ENGL 110 - Composition and Literature - Dr. Chase Dimock
|Course:||Composition and Literature|
|Professor:||Dr. Chase Dimock|
Welcome to ENGL 110 I am Dr. Chase Dimock and I will be the professor. My dog Kiana will be the Teaching Assistant. She loves making literary memes, so you will see plenty of her during the semester. This is my 6th year as a full time professor at College of the Canyons. Before coming here, I taught at colleges and universities across the country in Florida, Missouri, and Illinois where I received my PhD in Comparative Literature (hence the University of Illinois shirt!). I was born and raised in the valley and I value the opportunity to give back to the community that gave me so much. Let me get you acquainted with the objectives and expectations of my course. I am excited to share some or my favorite works of literature and to work with all of you on your literary analysis skills.
Here are the official course description, learning outcomes, and course objectives:
Units: 3.00 - UC:CSU, May Be Taken Once for Credit
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H
Description: Introduces representative works from major genres, develops students’ close reading and analytical writing skills, and promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities of literature.
Student Learning Outcome:
What to Expect in this Course
ENGL 110 is designed to introduce students to popular literary forms and successful strategies for writing literary analysis. The course is broken up into four units on the following literary forms: poetry, short fiction, drama, and the novel. For the first three units, we will read a variety of styles across historical eras and cultures. The goal is to give you a taste of the diverse ways in which writers have used the conventions of these literary forms to express unique themes and comment on social issues pertinent to their times.
All four units will end with an academic, literary analysis essay that critically examines how the authors use the conventions of their genre and literary elements to express their perspectives on common themes. We will practice in class how to perform the close readings of texts necessary for advancing an interpretation of literature. This will culminate in a thesis-driven essay that uses close readings as evidence to support a main argument about the author’s expression of a theme. Along the way, we will study literary and critical theories that will help you interpret the texts. We will end the course by learning how to write a literary research paper that incorporates historical background, biographical information, and literary scholarship into an original argument.
My pedagogical mission is to help all of you become more insightful readers of literature and more precise writers. Beyond the learning objectives, it is also my hope that the course augments your ability to appreciate literature and allow it to speak to you personally. Literature is always about communicating the human condition and what it means to live with dreams, desires, and fears in a world where everyone else is also navigating the same drives. In the process of comparing central, universal human themes, we will explore how literature can help us understand how we process these issues in our own lives and create a better understanding of others.
Types of Assessments
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Norton Anthology to Literature (shorter) (14th Edition) ISBN: 9780393886306
(You can use the paper copy or the digital version)
Passing By Nella Larsen, Norton Critical Edition ISBN: 9780393979169
(You will need the Norton Critical Edition in order to do all the assignments. Other editions will not contain the background readings you need to complete your assignments)
Other Relevant Course Information
As your professor, my top priority is your success as a student. I understand that all of you enter the classroom from diverse backgrounds with your own sets of challenges and goals. My mission is to help you meet the challenges that the course presents and show you how to integrate the skills and content from class into aiding your broader goals as a student. I know that every student has unique talents and perspectives and it is my hope to provide a forum for you to showcase and develop them in a way that enriches the learning experience of your fellow students.
I also realize that reading and writing can be difficult for many students and that people learn in different ways and at different paces. While I have to keep the course moving along at a predetermined schedule in order to meet our learning outcomes, I will do what I can to individualize my instruction to meet your needs. If you reach out to me with reasonable requests, I will do my best to meet you where you are. If you are having trouble with the material, or if other circumstances are affecting your studies, please let me help.
My success as a professor is dependent on your success as a student. I need engaged, motivated, and thoughtful students for my class to become a great learning environment. When you give it your best effort, you in turn enable me to use my most effective teaching techniques. Together we can achieve our full potential in creating an exciting and enlightening learning experience.
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Last updated: 10/30/2022 Sub#: 1013