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Syllabus, EH 102 FALL 2009

Tuesday/Thursday Dr. Gates

Office in Stone Center, 206

f9sy102tt.rtf Office Phone: 782-5548. ~ E-mail:

Office ( or Lab) hrs. MWF: 10:15-11:15; Fri. 1:30-3:00.

MW: 2:45-3:45; TTH 1:30-2:30 4:-4:30; Tues: 7:30-8:00 unless otherwise announced or posted.

[The hour of 12:30-1:30 Thursday is in the Writing Center, Room 116 SC]

Section 014 (# 11311): 2:30 to 4:00 Room SC 127
This syllabus is subdivided as follows.

I. Course description

II. Objectives

III. Requirements and Evaluation - Attendance and Course Policies

IV. Texts

V. Syllabus: the Course Outline and Daily Schedule

VI. Format for this Course and Criteria for Evaluation
3 credits. Course prerequisite: Successful completion of EH 101. Those of you who registered for 102 before completing 101 need to show proof of successfully completing 101.

Any individual who qualifies for reasonable accommodations under The Americans With Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 should contact the instructor immediately.
CIVILITY STATEMENT All students are expected to attend class fully prepared with appropriate materials and all devices which make noise turned to the off position (e.g., cellular phones, pagers, personal stereos, etc.). Any student behavior deemed disruptive by the professor will result in expulsion of the student from the classroom, with an absence for the day and possible disciplinary action. Please consult the JSU Academic Handbook for details about conduct and academic honesty. Penalties for violating Academic Honesty policy will be executed through the grading policy and can include, after a student hearing with the professor, an immediate NC for the course.
About electronic cheating: All forms of personal electronic communication devices must be out of sight and in the power off mode for class and testing periods. During a testing period in class, any use of a personal electronic communication device, without the prior consent of the instructor, constitutes prima facie evidence of academic dishonesty with no right of grade appeal. If the instructor observes the device, the presumption is that cheating has occurred and a grade of F (zero) will be assigned to that exam, quiz, etc.
I. Course description: a freshman composition course designed to stress the spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and the mechanics of effective writing about literature in the imaginative genres. The writing of a research paper.

II. Objectives:

A. To become familiar with three basic genres

1. poetry

2. drama

3. the short story

B. To develop skills in the writing of compositions based upon reading and interpreting the above literary forms, considering the elements of each.

C. To learn the proper procedure for developing the research paper.

D. To learn the significant literary terms.

E. To become proficient in word processing skills.

F. For majors in the Teaching of Secondary English and Language Arts Majors, the specific State Department of Education Rules that are applicable to this course are:
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--the writing process

[SDE RULE (1) (a) 2.;

--the impact of purpose, occasion, and audience on written and spoken discourse

[SDE RULE (1) (a) 3;

--Classical and contemporary American, English and world literature, including works by female and minority authors

[SDE RULES (1) (a) 1, (1) (a) 4;
--theories and methods of literary analysis

[SDE RULE (1) (a) 4;

--techniques of critical thinking, questioning, and problem solving

[SDE RULE (1) (a) 8;

--literature of various types

[SDE RULE (1) (a) 4.;

--Research techniques

SDE RULE (1) (a) 11.
Students who pass this course will have satisfied the SDE objectives designated above. The research paper tests for the last rule, with drafts and exercises designed to instruct in comprehension of these skills. Midterm and final test for all preceding rules except writing process. Writing process is tested in all five major paper projects.
III. Requirements and Evaluation:

A. Class attendance: Students are allowed only three unexcused absences, counting from the class meeting after the last day to add a (last day to add is Sept. 1st) Excuses for an absence MUST be presented on the day the student returns to class. Illness or doctor's appointments require a note by the doctor. Academic, extra curricular, or sports related off‑campus obligations require PRIOR notification. Family emergencies are considered excusable only at the discretion of the instructor. Pop quizzes cannot be made up, but you are otherwise responsible for all work: getting the assignment which is handed out or explained on the day you were absent so that your paper is not late, doing assigned reading, etc. Total absences, excused and unexcused, cannot exceed 25% of course meetings, counting from the first day the course meets WHETHER OR NOT you added later; 8 cuts (of 27 total) is NC for TTh 2:30 section 14). Tardiness, leaving the room without permission, or early departure is strongly discouraged, except during emergencies. I consider it your courteous duty to inform me of any need to be absent for part of the class. Absences during more than three days when FINAL Drafts are expected to be turned in may result in a serious grade penalty. Unless I approve your appeal for excuses and determine that an additional or make-up exercise warrants my approval of excuses. Late papers may require changed assignments and /or a specially scheduled make-up essay.
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B. Students must pass with an average of 70 the required assignments: quizzes, tests, papers, and final exam. "NC" or "no credit" is assigned to lower grades. Grades are recorded as A, B, C, NC. While you may miss one or two quizzes or be late on a preliminary draft without too much penalty, your grade will not be calculated unless you complete the research paper, the four final drafts of the numbered papers, the essay components of both the midterm and final exam. (In other words, you may NOT factor in a zero for those major assignments; the work must be completed for a grade. Moreover, as this is a composition class, you may NOT elect to take only the short answer section of an exam. If you do not write the essay for the midterm or final, you FAIL the course.)

C: Course Policies. The following will be given:

--Pop and announced quizzes, to test mastery of reading material and literary terms. (These cannot be made up when absent, but you will be allowed to drop one).

--Midterm exam, with essay and objective questions, on reading material, background material, and literary terms for poetry and drama.

--Short writing responses: sometimes as response to the reading, sometimes as an alternate to a factual quiz, sometimes as preparation for a longer assignment or as an evaluation of a computerized instructional program. I will make clear whether the exercise counts as a required quiz grade, an optional quiz grade, or points towards the class grade exercise.

--The class grade (grade # 20 on the grade sheet) will be determined on the following basis: Each student begins with an 80 (B). Points can be added through a number of ways: being prepared and responsive in class, doing an extra credit report, viewing and reporting on a film outside of class. You will be notified when it happens, but points will be deducted for lateness of major writing assignments, for substantive failures in class preparation, and for failure to save the electronic file of your work in the proper manner as instructed. Do not confuse this grade with the full class average of the 20 grades.

--Four numbered typed essays or papers, each of which must be seen through two drafts which the professor grades. The Preliminary draft will receive a quiz grade of 1‑10 (based on 7.0 as passing), largely based on Mechanics and meeting requirements. These quiz grades are averaged in with other quizzes. The Final draft will be given two letter grades: A, A‑, B+, B, etc. A=95, A- =92, B+ =88, etc. Keep in mind these two letter grades for each numbered paper are equal in weight to your ENTIRE quiz average.

--A longer research paper, which has four grades for the First complete draft. Also a fifth grade for research log. A sixth grade is factored for revision work. Preliminary quiz grade is for the proposal / personal first stage of this project.
-- Final exam will count for at least 20% of your course grade. If your grade on the Final is higher than your class average to that point, it is possible to weight the final for as much as 50% of the class grade.
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Deficiency in compositional skills will lower a student's grade. Major mechanical errors include incorrect punctuation and sentence structure, faulty agreement between subjects and predicates and pronouns and antecedents, and excessive misspellings of basic words. Major stylistic errors include failure to organize paper around a cohesive thesis statement, failure to use quotations from the literary texts to support arguments, and inadequate length.

You are expected to make substantial improvements over the course of the semester in your use of the computer to write and revise your papers. I will introduce such techniques as use of spell checker, use of block and move or copy across files, formatting and citation requirements; and you will be expected to master the technical aspects of basic word processing. Exceptions, of course, can be made for individual students: if you feel your writing is affected by the expectations of electronic submissions, you may handwrite all work.

Absences will be monitored according to the departmental requirements.
Tardiness policy: Because students who arrive late for class are marked absent, they must notify the instructor of their attendance at the end of class.
Make-up policy: A student may make up missed assignments only if the absence is excused. Such work should be made up as soon as possible. Forms for excused absences are in 228 SC and should be accompanied by verifiable documentation.
Make-ups have to be arranged and are at the discretion of the instructor. You are expected to present your excuse, along with (or written on) the form for a request for excused absence, upon your return to class. It is also recommended that if, prior to your absence, you know you have to miss for a reason that is excusable, you contact the professor ahead of the class meeting.
If you have a grade or attendance record dispute with the professor, your first responsibility is to schedule a meeting with the professor.
You are required to resubmit the preliminary drafts that are returned with a grade when you complete the final draft of a paper. All finished graded work will be kept on file in your folder. No exceptions. It is crucial that you save electronic work in the formats and filenames that are designated. You are permitted to keep a back up disk or mail a file to yourself, but you must sign the disk pledge, conforming to honesty policy and informing me of where and when you worked.
Evaluation chart for CLASS average:

percentage of Class average points
10% Quizzes & drafts 200

40% four essays [Final Drafts receive one letter grade for content and one for usage] 800

15% Midterm Administered in two parts Essay grade + short answer 300

20% Research, Complete first draft Due as RESF: check calendar 400

5% Research log Due with RESF 100

5% Research revision Some may elect option not to revise, but lowest of RESF grades counts again. 100

5% Class average Points added and sometimes subtracted for classwork and Review 100

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100% TOTAL 2000

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NOTE that the 20 grades on the grade sheet are weighted so that, for instance, the numbered papers each receive "2" grades, and the Midterm is a triple-weighted grade. You should have a good sense of your class grade, the average of these 20, before you go into final. The final can be weighted up to 50% of the COURSE grade, and will count no less than 20%.

The FINAL EXAM (see below for schedule) will count AT LEAST one fifth of the total grade.

IV. Texts:

A) Meyer, Michael, ed. The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 8th ed. Boston and New York: St. Martin's, 2008. ISBN-10: 0312452829;

B) Maimon, Elaine P., Janice H. Peritz, and Kathleen Blake Yancey. The New McGraw-Hill Handbook. 2nd ed. 2009. ISBN 13: 978-0-07-338381-1
C) Any good dictionary. College level, up-to-date.

The literature text will be required at all class meetings. It is advised that you also have with you the handbook, the relevant sections of the class assignment booklet [see below], and a dictionary. While working on the research paper, specific instructions will be announced for using the MLA documentation, and other research paper procedures, and you might lose credit on your class grade if you come without the handbook.
D. Also required for this section of the course:

1. Purchase the assignment booklet which contains important guidelines, supplemental readings, and writing assignments. Available at the On-campus bookstore, only. This semester, you will be asked to print this in sections, from on-line files.

  1. Strongly recommended: a 3.5 inch diskette, high density. Or your own jump drive where you can organize the material for this class in a subdirectory. I MAY supply a disk for those who need to use the lab (only when I am there), but if I do so, assume the one I supply remains with me and should include an electronic copy of all electronically submitted work. If you elect to keep your own copy of work, you must follow proper procedure and be responsible for not sharing work. Do not keep any thing but class-related material on disk I issue to you. The second disk or jump drive is optional, but will be necessary if you need to work on computers in Stone Center, then carry wor away with you. It is YOUR responsibility that you update the class disk, which remains with me

3. a card stock folder and loose leaf paper for your research log. You will need to keep and turn in your research log in a flat, solid color folder that has both prongs and pockets.

5. (optional): electronic spell‑checker, guides to the Electronic Work environment, such as Microsoft Word.

Notice: Please be aware that the Department of English has access to
powerful software that scans and detects unauthorized documents that are
submitted to your instructor.  Use of such documents constitutes an
admission of academic dishonesty.

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V. Syllabus: the Course Outline and Daily Schedule.

Assignments and due dates are subject to change; I will make sure to announce all changes. Note that this class meets twice a week for 90 minutes. Most turn in sessions may include either some composing sessions (early in the semester first drafts) or may include workshop sessions. Make-up provisions for work not completed during time allotted must be scheduled. Do not assume you can arbitrarily stay late. Later in the semester I will set policies for those who need to finish the assignment on their own time.
WEEK 1 Classes begin Aug. 26.

Introduction to the course. Sample writing exercise, LAB A must be made up if you are absent or if you join class late.

Thurs: 27th: Complete LABA, first personal essay

Begin discussing poetic terms and writing about literature Assign mastery of poetic terms on TERMSLIT pages in the online booklet. Your student handbook and textbook should be purchased: bring them to class.

Introduction to Word Processing
WEEK 2. August 31-Sept 4.

Go over terms and poems as announced Chapters 21-25.

Possible Quiz on selected poetic terms. Read Chapters 26 and beyond as assigned. Introduction to PowerPoint slides.

Discussion of Poetic terms, focus on Chapters 21-31; poems

as assigned. Discussion of and assign Paper 1. See separate instructions in assignment booklet. Explain directions, Paper 1.

Thurs: LABB, a second personal essay.

Introduce reading of Realism, Naturalism and dramatic terms related to A Doll House Read all of A Doll House (1713 ff.)
WEEK 3:. Sept. 8-11 (There are no class meetings on Sept. 7th, Labor Day)

(File name is: _ _ _ _ PAP1). Explain criteria for grading and

expectations of revisions for final draft.

Last day to withdraw for 80% tuition:Sept 8th.

Read Antigone, and A Study of Sophocles 1469 ff.; 1418 ff.

Study dramatic terms, tragedy. Peer Review exercise.

and the background on Greek Tragedy, 1420 ff.

Assign Paper 2: Definition of Literary Terms.

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WEEK 4. Sept. 14-18

Turn in Paper 2, Preliminary (_ _ _ _ PAP2)

Continue working with poetic terms. More thoughts on elegy

Read the pages in the assignment booklet: "Suggested Revisions"

Discussion of Dramatic terms: Doll House and / or Antigone

More dramatic terms. Possible film showing of Doll House and / or Antigone

WEEK 5 Sept. 21-25 Final draft of Paper 1.

Quotation review and exercises for citation mechanics.

Explain requirements for Midterm Essay. Begin review for Midterm.

Last day to withdraw and receive 50% tuition: Sept. 22

Review for terms and Peer Review.

Conferences scheduled for paper 2 revisions.

WEEK 6 Sept. 28-Oct. 2.

Final draft of PAPER 2, PAF2

Brief introduction to Paper 3, and research paper

Assign Paper 3 and RESEARCH PROPOSAL, RESP. Discussion of tragedy and Antigone and discuss conventions in Doll House and Antigone.

WEEK 7. Oct. 5- 9th

Preliminary Draft of PAPER 3: Drama paper. FILENAME: _ _ _ _ PAP3

Begin selections for Research projects. Bring Research Log from now on.

Read the short stories "Everyday Use" 757; "Bartleby the Scrivener" 144

Research Log Assignment

Research project conferences

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WEEK 8. Oct.12-16

Re-draft one of your first of semester LABA or LABB as RESP

Short answer component of MIDTERM EXAM

Midterm Grades due Oct. 28 (see note above)

Introduce point of view and literary terms in fiction. Bibliographic form: Review in Handbook, Chapters on Research. Peer edit Paper 3.
Read to discuss Short stories: "Barn Burning" 499, and "Good Country People" 456.

Conferences to approve or refine topic.

WEEK 9. Oct. 19-23


(Midterm Grades due Oct 28)

NOTE: I will be using the midterm grade filing to report NCs primarily for those students who have failed to attend class regularly or missed a section of the Midterm. Remember, if you get such a warning, you can withdraw before Nov. 5. Since you will not receive your grade on the Midterm exam until after the grades are due, it is your responsibility to know your standing (there is the chance that your performance on the midterm was poor, but you did not receive an NC grade report.)

Read for today: "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" 732, "The Minister's Black Veil" 407

Search the web using various search engines and strategies

Last day to drop without academic penalty: Nov. 5-- no signature needed.

Note: Short story selections are subject to change: Pay attention to announcements and revisions as spoken and distributed in class.
Week 10. Oct. 26-30th. Final drafts of Paper 3, PAF3 (and make-up of earlier work if you are behind)

Continue with research and expansion of research paper.

Review bibliographic form (Internet issues for Research)

LOG assignment.

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WEEK 11. Nov. 2-6 . Work on expansions of Research paper.

Present research strategy and bibliography entry to class.

Continue research and introduce checklist for completion.

Assign PAPER 4, introducing analogy structure.

WEEK 12 Nov. 9-13

Be prepared for quiz on the six short stories.

Complete Research, draft saved as RESF.

Proposals for Paper 4 considered.

Assign Hamlet (1588 ff.) and Shakespearean theatre

Research papers due by 4:30 p.m. Thursday
WEEK 13. Nov. 16- 20.

PAPER 4 drafted and submitted. PAP4.

. More on Hamlet, poetic and dramatic terms.

Nov. 18 is the Last day to withdraw passing (professor's signature required).

.WEEK 14. Nov 23-24.

One Class meeting this week. [Nov. 25-7 is Thanksgiving Vacation.]

Complete Final draft, Paper 4. PAF4; make-ups of earlier numbered papers. Continue Hamlet. Preview the final exam essay topics.


Return Research Papers; go over grading criteria and revision expectations. For most students whose grades are acceptable, revisions are optional. If you have a below 70 grade on any of the 5 components of the assignments, you are expected to submit a revision.

Complete Revision of Research Paper.

: Concluding discussion of Hamlet and other Literature.

Review for final, especially short answer section, using access to folders. Lab may be open after class for Revisions and assignments that were granted legitimate extensions. Late work is due by 4:15 p.m. Thursday or made up IN THE LAB during posted hours of Exam week.

EXAM WEEK Hours will be posted for make up and review sessions and conferences. Expect to complete all your work on Tuesday Academic Preparation day, during the equivalent class hour. No extensions beyond this, unless you are present, request, and are granted, an extension

EXAM for SECTION 014 (2:30 TTH class) is

Thursday December 10 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

in the classroom, 127 SC, unless otherwise announced
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VI. Format Procedures for this Course and Criteria for Evaluation:
Format Procedures:

You must follow all announced file saving and printing procedures. A "Disk Pledge" will be distributed as soon into the semester as I give permission for material to be worked on outside of class. Expect to provide documentation for all drafting.

The Stone Center Lab is equipped with Microsoft Word for Windows and all work must be submitted in this format, OR in Rich Text Format (rtf). You will be responsible when you work outside the lab of saving it in a format that is compatible with Word for Windows If you have WordPerfect, or MS Works, you should learn how to do "Save as" and change the file type. When "doc" is not available, look for "rtf."
It is, of course required that you do your own writing and you must do your own typing for the course. Consult the JSU Student Handbook for further detail on Academic Honesty Policies.
Disputes about grading or the record of your attendance shall be dealt with first in a private conference with your instructor. Only when issues cannot be resolved in this manner will they be referred to another level.

Criteria for Evaluation:
Grade range: A: Content: Paper makes an interesting and important interpretative claim, stated early in the paper, supported and developed with good examples and sound reasoning. Paper conforms to the general guidelines of the assignment options (or an alternative APPROVED by the professor), yet has originality and clear focus. Detail for support of thesis includes appropriate quotations from the text with accurate page references, citations, and proper MLA bibliography form. Paper conforms to length requirements, but can be slightly longer or shorter if I see you have planned carefully, made attempts to cut, and used the space well.
Grade range A: Mechanics: Paper is sufficient in length, uses proper sentence and paragraph construction, generally avoids both major and minor usage and mechanical errors, shows very good command of typing including proper punctuation, spelling, spacing, and Word Processing commands. Paper shows proper knowledge of use of quotations from sources, including layout and citation mechanics. Paper has a strong or imaginative thesis that is strongly supported with detailed knowledge and citations from texts.
Papers in the B range of grades are considered solid responses, adequately but perhaps not imaginatively addressing the question nor showing command of the material. In content, a persuasive thesis must be declared and supported with at

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least some detail. Direct quotations are expected. In mechanics, some grammatical and mechanical errors are permitted, as long as they are not severe and the professor determines that the student shows sufficient command of skills to improve with a revision.

Papers in the C range of grades are deficient in one or more areas: length, failure to address question, failure to deal with and show good critical knowledge of the material. If you only summarize a work (retell a plot or paraphrase a poem) rather than argue for an interpretive viewpoint, you risk a C grade. Mechanics and Usage problems which fall in the C range have serious flaws: subject/verb agreement, tense, proper sentence construction, serious and repeated punctuation errors.
Papers graded in the D range have: Some of the same problems as described for C, only worse, including major, consistent, and/or severe deficiencies in mechanics, logic, or length of paper. D grades are not sufficient for passing, and have serious errors that suggest your writing style is below a borderline for successfully completing the course and passing the ECE. D grades are averaged in as 60's, but an average in the D (60s range) results in No Credit for the Course. (You must earn an overall 70 for credit.)
Note well: This is primarily a writing class, and my measure of your writing skills must be weighted accordingly. A number of assessments are short answer grades or allow you to improve your writing on a subsequent draft. For your writing skills to receive appropriate weight, therefore, there may be occasions, the Midterm essay, the final exam essay, and others as announced, where you will receive zero points for an attempted essay if the instructor determines that your writing is not of high enough quality to pass the English Competency Exam. Make-ups are always at the discretion of the instructor. Short answer quizzes are not made up. (But with an excuse, you will qualify for a replacement, grade, probably a review quiz administered during exam week.) You are allowed to drop the lowest, and a make up quiz grade (a different quiz, to replace a second lowest quiz grade) is usually announced at end of semester. If you are absent on a day for a Preliminary Paper, make sure to bring an excuse to be eligible for quiz points. Be prepared to propose a make up time, preferably after class on the day of your return.

Do NOT attempt to omit and /or drop a Major Grade. Nor should you expect to average in a Zero for work you have not attempted. You CANNOT pass the course unless all Major Writing Assignments--Papers 1-4, the Research Paper with those revisions deemed necessary, the Midterm and Final Essays--are received as completed assignments.

More details on A Late Paper Policy will be generated at a future date. Unless you have a legitimate excuse, you should expect lateness of assignments to affect your grade in a negative way.

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