Fall 2015

Book List

Students should purchase their own copies of all assigned readings not reprinted in the Paideia 111 Reader or linked through the KATIE Common Site.

Čapek, Karel. R.U.R. Rossum’s Universal Robots. Tr. Claudia Novack. New York: Penguin Classics, 2004. Print.

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself. Intro by Robert B. Septo. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2009. Print.

Henríquez, Cristina. The Book of Unknown Americans. New York: Vintage Books, 2015. Print.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus: The 1818 Text. New York: Oxford UP, 1998. Print.

Sullivan, Rebecca, Ed. Paideia 111 Reader: Fall 2015. Decorah, IA: Luther College, 2015. Print.

Writing handbooks – Bundled Together

Bullock, Richard H. Little Seagull Handbook. 2nd edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2014. Print.

Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say/I Say. The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 2014. Print.

To Be Announced: Open Unit Book for each individual discussion section

Fall 2015 Syllabus

Enduring Question: What makes us human? What does it mean to be human?

Monday, August 31

  • Reader (13-18)
  • Introduction to the semester and Summer Reading Guide
  • Henríquez, Cristina. The Book of Unknown Americans

Wednesday, September 2

  • Reader (16-18)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans
  • They Say/I Say, 163-166 (“Entering Class Discussion”)

Thursday, September 3

  • Opening Convocation: Cristina Henríquez
    (9:40 a.m., Center for Faith and Life)

Friday, September 4

  • Reader (16-18)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans
  • “Writing in Paideia: Getting Started” (Reader 19-22)
  • They Say/I Say, 1-15 and 19-29 (“Entering the Conversation” and “Starting with What Others Are Saying”)

Monday, September 7

  • Reader (16-18)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans
  • Little Seagull, 75-78 (“Reading Strategies”) and They Say/I Say, 42-51 (“The Art of Quoting”)
  • Reading Response Due on The Book of Unknown Americans

Wednesday, September 9

  • Reader (23)
  • LECTURE: “What it Means to be Human: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”
  • (M. Klammer; Valders 206)
  • Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself, Preface by Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Letter From Wendell Phillips, Esq., Chs. 1-2 (1-27)

Friday, September 11

  • Reader (23)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Chs. 3-6 (28-46)

Monday, September 14

  • Reader (24)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Chs. 7-10 (47-99)

Wednesday, September 16

  • Reader (24)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Ch. 11 and Appendix (100-122)
  • Common Quiz on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Friday, September 18

  • Writing Workshop on Paper One
    (Your instructor will give you a specific assignment one week in advance of this class. Be certain you consult it and come to class prepared to fully participate in the writing workshop.)
  • They Say/I Say, 30-41 (“The Art of Summarizing”)
  • Little Seagull, 9-16 and 49-53 (“Writing Processes” and “Rhetorical Analyses”)

Monday, September 21

  • Reader (24-28)
  • LECTURE: “Birthing the Human: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (A. Weldon; Valders 206)
  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein, Preface (3-4), Vol. I - Letters I-IV and Chs. I-III (5-38)

Wednesday, September 23

  • Reader (28-29)
  • Frankenstein, Vol. I - Chs. IV-VII (38-68), Vol. II - Chs. I-II (68-79)

Friday, September 25

  • Reader (29)
  • Frankenstein, Vol. II - Chs. III-VIII (79-110)
  • Paper One Due

Monday, September 28

  • Reader (29)
  • Frankenstein, Vol. II - Chs. VIII-IX (110-123), Vol. III - Chs. I-III (124-146)

Wednesday, September 30

  • Reader (29-30)
  • Frankenstein, Vol. III - Chs. IV-VII (146-191)

Friday, October 2

  • Writing Instruction and Common Quiz on Frankenstein
  • Little Seagull, 17-19, 43-48, and 97-108 (“Developing Paragraphs,” “Arguments,” and “Integrating Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism”)

Monday, October 5

  • Writing Workshop on Paper Two
    (Your instructor will give you a specific assignment one week in advance of this class. Be certain you consult it and come to class prepared to fully participate in the writing workshop.)

Wednesday, October 7

  • Open Unit
    (Your instructor will provide a detailed syllabus for your section’s open unit.)

Friday, October 9

  • Open Unit

Saturday, October 10—Wednesday, October 14

  • Fall Break

Friday, October 16

  • Open Unit
  • Paper Two Due

Monday, October 19

  • Open Unit

Wednesday, October 21

  • Review Open Unit and Review for Midterm

Friday, October 23

  • Midterm Exam

Monday, October 26

  • Writing Workshop on Paper Three
    (Your instructor will give you a specific assignment one week in advance of this class. Be certain you consult it and come to class prepared to fully participate in the writing workshop.)
  • They Say/I Say, 92-101, 105-120 (“Saying Why It Matters” and “Connecting the Parts”)
  • Little Seagull, 25-29 (“Making Paragraphs Flow”)

Wednesday, October 28

  • Reader (30-33)
  • LECTURE: “It’s Human Nature to Wonder about the Nature of Humanity” (T. Pedlar; Valders 206)
  • Darwin, Charles. “Excerpts from Introduction and Chapters I and III,” On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. (Reader 47-54)

Friday, October 30

  • Reader (33)
  • Darwin, Charles. “Excerpts from Chs. IV, VI, XIV,” On the Origin of Species… (Reader 54-70)

Monday, November 2

  • Reader (34)
  • Darwin, Charles. “Excerpts from Vol. 1, Introduction, Chs. V and VII, and Vol. 2, Ch. XXI,” The Descent of Man (Reader 71-86)

Wednesday, November 4

  • Reader (34-35)
  • Roughgarden, Joan. “Not Yet” and Wright, Robert. “Yes” from Does Evolution Explain Human Nature? (Reader 87-90)
  • Common Quiz on Darwin
  • Paper Three Due

Friday, November 6

  • Reader (35-37)
  • LECTURE: “R.U.R. and Humanity” (A. Hageman; Valders 206)
  • Čapek, Karel. R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), Prologue (1-24)

Monday, November 9

  • Reader (37)
  • R.U.R., Act 1 (25-49)

Wednesday, November 11

  • Reader (37)
  • R.U.R., Acts 2 and 3 (51-84)

Friday, November 13

  • Reader (38)
  • R.U.R., Introduction by Ivan Klima (vii-xxv) and Common Quiz on R.U.R.

Monday, November 16

  • Writing Workshop on Paper Four
    (Your instructor will give you a specific assignment one week in advance of this class. Be certain you consult it and come to class prepared to fully participate in the writing workshop.)
  • They Say/I Say, 55-67 and 78-91 (“Three Ways to Respond” and “Planting a Naysayer in Your Text”)

Wednesday, November 18

  • Reader (38-40)
  • Anishinaabe-Ojibwe Creation Myth: “Turtle Island” (Reader 91-92)

Friday, November 20

  • Reader (40-42)
  • LECTURE: “Michelangelo: Giving Body to the Human and the Divine” (K. Elliott; Valders 206)
  • Buonarroti, Michelangelo. Sistine Chapel Fresco Paintings: Creation of Adam, Creation of Eve, and Last Judgment (Reader 107-109)

Monday, November 23

  • Reader (42-43)
  • Review Sistine Chapel Fresco Paintings or Introduction to Library Research
  • Genesis 1-2, Proverbs 8, Revelation 20: 11-15 (Reader 103-106)
  • Paper Four Due

Wednesday, November 25—Sunday, November 29

  • Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 30

  • Reader (43-44)
  • Review Sistine Chapel Fresco Paintings or Introduction to Library Research

Wednesday, December 2

  • Reader (40-44)
  • Review Sistine Chapel Fresco Paintings or Introduction to Library Research

Friday, December 4

  • Reader (44-45)
  • LECTURE: “Humans and Nature in Haydn’s Creation” (K. Reed; Valders 206)
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph. The Creation (Reader 93-102)

Monday, December 7

  • Reader (45-46)
  • The Creation, Listen to Part I, numbers 1-13 of the oratorio

Wednesday, December 9

  • Reader (46)
  • The Creation, Listen to Parts II and III of the oratorio
  • Writing Portfolio with Self-Assessment Due

Friday, December 11

  • Review and Common Quiz on “Turtle Island,” the Fresco Paintings and Haydn’s Creation

Monday, December 14—Thursday, December 17

  • Final Exam