Module 1 Discussion: The Purpose of Literature
Choose this link to access Module 1 Discussion: What is the purpose of literature?
After reviewing the content in this module’s learning object, consider this statement from the American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, and that you are not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” Does this statement reflect your own experience with literature? Why or why not?
Reply to at least two other students, aiming to notice patterns, commonalities and interesting differences in our learning community. All posts should be written in complete sentences and are expected to meet the standards for college-level writing. Original posts should be at least five sentences in length; replies should be at least three sentences in length.
This discussion is worth 20 points toward your final grade and will be graded using the Discussion Rubric. Please use it as a guide toward successful completion of this discussion. 1
Course Journal: Your Experience as a Reader.
Directions: Choose this link to access Journal 1: Your Experience as a Reader.
At the beginning of this course, pause for a moment and consider your reading history, not simply as a college student but as a human being. For example:
- What are your earliest memories of reading literature?
- What is the most difficult literature you have ever read? The most inspiring?
- Have there been relationships that have influenced or impacted your experience of reading literature?
While you need not respond to all of these questions in writing, actively use them as springboards to consciously consider the attitudes and formative experiences you are bringing with you into this course. Write a reflective journal that takes stock of your attitude toward reading literature; refer to specific examples and/or experiences wherever possible. Required length: 300 – 400 words.
Submission: To submit your entry, choose the link titled, Journal 1 , above. Choose the “Create Journal Entry” button and complete your entry using the text editor box. Include hyperlinks to relevant texts, videos, or images. Also consider embedding images or videos in your entry to make it more interactive. Be sure to give your entry a title and complete your submission by choosing the “Submit” button at the bottom of the screen.
Grading: This assignment is worth 10 points and will be graded using the Journal Rubric. Please use it as a guide toward successful completion of this assignment. 1
Course Assignment: Exploring Metaphors
Directions: Read Emily Dickinson’s poem “There is no Frigate like a Book” in the Module 1 Readings. Then, listen to the recording of it below. After reading the poem carefully and looking up any unfamiliar words, write a 400 – 600 word essay in which you identify the poem’s central metaphor and explain what that metaphor reveals about the work that literature can perform. To fully develop your idea, explain how the poem’s central metaphor relates to each complete thought in the poem (note that each pair of lines forms a complete sentence) 1 .
To submit your essay, choose the link titled, Essay 1: Exploring Metaphors , above. Use the “Browse My Computer” button in the Attach File area to attach your document. Be sure to complete your submission by choosing the “Submit” button at the bottom of the screen. 1
This assignment is worth 80 points and will be graded using the Essay rubric. Please use it as a guide to successful completion of this assignment. 1