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Syllabus

Introduction to Literature

Online

Fall 2017

                                          

Instructor

Emelia Kurilla

Phone

570-241-5377

Office:     Online

 

E-mail

kurillae@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours: Online

 

 

 

 

Text

Madden, Frank, Exploring Literature, 5th Ed. ISBN: 9780205184798

 

Description: Introduction to Literature English 110 introduces students to poetry, prose and drama while acquainting them with critical frameworks for interpreting literature. The course will employ a holistic approach to writing as a process, requiring students to compose original, critical essays that discuss primary literary works. While requiring classes to employ sound research skills, the course will allow individual students to develop critical approaches related to their academic and personal experiences (3 Credits). Prerequisite: ENG 105.

 

Objectives

  1. To compose a 6-page MLA documented research essay performing critical analysis of a text and utilizing a minimum of 8 academic sources.
  2. To explain our own roles in interpreting a literary work as we bring values, experience, interdisciplinary knowledge, and beliefs to the interpretation.
  3. To develop and utilize various critical approaches to literature.
  4. To critically analyze our own reading skills, writing skills, and thought processes for bias and flawed logic.
  5. To demonstrate cultural and gender sensitivity by effectively self-identifying and eliminating language bias in our own writing and speech.
  6. To utilize various forms of print and electronic references, evaluating each of these for logic, validity, and reliability.
  7. To subject a hypothesis about literature to critical analysis utilizing data, facts, and authoritative expertise either to confirm or refute a point of view.
  8. To recognize that any form of reading engages a dialogue with the text. This dialogue, when written, helps us to develop response statements.
  9. To compose in an electronic environment and use the resources of word processing software to improve writing.
  10. To compose work to be included in Student Credential Portfolios.

Requirements

You will write a number of reflection essays on the works we read in class. After each assigned reading, you will submit your essays to me. At the end of the semester you will submit a class reflection. You will reflect upon the work you have done for ENG 110 and what you have learned.

 

Evaluation:

Assignment

Point Value

Response Essay 1 Due Week 2

5 %

Response Essay 2 Due Week 3

5%

Response Essay 3 Due Week 4

5%

Response Essay 4 Due Week 5

5%

Response Essay 5 Due Week 6

5%

Response Essay 6 Due Week 7

5%

   

Music and Literature Response

20%

Author Presentation Weeks 6, 7, 8

30%

Participation (discussions)

20%

Total

100%

 

 

Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion

 

Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)

 

0

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.

 

Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

 

 

 

 

 

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

20% participation grade

 

 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)

 

 

 

 

Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)

 

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)

 

 

 

 

Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)

 

 

 

 

Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

 

 

 

 

Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

 

 

 

 

Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

 

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

 

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

 

 

 

 

Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 

Instructor Policies

Keep an open mind. Be respectful to the class. Try your best.

Grading

Response essay assignments make up 30% of your grade. Your thematic essay is worth 20% and your music and literature essay is worth 25% and your final exam/class project is worth 25%. If you receive an A, you’ve earned it. If you receive an F, you have earned it as well. Understand that grades are not personal. Finally, you are expected to read. After all, this is a literature class. See rubrics on next page.

 

 

 

Rubrics:

Response Essay Rubric

THE ESSAYS SHOULD BE YOUR INFORMED OPINION:

----- Your Own View

----- A Clearly Stated Thesis

----- Logically Developed

----- Supported With References to the Text

----- Carefully Written

----- Proofread

----- An Interpretation, not a summary

Your essay must demonstrate these criteria at a minimum to earn a grade of C or better:

The essay provides an organized response to the topic.

The ideas are expressed in clear language most of the time.

The writer develops ideas and generally signals relationships within

and between paragraphs.

The writer uses vocabulary appropriate for the topic and avoids

oversimplification and distortions.

Sentences are generally correct grammatically, although some errors

may be present when sentence structure is particularly complex.

With few exceptions, grammar, spelling and punctuation are correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Author Presentation- EN110

 

Your group will prepare a discussion and an outline of your discussion on an author that will be shared with the class. You will have 10 minutes to share what you have learned about the author and his or her work. To complete this project, your group will, at a minimum:

 

  1. Read either a complete collection of stories or poems, or a full-length work by the author;
  2. Assign and upload a short work for the entire class to read before you present
  3. Read a biography of the author; and
  4. Read early reviews of the work.
  5. Create a voice over powerpoint /prezi/etc. (your choice) for the presentation. See: https://support.office.com/en-au/article/Add-narration-to-a-presentation-0b9502c6-5f6c-40ae-b1e7-e47d8741161c
  6. Upload your research paper/ which will include: a brief biographical sketch of the author, a discussion of the author’s technique, illustrated with a representative selection of passages from the book, and a review of the author’s reception. Your ppt. will highlight your paper (at least 6 pages, MLA format)
  7. Each group will meet in the forum with me before beginning the project.

 

The following presentations will transpire on weeks 7 and 8 (3):

 

Group 1

Group 2

 

Group 3

 

Group 4

 

Group 5

 

Group 6

 

Group 7

 

Group 8

 

Group 9

 

Presentation/Paper

 

_____Introduction contained students’ main point of Author’s work

 

_____Biography was addressed

 

_____Work was introduced and discussed

 

_____Literary criticism was adequate from students and published authors

_____Conclusion was well defined and addressed the ideas represented within the presentation

_____ Correct use of citations within the presentation

 

 

 

 

Music and Literature Essay

Find a song (it doesn’t matter the genre, the year, etc.) for a work you have read. Songs can be connected by theme. Compare and contrast your chosen song and literary work. Use specific examples from the texts and lyrics. Don’t forget your MLA format!

 

THE ESSAYS SHOULD BE YOUR INFORMED OPINION:

----- Your Own View

----- A Clearly Stated Thesis

----- Logically Developed

----- Supported With References to the Text

----- Carefully Written

----- Proofread

----- An Interpretation, not a summary

Your essay must demonstrate these criteria at a minimum to earn a grade of C or better:

The essay provides an organized response to the topic.

The ideas are expressed in clear language most of the time.

The writer develops ideas and generally signals relationships within

and between paragraphs.

The writer uses vocabulary appropriate for the topic and avoids

oversimplification and distortions.

Sentences are generally correct grammatically, although some errors

may be present when sentence structure is particularly complex.

With few exceptions, grammar, spelling and punctuation are correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

 

 

Evaluation:

Assignment

Point Value

Response Essay 1 Due Week 2

5%

Response Essay 2 Due Week 3

5%

Response Essay 3 Due Week 4

5%

Response Essay 4 Due

Week 5

5%

Response Essay 5 Due

Week 6

5%

Response Essay 6 Due

Week 7

5%

   

Music and Literature Response Due Week 3

20%

Author Presentation Weeks 6,7,8

30%

Participation (discussions) 2 per week

20%

Total

100%

 

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 

Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs. Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab. If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

 

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.  

 

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 

Course Schedule

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week 1

 

Responding to Literature

Biography

Syllabus Quiz due

Writing a Personal Response essay

“Advice to my Son”

Halloween Stories

DQ:1

DQ2:

 

2,3,5,7,8

Discussion

Reading Response Essay 1 due

Week 1

 


Making Connections:

“Barbie Doll” “Zimmer in Grade School”

Culture, Values, and Experience

2,3,5,7,8

Discussion

Exercise

Images of Barbie/ articles

 

Week 2

 

The whole of literature

Voice and writing


 

 

2,3,5,7,8

Exercise: Identifying purpose and audience

 Response Essay 2 Due

DQ 1 Due

DQ 2 Due

Week 2

 

Theme: Family and Friends


Sonny’s Blues

The Red Convertible

Two Kinds

35/10

Losses that Turn up in Dreams

2,3,5,7,8

discussions

Response Essay 2 Due

DQ 1 Due

DQ 2 Due

Week 3

Theme: Innocence and Experience

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

“A&P”

“Midterm Break”

 

2,3,5,7,8

Response Essay 3 Due

DQ 1 and 2 Due

Week 3

Theme: Women and Men

“The Yellow Wallpaper”

“The Horse Dealer’s Daughter”

“Porphyria’s Lover”

“Woman”

“How to Watch Your Brother Die”

“Sex Without Love”

“Cinderella”

2,3,5,7,8

Response Essay 3 Due

DQ 1 and 2 Due

Week 4

CONNECTING AND COMPARING ACROSS GENRES: FICTION AND DRAMA Trifles and “A Jury of Her Peers: A Short Story” “The Opposite Sex”

Music and Literature assignment due

 

2,3,5,7,8,9,

Music and literature essay

Response Essay 4 Due

Week 4

Theme: Culture and Identity

“A Rose for Emily”

“Girl”   “Everyday Use”

“We Wear the Mask” “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

 

2,3,5,7,8

discussions

DQ 1 and 2 Due

Week 5

“Immigrants” “To Be of Use” “Theme for English B” “America”

 

 

 

2,3,5,7,8

Response Essay 5 Due

discussions

Week 5

Theme: Faith and Doubt

The Things They Carried

“When Death Comes”

“Saint Francis and the Sow”

“Leap”   “Facing It”

2,3,5,7,8

discussions

Week 6

“There’s a certain Slant of light” “I Heard a Fly buzz—when I died—” “Because I could not stop for Death” Thematic Essay

 

1,2,3,5, 7, 8,9,

Thematic Essay Due.

Week 6

Discussion: Images of Death

Writing: How do I feel about death?  

2,3,5,7,8

Reflection 6 due

DQ 1 and 2

Week 6

Read Genre and the Elements of Literature,

Chapter 3, pages 57–73.

 

2,3,5,7,8

discussions

 

Week 6

Post your response to both “Eveline”

and Kevin’s process in writing his essay

  1. “Eveline” on p. 201
  2. From First Response to Research Essay

on p. 190

  1. Prof. Devenish’s Commentary on p.198
  2. Kevin Chamberlain’s essay, “Leaving

Home”

on p. 208

Group contact/assigned readings

2,3,5,7,8

discussions

Week 7

Fiction and Truth

Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue” The Development of an Argumentative Essay

The Author Presentation

 

2,3,5,7,8

discussions

DQ 1 and 2

Week 7

Presentations Begin/ Assigned group readings

 

 

2,3,5,7,8,9,

Discussions presentations

Week 7

Presentations Begin/ Assigned group readings

“The Story of an Hour” page 71

 

2,3,5,7,8,9,

presentations

Week 7

Presentations Begin/ Assigned group readings

 

and “Marriage Is a Private Affair” on page

249

2,3,5,7,8,9,

presentations

Week 7

Presentations Begin/ Assigned group readings

 

2,3,5,7,8,9,

presentations

Week 8

Presentations Continue/ Papers and PPTs due

2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9

presentations

 

Examinations

You do not have typical exams in this course but you do have writings that are just as vital.

ESSAYS

During the course of the semester, you will be writing a few different essays. I will grade them through Microsoft and upload them to your portal assignment area.

 

Response Essays develop your personal responses to a literary work; they clarify your thoughts and feelings, consider what may have triggered these responses, and place your reading in the context of your individual history, other readings, and cultural background. There is an example on page 50 of our text: “Twice on Sunday.”

 

Music and Literature Essays

Find a song (it doesn’t matter the genre, the year, etc.) for a work you have read. Songs can be connected by theme. Compare and contrast your chosen song and literary work. Use specific examples from the texts and lyrics. Don’t forget your MLA format!

 

Thematic Essays compare several works that treat the same theme (such as “family and friends,” “culture and identity,” or “faith and doubt”),often works from different genres (poems, stories, plays). See an example on pages 929 (“The Age of Living Dolls”).

 

Research Essays expand your understanding of a work by investigating outside sources such as biographies, histories, interpretive essays, documentary films, or the Internet to learn more about the author, the times, or the popular and critical reception of a work that interests you.

Examples are on pages 428 (“Lorraine Hansberry and the Realism of A Raisin in the Sun”) and 200 (“Leaving Home”).

 

 

All essays should be typed, double-spaced, and follow the MLA assigned format.