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Dr. Jesse Peters
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: 910.521.6635

Location: Dial 260 A
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English/AIS 2200: Survey of Native American Literature (Online)

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Peters
Office: Old Main 204
Office Hours: TR 1:00-2:00; And by Appointment (email)
Phone: 521-6635 ; 521-6195

Required Texts:

Nothing But the Truth, John Purdy and James Ruppert
Night Sky, Morning Star, Evelina Lucero
Faces in the Moon , Betty Bell
Wolfsong, Louis Owens 

To access in this course, you will need to go to the URL h Once you register for the course, you will automatically be enrolled in the Blackboard site. You will not be able to login to the class without a username and password; you must apply for a UNCP email account (which can be done online). The first time you attempt to enter the course, you will need this information to logon to the course. From then on, you will logon to the course using the same username and password University Computing supplies to you. I expect each of you to set up an account, logon to the course, and send me an email by the end of the first week of classes. After you log into the course, you also need to set up your personal page and edit your personal information. Also check the discussion board for a prompt to respond to. I want everyone to upload a picture to your personal page as a way of letting me know that you are familiar with the technology. Plus it is a nice way for us to get to know each other in an online environment.

Course Requirements:

The course is designed to expose students to significant voices in Native American literature. Obviously, we can't cover all of this literature or even everything contained within the anthology we are using. Our goal is to study a sampling of texts within Native American literature as we work towards an understanding of how this literature has developed and evolved. We will be paying particular attention to the ways in which Indian authors write within, outside of, and against the dominant canon of literature. Some of the questions we will be asking are: Who is an Indian? What is Native American literature? How does Indian literature relate to American literature in general? One of the main objectives of this class is to help students see how the study of literature both informs and is informed by all other aspects of a general college education. The course demands a lot of reading, and I expect material to be read before discussions begin for that material. Please plan to discuss the material extensively on the Discussion Board because I don’t expect to do all the posting. Remember, we are all here to explore ideas and figure out what we think. There will also be two longer papers (4-6 pages), two response essays, a midterm and a final. The longer papers must incorporate outside sources and must be written on the literature that we cover in this course. The final will be cumulative.

Note: Please refer to the ETL department’s website for departmental guidelines and plagiarism policy ( It is up to you, especially since you have passed English 106 or an equivalent before being allowed to take this course, to know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. If you are caught plagiarizing, you will fail the course and will be reported to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Note: Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments is requested to speak directly to Disability Support Services (Career Services Center, Room 210, 521-6270) and the instructor, as early in the semester (preferably within the first week) as possible. All discussions will remain confidential.

For Education Students: This course relates to UNCP Teacher Education Standard #1. The class helps the teacher candidate to command essential knowledge and understandings of the academic discipline (in this case, the study of literature) from which school subject matter is derived and integrate that knowledge into personally meaningful frameworks.


Responses 100 pts. 10%
Paper 1 100 pts. 10%
Midterm 300 pts. 30%
Paper 2 100 pts. 10%
Discussion Board 100 pts. 10%
Final 300 pts. 30%
Total  1000 pts. 100%

I use a thousand point grading system. All grades will be given as numbers with final grades computed as follows: A=933-1000; A-=900-932; B+=866-899; B=833-865; B-=800-832; C+=766-799; C=733-765; C-=700-732; D+=666-699; D=633-665; D-=600-632; F=<600.

Please take heed of the following:

• Attendance is mandatory. I will take attendance most days. If you disappear for more than two weeks of class for any reason, I may assign you a grade of F for the course. Please let me know in advance if you will be absent (if at all possible). You are also responsible for any information you miss if you are absent.
• I do not accept late assignments for any reason without my prior consent. I’m usually more than willing to help you out, but you must talk to me beforehand. I have voicemail and email. Late papers will receive a 0 grade.
• If you need to talk to me, please take advantage of my online office hours or email me. I am also more than willing to meet by appointment.
• I may be giving pop quizzes throughout the semester, so be sure and do the reading. Quizzes cannot be made up. I expect a lot of class participation during the course and will give quizzes only if it seems there is litle participation or that students are not reading the material.
• Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated (please review the discussion board guidelines posted under the course documents button). If behavior like this persists, you will be asked to leave the class and receive a grade of F for the course.

* There will be no work for "extra credit." Keep up with the reading and do the work

All reading assignments should be completed by the first day that we begin discussion.

Note: Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments is requested to speak directly to Disability Support Services (Career Services Center, Room 210, 521-6270) and the instructor, as early in the semester (preferably within the first week) as possible. All discussions will remain confidential.

Discussion Board

Most of the communication in the course will take place on the discussion board. Each week I will set up a forum so that we can discuss the readings. I will usually post a brief comment or two and pose a few questions. Remember that this is merely a way of getting you started thinking about the material. You are free to start posts yourself on aspects of the works you find interesting. The point here is for us to have good conversations about the material as we address both structure and content.

If you start a thread, please give it a title that helps us understand what the topic will be. This will help each of you study for exams. A title like "Environment in Momaday's Essay" is a lot beter than "Momaday."

Rather than replying to my initial post, it is probably better if you bigin your own or reply to another student's.

The forum will be graded and the MINIMUM requirement is that you post at least twice a week. Obviously, the more you participate, the better your grade will be.

I also suggest you read the discussion board guidelines available in the course documents section of Blackboard.


Although you are asked to do two papers for this course, you will turn in the same paper twice. The first time it is due, I will grade it and comment extensively. You should use my suggestions and advice to improve the paper, in both form and content, before it is turned in to me the second time. These papers must be 4-6 typed, double spaced pages and they must use at least three secondary critical sources as evidence. These papers are not reports. You need to come up with a thesis statement about a work of literature we cover in the course and then explain your point through careful analysis of the text while blending in outside sources. The scholarly articles you will find as you do research should serve as examples of the types of writing I am looking for. Also, the campus publication ReVisions contains good examples of student writing about literature. I encourage you to run your proposed topic/thesis statement by me before you begin work. If you do not revise your paper, you will receive a lower grade than you did on it the first time. Revision is part of the assignment.

Response Essays

Two times during the semester, you will turn in a 2-3 page response essay on a work we will cover. These short writings should be well developed articulations/explanations of what issues and or themes you see the writer developing in the work. They are not summaries. Explain why you think what you do through examples from the text, examples that you explain. These papers do not have to include outside sources. Each essay will be worth a possible 50 pts. You must write the response before we discuss the work on the discussion board; your writing will help us extend the discussion of that work of literature. Therefore, they are due Sunday night by 9:00 pm. I will post a forum called "Respose Essays." You will copy and paste your response essay into this thread with a thread title that is the same as the piece you are responding to. There will be no specific due dates for these. However, there will be two deadlines, one for the first and one for the second. I do not want a flood of response essays on the deadline days. I encourage you to do them sooner rather than later. / Digital DropBox

Papers and response essays must be submited to Instructions for submitting these documents can be found in the Blackboard course site under the Assignments button. This site checks for any plagiarism in your essays. You will also submit a version of the essay in Word or RTF to the digital dropbox within the course site. Both submissions must be made by the deadlines provided. Note that response essays will be 1) submitted to 2) submitted to the digital dropbox and 3) copied and pasted into the Response Essay forum as a separate thread so your peers can read and comment (see above).

Midterm and Final

The midterm and final will consist of identification (I give you a quote and you supply author, title, character, and significance), short answer, and essay. When providing the significance of a passage, be sure to explain what the quotation tells us about the theme or the message of the work. The exam will be administered through Blackboard and will be timed. Make sur ethat your browser is compatible with Blackboard. The final will be cumulative. I have heard that the newest version of Explorer is not compatible with timed tests.

Online Office Hours

If you would like to set up a live chat in the Virtual Classroom, please email me to schedule a time.

Course Schedule (Always Subject to Change)

Dates Reflect the Monday of the Week. All reading should be completed by Monday.

17 Introduction to course; Introduction (5-15) "The Man Made of Words" N. Scott Momaday


24 "The American Indian Fiction Writers: Cosmopolitan, Nationalism, the Third World, and First Nation Sovereignty" Elizabeth Cook-Lynn; "Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism" Simon J. Ortiz

Short Fiction

31 Introduction (190-193) "The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor" & "This is What It Means to Say Phoenix Arizona" Sherman Alexie, "The Red Convertible" Louise Erdrich; "Sleeping in Rain" Gordon Henry


7 "Aunt Moon's Young Man" Linda Hogan; "The Hawk is Hungry" D'Arcy McNickle, "Report to the Nation: Repossessing Europe" Carter Revard

14 "How I Got to be Queen" Greg Sarris; "All the Colors of Sunset" Luci Tapahonso; "The Warriors" Anna Lee Walters


21 Introduction (412-415) "13/16", "The Business of Fancydancing", "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel", "Crazy Horse Speaks" Sherman Alexie, "Living History", "Rewriting Your Life", "Rituals, Yours--and Mine", "Where I Was That Day" Kimberly Bleaser; "The Old Man's Lazy", "Rattle, "Turtle", "Drum", "Reflections on Milkweed" Peter Blue Cloud

28 Deadline for Response Statement #1; "She Had Some Horses", "Transformations", "I Give You Back", "Call It Fear", "Eagle Poem", "The Woman Hanging From the Thirteenth Floor Window", Joy Harjo; "Blessing", "Song For My Name", "Bamboo", "Celebration: Birth of a Colt", "Drought", "The New Apartment, Minneapolis", "The Truth Is", "Elk Song", "Geraniums", "Heritage", "Morning: The World in the Lake" Linda Hogan


5 Midterm Exam

12 Spring Break -- No Class

19 "Bend in the River", "The Creation, According to Coyote", "My Father's Song", "A Story of How a Wall Stands" Simon J. Ortiz; "And Don't Be Deaf to the Singing Beyond", "Driving in Oklahoma", "In Kansas", "And Eagle Nation" Carter Revard; "In Praise of Texas", "Light a Candle", "Raisin Eyes" Luci Tapahonso; "Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat", "Surviving", "Thanksgiving at Snake Butte", "Snow Country Weavers", "Riding the Earthboy 40" James Welch

The Novel

26 Night Sky, Morning Star, Evelina Lucero


2 Night Sky, Morning Star, Evelina Lucero

9 Paper # 1 Due, Wolfsong, Louis Owens

16 Wolfsong, Louis Owens; Deadline for Response Statement #2

23 Faces in the Moon, Betty Bell

30 Paper #2 Due; Faces in the Moon, Betty Bell


7 Final Examination

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Mary Helen Walker, Disability Support Services, Career Services Center, Room 210, 521-6270.

Updated: Monday, November 30, 2009

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