[Un]Ruly Voices of African American Women Before 1931
Course Guidelines and Syllabus
AFH 394(07619)/ENG 394(52518)/HUM 394(57861)/WST 394(59172)
Instructor: Lynette D. Myles
Course Description and Objectives
Attendance: Attendance is taken at each class session. A student
who exceeds six absences, regardless of the reason, will fail the course.
Attendance equates to showing up on time, listening, turning in assignments,
and participating in class and group activities. Being 5-10 minutes late
on three occasions will count will count as an absence.
Participation: This is not a lecture course. Students are expected to attend class meetings prepared to participate in discussions and group activities. This means reading should be completed as assigned before the class meeting at which readings are to be discussed. Weekly reading response, the questions or comments you prepare for class for online discussion. Your participation grade will include class discussion, online discussions, in-class activities, and reading quizzes.
You should also sign up for our webboard page at http://english.asu.edu:8080/~myles. That site will contain announcements and on-line discussions.
Reading Questions and Comments: Instead of a reading journal, students will bring to class a written question or comment about the day's assignment that will be turned into the instructor. You can also use this question or comment as a message to post at the end of your reading response online.
Online Responses and Discussions: Students will post weekly reading
responses to Webboard. In addition, you will post a question at the end
of your reading response. You will also make at least one response to
other questions and comments posted by other students. You are welcome
to post more than this if you wish. Please note that it will not be acceptable
to write all twelve responses and comments in the last week of the term.
Grading for online reading responses and discussions postings will be
based on both overall quality of reading responses (12 reading responses
required) and quantity (number of postings). Each will be graded separately.
What You Should Write: Included within your 1 - 1 ½ page response should be: 1.) a brief summary and analysis of meaning, 2.) author's assumptions and purpose, and 3.) student's own assessment of the work.
Format: At the beginning of each RR, write the date and the reading. Ex. "January 27: Maria Stewart."
Deadline for Reading Responses: Submissions for reading responses are due by midnight the day before due date indicated on course syllabus. Ex. January 27 reading response's submission is due before midnight January 26.
Deadline for Online Discussions: Your weekly reply and comments to other students must be posted no later than Thursday at midnight of that week. Ex. Responses to January 27 postings is due Thursday, January 30 before midnight.
Late Responses: Late responses will not be accepted under any circumstance.
Lead Discussion: Students are expected to lead class discussion twice during the semester. Discussion leaders will be assigned for each week's readings. Readings should be selected by second week of class.
Guidelines for Lead Discussion:
Formal Papers: Students will write one (7-10 pages) analytical interpretation of a work. Your essay must make an interesting, well-developed, persuasive argument about a significant topic related to our readings. You must provide outstanding reasons and evidence for your argument. You must read two literary criticism for your longer paper. You must cite these sources appropriately in your paper using the MLA format.
Prospectus: You should begin thinking about your essay early in the term. For the assignment, students must hand in a 100 word prospectus describing the proposed subject of the paper, its thesis (if known), works to be covered, and source materials. The prospectus will receive comments, but will be graded. If the prospectus is missing, the paper grade will be lowered 5 points. When paper is due, you are required to turn in your final paper, rough draft and a copy of any scholarly journal article used in paper in a folder. Write your name on the outside cover of the folder. Please note that I do not accept papers or assignments via email.
Late Papers: Late papers will be penalized by automatically receiving one letter grade lower than the grade assigned to it. Permission to turn in a late paper without penalty will be rarely granted and only based on a conference with me and never on the day of the assignment is due. If you are having trouble completing the paper, make an appointment with me or simply attend office hours. Further, if you wish to turn in a late paper, you must see the instructor immediately to make appropriate arrangements.
Reading Quizzes: Quizzes will be a way of checking your reading if your discussions are weak. Quizzes are part of participation and cannot be made up if you are absent.
Final Exam: Students are required to take a comprehensive in-class
Note on Assignments
A = 4.0 C = 2.0
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the use of another person's words or sentence structures without acknowledging the source. Remember, materials from websites as well as printed matter must be cited properly. The MLA Guidelines published in the Bedford Handbook, MLA Handbook, and other sources will tell you how to cite materials, as will the MLA website guidelines for citing electronic materials.
Student Code of Conduct:
What is Webboard?
How to Begin
On Threaded Discussions
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Early African American Female Orators
Mon. 1/27 Weekly Reading Response Due. Reading due: Marilyn Richardson, Maria Stewart, America's First Black Woman Political Writer, through page 55.
Wed. 1/29 Reading Due: Reading: Maria Stewart, America's First
Black Woman Political Writer, pp. 56-109 and Appendixes.
Week 3 Early African American Female Orators (cont.) and Female Slave Narratives
Mon. 2/3 Weekly Reading Response Due.
Wed. 2/5 Reading due: Narrative of Sojourner Truth, pp. 73-148.
Mon. 2/10 Weekly Reading Response Due. Reading due: Narrative
of Sojourner Truth, pp. 148-221.
Wed. 2/12 Reading due: Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, pp. 1-67.
Mon. 2/17 Topic due for paper 1. Weekly Reading Response Due. Reading
due: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, pp. 68-136.
Wed. 2/19 Reading due: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,
Mon. 2/24 Weekly Reading Response Due. Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice
From the South
Mon. 3/3 Weekly Reading Response Due.
Wed. 3/5 Reading due: Iola Leroy; or, Shadows Uplifted, pp. 286-347.
Mon. 3/10 Weekly Response Due. Reading due: Iola Leroy,
Week 9 Spring Break March 16-23
Mon. 3/24 Weekly Reading Response Due. Reading due: Pauline
Hopkins, Contending Forces, pp. 13-113.
Mon. 3/31 Weekly Reading Response Due. Reading due: Contending
Forces, pp. 182-239.
Mon. 4/7 Due: Topic, thesis and bibliography for Paper 2. Weekly Reading
Response Due. Reading due: Contending Forces, pp. 303-402.
Mon. 4/14 Weekly Reading Response Due. Reading due: Jesse Fauset's, "Mary Elizabeth."
Wed. 4/16 Reading due: Passing, pp. 143-176.
Assignment: Work on rough draft. Bring three copies to class.
Mon. 4/21 Rough draft due. Bring three copies. Reading Due:
Passing, pp. 177-210.
Wed. 4/22 Due: Student peer review of rough draft. Weekly Reading Response Due. Reading: Passing, pp. 212-242.
Mon. 4/28 Weekly Reading Response Due. Reading due: Hayden Reserve - Marita Bonner, The Purple Flower
Wed. 4/30 Reading due: Hayden Reserve - Georgia Douglas Johnson, Blue Blood
Mon. 5/5 Due: Final Paper #2 with invention work.
Wed. 5/7 No Class. Reading Day.