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Course Requirments and Syllabus 551


									                       Anne Arundel Community College
                                English 112 – 551
                   Composition and Introduction to Literature 2
                                    Fall 2005

Instructor: Mrs. Rose Schmitt, M.Ed
Phone: (321) 693-7741 (Emergency use only)
Mailbox: AMIL or HUM 102
E-Mail: and/or

Required Texts:       The Bedford Introduction to Literature 7th Edition by Michael Meyer
                      Rules for Writers 5th edition by Diana Hacker
                      Mockingbird by Walter Tevis

Required Supplies: Notebook, Computer Disks (2), Journal, black or blue pens

Learning Objectives: After successfully completing this course, students will be able to

   1. Write clearly organized, effective essays in more advanced forms;

   2. Use prewriting, outlining, and revising for these essays;

   3. Consistently avoid non-standard English;

   4. Consistently avoid major grammar and punctuation errors;

   5. Critically analyze novels and plays;

   6. Complete a major research project with source material documented according to
      established conventions.

Note: By taking this course in the computer-assisted format, you also satisfy the college‟s
computer competency requirement.

Students with documented disabilities are eligible for course modifications. See Disabled
Student Services in Academic Advising to request these accommodations. Any other student
who suspects he/she may have a problem that hinders learning is also advised to confer with DSS

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Course Requirements:
For this course, you will write three 750 - 1000 word essays and a 1500 – 2000 word research
paper. You will also have a major group project, quizzes and homework as assigned, a journal,
and final exam. Your grade for the course will be calculated at follows:

   Essay #1                       Mockingbird                                              100 pts
   Essay #2                       Antigone                                                 100 pts
   Essay #3                       Hamlet                                                   100 pts
   Research Paper                 Research Paper                                           200 pts
   Group Project                  Modern Drama Project                                     100 pts
   Reflective Journal             (Collected periodically, at random)                      200 pts
   Peer Responses                 Four In-Class Peer Reviews                               100 pts
   Final Exam                     Essay                                                    100 pts
   Attendance, homework, quizzes, class participation                                      200 pts

Course Grade                                                                               1200 pts
(Total points divided by 12: 100 – 90 = A; 89 – 80 = B; 79 – 70 = C; 69 – 60 = D)

Course Policies:

1. Attendance and Courtesy: Regular attendance is crucial to classroom learning. You are
   expected to attend all classes. If you miss more than one (1) day of class or three (3) hours
   of instruction, you must provide a documented excuse or risk failing this course. Students
   who experience significant and unavoidable problems, such as extended illness, family
   emergencies, etc. must contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss possible
   extensions on the formal written work. 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. Note: Regardless of your reason for missing a class, you are responsible
   for arranging to get class notes and make up all permissible missed work. However, quizzes,
   homework assignments, and other in-class work cannot be made up.

2. Participation: You are expected to be prepared for class and to participate in class
   discussions and other activities. Such participation will be difficult unless you have read the
   assigned material and have the text with you. 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.
   Additionally, quizzes will be given at the beginning of class and cannot be made up. You
   earn contribution credit every time you come to class promptly and contribute positively.
   You lose it for absence, lateness, and negative or disruptive behavior such as chatting with
   classmates on unrelated topics, sleeping, etc. Contribution credits are earned by bringing
   required materials such as drafts, assignments, and journal entries, and by participating
   significantly in discussions, group work, and workshops.
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3. Assignment Deadlines and Extensions: Essays are due in class on the assigned dates (see
   the Syllabus). In-class contribution activities, including essay drafts, are due in class on the
   dates indicated. Late work will NOT be accepted. Note: You must complete all of the
   essays, including the Final Exam Essay, in order to pass the course.

4. Academic Honesty and Plagiarism: In order to assist students in developing intellectual
   honesty and in acquiring effective methods of obtaining knowledge, Anne Arundel
   Community College expects academic honesty from its students. See Separate Handout.

5. Essays: Students will 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 from peers and from the instructor. To assist you in
   your prewriting and rough draft activities, you will be required to keep a journal. (See
   separate handout.) Once a grade has been given to a paper, it may NOT be rewritten for
   a higher grade.

6. Extra Help: If you feel you need help with your work, speak with me before or after class,
   make an appointment to see me, the Tutoring Lab in the Library, or go to the Writing Center
   in Humanities 208. One-on-one tutoring from faculty is available 50 – 60 hours each week.
   You will be able to get help on such matters as organization, grammar, punctuation, and
   research documentation, but tutors will not proofread or approve your papers for you.

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               English 111 and 112: Standards for a “C” paper
These standards were developed by Maryland‟s Statewide English Composition Committee to
ensure ”rigor at the college-level for all general education courses.”


       “The „C‟ paper fulfills the assignment, meeting all specified requirements, such as
       subject, organization, and length, and reflects the author‟s awareness of audience and
       purpose. The paper presents a central idea supported by relevant material (facts, figures,
       examples, quotations, or other details). The reasoning is sound; arguments are supported
       with adequate evidence. Other points of view are acknowledged and responded to as
       appropriate. Sources of information are accurately presented and fully attributed.”


       “The „C‟ paper has a discernible and logical plan. It has a focus, and the writer maintains
       the focus throughout the essay. The writer has unified the entire essay in support of the
       central idea, or thesis, and individual paragraphs in support of subordinate points. Some
       individual paragraphs, however, may be weak. The writer promotes coherence through
       the logical order of paragraphs and the use of some or all of the following devices: thesis
       statement, topic sentences, opening and closing paragraphs, and transitions. The use of
       these devices may lack smoothness, but the writer has achieved an acceptable level of


       “The „C‟ paper uses reasonable stylistic options (tone, word choice, sentence patterns) for
       its audience and purpose. As a rule, the paper has smooth transitions between
       paragraphs, although some transitions may be missing or ineffective. The meaning of the
       sentences is clear, although some sentences may be awkward or there may be a lack of
       variety in sentence patterns. Nonetheless, sentence structure is generally correct,
       although it may show limited mastery of such elements as subordination, emphasis,
       sentence variety and length, and modifiers. The paper reflects current academic practices
       of language use established by professional associations such as the Modern Language
       Association and the American Psychological Association.”


       “The „C‟ paper follows the conventions of standard written U.S. English; thus, it is
       substantially free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics. What
       errors are present must not impede meaning nor overly distract the reader. The paper
       reflects current citation and documentation of sources as specified in relevant

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                          English 112/551 – Syllabus
  Date                     Assignments                             Class Topics
 Week 1            To Be Completed Before Class
 Aug 31     NOTE: The syllabus is subject to Introduction to Course Requirements &
            change at the instructor’s       Syllabus Review; Getting Acquainted;
                                             Keeping a Writer‟s Journal; Review of
                                                      the Writing Process; Introduction to
 Week 2                                               Analyzing Fiction
 Sept 7     Read RFW Ch. 1 - 4, pp. 2 – 57; Read      Quiz #1; Introduction to Fiction
            Bedford “ Reader Response Strategies,”    continued; Examination of Fiction Styles
            p. 2048-2050; “Introduction,” pp. 1–7;    and Terminology; Group Analysis of a
            “Reading Fiction,” pp. 13-19;             Short Story
            “Explorations & Formulas,” pp. 23-29;
            “Writing About Fiction,” pp. 46–49.
            Journal: See separate handout
 Week 3
 Sept 14    Read Mockingbird, pp. 1 – 275;            Quiz #2; Discuss Mockingbird
            Journal: See separate handout             Paper #1 Assigned: Analyzing a Novel
            Read RFW Ch. 19 & 20, pp. 156 – 172;      Writer‟s Workshop: Getting Started –
                                                      Sketching a Tentative Plan
 Week 4                                               Analyzing Drama - Antigone
 Sept 21    Write Paper #1 Rough Draft:               Quiz #3; Discuss common
            Analyzing a Novel;                        grammatical problems; Writer’s
            Read RFW Ch. 8, 9, 10, 11, pp. 84-101;    Workshop: Editing & Proofreading
            Read Bedford, “Reading Drama,” pp.
                                                and the Peer Review;
            1245-1262; “Elements of Drama,” pp. Introduction to Drama and Terminology;
            1263-1280; “Writing About Drama,”   Examination of a Sitcom;

            pp. 1286-1288; Journal: See
            separate handout
 Week 5
 Sept 28    Complete Paper #1: Analyzing a Novel;     Quiz #4; Paper #1 Analyzing a Novel
            Read “A Study of Sophocles,” pp. 1292-    DUE; Discuss Antigone and Aristotle;
            1298; Read Antigone, pp. 1342- 1379;      Paper #2: Analyzing Antigone
            Read Aristotle‟s “On Tragic Character,”   Assigned; Writer‟s Workshop: Thesis
            pp. 1379-1381; Journal: See separate      Statements, the Introduction, and
            handout                                   Writing the Rough Draft
 Week 6                                               Analyzing Drama - Modern
 Oct 5      Write Paper #2 Rough Draft: Analyzing     Quiz #5; Writer‟s Workshop: Integrating
            Antigone; Read Bedford, “Modern           Quotes and Peer Review
            Drama,” pp. 1580-1584; RFW Ch. 13,        Modern Drama Project Assigned;
            14, 15, 16, 17, & 18, pp. 110 - 154;      Research Paper Assigned

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            Journal: See separate handout
  Date                    Assignments                               Class Topics
Week 7          To Be Completed Before Class
 Oct 12     Complete Paper #2: Analyzing Antigone;    Quiz #6; Paper #2: Analyzing
            Read Bedford “Critical Strategies for     Antigone DUE
            Reading,” pp. 2029-2046; “Reading &
            Writing,” pp. 2063-2073; “The Literary    Meet at the AACC Library – Room
            Research Paper,” pp. 2096-2114; Read      TBA
            RFW Ch. 48-50, pp. 370 – 400; Journal:
            See separate handout.
 Week 8
 Oct 19     Prepare Group Drama Project; Read         Present Group Drama Project
            Assigned plays; Journal: See separate
            handout; Read RFW Ch. 46, pp. 344 –
            357; Read the “On the Web” MLA
            Model Paper: Sanghvi. Journal: In
            what ways do the two essays construct     Research Paper Q & A
            reasonable arguments? Be specific.
 Week 9                                               Analyzing Drama - Hamlet
 Oct 26     Prepare Group Drama Project; Read         Present Group Drama Project
            Assigned plays; Journal: See separate     Research Paper Q & A
            handout; Read RFW, Ch. 51- 55, pp. 401    Introduction to Shakespeare; Video:
            – 455; Read Bedford “                     How Will Became Shakespeare
Week 10
 Nov 2      Read Bedford “A Study of William          Quiz #7; Overview/Summary of the
            Shakespeare,” pp. 1391-1404; Read
            Hamlet, Act I, pp. 1460-1484;             Elizabethan stage and Hamlet;
            Journal: See separate handout.            Video: Hamlet, Act I; Discussion
Week 11
 Nov 9      Read Hamlet, Acts II and III, pp. 1484-   Quiz #8; Video: Hamlet, Acts II & III;
            1524; Journal: See separate handout.
Week 12
Nov 16      Write Research Paper Rough Draft;         Quiz #9; Video: Hamlet, Acts IV & V;
                                                      Discussion; Paper #3: Analyzing
            Read Hamlet, Acts IV and V pp.            Hamlet Assigned; Writer‟s Workshop:
            1524-1559; Journal: See separate          Research Paper Peer Review

Week 13 Nov 23                Thanksgiving – No School
Week 14
 Nov 30 Complete Research Paper; Write Paper  Research Paper DUE ; Writer‟s
        #3 Rough Draft; Journal: See separate Workshop and Peer Review
Week 15
 Dec 7  Begin preparation for Final Exam;     Paper #3: Analyzing Hamlet DUE

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            Complete Journal
                                            Journal Evaluation
Week 16
Dec 14      Preparation for Semester Exam   Semester Exam

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