ENH 378: American Southwest Literature and Film

Spring 2009

Tuesday -- Reading Response Due

Thursday -- Writing Journal Due
Week 1
20-Jan

Study all of the sections in the Blackboard course. If you have questions, please post them in the Questions about the Course Forum.

 

22-Jan
Post a note about yourself in the Virtual Cafe.
Week 2
27-Jan

Unit 1 Borderlands

View The Milagro Beanfield War

Also, start reading Bless Me Ultima by Rudolofo Anaya and The Iguana Killer by Alberto Rios

No Reading Response Due.

29-Jan

Post a 350 word Writing Journal. For each journal entry you must:

meet the word-length requirement of 350 words (or surpass it). This equals one double spaced page in 12 point times new roman.
use short quotes to support your response
provide analysis (using literary terms) rather than summary (retelling)
respond to one other student with a 175 word follow-up (choose a student whose response has no follow-up response yet)

Writing Journal 1

Please describe why you are interested in the study of texts from the American Southwest. What is your experience with these texts so far? List any books or films you have studied from the region. What experience do you have analyzing literature and film? What is your definition of "Southwest" and explain how you formed it.

Week 3
3-Feb

View Lone Star

Also, start reading Bless Me Ultima by Rudolofo Anaya and The Iguana Killer by Alberto Rios

Reading Response 1

Post a 350 word Reading Response. For each response you must:

meet the word-length requirement of 350 words (or surpass it). This equals one double spaced page in 12 point times new roman.
use short quotes to support your response
provide analysis (using literary terms) rather than summary (retelling)
Please see Discussion Thread for a list of potential questions.
respond to one other student with a 175 word follow-up (choose a student whose response has no follow-up response yet)

 

5-Feb

Writing Journal 2

Please list 5 potential topics for Essay 1. What topic has the most potential and why? Which topic has the least potential and why?

Week 4
10-Feb

Finish Bless Me Ultima by Rudolofo Anaya

Reading Response 2

12-Feb
Writing Journal 3

Please list 5 potential thesis statements for Essay 1. Which are you mist interested in writing about and why? Which are you least interested in writing about and why?

Week 5
17-Feb

Finish The Iguana Killer by Alberto Rios

Reading Response 3

19-Feb
Writing Journal 4

Write your thesis statement and the top 5 arguments supporting it. Which arguments will you highlight in your paper and why? Which arguments are the weakest? Why?

Week 6
24-Feb

Unit 2 Native American Culture

View Smoke Signals

Also, start reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko and House Made of Dawn by M. Scott Momaday

Reading Response 4

26-Feb

No Journal Entry due.

Essay 1 Due to the "Essay" Button

Week 7
3-Mar
View Dead Man

Also, start reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko and House Made of Dawn by M. Scott Momaday

Reading Response 5

5-Mar

Writing Journal 5

Please list 5 potential topics for Essay 2. What topic has the most potential and why? Which topic has the least potential and why?

Week 8
10-Mar
Spring
12-Mar
Break
Week 9
17-Mar

Finish Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

No Reading Response due.

19-Mar

Writing Journal 6

Please list 5 potential thesis statements for Essay 2. Which are you mist interested in writing about and why? Which are you least interested in writing about and why?

Week 10
24-Mar

Finish House Made of Dawn by M. Scott Momaday

Reading Response 6

26-Mar

Writing Journal 7

Write your thesis statement and the top 5 arguments supporting it. Which arguments will you highlight in your paper and why? Which arguments are the weakest? Why?

Week 11
31-Mar

Unit 3 Urban Contemporary

View Raising Arizona

Also, start reading Almost Home by T.N. McNally and The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Reading Response 7

2-Apr

No Journal Entry due.

Essay 2 Due to the "Essay" Button

Week 12
7-Apr

View The Tao of Steve

Also, start reading Almost Home by T.N. McNally and The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Reading Response 8

9-Apr

Writing Journal 8

Please list 5 potential topics for Essay 3. What topic has the most potential and why? Which topic has the least potential and why?

Week 13
14-Apr

Finish Almost Home by T.N. McNally

Reading Response 9

16-Apr

Writing Journal 9

Please list 5 potential thesis statements for Essay 3. Which are you mist interested in writing about and why? Which are you least interested in writing about and why?

Week 14
21-Apr

Finish The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Reading Response 10

23-Apr

Writing Journal 10

Write your thesis statement and the top 5 arguments supporting it. Which arguments will you highlight in your paper and why? Which arguments are the weakest? Why?

Week 15
28-Apr

No Reading Response due.

Work on final essay.

30-Apr
No Journal Entry due.

Essay 1 Due to the "Essay" Button

Week 16
5-May
Summer
7-May
Break

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