Accessing Your Course
Canvas (by Instructure)
Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the
Canvas Basics course space
to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to
access this space.
You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class.
However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course
Log in to your Canvas course space at
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- Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)
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Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be
able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.
Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials
While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the
ISBN number available through the course's academic department
where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore
and our online bookstore,
guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link
below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have
any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
Hello! My name is Sarahlyn Bruck, and I am delighted to be your instructor for this course.
Course Description: This course surveys the development of American Literature from the Colonial beginnings to Whitman, with emphasis upon thorough acquaintance with the work of significant writers of the period, including women and minorities, in their historical and cultural context.
Textbook: THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, Shorter 7th ed., Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1865.
Online Learning: This literature class, including the focus, readings, assignments, and assessments, is largely the same as my face-to-face course, except that we will be meeting and communicating with each other solely online instead of live, in a classroom. The online format, while more convenient for many, leaves a significant responsibility on the student to stay organized to keep pace with the course content, discussions, and assignments. All of the learning outcomes and standards are identical to the face-to-face version of the course. This almost goes without saying, but I will say it anyway: students have to be able to access a dependable computer that is connected to the Internet. Home or work computers that experience problems do not release you of the responsibilities and deadlines related to this course. If you have technical problems, you should go to a friend's house or a library to complete class work.
Evaluation: The final grade will be computed as follows:
Written Assignment #1 100 points
Written Assignments #2 & #3 (2 @ 200) 400 points
Final Exam (Cumulative) 200 points
Discussion Participation & Reading 300 points
Other matters will be considered in the determination of the final grade such as class engagement and commitment to improvement. All three writing assignments and the final exam must be completed in order for the students to receive a passing grade in the course.