American Literature I, Summer 2008, Lehigh Carbon Community College


Course Requirements
Syllabus
Task
Grade Percentage
Description
Commonplace Book
30%
Commonplace Book Assignment
5 Essays
30%
See Weekly Modules
Project
20%
Project Description
Final Exam
10%
Timed Essay Exam
Participation (Communication options)
10%
Homework, Discussions

Professor Ritter-Guth's Commonplace Book
Student Wiki-Based Commonplace Books
Second Life Participants: J13 Galicia (Jess), Kelly Bookmite (Kelly), Robi Helendale (Robin)


Week 1: The Foundation

Quote of the Week: "Neither be idle in the means, nor make an idol of the means." - William Seckler
Getting Started in Second Life Tutorial - Hosted by Rebecca Nesson; tutorial by Rodica Buzescu, Harvard
Lecture 1: Open Access Literature
Lecture 2: Apathy and Literature
Lecture 3: Foundations of American Literature
Required Readings and Lecture Notes
Commonplace Book Assignment
Essay 1: Early American Writers
Project Description
DISCUSSION FOR WEEK ONE


Week 2: The Enlightened Americans

Quote of the Week: "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." - Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanac).
Required Readings and Lecture Notes
Commonplace Wiki Book Assignment
Essay 2: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a National Literature

Week 3: The Transcendentalists

Quote of the Week: "What I must do, is all that concerns me, not what the people think." - Emerson
Required Readings and Lecture Notes
Commonplace Wiki Book Assignment
Essay 3: In Pursuit of Nature

Week 4: The Romantic Tradition, Continued

Quote of the Week:
Required Readings and Lecture Notes
Commonplace Wiki Book Assignment
Essay 4: Establishing New Voices

Week 5: The Romantic Tradition, Continued

Quote of the Week:
Required Readings and Lecture Notes
Commonplace Wiki Book Assignment
Essay 5: The New Freedom Writers

Week 6: The Romantic Tradition, Continued

Quote of the Week:
Required Readings and Lecture Notes
Commonplace Wiki Book Assignment
Final Project Due