Course Number: ENG 221
Course Title: Novels, Short Stories, and Literary Research
Term: Fall 2017

Instructor

Prof. Cynthia Gniadek
cgniadek@holyapostles.edu

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course examines classic novels and short stories. The students write a paper on the literature with guidance through the research and drafting processes.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

Literature is an important mode of artistic endeavor aiming to communicate truth about the human experience. In this course, we will look at 19th- and 20th-century novels and short stories to understand how various authors and societies understood the human person. In addition to discussions, students will learn to write a thoughtful paper on the literature and be guided through the research and draft-writing phases, as well as the proper method of referencing.

Your primary responsibility week-by-week is to read the literature according to the schedule below and engage one another on the discussion board. Short assignments contributing to your final research paper project will appear in addition to reading assignments. Please know that I am eager to help you with any problems you have with readings or responses.

Week 1: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Reading: The Pearl, Chapters 1-6 (the whole book – 90 pages). Click here for link to purchase.

Assignment: Introduce yourselves on the Populi Introductions discussion board. In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 1 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 2: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Reading: Frankenstein, Letters I-IV and Chapters 1-24 (the whole book – 166 pages). Click here for link to purchase.

Assignment: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 2 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 3: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Readings: Jane Eyre, Chapters 1-9 (89 pages). Click here for link to purchase.

Assignments: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 3 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 4: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Reading: Jane Eyre, Chapters 10-20 (154 pages).

Assignment: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 4 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 5: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Reading: Jane Eyre, Chapters 21-27 (116 pages).

Assignment: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 5 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 6: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Reading: Finish Jane Eyre, Chapters 28-38 (150 pages).

Assignment: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 6 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 7: 1984 by George Orwell

Reading: 1984, Part 1 (104 pages). Click here for link to purchase.

Assignments: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 7 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 8: 1984 by George Orwell

Reading: 1984, Part 2 (120 pages).

Assignment: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 8 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 9: 1984 by George Orwell

Reading: Finish 1984, Part 3 (73 pages).

Assignment: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 9 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

Week 10: Searching Databases, Formatting, and Critical Reading

Reading: Read the files about searching databases, formatting, and critical reading, which are located in the Week 10 lesson folder. Also review the Guidelines for the Research Paper, which are also located in the Week 10 lesson folder.

Assignment: This week’s assignment has two parts:

Part 1: Choose a paper topic and begin research for your paper. On the week 10 discussion board, write at least 150 words explaining what your paper topic is, why you chose it, and what progress (if any) you’ve made on the paper project so far. We will work this out together to ensure that you like your topic and can sustain a 5-6 page paper. Be as detailed as possible.

Part 2: Submit a bibliography on the Week 10 discussion board. Format all sources according to the HACS Guidelines for Papers, Projects, and Theses (NOTE: books should follow section G; articles should follow section J.1; and essays should follow section H).

Week 11: “How Much Land does a Man Need?” and “The Two Old Men” by Leo Tolstoy

Reading: “How Much Land does a Man Need?” and “The Two Old Men” (37 pages). Click here for link to purchase.

Assignment: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 11 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

NOTE: This week’s reading is intentionally light so you will have more time to work on your research and writing for the paper.

Week 12: Two Short Stories of Your Choice by Leo Tolstoy

Reading: Read two short stories of your choice by Leo Tolstoy.

Assignment: In at least 300 words, respond to the prompt on the Week 12 discussion board. In 100 words or more, respond to another student’s response to the discussion board prompt.

NOTE: This week’s reading is intentionally light so you will have more time to work on your research and writing for the paper.

Week 13: Paper Outline

Assignment: Write an outline for your final paper (NOTE: format the outline according to the sample outline posted in the Week 13 lesson folder). Submit the outline as a Word doc (not a pdf) attached to a post on the Week 13 discussion board.

Week 14: First Draft

Assignment: Write a 5-6 page paper. In addition to the 5-6 pages of text, include a title page and a bibliography (NOTE: the title page should follow the sample found on page 33 of the HACS Guidelines for Papers, Projects and Theses). Submit the paper as a Word doc (not a pdf) attached to a post on the Week 14 discussion board.

Week 15: Final Paper

Assignment: Update your paper according to the feedback you received on your first draft. Submit the final paper as a Word doc (not a pdf) attached to a post on the Week 15 discussion board.

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Citations in Discussion Posts

Should you choose to reference an outside source on the discussion board on Populi, please briefly cite the source in a footnote. Please format citations according to the HACS Guidelines for Papers, Projects, and Theses. For example, a book with one author would be cited in a footnote as follows: Vincent Balaguer, Understanding the Gospels (New York: Scepter Publishers, 2005).

Weekly Deadline

The weekly deadline is on Mondays at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time (EST). This means you have eight full days to complete each week's assignment, and Mondays are both the last day of one week and the first day of another week. Monday, September 4 will be both the last day of Week 1 and the first day of Week 2.

5. REQUIRED READINGS:

6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

TBA

7. EVALUATION

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

Grading Rubric for the Major Papers and Discussion Board (DB) Postings

CONTENT

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Absence of Understanding

Posting shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic. Work does not pass.

Misunderstanding

Posting demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them. Work is manifestly substandard and contains serious flaws.

Adequate Understanding

Posting demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them. Work passes adequately or is generally inadequate.

Solid understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides. Work is worthy of much praise.

Insightful understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts. Work is of surpassing excellence.

NOTE: Discussion board grades are based primarily on content (Does the post address the weekly discussion topic directly and make a significant contribution to the learning community, and were all discussion questions addressed? Do reply posts develop or help others understand the material being discussed? Is the work of surpassing excellence, average, or below average overall?). Discussion board grades are also affected by the quality of writing and formatting since this quality affects the readers' ability to understand the content.

RESEARCH

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Missing Research

Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing. Work does not pass.

Inadequate research and/or documentation

Over-reliance on few sources; poor quality of chosen sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors. Work is manifestly substandard and contains serious flaws.

Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement

Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources; too many citation errors. Work passes adequately or is generally inadequate.

Solid research and documentation

A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors. Work is worthy of much praise.

Excellent critical research and documentation

Critically selected and relevant scholarly sources demonstrating extensive, in-depth research; sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations follow standard bibliographic format. Work is of surpassing excellence.

WRITING & EXPRESSION

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Incomplete writing

Posting is only partially written or fails to address the topic. Work does not pass.

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Posting touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage. Work is manifestly substandard and contains serious flaws.

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Posting is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment; satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors. Work passes adequately or is generally inadequate.

Solid writing with something interesting to say

Posting is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples; level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error. Work is worthy of much praise.

command-level writing, making a clear impression

Posting is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage. Work is of surpassing excellence.

COMMUNITY INTERACTION (100-word responses)

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Inadequate response

Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.” Work does not pass.

Weak response

Response summarizes original posting to which it responds. Work is manifestly substandard and contains serious flaws.

Acceptable response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds. Work passes adequately or is generally inadequate.

Individually-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds and fosters its development. Work is worthy of much praise.

Community-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the learning community and fosters its development. Work is of surpassing excellence.

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Mr. Christopher Apodaca, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at capodaca@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

You are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

11. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR – CYNTHIA GNIADEK

Cynthia Gniadek received her M.A. in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary and her M.T.S. from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. She received certification in teaching research design through the Catholic Distance Learning Network, a certificate in copyediting from the University of California, and a certificate in online teaching and learning from United Theological Seminary.

Cynthia and her husband currently live in Wyoming, where they enjoy worshipping at a wonderful Catholic parish and are preparing for doctoral studies in philosophy and theology. In their free time, they explore the many beautiful landscapes that Wyoming has to offer.

In addition to teaching the ENG 221 course at Holy Apostles, Cynthia also teaches SOC 325 Catholic Formation and New Media and ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, and Writing; and she leads the online resource orientation for incoming students.