Instructor: Dr. Kisha Tracy
Office: Miller Hall 204
Office Hours: MW 9:30-10:45AM or by appointment (to request a meeting outside of office hours, click here and follow instructions)
Email: ktracy3@fitchburgstate.edu (best way to contact)
Phone: x4827
Mailbox: Miller Hall, English Studies Department Office

Time: MW 11AM-12:15PM
Location: THOM 111

Syllabus: “British Literature I”
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Syllabus Pamphlet (Project Day, Laura Shotwell, Spring 2012)

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Purdue University Student Guide to Creating a Successful College Experience
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Course Schedule: “British Literature I”
  • How to Find Readings:
    • Readings with page numbers are in your textbook. All page numbers are from the new edition of the textbook. If you have any other edition, look for author/title in the Table of Contents.
    • Readings marked as PDF are located on Blackboard under “Course Documents”
    • Readings with a hyperlink can be found online by clicking on the title.
  • Activities to be completed by the beginning of class have a hyperlink; click to find the instructions.
  • Required: Meet with Dr. T at least once outside of class (strongly preferred in office hours) by February 29th (may meet individually or in groups of up to 3 students) (10 Activity points). To request a meeting, click here.
Day
In-Class
(Activities completed in class – those highlighted worth 10 points unless noted as “double”)
Assignments Due
(Activities due beginning of class – highlighted worth 10 points unless noted as “double”; Assignments due at midnight unless otherwise noted)

Jan 20
Introductions/ Expectations for Course
In-Class Activity: Interview


Unit 1: Why Are We Studying Early British Literature?
25
Course Prep
Assignment Introduction: Badges and Activities
Discussion: Why Do We Study the Humanities? (Reflection Post)
Complete by Class: Join Wiki
Read/Watch:

27
Discussion: Why Are We Studying Early British Literature?
In-Class Activity: Medieval VS Modern (Reflection Post)
Assignment Introduction: Significance Statements
Read:
Activity: Join, read, and respond to at least two posts on “Significance of Studying the Middle Ages” Facebook group

Feb 1

Read:
Activity: TED-Ed Lesson Why Are We Studying Early British Literature?

Unit 2: Medieval – Old English/Anglo-Saxon

3
No Class: Dr. T at Conference
Read:
  • Introduction, 1-34
Activity: TED-Ed Lesson Anglo-Saxon
Assignment (due at midnight): Significance Statements

8

Read:
Activity: TED-Ed Lesson Beowulf

10
Anglo-Saxon: History and Language
In-Class Activity: How to Read and How to Take Notes
Read:
Watch:

15
No Class: Presidents’ Day


17
In-Class Activity: Sketchnoting
Read:
Extra credit opportunity due by class: Grendel Gallery Drawing
Select topic by class: One-Minute Anglo-Norman Video (double)

22
Assignment Introduction: Graphic Novel Essay
Reread:
  • Particularly reread scenes in Beowulf related to Grendel's Mother

Unit 3: Medieval – Anglo-Norman

24
Anglo-Norman and Courtly Love: History and Language
Read:
Activity: TED-Ed Lesson Anglo-Norman
Activity (due by midnight): One-Minute Anglo-Norman Video (double)

Unit 4: Medieval – Middle English Romances

29
Assignment: Graphic Novel Essay Feedback and Work Half-Day
Activity:Writing Expectations and Textbook Citation
Middle English: Romances
Read:
Watch:
Assignment (due by class): Graphic Novel Essay draft
Activity: TED-Ed Lesson Sir Gawain
Optional: Meet with Dr. T at least once outside of class (strongly preferred in office hours) by this day

Mar 2
In-Class Activity: Gawain Sin Scale
Read:
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,189-224
Activity: Graphic Novel Essay Visual

7

Read:
Activity: Watch and respond to the Anglo-Norman Video Lesson on the FB thread

Unit 5: Medieval – 14th Century and Chaucer

9
Chaucer: History and Language
In-Class Activity: Disability Studies and "Sir Orfeo" Facebook Post
In-Class Activity: Learning Outcomes Midterm Reflection
Read:
  • Contexts, The Crisis in the Fourteenth Century, 135-48
Activity: TED-Ed Lesson The Fourteenth Century
Assignment (due by Friday, March 11, midnight): Graphic Novel Essay

12-20
No Class: Spring Break


21

Read:
Activity: Pilgrim Morality Scale

23

Read:

28
Assignment Prep: Midterm Exam Work Day (Due by 4/1)
Assignment (due by midnight): Midterm Medieval Badges

Unit 6: Renaissance (Early Modern) to the Early Seventeenth Century – Religion and Politics

30
Early Modern: History and Background
In-Class Activity: Timelines
Read:
Activity: TED-Ed Lesson Early Modern Period
Assignment (due by Friday, April 1st, midnight): Midterm Exam

Apr 4
The Bible: Translation and Conflict
Read:
  • William Tyndale, 518-31

6
Guest: Coco Zephir, Librarian
Assignment Introduction: Course Research Scavenger Hunt and Course Research
Activity (due by next class, take notes in class): Discussion Post responding to presentation by librarian

11
Activity (worth 100 points) Introduction: Project Day (Due by 4/20)


13
The Queen: Politics
In-Class Activity: Citation Mining
Read:

18
No Class: Patriots Day


20
In-Class Activity: Library Scavenger Hunt (double) - Meet in Library
Activity (due by next class): Discussion Post responding to Library Scavenger Hunt activity
Activity (worth 100 points; due by midnight; if a hard copy, bring to next class): Project Day

25
Guest: Kai Fay, "Book History"
Activity (due by next class, take notes in class): Discussion Post responding to presentation

Unit 7: Renaissance (Early Modern) to the Early Seventeenth Century – Major Texts

27

Read:
  • Thomas More, Utopia, 21-57 (read Book 1 in extra book with textbook OR PDF)
Assignment (due by midnight): Course Research Scavenger Hunt

May 2

Read:

Unit 8: Renaissance (Early Modern) to the Early Seventeenth Century – Drama

4
Drama: History and Themes
In-Class Activity: Trial Day (double)
Read:
  • Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, 771-85
Activity: Faustus Pre-Trial Activity

Unit 9: Renaissance (Early Modern) to the Early Seventeenth Century – Poetry

9
Poetry: Forms
Read:
  • Sir Thomas Wyatt, 532-40
  • Elizabethan Sonnet/Lyric, 546-54
  • Shakespeare, 791-808
  • Sir Walter Ralegh, 724-27
  • John Donne, 824-35
  • Ben Jonson, 811-23
  • George Herbert, 867-77
  • Katherine Philips, 891-96

11
Reflection Day
Assignment (due by midnight): Final Early Modern Badges

17
Assignment: Final Exam
Assignment (due by end of final at 2:20PM): Course Research