1.0 Credit

To help students understand the importance of historic context in literary analysis.

To expose students to a variety of literary genres to further their appreciation of literature.

To develop students’ vocabulary-building skills through the use of context clues and word origin/structure analysis.

To help students recognize and understand the use of a variety of literary elements (terms and techniques).

To enable students to respond to literature in a way that reflects intelligent and thoughtful analysis.

To develop students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills so that they may function effectively in any course at university level.

To provide a wide range of learning opportunities, including daily and longer-term projects, in order that students of all ability levels may be able to reach their respective potentials and be successful.

To foster a classroom atmosphere that emphasizes the importance of respect for others’ opinions, beliefs and ways of being

• The student will review and practice grammar and punctuation.
• The student will develop vocabulary. • The student will practice different types of essay writing.
• The student will read critically, informatively, and for pleasure.

Reading literature and informational texts:
• vocabulary
• poetry
• short stories
• epics: The Odyssey and Beowulf
• drama: Macbeth, Oedipus Rex and Antigone
• novel: The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, and The Awakening
• non-fiction essays and speeches

• sentence structure
• literary anaylsis essay
• research-based essay

Speaking and Listening:
• novel: Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein
• non-fiction essays

• sentence structure
• creative writing
• analysis essays

Speaking and Listening:
• presentations

Language Usage:
• writing and editing strategies parts of speech


1- Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Course Description
3- Understanding Plagiarism
4- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest
5- MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
6- MLA Documentation updates
7- MLA Citation
8- MLA Incorporating Sources
9- Writing about Literature

2- Parts of Speech Review
1- Nouns
2- Count & Non-Count Nouns
3- Either Count/Non-Count
4- Much & Many Rule
5- Verbs
6- Verb Tense
7- Adverbs
8- Adjectives
9- Pronouns
10- Conjunctions
11- Prepositions
12- Interjections
Worksheet: Parts of Speech Worksheet
Quiz: Parts of Speech

3- Sentence Structure
1- The Simple Sentence
2- The Compound Sentence
3- Special Cases
4- The Complex Sentence

4- Sentence Patterns
1- Sentence Construction
2- Appositives
3- Independent and Dependent Clauses
4- Improving Sentence Clarity
5- Avoid overusing noun forms of verbs
6- Avoid unclear pronoun references
7- Run-ons – Comma Splices
8- Sentence Fragments
9- Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
Worksheet: Sentence Fragments
Quiz: Sentence Patterns

5- Subject/Verb Agreement
1- Subject/Verb Agreement
2- “Who,” “which,” and “that”
3- Parenthetical phrases
4- Rules
5- Unacceptable/Acceptable
6- Basic Rule of Grammar
Quiz: Subject/Verb Agreement

6- Ancient Epics
1- Tradition of Epic Heros
Handout: Epic Heroes
Handout: Hero’s Journey
2- Background: Trojan War
3- Homer
4- The Odyssey
Worksheet: Odyssey Online’s Greece
5- Books 1-8
Worksheet: Odyssey Books 1-8
6- Books 9-16
Worksheet: Odyssey Books 9-16
7- Books 17-24
Worksheet: Odyssey Books 17-24
Quiz: Homeric Similies
8- Homeric Poem
Assignment: Homeric Poem
9- History into Poetry
Essay: History into Poetry
10- Beowulf
11- Characters
12- Beowulf Activities
Handout: Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle
Worksheet: Beowulf Episodes 1-3
Worksheet: Beowulf Episode 4
Worksheet: Beowulf Episodes 6-7
Assignment: Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle
13- Kennings
Worksheet: Kennings
14- Creative Writing: Hero’s Journey
Handout: Hero’s Journey Story
Assignment: Hero’s Story Pre-Writing
Essay: Hero’s Story Final Draft

7- Greek Drama
1- The Greek Theater
2- Greek Vision
Assignment: Greek Vision
3- The Tragic Hero
4- Oedipus Rex
Worksheet: Oedipus lines 1-308
Worksheet: Lines 309-685
Worksheet: Lines 685-911
Worksheet: Lines 912-end
5- Tragic Flaw
Assignment: Tragic Flaw
6- Oedipus final assessment
Handout: Literary Analysis Outline
Assignment: Literary Analysis Outline
Essay: Theme/Motif Essay
7- Antigone
Worksheet: Antigone Worksheet
8- Antigone Images
Essay: Antigone Images
9- Antigone Final Assessment
Essay: Antigone Final Assessment

8- Medieval Period
1- Geoffery Chaucer
2- English Poetry
Assignment: English Poetry
3- Character Development
Assignment: Character Development
Essay: Dialogue
4- Women in Chaucer
Assignment: Women in Chaucer
Assignment: Women in Medieval Culture
5- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest

9- The Renaissance
1- Renaissance in English Literature
2- Christopher Marlowe
Worksheet: Faust study questions
Essay: Tragic Hero
3- Faustian Legend
Assignment: Faust Essay Draft
Essay: Faustian Legend Essay
4- Shakespeare
5- Macbeth
Worksheet: Macbeth Act 1
Worksheet: Macbeth Acts 2 & 3
Worksheet: Macbeth Acts 4 & 5
6- MacBeth live!
7- Macbeth Video Assignment
Essay: Macbeth Video Essay

10- Romanticism
1- Romanticism
Handout: Satire
Worksheet: Romanticism/Gothicism notes
2- Frankenstein
Handout: Study guide questions
3- Frankenstein: Prologue – Chapter 7
Assignment: Frankenstein Assignment 1
4- Frankenstein Chapters 16 to End
Assignment: Frankenstein Assignment 2
5- Frankenstein Essay
Handout: Literary Analysis outline
Essay: Frankenstein Essay
6- Mock Heroic
Handout: Outline: The Rape of the Lock
Handout: Poetic Forms & Terms
Assignment: The Rape of the Lock
7- Social Criticism
Assignment: A Modest Proposal
8- Final Assessment
Essay: Final Assessment

11- Victorian Era
1- Victorian England
2- Social Structure
Essay: Web Search Victorian England
Worksheet: Act I Questions
Worksheet: Act II Questions
Worksheet: Act III Questions
3- The Importance Of Being Earnest
Essay: Importance of Being Earnest Movie
4- Wuthering Heights
Essay: Victorian Novel Essay
5- Wuthering Heights –Final Questions
Assignment: Final Questions
6- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test

12- Course Survey
1- Course Survey
Assignment: Course Survey
Handout: Course Survey