Hi! Welcome to English 101B! This blog is designed to be the central information hub for the course. Come here to access your syllabus, course handouts, and assignment details and deadlines. Below you will see a section titled “Essential Course Documents,” where you’ll find the syllabus and other key documents.
Scroll down a little more and you’ll see our course schedule, arranged by date. Please note that the date above each reading/writing assignment is the due date. If a reading is labeled “handout,” this means I gave you a copy of it during the previous class session. If you must miss a class, please make arrangements for someone in the class to pick you up a copy of the reading. If you know ahead of time you will miss class, you can get a copy of the reading from me early.
If you ever have questions about something on the blog (or if a link is broken), please email me at email@example.com. The course schedule shouldn’t change much, but in the event that I have to revise an assignment or a deadline, those changes will appear on the blog. Thus, it’s a good idea to check the blog regularly so that you always know what’s going on in the course. If you have the blog bookmarked on your phone or computer, be sure to refresh the page so that you get the most current version.
Essential Course Documents
Monday, August 26 (first day of class):
Read and discuss “Hills Like White Elephants” in class
Introduction of key literary concepts, including textual evidence
Due Wednesday, August 28
Read “A Temporary Matter” (handout)
In class we will read “Blank” (page 24) from The White Museum. If you have purchased your book already, please bring it. If not, you can access the poem here.
Monday, Sept 2
Labor Day Holiday: no class …enjoy your break!
Read this handout on our Paired Presentations, which are coming up soon!
If you haven’t done so already, please read the course syllabus and purchase the required materials. I also recommend that you work ahead on Wednesday’s reading/writing assignment.
Due Wednesday, Sept. 4
Read “The Lady, or the Tiger” (handout) and complete Essay #1
For review: Homework must follow MLA format, which hopefully you learned in English 101A. For a reminder on how to format your paper in MLA, watch this video. Also, in this class you will be expected to integrate/document your quotes according to the rules you learned in English 101A. To review these skills, read Documenting & Integrating Quotes
Due Monday, September 9
Read “The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol (handout)
Pair A presents “The Overcoat” – Leah and Kevin
Important Note: This is a long story, so start early!! It can be a tough one to get into at the beginning, but stick with it!
Be ready for a quiz on “The Overcoat”
Due Wednesday, Sept. 11
Read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (handout)
Pair B presents “The Lottery” – Rico and Kathleen
Read “Shine” from The White Museum (pages 15-16)
Due Monday, Sept. 16
Read “Jon” by George Saunders (handout). Before reading “Jon,” please read this document for help.
Pair C presents “Jon” – Sahiz and Joshua
Due Wednesday, Sept. 18
Read “Boys” by Rick Moody (handout)
Pair D presents “Boys” – Alfonso and Hummer
Read “Muscle” (page 31) and “Snow” (page 9) from The White Museum
Due Monday, Sept. 23
In-Class Writing #1 will be today. Bring all your readings and notes, and a laptop if you have one. To prepare, reread your readings and class notes. Also, read my Tips for In-Class Writing
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Read “Lady with Lapdog” by Anton Chekhov and related article (handouts)
Pair E presents “Lady with Lapdog” – April and Beatriz
Read “The Ineffable” from The White Museum
You may want to start ahead on the reading for Monday. It is long!
Due Monday, Sept. 30
Read “A Man-To-Be” by Ha Jin (handout)
Pair F presents “A Man-To-Be” – Toseef and Pyae
Due Wednesday, Oct. 2
Read “Off” by Aimee Bender (handout)
Pair G presents “Off” – Lakeshia and Jamese
Due Monday, Oct. 7
Read pages 141-176 (Scenes 1-4) of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph
Pair H presents – Kristi and Mike
Due Wednesday, Oct. 9
Read pages 177-216 of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Pair I presents – Amanda and Mari
NOTE: By now you should have purchased The Road. We will start reading it next week.
Due Monday, Oct. 14
Finish the play
Read “A Nice Place to Live” from The White Museum (pages 57-58)
Choose your topic and what story you’ll be writing on. We’ll be writing a draft of the paper in class, so if you have a laptop, please bring it.
In addition, we’ll be doing an in-class pre-reading activity on The Road, so please bring your book to class. Start Wednesday’s reading early if you wish.
Due Wednesday, Oct. 16
Be ready to tell me what your plan is for Essay #2
Read pages 1-34 of The Road
Pair K presents – Alyssa and Joseph
Due Monday, Oct. 21
Bring in a working thesis statement and an outline for your essay
Read Group Presentation Guidelines. We’ll be choosing groups in class today.
Read pages 35-102 of The Road
Pair L presents – Nate, Vedy & Li
Due Wednesday, Oct. 23
Class will not meet today!
Due Monday, Oct. 28
Bring in a typed, polished 4-page draft of Essay #2
For help with your introduction, read this
Read pages 103-199 of The Road
Pair M presents – Heather and Ashley (you can choose whether to present pages 103-137 or 138-199)
Due Wednesday, Oct. 30
Bring in a full draft of your paper (typed) and a passage that you want the class to help you with (related to your essay).
Also, please bring all of your short stories so that we can do some group analysis to help people with their essays.
Read pages 200-227 of The Road
Pair O presents – Nicole and Lama
Due Monday, Nov. 4
Final draft of Essay #2 due! Please email me your essay as a Word document by the START of class on Monday. I will be grading these ones using Word track changes. If you don’t have Word, please see if you can use a friend’s computer, or contact me and we’ll work something out.
(Please don’t email in your essay and ditch class! 🙂 Thanks.)
Read to the end of The Road
Pair P presents – Krisandra and Alejandra
Due Wednesday, Nov. 6
In-class writing #2 will be today. Bring all your readings and notes, and a laptop if you have one. To prepare, reread your readings and class notes. Also, read my Tips for In-Class Writing
Monday, Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day! No class. You might want to work ahead on Wednesday’s homework.
Due Wednesday, Nov. 13
Start working on Essay #3
Bring in a working thesis and rough outline (typed)
Due Monday, Nov. 18
Group presentations begin today!
Groups 1 and 2 present
Due Wednesday, Nov. 20
No class today. Start writing a draft of your essay, and please send me your thesis/outline if you haven’t already done so.
Due Monday, Nov. 25
Kevin, Leah, Pyae, and Mike present
Vedy, Nate, Kathleen, and Li present
Introduction Workshop today! Bring in your introduction for your paper.
Due Wednesday, Nov. 27
Kristi, Rico, and Joseph present
Nicole, Lama, Krisandra, and Alejandra present
Bring in 2 copies of a 3-page draft of your paper for intensive peer review
Due Monday, Dec. 1
Mari, Alyssa, Jamese, and Lakeshia present
Ashley and Heather present
Due Wednesday, Dec. 3
Turn in final draft of Essay #3
Final exam review
The final exam is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13 between 9:30-11:30am in our regular classroom. The final exam will be in-class writing #3. Remember, your lowest in-class writing score is dropped, so if you are already happy with your grades on in-class writings #1 and #2, you don’t need to take the final! If you wish to improve upon those scores, I will see you at the final. 🙂