Through a study of literature, this writing-intensive literary survey develops students’ critical thinking, reading, and argumentation skills beyond the level achieved in 1A, by reading and analyzing a variety of genres, including poems, short stories, novels, drama, films, and essays. We will read a long poem by Alfred Tennyson about his best friend (1850), many poems by Emily Dickinson about her unusual relationships (1855-1865), the novella Carmilla about a toxic female friendship (1872), and the play The Importance of Being Earnest, about a love-quadrangle featuring two sets of BFFs (1895). We analyze and discuss everything from best friends to “just friends,” in a relatable and LGBT+ safe classroom environment.
Syllabus & Schedule
Intro and Body Paragraph #1 due Monday, 9/24 - handwritten or typed are both acceptable
Rough draft due Wednesday, 9/26 - must be typed and printed
Final draft due Monday, 10/1 - must be typed and printed
Intro + Body Paragraph #1 + at least one MLA citation of a reliable secondary source you plan to use = due Wednesday, 10/17.
Rough draft due Monday, 10/22 - must be typed and printed for peer review
Final draft due Wednesday, 10/24 - must be typed, printed, and stapled with rough draft packet for credit
There is no intro/body #1 assignment for this paper!
Rough draft due Wednesday, 11/7 - must be typed and printed for peer review
Final draft due Wednesday, 11/14 - must be typed, printed, and stapled with rough draft packet for credit
Don’t forget your hanging indent!Here is the MLA citation for Carmilla the Series:
Hall, Jordan, and Stephanie Ouaknine. Carmilla the Series: Season 1. YouTube, uploaded by KindaTV. 2014. https://www.youtube.com/kindatv
There is no rough draft for Essay 4; simply the final draft due on Monday, 12/3
However, there is a presentation component (50 points). See below.
Click here to view the English 1B Panel Presentation Assignments.
Your presentation proposal is due in-person (handwritten or typed both OK) by the start of class on Monday, 11/19
Your presentation will take place on either Monday, 11/26 or Wednesday, 11/28, depending on your assigned panel number
You must attend both days of presentations regardless of when your own panel is, so that you can complete two days of peer feedback in place of peer review (20/200 points).
Applies to all four of your English 1B essays.
Day 2 Video Lecture (due 8/29)
Poetry Packet (9/5 - 10/3)
Hallam Article (due 9/17)
“By Heart” article (due 10/3)
“London in the 1890s” article (due 10/8)
“London in the 1890s” HANDOUT (also due 10/8)
Reactions & Reviews (due 10/15)
“De Profundis” excerpts (due 10/22)
“Two Friends” short story (due 10/24)
Tea Obreht essay (due 10/29)
Carmilla the Series on YouTube (November)
“Jambula Tree” short story (due 11/21)
Literary terms handout (8/29 - 10/3)
How to Write an Essay (for all essays)
List of transition words (for all essays)