ENGL 2111/Summer 2022/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 Sunday evenings at 11:59 pm. Have the assigned text(s) read by Fridays 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:

  • Monday: Begin reading the week’s text(s), including background materials; take notes as you read.
  • Wednesday/Thursday: Post your question to Packback.
  • Friday: Finish the reading.
  • Saturday: Participate in the discussion on Packback.
  • Sunday: 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 May 23–May 29
Course Introduction
Epic Poetry
2 May 30–Jun 5
The Epic of Gilgamesh
3 Jun 6–Jun 12
Homer, from the Iliad
4 Jun 13–Jun 19
Homer, from the Odyssey
5 Jun 20–Jun 26
Midterm Exam
Aristotle, from Poetics
6 Jun 27–Jul 3
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
7 Jul 4–Jul 10
Euripides, Medea
8 Jul 11–Jul 17
Ovid, from The Metamorphoses
9 Jul 18–Jul 20
Final Exam


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You will need to be signed in to Packback and have access to our course to answer all responses. See the Packback tab for instructions.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 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.
  6. Be sure you read the linked source before you attempt to take the quiz.
  7. Remember, you must post at least three times: ask one question and respond twice. This is the minimum participation on Packback to meet your writing requirement.
  8. All of these excerpts are available in a single PDF.
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