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Azin Arefi - English

EWRT 1C: Literature & Composition

This course applies the analytical, critical, and synthesis skills developed in English 1A and 1 B to the ways meaning can be made in diverse cultural, social, and historical contexts in prose, poetry, and drama by reading  and analyzing texts and critical interpretations and by composing critical responses, analyses, and arguments. This course is designed to help students analyze literary texts from a variety of cultural, social and historical contexts to develop a growing awareness of what defines literature through the reading of poetry, fiction, and drama. We will read some giants of English literature and their classic works for better understanding of literature and its power.

Course Objectives:

Students will analyze literary texts from a variety of cultural, social and historical contexts to develop a growing awareness of what defines literature; recognize the narrative, imagistic, and dialogic elements common to literary works; distinguish the genres of fiction, poetry and drama; assess ways that cultural values and belief systems affect authors, texts, and readers. Students will also examine and respond to a variety of literary texts in clear, analytical and original writing. They will recognize the interrelatedness of reading and writing; identify and use common critical terminology; formulate and support a distinctive thesis; and develop consciously a personal style and voice in writing.

Course Requirements:

  • Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions.
  • Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and readings.
  • Three analytical papers
  • Presentations and group work
  • Keeping a Journal
  • Unannounced quizzes and in-class assignments

 Required Texts:

  • A Course Reader, available from the instructor
  • The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  • A grammar guidebook of your choice

Course Evaluation:



Paper #1


Paper #2


Paper #3


Journals/Discussion Q’s


Presentation/Group work









Grading Scale:

100-95% = A, 94-90 = A-, 89-85% = B, 84-80=B-, 79-75% = C, 74-70=C-, 69-60% = D, 59%-below = F

Course Assignments:

Journal/Discussion Questions. You will keep a course journal in which you write responses to particular discussion questions or ideas discussed in class or to specified readings. You will write some of your journal entries in class, but others will be given as homework. I will collect and evaluate them towards the end of the quarter.  

Quizzes. These quizzes measure your preparation for class and your understanding of class lecture and concepts covered. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class period so do not be late.  They are meant to reward you for your preparation and your on-time attendance.

Participation. You are expected to come to this class prepared with paper, pen, appropriate text, having completed the reading and all assignments due, and ready to participate in discussion.  Whether as a class or if you are in small groups, your contribution is required and necessary. 

Papers. You will be required to write three papers during the course. In each of these essays you should pay close attention to style and mechanics and implement the writing skills we discuss in class. You must demonstrate your critical thinking abilities. Your papers should be typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font, with one-inch margins all around. Each essay must be organized and written clearly. Careful proofreading and correct grammar and punctuation usage are crucial. Three to five pages is appropriate for each. Use MLA format (refer to the sheets in your course reader.)

Course Policies:

Plagiarism. Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas in direct quote, paraphrase, or summary form and submitting them as your own. I expect no copying or cheating whatsoever, at any time, by any student. IF YOU EVER FEEL BOGGED DOWN BY WRITER’S BLOCK OR FRUSTRATED WITH AN ASSIGNMENT IN ANY WAY, COME TALK TO ME! IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR WRITER’S VOICE AND WANT TO SOUND BETTER ON PAPER, COME TALK TO ME! Plagiarism is often committed on accident, by people who want to sound better or by those who do not know how to correctly incorporate and cite research into their papers. But these are not excuses for it. Plagiarism, whether intentional or not, is always wrong. Plagiarism may result in automatic failure of the course.

Attendance: Attendance every day is required. You should come to class on time and prepared. If you have to be absent, please call to excuse yourself.  If you have three unexcused absences, I will assume that you have withdrawn, and give you a W. Repeated tardiness will equal absences.

Respect: In class we will be discussing a lot of sensitive issues and each individual person's opinion must be respected. You are to listen to each other and be considerate of one another at all times. You can disagree with someone, but always in a respectful manner.

Disruptive behavior may result in being dropped from the class. As part of that, please remember to turn off cell phones and pagers, as they are disruptive to the class. If your cell phone does go off, you are to bring treats for the class the next day J.



And finally…


Welcome to EWRT 1C! I am sure we are going to have a great and productive quarter!

Note: This greensheet is subject to change with advanced notice.


Daily Assignments and Deadlines


Week 1: Poetry

Monday June 30th:


Tuesday July 1st:

Andrew Marvel: “To His Coy Mistress” John Donne: “The Flea”

William Shakespeare: “Shall I Compare thee to a Summer’s Day” & “My Mistress Eyes’ Are Nothing Like the Sun”

Wednesday July 2nd:

Robert Frost: “The Road Not Taken” “Mending Wall” “Home Burial” “A Girl’s Garden” “Out, Out –“ “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” “Design” “The Gift Outright”

Thursday July 3rd:

A Critical Case Study: T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Week 2: Short Story

Monday July 7th:

Kate Chopin: “Desiree’s Baby” “The Storm” “The Story of an Hour” “A Respectable Woman”

Tuesday July 8th:

Flannery O’Connor:”Good Country People” “A Good Man is Hard to Find” “Everything that Rises Must Converge”

Wednesday July 9th:

Ernest Hemingway: “Indian Camp” “The End of Something”& “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”

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Alice Munro: “Free Radicals” & “Deep Holes”

Week 3: Drama: Othello

Monday July 14th:

Act I (pg. 254)

Tuesday July 15th:

Act II Sc ii (pg. 259)

Wednesday July 16th:

Act III Sc ii (pg. 264)

Thursday July 17th:

Act III Sc iii (pg. 270)


Week 4: Drama: Othello

Monday July 21st:

Act IV Sc i (pg. 277)

Tuesday July 22nd:

Act V Sc i (pg. 283)

Wednesday July 23rd:

Act V Sc ii (The End)

Thursday July 24th:

In-Class Movie: Othello (1995)

Week 5: Novel: The Catcher in the Rye

Monday July 28th

The Catcher in the Rye Ch.1-4

Tuesday July 29th:


Wednesday July 30th:


Thursday July 31st:


Week 6:  Novel: The Catcher in the Rye

Monday August 4th


Tuesday August 5th:


Wednesday August 6th:

Ch.24-26 (The End)

Thursday August 7th:

Final Exam

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Last Updated: 4/25/16