English 3270, "The Frontier in American Literature"

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GRADES:
Grades will be determined by three essay exams and two short papers. The breakdown of the final grade is as follows:

Examination #1 20%
Examination #2 20%
Close Reading 20%
In-Class Writings 10%
Final Examination    30%
  100%


EXAMINATIONS:
Examinations are essay style. They will not be graded on grammar and/or spelling. The first two examinations will ask you to write two short essays comparing and/or contrasting themes (central ideas) presented in the works of literature during the pervious section of the course. The final examination will ask you to write one short essay comparing and/or contrasting themes in works read and films viewed during the last section of the course and will also have a longer essay comparing and/or contrasting themes in works read throughout the semester. All exams are open-book, open-note.


CLOSE READING:
The close reading will be a short analysis of a work read or film viewed for class. A work read or film viewed outside of class can be used if approved by the professor before turning in the analysis. We will discuss in class the format that the close reading should take.

The close reading will be three to four pages long. These are not research papers, though use of one to three outside sources is fine. Papers must be typed.

IN-CLASS WRITINGS:
There will be several short (1-2 paragraph), unannounced essay responses to -reading assignments done throughout the semester. These are open-book and require the student to interpret one or more of the works read for the class (and, sometimes, earlier assignments).



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