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Thursday, August 29, 2019

  • First day of class.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

  • Email contact information to me at hhalbert@gmail.com.  See handout for exact information sought and pay careful attention to the subject heading. Read, sign, and return your contract. See Handouts section of the class web page for the contract)
  • Read "How to Really Read This Book" (Download from the Course Documents section of the class web page)
  • Read and mark the following documents in this order (if you don't have the text yet, you can download these from Course Documents):
    • "Creation of the Whites" (Yuchi myth; Heath Vol. A, 77)
    • "The Arrival of the Whites" (Lenape-Delaware oral tradition; Heath Vol. A, 78-84)
    • "In Focus: America in the World/The World in America" (background essay; Heath 107-109) (please note this section is called "Cluster: America in the European Imagination" if printed from course documents)
      • from Utopia (Thomas More; Heath 110)
      • from Of Cannibals (Michel de Montaigne; Heath 110-111)
      • America (Painting, Heath 111)
      • from New Atlantis (Francis Bacon; Heath 113)
    • "Requerimiento" (Palacios Rubios; boxed text Heath 117-118)
    • "Christopher Columbus" (background essay; Heath 122-123)
    • Excerpt from The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America 1492-1493; Handout.
    • "Cluster: Aesthetics and Criticism—Paradigms of Cultural Encounters" (136-146)
  • Be prepared to have your first reading check. Putting tabs in the text to mark what you read will help speed up the process.
  • Please set up mail forwarding if you do not check your Montco email very often so that official school emails will reach you.
  • Last day to Add Courses without Faculty Signature

Thursday, September 5, 2019

  • Read and mark the following Selections from the Heath Vol. A:
    • from Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabez de Vaca (147-161)
    • "History of the Miraculous Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531" (231-240)
    • "The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt" (259-263)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • Read and mark the following Selections from the Heath Vol. A:
    • All of the selections by John Smith (Vol A. 315-329)
    • From Richard Frethorne, to His Parents (Virginia, 1623) (Vol A. 330-334)
  • Read and mark "New England" (overview; Vol A. 359-364)
  • We will discuss the September 19th in-class essay.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

  • Read and mark the entire William Bradford section (Vol A. 397--421). 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • Read and mark the entire Thomas Morton section (Vol. A 364-378)
  • Read and mark the following selections from Anne Bradstreet:
    • "Anne Bradstreet 1612?-1672" (Vol A. 437-438)
    • "The Prologue [To Her Book]" (Vol A. 439-441)
    • "The Author to Her Book" (Vol A. 445)
    • "The Flesh and the Spirit" (Vol A. 446-448)
    • "Before the Birth of One of Her Children" (Vol A. 448-449)
    • "To My Dear and Loving Husband" (Vol A 449)
    • "A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment" (Vol A. 449-450)
    • "In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665, Being a Year and Half Old" (Vol A. 450-451)
    • "On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669, being but a Month, and One Day Old" (Vol A. 451)
    • "Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666" (Vol A.451-452)
    • "To My Dear Children" (Vol A.452-455)
  • Last day to Drop Courses

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

  • NO CLASS: We do not meet on Wednesdays
  • Withdrawal without signature period begins

Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • Read and mark the following selections from Cotton Mather:
    • "Cotton Mather 1663-1728" (Vol A. 552--554)
    • from The Wonders of the Invisible World (Vol A. 555-560)
    • from The Negro Christianized (Vol A. 573-578)
    • from Bonifacius . . . With Humble Proposals . . . to Do Good in the World (Vol A. 579-580)
  • There will be a test on The Negro Christianized: you will need to write an essay (with quotes) that discusses if the text is a pro-slavery message or a means of undermining the validity of slavery.  Everyone is required to take this exam.  See handout on exam card preparation.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  • Read and mark the following from Jonathan Edwards:
    • "Jonathan Edwards 1703-1758" (Vol. A 700-702)
    • from Images of Divine Things (Vol A. 702-704)
    • "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (Vol A. 723-735)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • Read and mark all of the selections of William Byrd II (Vol A. 662-687)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  • Read and mark the entire Thomas Paine section (Vol A 1045-1065)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

  • Paper #1 Prewriting Due. Post a copy in the "Paper #1: Prewriting" forum on the discussion board.
  • Two-Minute Presentations on Paper Topic
  • Exam Quote Assignment #1 Due.  Submit your quotation assignment to the Blackboard Drop Box by the start of class.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

  • Draft of Paper #1 Due.  Bring a copy to class and post a copy to the discussion board in the "Paper #1: Draft" forum.  (20 points)
  • The draft will be assessed according to the following scale: 20 points for a full draft with works cited, 15 for 4 pages without a works cited, 10 for 3 pages, 5 for 2 pages, and 2 for 1 page.
  • We will go over the midterm exam essay options.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

  • Read the entire J. Hector St. John De Crèvecoeur section (Vol. A, 1006-1045)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

  •  Final Draft Paper #1 Due.  See checklist for details.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • Midterm Exam.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

  • Read and mark "Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790" (Vol A. 910-912)
  • Read and mark selection from The Autobiography (935-983: stop at the Part Two). WARNING: This reading is long.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

  • Read and mark in Volume A the following essays by Benjamin Franklin:
    • "The Way to Wealth" (913-919)
    • "A Witch Trial at Mount Holly" (919-920)
    • "The Speech of Polly Baker" (920-922)
    • "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America" (927-931)
    • "On the Slave Trade" (931-933)
    • "Speech in the Convention" (933-935)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  • Read and mark Vol A, pages 1065-1073 on John and Abigail Adams
  • Read and mark all the selections by Sarah Moore Grimke and by Angelina Grimke (VOL B. 2444-2454)
  • Read and mark "Declaration of Sentiments" (Vol B. 2477-2479
  • Read and mark the entire Fanny Fern Section (Vol B. 2462-2473)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

  • NO CLASS: We do not meet on Wednesdays
  • Withdrawal without Faculty Signature Ends

Thursday, October 31, 2019

  • Read the following selections by Phillis Wheatley:
    • "Phillis Wheatley 1753-1784 (Vol A 1349-1350)
    • "To MÏcenas" (Vol A 1350-1351)
    • "To the Right Honoruable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for North-America, &c" (Vol A 1352-1353)
    • "On Being Brought from Africa to America" (Vol A 1357)
    • "To the University of Cambridge, in New England" (Vol A 1359)
    • "To His Excellency General Washington" (Vol A 1361-1362)
    • "Liberty and Peace, A Poem by Phillis Peters" (Vol A 1363-1364)
    • We will also check the Douglass reading today.
  • Anyone who shows up in a genuine Halloween Costume (none of this "conceptual" costume nonsense) gets five points extra credit.  A photo will be taken. 
  • Withdrawal with Faculty Signature Begins (60%)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

  • NO CLASS.  I will be running the West Norriton 2.1 voting station from 6AM to 9:30PM. 
  • Read and mark Chapters 1-9 of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, (Vol. B. 2163- 2199).
  • No Class. Instead, post a two-page response to the reading in the "Frederick Douglass Reaction" forum.  In your response, identify a specific moment, quote, or scene in the text that you found particularly compelling and describe (using quotes with parenthetical citations) how Douglass is attempting to persuade/manipulate the readers to feel a specific way about that scene.  This post must be completed by noon. (10 points)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Finish reading and marking Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, (Vol. B. 2199-2234)
  • We will have our in-class essay exam on Frederick Douglass today.  Bring your exam card.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • Read and mark the following selections from Washington Irving:
    • "Washington Irving" (Vol B. 2505-2506)
    • from A History of New York, Chapter 5 (Handout in Course Documents)
  • Read the following selections from In Focus: Humor of the Old Southwest:
  • introduction (Vol B.2484-2487, including the ad)
  • All of the selections by Davy Crockett (Vol B. 2488-2491)
  • All of the selections by Mike Fink (Vol B. 2491-2492)
  • Tara Westover, author of Educated, will be speaking today.  Details to be announced.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

  • Read and mark the following selections by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • "Ralph Waldo Emerson" (Vol B. 1822-1825)
    • "Chapter I: Nature" (Vol B. 1826-1828)
    • "Chapter III: Beauty" (Vol. B. 1829-1833)
    • Self-Reliance (Vol B. 1868-1887)
  • Withdraw with Faculty Signature Ends (74%)

Friday, November 15, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

  • Read and mark the following the following by Henry David Thoreau:
    • "Henry David Thoreau" (Vol B. 1978-1979)
    • "Resistance to Civil Government" (Vol B. 1979-1995)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

  • Post Annotated Bibliography in the Research Bank Forum by 5PM today.
  • I will be in my office during our normal class time to discuss potential papers should you wish to see me.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

  • Draft of Paper #2 due.  Bring a copy to class and post a copy in the "Paper #2: Draft" forum.
  • The draft will be assessed according to the following scale: 20 points for a full draft with works cited, 15 for 4 pages without a works cited, 10 for 3 pages, 5 for 2 pages, and 2 for 1 page.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

  • NO CLASS: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

  • Read and mark the following selections from Edgar Allen Poe:
    • "Edgar Allen Poe" (Vol B. 2691-2693)
    • "The Fall of the House of Usher" (Vol B. 2706-2720)
    • "The Tell-Tale Heart" (Vol B. 2727-2731)
    • "The Purloined Letter" (Vol B.  2731-2745)
    • "The Raven" (Vol B. 2764-2767)
    • "Annabel Lee" (Vol B. 2767-2768)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

  • Last Class.
  • Complete quote assignment #2
  • Read and mark the following from Walt Whitman:
    • "Walt Whitman 1819-1892" biography (Vol B. 3218-3222)
    • "Ethiopia Saluting the Colors" (Vol. B 3311)
    • "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" (Vol. B 3312-3319)
    • "Prayer of Columbus" (handout in Course Documents)
    • "To a Locomotive in Winter" (Vol. B 3321)

Thursday, December 12, 2019

  • Final Exam 8 AM to 10 AM in our regular classroom.
  • Bring exam card.
  • Last chance to reconcile missing readings or assignments.

Friday, December 13, 2019

  • No Class.
  • Final Draft of Paper #2 by noon.  See checklist for details

Monday, December 16, 2019

  • No class.
  • Major Paper Rewrite Option due by noon today.  Email the paper to me with a file that follows this convention: Lastname_First_eng211_p1REV.doc

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