RIC ENGL 118

Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School

Rhode Island College English 118

Course Syllabus

Course Schedule and Calendar

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Pre-Requisites

*All below requirements must be satisfied prior to being enrolled in the college course.

Theme: The reinvention of self in a changing world.“The Man Who Would Be King,” by Rudyard Kipling

Plan for Attaining Moral Perfection” –  (pp 146-168) From the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charles Scribner Illuminates F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby,” Forbes Magazine Op-Ed (2012).

*Students will complete reading quizzes on Engrade Prior to the start of the course.

*A Four page analysis of the above texts is due by the end of the school day on 12 February 2013.  Please email finished papers to middlecollege.scott@gmail.com

 

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Week

12/24 to 2/28

Themes: Craft and Structure of text, The Literary Landscape.

2/24 Lecture: The historical context of Eric Larson’s the Devil in the White City

2/25 Introduction to text The Devil in the White City

Homework: Read Larson (1-47)

2/26 Quiz on Larson (1-47) Discuss the craft and structure of Larson’s text and how he introduces characters.

2/27 Read articles on sociopaths: Article 1 and Article 2 Write/discuss briefly in relation to Larson’s initial descriptions of Holmes and Chicago.  Homework: Read Larson (49-84)

2/28 Quiz on Larson (49-84).

 

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Week  2

3/3 to 3/7

Themes:  the gout and diet as plot elements, Holmes Landscapes vs. Burnham’s landscapes, disappearances.

3/3 Read and discuss: Larson (85-109) in class

3/4 Quiz on Larson (85-109) and class led discussion Homework: (Larson 111 – 145)

3/5 Literary Landscape of Providence (Weather Permitting).  We will examine downtown Providence with an emphasis on Burnham inspired buildings.

3/6 Quiz on Larson (111-145) In-class essay: Use evidence from this week’s reading to answer the question: “Are cities our greatest invention?”

3/7 Finish Essay, Homework: Read Larson (146-160).

 

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Week 3

3/10 to 3/13

Themes: Holmes and medical ethics, the effects of individual health on the world’s fair, the purpose of cities: industry or people?

3/10 Quiz on Larson (146-160) Discussion: Ethics vs. progress in medicine Homework: Larson (161-191).

3/11 Found Poetry for characters from Larson (1-191)

3/12 Quiz: Larson (161-191) present found poetry

3/13 Read in class Larson (192-231)

 

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Week 4

3/17 to 3/21

Themes: Salespeople and con artists in literature (connecting to previous texts), the technological and political landscapes of the White City

3/17 Quiz (x2) on Larson (192-231) Homework: Larson (235-257)

3/18 Quiz on Larson (235-257) Homework: Larson (258 – 289)

3/19 Quiz on Larson (258-289) Read in class Larson (290-336)

3/20 Devil in the White City acting skits (work in groups)

3/21  Devil in the White City acting skits (present)Homework: Larson (339-350)

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Older Rhode Islanders will remember the Ferris Wheel from Rocky Point Amusement Park (formerly located in Warwick.  Click on the picture for information about a recent documentary made about Rocky Point.
Older Rhode Islanders will remember the Ferris Wheel from Rocky Point Amusement Park (formerly located in Warwick. Click on the picture for information about a recent documentary made about Rocky Point.
Week 5

3/24 to 3/28

Themes: Creation and Destruction.

3/24 Quiz on Larson (339-350) Read in class Larson (350-368)

3/25 Class Discussion: Judging Holmes and evaluating Burnham, in-class essay (who is the most important minor character in the story).  Homework: Larson (369-390)

3/26 Outline Essay,

3/27 Essay Writing Workshop

3/28 Essay Writing Workshop

 

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Leonardo Decaprio has acquired the film rights to "White City".  It has yet to be green lit.
Leonardo Decaprio has acquired the film rights to “White City”. It has yet to be green lit.
Week 6

3/31 to 4/4

Themes:N/A

3/31 Essay Writing workshop

4/1 Larson essay is due to middlecollege.scott@gmail.com by 10:00p.m.

4/2 Review for Larson test

4/3 Larson test

4/4 Historical context of Fires in the Mirror by Anna Deavare Smith

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The Rhode island Statehouse, built after the World's Fair, resembles some of the buildings from Jackson Park.
The Rhode island Statehouse, built after the World’s Fair, resembles some of the buildings from Jackson Park.
Week 7

4/7 to 4/11

 

Themes: Race, Alienation, Tribalism

4/7 Read Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, by Anna Deavere Smith (9-24 “the Desert/Static/101 Dalmations”) Homework: read Deavere Smith (25 – 36 “Look in the Mirror/Me and James’s Thing/ Wigs”)

4/8 Four Corners:  arguing points of view exercise.  Discussion: do cities and technology temper or inflame racial tensions?  Homework: Read Deavere Smith (37-51 “Rope/Rhythm and Poetry).

4/9 Quiz on Deavere Smith (37-51), Discussion on the role of music in Fires in the Mirror and other texts we have read.  Read Deavere Smith (52-76 “Roots/Near enough to Reach/Seven Verses/Isaac/Lousy Language.

4/10 Read in class: Deveare Smith (97-135) finish play by Monday

4/11 Assign Fires in the Mirror Essay, Homework: Write Outline

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Week  8

4/14 to 4/17

Themes: Perception versus Reality

4/14 Writing Workshop

4/15 Writing Workshop

4/16 Writing Workshop

4/17 Writing Workshop, Essay due to middlecollege.scott@gmail.com by 10:00p.m.

 

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Week  9

4/28 to 5/2

Themes: Romanticism and Gothic

4/28 Read and discuss “Lines Written a few miles above Tintern Abbey” by William Wordsworth

4/29 Read and discuss “The World is too Much With Us,” by Wordsworth” and “Kubla Khan” By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Homework: write a one page paper on any of the three Romantic poems.

4/30 Introduction to Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, read Shelly pages (9-23) together.

5/1 Letters: exercises and discussions based on narration in Shelly.

5/2 Read in class Shelly (29-45)

 

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Building the Chicago World's Fair was a massive undertaking.  Click here to read about some of the major projects that Providence has undertaken over the years.
Building the Chicago World’s Fair was a massive undertaking. Click here to read about some of the major projects that Providence has undertaken over the years.
Week 10

5/5 to 5/9

Themes Can science, medicine and technology go too far?

5/5 Quiz on Shelly (1-45), Lecture: Victor Frankenstein’s quest for knowledge: To what extent can knowledge heal or harm humanity?  Homework: Read Shelly (46-60).

5/6 Quiz on Shelly (46-60) Mini-Debates: Who is the monster, Dr. Frankenstein or his monster? Homework: Read Shelly (61-80)

5/7 Quiz on Shelly (61-80) Short paper: contrast the craft, structure and imagery of Shelly’s writing with Wordsworth’s “Lines Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey

5/8 Writing Workshop, Homework: Read Shelly (81-103).

5/9 Quiz on Shelly (81-103), Read in class: Shelly (104 -127).

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Click here for a biography on Mary Shelley
Click here for a biography on Mary Shelley

Week 11

5/12 to 5/16

Themes: Guilt, family, friendship, candor, Romanticism, Letters

5/12 Quiz on Shelly (104-127), Read and discuss: Shelly (128-142), Homework: Shelly (143-166).

5/13 Quiz on Shelly (143-166), RINI celebrates the nuptials of Victor and Elizabeth!  Homework: Free Write on the meaning of the wedding scene

5/14 Review for Test

5/15 Test

5/16 Frankenstein Paper two to four pages, Writing Workshop

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Link to scholarly articles on Frankenstein
Link to scholarly articles on Frankenstein

Week 12

5/19 to 5/23

Themes: N/A

5/19 Writing Workshop

5/20 Writing Workshop

5/21 Scantron Testing

5/22 Scantron Testing

5/23 Scantron Testing

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Burnam's work inspired the Turk's Head Building in Providence.
Burnam’s work inspired the Turk’s Head Building in Providence.

Week 13

5/27 to 5/30

Themes: Community, decay, creation and destruction

5/27 Field Trip: Walking Tour of Fox Point, Providence

5/28 Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican

5/29 Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican  

5/30 Finish film and have class discussion: urbanity and humanity.

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Week 14

6/2 to 6/6

Theme: Final paper “Understanding Providence through Literature: Creation, Destruction and possibility”.

6/2 Writing Workshop for Final Paper

6/3 Writing Workshop for Final Paper

6/4 Writing Workshop for Final Paper

6/5 Writing Workshop for Final Paper

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Week 15

6/9 to 6/13

Review for Final

6/9 Final Review

6/10 Final Review, paper is due to middlecollege.scott@gmail.com by 10:00p.m.

FINAL

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Please Contact Mr. Scott at middlecollege.scott@gmail.com with any questions.

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