English 320: The Short Story
Using the Course
Here are some important things to keep in mind in using the
- Reading assignments
should be completed before you come to class on the day the
assignment is listed.
It will be impossible to understand what goes on in class
if you haven't already read the assignment before you come to the
- What's required, and
what's only recommended.
In the course schedule, you will find two kinds of
assignments -- required and recommended.
Assignments that are recommended only show up only from
time to time, and are clearly indicated as such.
Unless an assignment is specifically indicated as
recommended, it is required. Almost all the
assignments you will encounter in the schedule are
- All page
references in the assignments
are to the Kennedy/Gioia text. The other kind of
reference you will find in the assignments is to
something to be found on the Web. Just click on the
link provided. If the assignment linked to is short
and simple, you can just read it on-line. But for
stories, and for longer and more complicated discussions
of critical concepts, you'll do better to make yourself a
copy (by printing it out), so that you can work through
it slowly, make notes in the margin, and review it at
In order to make sure everyone is able
to acquire the text in time to keep up with the
assignments in it, I will arrange the schedule so that
the assignments in the first two weeks of the course are
also available on the web. Just click on the
link. In some cases you will find more than one
link to the same story.
- An important caution:
you'll find it useful to print out a copy
of this Course Schedule. But when you look over
your copy, keep in mind that anything that appears as
underlined is a web link that you can only follow up by
getting on-line and clicking on the word or phrase that's underlined!
I never use underlining on a web page
for emphasis. (Instead I use bold, italics, colored
font, or large font, or some combination of these.
If you don't keep this in mind, you'll be hopelessly
confused in trying to make use of pages you have printed out!)
- This schedule is
tentative. I may make
adjustments in reading or writing assignments if I think
doing so best serves the interests of the course as it
develops. I will notify you of these through our e-mail
listserv or through the Message of the Day.
The examination dates, however, you may
take as firmly set. About a week before the date cited,
you will receive special information (a "prep
sheet") designed to help you to review in a focused
way for each exam.
Return to the Course Home Page
(English 320: The Short Story).
Go to Course Schedule 2,
for remaining assignments up to the Mid-Term Exam.
Go to Course Schedule 3,
for assignments between the Mid-Term and Final Exam.
Suggestions are welcome.
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Contents copyright © 2001 by Lyman A.
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This page last updated 18 August 2001.