ENGL 440 "Harry Potter's Library"
Online Message Board: To offer another venue for discussion, we'll be using an online message board in K-State Online. Each week, each student is required to post at least one paragraph-length comment about the materials we're reading and discussing in class. I will read these discussions and assess a grade (at the end of the semester) based on the thoughtfulness of your comments, their ability to foster discussion among your classmates, and their responsiveness both to our readings and to your classmates' comments in class and on the board. I'll provide some weekly question prompts as I follow these conversations, and I may also participate in the discussion, but I see the message board primarily as a way for you to raise issues we haven't addressed -- or addressed fully or to your satisfaction -- during our regular class meetings. The work contributed to the message board can become source material for more formal writing assignments.
The weekly message board will run from Saturday to Friday, to encourage you to post right after as well as before our weekly class discussions, but I encourage you to contribute your ideas throughout the week and to check the board for others' postings. Your postings do not need to be long, but they do need to be substantive: they must be long enough to convey clearly the problem you are taking up and your point of view, connecting your comment to others' comments whenever possible. I will offer models of successful comments early in the semester.
To post to the message board, follow these directions:
1. Go to my homepage at http://www.ksu.edu/english/westmank and click on our course (ENGL 440), and then “Message Board” to login to K-State Online Canvas and go directly to “Discussions.” (You may also login to the K-State Online course page for ENGL 440 and click on “Discussions.”)
2. You should see all the messages posted to date and the newest threads first.
3. To post, choose to “reply,” so you can engage directly in the conversation and your message can “thread” beneath the one you’re responding to.
Multi-Media Project: You will choose one of four possible multi-media projects to complete during the semester. Your multi-media project can be submitted on any class day but must be turned in no later than Tuesday April 26. Each project should demonstrate insight and understanding of the text with which it connects, should be thoughtfully constructed, and should be presented professionally with attention to detail. Refer to the grading rubrics (posted in K-State Online as of January 26) for detailed grading criteria. The assignment will be distributed next week, but here are brief descriptions:
Note: All assigned reading should be completed by the date listed.
[CP] = Online class pack, posted to K-State Online [W] = web
|January||19||J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997, 1998) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998, 1999).|
|26||Thomas Hughes, excerpts from Tom Brown's School Days (1857) [CP]; Enid Blyton, First Term at Malory Towers (1946) [CP]. Recommended: Roald Dahl, excerpt from Boy; Pratchett, excerpt from Pyramids (1984) [CP]|
|February||2||E. Nesbit, The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904); Rowling, "Let Me Tell You a Story" (2000) [CP]; Clement Freud, Grimble (1968) [CP]|
|9||C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)|
|16||Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach (1961); Rowling, "Foreword" to Families Like Us: The One Parent Families Good Book Guide (2000) [CP] and "The Not Especially Fascinating Life So Far of J. K. Rowling" (1998) [CP]|
|23||Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999). Philip Hensher, "Harry Potter, give me a break" (2000); Harold Bloom, "Can 35 Million Book Buyers Be Wrong? Yes" (2000); Jessy Randall, "Wizard Words: The Literary, Latin, and Lexical Origins of Harry Potter's Vocabulary" (2001); Nel, "You Say 'Jelly,' I Say 'Jell-O': Harry Potter and the Transfiguration of Language" [all CP]|
|Sat 27||"The Weapon We Have is Love: A Fandom Concert for Literacy," featuring performances of wizard rock, 8 p.m. (Optional)|
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
Also read at least one of the following: Westman, "Specters of Thatcherism: Contemporary British Culture in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series" (2002); Ximena Gallardo C. and C. Jason Smith, “Cinderfella: J. K. Rowling’s Wily Web of Gender”; Schoefer, "Harry Potter's Girl Trouble"; Dresang, "Hermione Granger and the Heritage of Gender" [all CP]
|8||Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), through Chapter 17 (373). Midterm Exam.|
|No Class -- Spring Break|
|22||Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), to end.|
|29||Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)|
|April||5||Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007), through Chapter 22 (444)|
|12||Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007), to end.|
|19||Responses to the Harry Potter series
|26||Jonathan Stroud , The Amulet of Samarkand (2003)|
|F 29||Paper due by 5 p.m. to my mailbox in ECS 119|
|May||3||Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass (1995); review for final exam|
|10||Final Exam: Short Answer and Essay, 6:20-8:10 p.m.|