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University English II / MUW EN 201 Course Syllabus First Semester ...

University English II / MUW EN 201Course SyllabusFirst Semester: Fall, 2010Instructor: Emma Richardson (erichard@msms.k12.ms.us)Classroom: Hooper 107Office: Hooper 108APhone: 662/329-7360, ext. 8507 (office)662/328-7464 (home)Office Hours: MWF 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. TTh 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.Tutorial: Tuesday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.Textbooks: The Norton Anthology of English Literature (7th ed.), vols. I and IIThree Tragedies (Folger ed.) The Pizazz FactorA Pocket Style Manual (5 th ed.)Length of Course: One year (for University English II); one semester (for MUW EN 201)Objectives:For composition:The course offers practice 1) in the phases of writing (planning, drafting, and revising); 2) inachieving clear, organized, and logical prose; 3) in writing standard formats fordescriptive/narrative essays (including the college-application essay), and expository essaysof literary analysis (including a research paper on a literary topic); and 4) in criticalthinking for responding to issues presented in print and non-print texts, as well as thosepresented by living in an increasingly complex world.For literature study:The yearlong course is both a thematic and chronological survey of British literature fromits beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon period to the contemporary age. In this seminar class,emphasis is given to the historical and social contexts which produced the literature and onthe resulting intertext of literature and society.Attendance:Grades:According to the attendance policy of the Department of Languages, Literature, andPhilosophy of Mississippi University for Women, students must attend a minimum of 75% ofthe class meetings in order to receive credit for the course. There are no excused absencesfor purposes of the MUW attendance requirement. Students who do not attend class for thefull period will be counted absent. For purposes of MSMS credit, the policy on―Attendance‖ on page 30 of the 2010-2011 Student Handbook should be reviewed.Quarter grades are determined by the following percentages:50% ―Daily work‖ (pop quizzes, announced quizzes, homework assignments,informal essays, in-class daily assignments, class presentations, ―creativeresponses,‖ blogging assignments, and so on)The ―daily work‖ has points that the student accrues during the quarter.At the end of the quarter, the total number of points earned by the studentis divided by the total possible points. This percentage counts as 50% of thequarter grade. For example, if 150 points can be accrued during thequarter, a student who earns 140 points will receive a 93 for 50% of herquarter grade. Extra credit points are occasionally offered during thesemester.50% Major Tests and Major Essays (minimum of two major assessments perquarter)1


Semester grades are determined by the following percentages:40% First Quarter grade40% Second Quarter grade20% Semester ExamN.B. The semester exam is comprehensive and is required for all students. The literaryresearch paper is a requirement for first semester credit for all students in thecourse.Reading:Make-up Work:In order to participate fully in each class session, students must have read all assigned materialprior to class. Readings for each day are included in this syllabus. In addition to the assignedliterature, students also should read the introductions to each author. It is expected that studentswill participate in class discussion.Students should follow the requirements for make-up work as prescribed on page48 of the 2010-2011 MSMS Student Handbook.Academic Honesty:Students are expected to be academically honest. That means the work you do should beyour own work. By all means study together, discuss reading assignments together, andeven discuss “strategies” for approaching written assignments together if you need to.But when it comes time to committing something to paper, do not consult anotherstudent’s work. Do not allow another student to read any of your written assignmentsbefore you hand them in. If another student’s paper reflects your own work, your ownwork will be called into question. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.True confession: I have a near-photographic memory for “words on the page.”I’ll explain this in class.Read the section on “Academic Honesty” on page 27 in the MSMS 2010-2011 StudentHandbook. Also, read Section 29, “Avoiding Plagiarism,” in A Pocket Style Manualfound on pages 107-110 of that text. Additionally, please see MUW’s policy onacademic dishonesty, which is published in the current Bulletin and the StudentHandbook (both of which are available on the university’s website at www.muw.edu).If you have any questions regarding plagiarism or ―academic honesty,‖ you need toask them by the end of the first week of class. Consequences for academic dishonestyat MSMS are prescribed on page 121 in the Discipline Section of the MSMS 2010-2011Student Handbook.My high school English teacher used to say that using as many as three words in thesame order from another person’s work without sufficient attribution and documentationconstitutes plagiarism. That is a good thing to keep in mind. Additionally, you mustprovide a reference for any idea you borrow from a source. If you consult any reference“help” in order to write papers (from The Internet or other sources), you need toacknowledge that reference as you would in a research paper. This includes—amongothers—Cliff’s Notes, Spark Notes, and Wikipedia (N.B. these sources are not consideredvalid references by many academic institutions). (Consult A Pocket Style Manual forappropriate MLA documentation style.)A word to the wise: The technology that makes it easy for dishonest students to findpapers/information in cyberspace that they pass off as their own work also makes it easyfor someone grading papers to locate the sources.ADA:It is the responsibility of students who have professionally diagnosed disabilities to notify theinstructor so that necessary and appropriate modifications can be made to meet any speciallearning needs.(Syllabus distributed to students on 6 August 2010.)2


Assignments: Below is a list of major assignments to be prepared for class dates indicated; thereading assignments are found in The Norton Anthology of English Literature(vol. I; 7 th edition), in Three Tragedies, in The Pizazz Factor, in A Pocket StyleManual, or in handouts (given out in advance of the date they are to be read).Please note that during class the instructor may alter, add, or delete assignmentsor test dates listed below; therefore, be sure to contact a reliable classmate or theinstructor if you miss class.AugustPage numbers for The Norton Anthology appear in parentheses after titles; unlessotherwise indicated, the entire selection should be read, as should thebiographical introductions to authors.Fri 6 Course introduction: Syllabus and course assignments, course overview,attendance, tutorials, evaluations/grades, due dates for assignments, pop quizzes(a.k.a. “little opportunities”) reading notes, reading responses (on paper andblogging), academic honesty, essays, textbook issuance, letters ofrecommendation, the research paper, “how to succeed in this class”The Research Paper (due November 12 th ): The primary source for the researchpaper must be chosen from either of the two possibilities listed below:1. A book by an author who has received The Man Booker Prize (originallycalled “The Booker Prize”) since 1969. Consult the website below for alist of authors and information about the prize:http://www.themanbookerprize.com/prize/archive2. A work representative of “humor in British literature.” Consult thehandout posted on the instructor’s webpage for a list of authors:http://www2.msms.k12.ms.us/~erichard/Mon 9 The Pizazz Factor (1-23)N.B.: Bring with you to class today any college applications that have assignedessay topics. (If you don’t have any authentic topics, you’ll be provided them inclass.)Wed 11 The Pizazz Factor (24- 31)Continue discussion of college-application essaysFri 13 Complete discussion of the college-application essaysDue Today: Opening paragraph of college-application essay (The “finishedproduct” will be 500-600 words and is due on Wednesday, Sept. 8 th .) Be preparedto read the paragraph aloud in class.Please note that this assignment—as well as all other assignments for thecourse—must be typed and have the MLA heading and a title.(Ask today about the Blog Response due on Monday.)3


Mon 16 NA (I): “The Persistence of English” (xlvii-lxi)Due Today: Blog Response to ―The Persistence of English‖ (3 ―greattreats‖)Introduction to the history/development of EnglishWed 18 Handout: “The History of English”Fri 20 NA (I): “The Middle Ages to ca. 1485” (1-6)Presentation: “The History of English”Mon 23 Presentation: “The History of English”Wed 25 Major Test (on history of English)Fri 27 Anglo-Saxon Lyric PoetryIntroduction to technical features of Anglo-Saxon poetryNA (I): “The Wanderer” (99-102) [prose translation]Handout: “The Wanderer” [poetic translation]Mon 30 NA (I): “Caedmon’s Hymn” (23-26)NA (I): “The Dream of the Rood” (26-28)N.B. Ask today about the major essay due on Fri., Sept. 17 th .Review of effective expositionSeptemberWed 1 NA (I): Beowulf (29-60)Have you chosen your primary text for the research paper?Fri 3 NA (I): Beowulf (60-79)Major Quiz on technical features of Anglo-Saxon poetryMon 6 Holiday!Wed 8 Due Today: College-Application Essay (500-600 words); counts as a majortest grade. Be prepared to read essays aloud in class. (If you are a NationalMerit or National Achievement semi-finalist, you may respond to theNational Merit or National Achievement topic.)Continue discussion of BeowulfFri 10 NA (I): Beowulf (79-102)Due Today: Blog response to Beowulf (3 ―great treats‖)Mon 13 Complete discussion of BeowulfDue Today: Thesis statement for Beowulf/lyric poems essay4


SeptemberWed 15 In-class writing workshopFri 17 Due Today: 750-word (minimum) essay using Beowulf and at least twoAnglo-Saxon poems (counts as a major test grade); be prepared to read theessay aloud in class.Sat 18 Math and Science DayMon 20 NA (I): “Anglo-Norman England” (7-14)“Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales”(210-215)Wed 22 Geoffrey ChaucerNA (I) and Handout: “The General Prologue” (215-235)Fri 24 Due Today: The Research Paper's Primary Text and four (4) secondary sources(e.g. books, photocopied articles from books, articles from journals [either onlineor print journals])You must bring the “physical copy” (I’ll discuss the protocol for “e-books”) ofthe primary text to class today, as well as physical copies of four secondarysources. In addition, you must have a bibliography of those five sources (oneprimary, four secondary) using MLA style requirements; use the words“Preliminary Bibliography” as the title of this page. You may be asked at thebeginning of class to respond in writing to a few questions about that text andthose sources.(Also: Ask me about the assignment due on Friday, October 8 th .)The following sources are not allowed: 1) dissertation abstracts (from DAI), 2)Wikipedia, Spark Notes, Cliff’s Notes, Pink Monkey [etc.], or 3) excerpts ofarticles from Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC); you may use the CLC as anindex and then obtain the unabridged article.If you use sources accessed from the Internet, they must be from scholarly, "peerreview" journals, not just from someone's homepage or a “popular magazine”;furthermore, any article accessed from the Internet must be downloaded andturned in to me when you turn in your paper. If you use sources (books orarticles) that you obtain from a library other than Fant (e.g. another universitylibrary, your town's public library, your family's library, etc.), you must turn thesesources in to me when you submit your research paper on November 12 th .You may add bibliographic sources between today and November 12 th ; however,at least two of the sources brought today must be used in your final paper. I’llexplain this further in class.5


SeptemberMon 27 Continue discussion of “The General Prologue”(Looking ahead: Please note that the entire of Macbeth must be read byWednesday, Oct. 13 th .)Wed 29 NA (I) and Handout: “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale”(253-272)OctoberFri 1 Continue “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale”Due Today: Blog Response to ―The Wife of Bath’s Tale‖ (3 ―great treats‖)Mon 4 Complete “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale”NA (I) and Handout: “The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale” (282-296)Wed 6 Major Test on The Canterbury TalesFri 8 Due Today: A proposal (of about a page in length) describing the topic youwant to pursue for your research paper that comes from your reading ofyour primary text and your ―perusal‖ of preliminary secondary sources.The proposal should reflect your reading knowledge of the primary source aswell as your knowledge of critical responses to it. (I’ll explain this orally.)Mon 11 Holiday!(Ask today about the Thesis/Outline page for the Research Paper that is due onFriday, October 22 nd .)Second Quarter BeginsWed. 13William ShakespeareMacbeth (entire play must be read by today)Presentation: The Elizabethan Age and Shakespearean tragedyThe origin and history of dramaThe tragic heroThe “dynamics of tragedy”Fri 15 Continue discussion of Macbeth(Looking ahead: Please note that the entire of Hamlet must be read byWednesday, Oct. 27 th .)Mon 18 Major Reading-Check Quiz on MacbethComplete discussion of Macbeth6


OctoberWed 20 William ShakespeareNA (I): Sonnet 18 (1031) Sonnet 73 (1035)Sonnet 29 (1032) Sonnet 116 (1038)Sonnet 30 (1032)Fri 22 Due Today: Thesis/Outline Page (Follow student models of thesis/outlinepages found on instructor’s webpage.)Complete discussion of the sonnets.(Please note that the first page of the research paper is due on Monday,November 1 st .)Mon 25 Major Test on Macbeth and the sonnetsWed 27 William ShakespeareHamlet (entire play must be read by today)Fri 29 Continue discussion of HamletNovemberMon 1 Due Today: First page (and a bit) of research paperContinue discussion of HamletWed 3 Continue discussion of HamletFri 5 Complete discussion of HamletDue Today: Creative Response to Hamlet (must be on 8 ½ x 11 paper)Mon 8 Hamlet (video text)Wed 10 Hamlet (video text)Fri 12 Due Today: The completed Research Paper (counts as two MajorTest grades); it must be written using MLA style and contain thefollowing: *Revised and/or corrected Thesis/Outline page*Minimum of 10 pages of text (not countingThesis/Outline page or Works Cited page)*Citations (with notations) from at least 4secondary sources plus the primary source*Works Cited pageN.B. If for any reason you know in advance that you will not be in classtoday, you must submit your research paper before leaving school;otherwise, it will be penalized.7


NovemberMon 15 Introduction to John Donne and metaphysical poetryJohn DonneNA (I): “The Flea” (1236)“The Sun Rising” (1239)“A Valediction Forbidding Mourning” (1248)“Meditation 17” (1277)Wed 17 John DonneNA (I): “Holy Sonnet 10” (1270)“Holy Sonnet 14 (1271)Due Today: Blog Response to Donne’s poetry (3 ―great treats‖)Fri 19 John MiltonNA (I): “How Soon Hath Time” (1812)“When I Consider How My Light Is Spent” (1814)“Methought I Saw My Late Espousèd Saint” (1815)Mon 22 Holiday!Wed 24 Holiday!Fri 26 Holiday!Mon 29 John MiltonHandout: from “Areopagitica”DecemberWed 1 John MiltonNA (I): from Paradise Lost: Book 1 (1815-1836)Fri 3 Continue Paradise Lost: Book IMon 6 John MiltonNA (I): from Paradise Lost: Book 3 (1858-1874)&Book 4 (1874-1895)Wed 8 John MiltonVideo: from Paradise Lost: Book 5NA (I): from Paradise Lost: Book 12 (2030-2044)Fri 10 Tutorial DaySemester Exams13-17 December8


DUE DATES FOR ASSIGNMENTS&POP QUIZZESWritten assignments are due at the beginning of the scheduled class period the day they are due.With the exception of blog responses, assignments will be accepted late one class date afterthe due date for a 15% penalty. (Blog assignments must be turned in on time for credit.)Assignments offered later than one class day late will be accepted at the discretion of theinstructor for no more than half-credit.Students should write ―-15%‖ at the top of the assignment when offering it one-day late tothe instructor.Students who do not turn in work with the rest of the class will not receive reminders to turn it inlater; the burden is on the student to offer late work to the teacher. Students returning to classafter absences should check the Student Handbook for the policy regarding make-up work.Please be aware that absence from class does not excuse you from fully participating in class theday of your return. For example, if a quiz (whether a pop quiz or an announced quiz) is giventhe day of your return, you are required to take it, even if you were not in class to hear anassignment or to take notes. Always check with a reliable classmate regarding what went on inclass the day you were absent. Choose a classmate on the first day of the course to pick upany handouts to take to you if you have to be absent. You may call me at my home (328-7464) for clarification of assignments, if necessary.Pop quizzes will be given often on reading assignments; questions will come from facts in theworks, from the biographical introductions to the authors, from vocabulary from the readings,and from information presented in class (and which should be in the student’s notes!). Alwaysconsult the syllabus for daily readings. Regardless of what we cover in class discussions orpresentations, always read the syllabus assignment for the class dates indicated. If a readingassignment was not discussed during class, review it for the next class period; you may have apop quiz!Pop quizzes usually consist of four to ten questions; “announced” quizzes are generally longer.Questions for oral pop quizzes asked at the beginning of class will not be repeated if a studentarrives tardy to class.9


ESSAYSType (double-spaced) all ESSAYS (as well as other homework assignments) and use the MLAheading for your name and other pertinent information. The font size should be “12 pt.” and thefont Times New Roman. The course title used in headings is as follows:University English IISample paper heading:(top, left margin; double-spaced)Sally JohnsonMrs. E. RichardsonUniversity English II10 September 2010Have a title for both informal and formal essays that reflects the topic and purpose of your paper.The name of the work the essay is about should never simply be the title of your paper, but bythe same token, the title of that work should be contained in your title. An appropriate title for atypical essay might be:Satiric Conventions in “A Modest Proposal”orHuck as Naïve Narrator in Adventures of Huckleberry FinnFor formal, expository ESSAYS do the following:1. React to the prescribed question or topic in a 5-paragraph, formal essay of two to fourpages (length is usually prescribed in the assignment on the syllabus).2. Introduce the thesis in three or four sentences. The very first sentence of theintroductory paragraph should contain the title of the literary work (and author) that isbeing discussed.3. Place an elaborated thesis (i.e., a simple thesis with a three-point enunciation) as the lastsentence of the introductory paragraph. Offer proof of each of the three points inthree body paragraphs that are connected to each other through the use of smoothtransitions. (The “proof” will be in the form of explanations, examples, facts, andespecially, many quoted textual references). Begin each body paragraph with a topicsentence that uses the wording of the respective enunciated point. Be sure to “echo” theappropriate enunciated point during its body paragraph (otherwise, the discussion losesfocus). Finally, in the last paragraph, offer a brief conclusion that summarizes the majorpoints of the “argument” and re-states the thesis.4. ESSAYS are due at the beginning of class.5. The ESSAY will be graded for the fullness of the discussion, for the sustaining of anidea. ESSAYS that are vivid, mature, incisive, focused, responsibly addressed, and withmany textual references will receive highest marks.6. Consult the attached rubric as a guideline for grading.10


RUBRIC FOR ASSESSMENT OF ESSAYS OF LITERARY ANALYSIS AND THERESEARCH PAPERAA clearly delineated idea is presented by a thesis elaborated into a three-pointenunciation; the discussion is full, and ideas are sustained for a thorough presentation ofthe thesis; the response exhibits a maturity of mind and expression by being incisive,focused, responsibly addressed, and containing many appropriate, persuasive textualreferences (especially many quotations); the response will often contain a unique, originalinsight from the student’s interaction with the text. For the research paper, at least 4-5secondary sources are used effectively to support the thesis.BAn idea is presented in a thesis elaborated into a three-point enunciation; an attempt ismade to offer a sustained discussion; the paper meets the minimum length requirements;the response is focused and responsibly addressed and contains a few appropriate textualreferences (especially quotations); the response shows that the student has read the textand can utilize it to prove a thesis. For the research paper, at least 4-5 secondary sourcesare used effectively to support the thesis.CAn idea is stated weakly in a thesis which may or may not be elaborated or enunciated;some discussion which supports the thesis is present, but the discussion is superficial; thepaper might be less than the minimum required length; the response is unfocused withfew or no textual references (especially quotations); the response does not show that thestudent has done a close reading of the text. For the research paper, some secondarysource references are used to support the thesis, but they are too few and/or tooineffective.NCSome attempt has been made to respond to the prompt, but discussion is superficial andbrief; the response is unfocused; the writing exhibits little or not attempt at organizationwith a delineated thesis; the response contains no significant evidence of the student’sfamiliarity with the text. Few valid or effective secondary references are used to supportthe thesis.If otherwise effective content is undermined by mechanics/usage errors, at least one rubricdesignation will be lost. For the research paper there must be adherence to requirementsof MLA style; if MLA style is inaccurate, at least one rubric designation will be lost.11


HOW TO SUCCEED IN THIS CLASS (!)1. Be in class as early as possible every day.2. Have all homework assignments ready to be turned in (already stapled) at the beginning of class.3. Bring your textbook and/or handouts to class every day.4. Have texts open to syllabus assignment and notebooks open ready to take notes when classbegins.5. Take copious notes. If the instructor “says it,” it’s important. Additionally, note taking isexcellent writing practice. You are required to take notes during class presentations and/ordiscussions by hand, not by using a laptop computer.6. Listen attentively. Get notes down the first time; don’t interrupt a lecture to have words repeatedor spelled. Ask after class.7. Be prepared for daily quizzes on reading assignments as prescribed in the syllabus. “Psyche out”the instructor by anticipating the reading-check questions that are likely to be asked. Beprepared!8. Proofread all written assignments.9. Turn in assignments on time.10. If you have a problem with a grade, discuss it with the instructor outside class. Keep your gradesconfidential; don’t ask to see anyone else’s.11. Get started on the research paper in August by selecting a text and reading it.12. Make use of tutorial times; one-on-one help is invaluable. Don’t wait too long to ask forassistance.13. Avoid ever saying after an absence: “Did I miss anything? Did we do anything important while Iwas out?”14. Come by tutorials to talk with me about your interests and goals. This will help me get to knowyou individually, and that’s important when it’s time for me to write letters of recommendation.15. If I’m getting to know you for the first time during fall semester of your senior year, I need to“see you through” the research paper—and preferably the semester exam—in order to write a fullletter of recommendation with lots of “anecdotal evidence.” On the other hand, if you were inone of my courses as a junior, or if you were my work service student as a junior and were“faithful in small things,” I can write a letter for you that’s due to a college before December 15 th .Request letters of recommendation via email; I will email you in return. Since I require thetriplicate “MSMS Letter of Recommendation Request Form,” bring the form to me before 4:00p.m. the next day after my email response; have it already filled out (always fill in the addresslines, even if another form is given to me with that info. on it). I will sign the form and keep thepink copy (make sure your writing goes through to the pink copy!). Often there is a “checklistform” for the referee to fill out; if you are to supply your name and social security number (andother info.) on the form, make sure you do so before giving it to me.I choose the “paper option” for letters of recommendation; be sure to indicate that on theCommon Application. Always get permission from a referee before putting that person’s nameon a form. Feel free to ask for letters for additional colleges after I’ve written the initial letter.16. Use the “language of the classroom.” (I’ll explain this.)17. Make sure your cell phone is OFF during class.18. Be prepared to sit through tests/exams without leaving the classroom in order not to have to reschedulethe test/exam. After finishing a test/exam, all students must remain in class until the endof the period.19. Be a “class reinforcer.” Be positive; maintain eye contact with the instructor; look interested,even if you’re not. Stay awake!12

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