How to Contact Me:
I am here to help you succeed
in this course. Although we will interact regularly on your assignments
and exams, occasional questions or problems may arise. Here's how to
contact me when they do.
- BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- BY CAMPUS TELEPHONE:
- BY ELI TELEPHONE: (703)
If you need to meet in person,
please contact me for an appointment.
Your Email Account:
You have been assigned a
VCCS email address for use in this and other courses that you take through
NVCC or other colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).
The VCCS requires that you use this email account for any course-related
email communication so that we can insure your privacy as required by
law. If you don't know your VCCS email address, go to the Start
Page and search for your address.
In addition to email, you,
I, and the other students in the course will communicate using discussion
forums. Discussion forums allow you to post your ideas and comments
and read and respond to the ideas and comments of others, without having
to be connected to the course at the same time.
To access the discussion
forums click the DISCUSSION FORUM link on the left.
This course introduces you to works by African American
writers from the Colonial period to the early twentieth century. The course
will also present the historical, sociological, and political context
of the literature created by African Americans during these time periods.
You will critically read numerous literary works and write analyses which
examine the dominant themes and features of the works. You will be using
Internet resources to enhance your understanding of the writers and their
works. You will also be participating in online discussions with other
students enrolled in the course and with me to assist you in your reading
and writing about the literature.
After successfully completing this course, you will
be able to:
- read literary genres critically and respond in
- identify the major genres created by African American
writers and the characteristics of those genres
- identify the major themes of African American
literature produced from the Colonial period to the early twentieth
- write clear, coherent, well-organized analyses
of the literature
- write a thesis statement which is supported in
the analysis with details and textual evidence from the literary work
Gates Jr., Henry Louis, and McKay, Nellie Y.
The Norton Anthology of African American Literature.
New York: Norton, 2nd edition.
You can buy the text book at the campus bookstores
or order it by mail.
Buying your books by mail takes time, so do it immediately. Before traveling
to the bookstore,
you may call ahead to confirm that your books are in stock.
||POSSIBLE POINTS (EACH)
|30 Discussion Forum Postings
|5 Web Site Reports
Final Grade will be based upon the number of points
that you have earned.
F=Below 600 points
If you are enrolled in the Fall semester of 2005 or later, you will be required to take three ONLINE proctored exams at any NVCC Testing Center. Take a photo ID and the Exam Pass to a Testing Center.
If you were enrolled in Summer 05 or the privous semesters, you will be required to take three PRINT proctored exams at any NVCC Testing Center. Take Photo ID and Exam Pass to a Testing Lab.
E-mail your instructor to inform her that you have taken an exam. Your
instructor will grade your exam, and you will check your grade by clicking
on the Student Tools button at Blackboard (the site where you accessed
the exam). You will also receive feedback from the instructor through
You may use
the course textbook, notes, and a dictionary for the exams.
The procedures for ELI
examinations are listed under ELI Policies and Procedures.
The following is a summary:
Call testing lab for its hours
Take Photo ID and Exam Pass to Testing Lab
If you are outside metropolitan
Washington, incarcerated or handicapped, see the information on Examination
Proctors and the Proctor Request form.
Please do not take exam
#2 until you have received feedback on exam #1.
Please do not let the exams
stop you from completing the course. If you have great difficulty
getting to a testing lab or are very concerned about taking exams,
please call your instructor instead of giving up!
Exam 1 will
test your understanding of the literature read during the first quarter
of the semester.
will test your understanding of literature read during the second
quarter of the semester.
will test your understanding of literature read during the entire
Exam 1 and Exam 2 are worth 100 points each and Final Exam is worth
150 points. All exams will require you to answer two essay questions
using the same skills that you used to write your essays.