Syllabus

Instructor
Office: Online Office Hours: Online
Text
Emelia Kurilla
Introduction to Literature Online
Phone 570-241-5377
E-mail kurillae@lackawanna.edu
Madden, Frank, Exploring Literature, 6th 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
10 %
Response Essay 2 Due Week 3
10%
Response Essay 3 Due Week 4
10%
Thematic Essay Due Week 5
15%
Music and Literature Response Due Week 6
10%
Author Presentation Week 7
25%
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 making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.
Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add, will automatically be dropped from the course.
• You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
• Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

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. Good Discussions in Course Resources 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!
Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:
• Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
• Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
• Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
• Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
• Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
• Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
• Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
• Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
• Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning
that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
• Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?
Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.
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
• All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be
answered within one day.
• All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date
Keep an open mind. Be respectful to the class. Try your best. Grading

Response essay assignments make up 40% of your grade. Your final paper/class project is worth 40% and your participation (your discussions) is worth 20%. 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 Project- EN110
Your group will prepare a paper on an author. To complete this project, your group will, at a minimum:
a. 1. Read either a complete collection of stories or poems, or a full-length work by the author;
b. 2. Read a biography of the author; and
c. 3. Read early reviews of the work.
e. 4. Complete a 6-7 page MLA documented paper
Your paper should 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. Each group will meet in the forum with me before beginning the project.
Paper Rubric
_____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 (MLA format)
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 1
10 %
Response Essay 2 Due Week 2
10%
Response Essay 3 Due Week 3
10%
Music and Literature Response Due Week 1
10%
Author Presentation Week 3
40%
Participation (discussions) 4 per week
20%
Total
100%
o Thegraceperiodforlateassignmentsisas 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%
o Therewillbeno“extracredit.”
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 Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, kirong@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 Jan 3rd
Responding to Literature Biography
Syllabus Quiz due Writing a Personal Response essay
“Advice to my Son”
2,3,5,7,8
Discussion
Week 1 Jan 4th
Making Connections: “Barbie Doll” “Zimmer in Grade School”
Culture, Values, and Experience
2,3,5,7,8
Discussion Exercise Images of Barbie/ articles
Week 1 Jan 5th
The whole of literature Voice and writing
DQ 1 Due
2,3,5,7,8
Exercise: Identifying purpose and audience
Week 1 January 6th
Theme: Family and Friends Sonny’s Blues
2,3,5,7,8
discussions

The Red Convertible Two Kinds
35/10
Losses that Turn up in Dreams
DQ2 Due
Week 1 January 7th
Theme: Innocence and Experience
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” “A&P”
“Midterm Break” DQ 3 Due
2,3,5,7,8
Reading Response Essay 1 due
Week 1 January 8th
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
discussion
Week 1 January 9th
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
DQ 4 due!
2,3,5,7,8,9,
Music and literature essay
Week 2 January 10
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
Week2 January 11
“Immigrants” “To Be of Use” “Theme for English B” “America”
DQ 1 Due
2,3,5,7,8
discussions
Week 2 January 12
Theme: Faith and Doubt The Things They Carried “When Death Comes” “Saint Francis and the Sow”
2,3,5,7,8
discussions

“Leap” “Facing It”
Week 2 January 13
“There’s a certain Slant of light” “I Heard a Fly buzz—when I died—” “Because I could not stop for Death” Thematic Essay DQ 2 Due
1,2,3,5, 7, 8,9,
Response essay due
Week 2 January 14
Discussion: Images of Death
Writing: How do I feel about death? DQ 3 Due
2,3,5,7,8
Reflection 2 due
Week 2 January 15
Read Genre and the Elements of Literature, Chapter 3, pages 57–73. Submit a critical response to
“The Story of an Hour” page 71
and “Marriage Is a Private Affair” on page
249
2,3,5,7,8
discussions
Week 2 January 16
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
3. Prof. Devenish’s Commentary on p.198
4. Kevin Chamberlain’s essay, “Leaving
Home”
on p. 208
DQ4 Due
2,3,5,7,8
discussions
Week 3 January 17
Fiction and Truth
Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue” The Development of an Argumentative Essay
The Author Presentation
2,3,5,7,8
discussions
Week 3 January 18
Presentations Begin/ Assigned group readings DQ 1 Due
2,3,5,7,8,9,
Discussions presentations
Week 3 January 19
Presentations Begin/ Assigned group readings DQ 2 Due
2,3,5,7,8,9,
presentations

Week 3 January 20
Presentations Begin/ Assigned group readings DQ 3 Due
2,3,5,7,8,9,
presentations
Week 3January 21
Presentations Begin/ Assigned group readings DQ 4 Due
2,3,5,7,8,9,
Response 3 due 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!
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.