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ENGL 2110 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ENGL 2110 - Early American Literature (formerly American Literature I)

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a survey of American literature from the time of English colonization through the Civil War. It examines the works of significant writers of fiction, poetry and non-fiction taking into account the events in history that influenced them.

Course Outcomes:

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of distinctive literary periods in American literature

  • Place literary works in historical context

  • Analyze plot, characters, tone, style, and theme in specific works

  • Participate in on-line discussions on authors and their works

  • Identify major American authors and their works 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020

Course Topics:

Works of significant American writers from the colonial period through the Civil War. 

Specific Course Requirements:

Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Real Player, Media Player, MicroMedia Flash, and Java 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:


There are two exams in this class, a midterm and final. Both should be taken at home. You will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to take each exam. Check the course calendar for test dates. The links to the tests are on the Content Page. The Link to the Midterm Exam is in Module 7. The link to the Final Exam is in Module 15 on the Content Page. 

Reader's Quizzes

You will take three on-line reader's quizzes. Each quiz will be taken on-line during the Module in which it is scheduled. See the Schedule for test dates. The quizzes will cover the introductory material to each literary period in the textbook. Quiz I will cover the information in "Literature to 1700," Quiz II will cover the information in "Early American Literature 1700-1820," and Quiz III will cover the information in "American Literature 1820-1865." Check the Content Page for the page number of the readings for each quiz. You may use your textbook to take these quizzes. The purpose of the quizzes is to see if you have read the assigned materials. To take a quiz, click on quiz on the Content Page. Read the directions before you begin. Grades will be recorded in the grades feature of the course. Check the calendar for due dates. Late quizzes will not receive a grade under any circumstances. 

Grading Procedures:

Grades are based on the quality of your response and writing skills. The paper, the project, and all the assignments have grading rubrics on their instructions pages. Grades will be posted on the grades feature of course. 

Grading Scale:
Below 60F

Criteria and Requirements:

11 Daily Assignments 30%
Midterm Exam 15%
15 On-line Discussions 15%
3 Quizzes 5%
Paper 10%
Project 10%
Final Exam 15% 

Assignments and Projects:

Daily Assignments

Assignments are completed in each module. Assignments are to be completed and turned in through "Submit Assignments." The Submit Assignment link for each module is located on the Content Page. Do not use "Assignments" on the top navigation bar. After you click Submit Assignments on the content page, click "Start Quiz." Be sure to click "Save" and then "Submit." If you not click both of theses the assignment will not reach me. Assignments are due on the dates specified on the course calendar. Late assignments will be penalized 5 points if they are 1-3 days late and 10 points if they are 4-7 days late. After 7 days no assignments will be accepted, and you will receive a 0 for those late assignments. Grades will be recorded in the grades feature of the course. If you complete a part of the course before the due date, please feel free to turn it in early. 


You will write one short paper during the semester. The paper involves research and focuses on the retelling of a local legend. The minimum length requirement for the paper is two typed pages. Click on the paper in Module 6 on the Content Page for detailed instructions on writing the paper. Use the Dropbox (a Word or RTF attachment) to turn in the paper. Grading sheets numbers will be return to you by the Dropbox, and grades will be recorded in the grade feature of the course. Late papers are subject to the same penalties as late assignments


The project is to create a PowerPoint presentation on American Romanticism. American Romanticism was an artistic movement that lasted from approximately 1820 to 1865. Your assignment for this project is to create a PowerPoint presentation in which you define Romanticism, list the elements of Romanticism, select 3 artistic works of literature, music, and the visual arts, and explain how a romantic element is shown in each work. Click "Project" in Module 11 on the Content Page for detailed instructions. Submit your Project to the Dropbox. Late projects are subject to the same penalties as late assignments. 

Other Information:


The course calendar is very important. It tells you when all assignments, discussion question responses, quizzes, exams, the paper, and the project is due. Compile and print the calendar. Be sure to check the calendar for updates.


The link to the Schedule is located on the Content Page under Getting Started. Be sure to print the Schedule. It lists everything that you will be doing in the course this semester.


There are links to video clips on the Schedule page. The clips last less than 4 minutes each. If you can't view the clips or you have a disability that prohibits you from doing so, please contact me. The video clips come from different sites, so they may appear on your screen in slightly different ways. Some of the clips appear as rectangular buttons on the Schedule and the Module Readings and Assignments. For these, place your cursor on the picture and click; then again on the black triangle (pointing right) in the circle over the picture. (If you have problems, try clicking twice). You are responsible for the information on the videos. Some of the information will appear on the Midterm and Final Exams.

The easiest site to play is YouTube. You will see a picture in a video screen on the Schedule page. Click the black triangle and the video will play.

Videos are problematic, and we might have a few problems until we work out the bugs. You may have to disable your popup blocker to see the videos. Be patient; you will enjoy the videos. 

Class Participation:
Late Policy:

Daily assignments are due on the dates listed on the course calendar. Late assignments will be penalized 5 points if they are 1-3 days late and 10 points if they are 4-7 days late. After 7 days no assignments will be accepted, and you will receive a zero (0) for those late assignments. Grades will be recorded on the grade feature of the course. If you complete a part of the course before the due date, please feel free to turn it in early.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


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Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 26, 2018