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Lackawanna College

ENG 215 OM: Survey of American Literature

Fall 2017

Oct. 18-Dec. 8

Online Classroom

3 Credits

                                          

Instructor

Dr. Brian Fanelli

Phone

570-504-1592

Office

Healey Center 215

E-mail

FanelliB@Lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

M & W 11:15-12:45

I am also available to meet via the online chat on the Portal during a mutually convenient time.

 

 

 

Texts:

There is no required textbook for this class. All assigned readings can be found under the Handouts and Links tab.

Description:

ENG 215 (Formerly EN 231) - Survey of American Literature is a one semester course designed to provide the student with an appreciation of American poetry, fiction and drama by presenting the achievements of classic American writers in their historical context. By reading and discussing in class a number of representative works from Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and others, students should develop greater analytic power, literary insight and deeper understanding of the main currents of American thought.

 

Objectives:

  1. Read, analyze, and understand important texts of American literature.
  2. Write personal analyses and notes on observations regarding styles, content and connections to other texts.
  3. Write a fully documented essay in MLA style on an approved topic related to American literature.
  4. Identify and explain the historical, cultural, and literary connections between texts.
  5. Identify the roles of religion, government, nature, and other forces as they relate to American literature.
  6. Compose coherent, well-written essays in in-class exams.

Requirements:

To successfully complete this course, you will need to:

  • Participate in the weekly discussions
  • Complete two exams based on the assigned readings
  • Submit two 3-4 page papers based on the assigned readings
  • Complete one 6-7 page research paper (MLA style)
  • Complete one group project
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Evaluation:

Your grade will be determined based on a point system. Each paper and exam is worth 100 points. For the first two papers, you will write in response to an assigned prompt. Your research paper must be on one of the literary movements or authors we cover in class. See the instructions/rubrics under the Handouts and Links tab for additional explanation of each paper. You will also be graded based on your participation on the forum. See the Online Course Attendance Policy below for more information regarding answering discussion questions on the forum.

 

At the end of the semester, your total points will be calculated for a final grade.

Scavenger Hunt Quiz: 10 points

Syllabus Quiz: 10 Points

Academic Honesty Pledge: 5 Points

About You Post: 5 points

Paper 1: 100 points

Paper 2: 100 points

Quiz 1: 100 points

Quiz 2/Bios: 100 points

Forum posts: 20 points each week

Research paper: 100 points

 

 

 

A Note about Forum Posts/Reading Responses:

For EACH and EVERY reading assignment, you are required to answer discussion questions on the forum and post at least two paragraphs for each question. Do NOT summarize. Instead, discuss the text. Summarizations and/or paraphrasing the events of the selections will earn you zero points.

 Let me reinforce this very serious guideline.

Do not provide a sequence of events or synopsis of what you've read. It's not a book report. Remember, we've all read it. Instead, you will react -- or reflect. Each paragraph should have at least five sentences in it, and it should make direct reference to information in the text. It’s you job to PROVE TO ME that you've read and understood the text. Effort counts.

A few technical reminders: [1] Make sure you use proper punctuation on the message board. [2] Do not make your own thread. One has already been created for you for each and every one. Simply add onto the original. [3] Keep deadlines.

For MANY assignments, I will go onto the thread and create a new one entitled “Brian’s Comments.” This will be a detailed lecture/commentary on some of the pieces for illumination. Also, I will be commenting on your posts, keeping the discussion going strong. Be sure to read “Brian’s Comments.” The information will help you write your papers. Also, this is a college course, so the responsibility is yours. For instance, there may be times where I rule out or address a certain interpretation of a piece of literature. If you bring it up in your paper, I will know you didn’t read my comments.

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 in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count.

 

# 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

 

 

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)

3

 

 

 

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

3

 

 

 

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

3

 

 

 

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

3

 

 

 

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

 

3

 

 

 

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

2

 

 

 

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

2

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

1

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION:

20

 

 

 

 

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 should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. 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

As future professionals, you should practice behaviors that represent you as responsible and thoughtful. To that end, this class abides by the following rules:

 

  • Submit your papers via file exchange on the Portal. Files must be saved as .doc or .rtf only.
  • Be polite and respectful to each other on the forum.
  • Submit all assignments in a timely manner.

 

 

Grading:

Each paper will be graded based on a specific rubric, which you can find under the Handouts and Links tab. Each paper is worth 100 points, and each exam is worth 100 points. The discussion questions are worth 50 points each week. At the end of the semester, your total points will be calculated for a final grade.

 

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:

  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • Any late assignments receive a grade of 0.

 

 

 

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 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.

 

(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 Ms. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options.Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination
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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, GeorgiaE@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:

Course Schedule:

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week 1

Introductions/Depictions of American

Read, analyze, and understand important texts of American literature.

Write personal analyses and notes on observations regarding styles, content and connections to other texts.

 

 

 

 

Read the poems “On Being Brought from Africa to America” and “To His Excellency George Washington” by Phillis Wheatley” and “Let America Be America Again” and “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes.

 

Answer the discussion questions about each poem.

 

View the PowerPoint presentations under the Handouts and Links tab on basic poetry and fiction terms.

 

Complete the About You forum posts and syllabus and scavenger hunt quizzes.

 

Complete the academic dishonesty pledge.

Week 2

Modernism

Read, analyze, and understand important texts of American literature.

Write personal analyses and notes on observations regarding styles, content and connections to other texts.

Identify and explain the historical, cultural, and literary connections between texts.

Identify the roles of religion, government, nature, and other forces as they relate to American literature.

 

 

 

 

 

Read William Carlos Williams bio and the poems “Pastoral II”, “Proletariat Portrait,” and “The Great Figure” under the Handouts and Links tab.

 

Read T.S. Eliot’s bio and the poems “The Love Song on J. Alfred Prufrock” and “Preludes” under the Handouts and Links tab.

 

Read Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago”

 

Listen to and view the voiceover PowerPoint presentations on Modernism and Williams and Eliot under the Handouts and Links tab.

 

View the YouTube video on Modernism.

 

Answer the discussion questions on the forum.

 

 

Week 3

Modernism Continued/American Gothic Literature

Read, analyze, and understand important texts of American literature.

Write personal analyses and notes on observations regarding styles, content and connections to other texts.

Identify and explain the historical, cultural, and literary connections between texts.

Identify the roles of religion, government, nature, and other forces as they relate to American literature.

Compose coherent, well-written essays in in-class exams.

 

Read William Faulkner’s bio “A Rose for Emily.”

 

Read Flannery O’Connor’s bio and the short stories “Good County People” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”

 

Read Edgar Allen Poe’s Story “The Fall of the House of Usher”

 

View the video on American Gothic Literature under Course Resources.

 

Answer the discussion questions on the forum.

 

Submit paper 1.

 

Week 4

The Revolutionary Period/The Founding Fathers

Read, analyze, and understand important texts of American literature.

Identify and explain the historical, cultural, and literary connections between texts.

Identify the roles of religion, government, nature, and other forces as they relate to American literature.

 

 

 

Read Thomas Paine’s essay “Common Sense” and view the video on “Common Sense” under the Handouts and Links tab.

 

Read the Declaration of Independence.

 

Read Frederick Douglass’ speech “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”

 

Answer the discussion questions on the forum.

 

Complete quiz 1.

 

Week 5

Transcendentalism

Read, analyze, and understand important texts of American literature.

Write personal analyses and notes on observations regarding styles, content and connections to other texts.

Identify and explain the historical, cultural, and literary connections between texts.

Identify the roles of religion, government, nature, and other forces as they relate to American literature.

Compose coherent, well-written essays in in-class exams.

 

 

Read Emerson’s bio and his essay “Self-Reliance.”

 

Read Thoreau’s bio and Walden Chapters 1, 2, 5, and 18, and read his essay “Civil Disobedience.”

 

Answer the forum questions.

 

View the video on Transcendentalism under the Handouts and Links tab.

 

Submit paper 2.

Week 6

Realism/Naturalism

Write personal analyses and notes on observations regarding styles, content and connections to other texts.

Identify and explain the historical, cultural, and literary connections between texts.

Identify the roles of religion, government, nature, and other forces as they relate to American literature

 

 

Read Paul Laurence Dunbar’s bio and his poems “We Wear the Mask,” “Frederick Douglass,” and “The Haunted Oak.”

 

View/listen to the voiceover PowerPoint presentation on naturalism/realism and Dunbar under the Handouts and Links tab.

 

Read Jack London’s bio and the short story “To Build a Fire.”

 

Read Stephen Crane’s bio and the short story “The Open Boat.”

 

 

Answer the discussion questions on the forum.

 

Complete bio quiz.

 

 

 

 

Week 7

The Pre-Modernists

Write a fully documented essay in MLA style on an approved topic related to American literature.

 

 

 

 

 

Submit your final research paper.

 

Read Emily Dickinson’s and “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” and “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died.”

 

Read Walt Whitman’s bio and the poems “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” and “One’s Self I Sing” on pg. 1024.

 

View/listen to the voiceover PowerPoint presentation on Whitman and Dickinson under the Handouts and Links tab.

Answer the forum questions.