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Syllabus Spring 2011 ENGL152

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English II

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ENGL152SECE1 5pm-615pm Room 126

Spring 2011

Three Semester Hours

Prerequisites: ENGL151

Professor William Patrick Wend

wwend@bcc.edu

Voicemail: 609-836-0641

Twitter: @professorwend

Office Hours: By Appointment

http://engl152wwend.pbworks.com

 

Required Texts

  • Michael Meyer, The Compact Bedford Introduction To Literature, 978-0-312-67729-9

     

  • Diana Hacker, Rules For Writers, 978-0-312-66481-7

 

Learning Objectives

  • Read, analyze, and interpret a selection of literary works in the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama.

  • Develop further the analytical and writing skills learned in ENGL-151 and apply them to writing about literature.

  • Frame, and communicate in writing, an interpretation of a literary text.

  • Use basic literary terms to analyze, interpret, and evaluate literature.

  • Assess the meaning and value of the literary experience.

  • Display awareness of and sensitivity to the diverse human perspectives portrayed in literature.

  • Recognize and evaluate literary primary and secondary source materials.

  • Demonstrate, in at least one documented course essay, evolving skills in incorporating and documenting literary sources, using MLA parenthetical citation and works cited format.

  • Display reading, listening, and speaking skills at a level conductive to the study of college-level literature.

 

Expectations & Policies

Below is a brief description of how I will grade writing in this course:

A: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, plus demonstrated excellence or originality.

B+: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, showing higher level understanding.

B: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts.

C+: Above average knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

C: Acceptable knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

D: Minimal knowledge of related concepts.

F: Unsatisfactory progress. This grade may also be assigned in cases of academic misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism, and/or excessive absences.

 

Attendance

Attendance is important. I am allowing three, no questions asked, absences. Your grades will be determined by your writing, but attendance and class participation are crucial. If you do not attend class or participate actively, you are unlikely to comprehend the course material well enough to write a skillful term paper.

 

Points will be taken off your final grade for having more absences than three. After three absences, your continued presence in this course will be at my discretion. I reserve the right to fail a student based on excessive absenteeism. In my experience, students who do not attend class rarely achieve their academic goals.

 

I will not tolerate frequent lateness. Students will not be allowed into the classroom once 10 minutes have elapsed. Quizzes will be open for completion during the first 10 minutes of class only.

 

Leaving early, without prior permission, is considered disrespectful and will not be tolerated.

 

Expectations & Policies

Below is a brief description of how I will grade writing in this course:

A: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, plus demonstrated excellence or originality.

B+: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts, showing higher level understanding.

B: Mastery of essential elements and related concepts.

C+: Above average knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

C: Acceptable knowledge of essential elements and related concepts.

D: Minimal knowledge of related concepts.

F: Unsatisfactory progress. This grade may also be assigned in cases of academic misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism, and/or excessive absences.

 

Attendance

Attendance is important. I am allowing three, no questions asked, absences. Your grades will be determined by your writing, but attendance and class participation are crucial. If you do not attend class or participate actively, you are unlikely to comprehend the course material well enough to write a skillful term paper.

 

Points will be taken off your final grade for having more absences than three. After three absences, your continued presence in this course will be at my discretion. I reserve the right to fail a student based on excessive absenteeism. In my experience, students who do not attend class rarely achieve their academic goals.

 

I will not tolerate frequent lateness. Students will not be allowed into the classroom once 10 minutes have elapsed. Quizzes will be open for completion during the first 10 minutes of class only.

 

Leaving early, without prior permission, is considered disrespectful and will not be tolerated. If this is a morning class and the student has difficulties staying awake or showing up on time, I would strongly suggest finding another section of 152 to take.

 

Smart Phones, Texting, Laptops, Hats, & Other Issues of Etiquette

Please turn your cell phone off BEFORE entering the classroom. If your cell phone goes off more than once while class is in a session, you will be asked to leave. I will not tolerate texting or other distractions to the learning experience. Likewise, if you are observed texting twice during a class, you will be asked to leave. Laptops are fine as long as they aren’t a distraction. Students who use education apps on their smart phones (please tell me about them!) are fine too. Please remove all earbuds before entering class.

 

In my classes, I have an expectation students will have access to email and computers in general. All of your work will be submitted to me digitally. Given there are public and school libraries, the ILC, coffee shops, etc, students need to budget their time better; I do not see any excuse for having “no access” to email outside of the classroom.

 

Students are expected to check whatever email they correspond with me from on a regular basis. I do not accept the excuse, “I didn't check my email for two weeks” as a valid problem. Digital correspondence should be written using proper grammar and form. I will not reply to emails filled with texting speak (2, u, 4, lol, j/k) or poor grammar and/or misspellings.

 

I will not be carrying handouts around all semester. If you miss class or lose a handout, please check the course wiki within 48 hours of the class to view, download, or print a PDF of the handout in question.

 

Finally, two matters of general respect: I do not tolerate homophobic, misogynistic, ableist, or racist language in the classroom. Also, please remove all hats before entering the classroom.

 

Writing

I expect your work to be error free. You are expected to proofread for spelling, mechanics, and grammar. I will mark down for these errors; please revise and proofread often. All papers are to be typed, titled, double spaced, and given page numbers with your last name. All papers will be submitted digitally to my email by 11:59pm on the due date. I will not be accepting print copies of your papers.

 

If you use Microsoft Works, I would like you to convert your files (.wps) to something more accessible like .doc or .odt before submitting. Also, students writing in the .pages format will need to do the same. Please see me if you need help.

 

Do not consider your paper submitted until, if and only if, you receive a confirmation reply (usually within 24 hours, but don't panic if it is closer to 48-72). If you do not receive one within 48-72 hours, it is the student’s responsibility to get in touch with me about their work. I am not responsible for making sure you hand in your assignments; it is yours. Please make sure you are backing up your work to an external hard drive, flash drive, cloud based source or other backup method. I will not accept excuses involving crashed computers or broken files.

 

Finally, please follow the “24 hour rule” for paper returns. I do not discuss returned student papers until 24 hours have elapsed since I returned them. There will be no discussion in person or via email about them until that time window.

 

Term Paper

Your term paper must conform to the sample research paper that begins on page 467 of Rules For Writers. The term paper will have an introductory paragraph with a thesis, body of essay, and conclusion. This paper should be at least 1,500 words NOT including the works cited. Your paper will be written according to current MLA documentation standards. A rough draft will be handed in as part of your assignment grade plus my comments a few weeks before the paper is due as well as an annotated bibliography. The final draft of the term paper will be due the final week of classes.

 

All research must be dated after 2000, unless previously approved, and gathered using research at the college library or via the internet. A minimum of three sources is required for a passing grade. This semester, your final papers will be written about, or a topic which your reading peaked your curiosity, during our discussions of the writing of Jorge Luis Borges.

 

Rough Drafts

I allow students to submit rough drafts of their writing. Rough drafts will be due by the Tuesday before the paper is due, which gives me time to properly annotate and return them to you. While I can offer guidance and suggestions to improve your writing, the primary responsibility is on the student to allow enough time for revision. I strongly believe in personal ownership and responsibility over your collegiate success.

 

Paper Revision Policy

I strongly believe one of the most important lessons I learned about writing was that quality work almost always entails rewriting. In this class I will accept a rewrite of your papers until the Friday after grades are sent back to the entire class. This means if you are not satisfied with your grade, you may resubmit that paper for a predetermined period of time. This time period will be added to the online version of the syllabus and announced during class. Normally, this will be anywhere from three to five days. After that time period, you may not resubmit.

Obviously, just resubmitting the paper will not count as a rewrite. If you incorporate the feedback I give you on your papers when I send them back, the odds are pretty high you will improve your grade. Only making cosmetic changes will not improve it.

 

Academic Honesty

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, cribbing, fabrication,

misrepresentation, unauthorized collaboration, and/or cheating on any academic assignment

submitted for a course. Any student aiding another student in any form of academic dishonesty

is considered equally guilty and subject to the same penalties.

 

For a reported and determined incident of academic dishonesty, the maximum academic penalty that a faculty member may assign is a course grade of "F" and, in the case of the final course grade of "F", the student shall be administratively withdrawn from the course. This report shall be in the student's disciplinary record.

 

The Vice President of Student Affairs may take further disciplinary action(s) against the student, with a maximum disciplinary penalty of expulsion from the College. This sanction shall be in the student's disciplinary record, according to Policy #5247, Conduct - Student Discipline.

 

Email

Email is an excellent way to contact me. I prefer if you email me from our Cruiser emails. Please provide a clear subject line and include your name and class section in the text of the email. I will respond to your email within 48 hours. I do not answer emails with poor grammar or texting speak.

 

Upon receiving a paper, I will reply to confirm it. Grading a set of papers normally takes a week. I will announce in class when the final batch has been returned. If you have not gotten your paper back by then, I did not receive it. It is the student’s job to follow up with me if they do not receive their work by then. I will not accept late papers or excuses which amount to student's disinterest in keeping up with their email. I suggest checking with me if you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of submitting your paper.

 

Make Up Work

Work should be handed in on the date it is due. I will accept late work with one full grade taken off the top for each class it is late. If an emergency has come up, I expect an email before the class you will be missing letting me know. Your work will be due at our next meeting, but it would be great if you could email it to me in the meantime as well. Any quizzes missed will be made up during our next class period.

 

Evaluation

Course Contribution 10%

Journals 10%

Citation Practice 5%

Class Leadership Days 10%

Annotated Bibliography 5%

 

Quizzes 10%

Two papers 10% each (20% total)

Poetry Exam 10%

Final Paper 20%

=100%

There is no extra credit or final exam.

A 100-92

B+ 91-88

B 87-80

C+ 79-75

C 74-70

D 69-65

F 64-0

 

Notification For Students With Disabilities

If there is any student in this class who has special needs because of learning disabilities or other kinds of disabilities, please feel free to discuss your needs with your instructor and/or a staff member in the Center For Academic Excellence.

 

Disclaimer

The instructor may make reasonable changes to this course syllabus by announcement in class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week One

Tuesday January 25th

  • Course introduction

  • Pass out citation practice assignment

 

For Next Time:

 

 

Remember: If you have not yet purchased the texts for this class, please acquire them as soon as possible.

 

Thursday January 27th

  • Pass out first paper handout

  • Class leadership sign up sheet (pick two)

  • Pass out journal questions

 

For Next Time: Read Updike's A&P (560)

 

Remember:

Week Two

Tuesday February 1st

  • View gender wiki

  • Discussion of Updike's A&P

  • Pass out Chopin story

 

For Next Time: Read Chopin's The Storm (Handout)

Remember: Your citation practice assignment is due to my email by 11:59pm tonight.

 

Thursday February 3rd

  • Gender quiz

  • Read Chopin's The Storm

 

For Next Time: Read Chopin's Story of an Hour (15)

Remember:

 

Week Three

Tuesday February 8th

  • View irony wiki

  • Discussion of Chopin's Story of an Hour

  • Pass out Plath's The Mirror

 

For Next Time: Read Plath's The Mirror (Handout)

Remember:

 

 

Thursday February 10th

  • Irony quiz

  • Discussion of Plath's The Mirror

 

For Next Time: Read Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown (325)

Remember:

 

Week Four

Tuesday February 15th

  • View symbolism wiki

  • Discussion of Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

 

For Next Time: Read Hawthorne's The Birthmark (343)

Remember:

 

Thursday February 17th

  • Symbolism quiz

  • Discussion of Hawthorne's The Birthmark

  • Pass out next week's stories

 

For Next Time: Reading Atwood's Happy Endings (Handout)

Remember:

 

Week Five

Tuesday February 22nd

  • View plot wiki

  • Discussion of Atwood's Happy Endings

 

For Next Time: Read Coover's The Phantom of the Movie Palace (Handout)

Remember:

 

Thursday February 24th

  • Plot quiz

  • Discussion of Coover's The Phantom of the Movie Palace

 

For Next Time: Be ready to view Othello.

 

Remember: Excessive absenteeism warnings will be sent out this weekend...

 

Week Six

Tuesday March 1st

  • View tragedy wiki

  • Part one of Othello

  • Pass out second paper handout

 

For Next Time: Finish viewing Othello

 

 

 

Remember: If you are submitting a rough draft, it is due to my email by tonight. Tonight is your final opportunity to submit citation practice revisions.

 

Thursday March 3rd

  • Part two of Othello

 

For Next Time: Read Shakespeare's Othello (1164)

Remember: Your first paper is due to my email by 11:59pm on Monday March 7th

 

Week Seven

Tuesday March 8th

  • Begin discussing Othello

 

For Next Time: If you haven't finished reading the play, get it done.

Remember:

 

Thursday March 10th

  • Complete discussion of Othello

 

For Next Time: Start reading Ibsen's A Doll House (1308)

Remember:

 

Week Eight

Spring break...here are some things to keep in mind...

  • Make sure you complete your reading of A Doll House

  • In danger of failure notices will be sent out during break...

 

Week Nine

Tuesday March 22nd

  • View A Doll House

 

For Next Time: Have act one of A Doll House read

Remember:

 

Thursday March 24th

  • Tragedy quiz

  • Discuss act one of A Doll House

 

For Next Time: Have act two of A Doll House read

Remember:

 

Week Ten

Tuesday March 29th

  • Discuss act two of A Doll House

 

For Next Time: Have the rest of A Doll House read

Remember:

 

Thursday March 31st

  • Discuss act three of A Doll House

 

For Next Time: Read Arnold's Dover Beach (664)

Remember:

 

Week Eleven

Tuesday April 5th

  • View poetry wiki

  • Discussion of Arnold's Dover Beach

  • Pass out Borges' Legend

 

For Next Time: Read Borges' A Legend (Handout)

 

Remember: If you are submitting a rough draft for the second paper, it is due to my email by tonight.

 

Thursday April 7th

  • Discussion of Borges' A Legend

 

For Next Time: Read Williams' The Red Wheelbarrow (808)

Remember: Your second paper is due to my email by 11:59pm on Monday April 11th

 

Week Twelve

Tuesday April 12th

  • Poetry quiz

  • Discussion of Williams' The Red Wheelbarrow

 

For Next Time: Read Dickinson's The Soul Selects Her Own Society (848)

Remember:

 

Thursday April 14th

  • Discussion of Dickinson's The Soul Selects Her Own Society

 

For Next Time: Read Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 (779)

Remember:

 

Week Thirteen

Tuesday April 19th

  • Discussion of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

 

For Next Time: Catch up day/Snow Day

 

Remember:

 

Thursday April 21st

  • Catch up day

  • Pass out Borges' stories for final papers

  • Pass out final paper + annotated bibliography handouts

 

For Next Time: Read Borges' The Garden of Forking Paths (Handout)

 

Remember: Excessive absenteeism warnings will be sent out this weekend.

 

Week Fourteen

Tuesday April 26th

  • View Borges wiki

  • Discussion of The Garden of Forking Paths

 

For Next Time: Read Borges' The Library of Babel (Handout)

Remember:

 

Thursday April 28th

  • Discussion of Borges' Library of Babel

 

For Next Time: Read Borges' The Secret Miracle (Handout)

Remember:

 

Week Fifteen

Tuesday May 3rd

  • Discussion of Borges' The Secret Miracle

 

For Next Time: Read Borges' Unworthy (Handout)

Remember:

 

Thursday May 5th

  • Discussion of Borges' Unworthy

 

For Next Time: Poetry exam

 

 

 

 

Remember: Your journals and final paper rough draft are due to my email by the end of today. Your final paper and annotated bibliography are due by 11:59pm on Monday May 9th

 

Week Sixteen

Tuesday May 10th

  • Poetry exam

 

 

 

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