We are almost ready to finish up! I apologize for not returning your exams yet. I have them graded and will e-mail your grades individually. (Check your Rammail!) I am also having the CAP office send out the paper copies of the exams. (You all did quite well!)
I am thinking that we also need to focus our efforts at this point on concluding the semester rather than expend energy in lots of directions.
For this reason, we will only cover one more set of readings, to be announced tomorrow. Then we will focus on getting your annotated bibliography grades returned to you, and, for those who have already submitted research papers, I will also get those grades to you (or offer the chance for any needed revisions).
If you have not turned in your research papers, please work on getting them to me by May 5. That will guarantee time for me to look at them and offer a chance to revise if there are serious errors. (If you want more time for revisions, please turn in the papers as soon as you have them ready.)
I hope the change in plans is helpful rather than distressing to everyone!
If you have any concerns, please let me know and I will work with you!
I would like to have a "final" meeting time to conclude the semester, but don't worry about a final exam (unless for some reason you would just like the option of taking one . . . but grades look pretty good without). We can probably just go with the posts for the last couple of readings.
If you are distressed or have questions, please call or e-mail me!
WEEK 9 is Finally Posted and Straight!
For Week 9, please read
Frost's "Mending Wall" and "Birches"
Wallace Stevens' "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
and H.D.'s "Oread"
Then check out the 2 power points on modernism and these poets.
. . . One special thing to keep in mind, do not worry as much with Stevens and H.D. about understanding. The images that the poems evoke are what are important. You will NOT have a sense of something you could summarize . . . more just a feeling that the words make you feel or see something special. That's ok!
Thank you for your patience!! This online stuff is a challenge for me too!
I have received many of your annotated bibliographies, but not all. If you have not submitted them yet, please e-mail them to me.
Our Saturday Exam will be at 9 a.m. in Garner 3
I am going to post a handout on Week 8 listing quotations that you need to be able to identify (name the title, author, or maybe the speaker). There will also be a short essay question (only write about one paragraph). I will give you 2 or 3 questions to choose from, and you write on just ONE for the exam. I will also post a few pointers to guide what your answer should address.
After the exam (time limit of one hour) we will take 30 or 45 minutes to talk about your annotated bibliography and research paper. It's much easier to discuss that in person for Q & A opportunities.
Week 8 Is Posted and Let's Have the Exam Saturday, March 26
If that day does not work with your schedule, let me know, and we can arrange a separate time for you to come.
Week 8 is on London's "To Build a Fire" which is in your anthology, and there is a power point online for you.
I am soooo glad there were so many posts by Sunday! Thank you to everyone for keeping up!
I think if we have the exam next Saturday, it will make for a logical break in the reading (after realism on the reading list).
I am eager to meet with all of you in person and we can go over how to write the annotated bibliography and prepare for the research paper after the exam. There is already a guide to the bibliography on the main class page (down at the bottom right where I "store" the power points for each week). Feel free to go ahead and look at it if you are curious.
See you soon!
WEEK 7 is posted.
Just a reminder that we are back on schedule for reading and posting. For Week 7, please read Henry James' "The Pupil" in your book and look at the powerpoint that is linked on the Week 7 page. Please try to post your responses by this weekend (by Sunday, March 13).
You do NOT yet need to worry about the Annotated Bibliography.
We need to schedule a time to meet for our first exam, and I would like to take time during that meeting to walk you through the process for research and writing the bibliography. It shouldn't be that difficult, but it would be nice to discuss it in person.
When you post on James, please also post whether Saturday March 19 or Saturday March 26 would be better for your schedule to meet for the first exam.
Thanks! And please e-mail me if you have any questions!
No More Reading Until March 7 . . .
Catch up on posts!
Today is February 24, as I am posting this, and I am concerned that, though some of you are doing GREAT posts, I have not heard much from some of you.
I am going to give us an early spring break next week in order to allow everyone to catch up. Please remember that you need one original post for each forum question, plus you need to respond to at least one post. Your response can be agreement or disagreement, or asking a question of someone to explain more.
Let's take the rest of this week and next week to catch up . . . to the end of WEEK 6, and then on March 7 we will begin at WEEK 7.
I will count any missing posts after March 6 as a grade of 0 (and your posts count rather strongly in your grades!).
Welcome to Week 5 . . . and I think the page is visible!
This week we begin three new adventures:
First: Your reading assignment is in the book for the course. It is the short story "Editha" by William Dean Howells. Let me know if you have trouble finding it.
Second: The notes are in two Power Points instead of narrative notes in a Word document. Please view BOTH Power Points that are attached.
Third: We are moving from the era of Romanticism to Realism. The stories will be less "marvellous" than Hawthorne and Poe's works, but will push us to think about how we view reality.
Before reading "Editha" and the Power Point notes on the story, please be sure to complete the other readings and post your collaboration responses for them. Some of the points on "Editha" and Realism will make sense only as they are contrasted with Romanticism and Hawthorne.
It is ok to be a little behind, but keep in mind that we have our first exam in about three weeks, and you don't want to get behind.
SO SORRY! WEEK 4 IS NOW VISIBLE WITH THE READINGS. THE NOTES FOR HAWTHORNE AND POE SHOULD BE UP WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
Also, I noticed a few more folks posted on Melville's Bartleby. Thanks! You are right that it is a very frustrating story because he leaves us wondering about soooo much.
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" and Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell Tale Heart" are posted on the bookmarks for Week 4. I will post some notes on romanticism and Hawthorne and Poe and a collaboration thread for responses.
These are fun stories! Enjoy!
Also, a reminder: Be sure to go back and post for Weeks 2 and 3 if you have not already posted!! Everyone needs to have a response to the prompt, and you need (by the end of the semester) to have 10 responses to classmates as well. It is ok if you are a little behind, but do not get too far behind on the reading, notes and posts. It will be too hard to catch up.
I decided that with the confusion on where to find readings last week I would post the notes later this week.
So, notes on the readings will be posted
for Week 3 (this week) today (Tuesday)
for Week 2 (last week) tomorrow (Wednesday).
They will appear on the pages for those weeks.
Once again, sorry for the confusion!
It looks like everyone is successfully downloading the readings and accessing the Collaborations page. I have posted a link to Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" on the Week 3 page.
Please go to the link and read the short story.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will have some notes posted as well, and then a collaboration question for you to respond to.
Please let me know if Week 3 or the reading is not showing up. I think I finally got things figured out!
Sorry for the confusion! I fixed the thing that allows you to see Week 2.
Thank you for the messages!
Welcome to Week 2!
I hope that the first week has gone well for all of you. Now it is time for us to begin reading!
To access the readings for this week, CLICK ON THE JAN 16 - 22 WEEK 2 BUTTON.
When you click on that, you should see at the top of the center column, READINGS FOR WEEK 2 bookmarked. All you have to do is click on each author/title and your computer should be directed to that reading.
These readings are from the days of the discovery of the Americas up until the Declaration of Independence. You should read them with an eye to the question of the role of Christianity in the discovery of the Americas and the founding of the United States of America.
Consider how, from the Mayflower Compact until the signing of the Declaration of Independence the vision of the role of Christianity was central but changed. Think of how overt the references are to God and Christianity in the earlier works, but God as God is not mentioned so directly even by the time of the Declaration.
I will post notes (handouts) on the Week 2 page later in the week, but I would like for you to post your own reflections on the readings on your own first. . . . Please post a first post by Wednesday, and then I will follow with notes.
Please pay attention to your grammar and clear phrasing and thoughts, but also feel free to venture out in your thoughts! I will provide the link for the thread under Collaboration.
Welcome to American Literature online!
Here is what you need to do first:
Click on the Jan 10 - 16 button for your "assignment" for this week.
All you need to do this week is find and print the syllabus which I will post on Sunday night, Jan. 9,
and find, read, and reply to my "Welcome" under collaboration.
It should be easy:
Look at the tabs on the left of the page.
You can get your syllabus by clicking on the syllabus tab.
You can get to the welcome by clicking on the "Collaboration" tab,
then clicking on the Open Discussion tab
and finally clicking on the "Welcome" tab.
Please read my intro and follow the steps. Also, read your classmates' introductions and get acquainted.
If you have any problems with the system, do not worry.
This week is not a test week. We want to try out the system and see if anyone has technical difficulties that we need to fix before we move forward.
If there is a problem, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
Dr. Katherine Abernathy