The following schedule may change at the instructors discretion. You must make at least one discussion post during each checkpoint period. These fall roughly every two weeks, with an exception for spring break (you’re welcome). Your post must be made by Sunday at midnight before the checkpoint date.However I strongly encourage you not to wait until the last minute, both because I would like you to make your blog contributions as your thoughts naturally develop and because you should get some sleep.

By the end of the semester, you must have at least three posts. There are five checkpoints so you may miss two without penalty. You will only get credit for one post in each checkpoint period, however I encourage you to post more often, as I will also take this into consideration in your participation grade and possibly offer bonus points.

Additionally, you will make two posts that review a supplemental film or text that we did not cover in class. There are instructions on the syllabus for this kind of post.

Week 1

1/9 – Introduction

1/11— Chuck Klosterman

1/13— Washington Irving: “Rip Van Winkle”

Week 2

1/16—Martin Luther King Day: No Class

1/18— The Time Machine Chapters 1-6

1/20—The Time Machine Chapters 6-12


Week 3 

1/23—Viewing: Primer

1/25—Viewing: Primer

1/27—Read: Firchow “H.G. Wells Time Machine”

Week 4 – Blog Checkpoint 1

1/30–Read: Stephen Hawking: chapters from A Brief History of Time

2/1–Slaughterhouse Five – Ch 1&2

2/3–Slaughterhouse Five – Ch 3&4

Week 5 

2/6—Slaughterhouse Five – Ch 5

2/8—Slaughterhouse Five – Ch 6&7

2/10 No Class

Week 6

2/13 — Slaughterhouse Five – Ch 8-10

2/15— Read: Vonnegut “On Science Fiction”                                                                          .           Optionally Read: “Requirements of Chaos”

2/17—View Doctor Who: “The Girl in the Fireplace”

Week 7 – Blog Checkpoint 2

2/20—Writing tips & review!

2/22— Read: Phillip K Dick

2/24— Paper Workshop

Week 8

2/27— Paper 1 Draft

2/29—Paper 1 Due/Midterm Review

3/2—Midterm Exam

Week 9 

3/5—Midterm Exam

3/7— Kindred (Prologue – The Fire)

3/9 – Kindred (The Fall)


Week 10 – Blog Checkpoint 3

3/12  Kindred (The Fight)

3/14—Kindred (The Storm)

3/16 Kindred (The Rope – Epilogue)

Week 11

Spring Break!

Week 12

3/26 Finish Kindred

3/28 View La Jetee

3/30 Read: Bradbury “The Sound of Thunder”

Week 13 – Blog Checkpoint 4

4/2 The Yiddish Policeman’s Union ch 1-8 & “The Frozen Chosen” (Paper 1 revisions due)

4/4—The Yiddish Policeman’s Union ch 9-16

4/6  The Yiddish Policeman’s Union ch 17-23


Week 14

4/9 (catch-up day)

4/11 The Yiddish Policeman’s Union 24-30

4/13  The Yiddish Policeman’s Union 31-38

Week 15 

4/16 The Yiddish Policeman’s Union 39-44

4/18 Course recap/review

4/20 Paper writing review

Week 16 – Blog Checkpoint 5

4/23—Final Paper Draft

4/25—Final Paper Due/ Finals Review

4/27—Late work accepted/ Class party!

Finals Week 

5/3 FINAL EXAM 10:30-12:30 (Supplemental Viewing post due before final)


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