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ENGL.364.201: African American Drama - Mitchell

Calendar of Readings and Assignments

Date Topic Reading and Homework Quiz, Test, Project?

Tuesday,
1/24

Discussion biographical information on Mary P. Burrill, Locke’s “Art or Propaganda?,” and Burrill’s Aftermath. 

Google and bring in biographical information on May Miller. Read May Miller’s Nails and Thorns and James Truslow Adams’s “The American Dream” [Handouts].

Quiz
Thursday,
1/26
Discussion of biographical information on May Miller, Truslow Adams’ “The American Dream,” and Miller’s Nails and Thorns 

Google and bring in biographical information on Zora Neale Hurston. Read Zora Neale Hurston’s Color Struck and Lennox Avenue [Handouts].

 
Tuesday,
1/31
Discussion of biographical information on Zora Neale Hurston and Hurston’ Color Struck and Lennox Avenue.

Google and bring in biographical information on Lynn Nottage. Read "Intimate Apparel" Act I, Scenes 1-4. 

Quiz

First Blackboard

homework to be uploaded by 2/5

Thursday,
2/2
Discussion of the biographical information on Lynn Nottage and Nottage’s "Intimate Apparel", Act I, Scenes 1-4.

Read "Intimate Apparel" Act I, Scenes 5-6. 

Quiz
Tuesday,
2/7
Discussion of "Intimate Apparel Act" I, Scenes 5-6

 Read Nottage’s "Intimate Apparel" Act II, Scenes 1-3. [Hand out Introduction to Brainshark Assignment Sheets]

Quiz
Thursday,
2/9

Discussion of "Intimate Apparel", Act II, Scenes 1-3. 

Read Nottages’ "Intimate Apparel", Act II, Scenes 4-7.  Quiz
Tuesday,
2/14

Discussion of "Intimate Apparel", Act II, Scenes 4-7.

 Bring in biographical information on Alice Childress. Read Alice Childress’s "Mojo" and "String". [Read both plays] 

 

Quiz
From 1.5-3 minute Brainshark Introductions uploaded by Midnight tonight.

Thursday,
2/16

Discussion of Childress’s "Mojo" and "String". 

Bring in biographical information on Suzan-Lori Parks. Read Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars, Part I.    Quiz
Paper #1 is due uploaded to Blackboard on Sunday February 26 at Midnight. 
Tuesday,
2/21
Monday Schedule
Thursday,
2/23
Discussion of biographical information on Suzan-Lori Parks and Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War, Part I.

Read Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War, Part II.  

Quiz
Paper Assignment #1 is due on Sunday February 26. Please upload your essay to Blackboard by Midnight
Tuesday,
2/28

Discussion of Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War, Part II.
15- 20 minutes discussing Group Brainshark Projects. Decide upon a group coordinator and to exchange information.

Read Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War, Part III.  Quiz
Thursday,
3/2

Discussion of Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War, Part III. 

Google and Bring in biographical information on Samm-Art Williams. Read Sam-Art Williams’s Home, pp.1-30. Quiz
Tuesday,
3/7
Discussion of Sam-Art Williams’s "Home", pp. 1-30

Read Williams’ "Home" pp. 31-57.

Quiz
Thursday,
3/9

Discussion of Williams’ "Home" pp. 31-57. pp. 31-57. 

Over Spring Break, Google and bring in biographical information on August Wilson. Read August Wilson’s "Fences", Act I, Scenes I-III.
Spring Break, 3/13-3/19

 

Tuesday,
3/21

Discussion of Wilson’s "Fences", Act I, Scenes I-III. 

Read August Wilson’s “The Ground on Which I Stand.” Read Wilson’s "Fences", Act I, Scene IV and Act II, Scene I. Quiz
Thursday,
3/23
Discussion of August Wilson’s “The Ground on Which I Stand” and Fences, Act I, Scene IV and Act II, Scene I.

Read "Fences", Act II, Scenes II-V.

Quiz
Begin working on your Group Brainshark Projects. You Must Work with Library Staff in the Media Center and use the libguide
 to help you find sources. 

Tuesday,
3/28
Discussion of "Fences", Act II, Scenes II-V. 

Google and bring in biographical information on Danai Gurira. Read Danai Gurira’s "Eclipsed", Act I, Scenes I-V.  

Quiz
Thursday,
3/30
Discussion of biographical information on Danai Gurira and Danai Gurira’s "Eclipsed", Act I, Scenes I-V. 

 Gurira’s "Eclipsed", Act I, Scenes VI-VII and Act II, Scenes I-VII.  

Quiz
Tuesday,
4/4
Discussion of Gurira’s "Eclipsed", Act I, Scenes VI-VII and Act II, Scenes I-VII.

Read Lynn Nottage’s "Ruined", Act I, Scenes I-IV.  

Quiz
Thursday,
4/6
Discussion of Nottage’s "Ruined", Act I, Scenes I-IV. 

Read Lynn Nottage’s "Ruined", Act I, Scenes V-VI and Act II, Scenes I-II. 

Quiz
Tuesday,
4/11

 Discussion Nottage’s "Ruined", Act I, Scenes V-VI and Act II, Scenes I-II.  

 Read Nottage’s 
"Ruined", Act II, Scenes, III-VII.
Quiz
Thursday,
4/13
Discussion of "Ruined", Act II, Scenes, III-VII. 

Bring in biographical information on Nathan Louis Jackson and read Jackson’s "When I Come to Die", Act I, Scenes I-V.

 

Quiz
Tuesday,
4/18
Discussion of biographical information on Nathan Louis Jackson and Jackson’s "When I Come to Die", Act I, Scenes I-V.

Read Jackson’s "When I Come to Die", Act I, Scenes VI-X.

Quiz
Thursday,
4/20
Discussion of Jackson’s "When I Come to Die", Act I, Scenes VI-X. 

Google and bring in biographical information on Ben Caldwell and read Ben Caldwell’s Prayer Meeting, Or, The First Militant Preacher [Handout].

Quiz
Tuesday,
4/25
Discussion of biographical information on Ben Caldwell and Caldwell’s Prayer Meeting, Or, The First Militant Preacher. 

Google and bring in biographical information on Aishah Rahman. Read Aishah Rahman’s The Mojo and the Sayso.

Quiz
Thursday,
4/27

Discussion of Rahman’s The Mojo and the Sayso (LAST DAY OF CLASS/WRAP-UP). 

Final Papers (Paper #2) and Reflection Papers will be due on the day of the Final Exam by Midnight. You will need to upload your final paper and/or reflection paper to Blackboard.