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Syllabus for English 201

Borough of Manhattan Community College

The City University of New York

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING THE SYLLABUS TO EACH AND EVERY CLASS.
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Course: English 201-120 Composition II: Introduction to Literature

Instructor: Andrew Gottlieb Semester: Fall 2015 Office: F212 Schedule:

Email: andrew150@verizon.net Room:

Office Hour: Wed. 2:50PM-3:50PM Credits: 3
Course Description:

In English 201 students will be introduced to three literary genres - short stories, poems, and a play. For each reading selection, there will be a series of questions and a writing assignment. Students are expected to complete no less than four essays. The first three of these must be at least 4 pages. The fourth, a research project involving considerable research and citation from reliable sources, must be at least 6 pages. Students are required to follow formats outlined in the MLA Handbook. To facilitate the process of writing the research project, one class will be held in the school library where an orientation will be given. Students are required to attend this orientation. By the conclusion of English 201, students will be prepared for the analytical and research-based writing required in upper-level courses across the curriculum. They will also be prepared for advanced courses in literature.


Learning Outcomes

Students completing English 201 will:



  1. Write at least four well-developed, thesis-driven argument and analysis essays, using evidence from literary texts and incorporating research. Assessment will be based on evaluation of three essays at least 4 pages and one research project at least 6 pages, a total of not less than 18 graded pages. Essays will be graded in part on the documentation of sources and the proper use of MLA formats.




  1. Write clear, grammatically correct, effective sentences in well-organized paragraphs.

Assessment will be based on evaluation of three essays and a research project.


  1. Acquire a critical appreciation of the nuances and complexities of a variety of literary texts.

Assessment will be based on evaluation of three essays and a research project.


  1. Define and apply literary terms to analyses of texts within several literary genres.

Assessment will be based on evaluation of three essays and a research project.


  1. Correctly use the conventions of MLA documentation and citation, including a “Works Cited” page. Assessment will be based on evaluation of three essays and a research project.




  1. Frame research questions; plan research strategies; find and evaluate sources using the BMCC Library and the BMCC Library Website; and present the results of research. Assessment will be based on evaluation of a research project at least six pages. This essay will be graded in part on the documentation of sources and the proper use of MLA formats.


General Education Outcomes

Communication Skills: Students will be able to express their thoughts in speech and in writing. They will also be able to read critically and articulate thesis-driven arguments in well organized essays. Assessment will be based on evaluation of four essays, including a research project, a total of not less than 18 graded pages, as well as participation in class discussions and collaborative essays.




  1. Values: Students will be able to make informed choices based on a capacity to reason and to evaluate what they hear and read according to an awareness of the value of exploring viewpoints other than their own. Assessment will be based on evaluation of four essays, including a research project, a total of not less than 18 graded pages, as well as participation in class discussions and collaborative essays.


Course Requirements:

  1. Students are required to write a minimum of four essays, for a total of not less than 18 pages. The first three papers must be at least 4 pages. The fourth essay is a research paper which must be at least 6 pages. This can be a development from one of the earlier papers and should incorporate considerable research documented according to MLA formats.

  2. Students are required to come to every class on time and to stay until the end of class. Coming late or leaving early is unacceptable. See the College Attendance Policy on page 3.

  3. Students are required to bring the syllabus and writing assignments to each class.

  4. Students are required to do all the reading assignments.

  5. Students are required to hand essays in on time.

  6. Students are required to fulfill the required specifications for the writing assignments.


Required Specifications for The Writing Assignments:

Review the ESSAY CHECKLISTon pages 8 and 9 of the syllabus before handing in each assignment.

  1. Each essay must be typed.

  2. Font size must be 12.

  3. Font style must be Times New Roman.

  4. The name of the student, professor, course, and date must be flush left with a double-space between each.

  5. See MLA Handbook - Seventh Edition. 4.3. Heading And Title. 116.

  6. The title must be a double-space below the date and centered.

  7. See MLA Handbook - Seventh Edition. 4.3. Heading And Title. 116.

  8. Each essay must be double-spaced.

  9. Each paragraph must be indented.

  10. There must be no more than one double-space between paragraphs.

  11. Each page of each essay must be numbered in the upper right-hand corner.

  12. Each essay must be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.

  13. The first three essays must be between at least 4 pages.

  14. The research project must be at least 6 pages.

  15. The research project must focus on at least one literary text: a story, a poem, a play, or a novel.

  16. Documentation must include a “Works Cited” page and be done according to MLA formats.

See MLA Handbook - Seventh Edition. 131.

  1. Students must attend the library orientation.


Grading: The final grade will be based on the following:

  1. The average grade for the first three essays will count for 60% of the final grade.

  2. The research project will count for 30% of the final grade.

  3. Your presence and participation in class, meaning attendance, promptness, staying until class is dismissed, and contributing to class conversations will count for 10% of the final grade.



Texts & Materials:

  1. Sophocles - The Three Theban Plays Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus

Translated by Robert Fagles –Publisher: Penguin Classics ISBN 014 044.425 4

  1. Short Stories (handouts) & Poems (handouts)

  2. Pens and an 8 ½ by 11 inch notebook.

  3. Stapler.

College Attendance Policy

At BMCC, the maximum number of absences is limited to one more hour than the number of hours a class meets in one week. For example, you may be enrolled in a three-hour class. In that class, you would be allowed 4 hours of absence (not four days). In the case of excessive absences, the instructor has the options to lower the grade or assign an F or WU grade.


Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and curricula for all students.


BMCC Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Statement

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words or artistic, or technical work as one’s own creation. Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotation, require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work. The full policy can be found on BMCC’s website, www.bmcc.cuny.edu. For further information on integrity and behavior, please consult the college bulletin (also available online).


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Coming Late and Leaving Early

10% of a student’s grade is based on class participation. Coming to class late or leaving early can have an adverse effect on a student’s grade. If, however a student needs to leave early, he or she is expected to do so in a respectful manner and, at no time to impose his or her needs on the rest of the class. Students are not allowed to make comments such as: “Class is over!” or “Time’s up!” A student wishing to leave early can say “Excuse me, I need to leave.” It is preferable that students tell the teacher in the beginning of class that they are planning to leave early.


Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior of any kind is unacceptable. Students are expected to behave in a courteous and respectful manner at all times. Students wishing to address personal needs, expressing complaints, or requiring excessive explanation of assignments, must do so before or after class, during breaks, or during the instructor’s office hour.

Texts & Materials



  1. Copy and paste the following into Google to order online:


Sophocles – The Three Theban Plays – Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus. Translated by Robert Fagles. Introduction and Notes by Bernard Knox. Penguin Books.
First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin Inc. 1982. ISBN 0 14 044.425 4. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 83-13053 (CIP data available)
On Amazon, the book can be purchased at a cost ranging from $6.50 to $11.07


  1. Handouts – Short Stories & Poems




  1. STAPLER – AN ABSOLUTE MUST!

ALL PAPERS MUST BE STAPLED TO RECEIVE CREDIT.


  1. Pens




  1. 8 ½ by 11 inch notebook.

Number of

Writing Assignments for English 201

Andrew Gottlieb


STUDENTS IN ENLISH 201 ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE A

TOTAL

OF
4

PAPERS INCLUDING

A RESARCH PROJECT.


THE FIRST THREE PAPERS ARE

4 DOUBLE-SPACE PAGES.


THE FOURTH PAPER (A RESEARCH PROJECT) IS

6 DOUBLE-SPACE PAGES.

PAPERS MUST SATISFY ALL OF THE SPECIFICATIONS ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE TO RECEIVE CREDIT.

Specifications for the Papers





  1. Each essay must be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.

Papers that are not stapled will not be accepted.


  1. Each page of each essay must have typed page numbers in the upper right-hand corner.

Papers without typed page numbers in the upper right hand corner will not be accepted.


  1. Each essay must be typed. Essays that are not typed will not be accepted.

  2. Font size must be 12.

  3. Font style must be Times New Roman.

  4. Each paragraph must be indented.

  5. There must be no more than one double-space between paragraphs.

  6. The name of the student, professor, course, and date must be flush left with a double-space between each. See example on the following page.




  1. Each essay must be double-spaced.




  1. For citations more than one sentences, use the following specifications.

See example on page 9.
a. single-space

b. font size 10

c. left indent at 1 right indent at 5.5.


  1. Quotation marks and the appropriate MLA citation for all quotes must be used. The absence of quotation marks where needed is PLAGIARISM. See example of internal punctuation on the following page. WARNING: Omission of quotation marks is grounds for an F for the paper and possibly for the final grade.




  1. All sources used in the essay must be cited in a “Works Cited” page and be done according to MLA formats. See example on the page after the following page.

Formatting Your Paper



First Page

This is an example of the top of the first page of a paper.

Use double-spaces. The title must be a double-space below the date and centered.

See MLA Handbook - Seventh Edition. 4.3. Heading And Title. 116.




1

John Smith

Professor Abraham

English 201

May 7, 2009

Greek Tragedy





When citing a source in the text do as follows: “Oedipus in the play is a free agent” (Fagles, 149).

When paraphrasing do as follows: Fagles maintains that Oedipus has free will (Fagles, 149).


Internal Punctuation

Long Quotations

This is an example of how to do a citation longer than one sentence.



“In the very first year of our century Sigmund Freud in his Interpretation of Dreams offered a famous and influential interpretation of Oedipus the King:


Oedipus Rex is what is known as a tragedy of destiny. Its tragic effect is said to lie in the contrast between supreme will of the gods and the vain attempts of mankind to escape the evil that threatens them. The lesson which, it is said, the deeply moved spectator should learn from the tragedy is submission to the divine will and realization of his own impotence.

(Trans. James Strachey)


This passage is of course a landmark in the history of modern thought, and it is fascinating to observe that this idea, which, valid or not, has had enormous influence, stems from an attempt to answer a literary problem – why does the play have this overpowering effect on modern audiences?”

(Knox, Bernard. Sophocles – The Three Theban Plays. Translated by Robert Fagles. Penguin Books. Copyright by Bernhard Knox, 1982. 132. Print.)





Works Cited Page
This is an example of the top of the first page of a works-cited list.

Entries are in alphabetical order with second lines of each entry indented (hanging indentation).

See MLA Handbook - Seventh Edition. 131.
The Works Cited page must be on a separate page.


7
Works Cited

Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. Edited by Edward Hubler.

A Signet Classic. Copyright by Edward Hubler, 1963. Print.


Sophocles. The Three Theban PlaysAntigone, Oedipus the King, Oeidipus at Colonus.

Translated By Robert Fagles. Penguin Books. Copyright by Robert Fagles, 1982, 1984. Print.



Grading Policy


DUE DATES


  • Due dates will be determined during the semester. Students must hand papers in by the due dates to receive credit. Late papers will not be accepted. Papers not handed in by the due dates will receive a grade of F. This will be calculated into the final grade as a zero. It is with this in mind that students are advised to hand in whatever they can. A passing grade, a C or even a D, does not impact upon the final average nearly as much as an F.

INCOMPLETE (INC)




  • To receive an INC, students must have a compelling reason. This can be a serious medical or family problem that prevents them from coming to class. In the case of a medical problem, a doctor’s note is required for verification.




  • To receive an INC, students must have received three passing grades on at least three of four assignments.




  • Students must request an INC no later than one week prior to the last day of class to receive one.

Requests for an INC made later than this time will be denied.


  • If the teacher has not received a request for an INC, he will determine the final grade by averaging the grades of whatever papers the student has handed in.




FAILURE (F) or (WU)




  • Students who hand in less than three papers will receive an F.




  • Students who miss more than four classes will receive an F or a WU

OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL (W)




  • The W grade signifies OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL. Students who want to withdraw from the class should do so prior to the date specified in the Academic Calendar posted on the BMCC website.




  • It is advisable for student to withdraw who:

  1. have been excessively absent.

  2. have failed to hand in two assignments.

It is better to drop a class than to receive a failing grade.

Remember to withdraw before the withdrawal date specified in the Academic Calendar.

Students who fail to withdraw before this date will receive a WU which has the same numerical

value as an F.



Themes and Questions for English 201
During the semester we will be exploring certain themes and questions relating to the works of literature. These can be contemplated not only in relation to literature but in relation to our own lives as well. It is with this in mind that we will begin the semester by discussing these. This will help you relate to the stories, poems, and plays we will be reading. It will also help make your papers more relevant and interesting.

1. Suffering

  1. Why do we suffer?

  2. What are the sources of emotional pain?


2. Responsibility and Control

  1. To what extent are we responsible for our state of mind?

  2. Can we blame others for how we feel?

  3. How much control over our feelings do we have?

  4. Do we have free will?


3. Reality

  1. What is reality?

  2. Is there one reality for a given situation?

  3. Are there multiple realities in life?


4. Identity

  1. What defines me?

  2. How do I determine who I am?

  3. What is the meaning of identity?

  4. Is the identity I have the same others have for me? If not which is my true identity?

  5. Is it possible to have more than one self? Do I have a single self or multiple selves?

  6. How does my sense of self impact on the way I behave.


5. Irony

  1. Irony is a reversal of expectation. The outcome is the opposite of what we expect. It’s a twist. Mary wins the lottery and is now able to buy a jet plane, something she has always dreamed of doing. On her first trip, the plane crashes and she is killed. The joyful expectation resulting from winning the lottery is reversed.

  2. Do you ever feel your life is ironic? How has it been ironic? Tell a story?


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