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Credit- Degree applicable
Effective Quarter: Fall 2010

I. Catalog Information

Reading, Writing and Research
5 Unit(s)


(See general education pages for the requirement this course meets.)

Requisites: Prerequisite: English Writing 1A.

Hours: Five hours lecture (60 hours total per quarter).


Description: Development of analytical, integrative skills in reading and writing. Academic (interpretive, analytical, argumentative) writing based largely on reading of literary/imaginative texts linked by a common theme or issue. Outside research leading to analysis, comparison, and synthesis in documented research paper.

Student Learning Outcome Statements (SLO)


• Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate analytical skills in the reading of literary (and non-literary) texts linked by common theme or issue


• Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate analytical, organizational, verbal, and research skills in writing focused on common theme or issue


• Student Learning Outcome: Comparatively evaluate multiple points of view and integrate them in analytical research paper

II. Course Objectives

A.Develop analytical, integrative skills in the reading of literary texts linked by a common theme or issue
B.Develop analytical, logical, organizational, verbal, and documentation skills in writing focused on central theme or issue

III. Essential Student Materials


IV. Essential College Facilities

 Library; on-line data bases; Internet access

V. Expanded Description: Content and Form

A.Develop analytical, integrative skills in the reading of literary texts linked by a common theme or issue
1.Interpret, analyze, and compare literary/imaginative texts, such as:
a.Imaginative literature
b.Personal memoir
c.Related art forms such as film
2.Apply knowledge of cultural/historical context to interpretation and analysis of literary/imaginative texts
a.Examination of cultural codes, beliefs, and practices
b.Examination of cultural groups and identities, including ethnic groups, social classes, and sexual/gender identities
3.Recognize, compare, and evaluate alternative points of view, including those of outside sources from library-, internet-, and (optionally) field-based research
a.Additional literary/imaginative texts
b.Critical commentaries
c.Cultural, historical information and perspectives
d.Scientific information and perspectives
B.Develop analytical, logical, organizational, verbal, and documentation skills in writing focused on central theme or issue
1.Apply the process model of composition to writing and rewriting
2.Integrate logical and organizational models of written text with linear sequence of words and sentences
a.Logical model: thesis, supporting ideas, evidence
b.Organizational model: introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion
c.Linear sequence: word/sentence order, transitions, grammar, word usage
3.Formulate written, analyses of literary/imaginative texts on the basis of multiple perspectives and sources of evidence
a.Internal textual evidence
b.Cultural/historical context
c.Relevant analytical (social, scientific) texts
d.Personal experience
4.Integrate multiple sources and points of view (from library-, internet-, and field-based research) in documented, analytical research paper
a.Compare additional literary/imaginative texts
b.Apply critical commentaries and cultural and/or scientific perspectives

VI. Assignments

1.Challenging, college-level works (as measured by vocabulary, complexity of ideas, and stylistic sophistication) that reflect cultural, ethnic, gender/sexual, socioeconomic, and other forms of diversity
2.At least one book-length work by a single author
3.Emphasis on literary/imaginative texts
B.Writing (including at least 6000 words of formally evaluated writing,)
1.Informal writing such as journal entries, responses to reading, and writing exercises
2.In-class essays, exams, and/or quizzes, measuring comprehension and analysis of readings
3.Progressive sequence of at least four analytical essays totaling at least 4000 words, including major research paper of at least 1500 words;
4.Final exam or project (may be research paper listed above)

VII. Methods of Instruction

 Lecture and visual aids
Discussion of assigned reading
In-class exploration of Internet sites
Homework and extended projects
Guest speakers
Collaborative learning and small group exercises
Collaborative projects

VIII. Methods of Evaluating Objectives

A.Essay-based Exams
B.Journals and quizzes
C.Class participation, including contributions to class discussions and small-group work
D.Individual conferences
E.Analytical essays, including major research paper
F.Final exam or project

IX. Texts and Supporting References

A.Required Texts
1.Meyer, Michael. "Bedford Introduction to Literature". 7th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005.
2.Bartholomae, David, and Anthony Petrosky. "Ways of Reading". 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005
3.Kennedy, X.J., and Dana Giola. "Literature: An Introduction to Fiction", Poetry, and Drama. 9th Ed. New York: Longman, 2004.
B.Supporting Texts and References
1.Alvarez, Julia. "In the Time of the Butterflies". New York: Plume, 1995.
2.Chopin, Kate. "The Awakening". New York: HarperCollins, 1973 (1899).
3.Conroy, Pat. "The Great Santini". New York: Bantam, 1987.
4.Finney, Jack. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". New York: Scribner, 1998 (1955).
5.Fitzgerald, F.S. "The Great Gatsby". New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
6.Haddon, Mark. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time". New York: Vintage, 2004.
7.Hwang, David H. M. "Butterfly". New York: Plume, 1993.
8.Hornby, Nick. "High Fidelity". New York: Riverhead, 1995.
9.Hosseini, Khaled. "The Kite Runner". New York: Penguin, 2004.
10.Hurston, Zora Neale. "Their Eyes Were Watching God". New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000 (1937).
11.Jin, Ha. "War Trash". New York: Pantheon, 2004.
12.Kushner, Tony. "Angels in America". New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2003.
13.Martel, Yann. Life of Pi. New York: Harcourt Brace, 2003.
14.Murakami, Haruki. "After the Quake: Stories". New York: Vintage, 2003.
15.Schilb, John, and John Clifford. "Making Arguments About Literature: A Compact Guide and Anthology". Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005.
16.Smith, Anna Deavere. "Twilight Los Angeles", 1992. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 2003.
17.Tsukiyama, Gail. "The Samurai's Garden". New York: St. Martin's, 1996.
18.Hacker, Diane. Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age. 3rd Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002. (