VCCS Litonline Introduction to Literature
English 112 (English Composition II)
Below is a master list of the
critical thinking objectives for the various modules in the Litonline webs which support
the major competencies from the list of
competencies generated at the
2003 VCCS May Symposium on Commonwealth Courses. [The link gives
instructions for logging onto Blackboard.]
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101 [Critical Thinking]: Apply critical thinking skills to support inferences and draw logical
conclusions based on textual features. Through
verbal response, the student will seek evidence in text, format,
language use, expository structures and arguments. After working
on the modules listed below, students should be able to meet the
Poetry 1: Believe that nothing in a poem is accidental.
Poetry 2: Be willing (and with additional practice able)
to understand a poem by analyzing its imagery, sound
effects--including rhythm, rhyme, and repetition--and context in
history and the poet's life.
Understanding Fiction 3:
Determine how ideas, issues, and/or subjects developed in specific
short stories apply to your own life.
Understanding Fiction 4:
Determine similarities and differences between reading stories,
poems, and plays.
Understanding Fiction 5: Analyze
the concepts of "truth" and "imagination" in
Understanding Drama 2: Analyze
the structure of a play, using various critical approaches.
Understanding Drama 4: Identify
the theme of a play and support your interpretation with
specific evidence from the text, including a consideration of visual
and structural elements.
A Farewell to Arms: A101:
Contrast "Hills Like White Elephants" vs. "A Farewell to Arms" in
terms of the greater complexity of the novel.
A Farewell to Arms: A108: Judge whether a
character in the novel is in love, lying, or afraid.
A Farewell to Arms: A112: Discuss the impact
of mass movements on individuals.
A Farewell to Arms: A114: Apply the concepts
of character motivation (especially cynicism), allusion,
plausibility, and irony.
1: State an overall organization for the play.
2: Analyze a scene
from a movie version to show how it is well crafted
3: Summarize ideas about several
issues about the play in order to plan and write an essay
1: Determine pros and cons of Oedipus's
personality (or see his personality traits as double-edged).
2: Determine what aspects of Oedipus's fate were set
by his own actions and which were set by the gods.
3: Determine the relationship of Oedipus with Jocasta,
with the citizens of Thebes, with the gods.
4: Settle reasons why Tiresias (and the herdsman) did
not reveal Oedipus's identity decades before the time of the play's action.
5: Assess whether Creon seems ambitious or should be taken at his word.
6: Assess how much Jocasta knew and when, as well as
what blinds her to the truth for decades (if blind she was).