Ginger Jones, Ph.D.
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Community College / Lower Division, Adult Education
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    Approaching Prose Fiction Review Rubric


    This is a review by Ginger Jones, of LSU Alexandria of Approaching Prose Fiction 

    This rubric was developed by BCcampus. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


    This is an easily accessible course that highlights the "main components of prose fiction" and offers the "opportunity to develop and practice critical skills" required for reading novels. The course would, I think, align to any general education course introducing students to fiction or novels.  Students will appreciate the various formats for downloading the course (Word, Kindle, a PDF file, and Epub 2) and the exceedingly clear and thorough analyses/discussions.  The examples  of the essential elements of fiction are intelligent and diverse.  The course is well designed and easy to navigate with generous hyperlinks. Students can understand what they are able to accomplish, and how. There is a generous glossary, and a list of references that includes the titles of the novels used as examples, some of which could be hyperlinked.  For courses that require writing assignments, instructors would have to supplement the material here, or perhaps assign one of the novels introduced in the course, otherwise this is wonderfully comprehensive course.       

    Content Accuracy

    All definitions are accurate--the instructions are helpful and free of errors. Unsophisticated students could be distracted by British spelling of certain words.  

    Relevance Longevity

    The course was originally designed in 2012 and was updated in 2018.  The instrutor seems to be interested in making sure of the course's relevance.  


    The text here is informal and supportive--definitions are explicit and unmistakable.  



    The course author avoids jargon and presents concepts easily and appropriately for general education students.  There could be mnore detail, but what is there is enough.  


    The course has clear-cut categories, helpful to students new to the idea of deconstructing a work of fiction; the modules can be easily reorganized to fit another course.  

    Organization Structure Flow

    Topics are sturctured in a sensibly and logically, beginning with genre and ending with language.  


    The course has no interface issues.

    Grammatical Errors

    There were no grammatical errors.

    Cultural Relevance

    This examples are almost exclusively White, and British.  There are female voices, and Salman Rushdie (who is a British citizen), but I would have enjoyed other voices too.