[an online course*]
ENGL A373:W51 Summer 2012
[Eight-week Session: May 21-July 18]
Dr. Barbara C. Ewell
will include reading and reflection on the texts, participation in
weekly discussion forums on Blackboard, and the completion of a
multi-part writing project on a
Black writer in America.
* This course will be conducted through the
internet and requires good access to Blackboard.com. Pre-course
readiness workshops (offered online) may be required for those
unfamiliar with online courses. Online courses also require a certain
amount of self-discipline and maturity as a student.
Instant Access: The Pocket Reference for Writers. Michael L. Keene and Katherine H. Adams. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN: 0072819928
If you're trying to cut costs, many texts are also available secondhand through other commercial booksellers. But unless you just want to read these wonderful books anyway, please wait until this list is confirmed before you buy.
Credit for ENGL T-125, ENGL 205, or their equivalents. Sophomore status or permission of the instructor is recommended. Online courses require some maturity and self-discipline; this should probably not be your first college English course. Contact me if you have any questions about taking an online course.
Weekly Comments (35%)
The heart of this course (apart from reading the texts themselves) will be our electronic "discussions": asking and answering each other's questions and sharing our responses. These discussions will be conducted on the "Discussion Board" of Blackboard.com. Students will be expected to post a substantive comment (150-300 words) in response to the text and my introductory remarks by Monday midnight. By the following Thursday midnight, everyone in the class will have commented on or reacted to the responses of least two other people (100-150 words each). [These due dates are tentative and may change to other specific weekdays, but the pattern remains the same.]
in these weekly discussions, including the timely submission of
and responses, will be graded contractually (all assignments = A; fewer
= B, etc.) and will
constitute your "class attendance."
You will be responsible
for timely and regular contributions to the discussion group every
If any lateness or irregularity persists in your submissions, you will
be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade.
The formal writing in this course will be a series of assignments on the works of a specific African-American writer, both those covered in the course and from a supplementary list. These assignments (two short essays and an annotated bibliography) will be due throughout the semester and will involve various degrees of research.
IF YOU DECIDE TO REGISTER FOR THIS
COURSE, BE SURE THAT YOUR
IS ACCURATE IN LORA and on
BLACKBOARD; IF IT ISN'T, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT THE COURSE.