Reading Journal: 60 pts cr/ncr
You must complete a minimum of 12 complete journals to receive credit.
If you do not complete the minimum amount of journals you will receive
ZERO points! You must submit your reading journal by Monday, 10:00 am
Pacific Standard time to the WebCT site to receive credit the week the
journal is due. Late journals will not be accepted.
This journal is designed to help you remember what you read, participate
in class discussions, write your Literary Analysis Paper, and pass the
reading tests. The journal is a place for you to record your ideas and
feelings about what you read, to write questions when you run across
things you don’t understand, and to answer those questions when
you find answers.
You should write about each of your readings for the week. For example,
if you read 3 poems and two short stories in a week, you should submit
an individual entry for each piece you read.
A journal entry should contain 5 items about each piece of literature:
1] Name and author of piece 2] A brief synopsis of what the piece was
about 3] Any lines or phrases that have particular significance 4] A
short explanation why you liked/disliked the piece 5] Any questions
you have about the piece. Each weekly journal submission should be 3-5
typed pages total for all readings together. 3 pages is the minimum
length to receive credit. [click here
for a sample journal]
On-line Discussions 120 Points A-F
You must complete twelve on-line discussions to get full credit. Each
discussion is worth 10 points [5 points to post your answers and 5 points
to read and respond to your group members’ answers]. The questions
are designed to help us better understand the literature we read. The
questions are also the basis for the reading quizzes and exams.
Here’s how it works. Each Monday, a set of discussion questions
will be sent to each member in your group. Each group member will answer
and post his/her question set to the Blackboard group discussion board by
Wednesday 10:00 am Pacific Standard time that same week. [the posting
of well thought out answers gets you 5 of 10 discussion points] Late
postings will not receive credit.
Because each group member receives different questions, you will need
to read your group members’ answers and make comments on them
to ensure you all agree on the answers. That way, each of you has the
highest chance of understanding the literature and of getting the right
answer for quizzes and exams. Each group member must post his/her responses
to the Blackboard group discussion board by Friday 10:00 am Pacific Standard
time that same week. [the posting of thoughtful responses gets you the
other 5 of 10 discussion points] Late postings will not receive credit.
By the following Monday, I will post a message to the announcements
board giving you a web address that contains additional information
about the pieces you and your group have been working on. This allows
you to check how well you and your group are doing in analyzing the
literature. After you view the information, feel free to ask questions
if there are things you still don’t understand.
Reading Quizzes 60 Points A-F
These tests are on-line multiple choice quizzes that are designed
to see how well you read and understood the literature discussed in
class. You may take each quiz two times. The scores will be averaged.
You may take these quizzes anytime up to the cut-off date.
On-line Quiz number one 30 pts – available week five from 10:00 am
Monday until 10:00 am Friday
On-line Quiz number two 30 pts – available week thirteen from 10:00
am Monday until 10:00 am Friday
Mid-Term and Final Exams 80 Points A-F
These tests are also online but you can only take them once!
The exams are partly multiple choice and include a short essay question.
These exams are designed to see how well you read and understood the
literature discussed in class.
Midterm available week nine 10:00 am Monday until 10:00 am Friday10am PST 40 points
Final available week 17 10:00 am Monday until 10:00 am 6/2 PST 40 points
Midterm Report 30 Points A-F
During the window of the Midterm Exam, a 3-5 page double spaced typed detailed analysis of a reading in our texts that we did not cover in class. You will be given a detailed
handout as to how to structure and write your Midterm Report.
[click here for more information]
Literary Analysis Paper 60 Points A-F
During the window of the Final Exam, a 8-10 page double spaced typed analysis comparing
and contrasting two readings will be due. You must include at least three sources of outside research. You will be given a detailed
handout as to how to structure and write your literary analysis paper.
[click here for more information]
Class Participation 40 Points A-F
Much of the class is based on student on-line discussion of readings.
You will be working in groups to answer questions about the readings.
For this reason, your on-line attendance is very important. You all
begin with 40 points! To maintain your points, you must log onto Blackboard
three times a week. Each time you miss logging in, I will subtract 5
points per day missed from your participation score. Once you reach
ZERO points, you will be dropped from the class!
Orientation Assignments 20 points A-F
On Campus 1/30 Room B268 from 3:30-5:00 pm PST
We will be working on the orientation assignments in class on the orientation
day. There are 4 specific activities you must complete correctly to
get your points. YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL FOUR TASKS BY 10pm Jan 31st!
Journal #0 = 5 points / Discussion Questions #0 = 5 points / Responding
to group #0 = 5 points / Quiz #0 = 5 points
Course Grading Policy
A = 423-470 Excellent
B = 376-422 Superior
C = 329-375 Good
D = 282-328 Poor
F = 0-281 No Pass
This course adheres to the policies outlined in the Cuyamaca College
Catalog. For further information, see Academic Policies stated in the
**NOTE: For help with writing your assignments, I suggest going to
the Writing Center located on the first floor of the Library. You can
sign up for an assisted tutoring course for NO CHARGE and get assistance
writing your essays!