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English 262 - American Multicultural Literature - Tracey Sherard

Course:American Multicultural Literature
Professor:Tracey Sherard
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello, my name is Tracey Sherard, and I am your instructor for English 261: American Multicultural Literature. I look forward to meeting and working with you this semester!

Course Description

Catalogue Course Description:

Surveys various genres of multicultural literature of the United States, addressing issues of voice, agency, and the construction of American identity across racial, ethnic, regional, and gender boundaries in the cultural context of a diverse country.


Student Learning Outcome:

1: Analyze and interpret American Multicultural literature taking into account the specific cultural, literary, and political traditions that inform them.


Course Objectives

 1. Relate an author's use of diction, tone, setting, character, figurative language, and other elements of literature to the social and/or historical context of the work.

 2. Explain how an author uses stylistic elements to construct a community's identity.

 3. Compare and contrast American multicultural texts across historical periods.

 4. Identify how a text’s distinctive characteristics reinforce or challenge the literary conventions of its time

 5. Analyze how gender, identity, and language issues impact the writing of certain ethic groups.

 6. Describe generational differences in values for certain ethnic groups as demonstrated in literature studied.

 7. Examine the impact of key historical events as well as law and policy changes, as demonstrated in the writing of certain ethnic groups.

 8. Apply critical approaches to the analysis of complex subjects such as acculturation, identity, and assimilation.

What to Expect in this Course

Course Format:

We will be engaging in a variety of online activities in this course. Such activities include discussion board original and peer replies based on the assigned reading, as well as taking quizzes and exams. You will also be submitting your writing project for the course online.

Please note that we will cover the same material usually covered in a face-to-face version of the course. Therefore, expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on this course.

Attendance and Punctuality:

Your “attendance” is required. You should be prepared to log on and participate at least 3 times during each week. Many of you will want and need to do so more often. There may be times, though, that you need to “miss” class due to your personal schedule or unforeseen emergencies. In such cases, you can work one or two assignments ahead. When possible, you can do some original replies ahead and save them as documents you can cut and paste close to the due dates (postings submitted weeks in advance will not be counted).

Submitting late assignments not only affects your grade, but also deprives you of your classmates’ valuable feedback. It also, of course, deprives them of your brilliant ideas and writing style!

Late discussion board original or peer replies do not count as attendance, and will not receive any points.  If you are “absent” for more than 3 discussion board original replies, along with not receiving those points, you will most likely be dropped from the course for having stopped “attending.” This is in keeping with regular course attendance guidelines from the college.

If you miss even one discussion board, it is a good idea to contact me to reaffirm your intention to complete all remaining discussion boards as attendance.

The course begins on Monday of the first week of class, when our CANVAS course shell will become available to you.


Participation is vital to your success in this class, and includes doing the assigned readings, logging on at least 3 times a week and contributing to the appropriate discussion boards, and engaging in various other online activities geared towards the sharing of insights and resources, which will help make the class more interesting and valuable to everyone, as well as contribute substantially to your performance in the class.

Types of Assessments

  • Discussion Board Posts and Replies
  • Proctored Quizzes and Exams
  • Short Argument Essays

***AI-generated writing is not allowed in this course. It will not earn credit and could trigger the college's due process for academic integrity violation***

Textbook Information

Required Texts for Purchase or Rental:

Native American Songs and Poems

ISBN#: 9780486294506


The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, by Sherman Alexie

ISBN#: 9780802121998


African American Poetry, An Anthology, 1773-1927

ISBN#: 9780486296043


Going to Meet the Man, by James Baldwin

ISBN#: 9780679761792


The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

ISBN#: 9780679734772


M Butterfly, by David Henry Hwang

ISBN#: 9780452272590


Typical American, by Gish Jen

ISBN#: 978048649317

Other Relevant Course Information

If this course is not full, you should be able to add it via MyCanyons.

If the course is full, the best way to add is to be on the waitlist, as the college will automatically add you if a spot opens up. They will notify you by email so that you can pay your fees and enroll in the course. Please note that students dropped for non-payment or non-attendance will not likely be able to re-add.

If it is full and has gone to a wait list, replies to emails requesting to add will go out only after the “no-show” drop deadline.

In the event that there is room for additional students other than those on the waitlist to add the class, I will know on Thursday of the first week of class, so please contact me by email early that day at the latest (even if you are on the waitlist you need to contact me). If I am able to add you to the class, your name will be sent directly to Computer Support Services via computer by Admissions and Records and it may take 1 business day before your account is created in CANVAS, though I will do my best to expedite that process.

Additional Resources


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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

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Last updated: 12/19/2023 Sub#: 1688