Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School
Rhode Island College English 118
Course Schedule and Calendar
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2/28 Quiz on Larson (49-84).
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).
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)
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)
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
3/31 to 4/4
3/31 Essay Writing workshop
4/1 Larson essay is due to email@example.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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 10:00p.m.
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
4/30 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)
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).
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
5/16 Frankenstein Paper two to four pages, Writing Workshop
5/19 to 5/23
5/19 Writing Workshop
5/20 Writing Workshop
5/21 Scantron Testing
5/22 Scantron Testing
5/23 Scantron Testing
5/27 to 5/30
|Themes: Community, decay, creation and destruction
5/27 Field Trip: Walking Tour of Fox Point, Providence
5/30 Finish film and have class discussion: urbanity and humanity.
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
6/9 to 6/13
|Review for Final
6/9 Final Review
6/10 Final Review, paper is due to email@example.com by 10:00p.m.
Please Contact Mr. Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.