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Martin J. Heade

Prof. Carole Deletiner--EN121-312/313--Fall 2007--Syllabus

#1 9/28 Free Write about Writing; Introductions; requirements; syllabus; "Stupid Name Game"; "Talk/Listen"; Telling Family Stories

In-class Writing Sample--Write the story that your "listening" partner told you in class today. Feel free to write this in any way you choose and to fictionalize any details.

Homework: Due next class--Letter of Introduction. For our next class, write a letter of introduction, one written by someone other than yourself, that will introduce you to the rest of the class. How would someone who knows you well describe you?

Group 1--read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (1)-Pg. 1-117 to give prompt in next class

#2 9/4 Letter of Introduction/Telling Stories--share letters and stories with whole class

Composing Guidelines--Essay #1--Memory Project

Group 1--give prompt for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (1)-Pg. 1-117 (Reading Response #1 due next class)

Homework--due at next class--Write: Memory 1--Think about an experience that has a strong hold on your memory and that seems particularly meaningful. (At this point you don't have to try to define what the "meaning" is.) Think about an image or scene that lies at the center of that experience and try to bring it to life in your mind. Write about that scene. Be sure to choose a memory that you will be comfortable sharing with others--and a memory that has adequate substance for you to continue to explore in some depth. This memory will serve as the first draft of Essay 1.

#3 9/11 Essay #1/Draft #1--Memory Project--Workshop

Be prepared to write questions and comments in the margins of your workshop partners' essays, and write an individual response to each one, addressing particular aspects of their piece. Tell them what you like about their piece, and point to places where you'd like to know more, or where you see potential ideas starting to develop. Write at least three questions for the writer of each draft you read.

Group 1--Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (1)

Group 2--give prompt for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2)-Pg. 118-233 (Reading Response #2--due next class)

Homework: Due next class--Think about the experience you rendered as Memory 1. Think specifically about what lies beneath the surface details you remembered and selected. Write about a second experience that you believe is related/connected to the first, an experience that "comments" in an interesting way on the idea that is emerging in Memory 1. This second memory writing builds on the first. This second piece will serve as Draft #2.

#4 9/18 Essay #1/Draft #2--Memory Project--Workshop--e-mail your second draft to me before class.

Group 2--Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2)

Group 3--give prompt for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (3)-Pg. 234-end (Reading Response #3--due next class)

Homework: Due next class--Find a way to weave together the two memory pieces you have written so far. What qualities/experiences/larger questions do they touch on/explore/examine?

#5 9/25 Essay #1/Final Draft + Metatext--in class read around--going "public"

Group 3--Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (3)

Group 4--give prompt for The Color of Water (1)-Chapter 1-14 (Reading Response #4--due next class)

Composing Guidelines--Essay #2--Interview Project

Homework: Due next class--choose and interview your informant and bring the raw material (questions and answers) to class.

#6 10/2 Essay #2/Draft #1--Interview Project--Workshop

Group 4--The Color of Water (1)

Group 5--give prompt for The Color of Water (2)-Chapter 15-end (Reading Response #5 due next class)

#7 10/9 Essay #2/Draft #2--Interview Project--Workshop--e-mail your second draft to me before class.

Homework: Due next class--Begin to shape your interview material into a narrative, a portrait in words--concentrate on details--describe your informant--the challenge bring your subject to life for your readers--we want to see and hear your interviewee.

Group 5--The Color of Water (2)

Group 1--give prompt for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1) (Reading Response #6)

#8 10/16 Essay #2/Final Draft + Metatext--in class read around--going "public"

Group 1--The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1)

Group 2--give prompt for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2) (Reading Response #7)

Composing Guidelines--Essay 3--Toys & Games Project

Midterm Portfolios Due

--Midterm Reflections Letter (see Bb site for detailed description)

--One essay sequence -- final draft and Metatext -- Essay #1 or #2

--Three Reading Journal Entries--minimum two pages each

Homework: Bring to Conference--Essay #3/Draft #1--Toys & Games Project--Choose a toy or a game that has meaning to you (you may define "game" in any way that works for you). Describe it in as much detail as possible. What do you remember about playing with this toy or game as a child? What were the rules? How did one win or lose the game? Did you play this game alone? With friends? With your family?

#9 10/23 Midterm Conferences (B602)

Bring to Conference--Essay #3/Draft #1

#10 10/30Essay #3/Draft #2--Toys & Games Project--Workshop--e-mail your second draft to me before class.

Group 2--The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2)

Group 3--give prompt for Ordinary People (Chapter 1-15) (Reading Response #8)

#11 11/6 Essay #3/Final Draft + Metatext--in class read around--going "public"

Composing Guidelines--Essay #4--Why Write?

Group 3--Ordinary People (1)

Group 4--give prompt for Ordinary People (Chapter 16-end) (Reading Response #9)

#12 11/13Essay #4/Draft #1--"Why Write?"--Workshop

Group 4--Ordinary People (2)

Group 5--give prompt for Joan Didion--"On Keeping a Notebook" (on Bb) (Reading Response #10)

#13 11/20Essay #4/Draft #2--"Why Write?"--Workshop--bring two copies of your draft to class--e-mail your second draft to me before class.

Group 5--Joan Didion--"On Keeping a Notebook"

Group 1 and 2--give prompt for Paul Auster--"Why Write?" and Stephen King--"On Living: A Postscript" (Reading Response #11)

#14 11/27Essay #4/Final Draft + Metatext--in class read around--going "public"

Group 5--Didion

Group 1 & 2--Auster/King

Final Portfolios Due

--Final Reflections Letter

--One essay sequence (Essay #3 or #4) -- final draft and Metatext

--Reading Journal Entries (3) -- not to include any submitted in Midterm P/F

#15 12/4 Last Class/Portfolio Pickup/Celebration



*A metatext is a piece of writing about the writing project you have completed. Read through all of your drafts and consider the following questions: How would you describe your writing process? What did you discover took place in the time between when you learned of the assignment and the final draft? Did anything surprise you? Do not write about the technical changes you made. This should be an exploratory piece of writing about your writing (at least two paragraphs in length).



Prof. Carole Deletiner--Syllabus--EN394--American Lives--Fall 2007

#1 8/29 Introductions--Course Description/Syllabus/Assignments; Stupid Name Game

In class--write a memoir fragment--share in small groups/whole class discussion--What is memoir?

Group 1--before next class read Chapter 1--The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin-- <http://books.eserver.org/nonfiction/franklin/>--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Composing Guidelines--first fragment of memoir due next week (9/5)

#2 9/5 Group 1--lead discussion--The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Discuss Sante/Harwood--is this memoir?

Group 2--before next class read Alison Bechdel--Fun Home: A Tragicomic--Chapter 1-4--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Group 3--before next class read Nancy Mairs "The Literature of Personal Disaster" (on Bb)--post discussion questions on Bb and begin discussion

Workshop--Memoir draft

#3 9/12 Group 2--lead discussion of Fun Home (1)

Group 3--lead discussion of Mairs--"The Literature of Personal Disaster"

Group 4--before next class read Alison Bechdel--Fun Home: A Tragicomic--Chapter 5-end--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Group 1--before next class read Patricia Hampl--"Other People's Secrets" (on Bb)--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Workshop--Memoir Draft--e-mail your draft to me before class (Word Document attachment)--going public--read around

#4 9/19 Group 4--lead discussion of Fun Home (2)

Group 1--lead discussion of Hampl--"Other People's Secrets"

Group 2--before next class read Chapter X from Frederick Douglass' narrative-- http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Literature/Douglass/Autobiography/

--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Group 3--before next class read Toni Morrison--"The Site of Memory" (on Bb)--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Workshop--Memoir Draft

#5 9/26 Group 2--lead discussion of Douglass

Group 3--lead discussion of Morrison--"The Site of Memory"

Group 4--before next class read chapters I-V, X, and XXI--Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl--Harriet Jacobs--http://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper/JACOBS/hjhome.htm and listen to-- http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6202915

Group 1-- read Lynn Z. Bloom--"Living to Tell the Tale: The Complicated Ethics of Creative Nonfiction"--link on Bb

Workshop--Memoir Draft

#6 10/3 Group 4--lead discussion of Jacobs

Group 1--lead discussion of Bloom--"Living to Tell the Tale..."

Group 2--before next class read Slater--Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir--Part 1 and Part 2--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Group 3--before next class read Janet Maslin's review of Lying..., http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E2DE1131F931A15755C0A9669C8B63&sec=&pagewanted=all and Slater's response--http://archive.salon.com/books/feature/2000/07/05/slater/index.html

--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Workshop--Memoir Draft--e-mail your draft to me before class--going public--read around

#7 10/10 Group 2--lead discussion of Lying (1)

Group 3--lead discussion of Maslin review and Slater response

Group 4--before next class read Slater--Lying--Part 3-end--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Group 1--for next class read Patricia Hampl "Memory and Imagination" (Bb)--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Workshop--Memoir Draft

#8 10/17 Group 4--lead discussion of Lying (2)

Group 1--lead discussion of Hampl "Memory and Imagination"

Group 2--before next class read Walt Whitman "Song of Myself"--sections 1-26--http://www.daypoems.net/poems/1900.html--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Group 3 --before next class read Walt Whitman "Song of Myself"--sections 27-52

Going Public: be prepared to share an excerpt from your memoir with the class today

Midterm Portfolios due:

-- Midterm Reflections Letter - an essay - you can write this in the form of a letter if that is more comfortable to you - in which you write about your experience in and response to this class. If you have suggestions for the second half of the semester, this is a good place to put them in writing. I would like you to think about the class with regard to your participation in it, both as a member of a small group and as a member of the larger group. I would like you to begin to develop evaluative criteria and apply those criteria to your performance. My criteria for evaluation are stated in the Course Description I distributed on the first day of class.

-- Memoir/Process Journal-Final Draft (8-10 pages)

-- Reading Journal Responses (two entries)--you will develop two of your postings on Bb into fully realized informal essays; the minimum length for each response should be two pages (500 words).

#9 10/24 Midterm Conferences (B602)

#10 10/31 Group 2/3 lead discussion of Walt Whitman--"Song of Myself"

Group 4--for next class read Alan Ginsberg--"Howl"--http://www.rooknet.com/beatpage/writers/ginsberg.html#howl--and listen to "A Supermarket in California"-- http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15306--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Workshop--Memoir Draft

#11 11/7 Group 4--lead discussion of "Howl" and "A Supermarket in California"

Group 1--for next class read--Mary Karr--The Liar's Club (Ch. 1-8)--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Workshop--Memoir Draft--going public--read around

#12 11/14 Group 1--lead discussion of The Liar's Club (1)

Read selected poems--Sharon Olds--in class

Group 2--for next class read--Mary Karr--The Liar's Club (Ch. 9-end)--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Workshop--Memoir Draft--e-mail your draft to me before class.

11/21 NO CLASS--Thanksgiving

#13 11/28Group 2--lead discussion--The Liar's Club (2)

Group 3--for next class read--Nick Flynn--Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (first half)--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion

Workshop--Memoir Draft

#14 12/5Group 3--lead discussion of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (1)

Read selected poems--Li Young Lee--in class

Group 4--for next class read--Nick Flynn--Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (second half)--post discussion questions on Bb and begin online discussion.

Workshop--Memoir Draft

Final Portfolios are due today

-- Final Reflections Letter - an essay - you can write this in the form of a letter if that is more comfortable to you - in which you write about your experience in and response to this class. I would like you to think about the class with regard to your participation in it, both as a member of a small group and as a member of the larger group. This response should also serve as an introduction to the work you have chosen to include in your portfolio. Each person's response, of course, will be different. There is no "right" way to do this. You may be as creative as you'd like; however, as with all of your writing, this should be a serious endeavor (500 words--two pages).

-- Memoir/Process Journal-Final Draft (16-20 pages)

-- Note: It is understood that all written work should be carefully copy edited for spelling and grammar. Any student who does not submit a complete portfolio will receive a failing grade.

#15 12/12 Last class--Celebration--Portfolio Pickup

Group 4--lead discussion--Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2)

Going Public--Final Read Around


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