Fall 2010


Dr. Bridget Brennan

Office: Marlboro 3068     

Mailbox: Marlboro 3072

Office Phone: (301) 583-5209

Email: brennabh@pgcc.edu (Please note that there are not three Ns in my email address as there are in my name). Because of privacy laws, I can only respond to emails that are sent through the Owl Mail system. If you don’t have an Owl Mail account set up, please see the attached directions on page 17 of your syllabus.

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesdays 11:00—1:00 and by appointment


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Welcome to English 1020. This course is designed to help you build on the skills you developed in English 1010 and to introduce you to the study of literature. Over the course of the semester, you will explore short stories and drama, learn how to analyze literary texts, and learn the conventions of writing about literature. You will develop analytic and critical thinking skills that will not only be useful in your study of literature but will also be useful across many disciplines.



Upon successful completions 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.  Apply 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


Students who need extra help with any aspect of the writing process (grammar, invention, drafting, etc) are encouraged to visit the Writing Center, which is located on the ground floor of Bladen Hall. Please call (301) 322-0748 for a half-hour, one-on-one tutoring session with an English faculty tutor. When you go to your appointment, please be on time, have all needed materials (assignment sheets, outlines, etc.), be able to identify exactly what it is you would like to work on, and have a good attitude.

If you need extra research assistance, one-on-one bibliographic instruction is available. Please contact John Bartles (x0469) for an appointment.



Responding to Literature: Stories, Poems, Plays, and Essays, Fifth edition

By Judith Stanford

Rules for Writers by Diane Hacker—not required, but strongly recommended

Ruled paper for in-class assignments

A folder to use for submitting papers

A quality dictionary





Daily attendance and participation in class activities is required. To receive full participation points you must be alert, involved in class discussions, and make meaningful contributions to writing workshops and group activities.

Students must come to class prepared--being prepared for class means completing all assigned reading for each day, coming to class with all needed materials (textbooks, paper, assignments, pen, etc.) and coming to class with something to say about the topic at hand!

If you come to class unprepared and/or don’t participate in class activities, you will be marked absent.



A paper will be considered late if you do not turn it in at the start of class on the day it is due. For every day (not class) that the paper is late, one letter grade will be deducted. For example, if a paper is due on Monday and you turn it in on Tuesday, ten points will be deducted from your grade. If you are going to be absent for some reason on the day a paper is due, you must arrange to have someone else drop the paper in my mailbox.



All drafts of papers must be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font, with one-inch margins. All final drafts must be submitted in a folder with the following items: your first draft, prewriting materials, and any peer review or self-review completed in conjunction with the paper. I will not accept any paper that is not in a folder and accompanied by the appropriate work.



The success of this class is largely determined by student preparedness and participation.

v  You may miss two class, “excused” or “unexcused,” without your participation grade suffering. You will want to “save” these cuts in case of illness or an emergency. For each absence after two, points will be deducted from your participation grade. However, if you wish to make up work you have missed, you must provide me with verifiable documentation of a legitimate absence.

v  If you miss seven classes, you will fail the course even if you complete all of the coursework. It does not matter if the absences are “excused” or “unexcused.”

v  The course syllabus is subject to change—it is your responsibility to keep track of all changes. You need to get the phone number or email address of a classmate who you can contact if you are absent.



What to do if you miss class:


You should check your syllabus and contact a fellow classmate using the email tree to find out what you missed. Please do not email or call me to ask me what you missed. However, if you know in advance that you will be absent on a particular day, please see me before or after class to discuss the absence.


I will post any handouts I give out in class on the bulletin board outside of my office after class—if you miss class, be sure to pick up the handouts as soon as possible.


Quiz and In-class Writing Makeup Policy:

In order to make up a quiz or in-class essay, you must have documentation that shows that the absence was legitimate (doctor’s note, court papers, etc) AND you must contact me by email or phone before the end of the class you missed. If you do not do so, you will not be able to make up work.



Chronic tardiness will not be tolerated. The door to the classroom will be closed promptly at the beginning of class; you must wait until the break to enter class if you arrive after class has begun. Please do not knock on the door, as it is disruptive to your fellow students.




Essay One and Essay Two: 50%

Final researched essay: 30%

In-class essays (including the final exam): 10%

Response Papers and Reading Quizzes: 10%

Individual papers will be evaluated using the criteria outlined in the “C” Standard sheet and the criteria specific to that assignment


Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty can seriously affect your academic and professional careers.  Don’t risk it! Any student who violates the academic integrity code in this class will receive a  “zero” on the assignment in question. No exceptions will be made.


Code of Academic Integrity

“The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle. In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity. To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process." - from the Code of Conduct, Title 6, 2, C - Academic Integrity


(i) Plagiarism

Awareness of the Code of Academic Integrity: Faculty members are responsible for making students aware of the Code of Academic Integrity at the beginning of every semester.  It is the student’s responsibility to know, understand, and be conversant with the tenets and sanctions associated with the violation of the Code.  Lack of awareness of the policy shall not be considered a defense against the allegation of plagiarism or cheating.  Faculty members are in no way precluded from issuing supplemental guidelines on academic dishonesty.

The college shall maintain responsibility for providing information about the Code of Academic Integrity through its student admissions, enrollment and advising processes as well as through faculty orientation/professional development programs. 

For more information about the Code of Academic Integrity, please see your Student Handbook page 41.



v  Readings are due on the day they are listed.

v  You may not submit papers electronically.

v  You must keep a hardcopy or disk copy of all work submitted for a grade.

v   You must keep all cell phones and PDA’s in your book bag or purse. I do not want to see them on your desk or on your person.  Under no circumstances should cell phones be answered in class or should you leave class to answer your phone. If you must bring your cell phone to class, please be courteous enough to turn the ringer off.

v  Do not leave class early unless you have cleared it with me first. You will be marked absent for the day if you have not made prior arrangements with me.

v  If you have a diagnosed physical or learning disability that requires special accommodations, you must contact me by the end of the second week of the semester so we can make appropriate arrangements. If you need help with documentation, please contact the Disability Support Services Office at (301) 322-0838.

v  You may rewrite your first paper assignment if you receive a grade of “C” or less. Rewrites are due no later than two weeks from the date you receive your graded paper. You must meet with me outside of class before you begin revisions. I will not accept papers from any student who has not met with me.



I look forward to working with you this semester. If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to drop by my office during office hours.