Fall 2012 Dr. Robin Rudicell
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: Bld 50, Room 133
Lit 2100 Introduction to Literature
Backpack Literature, Kennedy and Gioia Fourth Edition
OPTIONAL: The New Century Pocket Guide for Writers, Hult and Huckin
Theme for the Course: In this class we will be looking at fiction, poetry and drama as expressions
of the human spirit, as a way that artists portray their deepest view of human behavior and the
revelations they find in that behavior. In this class we will be exploring cultural, spiritual and
psychological insight as a way of understanding meaning that is contained in literature.
General Studies: Introduction to Literature is designated as a General Studies course. The General
Studies curriculum at the University of West Florida is designed to provide a cohesive program of
study that promotes the development of a broadly educated person and provides the knowledge and
skills needed to succeed in university studies. This course has been approved as meeting your
requirement in the Literature area. The two major General Studies learning outcomes for this course
are Writing and Ethical Reasoning.
Introduction to Literature is also a “Gordon Rule” course. Students who are earning their first
baccalaureate degree are required by Florida Statutes to satisfy the Gordon Rule Writing requirement
by taking twelve semester hours of coursework in which college-level writing must be demonstrated
through multiple assignments, totaling approximately (but not limited to) 6000 words. A grade of "C-"
or higher is needed in the courses to satisfy this requirement. Gordon Rule courses may not be taken
on a pass/fail basis.
If you are interested in a major in English, Literature or Creative Writing track, you should contact the
office of the Department of English and World Languages, (850) 474-2923. If you are undecided
about you major you should contact your academic advisor, the Career Center at (850) 474-2254, or
the English Department Advisor, Ms. Kate Baumann, at (850) 474-2927.
Reading: Reading assignments are listed weekly in CONTENT. We will be covering fiction, drama and
poetry with reading assignments from Backpack Literature. You are expected to read the assignment
and post a Response Paper for each reading assignment. The Response Paper assignments will be
posted in e-Learning.
Writing: This class is a Gordon Rule class which means students are required to write 6,000 words in
the semester. Writing is the means through which you will demonstrate your growing understanding
of meaning in literature. You have four types of writing assignments:
Response Papers – initial writing about each piece of literature
3 Essay Exams
The specific assignment for each paper will be posted on e-learning. See below for more specifics.
The Class: This class will have two parts, a traditional discussion-based class, and online activities,
primarily for me to post assignments and for students to turn in work and possibly take quizzes.
Online: I will use e-learning to post the syllabus and all assignments, and any quizzes that might be
required. You are expected to read all of the material on e-learning. You will also be expected to turn
in all writing assignments through e-learning. You are allowed to use email to turn in papers as a
back-up to any technical problems. You still must post the assignment to e-learning.
Assignment Points DUE
Response Papers, (12 Individual Papers X pts) 35/420 Weekly
Annotated Bibliography 10 38/280 Weekly
3 Short Answer and Mini Essay Exams 100/300 Week 5,
A = 1,000 - 930 C = 764 - 729
A- = 929 - 900 C- = 728 - 700
B+ = 899 - 865 D+ = 699 - 665
B = 864 - 829 D = 664 - 629
B- = 828 - 800 D- = 628 - 600
C+ = 799 - 765 F = 599 and below
All assignments in this course link to these objectives.
1. Students will read and analyze the literary works and critical essays assigned for
Introduction to Literature, covering major genres of fiction, poetry and drama. Students will
be able to
Discuss events and information from the reading online using standard spoken English.
Identify literary devices such as imagery, motif, metaphor, simile, analogy and symbolism in
the work, by identifying appropriate passages from the work.
Analyze character development by identifying passages from the work.
State significant themes of the works and support those ideas.
Analyze the different genres: poetry, drama, and short story.
Student will write analytically and critically about assigned readings, demonstrating writing
skills appropriate to competent academic expository writing.
State theses in demonstration of their understanding of the works read, limiting scope of topic
and qualifying thesis statements as needed,
Support assertions with sufficient and appropriate reference to primary and secondary
Maintain unity of thought and purpose in the development of their propositions,
Provide for an organization which contributes to the purpose of the composition,
Adapt writing strategies to the requirements of the writing occasion (e.g., to essay exam or
other timed writing, writing for research papers),
Exhibit skills of paragraph composition: sufficiency of development, coherence, unity of
thought and purpose,
Exhibit skills of sentence composition: variety of types appropriate to emphasis and thought,
logic of conventions of grammar usage appropriate to academic writing,
Exhibit skills of word use: adherence to conventions of spelling and meaning, use of diction
that is precise, economical, and appropriate to academic discourse, and
Exhibit skills of rewriting: proofreading for error and weakness or imprecision of expression,
rethinking and reorganizing for clarity and improved focus.
Document correctly, using MLA guidelines, avoiding plagiarism, making appropriate choices for
paraphrasing and quoting, integrating the research into a critical argument, following
University guidelines and will be subject to UWF policy if plagiarism is discovered. See below.
4 A. The common rhetorical characteristics of academic writing:
1. The demonstrative voice
2. Assumed peer audiences
3. Academic purposes
4. Context of project
5. Literature review
6. Problematization of the current conversation
7. Theoretical and/or methodological framework
8. Presentation of the argument
9. Draw conclusions
10. Uses transitional language that makes explicit the paper’s logical structure
B. Rhetorical skills common in academic writing
1. Define key terms/concepts
4. Quote, only where appropriate
5. Intertextual analysis
6. Internal Citation
C. Write quality prose that demonstrates knowledge of the following:
1. Complex sentence structure where required
2. Varied sentences structure for emphasis and clarity
3. Command over the syntactic logic of the sentence
4. Parallel construction where required
5. Reliance on active voice, active verbs, and agentive subjects
6. Knowledge of when to use passive voice
7. Coherent paragraphs that have clear purposes
8. Correct use of vocabulary
9. Words, phrases, and sentences that indicate transitional logic
10. No errors in grammar and mechanics
ACADEMIC HONESTY: PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is form of academic dishonesty involving the theft
of the work of others. Plagiarism can result in your immediate failure of the course. I can also petition
for your expulsion from the university.
I do not tolerate plagiarism. You are responsible for knowing the university’s policy on plagiarism and
abiding by that policy. The UWF policy on plagiarism can be found at the following
The UWF Student Handbook defines plagiarism as “the act of representing the ideas, words, creations,
or work of another as one’s own.” Students who plagiarize are guilty of the crime of stealing someone
else’s intellectual property. This crime combines theft with fraud, and the penalty is correspondingly
severe: failure for the assignment and, in some cases, for the entire course. An instructor may also
recommend that the student be suspended from the university.
I use plagiarism detection software to help me enforce this policy.
For further information regarding academic misconduct, refer to the Student Handbook.
Reading assignments are to be completed weekly, before you do the written work.
All written work must be turned in to the dropbox in elearning in Word and only in Word and conform
to MLA format guidelines and double-spaced. Work must be turned in to e-learning drop box as
specified in the assignment.
Late work will be penalized 2 letter grades the first day and 3 the second, that is 24 hours
or 48 hours after the due date. Any work 3 days late will receive a zero, but 90% of the
work must be turned in for credit on the word count to meet the Gordon Rule
requirements. You cannot pass the class if you don’t turn in at least 90% of the written
Papers – More information
Turn in to e-learning in DROPBOX
Your response papers will consist of reacting to a topic for each reading assignment, including
individual poems. You are required to read all of the assigned reading. The response papers will act
in place of quizzes and will be a practice for writing about the pieces we read and will count toward the
Gordon Rule requirement. Instructions for each response paper will be posted online. The topics will
ask you to think about aspects of the literature and to summarize and apply ideas from the reading.
The purpose of the summary will be to prove that you read the material.
The due date is will be announced on elearning in the introductory material for the class. All work is
due by 11:59 pm (Midnight) of the due date with a 4 hour grace period. ( midnight + 4). No Response
papers are due during the exam weeks.
12 Response Papers @ 35 points each for 420 points. Late penalties are listed above.
All students are welcome to visit me during office hours to discuss the readings or written
assignments. You should (and may be required to) visit the writing center while composing any or all
of your formal papers. Any student who has special needs because of such problems as hearing or
vision impairment or learning disabilities that require special compensations, please speak with me
within the first week of classes so that suitable and fair arrangements can be made for your success in
Technological Disruption Policy
If a pager, cell phone, or computer vibrates or rings in class, the student will lose two (2) points from
the final grade at the end of the semester for each offense.
Talk to me. I cannot help solve problems that I don’t know about. Any time you have a real issue
about or getting work done (such as serious illness or family emergency) you need to contact me
before assignments are due. I can be reasonable on some occasions but I will not be as reasonable
after the fact. I will accept documentation of a real issue, such as doctor’s excuse. Email is the
acceptable method of communication. I generall turn my computer off around 9:30 pm, but you can
still email and I will see the emails when I sign on again.
It is possible but unlikely I will make changes to the syllabus. If so you will be notified and provided
The Class Schedule is on a separate sheet.
NOTE: Changes to this schedule are unlikely but should it become necessary changes will be posted to
the CONTENT tab is e-learning. You are responsible for keeping on top of all such changes. I will not
add anything, but I may need to rearrange, or delete items if circumstances beyond my control
The reading list represents the minimum reading that is required for the class. You may want to read
all the poetry of some writers, and sample plays, or other material we just don’t have time to cover.
Course Schedule will be available Online in Content: Course Schedule.