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This course is a survey of contemporary Native American literature written after the
turn of the century. The course will focus on issues such as: (1) identity and indigeneity;
(2) the definition of “Native American literature;” and (3) the thematic connections
between reading and the environment/land. We will consider the cultural, historical, and
political context of each piece, moving from non-fiction, to fiction, to sci-fi while
incorporating media into the course through videogames, music and graphic novels.


Textbooks will vary depending on class choice. Students will collectively choose the top
four-five novels that they would like to engage.
Alexie, Sherman. (2007). The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Erdrich, Louise. (2005). The Painted Drum.
Hausman, B. M. (2011). Riding the Trail of Tears.
Jones, Stephen Graham. (2003). The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto.
Lyons, S. R. (2010). X-marks: Native Signatures of Assent.
Marshall III, Joseph. (2016). In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse.
Nicholson, Hope. (2015). Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection.


If you do not have access to a computer off campus, there are many computer labs on
campus to use to participate in the course. Most public libraries also have computers
with internet access that you can use for free. You have to have access to a computer
to participate in this course. You should also have access to a high-speed internet
You will need to have an up-to-date web browser, operating system, and some
additional software on your computer to take this class. Check KU Blackboard Learn for

hardware and system requirements. Some of the documents in this course will be
available to you in PDF form. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your
computer, you can download it by going to .
This course will also use video and sound in various capacities throughout the course.
Make certain that you have the ability to listen to the videos of YouTube. Headphones
are suggested but not required.


Announcements will be posted Blackboard on a regular basis. They will appear on your
Blackboard dashboard when you log in and/or will be sent to you directly through your
email from Blackboard. Usually these announcements will bring attention to deadlines.
Please make certain to check them regularly, as they will contain any important
information about upcoming projects or class concerns.

You can contact me at any time through the KU email system. My email address is Emails are answered pretty quickly, but please allow for a 12 hour
turnaround on responses. I do answer emails over the weekend. When emailing, please
do the following:
 Put a subject in the subject box that describes the email content with your name,
week of the course, and message subject. For example: WK2ASSIGNMENT.
 Send email only to XXX.
 Do not submit your assignments by email, unless otherwise instructed.
 Make certain to check your email frequently.

You can access each forum by clicking on the Discussion Board link in the Quick
Access links. In order to get full credit for each discussion, you will need to post a
thoughtful, well-written response to the question and respond to two of your
classmates’ answers. Word count will be listed with each prompt. Make certain to check
the schedule for days when the discussion board is due.


Once a week I will be available for virtual office hours –one evening session using Skype
for Business. Click SKYPE FOR BUSINESS button in the Quick Access. You must have
a Skype/Microsoft account to use this function. During virtual office hours, I will respond
to chats and to video conference requests. This expands my ability to engage with your
work and your ability to seek aid and feedback. You must contact me via chat,
video conference, or email at least once in the semester.
Regular, in-person office hours will be held ____.


During the week (M-F), I will check the Discussion Board and monitor task completion
several times a day. If you have a concern and send me a message, you can expect a
response within 12 hours.

You will be required to write in a course journal, which can be accessed through
Blackboard. Prompts can be found in the online journal folder. All occasions of online
journal assignments will be noted in the course schedule.


In addition to your weekly assignments, there will be four unit projects/papers for this

Critical Response Paper #1 and #2 – Approx. 3-4 pages responding as an
individual to the chosen text. You’ll reflect on yourself as a reader, how your
identity affects your reading, and how your reading is influenced by
Weekly Replies– Each week you will write a paragraph summary of the readings
corresponding to that week of class. You will connect issues and topics discussed
in class to the readings. You will incorporate at least one quote. These replies will
be compiled at the end of the semester.
Digital Anthology Project – With a group, you will propose a themed digital
anthology of Native American literary production to be connected along a certain
theme. After submitting the proposal to me and receiving feedback, you will
create a resource for that particular anthology. The anthology will then take the
form of a website.

Details on all these projects will be provided as the semester progresses.
Additional information about each project can be found under the Major Assignments
link in the Quick Access section. You will need to turn each project in using the drop
box provided in each unit. For these assignments, you will simply upload your
assignment into the Blackboard system.

Your final grade for the course will be based on the following weights for your
graded work.

Critical Response Paper
Weekly Replies
Digital Anthology Project
Final Exam
Discussion board posts,
journal entries


I will grade using +/- letter grading system on both individual projects and your final
grade. To calculate your final grade, your letter grade will translate into numbers
according to the following scale:


After a major grade is returned, I will not discuss the grade for 24 hours. If you have
any questions regarding your grade, please email me or sign on during virtual office

You are allowed three absences to do with as you wish. You do not even need to contact
me to use them. When you hit five absences, you will reported through MySuccess,
which will alert your advisor of your absences. Six absences will lower the grade by a
whole letter. Seven absences will result in a failing grade for the course.


Changes to the syllabus will be rare. When they do occur, you will be informed in writing
through Blackboard Announcements. I reserve the right to change the syllabus at
any time.


Late work will not be accepted. Assignments will not be available after the deadline.
If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact me by private message
before the assignment is due to make alternate arrangements.


The Academic Achievement & Access Center (AAAC) coordinates accommodations and
services for all KU students who are eligible. If you have a disability for which you wish
to request accommodations and have not contacted the AAAC, please do so as soon as
possible. Their office is located in 22 Strong Hall; their phone number is 785-864-4064
Information about their services can be found at . Please contact
me privately in regard to your needs in this course.


Intellectual property and integrity are important values for the university community, so
cheating in any form, including plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Any time a writer uses
someone else's idea, words, or work without explicitly citing the source, the writer has
been academically dishonest. Some specific examples of actions that constitute
plagiarism include pasting together uncredited information or ideas from the Internet or

published sources, submitting an entire paper written by someone else, submitting a
paper written for another class (and thus not original work), and copying another
student’s work (even with the student’s permission). In order to avoid unintentional
plagiarism and to represent your work honestly, you will need to be meticulous about
giving credit to any and all sources, whether directly quoted (even a few words) or
paraphrased. Please study the University's description of and rules concerning
academic dishonesty in the Student Handbook as well as the English Department's
description in Composition & Literature. All incidents of plagiarism will be penalized,
reported, and kept on file in the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, and the University Provost’s Office.


Since one of the aims of this course is to teach students to write for specific audiences,
ungraded student-authored work will be shared with other class members during the
semester in which you are enrolled in the class. Please do not submit materials on
sensitive subjects that you would not want your classmates to see or read, unless you
inform the instructor in advance that you do not want your work shared with others.
This class, due to its online nature, is going to be very open and community-driven.
Reading peer work will be required. Bear this in mind when writing for the course. When
we start fan fiction, make sure that your fiction is friendly to a wide audience. Keep it
the equivalent of PG-13 or below.
Be sure to read Composition & Literature thoroughly for all other Departmental policies.

For help with your writing, I strongly encourage you to contact the KU Writing Center. At
the Writing Center you can talk about your writing with trained tutors or consult
reference materials in a comfortable working environment. You may ask for feedback on
your papers, advice and tips on writing (for all your courses), or for guidance on special
writing tasks. Please check the website at <> for
current locations and hours. The Writing Center welcomes both drop-ins and
appointments, and there is no charge for their services. For more information, please
call (785) 864-2399 or send an e-mail to
<>. The website is loaded with helpful information about writing of all