Currents: Course Schedule

Tuesday, September 1

  • Introduction to Open Education: Crowdsourcing our Syllabus
  • How to use

Thursday, September 3

  • Select one public domain Native American text from Use Hypothesis to annotate it, adding a title annotation to explain why it would be a good text to include in our class. Focus on themes of first contact if possible. Come to class ready to pitch your text for our anthology.
  • Read Michael Dorris’ “Native American Literature in an Ethnohistorical Context” on Moodle and annotate it in  Make sure you open the pdf in your browser (don’t download it) to allow the app to work.

Tuesday, September 8

Thursday, September 10

Columbus’ brutality was well-documented

  • Christopher Columbus (OpenAmLit)
  • Intro Writer (Columbus): Hannah Hounsell
  • Requerimiento (OpenAmLit) (you can wait until class to read this– we will cover it as a group)

Tuesday, September 15

  • Cabeza de Vaca (OpenAmLit)
  • Sign up for the intro that you would like to write for our Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature.  Use this spreadsheet:  Email me with questions.  Remember the ideas we sketched out in class about what these intros should include, and make sure you FULLY CITE all of your info (including info from Wikipedia).  Make sure all of your images (2 is really the max I’d say) are public domain or CC-licensed (remember you can use Flickr or Google Images, using the filters for open licenses).  Intros should be 500-750 words (just a guideline) unless you are working in a group to cover more than one author.  Intros should be turned in to me as Word docs via email within a couple of weeks of when we cover the text in class.

Thursday, September 17

  • The Pueblo Revolt (OpenAmLit)
  • INTRO WRITERS: Simon & Justin

Tuesday, September 22

  • William Bradford (OpenAmLit)

Thursday, September 24

Normally Morton would go next, but we will delay him by a day to give us time to update the spelling to make the text easier to read. So on to Bradstreet!

  • Anne Bradstreet (OpenAmLit)
  • Submit your corrected Morton spelling to Robin ( by noon on Friday 9/25

Tuesday, September 29

  • Thomas Morton (OpenAmLit) (updated text will be available by 5pm on Friday 9/25)

Thursday, October 1

  • Mary Rowlandson (OpenAmLit)
  • INTRO WRITERS: Brandin
  • “Decennium Luctuosum” [Hannah Dustan’s Captivity] from the Cotton Mather section (OpenAmLit)

Tuesday, October 6

Such chilling tourist sites in Salem! Oooo!

Thursday, October 8

Tuesday, October 13

  • Workshop for Students Doing Paper #1

Thursday, October 15

  • Jonathan Edwards (OpenAmLit)
  • INTRO WRITERS: Jonathan

Tuesday, October 20

Paine, Gibson, Jefferson, Ledger — you know: the Founding Fathers

  • Thomas Paine (OpenAmLit)
  • Final Paper #1 Due for Tim, Kendal, Hannah, Jonathan, Simon, Justin, Rachel, Briana

Thursday, October 22

  • Thomas Jefferson (OpenAmLit)

Tuesday, October 27

  • Toussaint L’Ouverture (OpenAmLit) INTRO WRITERS: Geneva
  • Briton Hammon (OpenAmLit): INTRO WRITERS: Brett
  • Prince Hall (OpenAmLit): INTRO WRITERS: Rachel
  • Phillis Wheatley (OpenAmLit)

Thursday, October 29

  • Judith Sargent Murray (OpenAmLit)

Tuesday, November 3

Poor Charlotte

  • Susanna Rowson (Volume I in OpenAmLit)

Thursday, November 5

  • Susanna Rowson (Volume II in OpenAmLit)

Tuesday, November 10

Mr. Poe

Mr. Poe

  • Edgar Allan Poe (OpenAmLit)
  • INTRO WRITERS: Kendall P.

Thursday, November 12

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne (OpenAmLit)

Tuesday, November 17

  • Paper #2 (DigiDoc) Workshop (Mandatory); please complete by the end of today at the latest.  Writing Center folks will have reports emailed to me automatically by the Writing Center. Peer Workshop folks should hand in their worksheets to me on Tuesday in hard copy form.

Thursday, November 19  NO CLASS

Tuesday, November 24

  • Final DigiDoc paper due: please upload AS A PDF to the appropriate folder on Moodle. Note that submitting in any form other than a pdf will cost you a point off your total! Due by 9:30am. Late papers will receive 1 full letter grade off (and an additional letter grade for every additional day late).
  • Walt Whitman (OpenAmLit)

Thursday, November 26  NO CLASS

Tuesday, December 1

  • Workshop for students doing Paper #3 (Ethan, Sam G., Brandin, Shannon, Brett, Becky, David M, Sam M, Janina, Kelsey, Kendall P, Shana, Geneva, Briana, David W)

Thursday, December 3

  • Mark Twain (OpenAmLit)

Tuesday, December 8

  • Tech Day – No Class (I am in my office during class time if you need assistance on anything, or you can visit the HelpDesk if you want a hand with the screencasting)
  • Final Paper #3 Due by 9:30am as a PDF by email to (Ethan, Sam G., Shannon, Becky, David M, Kendall P, Briana)
  • Pick-10’s  and Intros Due by 5pm

Thursday, December 10

    • Exam Review: LAPTOP NEEDED FOR THIS.
    • Summary of Learning Screencast Due by 9:30am (post link in Moodle folder). Your Summary of Learning Screencast should be 3-6 minutes long, and should cover your main takeaways from the course.  Make sure you cover all five literary periods, and make sure you mention at least one text/author from each period.  Feel free to focus on a theme that interests you.  Use Kaltura or any other tool that you want.  Click here for a sample screencast from a past semester:

  • Intro Self-Evaluations Due by 9:30am (those not received in time will automatically receive a final grade from Robin, lowered to reflect the missing evaluation). LAPTOP NEEDED FOR THIS.

Final Exam is Thursday, December 17th from 8am-10:30am. LAPTOPS REQUIRED. Pick 10’s Portfolio & Self-Assessment Due in hard copy form at 8am.

Pick 10 Portfolio & Self-Assessment due in hard copy form.  This should be an 11-page document:

  1. The first page should be a one-paragraph assessment of how you did on your Pick-10’s, along with a final grade (A through F, including available pluses and minuses).  Answer the following questions: 1) Did you do all 10 assignments? Were your assignments thoughtfully conceived, rigorously engaged with the course materials and ideas, and carefully crafted? Did your work contribute in some way to the field of English, the world of critical theory, or your own planned future career? What else would you like to share about your work on the Pick-10’s?
  2. The remaining ten pages should be print outs of each pick-10. If a single pick-10 is longer than one page, you need only print the first page.

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