Prince George’s Community College

English 102/122

TTh 12:00-1:30

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:               rmay@pgcc.edu

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

On the Web:                 http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~rmay/

 

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 or 121.

 

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

 

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

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 Turnitin.com before they can be turned in to me in class.  Essays will not be accepted without the Turnitin.com receipt. 

 

Course Policies

When you enroll in college courses, you expect that instructors will do their best to ensure a good learning environment.  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.

 

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 (205).  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. 

 

Attendance and Courtesy

Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time.  There are no “excused” absences in the course, and any student who for any reason misses more than 5 of the class sessions or who does not turn in all three essays 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 & DELAYED COLLEGE OPENINGS

 

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. In the event of missed classes, students are still expected to gain access to notes, announcements and session material. 

 

Extra Help

PGCC 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. HCC students should visit the CLC in ILB 210.

 

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, you will receive a failing grade of zero for the assignment and the incident will be reported to the Office of the President for Student Services.  In extreme cases, the student may automatically receive a *F for the course.  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

 

Important Dates

Spring 2006

Please note dates specific to your school!

 

All Laurel College Center Students:

 

January 28

Spring 06 classes begin at LCC

February 20

President's Day, LCC OPEN

February 15

Last day to apply for May Graduation for PGCC students

March 15

Last day to apply for May Graduation for HCC students

April 07

Last day to withdraw from 15 week classes  for HCC students

April 22

Last Day to withdraw from 15 week classes for PGCC students

April 10- 16

Spring Break, LCC CLOSED

May 08 - 15

Final Exam Week at LCC

 

Prince George’s Community College Important Dates and Deadlines:

 

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.

 

Howard Community College Important Dates and Deadlines:

 

Change to Audit

February 17

Withdraw from Class

February 18 - April 7

Final Exams

May 13 - May 19

Last Day to Petition to Graduate
for May degree

 March 15

REFUND PERIOD:

 

100% tuition and fees

February 3

75% (no course fees)

February 4 - February 10

50% (no course fees)

February 11 - February 17

Commencement

May 19

 

**Additional Requirement**

 

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.

ENGLISH 102/122 CALENDAR

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. 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.  Readings are from Making Literature Matter unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

Date

Readings and Assignments

Week One

 

Tues. Jan. 31

Introduction to the course and each other

Diagnostic Writing Exercise

Thur. Feb. 2

MLA Style Review

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

Norming Exercise

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

Week Two

 

Tues. Feb. 7

Poetry and Form

Essay 1 Prompt Distributed (Definition Essay)

Read: Piercy’s “To Be of Use” p. 180 MLM and all poems on Handout

Thur. Feb. 9

In-Class: Work on Essay 1.1 Draft

Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

Introduction to Peer Workshops

Bring Handbook to class

Week Three

 

Tues. Feb. 14

Parenthetical Citations

Bring Handbook to class

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 1.1 Due

Thur. Feb. 16

Works Cited

Bring Handbook to class

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 1.2 Due

Week Four

 

Tues. Feb. 21

Introduction to Short Fiction

Reading Quiz 1

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

Thur. Feb. 23

Essay 2 prompt Distributed (Compare and Contrast)

Reading Quiz 2

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

Formal Essay 1.3 Due with Turnitin.com receipt

Week Five

 

Tues. Feb. 28

Using Transitions

Transitions and Tone Exercises

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 2.1 Due

Thur. March 2

Introduction to Drama

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 2.2 Due

Reading Quiz 3

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

Week Six

 

Tues. March 7

Formal Essay 2.3 Due with Turnitin.com receipt

Introduction to Shakespeare

Reading Shakespeare’s Language

Sonnet Exercise

Introduction to Hamlet

Versions of Hamlet

Thur. March 9

Reading  Quiz 4

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

Week Seven

 

Tues. March 14

In-Class: Hamlet’s Soliloquies

Reading Quiz 5

Homework: Character Life Box (see handout for details)

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

Thur. March 16

In-Class: Tableau

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

Week Eight

 

Tues. March 21

Reading Quiz 6

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

Thur. March 23

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

Hamlet Wrap-Up

Distribute and Discuss Essay 3 Prompt

Week Nine

 

Tues. March 28

Introduction to Greek Theatre

Peer Workshop

Essay 3.1 Due

Thur. March 30

Reading Quiz 7

Peer Workshop

Essay 3.2 Due

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

Week Ten

 

Tues. April 4

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

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

Annotated Bib. Assignment Sheet Distributed (Research Assignment)

Essay 4 Assignment Sheet Distributed (Researched Argumentative Essay)

Thur. April 6

Workshop Day for Annotated Bibliography

(Bring Book Sources To Class)

Week Eleven

 

Tues. April 11

College Closed: Spring Break (No Classes)

Thur. April 13

College Closed: Spring Break (No Classes)

Week Twelve

 

Tues. April 18

In Class Peer Workshop: Annotated Bibliography Draft Due

Bring your sources and handbook to class for this activity

Essay 3.3 Due with Turnitin.com receipt

Thur. April 20

Putting the Argument Paper together

Annotated Bibliography with Turnitin.com receipt Due

Week Thirteen

 

Tues. April 25

Peer Workshop

Typed Draft of Essay 4.1 Due

Thur. April 27

Peer Workshop

Outlining Review: Keeping Your Paper Focused

Typed Draft of Essay 4.2 Due

Week Fourteen

 

Tues. May 2

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

Thur. May 4

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

Week Fifteen

 

Tues. May 9

Exam Week: No Class

Thur. May 11

Formal Essay 4.3 Due with Turnitin.com receipt to Division Office

by Noon  – No Class