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Welcome to English 2235!
What is this course about? Try these
questions: What makes a good myth? What myths have been important
historically? How do myths related to society, psychology,
culture, and civilization? What is the difference between a
literary myth and a non-literary myth? Why do some myths have a
variety of forms and versions? Is a myth a lie? What does a myth
represent? What are some of our most important myths in our society now?
How, if at all, have they affected our present lives and those around
us? How is a myth made? What are its basic elements?
Are myths a guilty pleasure or a pillar of society?
Follow your head,
your heart, and your interests through hundreds and even thousands of years of
myth throughout the world and in our Western literatures. By the end of this course, you
will have many answers--and perhaps even more questions--about many of these
questions and much more.
I'm very glad to be working with you. Most students who finish
course with a passing grade say that they have enjoyed the class quite a bit and
say how much the course has helped them understand myth, culture, and
Important: Please read these 3 very
important steps right away!
1. The first
class is in person physically, if you can make it!
As the IHCC online "Schedule" says for the spring 2014
section of this course,
"Eng 2235-99: The first class
for those within 50 miles of IHCC is in computer lab B-144 Thurs., 1-16, 6-8
pm. Students also are asked to attend one art museum visit and one
professional play. All students should start the class nolater than
1-16 by going to
www.richardjewell.net and clicking on '2235 Website.'
First, you do not absolutely
have to attend the first meeting. It is mainly for those who don't
know much about online classes and/or would like a stronger start in person
with me, your instructor, in a computer lab. If you fit into either of
these categories, I would strongly recommend you show up. You will get
two X's of attendance credit for being there two hours. (Those of you
who don't come or can't come may earn these two X's in other ways during the
semester--for about the same amount of time spent by those who show up.)
This first meeting, again, is
Thurs., Jan. 16, 2013, , B-144
(The room is a computer lab in the "Business"
building. Click here to see a "Map of Campus.")
If you do somehow miss the first night, please be sure
to carefully look over this entire English 2235 web site and carefully read "Starting Online."
2. Please also determine whether you are ready for this
This class will take a lot of time, and it demands a good deal of work.
Because this is a 2000-level literature course and because it is officially
one of IHCC's "Writing Intensive" courses, the class is very rigorous. It
is a good introduction to critiquing literature and writing about literature
as English majors do--and the subject matter is fun--but the course is very
rigorous. Are you ready for a rigorous, time-consuming class?
3. Third, is this only your 1st or 2nd online
If so, are you sure that you are ready for independently taking an online
class? If this is only your first or second online class, please go now to
If you then still believe that this is the class for you, then please continue
Week 1: Welcome to the class! I am
glad to be working with you in this fully-online section of "English
2235-Mythology" for the spring semester. I expect the course to be interesting and fun. In
addition to online activities, we'll be seeing two different mythic plays and making one
trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to get a guided tour of mythic art. (If
you're at a distance or must miss these, you may make them up by doing similar or related
activities on your own wherever you live.) The course study materials include work
with classic fairy tales, Greek myth, King Arthur, the Bible, C.S.
Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, and some independent study. I hope you'll enjoy the
In passing, I'd like to note to you that this course does
not use D2L (except for the discussion boards).
In addition, the Web site sometimes shows options for both a fully-online
("FOL") section and a face-to-face ("F2F"), on-campus
section. Please ignore the on-campus section, as Inver Hills currently
offers this course each year ONLY in the fully-online version. Please start by reading
the web pages called "Starting Online" and, if you are
a high school student,
PSEO Students. Then
quickly read (or carefully skim) all the web pages in this course web site.
It is also important to note that
you should have
Thursday nights relatively free, as the IHCC printed and online "Schedule"
says. There will be several Thursday night physical class activities: a
first in-person meeting on campus, a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and a
couple of Thursday night live plays.
IMPORTANT--PLEASE NOTE! (1) This class does not run on D2L (except
for the discussion boards). (2) Please fill
out and mail the "Student
Info + Photo Sheet" (click here to go to it, or
receive it from me by hand--in person--in the computer lab on the first night's physical
meeting), and if you have received any emails, yet, from me or the Online Assistant,
Davyann Lee, send me your email address right away. I will send a reply email
for both, letting you know I got them. If you don't hear from me, contact me
immediately: (612) 870-7024. (3) You also should be aware that I always return your
emailed homework, marked to show I got it. And you can always check your records by
clicking on "FOL Records" above. If you are not receiving your homework
back and seeing credit for it appear by each Sunday evening on the "FOL
Records," contact me immediately!
IMPORTANT NOTE #2: Please note that you must use "MS Word" (not
"Works" or an .rtf text) to write and
send the term paper, and to read my comments and make your revisions on the
term paper! You may buy Word at an inexpensive student price (about $100) if you are an IHCC student:
www.inverhillsbookstore.com and, at the bottom of the page, clicking on
look forward to seeing you the first night, when we'll review the Web assignments and
discussion boards. If you have questions or concerns ahead of time, please feel free
to email, call, or drop by during my on-campus office hours in the spring. Click
here for information about my office hours and how to contact me.
Please also note!
I will assume you will be using your
"email@example.com" email account (unless you request that I use a
different email address for you). Please check your emails at least
once per week, preferably on Mon. or Tues., for emails from me about the
Also, please use my home email address to communicate with me. I look
at it almost every day. (Please do not use my IHCC email address--I
only look at it one-three times per wk.; in addition, it sometimes delays
email for hours or even days.) My home email address is as follows:
richard at jeweLL dot net
jeweL001 ("jeweL zero zero one) at umn dot edu
But instead of "at," use "@"; and instead of "dot," use a period.
For example, if you were emailing john at smith dot net, you would write it
Your email system may reject email from people it does not
recognize, or from people who send emails frequently. For this reason,
you should add my email address to your "safe sender" or "trusted sender"
If you do not know how to make me a "safe" or "trusted
sender," then please use your email system's "help" function or, if there is
none, then look in "tools," "options," "settings," or other places where you
are allowed to control who sends you email and who doesn't.
Check email twice weekly: check your
email for messages from me: I use email to announce visits to plays/museums and other
changes/additions. I also return - marked - all
email homework you send to me. SAVE A COPY OF EVERY HOMEWORK
EMAIL YOU SEND TO ME! Sometimes email gets lost. You may need
proof that you sent it to me. The best way to do this is to email
the homework not only to me but ALSO to yourself! Put your own email
address in the CC or BCC line whenever you email me your homework.
If you are not receiving emails from me at least once per week,
contact me immediatelyat my home email address so I can get your email address on
my email list.
Also check the "FOL Records"
weekly: make sure you are getting credit for both email homework and for
If there's a problem, check the FAQs first.
If that doesn't help, email me at my home email address.
Please remember that the official "Schedule" of weekly assignments, though 98%
accurate, may have additions and/or changes made on occasion. This is especially
true for such events as plays or museum visits, which cannot be scheduled until just a few
weeks beforehand and often are not even mentioned on the schedule itself, but rather in
class time and/or by email. Other changes occasionally are made, too. Because
of such changes, you should always check for updates. The best way to check for
updates is to
Check email twice weekly: check your email for
messages from me, where I announce visits to plays/museums and other changes/additions.
Grading System - Choose Your Goal for the
A = 90-100 X's (90-100
B = 80-89 X's
C = 70-79 X's
D = 60-69 X's
F = 0-59 X's
Your grade for the class is based on a system
of X's, with 100 X's (100 points or 100%)
equaling a perfect A+. 90 X's is the minimum for an "A," 80 X's for a
"B," etc., as shown above.. You choose what grade you want.
You may earn your X's in four ways:
(a) Homework (about 45
(b) Attendance (about 35
(c) Term paper/project
(up to 20 X's)
(d) Extra credit (70
min. = 1 X)
TOTAL: "a"-"c" above: about 100 X's
Absolute Minimums for Passing:
To get a "D" or better in this class, you must
do the following:
Earn at least 60 X's/points overall.
Complete a term paper earning at least a C (11
Be active in the class at least once every two
weeks (or be dropped).
When you write homework, discussion board
messages, or extra credit, the writing must be a minimum of 150-200 words,
depending on the assignment or activity..
When you write 150+ w. for homework, you must
write a minimum of 50 words for each chapter (and .
An "X" in this class is assumed to be the
equivalent of 70 minutes of work.
This is a 4-credit class (not 3 credits), so
it assumes a workload of at least 12 hrs./wk. (not 9
hrs./wk.) to receive an "A." Some
people--those who read more slowly or more thoroughly and/or who write more
slowly or take a lot of time while they write --may need more than 12
hrs./wk. to receive an "A." See below for more about workload.
This class is a 3-credit class.
The hours required
for this online class are not less than the same class when
taught on campus in a regular, physical classroom. An online class
should not have "fewer hours" just because it is online (except possible
time saved in driving to and from campus), nor should it be "easier"--the
workload is supposed to be the same. You do not get to "skip class
time" in an online class: instead, time normally spent in a physical
classroom on campus is supposed to be converted, in an online course, to
additional time spent online. In fact, the overall work load of a
course, whether online or traditional, is governed by a national
understanding among colleges and universities. This understanding
states that a first- or second-year college course should require about 3
hours of work each week for every credit (counting both class attendance and
homework time). This would mean that in a 3-credit class, the total
amount of work time - both class attendance and homework time - should be
about 9 hrs./wk. Some people may need to do more than that if they want more than a "D" or a
"C." If you cannot handle this much work per week, then you should
drop this course.
Museum and Play Visits:
We will be going as a class group two to three
times to a major museum on Thursday evenings, and to one or two plays somewhere in the
Twin Cities on an evening that works best for the most people. The
great majority of students say these activities were one of the highlights
of the course and also allowed them a great chance to meet some of their
classmates. It is assumed that if you live within 100 miles of the
Twin Cities, you will be able to go. However, those who will be
located further away than 100 miles and those who cannot attend because of
work conflicts may find other times and/or ways of making up these events as outlined in
the "Attendance & Participation" page.
VERY IMPORTANT--DON'T BUY BOOKS UNTIL YOU READ THIS!
Do NOT buy the books immediately, except for the
Tatar fairy tales book, with which we start. For many of the other
books, you will have options. Please read the "Readings" page first
(see top navigation bar or left-hand navigation bar).
IMPORTANT! (1) Again,
this class does not run on D2L, except for bulletin boards (discussion
boards). (2) Please fill out and mail
Info + Photo Sheet" (available online by
clicking here; I also will pass it out at the first physical-class
meeting), and (3) send me
an email with your email address--as
this is how I keep in weekly contact with everyone. I will send a
reply email for both, letting you know I got them. If you don't hear
from me, contact me
immediately. (3) You also should be aware that I always return your
emailed homework, marked to show I got it. And you can always check
your records by clicking on "FOL Records" above. If you are not
receiving your homework back and seeing credit for it appear by each Sunday
evening on the "FOL Records,"
contact me immediately! (You can always
find my contact info by clicking on the very-top, upper-left corner--or on
the very-bottom "Questions" line--of every Web page in this Web site.)
Adding my Email Address to Your Sender
Please also note the following! I send
absolutely necessary weekly emails to you. And I send assignments back
to you after giving you credit for them. So you MUST BE SURE you are
getting my emails.
Your email system may reject email from people
it does not recognize, or from people who send emails frequently. For
this reason, you may need to add two of my email addresses to your "safe
sender" or "trusted sender" list. The email addresses you should add
are as follows:
(1) richard at jewell dot net
(2) jeweL zero zero one at umn dot edu
--but write it as email addresses normally are written.
E.g., john @ smith dot net would be written as
(Why have I written my email addresses in this unusual
way? I get over 600 spam emails per week already. And spammers have
software engines that automatically search the Web for email addresses.
If people avoid typing
their actual email addresses on Web sites, they can avoid more spam.)
If you do not know how to do add my email
address to your own email program, then please use your email program's
"help" function or, if there is none, then look in "tools," "options,"
"settings," or other places where you are allowed to control who sends you
email and who doesn't.
I hope you enjoy the class! Many people are surprised, by the end of it, not only by how
much they have learned but also by how much better they feel they now understand
the roots and meanings of our entire Western civilization. If you need
anything, be sure to contact me by
email, phone, or in person.
The consultations will come late in the semester, a few weeks before
the final term project/paper is due. The times are not yet set up.
After the consultation times are set up, below, I'll let you know by email.
Then please send 2-3 times that work for you.
At the consultation: The purpose is
to talk about your Final Project. Bring your Draft 1 and your Draft 2 final project
to the consultation. The Draft 2 is required and due at your consultation, no matter
which day of Wk. 15 you have the consultation. Each consultation is worth
2 X's/points--even though it is only 10 minutes, those 10 minutes of meeting
with me can be invaluable sometimes.
Days/Times/Dates for Spring 2014
The consultations are in my B-136
office. They are about your term paper:
have your Draft I (and preferably D-II) and bring it with you.
30, 2014 (10-15 min. each):
Have your Draft I (and preferably D-II) and bring it with you.
(PLEASE CHOOSE THE EARLIEST
TIME YOU CAN ARRIVE.)
6:30 pm: Ashley B.
6:45 pm: Michael R.
7:00 pm: Erika S.
May 5, 2014 (10-15 min. each):
Have your Draft I (and preferably D-II) and bring it with you.
(PLEASE CHOOSE THE EARLIEST
TIME YOU CAN ARRIVE.)
2:45 pm: Tess R.
3:00 pm: Sarah R.
3:15 pm: Meagan S.
April 25-May 4: Make an appt. ahead of time.
Here is how a phone consultation works:
(1) Ahead of time, you get my
(2) You email me your Draft I or
II at least 24-48 hrs. before the appointment (or drop it off at my office).
(3) Both you and I have your
Draft I or II on our computers at the appointment time.
(4) You call me, and we talk
while looking at the paper together.
If none of these dates or times work for
you, contact me for additional dates/times. I also can set up a phone
consultation with you, either at these times or at other times.
consultations require that you first send me an attachment or email of
your paper so we can look at it at the same time while talking on the
Everyone in the class: Please download, fill out,
and send me the
Student Photo + Info Sheet.
It's in Word, so you may download it to your
computer, type on it, and then send it to me as an attachment. ---
While some of your textbooks are physical texts you must buy in
the bookstore, one of your textbooks is a fully-online book called Experiencing the Humanities.
Click on it--in the left column of any of these web pages--to go to it.
How To Use This Page:
This is the home page - the primary web page - of this web
site and our section of 1110. Simply read everything on this page.
Then, in the future, use it to find information on the other pages in this
site (by clicking on the links in the yellow bar above) and find other
resources online in the "Shortcuts" below and elsewhere on this web site.
"Opening Yourself To Experience":
This class is really about trying out new experiences -
feeling how the ancients felt, seeing and hearing through their ears and
eyes, and taking into oneself the ways of knowing that many people from many
times and places have tried. The more you open yourself to the
feelings and experiences of people of other times and cultures, chapter by
chapter, the more you will gain from this class. Humanity links hands
with each other throughout the ages: become a time traveler with us in this
class and join hands, thoughts, and hearts with people from other times.
-------- Disabilities Access:
I would like to make sure that all the materials, discussions
and activities that are part of the course are accessible to you. If you
would like to request accommodations or other services, please contact me as
soon as possible. It is also possible to contact the Disability Services
Office, L-224; phone, 651/450-3628. You may also contact it through the
Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.