At the completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe conventional literary themes, the literary canon, and the function of literary criticism.
2. Discuss potential meanings by interpreting, evaluating, and applying external criticism to works of fiction, poetry, and drama.
3. Employ active reading strategies to discuss of a work of fiction, poetry, or drama.
4. Produce various types of essays using critical reading strategies to interpret literature.
5. Identify and define the characteristics of modern fiction in novels and short stories.
6. Identify and define various movements and characteristics of classic and modern poetry.
7. Identify and define the elements and characteristics of ancient and modern drama.
8. Write a coherent, detailed essay that identifies literary elements in works of literature within the three main genres.