English 216 Reading Literature

Course Title
 Reading Literature
Course Number
ENG 216
Course description
This course is an introductory course to literature, specifically, the three main genres: fiction (short stories), poetry, and drama. Students are introduced to the literary elements of each genre and are trained to trace these elements in specific works. The course concentrates on providing an elementary literary vocabulary as well as introduction and practice in the skills required for the reading of literature and for writing about it. The classes will emphasize active student participation and give ample opportunity for student leadershipof discussion. The course covers three genres that include a selection of short stories (4-5 stories), a selection of poems (5-6 poems), and a one-act play.
Course Objectives (i.e. Learning Outcomes as specified in the Course Specifications)
Students should be able to: 
1. Identify the three main genres of literature: fiction (short stories), poetry, and drama. 
 2. Analyze the elements of each genre and trace these elements in specific works. 
 3. Relate general as well as specific historical and cultural background materials crucial to the understanding of literature
4. Write coherent essays on the different elements of literature and their role in enriching the reading experience.
5. Read literature both analytically and responsively.
Textbook
 Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, and 2009 MLA Update Edition. 7th ed. Wadsworth, 2010 

Course Materials