Spring 2009

I. English 2328 – 11439             American Lit. II (Since 1865) TCCD-South  Spring 2009

Instructor: Robert Tinajero    Office: SFOA 1120A

e-mail: roberto.tinajero@my.tccd.edu

Phone: 817-515-4616

Description:  Selected significant works of American Literature.  May include study of movements, schools, or periods.

Office Hours:  Mon.  1:15-3:15

Tues.  2:00-4:00

Wed.  1:15-3:15

Thurs. 2:00-4:00

Fri.      2:00-4:00


Exam I                                   20%

Exam II                                  20%

Blog Project                            20%

Final Project                           20%

Professionalism                      20%

II. Textbooks and Materials:

The Norton Anthology of American Literature 7th Edition: Volumes C (1865-1914), D (1914-1945), and E (1945-Present)

III. Course Goals and Requirements:

The following list of course goals will be addressed in the course.  These goals are directly related to the performance objectives (Addendum A) and include some of my course goals.

1.            read appropriate literary works

2.            analyze literature

3.            identify literary themes and movements

4.            recognize cultural diversity

5.            examine appropriate historical/contextual influences

6.            conduct applicable literary research

7.            demonstrate knowledge through exams and projects

*All official TCCD course goals are on the final two pages of this syllabus.

IV. Instructor’s Policies:


It is very important that you attend each class period in order to participate in discussions, group activities, and in-class assignments.  I make no distinctions between excused and unexcused absences, which means limit unnecessary absences.  If you miss class you are responsible for obtaining class notes and assignments from me or fellow students.

Guidelines for Exams and Projects:

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period and are due in class.  Late projects will be deducted an entire letter grade (10 points) for each class period they are late.  Students are responsible for assignments regardless of whether they were present when work was assigned.  If students are not present for an exam they will be allowed to take exam or quiz outside my office during my office hours but 15 points will be automatically deducted from the exam.  The Final Project cannot be turned in late.

Professionalism Grade:

“Professionalism” means: come to class; be on time; participate in discussions; respect other students when they are talking; respect me when I’m talking; respect other people’s opinions; no text messaging; don’t answer your phone; don’t leave class regularly


Do not copy other people’s work. Do not have other people do your work. If you ever quote something from your textbook, from another book, or a website, you must state where you got it from.  Plagiarism can lead to failure and/or expulsion from the class.  I will discuss plagiarism more when I assign specific assignments.

V. Weekly Calendar Jan 20-May 14

Weeks 1-2           * A Short Trip Through American History (1865-Present) * Exam I

(no textbooks needed first two weeks)

Weeks 3-6           * Some Major Themes in American Literature (A General Overview)

* Industrialization/Urbanization (Vol. D & E)

* Sexuality (Vol. D & E)

* War (Vol. C, D, & E)

* Women’s Experiences and Rights (Vol. C &E)

* Racial/Ethnic Diversity (Vol C & E and handouts)

* Postmodern Approaches to “American Literature” (Vol. E and handouts)

* Create Major Themes Chart * Exam II

[We will be looking at fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from each period.  Students will begin to connect specific authors to time periods and major themes.]

Weeks 7-9           * Volume C – 1865-1914 (various readings)

* Volume D -1914-1945 (various readings)

*Volume E – 1945-Present (various readings)

Weeks 10-11      * Love Poems * 9/11 Poems * Description and Imagery

Blog Project over Volumes C, D, and E

Weeks 12-15      * Diverse Experiences, Diverse Literature

* Def Poetry and Postmodern Approaches to American Literature

* Zora Neal Hurston (Vol. D); Amy Tan (Vol. E); Hemingway (Vol. D); Joel Chandler Harris

(Vol. C); Langston Hughes (Vol. D); Thompson (Vol. E); Alvarez (Vol. E); Spiegelman (Vol. E);

Yusef Komunyakaa (Vol. E); Alberto Rios (Vol. E); Li-Young Lee (Vol. E); Jose Villamil (handouts)

* Discuss and Assign Final Project

*Final Project/Exam (due on day of Final)

Specific readings will be assigned throughout the semester.  Most readings will come directly from the Norton Anthologies (Volumes C, D, and E) so it is imperative for each student to have the texts.  Some of the authors to be studied this semester include:

-Walt Whitman –Emily Dickinson –“Chippewa Songs” –Cochise –Booker T. Washington –W.E.B. Du Boise –Paul Lawrence Dunbar –Zitkala Sa –“Corridos” –Theodore Roosevelt –Charles W. Chesnutt

–Robert Frost –Carl Sandburg –Wallace Stevens –William Carlos Williams –Langston Hughes –T.S.Eliot –Claude McKay – E.E. Cummings –F. Scott Fitzgerald –William Faulkner –Richard Wright

–Elizabeth Bishop –Gwendolyn Brooks –Hunter S. Thompson –Elizabeth Bishop –Allen Ginsberg –Philip Levine –Anne Sexton –Gary Snyder –Toni Morrison –Sylvia Plath –Amari Baraka –Audre Lorde –Mary Oliver –Lucille Clifton –Rudolfo Anaya –Simon J. Ortiz –Billy Collins –Gloria Anzaldua –Yusef Komunyakaa –Alberto Rios –Amy Tan –Sandra Cisneros –Lorna Dee Cervantes –Li-Young Lee –“9/11 Commission Report” –Sherman Alexie –Jhumpa Lahiri –“Def Poetry”

Tarrant County College District

District Master Syllabus

At Tarrant County College the District master syllabus documents the content of a course. A District master syllabus is required for every course offered. District master syllabi are prepared by teams of faculty and approved by instructional administration.


ENGL 2328 American Literature Since 1865

American literature from 1865 to the present, focusing on major literary movements and works.

COURSE TYPE Academic Core


Course goals are linked to required Core Curriculum Intellectual Competencies, Perspectives, and Exemplary Educational Objectives as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Specific core requirements are linked to the class schedule.

1. The student will demonstrate the ability to read and understand appropriate American literary works. (CCIC 1,5; CCP 1,2,6,7,8; EEO 1,2,6) The student will be able to

a. summarize plot;

b. analyze characters;

c. recognize literary devices.

2. The student will analyze appropriate American literature. (CCIC 1,4,5,6; CCP

1,2,5,6,7,8; EEO 1,2,3,6,7) The student will be able to

a. identify themes and other literary devices;

b. interpret function of literary elements;

c. explain authorial style;

d. distinguish period traits;

e. compare works for variance and similitude.

3. The student will demonstrate an understanding of appropriate literary

themes and movements in American literature.(CCIC 1,4,5,6; CCP 1,2,6,7,8; EEO

1,2,6,7) The student will be able to

a. distinguish universal and period themes;

b. identify literary movements;

c. categorize works by movements.

4. The student will recognize cultural diversity in American literature.(CCIC 1,3,4,5;

CCP 1,2,5,6,7,8: EEO 1,2,6,7) The student will be able to

a. give examples of multi-cultural traits;

b. differentiate among cultural elements;

c. infer minority voice.

5. The student will recognize appropriate historical/contextual influences in American

literature.(CCIC 2,3,5;CCP1,2,6,7,8; EEO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7) The student will be able to

a. trace historic literary time line;

b. identify contextual literary influences;

c. distinguish sociological forces;

d. point out literary genres.

6. The student will conduct applicable literary research. (CCIC 1,2,5,6; CCP 1,2,5,6,8;

EEO 3,4,5,7) The student will be able to

a. devise appropriate writing objective;

b. gather pertinent scholarly materials;

c. integrate secondary sources;

d. compose written analysis;

e. document written material correctly.

7. The student will produce appropriate written literary analyses. (CCIC 2,5,6; CCP

2,6,7,8; EEP 1,2,3,4,5,7) The student will be able to

a. compose accurate literary analysis;

b. generate supported literary interpretation;

c. demonstrate awareness of audience, purpose, and tone.


Student performance will be measured by assessment techniques aligned to course goals and learning outcomes. A variety of methods may be used, including but not limited to objective exams, essay and/or short answer questions, and research projects. Individual instructors may emphasize elements of course content and related topics so long as all course goals are presented and evaluated. The methods of evaluation will be specified by each instructor and indicated in the instructor’s class requirements.


Students are responsible for adhering to the TCCD policy on scholastic dishonesty as stated in the online Student Handbook .