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.

COURSE MATERIALS:

Syllabus & Schedule

Essay Prompts

  • Essay 1 Prompt

    • 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

  • Essay 2 Prompt

    • 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

  • Essay 3 Prompt

    • 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

  • Essay 4 Prompt

    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.

  • Essay 4 Presentation

    • 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).

  • Grading rubric

    • Applies to all four of your English 1B essays.

Homework Assignments

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