ENGL 1010 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Narration, Times New Roman, Dalhousie University

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English 1010
Dalhousie University
May 2016
Lecture 1
Citing
Always make a “works cited” page for each assignment/essay in this course
Common knowledge does not need to be cited
oThe sky is blue
oDate WWII started/ended
Thesis Statements
It sums up the main point/argument of the essay
Contains…
oContext, contestable claim, specifies how claims will be supported (briefly)
Do not simply state your argument
The specifics state what the main body paragraphs will cover
“In this essay I argue that…” is a good way to begin because it eliminates any confusion
that the reader may have
May use “I” in the introduction and conclusion in this course
Do not use “I believe” or “I feel” because they are redundant makes the author sound like
they lack confidence
Plan of Development (“Road Map”)
Usually need an introductory paragraph, 2-4 body paragraphs, and then a concluding
paragraph
Need to tell the reader what you are going to argue and how by the end of the
introduction
Include a topic sentence at the beginning of each body paragraph
oThis lets the reader know what the paragraph will be discussing
MLA Format
No cover page is needed for this course
oDo not write your name on the essays – use your B00 instead
oInclude your B00 in the top right corner of each page – next to the page number
oPlace all information in the upper left corner…
B00___
19 May 2016
English 1010
Professor Marks
Double space everything – this includes the title and information in the left corner on the
first page
Title is centered and do not make the text bold
Use size 12 font in Times New Roman
Do not use contractions
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Margins need to be 1 inch wide
Indent paragraphs
How to Prepare for Class
Read each text assigned ahead of time
Make as many notes about the reading as possible
Write down any questions that you may have – ask these in class
Look up any words that you do not know from the text and make note of them
Terms
Definitions used in this course are found from the Oxford English dictionary and
Glossary of Literary Terms by M.H. Abrams
Do not use Wikipedia to cite something – use the references that they provide so that you
can find the information directly from the source and cite it
Cite the terms used in this course as they are not common knowledge
Participation Grade
Since not everyone enjoys public speaking, there are two ways to earn the participation
portion of the course grade
oContribute to the class discussions
oSubmit a sheet with pertinent information regarding the stories discussed that day
at the end of each class – submit one for each story
Title
Author of story
Characters
Setting (ex. street, city, country, year, weather)
Themes
Important quotations with page numbers
Questions you have
Prose
It is anything that is not poetry
Fiction
It can be in prose or poetry
An invented event that is not real
Literature
Designates fictional and imaginative writings
Can be tough to define a text as literature
Literature pertains to certain fields
oLiterature on cats, biology, music
Outcomes
How we feel and how that effects what you read – the end result of reading the piece
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Dialect – who gets one and why
Active Reading Steps
1. Observation
2. Connection
3. Inference
4. Conclusion
Narrator
It is the voice which tells the story
Not the author in most cases
There are different types of narrators
oFirst-person narrator
The reader witnesses and participates in the events that take place in the
story
Can make the reader feel personally connected to the characters
Feel like they are in the shoes of the character
oThird-person narrator
Does not use “I” when dialog is not present
Can describe outside events
oOmniscient narrator
They know everything about each character
Can describe outside events – know more information about the events
than a third-person narrator would know
oLimited omniscient narrator
They know everything about a specific character, including what they
think – have limited access as to what they can “see”
The Multiplicity of Reading
Everyone has their own thoughts on a piece that they read
Present your ideas objectively when writing pieces for this course
oPresent the reader with an argument rather than your opinions
Plot
The arrangements of events within a piece of work which forms a story
Sometimes a plot may be non-linear
oThere are shifts between the past and present
Structure
The shape of the story as a whole
Theme
The main point(s) or idea(s) in the story
Evaluate the Work
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