Literature SLOs

LITERATURE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

ENGLISH V01C - INTRO TO LITERATURE: CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING - 4 Units

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  • CSLO-1: Apply critical thinking skills to analyze literary works in writing.
  • CSLO-2: Create cohesive and logical arguments that employ relevant textual details.
  • CSLO-3: Apply literary concepts and elements of genre to critically engage with a text.

Assessment:

  • Collaborative literary analysis and reporting out in class discussions, graded essays employing critical thinking, evaluation of elements of fiction, oral presentations using a critical theory to analyze a literary work, in-class critical essays, in-class quizzes
  • Peer review; graded essays that require strong organization, persuasive, cohesive arguments, strong development using relevant details, and avoidance of logical fallacies; meet with students regarding thesis, outline and basic review of research techniques.

ENGLISH V15  - INTRODUCTION TO POETRY - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1: Appraise selected poetry with informed comprehension and aesthetic appreciation.
  • CSLO-2: Paraphrase, analyze, explain, discuss, and compare and contrast a variety of poetic forms and genres

Assessment:

  • Students write original essays involving research, explication, analysis, and comparison/contrast of poems.
  • Students respond to poems in journals.
  • Students make presentations based on research about poets and their writing.
  • Students recite poems from memory.

ENGLISH V16 - INTRODUCTION TO FICTION - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1: Identify and evaluate elements of fiction such as plot, structure, character, setting, point of view, tone and style, theme, irony, and symbol
  • CSLO-2: Analyze works of fiction in the context of history and culture
  • CSLO-3: Apply literary theory to the fiction being studied and to the assigned writing tasks
  • CSLO-4: Analyze the connection between content and form in fiction

Assessment:

  • Students will write two out-of-class essays analyzing the elements of fiction in various works and applying their choice of literary theory.
  • Students will create a class presentation using outside research on one of the texts or authors from the period studied.
  • Students will answer final exam questins in which they correctly identify passages from authors and texts and comment on their literary elements and historical contexts.

ENGLISH V21A - SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1: Differentiate between texts representative of different literary movements or time periods, and authors from the period covering the Celtic epic to the end of the 18th century.
  • CSLO-2: Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covering the Celtic epic to the 18th century essay.
  • CSLO-3: Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Students create original essays evaluating an author’s use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama.
  • Students write out-of-class response journals.
  • Students make presentations on texts.

ENGLISH V21B - SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Differentiate between texts representative of different literary movements or time periods, and authors from the beginning of the 19th century to the post-modern period.
  • CSLO-2: Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covering from the beginning of the 19th century to the post-modern period.
  • CSLO-3: Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization and genre.

Assessment:

  • Students create original essays evaluating an author’s use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama.
  • Students write out-of-class response journals.
  • Students make presentations on texts.

ENGLISH V22A - SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE: COLONIAL PERIOD TO 1865 - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Differentiate between texts representative of different literary movements or time periods and authors from the beginning of the pre-colonial times to 1865.
  • CSLO-2Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covered from the beginning of the colonial period to 1865.
  • CSLO-3Evaluate an author’s use of the elements of poetry and prose, including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action characterization and genre.

Assessment:

  • Students answer midterm and final exam questions in which they correctly identify and comment on texts from different literary movements and time periods.
  • Students will write two out-of-class essays which formulate and explore original ideas about literary texts from the periods covered from pre-Colonail times to 1865.
  • In journal entries, out-of-class essays, and/or short essay questions in exams, students will identify and evaluate authors’ uses of the elements of poetry and prose, including use of rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre, if applicable.

ENGLISH 22B - SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE: 1865 TO PRESENT - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Differentiate between texts representative of different literary movements or time periods, and authors from the beginning of the Civil War to the post-modern period.
  • CSLO-2Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covered from the end of the Civil War to the post-modern period.
  • CSLO-3Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action characterization, and genre

Assessment:

  • In-class midterm exam (in-class essay), final exam (in-class essay), annotated bibliography, and interpretative essays

ENGLISH V23 - INTRODUCTION TO DRAMATIC LITERATURE - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Identify and evaluate elements of drama such as plot, characterization, setting, staging, tone, and theme.
  • CSLO-2Analyze plays in the context of history and culture.
  • CSLO-3Demonstrate familiarity with the production history of the plays studied.
  • CSLO-4Analyze plays for production possibilities.

Assessment:

  • Students will write two out-of-class essays analyzing the elements of drama in various works and comment on their historical and social contexts.
  • Students will create a class presentation using outside research on one of the plays or playwrights from the periods studied, emphasizing its production history and alternate production possibilities.
  • Students will answer midterm and final exam questions in which they correctly identify passages from plays and comment on their literary elements, staging history, and historical contexts.

ENGLISH V26 - INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Compare and contrast characters within the plays.
  • CSLO-2Demonstrate understanding of Shakespeare's use of dramatic conventions, poetic elements, and sonnet form.
  • CSLO-3Demonstrate knowledge of basic Shakespearean language use, including blank verse and prose.

Assessment:

  • Six 1,500 word analytical essays, midterm exam, oral interpretation, and final exam 

ENGLISH V29A - AESTHETICS OF FILM I - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Appraise the fundamentals of style and design of plot within a film
  • CSLO-2Assess the structure and movement within a film
  • CSLO-3Compare and contrast the differing ideologies of film making

Assessment:

  • Research paper and film logs.
  • Class discussions.

ENGLISH V29B - AESTHETICS OF FILM II - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Appraise the fundamentals of style and design of plot within a film
  • CSLO-2Assess the structure and movement within a film
  • CSLO-3Examine the history of cinematography, including composition within the frames in a film with evidence of in-depth research and comprehension

Assessment:

  • Research paper and film logs.
  • Class discussions.

ENGLISH V30 - SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE I - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Identify a selection of World Literature and analyze the literary significance, including the form of the texts
  • CSLO-2Assess the interplay between a literary text and the culture in which it was born.

Assessment:

  • Intensive seminar-based discussion.
  • Student presentations.
  • In-class quizzes.
  • Critical essays.

ENGLISH V31 - SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE II - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Assess the interplay between a literary text and the culture in which it was born.
  • CSLO-2Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Intensive seminar-based discussion.
  • Student presentations.
  • In-class quizzes.
  • Critical essays.

ENGLISH V35/V135 - MULTICULTURAL AMERICAN LITERATURE - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Understand and analyze the historical, social, and cultural implications of works by African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Native American, and other American sub-cultural writers.
  • CSLO-2Distinguish between different literary movements and historical contexts of various racial or ethnic groups residing in the United States.
  • CSLO-3Identify traditional and unconventional uses of elements of poetry, fiction, and drama, including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Not taught recently.

ENGLISH V36A/V136A - SURVEY OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE I - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Differentiate between texts representative of gender-based literary movements from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
  • CSLO-2Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covered from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
  • CSLO-3Evaluate an author’s use of of the elements of poetry and prose, including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Students will answer midterm and final exam questions in which they correctly identify and comment on texts representative of gender-based literary theory themes and movements from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.

ENGLISH V36B/V136B - SURVEY OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE II - 3 Units

  • CSLO-1Differentiate between texts representative of gender-based literary movements from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.
  • CSLO-2Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covered from the early 20th century to the present.
  • CSLO-3Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Short research paper, oral presentation, class discussions of the works

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