EN 1200 Composition
Composition is an introduction to the occasions and standards of college writing. Students develop writing abilities through the study and practice of writing processes. Students explore flexible strategies for inventing, generating, drafting, reading, editing, sharing, and presenting their work. The study of ideas, evidence, organization, style, and convention is essential. Coursework stresses the importance of reading and writing for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communication. Students write for varied situations, in a variety of genres, and in response to personal experience, reading, research, argument, and demand. Students examine both the rhetorical and visual impact of the texts they produce. By the end of this course, students are better prepared for the writing they will do in college and beyond. Falls and Springs.
ENDI 1300 Murder, Mayhem, and Madness: Reflections of the Self and Society in Literature
Introduces students to fiction, poetry, and drama that offer opportunities to examine the relationship of self to society. What does it mean to be sane or insane, normal or abnormal? What behaviors affect others in destructive ways and how does society deal with those who seem to be different from the norm? Springs. (SSDI)
ENDI 1330 Arthurian Legends: Representations of Leadership, Romance, National Identity, and Spiritual Quest
A study of the numerous stories generated about King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and their legendary court, examining why retellings of these works are still relevant today. Examines how and why various versions of these stories originated in different cultures at different times. Earlier cultural contexts of Europe and the Middle East, in terms of religion, national identity and construction of gender are addressed as are modern contexts that provide multiple interpretations of these materials. Springs. (PPDI)
ENDI 1350 Twice-Told Tales
Close reading and analysis of the way stories or themes are repeated and changed as societies evolve. Students explore chronologies of selected themes – such as views of death, love and hate, and rebellion – examining early and modern versions and placing them in a variety of cultural, historical and technological contexts. Course content may vary depending on instructor. Falls and Springs. (PPDI)
ENDI 1401 Writing and the Creative Process
What does it mean to be creative? Where does inspiration come from? How do writers and artists think? Students seek out sources of inspiration, write creatively and often, share their work and develop habits and practices which can make imaginative writing and other creative enterprises a lasting and meaningful part of their lives. Falls and Springs. (CTDI)
ENDI 1450 The Outsider
Humans are both social and individual. For centuries, literature has highlighted, debated and critiqued the relationship between the individual and society, the impact the individual has on society and that which society has on the development of individual identity, behavior and the formation of beliefs. Cultures differ in the relative value they give to the individual and to the group; literature allows us to look at that value in terms of our roles as individuals and as (non) conformers to social expectations. Through examples taken from writing and film, analyzes the self and society through a selection of topics which include gender, sexuality, race, class, wealth, behavior and socialization. Falls. (SSDI)
ENDI 1550 Wilderness Literature
Students work to redefine the concepts of “wilderness” and to explore the relationship of the individual to the “wild.” Is “wilderness” always a geographic space, or can it also be psychological, social, or political? Is it always totally removed from society, or does it need society in order to exist? Texts may focus on classic nature writing, but other topics may include the wilds of human perception, pop culture chaos, adolescent angst, cultural identity and other vexed internal and external landscapes. Challenges preconceptions of what constitutes the “wilderness.” As students investigate the individual’s relationship to both society and seclusion, they consider how the “self” is produced and revised by its encounters with the wild. Springs. (SSDI)
EN 1600 Studies in English
Required of all English majors. Acquaints students with fundamental concepts such as text, genre, author, period, nation/place and reader/ critic as they apply to underlying philosophy and material practice
in the discipline of English. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 2500. Falls and Springs. (QRCO) (WRCO)
ENDI 1600 Let’s Hear It For Sports – or Not!
Are sports good for us? This course allows students the opportunity to examine, through various literary genres, the role of sports in
their lives as well as the lives of others and to debate the merits and drawbacks of organized as well as individual sports in our lives and our society. Falls. (SSDI)
EN 2010 Exploring Grammar
Students explore grammar as science. Students discover grammar not only as a set of identifiable structures (syntax), but also as usage, through process and in theory. Students become conscious of the choices they make as speakers, as writers, as listeners, and as readers. Students approach language as scientists might with objective methods and precision. Springs. Prerequisite(s): EN 1200.
ENDI 2200 The Art of Film
Studies film as a creative art–parallel to poetry or painting or music, analyzing the means by which good filmmakers move audiences to feel, to think, to experience certain aspects of life. Become familiar with film art; stress the humanistic qualities of the film experience and how it can connect to our own “real life” personal experiences. Falls. (CTDI)
ENDI 2230 Creating Arguments
Treats argumentation as a creative process where making arguments requires imagination, rhetorical ornament, and aesthetic form. Students explore how persuasion reveals new ideas and new interpretations of old ones. Students craft arguments for learning, discovery, propoal, negotiation, reconciliation, and reflection. Springs. (CTDI)
EN 2250 Identity and Difference in American Literature
Introductory Course. Close reading and analysis of significant American texts, authors’ genres and/or periods with a critical emphasis on relevant concepts such as ideology, canonicity, identity politics, difference, assimilation and cultural appropriation. Students explore how such categories as race, gender, ethnicity, social class, region, religion, nationality, sexual orientation and/or ability have been constructed and performed through literature. Course content varies depending on instructor. Springs. (DICO)
ENDI 2320 Settling the American West: Women and Men on the Overland Trail
An examination, through readings in fiction, nonfiction and poetry and through film, of the diverse roles and experiences of women and men who traveled the overland trails and settled in the frontier lands of the American West. Students study the impact of this migration on the indigenous peoples of the west and learn to connect this time period and experience with their own family histories and origins.
EN 2350 Decades in Literature
Introductory course. History and social contexts often have important impacts on literature and art in a particular period, but it is often only after the fact that we see how literature can be defined by an age. Provides an in-depth study of 1 decade in literature. Depending on the instructor and the section, students may study the murder, jazz and mayhem of the Roaring `20s in America or the money-obsessed post-imperial culture of the Big `80s in England. Through an analysis of history, politics, art and music along with the literature of the period, students gain a better understanding of the ways culture does (or does not) influence art. May be taken a second time with a different decade. Last offering Fall 2018.
EN 2360 Introduction to Film
Introductory Course. Focuses on significant films, some short, some full-length. Designed to develop greater understanding and appreciation of film as an art form. Not open to students who have earned credits for EN 2610. Spring of even years.
EN 2440 Rethinking Early American Literature
What is Early American literature? Where might we find it today? In an era increasingly defined as “global,” how durable and stable is the category of the nation in defining a literary tradition? We grapple with these questions as we examine American texts from the period of early colonization to the end of the Civil War. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3715. Falls. (DICO) (TECO)
EN 2460 Rethinking Modern American Literature
Focuses on American literature from the period of the end of the Civil War though the present day, roughly 1865 through the present. Builds off of students’ preconceptions of modern American literature and analyses historical, national, and aesthetic constructions of the literary canon. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3720. Springs. (DICO)
EN 2490 Rethinking Modern British Literature, 1660-1945
Focuses on British literature from 1660 through the mid-20th century. Builds off of students’ preconceptions of modern British literature and analyses historical, national, and aesthetic constructions of the literary canon. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3621. Springs. (TECO)
EN 2710 Creative Writing
Students study and practice introductory-level craft and technique associated with the major genres of imaginative writing: poetry and prose fiction. Other genres, such as nonfiction prose and drama, may also be covered. Students read in the genres and practice various specific elements of writerly craft through drafting, revision, reflection, and discussion. Not open to students who have earned credits for EN 2700. Falls and Springs.
Prerequisite(s): EN 1200 (may be concurrent).
EN 2900 Introduction to English Teaching
Provides broad exposure to the realities of English teaching in the secondary/middle school, theoretical orientations to English teaching, the school, the adolescent, the teacher and their relationship.
Observation/participation in schools required. Not open to students who have earned credits for EN 2560. Falls.
EN 3040 Practicum in Production
2 or 4 credits
Advanced Study in Writing or Advanced Study in Literature/Film. Practical application of broadcast media production. Students work with local broadcast media, such as Pemi Baker Public Access television, or WPCR, Plymouth State’s student-operated radio station. May be taken for a half semester (2 credits) or a full semester (4 credits). Repeatable for up to 4 credits. Falls and Springs. Pass/No Pass.
EN 3050 Practicum in Publication
Advanced Study in Writing. Practical application of the theories and techniques studied in Journalism and/or Creative Writing. Students work on campus-based publications such as The Clock and Centripetal at tasks ranging from writing and reporting to copy-editing and layout. May be repeated for up to 8 credits when students work in a different role or at a different publication. Pass/No Pass. Springs.
Prerequisite(s): (EN 2700 or EN 2710) or CM 3090 or CM 3670.
EN 3105 Fiction Workshop
Advanced Study in Writing. Focuses on the process of imaginative writing. Instruction is guided by the students’ individual interests, strengths and needs. While the principal, traditional forms of fictional narrative writing are explored, including the sketch, the short story, novella and novel, students are encouraged to discover and reflect their voice in the form most suitable. Experimentation is encouraged in both conventional and divergent narrative modes. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3100. Springs.
Prerequisite(s): EN 2700 or EN 2710.
EN 3125 Advanced Composition
Advanced Study in Writing. Focuses on the development of clarity, force and fluency, especially in the writing of expository, critical and argumentative prose. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3120. Falls and Springs.
Prerequisite(s): EN 1200.
EN 3135 Non-Fiction Workshop
Advanced Study in Writing. Focuses on the analysis and writing of nonfiction. Topics may vary from semester to semester. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3130. Falls.
Prerequisite(s): EN 1200.
EN 3145 Poetry Workshop
Advanced Study in Writing. Focuses on the analysis and writing of poetry. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3140.
Prerequisite(s): EN 2700 or EN 2710.
EN 3305 The Craft of Screenwriting: Reading and Writing Screenplays
Advanced Study in Literature and Film. Advanced Study in Writing. Students read and analyze a number of critically acclaimed screenplays, watch the filmed versions of those screenplays and then begin writing their own, focusing primarily on a few specific types of scenes. The second half of the class will essentially be run as a workshop, with student scenes being read and critiqued by class members. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3300. Fall of even years.
EN 3325 Literature into Film
Advanced Study in Literature and Film. Students read novels, short stories, plays, and other literary genres and view filmed adaptations based on those texts. Students focus their analysis on varying styles and degrees of “adaptation” or “translation,” aesthetics, and the interplay of film technique and literary genre technique. Course assignments and activities take into account film and literary theory as well as other theories of print and media culture. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3320. Spring of odd years.
EN 3420 Rethinking Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Takes a contemplative approach to texts from the Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Medieval, and Renaissance eras of English literary history. Students explore their pre-conceived notions of the medieval and Renaissance past to both “unlearn” and “learn.” Assignments require working creatively and critically with themes of love, fate, knowledge, power, and gender. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3611. Falls. (INCO)
EN 3515 Currents in Global Literature
Focuses on global literature. Centers on a particular theme of the instructor’s choosing and investigates how this theme interacts with the historical events and literary trends. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3510. Falls. (GACO)
EN 3595 The Filmmaker’s Vision: An Introduction to Film Analysis
Advanced Study in Literature and Film. Studies film as an art – parallel to poetry or painting or music. Analyzes the means by which good filmmakers move audiences to feel, to think, to experience certain aspects of life and becomes familiar with film art (particularly the roles played in that art by the director, the editor and the cinematographer). Stresses the humanistic qualities of the film experience and how it can connect to our own “real life” personal experiences.
Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3590. Fall of odd years.
EN 3685 Scriptwriting
Advanced Study in Writing. Focuses on analysis and writing of dramatic scripts; primarily of theatrical plays, but also with brief coverage of radio plays and screen plays. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 3680. Springs.
Prerequisite(s): EN 1200.
EN 3695 Critical Theory
In Studies in English students explored basic questions about texts, genre, authorship and the role of the reader in literary analysis.
Critical Theory seeks to build on that general introduction and to acquaint students with specific modern and contemporary schools of literary theory including: Formalism, Reader Response, Psychoanalysis, Structuralism, Semiotics, Marxism, Poststructuralism, Feminism, Queer Theory, Postcolonial Theory and New Historicism. More importantly, students begin to develop their own theoretical approach, informed by what they learn from reading important literary theorists. Not open to students who have earned credits for EN 3690. Springs.
Prerequisite(s): EN 1600 or EN 2500.
EN 3755 Topics in Literature and Film
Advanced Study in Literature and Film. Considers topics not covered in other literature courses. May be repeated with different topic.
EN 3765 Topics in Writing
Advanced Study in Writing. Topics not covered in detail in other writing courses, such as flash fiction, writing about the outdoors and science writing. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.
Spring of odd years.
EN 4035 Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced Study in Writing. A final in-depth course in a Writing Option student’s program, designed to improve students’ creative and critical faculties through the writing and intensive critiquing of original poetry. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 4030. Spring of even years.
Prerequisite(s): EN 3140 or EN 3145.
EN 4040 Mysticism and Contemplation
Advanced Study in Literature and Film. Writings from religious traditions around the world describe ecstatic experiences of God, unification with transcendent reality, and ineffable pure conscious experiences. Explores contemplative and mystical writings from many contexts to interrogate cultural and personal concepts of spirituality. Using contemplative methods, students reflect critically and act creatively to develop their own sense of spiritual, intellectual, and emotional wellness. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 4025. Spring of even years.
Prerequisite(s): Junior status. (INCO) (WECO)
EN 4155 Digitalit: Storytelling in the Digital Age
Advanced Study in Literature and Film. Explores the ways in which technology is affecting how we read, write, and experience stories.
Possible topics include: the history and development of electronic literature and hypertext media; the rise of social media and how it affects digital literature (fan fiction, online role playing games, Twitterature, etc.); and the rise of transmedia storytelling. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 4150. Fall of odd years.
Prerequisite(s): EN 1600 or EN 2500.(TECO)
EN 4315 Teaching Writing in the Secondary School
Instructional methods and materials used in process and workshop based writing, communication and language at the secondary level. Observation and participation in public secondary schools required. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 4310. Springs.
Prerequisite(s): (EN 2560 or EN 2900), Junior status, and acceptance into Teacher Certification Candidacy.
EN 4320 English Internship in Teaching Seminar
Accompanies English Internship in Teaching in grades 5-12 and focuses on theory in practice. Establishes a professional learning community for reflection, dialogue, and inquiry. Assists pre-service teachers in their transition into the profession. Falls and Springs.
Corequisite(s): EN 4430.
EN 4430 English Internship in Teaching 5-12
Capstone experience for English Teacher Certification majors, leading to teacher certification. It is a continuous full-time (5 days per week) experience during which students gradually assume full responsibility for teaching a full schedule of classes at the middle and/or high school levels in English/Language Arts. The Internship in Teaching is conducted in local schools under the supervision of a Mentor Teacher and a University Supervisor. Pass/No Pass for students following the 2008-09 and subsequent Catalogs. Falls and Springs.
Prerequisite(s): minimum grade of C in (EN 3500 or EN 3510), (EN 4310 or EN 4315) , and (EN 4550 or EN 4555); minimum grade of C in 3 of (EN 3610 or EN 3611), (EN 3620 or EN 3621), (EN 3710 or EN 3715), or EN 3720; minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA; completion of all other program requirements for certification; permission of the Coordinator of Internships.
Corequisite(s): EN 4320.
EN 4555 Teaching Literature in the Secondary School
Instructional methods and materials used in teaching literature and reading at the secondary level. Introduction to adolescent literature and classroom-based research. Observation and participation in public secondary schools required. Not open to students who have earned credit for EN 4550. Falls.
Prerequisite(s): (EN 2560 or EN 2900), Junior status, and acceptance into Teacher Certification Candidacy.
EN 4805 Single Author
Advanced Study in Literature and Film. Focuses on a single author and his/her works with emphasis on the author’s development, style and reputation. Repeatable with different author.
EN 4910 Independent Study
A unique opportunity for highly motivated students to propose and pursue a reading, research, and/or writing project in depth. Topics should not replicate existing courses. Students are responsible for determining an appropriate course of study and finding the facul-
ty member best suited to assist and evaluate their work. Consent required of the supervising instructor.
Prerequisite(s): EN 1600 or EN 2500, Junior or Senior status, permission of the Department Chair.
EN 4950 English Internship
Advanced Study in Writing or Advanced Study in Literature and Film. Offers a culminating experience for English majors and minors in their junior or senior year. Students work in professional settings related to the field under the supervision of the Director of Practica/ Internships. Individual enrollment. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. Pass/No Pass.
Prerequisite(s): permission of the Director of Practica/Internships and the English Department Chair.
EN 5000 Teacher Action Research
This course is designed to provide a background in qualitative classroom-based research. Students design a research project in which they find and frame a research question that they will investigate through interview, observations, participant observations, or analysis of artifacts. Students will write up and present the results of this limited study.
EN 5050 Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing Middle/Secondary
This is a summer institute for teachers of grades K–16 sponsored by the Plymouth Writing Project. Teachers work on their own writing, conduct research into an aspect of teaching writing, participate in reflective practice, and in critical teaching demonstrations. This is an intensive, full-time, summer experience. Available through application only.
EN 5100 Using Film to Teach Literature in Secondary Schools
The study of the basic elements and techniques of filmmaking and the exploration of methods through which the study of film might be used in the literature class, primarily with the visual elements inherent in literature. The course will culminate with each student teaching a session on a scene from a film.
EN 5240 Study of Language and Grammar 3 credits Selected reading and research in the nature and development of language, history of the English language, dialects, levels of uses,
and purposes of language. The structure of American English is also discussed, as well as recent developments in language study.
EN 5300 Poetry Workshop for Teachers
This course is designed to help teachers develop their own poetry and to learn ways of working with poetry with their students. Students will compile a portfolio of original poetry and design a poetry-writing program for use in their classes. They will also learn
techniques for integrating the study of poetry throughout the curriculum.
EN 5320 Teaching Literature: The Short Story
This course focuses on critical reading of short fiction and how to approach discussion of story elements.
EN 5330 Writing Project Practicum
This course is the culminating experience in the teacher consultant certificate program. It is intended to provide learning and professional experience relating theory to practice for Plymouth writing project fellows in providing professional development to other teachers as they assume leadership positions in the writing project. Students undertake the planning and development of materials and implementation of 40 hours of professional development activity for the Plymouth writing project under the supervision of the project director or one of the co-directors.
Prerequisite: EN 5050 and EN 5450.
EN 5340 Exploring Writing and Technology
Exploring Writing and Technology is designed for those wanting to learn about the connection between writing and web technologies such as social networking, online collaboration, blogs, wikis, Google applications, and more. Teachers will learn about and explore uses of technology and writing and design projects for their classrooms.
EN 5370 Writing Across the Curriculum
In this course for teachers of all disciplines at all levels, we will examine a variety of techniques for integrating writing into all classes. Teachers will adapt the practices demonstrated to their subject area and grade level and gather student writing samples. We will analyze student writing samples, and discuss implications for teaching K–12. At the same time we will respond to students’ writing, write about our teaching, and explore the implications for our practice.
EN 5380 Open Institute for Teachers of Writing
The aim of the open institute is to allow participants the time, space, and optimal conditions to work on their own writing, explore theory and research in the teaching of writing, and to transform learning into practice for teaching. The institute is divided into two interwoven sections: Theory and Research Into Practice (TRIP) and Writing and Reflective Practice (WRP).
EN 5450 Leadership in Writing
This is an advanced course for teachers who are ready to assume leadership positions relative to staff development in the teaching
of writing. The course will provide an in-depth background in the teaching of writing, including process based teaching, planning for instruction, assessment, writing across the curriculum, staff development, and how to help teachers become reflective practitioners in all areas of the teaching of writing. Available by application only.
EN 5500 Topics in Teaching Literature
This course focuses on various topics in literature at the graduate level not covered in other English courses and may be repeated with different topics.
EN 5560 Topics in Teaching Writing
This course focuses on various topics related to the teaching of writing not covered in other English courses and may be repeated with different topics.
EN 5620 Promising Practices in the Teaching of Writing
An introduction to various promising practices in the teaching of writing. Participants will attend workshops and follow-up sessions after applying promising practices in their classrooms. They will then write a culminating paper in which they reflect on their experience and what they have learned from implementing the practices with their students.
EN 5630 Writing Workshop for Teachers
Structure and implementation of classroom writing workshops, including conferences and portfolio assessment. Students will study writing process history and theory, and work with their own writing. They will create a personal literature anthology exploring their relationship to various literary genres. Analysis of student writing samples, evaluation criteria for writing, and their implication for teaching will be discussed.
EN 5640 Theory and Practice: Teaching Writing at The Secondary Level
An introduction to methods and philosophies of the teaching of writing, with a focus on grades 5–12. Students will explore philosophical elements of a process/environmental approach to teaching writing for responsive teaching in a democratic and pluralistic society. They will use constructivist learning theory to set up and practice writing conferences and in-depth assessment of student writing, and have practiced using that assessment to guide instruction. Observation and participation in secondary or middle schools required.
EN 5710 Writing and Thinking
The aim of this course is to provide all participants with a background in the theory and practice of writing in the content areas. Through their own writing and through inquiry related to their individual professional goals, educators will relate theory and practice in terms of using writing for learning, and more process-based writing in
their disciplines. They will become familiar with the basics of what research has demonstrated about writing across the curriculum, assessment, how writing intersects with content material.
EN 5720 Writing Our Communities
This course will explore how to use writing to examine the history, culture and ecology of the place in which we live. Participants will develop educational units appropriate to their teaching situations, explore the use of artifacts in their lives and in our history and culture, and examine how these reflect relationships of power.
EN 5830 Teaching Literature for Cultural Understanding
This course provides an introduction to the use of multicultural literature appropriate for K–12 classes to increase cultural understanding. Students will apply a spectrum of intercultural sensitivity as a guide for working with their students. The course involves the planning and implementation of a unit of study involving the teaching of multicultural literature in the K–12 school and integrating writing and the arts.
EN 5870 Teaching Literature in Secondary School
Instructional methods and materials used in teaching literature at the secondary (5–12) level. Observation and participation in local schools is required.
EN 5910 Independent Study
Enrichment of the background of students in education through the pursuit of a special topic pertinent to their interests and abilities.
A chance for an in-depth study of a problem in the field of English. Consent of a faculty supervisor, department chair, and the associate vice president for academic affairs is required.
EN 5960 English Education Teaching Internship
Capstone experience for educator certification majors leading to certification in English grades 5-12. The internship is a continuous, full-time experience during which students gradually assume full responsibility for teaching a full schedule of classes at the middle or high school level in English/language arts.