English Composition II Professor Michael Miller 102 82 9-11:45 in room Fed 203 Syllabus: Please read this entire syllabus carefully; consider it both a contract and a tool. Class Conduct: The best learning environment is one free of conflict and distraction. I expect all students and class visitors to be civil with one another and to shut off or mute their cell phones, ipods, etc… . Please review the Student Conduct section in the Student Handbook, pages 52-62. Purpose and Goals of the Course: This course is designed to expand on the writing experience you gained in English Composition I. Your work in this course will develop and strengthen your writing and communication practices, and improve your analytical skills, while expanding your grasp of the forms and traditions of literature, with a special focus on fiction, drama and poetry. This syllabus lays out policies and assignments that are meant to direct you toward those goals. The policies, including the grading policy, establish an orderly and clear set of expectations that will serve as a basis for all of your work. The essay assignments will provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your progress. Our day-to-day work will consist of in-depth discussions of the readings and practical work on the writing process. Reading assignments will call on your skill as an active and critical audience of literature. In-class discussion will call on your analytical and speaking skills. Writing assignments will allow you to focus on your writing process at every level, from prewriting to revising and editing, and will provide an opportunity to practice solid research methods. Intended Audience: Students in this course must have successfully completed the prerequisite course, English101. Required Texts and materials: The following are available from the Lowell MCC Bookstore. “Writing about Literature: A Portable Guide2” 2nd edition, by Janet E. Gardner You should also have at your disposal a good writing handbook and a good dictionary. There will be many other readings which will, in my attempt to help students keep costs down, be given as handouts. Also, they may be available, along with questions and research material, on my wiki, so please inquire. Attendance and Lateness: This class and the essays you write for it will be largely based on our group discussion. Therefore, missing class, or habitual lateness, will result in a lowering of your participation grade, which will, in turn, reduce your course grade. Consideration will be given to students who promptly document legitimate, unavoidable absences. If you find that you cannot avoid missing consecutive classes, please notify me as soon as possible. I will take attendance regularly, and your record will be a factor in deciding a borderline grade. *Because this is a Saturday class, missing one class is the same as missing three classes!!! Class Participation and Homework: I will give brief lectures on the course material, but this course is based on class discussion. In order for us to have meaningful discussion, you must be prepared for class, which means that you must read the assigned material on time, and that you must read actively and critically. Be ready to make a positive contribution to the conversation by offering insights, making connections, or by asking questions. It is a requirement of this course that you make a serious effort to convert your personal understanding of the material into commentary that benefits the entire class. I also expect you to present your ideas in a manner that encourages other members of the class and respects opposing opinions. Suggestions about notes: To help you with your critical reading and your analytical writing, and to improve class discussions in general, I suggest you keep a thorough and organized notebook. Take notes in class. As you read in preparation for class, make notes in the margins of your book, and write major observations and questions in your notebook. Use your notebook to write summaries of readings. Keep your essays in your notebook. These habits will help you when I call on you to speak in class, when you contribute to discussion, when you want to discuss an assignment with me, and most especially when you are writing your essays. Well annotated reading material and organized class notes and prewriting kept in your notebooks will be rewarded with extra credit; however, you must also refer to these materials in class discussions for extra credit. Final Grades: In order to pass this course, all assignments must be completed. Beyond that requirement, I will calculate your final grade on the following basis: Participation 10% enthusiastic involvement in class discussion and activities Quizzes 10% quizzes on critical and active reading of primary texts Response Papers 20% summaries and response papers (1-2 pages each) Essays 60% 3 essays (3-5 pages), 1 research paper (5-10 pages) Late work, extensions, and revisions: I expect you to turn in your work on time and in class, in printed, hard copy form. I will not accept late outlines or papers; quizzes may not be made up. I will give one-week extensions on essays, provided that you request the extension at least one classs before the due date. Taking an extension will reduce your grade on the essay by one half of a letter grade, and I will not accept papers after the extended due date. I will approve requests to revise essays on a case-by-case basis. Do not expect to turn in sloppy work on the due date and revise at your convenience; editing after the due date will not be permitted. Plagiarism: I will not tolerate Plagiarism. When you are writing for this course, save your notes, outlines, and early drafts (which might mean printing your work periodically), as I reserve the right to examine those materials should a question of legitimate authorship arise. If you cannot produce documentation of your work upon request, you may be required to rewrite the essay. Papers found to be plagiarized will receive a grade of zero, which will be factored into the final course grade. Such papers may not be rewritten. Please make sure you are thoroughly familiar with the various definitions of plagiarism, which include handing in work not your own, failing to appropriately cite others' intellectual property, and inappropriately paraphrasing information or ideas from other sources. Familiarize yourself with the college’s policy on academic dishonesty. Accommodations: If you have a documented disability that will necessitate academic accommodations, please notify me in the first two weeks of the course so that we might make appropriate arrangements. email me: at email@example.com Scoring Rubric for Eng 102 Please refer to the scoring guide for reminders about the specific criteria for each category as represented on the rubric by these scores: 4=exemplary 3=competent 2=uneven 1=insufficient Content Content is responsive to the 4 3 2 1 assignment Presents focused, analytical line of 4 3 2 1 argument Shows evidence of critical reading of 4 3 2 1 the text Integration of sufficient, necessary, and 4 3 2 1 accurate textual evidence Appropriate use of terminology related 4 3 2 1 to literary analysis Presents new insights in a fresh 4 3 2 1 and original way Structure Strong introduction with effective thesis 4 3 2 1 statement Well-developed, coherent paragraphs with 4 3 2 1 clear topic sentences relating to the thesis Logical and smooth transitions between 4 3 2 1 ideas Thoughtful conclusion which draws together the 4 3 2 1 central elements of the argument Mechanics Correct and varied 4 3 2 1 sentence structure Precise and specific 4 3 2 1 vocabulary Accurate punctuation and 4 3 2 1 mechanics Strong and original 4 3 2 1 voice *All papers must be formatted according to MLA style.
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