ENGL 4366 Young Adult Literature Tim Morris Spring 2012 1730-1850 MW ### ##### Hall office hours: 420 Carlisle Hall tmorris at uta dot edu office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019 to the schedule of readings and assignments required texts: JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951) Back Bay Books; Reissue edition (January 30, 2001) Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958) Sandpiper; Reissue edition (January 10, 2011) SE Hinton, The Outsiders (1967) Puffin; PLATINUM EDITION edition (April 20, 2006) Robert Cormier, The Chocolate War (1974) Ember; 30 Anv edition (September 14, 2004) Judy Blume, Forever (1975) Simon Pulse (April 24, 2007) Chris Crutcher, Chinese Handcuffs (1989) Greenwillow Books (October 5, 2004) Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man's Land (1999) Speak (June 17, 2004) Philip Pullman, Clockwork (1996) Corgi Childrens (November 4, 2004) An Na, A Step from Heaven (2001) Speak (January 13, 2003) Angela Johnson, The First Part Last (2003) Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1 Reprint edition (January 5, 2010) Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now (2004) Wendy Lamb Books (April 11, 2006) Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese (2006) Square Fish; First Edition edition (December 23, 2008) Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (2008) Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (July 3, 2010) assignments: There will be thirteen (13) in-class essays, as listed in the schedule below. Each essay will ask you to do two things. First, summarize the novel you've read for that week, in a concise, balanced, and thorough fashion. Second, connect that novel to other things you've read for this course. (For the first essay, you'll be asked to connect the novel Catcher in the Rye to any other fiction you've read, for juveniles or adults.) grading: A maximum of three points can be earned for each essay. One point can be earned for a good summary of the novel. One point can be earned for good connections to other texts. One point can be earned by coming to class on the relevant discussion night, participating in the discussion, and picking up your paper at the end of the discussion meeting.
Thirty-nine (39) points are possible in the semester. Final course grades will be assigned as follows: • 35-39 points: A • 32-34 points: B • 28-30 points: C • 24-27 points: D • 23 points or fewer: F academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22] disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112—The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act – (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. schedule of assignments and readings: 18 Jan: Syllabus, introductions, policies 23 Jan: Overview 25 Jan: Some theoretical principles 30 Jan: ESSAY: Salinger, Catcher in the Rye 1 Feb: discuss Catcher in the Rye 6 Feb: ESSAY: Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond 8 Feb: discuss The Witch of Blackbird Pond 13 Feb: ESSAY: Hinton, The Outsiders 15 Feb: discuss The Outsiders 20 Feb: ESSAY: Cormier, The Chocolate War 22 Feb: discuss The Chocolate War 27 Feb: ESSAY: Blume, Forever 29 Feb: discuss Forever 5 March: ESSAY: Crutcher, Chinese Handcuffs 7 March: discuss Chinese Handcuffs 19 March: ESSAY: Chambers, Postcards from No Man's Land 21 March: discuss Postcards from No Man's Land 26 March: ESSAY: Pullman, Clockwork 27 March: discuss Clockwork 2 Apr: ESSAY: An Na, A Step from Heaven 4 Apr: discuss A Step from Heaven 9 Apr: ESSAY: Johnson, The First Part Last 11 April: discuss The First Part Last 16 April: ESSAY: Rosoff, How I Live Now 18 April: discuss How I Live Now 23 April: ESSAY: Yang, American Born Chinese 25 April: discuss American Born Chinese 30 April: ESSAY: Collins, The Hunger Games 2 May: discuss The Hunger Games Top of Syllabus Top of Schedule