Survey of Native Literature of
MWF CAS 119
The Reality: The goal of this course is to expose
students to the variety of literatures from various nations of
II. Class Discussions: I firmly believe that the best learning comes from student-generated class discussions. Therefore, I expect you to come to class having read the materials and prepared to discuss them. If I call on you, I expect you to have something to say about the readings we're doing, even if it's a question about what was going on or your objections to what we've been saying about the text. It is OK to disagree with me and with your classmates, as long as you express your disagreement in a courteous manner. Many of the subjects we will discuss are highly charged, and a consensus on these subjects is unlikely. That's fine. I want to lay the information on the table so that you're aware of the issues. If you know of additional information that may be of use to the class, please bring it up.
III. Assignments: You will complete the following assignments this semester:
· Reading Journal: Each week, starting Monday, 21 Jan, you will have a 2-3 page journal entry due about some aspect of the reading you do for the week. These journal entries can focus on anything from a literary aspect of the reading to a comparison of a couple readings to a discussion of the nation you're reading about. It should not be just a simple "I like this reading because" or "This reading reminds me of the time I. . ." Move beyond initial response to the readings and explore meanings of the texts. I will collect journals at the beginning of each class. (20%)
· Essay 1: This essay will be about the traditional literature we read. I will distribute a specific assignment sheet once we are closer to the due date. (15%)
Essay 2: This essay will be about either Bruchac's Heart of a Chief or
· Presentation: For this assignment, you may work individually or with one other person. You will choose one of the authors represented in the Purdy and Ruppert anthology and research his/her nation and literature and present background information on this author (at least 10 minutes). Then you will lead a discussion on the author's texts for the remainder of the class. (20%)
· Research Paper: You will choose some aspect of Native American literatures to research for this project. I will distribute a separate assignment sheet for this paper at the beginning of the semester. (25%)
All assignments need to be completed in MLA format and should be typed. If you're not sure what MLA format is, see me and I will give you instructions. Further, I expect all assignments to be proofread carefully. Sloppy work is unacceptable.
IV. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the passing off of another's work (whether quoted, paraphrased or summarized) as your own without proper documentation and can result in serious repercussions, including expulsion from the university.