|The Black Writer in America
[an online course*]
ENGL A373:W51 Fall 2015
Dr. Barbara C. Ewell
Requirements 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.
An online course is conducted through the internet (Blackboard), though there will be an organizational on-campus meeting on *Thursday evening, August 27 (5:30 p.m.--7:30 p.m.) in BOBET 100 (The WAC Lab) and a final class meeting on Friday evening, December 11. Please contact me after August 15, if serious hardship or unavoidable conflict will keep you from attending the required organizational meeting. Students within driving distance should plan to attend--and attendees will find that the course goes much more smoothly. To be successful, online courses require that students have some degree of self-discipline.
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.Course Pre-requisites
Weekly Comments (30-35%)
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 next Thursday, everyone in the class will have commented on or reacted to the responses of least two other people (100-150 words each).
participation in these weekly discussions, including the timely
submission of comments and responses, will be graded contractually
(all assignments = A; fewer = B, etc.) and will constitute your
You will be
responsible for timely and regular contributions to the discussion
group every week. If any lateness or irregularity persists in your
submissions, you will be asked to drop the course or receive a
The formal writing in this course will be a series of assignments based on the contexts of and works by Black writers, both those covered in the course and from a supplementary list. These assignments, due throughout the semester and involving various degrees of research, will provide some of the basic content for a final collaborative presentation.
Context Essays (15-20%)
Everyone will read and comment on at least three "Context Essays" during the course of the semester. Comments should be about 150-300 words, and at least two must be completed by midterm, and all three must be completed by the end of the semester. These comments will be graded contractually: 3=A, 2=B, 1=C, 0=F.
IF YOU DECIDE TO REGISTER FOR
THIS COURSE, BE SURE THAT YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS ACCURATE
IN LORA and on BLACKBOARD; IF IT ISN'T, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE.