The below materials are from Week 2 of my hybrid Introduction to Literature & Writing course, in which we utilize a “flipped classroom” model to maximize our in-class time with discussion, hands-on research experiences, and writing workshops for three literary argumentation papers. 


Week 2 — Introduction to Literature & Writing: Fairy Tales


Here is your Week 2 task list: 

  • View the Prezi above by clicking the little triangle in the bottom left corner. (This makes it play like a video and ensures you won’t miss any of my voice comments, which can sometimes happen if you advance each slide yourself.) 
  • Mark your Literary Terms of the Week presentations in your calendar! Here’s a PDF of the schedule
  • Order a copy of the Folger Shakespeare Cymbeline for Week 6. It’s cheap! Here it is at Powell’s, Fetchbook, and Amazon
  • Finish up with our Week 1 Classroom, if you haven’t already. 
  • Take a quick look at your first essay assignment; I will provide a paper copy and we’ll discuss in class. 
  • Annotate your readings! 
    • Ways In Chapter 1, “Reading and Responding to Literature” (Muller and Williams); 
    • Ways In Chapter 2, “The Writing Process” (Muller and Williams); 
    • A Glossary of Literary Terms, “Periods of American Literature (Abrams 273); 
    • A Glossary of Literary Terms, “Periods of British Literature” (Abrams 278);  
      [Snow White]
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, “Introduction: Snow White” (Tatar 74); 
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm, “Snow White” [1812] (Tatar 83). 
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, “Snow White and her Wicked Stepmother” (Tatar 291). 
  • Create your own “literary timeline” that represents the British and American literary periods you read about in Abrams. This may be as artistic or ascetic as you wish. *You will be asked to upload an image of your literary timeline on next week’s quiz. 
  • In preparation for this week’s quiz, choose and carefully annotate a passage (two paragraphs at the most) to which you are particularly drawn in the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White.” It might be a passage that interests or puzzles you, shocks or troubles you, moves you or bores you, or makes you wonder what critical piece of information you need to understand it. Have this annotated passage at the ready when you begin your quiz. 


(Due Monday by Noon) 


  • Read
    • Ways In Chapter 3, “Writing about Fiction” (Muller and Williams);
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, “Introduction: Hansel and Gretel” (Tatar 179);
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm, “Hansel and Gretel” (Tatar 184);
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm, “The Juniper Tree” (Tatar 190);
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim, “Hansel and Gretel” (Tatar 273);
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen, “The Little Match Girl” (Tatar 233).
      [Snow White]
    • The Classic Fairy Tales, “Lasair Gheug, the King of Ireland’s Daughter” [1891] (Tatar 90).