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									                                  English Composition II
                                 Professor Michael Miller
                                          102 82
                                 9-11:45 in room Fed 203

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

“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

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.

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                                       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 is
responsive to the       4                     3                      2                     1
Presents focused,
analytical line of      4                     3                      2                     1
Shows evidence of
critical reading of     4                     3                      2                     1
the text
Integration of
necessary, and          4                     3                      2                     1
accurate textual
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

Strong introduction
with effective thesis   4                     3                      2                     1
paragraphs with
                       4          3                2     1
clear topic
sentences relating
to the thesis
Logical and smooth
transitions between    4          3                2     1
conclusion which
draws together the     4          3                2     1
central elements of
the argument

Correct and varied     4          3                2     1
sentence structure
Precise and specific   4          3                2     1
punctuation and        4          3                2     1
Strong and original    4          3                2     1


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