Foundation ENG 101: Writing about Literature

This course develops strategies for reading and writing about literature (poetry, drama, fiction, literary essays), with the expectation that students will be able to understand and interpret primary literary texts; develop writing skills; and develop and organize interpretive essays through the use and evaluation of sources. ENG 101 courses will have a significant component of the course devoted to writing instruction and developing information literacy.

ENG 101 may have more learning goals and objectives in addition to those associated with the Core.

Goals & Objectives

A course that develops strategies for reading and writing about literature (poetry, drama, fiction, literary essays), with the expectation that students will be able to understand and interpret primary literary texts; develop writing skills; and develop and organize interpretive essays through the use and evaluation of sources.

Content

Goal:  Students will demonstrate the ability to understand and critically analyze college-level literary texts.

Objectives:  Students will

  • Understand the use of specific literary terms, traditions, or styles
  • Interpret the meanings or significance of a literary text
Skills

Goal:  Students will demonstrate the ability to construct a coherent, thesis-driven essay on a literary topic. 

Objectives:  Students will

  • Identify and articulate a central thesis around which the essay is to be organized
  • Demonstrate appropriate conventions of grammar and style
  • Support argument with evidence from literary texts and/or secondary sources
  • Find and evaluate print and electronic sources appropriate for answering a specific research question about a literary text.
  • Cite sources according to MLA documentation style and with academic integrity