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ENG 2253 American Literature

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    Jun 21, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor, Dr. Vanzanten, is an incredible professor and person. Even if you aren't interested in the subject, she will make the class interesting by engaging the class in topical conversations by relating how American Literature relates to American history and culture today.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight for me in this class was when we discussed whether or not The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be taught in schools. In a world where we are both trying to expose people to the truth about slavery and make minorities in the classroom feel comfortable, the book is either highly encouraged or banned from classrooms. Many students had different perspectives about the book that were very insightful.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to do the readings. That might seem like common sense for an English class, but some students try to get by without it. Without reading, your participation grade will go down because you won't be able to discuss the readings. Without reading, you will struggle to write the essays. Without reading, you will struggle to take the exams. The course is all about reading. For the essays, make sure not to leave them to last-minute. Take them to the Writing Center when you're stuck or don't know how to start. Absolutely do the revision for the first essay: as long as you make her changes and a few more your grade will greatly improve. For the exams, study the terms, works, and quizzes. For the works, write the author on one side of a note card and defining characteristics of the work on the other. Ask yourself: "Is it in first or third person?" "What is the setting?" "Is there a word repeated?" "Is it a story or a poem?" "What are the major scenes of this work, and why do they stand out?".

    • Spring 2017
    • VanZanten
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    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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