Welcome to Truisms in American Literature!

On-Campus Course Meeting: There will be an introductory on-campus course meeting in LB 2236B on Tuesday, April 4, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Those not able to attend may contact me at sternandwalker@comcast.net with e-mail information.

English 102 D2 is a 5 credit, fully on-line course with one on-campus introductory meeting.

Course Materials: Texts, films and additional requirements are listed at “Materials”.

Instructor Contact:
Use your assigned writing group in First Class as the primary contact for the course.

Instructor, Rosella Stern, is also available at sternandwalker@comcast.net for off-course e-mail. Ms. Stern is also available by voice mail at 425-803-1938. There are no formal office hours. All assignments are due in First Class no later than 6 p.m. on the assignment due date.

Grading: English 102 is a 5 credit course. Grading will consist of evaluation of on-line quizzes and discussion questions, oversite and evaluation of preparatory steps presented in a timely fashion as indicated in the weekly schedule, and edited final drafts presented as the mid-term and final projects on the dates designated.

This course is intended to introduce concepts about American culture in the 20 th century, presented through literature. The works for the course include film, novels, plays and poetry as well as literary reviews, criticism and the presentation of on-line lectures. Literary works will be viewed, read, discussed, researched and used as the core subject matter for course papers. The ideas revealed through close reading and outside research will become the subject matter for the two course research projects. This combination of reading, analyzing, preparing to write and writing about literature and cultural concepts will help prepare and better understand and utilize both literary and cultural lessons and research procedures in the style of the Modern Language Association.

Project 1 – Midterm Paper. This project will introduce the research process and allow the student to review and analyze selected materials from the first half of the course, including, but not limited to The Maltese Falcon, On the Road and further information and poetry from The Beat Generation. Project 1 prepares the student
to move through the close reading, analysis and research process, using a series of timed steps given in The Bedford Guide to the Research Process. Each project step, including subject selection, mapping, outlining, note-taking, creation
of a rough draft, editing and proof-reading through peer review in assigned writing groups will lead to the preparation of the final paper. All preparatory and final steps in this project will be reviewed by the instructor on a time-based schedule. This schedule, week by week, is listed here under Midterm Paper. Grades for this work include evaluation of preparatory steps, exhibiting understanding of the MLA format in paper presentation, and a sophisticated understanding of the cultural concepts presented.

Project 2 – Final Paper. This project will review the research concepts covered in the first half of the course through the analysis of one or more literary works and concepts presented in the second half of the course. The works to be examined include, but are not limited to: A Raisin in the Sun, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Everything is Illuminated. The same preparation format will be followed as that of Paper 1, but on a more truncated time schedule. The preparatory steps, including working thesis, outline and rough drafts, as well as evidence of research, will be presented for peer and instructor review on a timed schedule. Paper 2, Final Paper, is due no later than the last day of class.

No late work will be accepted without prior approval by the instructor. All assignments are due no later than 6 p.m. on the assigned date.
First Class
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Instructor Bio: Rosella L. Stern, English instructor at North Seattle, has an extensive background as an educator, writer, editor, public relations professional and executive director in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. A product of the Big-Ten, Ms. Stern did undergraduate work in English at the University of Michigan. She then went on to receive a B.A. in English and Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a Masters in English from Northwestern University, and is Abd. Ph.D. in English, with an emphasis in Irish Studies and contemporary poetics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Ms. Stern has over three decades of teaching experience, including the last 19 as a part-time member of the faculty in Humanities at North Seattle.

Ms. Stern’s work as a writer and editor has included such publications as The Seattle Weekly, Forbes Magazine, Copley Press, American Photographer, The Seattle Times Pacific Magazine. She has written extensively for wire services, non-profit and artistic clients and corporations. . She was a member of the public relations team at Chevron USA, and has worked for such corporate and non-profit clients as The Hahn Company, The San Diego Opera, The City of Seattle Parks Department, The University of California Department of Pediatrics at San Francisco. Ms Stern has edited technical projects including The Starwars Project, Wastewater Reuse for King County, and medical and technical journal articles in pediatrics, pulmonary research and other. . Ms. Stern is a recognized grant writer. She has won personal and non-profit grant awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, the California Arts Council, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Gates Foundation and many others.

Ms. Stern has directed non-profits including The Women’s Center at Lake Washington Technical College, The King County Displaced Homemaker Program, Washington Works, a welfare-to-work organization, and Think First of Washington, an injury prevention program in the Department of Neurosurgery at Harborview Hospital.