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Revision Date: 20-Feb-24

Summer 2024 | ENG-1310-VT01 - Introduction to Literature

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 05:30P - 09:00P
Semester Dates: 05-21-2024 to 08-06-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Emma Schneider
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Arts & Aesthetics
CCV Writing and Research
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

In this course, students read a culturally diverse selection of fiction, poetry, and drama with an emphasis on how to study literature: understanding plot and character, identifying themes and the author's point of view, and analyzing techniques in prose and verse. This course fulfills the research and writing intensive requirement. Students must complete a final research paper with a grade of C- or better in order to pass this course. Prerequisite: English Composition.

Essential Objectives

1. Describe the formal elements of the novel, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and drama.
2. Define literary elements such as theme, character, plot, imagery, setting, point of view, and symbolism.
3. Analyze how writers use formal and literary elements to express ideas, emotions, and cultural values.
4. Identify figurative uses of language such as irony, metaphor, and personification from a wide range of literary works.
5. Describe the cultural and historical context of selected works of literature and explain the impact of global and/or cultural diversity on the development of these works.
6. Discuss the contributions of selected works of literature to social change, thought, and/or well-being on an individual or collective level.
7. Write short reaction papers and analyses of a wide range of selected literary works, critically editing drafts for precision and clarity as well as correct mechanics.
8. Demonstrate information literacy skills: distinguish between and utilize both primary and secondary sources; perform library and web-based literature searches; and evaluate data and resources for credibility, reliability, and validity.
9. Demonstrate the ability to apply either APA or MLA citation styles in academic writing by parenthetically citing sources in the text and correctly compiling them in the relevant end sources page.
10. Compose, revise, and edit a final paper that includes a thesis, integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question and demonstrate writing proficiency by achieving a grade of C- or better.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class.
This class may require purchase of supplies or materials that are not available through the CCV bookstore. ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Summer 2024 textbook/book details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ENG-1310-VT01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


  • Engaged discussions
  • Small group and partner discussions
  • Writing workshops
  • In-class writing exercises
  • Independent reading and analysis
  • Instructor demonstrations
  • Guest presenters
  • One-on-one meetings
  • Independent projects

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Poetry -- The Senses


Billy Collins, “Introduction to Poetry”

William Butler Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

Margaret Atwood, “[you fit into me]”

Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”

Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things”

Nikki Giovanni, “Winter Poem”

Short response



Poetry -- Symbolism


John Donne, “The Flea”

Cheryl Savageau, “Red”

Dorothy Parker, “One Perfect Rose”

Walt Whitman, “A Noiseless Patient Spider"

William Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

Short Response



Poetry -- Social Commentary


Ada Limón, “The Vulture & the Body”

Lucille Clifton, “Homage to My Hips”

Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”

Wilfred Owen, "Dulce et Decorum est"

Dudley Randall, “Ballad of Birmingham”


Short Response



Drama/Film - Plots and Subplots


William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


Poetry Essay



Drama -- Social Critique


The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde


Short Response



Drama/Film -- Tangles and Resolutions


The Importance of Being Earnest,Oscar Wilde


Short Response



Drama/Film -- Dramatic Irony


Doubt,John Patrick Shanley


Short Response



Prose -- Suspense




Drama Essay



Prose -- Symbolism


Beloved,Toni Morrison


Short Response



Prose -- Character


Beloved,Toni Morrison


Short Fiction Essay



Prose -- Symbolism


Beloved,Toni Morrison


Short Response







Final Essay


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Active engagement in class discussions and activities is essential to success in this course. Successful class participation includes:

  • Demonstrating engaged listening to peers through body language, clarifying questions, note-taking, and helpful responses
  • Contributing verbally to every class discussion in a way that furthers the conversation
  • Preparing for every class by completing assigned readings and activities
  • Asking questions and reaching out for help from peers, the instructor, the library, and other student support services as needed

Missing & Late Work Policy

Assignments for in-class writing workshop must be brought to class printed and ready to edit. Late workshopping materials and weekly reading responses will not be accepted for credit. The weekly reading response with the lowest score will be dropped automatically.

Late final papers will lose 10% unless the delay has been communicated in advance and approved. Submissions more than a week beyond the deadline will be accepted at the discretion of the faculty. Students should contact the faculty immediately upon knowing that their submission will be delayed.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.