Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Language Arts Division
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 11/13/12

Cross Listed as:
Related ID:ENGL 11H

1. Description -
Analysis and discussion of forms, techniques and meanings of poetry, with emphasis on modern examples in English or translation to develop the student's ability to read, understand, and evaluate a poem.
Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement into ENGL 1A as determined by score on the English placement test or through an equivalent placement process.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 11H.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. recognize the various elements of poetry (denotation, connotation, imagery, figurative language, allusion, tone, sound devices, pattern, etc.) in order to appraise and appreciate the total poem.
  2. explicate a poem.
  3. read a poem aloud so that the nuances of sound, pattern, and meaning are clear.
  4. recognize the pattern and structure of a poem.
  5. differentiate between continuous form, stanzaic form, fixed form
  6. evaluate the quality of a poem by using the tools and terminology listed above.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with email software capabilities; email address; internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Definition of poetry.
  2. Reading the poem.
  3. Examination of the poems for their political, racial, social, gender, and inter-cultural implications.
  4. Denotation and connotation.
  5. Imagery as the representation through language of sense experience.
  6. Figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, metonymy, symbol, allegory paradox, hyperbole, understatement, irony.
  7. Allusion.
  8. Tone (the writer's or speaker's attitude towards the subject, the audience, or self.)
  9. Sound devices: onomatopoeia, alliteration, rime, assonance, consonance.
  10. Rhythm and meter.
  11. Pattern, both rhetorical and poetic, and structure.
  12. Evaluation of a poem:
    1. What is the poem's statement and intent?
    2. How has the intent been set forth?
    3. How do various poetic elements support the poem's intent and purpose?
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Critical papers and examinations in which students demonstrate mastery of both technical terminology and appreciative judgment.
  2. Written work includes at least one critical essay, quizzes, midterm(s), and final essay examination.
7. Representative Text(s) -
An anthology that covers world poetry from its beginnings, but stresses modern English language poetry and material on the technical terminology of poetic explication, such as:
Kaladgian, Walter. Understanding Poetry. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Meyers, Michael. Poetry. Boston: Bedford-Saint Martin's, 2012.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of Poetry.
  2. In-class reading of Poetic texts by the instructor and students followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
  3. Group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  4. When taught as a fully online course, the faculty shall employ one or more of the following methods of regular, timely, and effective student/faculty contact:
    1. Private Messages within the Course Management System
    2. Personal e-mail outside of the Course Management System
    3. Telephone Contact Weekly Announcements in the Course Management System
    4. Chat Room within the Course Management System Timely feedback and return of student work (tasks, tests, surveys, and discussions) in Course Management System by methods clarified in the syllabus.
    5. Discussion Forums with appropriate facilitation and/or substantive instructor participation
    6. E-Portfolios/Blogs/Wiki for sharing student works in progress; provide feedback from fellow students and faculty in a collaborative manner, and to demonstrate mastery, comprehension, application, and synthesis of a given set of concepts
    7. Field trips
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading and writing assignments from the course assigned poetry anthology.
  2. Analysis and application of textual criticism within the course assigned poetry anthology.
  3. One week reading, research and writing assignments from a single author text.
  4. Attend and report on one local poetry reading or single author DVD or VHS.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in English.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-21 19:36:57

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines