ENGLISH 221-A
BRITISH LITERATURE I
Spring, 2000

READING LIST

February     2     Pre-Test and Introduction
                  4      Beowulf, 29-79
                  7      Beowulf (continued), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 156-210
                  9      Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
                11      Chaucer, 210-235
                14      Chaucer, 281-296
                16      Chaucer, 296-313
                18      TEST
                21      Everyman,
                23      Popular Ballads, 445-467
                25      Julian of Norwich, 355-366; The Book of Margery Kemp, 366-379
                28      More, 503-523

March        1      Bacon, 1529-1541
                  3      Marlowe, 989; Raleigh, 879; Herrick, 1649-1650; Marvell, 1691-1692;
                          Donne, 1247; Burton, 1565-1569
                  6      Marlowe, 990-1023
                  8      Marlowe (continued)
                10      MID-SEMESTER EXAMINATION
                13      Jonson, 1303-1393
                14      Jonson (continued)
                17      Shakespeare (video)
                27      Shakespeare, 1026-1043
                29      Shakespeare, 1106-1191
                31      Shakespeare (continued)

April           3     TEST
                  5     Donne, 1233-1249; Johnson, 2736-2638
                  7     Donne, 1268-1272, 1277-1278; Walton, 1582-1587
                10     Webster, 1432-1507
                12     Webster (continued)
                14     Herrick, 1643-1655; Herbert, 1595-1602
                17     Sackling, 1664-1670; Lovelace, 1670-1673
                19     Milton, 1771-1774, 1811-1815
                21     Milton, 1815-1836
                24     Milton, 1961-1986
                26     Swift, 2298-2301; 2473-2479
                28     Swift, 2424-2428, 2312-2320

May           1     Test
                  3     Johnson, 2660-2662, 2677-2712
                  5     Johnson, continued; Boswell, 2769-2770, 2779-2783
                  8     Post Test and Review

*         Students are expected to read the information to the periods covered in this course, and
           students may be held responsible on tests for all material within the assigned pages
           whether or not it is covered in class.

*         Prompt and regular class attendance is a course requirement. Over two unexcused absences
           may adversely affect the grade. Students are requested to attend to their personal needs
           before class begins. Leaving and returning to class once class is underway is not permitted
           except in the case of genuine emergency.
 

HONOR CODE
Students enrolled in ENG 221-A are expected to adhere to the Elon College Honor Code.
 
 

GRADING STANDARDS

The following grading standards apply to writing done in and out of class:

A     Writing of this quality is characterized by originality of thought, felicity of expression and
        coherence of structure. Writing must not only be free of gross mechanical mistakes, it
        must also display some sophistication of style marked by syntactical variety and precision
        of word choice. The writing must be knowledgeable and interesting. The reader may think "I
        wish I had written that." In short, A writing displays a uniform excellence in content and
        expression.

B     This writing is expected to show some originality of thought, but it is not held to the same
        high standard as the above. Writing may have a few errors of usage, but nothing as serious
        as subject-verb disagreement, dangling modifiers and sentence fragments. Sentences
        should be somewhat varied to avoid monotony. A definite organization and progression
        of thought must be evident. While this writing does not measure up to the highest level, it is
        still obviously above the average in content and expression.

C     Writing of this level will display a fair number of mechanical problems of usage and
        organization. There may be a few serious grammatical errors and a lack of syntactical
        variety, leading to a monotony of expression. Although there is some attempt at structure,
        the organization is not as close knit as in the previous levels. This writing displays some
        effort of original thinking but falls far short of honor level work.

D     As college level writing this is not acceptable. There is minimal or no control of grammar,
        punctuation and spelling. Little or no attention is given to paragraphing, and the content is
        garbled and unoriginal. Sentences, when they are not fragments, are predominately simple,
        boring, and repetitive. This writing is a serious warning sign that something is definitely
        wrong. Either no effort was put into this essay or the student needs extensive help in the
        Writing Center.

F     Unacceptable in all respects. Serious grammatical and punctuation errors abound. Thought
        is immature, and organization is extremely weak or nonexistent with no attention paid to
        paragraphing.
 

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