progress toward those objectives. Here’s my breakdown of what my Brit Lit survey syllabus looks like…

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British Literature I Syllabus

Before and After Syllabi: English 402 After

This week I’ve beenĀ posting before and after versions of my syllabi for the courses I’m teaching this semester.

The changes to the syllabus were cosmetic, but I *think* the actual experience of the class will be different. I added two major components to the syllabus: two due-by-the-end-of-the-semester essays and two literary criticism presentations. One essay will be a traditional research essay on the theme of “Coming Home.” The other will be a more elaborate critical exploration of something in 21st Century Culture using the model CS Lewis provides in The Discarded Image. In short, they’re going to practice some Lewis-like criticism. I’ll be spending the rest of the summer trying to figure out what that looks like. The readings basically stayed the same.

Here’s the tale of the tape…

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Before and After Syllabi: English 402 Before

Over the next week, I will be posting before and after versions of my syllabi for the courses I’m teaching this semester.

Every semester I teach one freshman course, two 200-level liberal-arts-core literature surveys, and one upper division course for majors. English 402, Early English Literature, is my upper-division course this year. I only teach it once every two years. I’ve streamlined my syllabi structures since the last time I taught this course, so it’s interesting to go back through what I was doing ca. Fall 2013. It’s been a long time since them days…

Here’s the tale of the tape…

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Before and After Syllabi: English 402 Before

Before and After Syllabi: English 111 After

Over the next week, I will be posting before and after versions of my syllabi for the courses I’m teaching this semester.

I’m sticking with my basic five paper sequence:

1. Personal essay about family

2. Letter to a friend analyzing a college website

3. Report submitted to the Dean of Students about a proposed student forum

4. A “My Turn” Essay

5. An Open Letter

The big changes? I’m moving up the peer review/draft workshop days earlier in each unit’s sequence to facilitate quicker drafting and revision. I’ll also provide more pointed prompts for the Weekly Letters I assign (my equivalent of daily writing) and try to use that writing more to more accurately gauge student progress. Here’s the new syllabus…

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Before and After Syllabi: English 111 After

Before and After Syllabi: English 111 Before

Over the next week, I will be posting before and after versions of my syllabi for the courses I’m teaching this semester.

English 111 is an intro writing course. The goal is to not only help students improve their reading comprehension and analysis skills, but give them tools to convey that analysis in writing. You can see the specific paper prompts I used in this course here. Here’s what the syllabus looked like last fall…
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