General Course Information for EGL2011A/B: English 11 A/B - American Literature

Course: EGL2011A/B - English 11 A/B - American Literature
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Course Learning Outcomes:

English 11A/B

Students will examine both nonfiction and fiction texts written in America by Americans examining the nation’s voice as it develops from the early American settlers to present day modern Americans.

Throughout the course students will determine what it means to be American, as well as evaluate the process that Americans have taken to establish an identity over the years by examining: informational materials, advertisements, prose both fiction and nonfiction, and poetry.
Students will complete a journal entry before beginning literary movements noting their positions on the following core questions:

1. What is necessary for a society to provide an individual so that he/she can establish an identity that supports the fundamental principles of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

2. How do you attempt to achieve the primary goals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

3. Ultimately, determine the impact that society has upon the individual? the individual upon society? Explain your positions.

Students will also complete a project that assesses what each student’s American identity is prior to beginning the examination of the central motif.

These core questions will be revisited at the end of each literary movement through the threaded-discussion board. Students are expected to respond to each question from the perspective of the philosophical ideas presented from each movement and from within each text examined within the movement. All responses must use evidence from texts examined during the unit for support. Students are asked to reflect and respond to peers in order to assist in formulating an overall opinion on what it means to be an American and what is necessary to establish an American identity.

All courses are written to California Department of Education
standards and to national standards, as applicable. This course has been written to meet Common Core Standards.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures