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Homework Due Thursday, Aug 21:

  1. Fill out the Student Information and Syllabus Acceptance form (linked here). You may either email a copy to me as an attachment or print it out and hand it in next class.
  2. Buy course texts
  3. Begin reading Oedipus the King by Sophocles linked here as a PDF.

Thu 8/21 textbook(s) to bring: if you have a copy of Oedipus bring it; no need to print it out if you don’t

Homework Due Tuesday, Aug 26:

  1. Finish reading Oedipus the King by Sophocles linked here as a PDF.
  2. Our next big reading will be Hamlet by William Shakespeare. There is a free online copy linked here, (and there is another, cleaner looking copy linked here) but, this being a very commonly assigned play, if you have another copy available to you, any version will do. Unlike Oedipus, this is a long play, so I suggest you start reading it as soon as you finish Oedipus even though we will not discuss it until the next week. We will not be writing about this play, but it will be a very regular reference in discussions of literary styles and devices throughout the semester.

Tue 8/26 textbook(s) to bring: if you have a copy of Oedipus bring it; no need to print it out if you don’t

Homework Due Thursday, Aug 28:

  1. Submit written answers to Oedipus prompt. Study questions for course are linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right. Please submit via email and print out a copy for class discussion.
  2. Continue reading Hamlet by William Shakespeare. There is a free online copy linked here, (and there is another, cleaner looking copy linked here).

Thu 8/28 textbook(s) to bring: if you have a copy of Oedipus bring it; no need to print it out if you don’t

Homework Due Tuesday, Sep 2:

  1. Try to finish reading Hamlet by William Shakespeare. There is a free online copy linked here, (and there is another, cleaner looking copy linked here).
  2. Review Study Questions on Hamlet. You do not need to write or turn in answers for this set of questions, but I would advise writing some informal notes with your thoughts for class discussion. Study questions for course are linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right.
  3. Begin Reading Essay 1 Materials:
  4. Read Chapter 1 “Everything you wanted to know about critical theory but were afraid to ask” pp. 1-10 of Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson. A PDF is linked here for those who do not have the book yet.

Tue 9/2 textbook(s) to bring: if you have a copy of Hamlet bring it; no need to print it out if you don’t

Homework Due Thursday, Sep 4:

  1. Review second set of Study Questions on Hamlet. Study questions for course are linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right. You do not need to write or turn in answers for this set of questions, but I would advise writing some informal notes with your thoughts for class discussion.
  2. Continue reading Essay 1 Materials and come to class with questions prepared about the essay project.
  3. Read “Helen O’Loy” by Lester del Rey from Silverberg p.42 (a PDF is linked here for those still without books)
  4. Begin reading Chapter 2: “Psychoanalytic Criticism” pp. 11-18 of Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson. A PDF is linked here for those who do not have the book yet.
  5. If you have not finished Hamlet yet, it should take priority over the Tyson and del Rey readings.

Thu 9/4 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg

Homework Due Tuesday, Sep 9:

  1. Continue reading Essay 1 Materials and come to class with questions prepared about the essay project.
  2. We’ll start with a discussion of “Helen O’Loy” by Lester del Rey from Silverberg p.42 so make sure to have finished that.
  3. Read “Coming Attraction” by Fritz Leiber from Silverberg p.366. Look over the Study Questions for this story linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right.
  4. Finish reading Chapter 2: “Psychoanalytic Criticism” pp. 18-end from Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson. A PDF is linked here for those who do not have the book yet.

Tue 9/9 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg

Homework Due Thursday, Sep 11:

  1. No new readings. Just continue work on Essay 1 and catch up on “Helen O’Loy” and “Coming Attraction” if you haven’t finished them.

Thu 9/11 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg

Homework Due Tuesday, Sep 16:

  1. Essay 1 – Writing About Setting due via email by midnight.
  2. We will discuss “Coming Attraction” by Fritz Leiber from Silverberg p.366. Make sure to look over the Study Questions for this story linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right.

Tue 9/16 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg

Homework Due Thursday, Sep 18:

  1. We will finish discussion of “Coming Attraction” by Fritz Leiber
  2. Time permitting we will start discussion of “That Only a Mother” by Judith Merril in Silverberg p.281. Make sure to look over Study Questions Set 1 for this story linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right.

Thu 9/18 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg (Tyson Optional)

Homework Due Tuesday, Sep 23:

  1. Review Study Questions Set 1 for this story linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right.
  2. Submit written answers on “That Only a Mother” Study Questions Set 2. Also print out a copy to bring to class for discussion.
  3. Begin reading Essay 2 materials:

Tue 9/23 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg (Tyson Optional)

Homework Due Thursday, Sep 25:

  1. Exam #1; Please bring a scantron form no. 882-E and #2 pencil(s). See the detailed study list linked here for the exam contents.
  2. PowerPoint on last section of Psychoanalysis chapter is linked here. Us this for study purposes although reading the Tyson chapter will provide all the information that will be on the test. 

Thu 9/25 textbook(s) to bring: None. Bring scantron form no. 882-E (available in campus bookstore) and #2 pencil(s).

Homework Due Tuesday, Sep 30:

  1. Read the selection from Frankenstein linked here as a PDF. Make sure to print out a copy a bring it to class. Highlight it and annotate it for discussion. We will be committing several days to this piece.
  2. Review Study Questions on Frankenstein, Set I, linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right.
  3. Write answers to questions 1 and 3 only. Submit written answers via email for credit. Also print out a copy to bring to class for discussion.

Tue 9/30 textbook(s) to bring: Frankenstein print-out

Homework Due Thursday, Oct 2:

  1. No new work. Continued discussion of the selection from Frankenstein linked here as a PDF.

Thu 10/2 textbook(s) to bring: Frankenstein print-out

Homework Due Tuesday, Oct 7:

  1. Make sure you are working on Essay 2 – Writing About Plot. Come to class with questions either about the essay or the story  (“The Quest for Saint Aquin” by Anthony Boucher from Silverberg p.378).
  2. Begin reading “Frankenstein and Radical Science” by Marilyn Butler. Questions on Lawrence, Abernethy, and the vitalist debate will appear on the exam. A PDF of the essay is linked here.
  3. Submit written answers on Frankenstein Questions, Set II, linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right. Look over the second set of Study Questions on Frankenstein. Write answers to the first three questions only. Submit written answers via email for credit. Also print out a copy to bring to class for discussion. Length is not set but for each of the three questions write two or more sentences explaining your analysis and quote one (or more) relevant passage(s) from the story. Make sure to cite specific passages from the novel to support your answers.

Tue 10/7 textbook(s) to bring: Frankenstein print-out

Homework Due Thursday, Oct 9:

  1. Again, make sure you are working on Essay 2 – Writing About Plot. Come to class with questions either about the essay or the story  (“The Quest for Saint Aquin” by Anthony Boucher from Silverberg p.378).
  2. Thursday we’ll finish discussion of Frankenstein Questions, Set II, linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right. 
  3. We will delay until next week discussion of “Frankenstein and Radical Science” by Marilyn Butler. Questions on Lawrence, Abernethy, and the vitalist debate will appear on the exam. A PDF of the essay is linked here.
  4. Begin reading Romantic Supplemental Poems linked here. On Thursday we will discuss “London” by William Blake. Study Questions about the poems (for review only, no assigned writing) are linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right. 

Thu 10/9 textbook(s) to bring: Frankenstein and “London” by William Blake print-outs

Homework Due Tuesday, Oct 14:

  1. Again, make sure you are working on Essay 2 – Writing About Plot. Come to class with questions either about the essay or the story  (“The Quest for Saint Aquin” by Anthony Boucher from Silverberg p.378).
  2. Continue reading Romantic Supplemental Poems linked here. On Tuesday we will finish discussion of “London” by William Blake. We will start discussion of “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth and figure out which of the 5 main characteristics of English Romanticism (which I will provide) are illustrated by this poem. Study Questions about the poems (for review only, no assigned writing) are linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right. 

Tue 10/14 textbook(s) to bring: Frankenstein, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by Wordsworth, and “London” by William Blake print-outs

Homework Due Thursday, Oct 16:

  1. Continue reading Romantic Supplemental Poems linked here. On Tuesday we will finish discussion of “London” by William Blake. We will start discussion of “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth and figure out which of the 5 main characteristics of English Romanticism (we have now reviewed 1 – 4, the 5th is the supernatural or “strangeness in beauty”) are illustrated by this poem. Study Questions about the poems (for review only, no assigned writing) are linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right. 
  2. Finish reading “Frankenstein and Radical Science” by Marilyn Butler. Review all of the Discussion Questions on the essay. Type and submit answers to Discussion Questions 1, 3, 4, and 9 only (just a few sentences each, no formal MLA formatting needed). Also, print out and bring your answers to class. Questions are linked here: ENGL 1B Study Questions and permanently on the menu to the right.
  3. Detailed study guide for the test is now available.

Thu 10/16 textbook(s) to bring: Frankenstein, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by Wordsworth, and “London” by William Blake print-outs

Homework Due Tuesday, Oct 21:

  1. Final draft Essay 2 – Writing About Plot due either in class or via email by midnight.
  2. On Tuesday we will discuss “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth and figure out which of the 5 main characteristics of English Romanticism (bring any notes you wrote on Thursday about your assigned #). Study Questions about the poems (for review only, no assigned writing) are linked here (ENGL 1B Study Questions) and permanently on the menu at the right. 
  3. We will discuss “Frankenstein and Radical Science” by Marilyn Butler. Bring your answers to the assigned discussion questions from last Thursday.
  4. Please read this contemporary poem (linked as a PDF) about Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley’s husband and major Romantic poet, by Galway Kinnell, a major contemporary poet and Shelley scholar. It will add to our discussion of the final Study Question (#6, Pt II) on Frankenstein.

Tue 10/21 textbook(s) to bring: Frankenstein and “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by Wordsworth.

Homework Due Thursday, Oct 23:

  1. Exam #2: Please bring a scantron form no. 882-E and #2 pencil(s). See the detailed study list linked here for the exam contents.

Thu 10/23 textbook(s) to bring: none

Homework Due Tuesday, Oct 28:

  1. Read “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” by Lewis Padgett from Silverberg p.181.
  2. Review study questions on the story. Questions are linked here: ENGL 1B Study Questions and permanently on the menu to the right.

Tue 10/28 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg

Homework Due Thursday, Oct 30

  1. Students: sorry about the last minute notice but CLASS TODAY IS CANCELLED
  2. We’ll discuss “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” by Lewis Padgett so make sure to have finished it and review the study questions linked here: ENGL 1B Study Questions and permanently on the menu to the right.
  3. Begin reading Chapter 3: “Marxist Criticism” pp. 53-61 of Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson.
  4. Samples and checklists for the Motif and Symbol presentation are posted here: Sample Student Essay on Symbolism, Sample Student Essay on Allegory, and Checklist for Writing about Symbolism

Thu 10/30 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg

Homework Due Tuesday, Nov 4

  1. Move Thursday’s homework up.
  2. Continue reading Chapter 3: “Marxist Criticism” pp. 61-68 of Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson.
  3. I recommend you begin reading The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Read the Biographical Note p.vii and Introduction by Brian Aldiss p.xiii. Begin the novel itself by reading at least chapters 1 and 2. The first Discussion Questions on WW are linked here: ENGL 1B Study Questions and permanently on the menu to the right.

Tue 11/4 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg

Homework Due Thursday, Nov 6

  1. Finish reading Chapter 3: “Marxist Criticism” pp. 69-81 of Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson.
  2. Read “The Roads Must Roll” by Robert Heinlein from Silverberg p.53. For optional listening: X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio drama series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. The program included dramatizations of stories by many of the great names of early science fiction: Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Clifford D. Simak, Murray Leinster, and Fritz Leiber (several of whom are in our anthology as well). The page includes their version of “The Roads Must Roll” by Robert Heinlein which can complement, but not replace, your reading of the story. The page linked here will allow you to download the mp3 file for free or play it (and many other segments) on their player.
  3. I recommend you continue reading The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

Thu 11/6 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg

Homework Due Tuesday, Nov 11

  1. We will finish discussion of “The Roads Must Roll” by Robert Heinlein.
  2. I recommend you continue reading The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.
  3. Begin work on the Jigsaw project linked here: Jigsaw research project on the Victorian era and permanently on the menu to the right.

Tue 11/11 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg, Wells

Homework Due Thursday, Nov 13

  1. Continue work on the Jigsaw project linked here: Jigsaw research project on the Victorian era and permanently on the menu to the right. In class people who share the same topic will workshop together to pool research. So bring notes, print-outs, whatever you have found in your research. After I present a brief intro to the Victorian era, you’ll have the rest of the class time to workshop.

Thu 11/13 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg, Wells

Homework Due Tuesday, Nov 18

  1. Continue work on the Jigsaw project linked here: Jigsaw research project on the Victorian era and permanently on the menu to the right. In class people who share the same topic will workshop together (again) to pool research. So bring notes, print-outs, whatever you have found in your research.
  2. We will continue discussion of Chapters 1 and 2 of WW, so review the Discussion Questions on WW are linked here: ENGL 1B Study Questions and permanently on the menu to the right.
  3. Read over instructions for Essay 3 – War of the Worlds and Marxist Criticism

Tue 11/18 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg, Wells

Homework Due Thursday, Nov 20

  1. Jigsaw presentations due today: individuals will present their research  findings for the Jigsaw research project on the Victorian era and to mixed groups (1-5) in brief presentations of 5 minutes (longer ok but only up to 10 minutes) 

Thu 11/20 textbook(s) to bring: Silverberg, Wells

Reminder: There will be no class meetings Tue 11/25 and Thu 11/27.

Homework Due Tuesday, Dec 2

  1. Finish reading War of the Worlds.
  2. Victorian Era Jigsaw follow-up assignment: Create two (2) multiple choice test questions based on your research. You have seen my multiple choice test questions. Create two similar questions that would be appropriate for testing your fellow group members on what they learned from your presentation. Make the questions challenging (e.g. discriminate between a key idea and a similar but incorrect idea) but not obscure (what is the name of Auguste Comte’s pet pug dog).
  3. Review the new Discussion Questions on WW are linked here: ENGL 1B Study Questions and permanently on the menu to the right.

Tue 12/2 textbook(s) to bring: Wells, Tyson optional

Homework Due Thursday, Dec 4

  1. If you have not already, finish reading War of the Worlds.
  2. Continuing reviewing the Discussion Questions on WW linked here: ENGL 1B Study Questions and permanently on the menu to the right.

Thu 12/4 textbook(s) to bring: Wells, Tyson optional

Homework Due Tuesday, Dec 9

  1. Review the detailed study guide linked here for the final exam.
  2. Continue work on the last essay. Make sure to come to class prepared to ask questions and discuss ideas. 
  3. Read Tyson pages 419-423, the “Identity” section from the “Postcolonial Criticism” chapter which will supplement our reading in the Marxist chapter on imperialism.
  4. Optional: Watch the short (~45 minutes)  documentary H.G. Wells – Prophet Of Science Fiction (which can be viewed on YouTube at this link; those who have Netflix streaming accounts can also find the video there as “Prophets of Science Fiction”).

Tue 12/9 textbook(s) to bring: Wells, Tyson optional

Homework Due Thursday, Dec 11

  1. I just saw the notice that due to inclement weather, the school will be closed. That means us too: class is cancelled.
  2. Continue review the detailed study guide linked here for the final exam.
  3. Continue work on the last essay. Make sure to come to class prepared to ask questions and discuss ideas. 

Thu 12/11 textbook(s) to bring: Wells, Tyson optional

Upcoming:

Due Thu 12/18: Essay 3 – War of the Worlds and Marxist Criticism

Due Thu 12/18: Final Exam, 3:30-5:30; review the detailed study guide linked here.

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