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English: D1:Race&Ethnic Lit Stds:Intro

ENGS 057 OL2 (CRN: 61298)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: CRES 095 OL3

About ENGS 057 OL2

Introductory courses addressing the representation and construction of "race" in literature and/or the contributions of ethnically diverse writers to the American culture. Focus and readings vary by instructor. May be repeated for credit with different content.


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Dates: July 17 - August 11, 2023; Cross listed with CRES 095 OL3; Total combined enrollment = 40; Asynchronous online

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Section Description

Course Description: In this class, we’ll read fiction, poetry and essays that address national, racial, ethnic and cultural identity and multiculturalism, whiteness and the relationship between social/personal politics and literary arts. We’ll consider our authors’ views on family, community, nation, history and the role of art in our culture. Featured writers include: Phillis Wheatley, W. E. B Du Bois, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Hisaye Yamamoto, Judith Cofer, Philip Roth, Sherman Alexie, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Junot Diaz, among others. This course is part of a pilot program that will be using Brightspace, UVM's new learning platform that's replacing Blackboard. Since only a limited number of courses will be piloting Brightspace this coming semester, you may have courses in Blackboard as well. For more information on Brightspace:

Section Expectation

Required Materials: *Access to a good computer with internet capabilities *Ability to print out materials for annotation and study Course Expectations: Students will be expected to: 1. Read through course expectations and track due dates (this course moves quickly). 2. Complete Six "Follow the Trail" Units and Help Build the Unit Wikis. "Follow the Trail" exercises involve reading through a series of primary texts and online research links. You are expected to take notes as you read (I recommend keeping a Word or Pages file open as a space in which you might copy/paste, write thoughts and questions you might bring to the discussion on the Wikis). After you are through, you will need to help build the Unit Wikis (When you finish the "Follow the Trail" exercises, you'll be prompted to bring some questions, thoughts, pictures, links or other relevant material to the Unit Wiki. When you visit the first wiki site, you'll see straightforward directions about how to add to the site). Wiki posts should be a minimum of 150 words, not including quotes/links/pics. This is your primary way of checking-in with the class as your reading and the unit progress. 3. Complete Discussion Board Posts When Prompted: Students will start with an “Ice Breaker” post. Then, at the end of each unit, you’ll post a "Starter" Message to the Discussion Board (these are your more formal responses to each unit, and you will be responding to questions I’ve posted on the Discussion Board), and you will also post "Peer Response" Messages (in which you respond to a peers’ Starter for each unit). Starters should d be a minimum of 300 words long. Responses should be a minimum of 100 words long. In the end, you will have posted six “Starters” and six “Responses” over the course of the semester. These posts will be evaluated for their depth of thought, their analytical engagement, their detailed discussion of the primary texts, their use of direct quotes and their polish. See “Discussion Board Rubric” on the Course Menu for more details. 4. Complete a Final Project. This project involves creating your own "Follow the Trail" online research paper building on particular themes, concepts and texts from our reading and/or a related text and modeled on the "Follow the Trail" online lectures you read for the course. The project is equivalent to a 4-5 page research paper. See “Final Projects” on the Course Menu for more info. Email: You are expected to check your UVM email frequently for announcements, etc. (Sometimes important information sits on the web for a while before people log back into the class, so I'll send announcements via email when they're important and timely).


Grading: Grades will be based on the following percentages: *Wiki Building 20% *Discussion Board Starter and Response Posts 60% *Final Project 20%

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