English 102-    Dr. Anne Mills King

Introduction to Literature


Welcome to what I hope will be a pleasant semester's reading and writing.


TEXTBOOK:  Being and Becoming: An Introduction to Literature.


MY OFFICE:  Marlboro 3056; Phone 301-322-0594

email aking@pgcc.edu

FAX: 301-322-0549 

OFFICE HOURS:  posted on door.


ATTENDANCE: You are expected to attend class for all sessions, and your participation grade will be lowered for excessive absences (more than two weeks of class or four sessions).  An attendance sheet will be circulated during the first ten minutes of class; if you are late you cannot sign it and will be considered absent.  There will be (usually) a daily quiz at the beginning of each class on the assigned readings; if you complete this quiz successfully you will be entitled to discuss the readings in groups and together as a class.  These quizzes will be part of your participation grade. We will attend a live play on or off campus;  we will also view filmed plays and stories.



Class attendance in college: what I expect from you:


You are expected to attend college classes in a mature, serious manner.  If you need to miss class, it is your responsibility to make up the work or to inform yourself about material discussed in class. 

$                   You must come to class on time and stay until the class is dismissed.  I will pass around an attendance sheet for you to sign in the first ten minutes of class; after that you may no longer sign it.

$                   Absences, including not signing the attendance sheet, will affect your grade.  If you have more than two week=s worth of absences, you will lose up to 10% of your grade for the course. 

$                   If you need to leave the classroom during the class time, do not return and disrupt the class a second time. 

$                   Try not to make other appointments during the time you are expected to be in class.  If this is absolutely unavoidable, let me know ahead of time.

If you have any problems with attendance or assignments, please see me.  However, it is your responsibility to follow the syllabus, obtain missed information from classmates, and get copies of handouts from me.  Much of what you get from this course will occur in class.  We have exciting discussions and contributions from everyone--so you shouldn't miss it.

EVALUATION:  Requirements of the course with final grade percentages: 5 papers (out of 8 assigned--50%); tests (30%);  Participation (5%), attendance (5%)  and quizzes (10%).

Here's how I figure grades: A= 3.6‑4.; B= 2.6‑3.5; C= 1.6‑2.5; D= .8‑1.5; F= 0.


WHAT TO EXPECT:  writing assignments in interesting variety, group discussions, films and videos, reviews of plays and films, student projects in class, original poetry anthology by the class.  ALL PAPERS MUST BE TYPED. 


ASSIGNMENTS:  must be completed in the order they are assigned and handed in on the day due.  If you miss one paper for ANY reason, go on to the next one (but don't skip too many, or you will not be able to do the required five papers).  Writing standards will follow those in EGL 101 (I hope you have kept a handbook).  Detailed instructions will be given to you on each paper as they come along.


TURNITINBwhat is it?

For all my English and Women=s Studies classes from Dr. Anne M. King:

I know that most of my students do their work honestly, originally, and well. I expect that in this course you will continue to do so.   Occasionally, though, sometimes inadvertently, students copy material from a source without acknowledging it, hand in someone else=s work as if it is their own, or otherwise act academically dishonestly.  If you follow the MLA style directions, you are unlikely to have this problem.  Just in case, though, I have a solution.

Turnitin is a service I plan to use this year to check on researched papers and other papers to make sure your work is original with you.  I successfully used it last year. 

Here=s what you do: you submit your revised papers to me either on a disk or by email.aking@pgcc.edu   I insist that you paste the paper in rather than put in an attachment to an email.  Some computers are not compatible with each other.

I send these papers electronically to the turnitin address, and within a very short time they send back to me a report on the sources of your paper.  You can find out about this service and how it works from http://turnitin.com You will see that they have a big database of sources. Please check out this website and look at the Astudent@ link for information. 

Since you will know ahead of time that I will be checking your papers for originality, if I find that the report indicates plagiarism on your part, you will receive a zero for that paper without any chance of re-writing it.  This will lower your grade for the course considerably. This is a serious offense in this college and elsewhere;  if it is repeated you are in danger of being expelled from the college.


DATE                         ASSIGNMENT DUE





Introduction to the book, the class, the classmates.  Writing in class.




read On Reading Fiction: Peeling the Onion," 1007-14, and "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky."  Get instruction for Paper 1:  After our class discussion and a tryout in class, you will hand in next time  a two- or three page story, fable, or legend, as told to you by an older person.  This might be a legend or story from your country, or an adventure someone had.  The objective of this assignment is to realize the importance of storytelling as the beginning and basis for what we call "literature"--what we are studying now.  Storytelling is simple and direct, appeals to our sense of adventure, and in its rhythms and repetitions it becomes the inspiration for poetry.




read "The Chrysanthemums" PAPER 1 due




 read "Writing About Literature" beginning on page 1037.

Film in class: "A Rose for Emily"  read the story in the anthology.




read "Cecilia Rosas"  PAPER 2 DUE--review  of "A Rose for Emily"




"The Ship Who Sang"




"Chee's Daughter"




read pages 1014-1015.  read "Everyday Use" 




  Paper #3 due: on a story I haven't assigned (check with me before choosing one)








 Read "On Reading Drama: The Players, the Playhouse, and the Play" 1028-1037.  Begin Antigone








More about plays and reviewing them;  continue reading Antigone




Paper #4 due:  Respond to one of the questions on Antigone 




read King Lear Bfollow handout on this




Shakespeare  --films.  Handouts and questions








finish King Lear.




read The Glass Menagerie    Paper #5 due-  on King Lear:  instructions to come




The Glass Menagerie in class




poems (list to come)  TEST ON PLAYS








Spring Break: College closed




Writing poetry




original poem presentation (instructions later) This is #6

April 24:  Last day to withdraw!




More poems




"I Have a Dream"                Paper #7 due: To be announced                   




"The Sandbox" produced in class--Readers' Theatre




Last chance!  Paper #8 in class




Final Exam--on the whole 1-3 PM















You will receive handouts on most of the selections.  These include study questions to help you understand the selections, and questions that you can use to develop your papers.  In each case, you will have some choice in your paper topics.  I expect 500-word essays, with clear topic sentences and well-developed paragraphs.  Papers must be typed.  You will get comments on each paper and a grade.  If your paper is in on the due date you may revise it for a better grade within one week--no later.  If you do not hand in a paper on the due date for any reason, go on to the next paper.



Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to


1.             Write analytical essays about literary texts by

_      Formulating restricted, unified and precise thesis statements

_      Organizing essay content into introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs

_      Composing restricted, unified, and precise topic sentences for paragraphs

_      Writing unified and coherent paragraphs that are well-developed with supporting materials drawn from the literary text

_      Applying grammar and usage rules correctly

_      Choosing appropriate diction

_      Writing clear, precise sentences


2.             Explain basic literary terms in the genre of poetry, fiction, and drama (for example, theme, imagery, rhythm, figurative language, tone, character, plot etc.)


3.             Write research-based essays using secondary sources to:

_      Demonstrate their understanding of plagiarism

_      Synthesize several different sources into an essay to support its thesis

_      Quote, summarize, and paraphrase responsibly within that paper

_      Document sources according to the MLA format