ENGL 2111/Fall 2022/Online/Schedule

From Gerald R. Lucas

This schedule represents the ideal outline for our study this semester. Yet, like all best-laid plans, we may not be able to keep up with our agenda. Please be flexible and try to look and read ahead whenever possible.

We will do our best to stick by this schedule, but I will inform you verbally, via an email, and/or a literal change to the schedule below whenever there is a deviation. Getting these updates is solely your responsibility. Therefore, this schedule is tentative and subject to change contingent upon the needs of the students and the professor, and dictated by time and other constraints which may affect the course. For face-to-face classes, this schedule reflects only an overview of the assigned reading and other major course assignments. It may not indicate specific class session assignments or activities. Specific in-class assignments may not be reflected on the schedule.

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All assignments are due Tuesday evenings at 11:59 pm. Have the assigned text(s) read by Sundays at the latest, so you can post your questions and responses to Packback well ahead of the due date. Procrastination and posting at the last minute will earn you lower grades. I suggest the following work schedule for each week:

  • Wed: Begin reading the week’s text(s), including background materials; take notes as you read.
  • Sat/Sun: Post your question to Packback. Read[1] and consider responding to a seed prompt: i.e., one of the questions I have asked about the material.[2]
  • Sun: Finish the reading.
  • Mon: Participate in the discussion on Packback. Be sure to support your discussions with evidence from the the week’s primary text and/or the secondary texts, like background materials and assigned videos.
  • Tue: Add follow-up posts to Packback.

Look ahead and plan your reading accordingly. I have tried to keep reading to a minimum, but if you are a slower reader, like I am, you may want to plan out your reading schedule so that you can meet the course deadlines.

Week Date Assignments
1 Aug 10–Aug 16
Course Introduction
Epic Poetry
  • Read background materials on epic poetry.[7]
  • Post your question and response (only one more response is required this week since you answered one above) about epic poetry on Packback.[8]
  • Take the Epic Poetry quiz on D2L
  • Read ahead so that you can plan your work to meet deadlines. Read specifically the weeks when the midterm and final are scheduled.
2 Aug 17–Aug 23
The Epic of Gilgamesh
3 Aug 24–Aug 30
Homer, from the Iliad
4 Aug 31–Sep 06
Test 1
5 Sep 07–Sep 13
Homer, from the Odyssey 1
6 Sep 14–Sep 20
Homer, from the Odyssey 2
7 Sep 21–Sep 27
Homer, from the Odyssey 3
8 Sep 28–Oct 4
Test 2
9 Oct 5–Oct 11
Aristotle, from Poetics
10 Oct 12–Oct 18
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex 1
11 Oct 19–Oct 25
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex 2
  • Watch Oedipus Rex on Films on Demand.
  • Post to PackBack about the production.
12 Oct 25–Nov 1
Euripides, Medea 1
13 Nov 1–Nov 8
Euripides, Medea 2
  • Watch Medea on Films on Demand.
  • Post to PackBack about the production.
14 Nov 9–Nov 15
Test 3
15 Nov 16–Nov 29
Ovid, from The Metamorphoses
16 Nov 30–Dec 06
Test 4 & Lit-Crit Response


  1. Even if you do not respond to a seed prompt, you are required to read them and the links they contain. This is crucial background material about the texts and course content. Failure to read these will result in potential lower grades and failure.
  2. Again: pay attention to these prompts, as they might give hints as to what is important for you to know for the test. These are often asking about the background materials I have posted for the primary texts, usually based on lectures.
  3. It is imperative that you have the unit complete by May 29. Failure to do so will have you reported as a no-show, and you will be removed from the class. If this happens, you will not be readmitted.
  4. You must follow the writing conventions and guidelines outlined in this document, including the presentation of titles. This should all be review from ENGL 1102.
  5. You should have received an invitation from Packback already, unless you just registered for the course. If you were not invited, please let me know or register yourself. Note: you need to know your course section number when registering.
  6. You will need to be signed in to Packback and have access to our course to answer all responses. Read the Packback tab for instructions. This will count as one of your required responses for this week.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 I post background materials on all of the texts for the class. These are essays meant to take the place of in-class lectures. I strongly recommend that you read this material to help you with your understanding of the literature and for your exams.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Be sure you read the seed prompts on this week’s material even if you do not respond to them. Then, ask one question and respond to at least two threads. This is the minimum participation on Packback to meet your writing requirement. See the outline of the week above for guidance on how to approach your writing on Packback.
  9. Like most of the videos in this class, this documentary is available via Films on Demand. You will be prompted to login to your MGA account if you’re not on campus.
  10. The ❗️ means that this video is optional, but recommended.
  11. While it’s certainly OK to allude to other books of the Odyssey, your posts should concentrate on the books assigned for this week.
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