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English 236
Juliana Cardenas
CCS 236 Office 511-B
(619) 644-7486


This course is a survey of folk, traditional, and contemporary Chicano and Mexican literature. You will read and analyze selected works from the following literary genres: the novel, short story, poem, and drama


This course will enable the student to:

  1. gain an appreciation of the major types of Chicano literature.
  2. learn how to approach the interpretation of Chicano literature.
  3. learn how to write critically about literature.
  4. gain an understanding of basic fiction and poetry terminology.


Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
The Rain God, by Arturo Islas
Pocho, by José Antonio Villareal
Song of the Hummingbird, Graciela Limón
Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility, by Patricia Santana
Cuentos Chicanos, Edited by Rudolfo Anaya


READING. This is obvious! You will be reading a lot, so please don't fall behind. You will be expected to complete all reading assignments prior to the start of class, and you should be prepared to discuss these readings.

READING RESPONSES. Several times during the semester I will ask you to respond to a particular question or prompt regarding the assigned works. These responses are generally 1-2 typed pages in length and will require you to give considerable thought to a given topic. Each response will be worth a total of 10 points.

INDEX CARDS. For each work that you are required to read, I will ask you to focus on a specific question or topic in response to that work. These assignments are to be completed on index cards and will be handed in daily. These assignments differ from the reading responses in that they are more focused and are significantly shorter. Each Index Card is worth five points. Late Index Card assignments will not be accepted; therefore, class attendance is crucial.

ESSAY EXAMS. You will be required to take four midterm essay exams, as well as a final. Two of the midterm exams will be taken in class; the other two midterms will be take-home exams. Please Note: No make-up exams will be given for those taken in class, no exceptions. If an out-of-class exam is submitted late, I will lower the grade by 10% (one letter). The late exam must be submitted within one week of the original due date.

PARTICIPATION. Participation is an essential part of your grade. The majority of our class sessions will consist of class discussions about the works and authors we are reading. Your questions, comments, and ideas are the course. I expect everyone to be actively involved in the class.

ATTENDENCE. As I mentioned earlier, your grade is directly linked to your attendance since there will be short assignments due daily. You may be absent three times without penalty. Four absences may result in you being dropped from the class.


60% Four Midterm Exams
15% Final exam
15% Reading Responses and Index Card assignments
10% Participation


Last Updated: 09/25/2014
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  • Cuyamaca
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