Prince George’s Community College

English 102 Section 3374

MWF 11-11:50am, Marlboro Hall 3084

Spring 2006


Instructor:                     Professor Ryna May    

Office hours:                 Largo Campus: Monday &Wednesday: 12-1pm

                                    LCC: Tues 1:30-2:30pm, Wed 5:30-6:30pm, Thur: 9:15-10:15am

Office location:              Marlboro Hall 3095 and Laurel Center 204

Office phone:                301.322.0601

Email address:     

Mailbox location:           Largo Campus: Marlboro Hall 3072 / Laurel Center 205

On the Web:       


Course Description

English 102 is a continuation of the development of composition skills addressed in EGL 101, using literature as the text or subject or stimulus for discussion and writing.  Most courses make use of various kinds of literature (e.g., drama, poetry, film), but some sections of 102 deal with a single genre such as drama or a specific kind of literature such as science fiction.  Prerequisite: C or higher in EGL 101.


Course Objectives


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/or 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









Required Texts and Materials    


§         Making Literature Matter, Second Edition, Eds. Clifford and Schilb

§         The Bedford Handbook, Sixth Edition, Diana Hacker

§         Webster’s, Oxford, or American Heritage full-feature dictionary (recommended)

§         A spiral notebook with clean-edged paper or a binder with standard loose-leaf paper for note taking and Writing Exercise assignments 

·         A 3 1/2-inch diskette or Jumpdrive for paper draft files

·         Computer access to Microsoft Word

·         A folder or binder with pockets to keep all your graded assignments and handouts until the end of the semester

·         A 2-pocket folder for submitting essays


Required Coursework

Diagnostic Essay                                   NG

Definition Essay                                    15%

Compare & Contrast Analysis Essay      20%

Persuasive Essay                                  20%

Research Assignment                            10%

Researched Argumentative Essay          20%

In-Class Contribution Grade                   15% this includes non-graded write-to-learn assignments, classroom activities, and other homework assignments


College Level Expectations

In general, college students can anticipate spending at least 2 hours out of class on coursework for every hour spent in class.  So the typical commitment for a 3 credit hour class is 6 hours of your own time outside of the classroom.  In order to perform to college level expectations, you should expect to devote a minimum of 6 hours per week to the work required for this course.


Essays  (formal written work)

This course uses a modified portfolio process that requires multiple drafts of each essay prior to final submission for a grade.  Essays will be scored according to statewide standards.  A copy of these criteria will be made available to students.  Students submit their typed essay drafts at the beginning of class on the due dates indicated on the syllabus.  Detailed assignment sheets will be distributed and discussed extensively in class, and draft workshops held to help students through the writing process.  Each formal essay will receive comments and a grade indication.  Students are encouraged to revise their work and resubmit new versions of their essays with the last graded copy attached.  Students must also attach a memo to the teacher describing the revision they have done (see revision policy). Revised essays must be turned in within a week after they are returned.  In addition, all essays must be submitted to before they can be turned in to me in class.  Essays will not be accepted without the receipt. 








Assignment Deadlines and Extensions

Essays are due in class on the assigned dates (see the syllabus).   Papers must be handed in to me in person or given to appropriate staff in the main office.  A late paper will only be accepted for up to one week after the due date, but it will drop one letter grade.  I do not give extensions. In-class contribution activities, including essay drafts, are due in class on the dates indicated on the syllabus and cannot be turned in late for any reason. 


In-class Contributions

The quality of work, both written and verbal, and the degree of preparation you bring to each class session, such as reading responses, comments, and workshop drafts, affects the quality of the classroom experience for all of its members. Because the work you produce is designed to enhance collaborative learning in the classroom, these written materials cannot be "made up" or turned in outside of class: you must be present, on time, and prepared in order to receive credit for your contributions. 


Course Policies

When you enroll in college courses, you expect that instructors will do their best to ensure a good learning environment, one in which we can concentrate on the material and feel comfortable sharing ideas and asking questions.  Nearly all students do their part to be respectful of others and consider it common sense and courtesy to be on time to class, leave only during designated breaks, etc. But, just in case there’s a problem or conflict, it’s good to have our ground rules in writing.


Attendance and Courtesy

Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time.  Since in-class contributions are 15% of the final course grade, those students who do not miss more than two classes a semester, who arrive promptly and remain for the entire class session, have the best opportunities to earn the highest grades in participation.  There are no “excused” absences in the course, and any student who for any reason misses more than 7 of the class sessions or who does not turn in all of the major written assignments  cannot pass the course.  Students who are more than 10 minutes late for a class session will be marked absent.  Students who disrupt class to an unreasonable degree with late arrivals, leaving and returning to the classroom, leaving early, or other non-productive activities like sleeping, or socializing, even after discussions with or reminders from the instructor, will be considered to be “absent” for a session. Also, please be sure to turn off all beepers and cell phones when in class, or, in emergencies, to set alerts to “silent” or “vibrate” mode.  Students are not permitted to eat during class.


Disruptive Behavior

Behavior that is incompatible with a learning environment will not be tolerated.  This includes arriving late for class, disruptive talking, interruptions of class activities, rudeness, eating in class, leaving class early, or other behavior not suitable in a college class setting.  Disruptive behavior can result in a student being removed from the class or dismissed from the college.  The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college.   A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2004-2005 Student Handbook, beginning on page 39, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.



Cancelled Classes

If essays are due on a day that the college is closed, the new due date is the next class session.  In the event that the instructor has to cancel a class unexpectedly, a notice will be posted on the classroom door and/or an email will be sent to all students with instructions regarding the schedule.



When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining at the time of the opening will be held.  For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will be held.  This procedure applies to all credit classes.


Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for maintaining copies of all of their written work, on disk and on paper.  All drafts and essays must be saved and compiled in a course folder.  In the event of lost work or missed classes, students are still expected to produce copies of assignments, and/or gain access to notes, announcements and session material. 


Extra Help

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 first floor of Bladen Hall (B107). 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.


Disability Support Services

PGCC students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations.  Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.


Academic Honesty

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.  The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2004-2005 Student Handbook (pages 41-43) and posted on the college's website.


A common violation of the academic honest policy is plagiarism.  Plagiarism is the improper use, or failure to attribute, another person's writing or ideas. It can be as subtle as the inadvertent neglect to include quotes or references when citing another source or as blatant as knowingly copying an entire paper verbatim and claiming it as your own work.  Students who are caught plagiarizing will be subject to disciplinary measures according to the college policy.  When you are caught, the instructor will award either a zero for the assignment or a *F for the course depending on the severity of the violation.  Papers or assignments that are heavily plagiarized will automatically receive a *F.  Subsequent incidents may result in your dismissal from the college. 

Here are some general guidelines as to what constitutes plagiarism:

  • Copying a source word for word without using quotation marks and without identifying the source
  • Extensive borrowing of words and phrases from a source without using quotation marks and without identifying the sources
  • Too close paraphrasing
  • Using others' ideas or information (including graphics, statistics, observations, or research data and findings) without giving credit to the source in the text of your paper in a footnote or endnote
  • Submitting the work of someone else as your own


Students will be required to take the Plagiarism Quiz provided online by UMUC and pass with a 100% score  before their essays will be graded.  Specific instructions will be given in class.



Important Dates


Last day to apply for spring graduation                                  Wednesday, February 15

Presidents’ Day – College closed – No classes                     Monday, February 20

Last day to change from “audit” to                                       Friday, March 3

            “credit” or “credit” to “audit”                            

Spring Break – College closed – No classes                          Mon.-Sun., April 10-16

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes                   Friday, April 21

Final exam period/last week of classes                                  Tues.-Mon., May 9-15

Commencement, 7 p.m.                                                       Thursday, May 25



NOTE:  The instructor reserves the right to adjust the order and times indicated on this syllabus to suit the needs of the class; however, notification of such adjustments will be made in advance of the appropriate date.


All students in this course will be required to see the Rep Stage production of Hamlet at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.  The production runs from March 24-April 9.  Student tickets are $10 each.  It is suggested that students attempt to attend the March 31st performance and stay for the discussion after the play.  More details will be given in class.

Spring 2006


You are expected to read and respond to the assignments before the class they are listed below so that you are prepared to question, discuss, and write in class. Assignments from Making Literature Matter are abbreviated as MLM.  Some limited assignment and reading changes may be made in response to class progress and interest. Students are expected to bring textbooks to every class session.




Week One


Mon. Jan. 23

Introduction to the course and each other

Wed. Jan. 25

Diagnostic Writing Exercise

Fri. Jan. 27

MLA Style Review

In-Class: MLA Exercise (bring an MLA handbook to class)

Week Two


Mon. Jan. 30

Norming Exercise

Read: “Let me not to the marriage of true minds” by Shakespeare p. 813 MLM

Wed. Feb. 1

Poetry and Form

Read: all poems on Handout

Fri. Feb. 3

Essay 1 Prompt Distributed (Definition Essay)

Read: Piercy’s “To Be of Use” p. 180 MLM

Week Three


Mon. Feb. 6

In-Class: Work on Essay 1.1 Draft

Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

Introduction to Peer Workshops

Bring Handbook to class

Wed. Feb. 8

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 1.1 Due

Fri. Feb. 10

Parenthetical Citations

Works Cited

Bring Handbook to class

Week Four


Mon. Feb. 13

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 1.2 Due

Wed. Feb. 15

Introduction to Short Fiction

Read: Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” pp. 862-863 of MLM

Answer Questions 1 and 5 of Thinking About the Text on pp. 863-864 (must be typed)

Fri. Feb. 17

Reading Quiz 1

Read Tan’s “Two Kinds” pp. 372-382 of MLM

Formal Essay 1.3 Due with receipt

Week Five


Mon. Feb. 20

College Closed: Presidents’ Day (No Classes)

Wed. Feb. 22

Essay 2 prompt Distributed (Compare and Contrast)

Reading Quiz 2

Read Walker’s “Everyday Use” pp. 382-389 of MLM

Answer Questions 1 and 2 of Thinking About the Text on p. 389(must be typed)

Fri. Feb. 24


Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 2.1 Due

Week Six


Mon. Feb. 27

Using Transitions

Transitions and Tone Exercises

Wed. March 1

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 2.2 Due

Fri. March 3

Introduction to Drama

Week Seven


Mon. March 6

Reading Quiz 3

Read: Glaspell’s Trifles, pp. 1290-1301 of MLM

Answer Question 5 of Thinking About the Text and Question 3 of Writing About the Issues, p. 1301 (must be typed)

Wed. March 8

Formal Essay 2.3 Due with receipt

Introduction to Shakespeare

Reading Shakespeare’s Language

Sonnet Exercise

Fri. March 10

Introduction to Hamlet

Week Eight


Mon. March 13

Versions of Hamlet

Wed. March 15

Reading  Quiz 4

Read William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act I, pp. 1185-1211 of MLM

Fri. March 17

In-Class: Hamlet’s Soliloquies

Read William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act II, pp. 1211-1229 of MLM

Week Nine


Mon. March 20

Reading Quiz 5

Read William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, pp. 1229-1253 of MLM

Wed. March 22

In-Class: Tableau

Homework: Character Life Box (see handout for details)

Fri. March 24

Reading Quiz 6

Read William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act IV, pp. 1254-1272 of MLM

Week Ten


Mon. March 27

Read William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act V, pp. 1272-1290 of MLM

Wed. March 29

Hamlet Wrap-Up

Distribute and Discuss Essay 3 Prompt

Fri. March 31

Optional Conference Day – No Class (Must sign up for a time)

*Hamlet after-show discussion tonight at HCC

Week Eleven


Mon. April 3

Introduction to Greek Theatre

Peer Workshop

Essay 3.1 Due

Wed. April 5

Sign Up for Student Conferences

Reading Quiz 7

Read Sophocles’s Antigone pp. 541-564 of MLM

Fri. April 7

Peer Workshop

Essay 3.2 Due

Week Twelve


Mon. April 10

College Closed: Spring Break (No Classes)

Wed. April 12

College Closed: Spring Break (No Classes)

Fri. April 14

College Closed: Spring Break (No Classes)

Week Thirteen


Mon. April 17

Annotated Bib. Assignment Sheet Distributed (Research Assignment)

Essay 4 Assignment Sheet Distributed (Researched Argumentative Essay)

Read Sophocles’s Antigone pp. 564-580 of MLM

Answer Questions 1 and 2 of Writing About Issues pp. 580 (must be typed)

Essay 3.3 Due

Wed. April 19

Student Conferences – No Class

Fri. April 21

Student Conferences – No Class

Week Fourteen


Mon. April 24

Student Conferences – No Class

Wed. April 26

In Class Peer Workshop: Annotated Bibliography

Bring your sources and handbook to class for this activity

Fri. April 28

Putting the Argument Paper together

Annotated Bibliography Due

Week Fifteen


Mon. May 1

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 4.1 Due


Wed. May 3


Peer Workshop

Outlining Review: Keeping Your Paper Focused

Typed Draft of Essay 4.2 Due

Fri. May 5

Optional Conferences – Must sign up for a designated time - No Class

Week Sixteen


Mon. May 8

Last Day of Scheduled Classes – Formal Essay 4.3 Due with receipt to Division Office by Noon  – No Class