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GC ENG 350 ( American Literature I ) Entire Course

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ENG 350 Full Course

ENG 350 Module 1 DQ 1

Max Points: 5.0

If myths are defined as truths important to a particular culture, what underlying truths or values might be described in the Iroquois and Navajo creation myths? How are the myths similar and different to the biblical creation story described in the first three chapters of Genesis?

ENG 350 Module 1 DQ 2

What problems stood in the way of the arriving Europeans living in peace and harmony with the Native American populations? What different attitudes did the explorers have toward the natives, and what were their varying purposes for writing about the New World?

ENG 350 Week 1 Assignment Response Paper 1 Colonizers’ Expectations Essay

Details:
While the earliest European explorers of the Americas were Scandinavians in the 10th century, it was not until Columbus’ explorations that significant numbers of Europeans came to the Americas. When they did arrive, they had certain expectations about what they would find. Address the following question in an essay (200-300 words): What were the expectations and thoughts of the explorers and colonizers who came to America?
Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.


ENG 350 Module 2 DQ 1

Consider the predominantly religious perspective Puritans had toward their environment and its peoples. How do the various Puritan writers describe (using many different genres) hardship, success, loss of life, transition, community, government, family, etc. through religious means?

ENG 350 Module 2 DQ 2

Consider the poetry of Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, and Michael Wigglesworth. What are their different purposes in writing poetry? How do their subject matter and poetic style differ from one another?

ENG 350 Week 2 Response Paper 2 Puritans in America Essay

Details:
Religion plays a central role in the Puritans’ settlement in America. William Bradford, John Winthrop, Anne Bradstreet and other Puritan colonizers all explain their existence through the lens of their religious faith. Address the following question in an essay (200-300 words): How did Puritan religious fervor and sentiment affect the way they established the colonies, including Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay? Use William Bradford and John Winthrop or Anne Bradstreet in your discussion of the establishment of colonies.
Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.


ENG 350 Module 3 DQ 1

Discuss Benjamin Franklin, William Byrd, and John and Abigail Adams as representatives of the Enlightenment. How do their writings reveal the shift from a belief in Providence, as can be seen in Jonathan Edwards’ sermons, to faith and self-reliance on the individual?

ENG 350 Module 3 DQ 2

Thomas Paine and Phillip Freneau are credited with helping to inspire the Revolution. How and why would their writings have appealed to the average man? How did they advocate the Revolutionary cause?

ENG 350 Week 3 Assignment Collaborative Learning Community: Federalist and Anti-Federalist Debate

Details:
This is a CLC assignment.
The conclusion of the Revolutionary War did not mean the cessation of disagreements about the form of government the colonies should take. Fierce debate took place over the new Constitution. Federalists argued for a strong national government as put forth by the Constitution. Anti-Federalists believed that such a government gave too much power to the national government. They were persuaded that there was a need for a bill of rights to curtail such power. The instructor will assign you to a team that will take an assigned side in what was a raucous debate.
Establish your team’s position as Federalist or anti-Federalist by explaining the respective arguments.
Provide support for your argument from what colonists had experienced at that point in history. You will verbally confront and refute the opposition.
Finally, predict the bright future of America if it follows your side’s suggestion about government. Submit the assignment in the most persuasive format your team can imagine.


ENG 350 Module 4 DQ 1

Romanticism emerged in Germany and England at the end of the 18th century. The movement came to America in the early 19th century, particularly with writers like Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and Catherine Maria Sedgwick. What characteristics of Romanticism are expressed in their writings?

ENG 350 Module 4 DQ 2

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were on the forefront of a new movement that came to be called transcendentalism. What transcendental ideals do Emerson and Thoreau’s writings express? In what ways do their ideas differ from one another?

ENG 350 Week 4 Assignment Response Paper 3 Thoreau Essay

Details:
Many readers take issue with some of Thoreau’s suggestions, which are sometimes purposely outrageous to provoke thought. Consider at least one of Thoreau’s suggestions for living found in your readings. Examine the suggestion, pointing out some problems with applying it to real life.
Respond to the following question in an essay (200-300 words): What is Thoreau’s purpose in proposing this example?
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.
Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.


ENG 350 Module 5 DQ 1

What writers present the most convincing arguments against slavery? How are their arguments formed? What evidence do they use? Why do you find these texts convincing?


ENG 350 Module 5 DQ 2

Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, William Wells Brown, and Sojourner Truth all speak from experience about the toll slavery took on the human spirit and about the resilience of that same spirit in the midst of brutal conditions. In what ways do these writers present both the damaged and the resilient human spirits of the African American population?

ENG 350 Week 5 Assignment Mini Research Essay

Details:
Mary Rowlandson’s “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” is a captivity narrative. Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a slave narrative. While they are considered distinctive genres, they share some characteristics. Review these writings from your assigned readings.
Address the following questions in an essay (1,000-1,250 words):
1. How are they similar?
2. How are they different? (Be sure to provide evidence from the texts to support your conclusions.)
3. Why was the slave narrative such a compelling and persuasive genre to use in arguing for the abolition of slavery? (Be sure to provide evidence from the texts to support your conclusions.)
Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the GCU MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.


ENG 350 Module 6 DQ 1

Considering readings from both module 5 and module 6, in what texts can you identify “overlap” between the abolitionist and feminist causes. What arguments are made for both liberty and women’s rights? Why, for many women writers, did these two causes align?

ENG 350 Module 6 DQ 2

As was true of male writers, women writers were not united in all their views. What do you see as relevant differences in the writing of the women of this period? What impediments to change did women face?


ENG 350 Week 6 Assignment Response Paper 4 Women and Social Issues Essay

Details:
Women expressed themselves through writings and in public forums in a much greater way in the mid-19th century. Even in poetry, writers like Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney and Jane Johnston Schoolcraft presented their opinions on particular social concerns.
Choose one of Sigourney’s poems from the readings and identify the particular societal issue the author is addressing.
Answer the following question in an essay (200-300 words): What issue is Sigourney addressing in this poem, and how does the poem communicate the author’s message regarding that issue?
Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

ENG 350 Module 7 DQ 1

Consider the following themes, motifs, and symbols present within Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece The Scarlet Letter: the nature of evil, the role of sin, guilt in public versus private life, revenge, night and day, civilization and the wilderness, Pearl, the meteor, isolation and community. Select one or more of these and explain how Hawthorne draws out this theme, motif, or symbol in the novel.

ENG 350 Module 7 DQ 2

Max Points: 5.0

In addition to many great Romantic texts, the mid-nineteenth century saw the rise of literary criticism. Consider Poe and Melville’s critical essays. What do they think makes a good story? How do their stories “The Fall of the House of Usher,” The Black Cat,” and “Bartleby, the Scrivener” hold up under their own criteria? What makes literary criticism like this significant to the study of literature as an academic discipline?


ENG 350 Week 7 Assignment Response Paper 5 The Puritan “A” Essay

Details:
To the Puritans, the “A” was an unambiguous emblem signifying adultery, but Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter invests the letter with a series of possible alternative meanings.
In an essay (450-500 words), discuss the Puritan’s literal use of the “A” and the significance it had in Puritan religion. Also, name two alternate meanings of the “A” and explain what Hawthorne implies in presenting differing meanings. Be sure to provide evidence from the text to support your explanations.
Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.


ENG 350 Module 8 DQ 1

Walt Whitman breaks with poetic tradition by inventing and writing in free verse. How is his poetry radically different in form, style and content from contemporary poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Edgar Allan Poe?

ENG 350 Module 8 DQ 2

Max Points: 5.0

Dickinson is famous for her short poems that also break with tradition. Her poetry experiments with form (uses dashes, often includes “off” or “slant” rhymes) and is set apart in subject matter with bold themes and startling imagery that come through compressed statements. Select one or more of Dickinson’s poems from the readings (be sure to list the first line of the poem) and explain specifically how the poem shows experimentation in form and daring subject matter. Why do you find this particular poem so interesting?


ENG 350 Week 8 Assignment Response Paper 6 Literary Worth Essay

Details:
Develop three criteria for identifying literary worth. For this assignment, you will presume to make decisions about what determinations should be used to decide who will be read in the classrooms of college English students. You might develop your ideas for inclusion around considerations of who the literature would represent. Or maybe you will decide that established literary tradition should be part of your formula for deciding who is “in” and who is to be left out.
Apply your three criteria to the poetry of Emily Dickinson. In your response, discuss how her poetry is characteristic of the literary break found in traditional 19th century poetry. Note some of the similarities and differences between Dickinson’s and Whitman’s poetic style.
In an essay (750-1,000 words), define your criteria and evaluate Dickinson’s poetry.
Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

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