Sunday, December 18, 2016

12/18

Hi all-- Final apologies. I was in the hospital (again) and was unable to use a computer. Your final grades have been posted. You may check your online transcript. If you have any questions or complaints--you will not, I think--email me at dr.c.jason.smith@gmail.com. Blackboard has not yet been updated. That is in progress. Thank you for being so patient with me this semester, which will be my last for quite a while as I now have take medical leave for at least a year.

Happy Holidays and may Peace be with you,
Dr. Smith

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

11/29 We Are On for Regular Class

We are on for regular class today. See you there.

Today we will skip to the film and mix in discussion with the book. Though they are very similar (unusual for Hollywood) there are some noticeable differences.

The discussion questions will follow below in the Comments section below.

Revised Schedule:
11/29 Film: The Hunger Games  
12/06 Midterms revised in class with individual conferences. 
12/13 The final reflection will be online. You should anticipate an hour or so to complete it.  
12/13 and 12/14 Conferences 8-2.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Online 11/22

The continued discussion of The Hunger Games to follow. You guys are wicked smart. No physical class today, so no group hug, but I am here online.

UPDATE Pending

The discussion continues HERE (not on this post).

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Online Class Only 11/15

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We will have ONLINE class only Tuesday 11/15. Directions will be posted here on the blog prior to class time. 

Update: The initial questions have been posted in the Comments section below. I will be online during the scheduled class time adding more. Please feel free to add additional questions of your own. You may "take the lead" and answer a question directly or respond with follow-up comments to classmates' posts. In all cases, sign your posts with your first name. 

Text me: 9173595222 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/c.jason.smith (also video chat) 
Email: dr.c.jason.smith@gmail.com (slower response time)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

11/8 Picture Books

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Schedule
11/08  Picture Books (cont.). Mid-Term revisions.
11/15  The Hunger Games chs. 1-15
11/22  The Hunger Games chs. 16-27
11/29 Film: The Hunger Games  Mid-term revisions DUE.
12/6 Final Essay Exam
12/13 and 12/14 Conferences 8-2.

To Review for Revision
Mid-term Essay 
Mid-term Holistic Response
Anatomy of an Essay
Basics of Argument
Essays: Do Not Do

Homework
The Hunger Games: Book 1 Chapters 1-15: Study/Discussion Questions to be Posted in Comments. soon, so check back.

Note: Due to time constraints, we will not be doing the Wikipedia Project this semester. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

We do NOT Meet Thursday 11/3

We do not meet on Thursday 11/3. Check back here for an online assignment and sign-in. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday 10/18


We will play catch-up today. Please see the longer note below this post. The online discussions did not post through to you. I have re-posted them here for us today. No one is late or missing anything.

Today:
My Cell/Text number: 917.359.5222
Copybooks: Fairy Tales
Review--Joseph Campbell, The Hero's Journey and Archetypes
Fairy tales 
  • In-class: Little Red Riding-Hood Tales
  • Homework: Cinderella Tales: The Grimm versionThe Lang version (some of the packets were misprinted, but these links will carry you to the full copies). Answer the questions in the Comments section below.
  • Homework: read "The Selfish Giant". Answer the questions in the Comments Section below. 
Adjusted Schedule:
10/18  Traditions in Children's Literature (Originally scheduled as a film). Homework: Cinderella tales and questions here in the Comments sections.
10/25  Film: Cinderella (in class) and Discussion (online).
11/01  Mid-term Essay Test. Irregular Day. Yes, Thursday is a Tuesday part II. We meet twice in a week. Copybooks will be evaluated during a conference at the end of the semester.  
11/03* Picture Books by Age  
11/08 Read-aloud books
11/15  The Hunger Games
11/22  The Hunger Games
11/29 Film: Spirited Away 
12/6 Final Essay Exam
12/13 and 12/14 Conferences 9-5 all day

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hi folks.
Here is what I look like in case you have forgotten. I actually do exist.

If I am frustrated with the plethora of "college closed" and "no classes" days as well as my absences, which means we have not been able to meet "face to face" hardly at all, then I know you all must be doubly frustrated. So, here is what we are going to do to rectify the situation: 1) All grades to date will have been posted by 10/19 in Blackboard; 2) since I am receiving questions via email, notes in my box, and so on (which is very confusing all around) I am opening a forum to address all concerns (of course you may also talk to me in person, but we do not meet again for a bit, so this is faster). In the forum you may ask questions anonymously and I will check them daily (usually at 6am or thereabouts, if not more often) and respond to each and every one.

Additionally, If you have not been here in a while be sure to check below for any assignments you might have missed. It is easy to find them by looking at the "Comments" links. If there are comments, there was an assignment. Due to the wonky schedule, anything completed by 10/19 will not be considered late.

Questions, Comments, Complaints: HERE. To comment anonymously, be sure you SIGN OUT of Google/Blogger. If you accidentally post something you regret Reply to your own post with "DELETE ME" in all caps. You should be able to delete your own post, but that does not always work.

10/11 No classes at LAGCC. Archetypes in Fairy Tales (Literary)--The college is, once again, closed. I will post the assignment to be completed by the following week.
10/18 Film: Cinderella (in class) and Discussion (online).
10/25 Wrapping up the discussion of Traditions in Children's Literature.
11/1 Picture Books by Age
11/3*  Read-aloud books
11/8 Mid-term Essay Test.  Yes, Thursday is a Tuesday part II. We meet twice in a week.
11/15  The Hunger Games
11/22  The Hunger Games
11/29 Film: Spirited Away 
12/6 Final Essay Exam
12/13 and 12/14 Conferences 9-5 all day

ON GRADES. Your grades to date will be posted on Blackboard. There was some trouble with the shell for the course. It has been resolved. I will have individual conferences with any students who are concerned about their grades once they are posted. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

ENG 280 Schedule

Welcome back!
Aschenputtle by Arthur Rakham.


Now is when we make try and make some sense out of the crazy semester. Please do not worry, we can handle it together. But is essential that you and I are in class and working. I will be filling out the additional details over the next few days, but I wanted you to have the basic dates. Please notice the additional dates indicated by an asterix*.

10/4  Archetypes in Fairy Tales (Traditional). Online Discussion continues. We do not meet as a class.
10/11 No classes at LAGCC. Archetypes in Fairy Tales (Literary)--The college is, once again, closed. I will post the assignment to be completed by the following week.
10/18 Film: Cinderella (in class) and Discussion (online).
10/25 Wrapping up the discussion of Traditions in Children's Literature.
11/1 Picture Books by Age
11/3*  Read-aloud books
11/8 Mid-term Essay Test.  Yes, Thursday is a Tuesday part II. We meet twice in a week.
11/15  The Hunger Games
11/22  The Hunger Games
11/29 Film: Spirited Away 
12/6 Final Essay Exam
12/13 and 12/14 Conferences 9-5 all day

ON GRADES. Your grades to date will be posted on Blackboard. There was some trouble with the shell for the course. It has been resolved. I will have individual conferences with any students who are concerned about their grades once they are posted. 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We are ONLINE today 9/27

Hi folks. I am out sick today, so we will have an online assignment this week. It will be posted a little later today, Check back here for updates. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Week 2: Symbolism, Psychology, and the PMAI

This Week

  1. Free Write, List, & Discussion: My Favorite Book(s). If you do not read a) do not tell me that and b) choose a game, tv show or movie to write about (5 minutes)
  2. Lecture: Children's Literature Introduction 
  3. Lecture: Symbolism
  4. Read and Annotate: "Jumping Mouse" (online as directed). After reading straight through once, reread looking for symbols and symbolic actions. Do not do the "work" the first time through. Enjoy the first reading then read for content--symbols (important things or images) and symbolic actions (important events). Take some time to think about these different styles and aims of reading.
  5. Discuss: "Water Lilies" and/or "Jumping Mouse"
  6. Lecture: Psychology and Literature
  7. Wiki Project: Overview and Book Assignments
Homework
  1. Lecture:  Fiction Basics (homework, on your own, in the Lectures folder above).
  2. HW Read and annotate for symbolism (looking for significant differences) the following (They are also in the Readings forlder):
    1. Ashenputtel
    2. The Glass Slipper
    3. Little Red Cap
    4. Little Red Riding Hood, For reference (you may skim these if you like, but that is optional): A Collection of related tales
Schedule

9/20 Today!
9/27 Literary Fairy Tales as directed. The PMAI (bring it to class).
10/4 No Classes. There will be an online assignment. attendance will be taken online (you will have a sign-in link).
10/11We do not meet in class: Online Only. Check here for the assignment. Attendance will be taken online (you will have a sign-in link).

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 1: Welcome, Syllabus, Course Overview

Welcome to Dr. Smith's Children's Literature class blog! Here I will be posting all sorts of things that I am thinking about as the semester progresses as well as your assignments. If you see something interesting please leave me a comment! Also, feel free to explore what my other classes are doing by taking the link back to my home blog on the right (www.cunygames.blogspot.edu). Please note that the assignments are for the WEEK (not for one class period) and they are generally to be completed in the order listed below. Anything not completed during class time is part of the "hybrid" course and should be completed on your own time.

This Week
  1. Discuss: Syllabus and Course Overview (online)
  2. Tech: Google, Wikipedia
  3. Discuss: Wikipedia Project and Book Assignments
Homework
  1. Read: "The Story of Jumping Mouse" HERE
  2. Sign-in to Blogger using the "Sign-in" function above and to the right. 
  3. Use the "Reply" function at the bottom of this post to respond to the question. Please sign your response with your full name. 
  4. Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator (handout, questions only). We will score it and complete the graph in class. 
  5. Tech: Google and Wikipedia Set-up. Directions are HERE.
Next Week
  1. Free Write, List, & Discussion: My Favorite Book(s). If you do not read a) do not tell me and b) choose a game, tv show or movie. 
  2. Lecture: Children's Literature Introduction 
  3. Lecture: Symbolism
  4. Read and Annotate: "Jumping Mouse" (online as directed). After reading straight through once, reread looking for symbols and symbolic actions. Do not do the "work" the first time through. Enjoy the first reading then read for content--symbols (important things or images) and symbolic actions (important events). Take some time to think about these different styles and aims of reading.
  5. Discuss: "Water Lilies" and/or "Jumping Mouse"
  6. Lecture: Psychology and Literature
  7. Wiki Project: Overview and Book Assignments
  8. HW Lecture:  Fiction Basics (homework, on your own)
  9. HW Read and Annotate: "Little Red Riding Hood" stories (handouts)
The Weekly Schedule

In Class

  1. Lecture and Discussion.
  2. Wikipedia Project.
Out of Class (to complete before next meeting) TBA