Room: GTM 201
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of Literature and Language
ENGL 102: Freshman Composition
Preq., Engl 101. Continues the
work of Composition I; includes the preparation of a
research paper from library sources.
- English 102 should be regarded principally as a writing
course. As such, the course is intended as a complement to
English 101. Writing skills used in the first course
should be augmented and further refined in the second.
- The research paper should be a major part of the course
and should demonstrate a diversity of writing skills.
- The short stories, poetry, and drama taught in English
102 should be used to generate topics and to serve as
material for student essays and research.
- Five essays, including a research paper, will be
assigned during the quarter. You should turn in your paper
in class on time. A paper not submitted in class on the
due date is late. SUBMIT YOUR ESSAYS ON TIME.
YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL FIVE ESSAYS AND TAKE THE FINAL.
- COMPLETE ANY MAKE-UP WORK BEFORE FINALS WEEK.
- Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as
a privilege, and all students are expected to attend
regularly and punctually all classes in which they are
enrolled. Attendance is worth 10% of your total grade.
- I shall keep a permanent attendance record for this
class. This record is subject to inspection by appropriate
college or university officials.
- Regular attendance will help you understand your
assignments and complete them on schedule. I encourage you
to attend unless you absolutely cannot avoid being absent.
- Bring a 9" x 12" manilla folder to class for me to
file your work in.
- Conferences are encouraged during the quarter. They will
be used to discuss specific writing strengths and/or
The grading scale is A: 90-100%, B:
80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F:0-59%.
- Turning in Your Work
- In face-to-face classes, I
want a paper copy of your assignments AND an electronic
copy submitted to the TurnItIn link on Moodle. In
online classes, submit your paper through Moodle to
TurnItIn. If you have trouble uploading it Moodle,
you may email it to me at email@example.com.
You may also bring a paper copy by my office. You
are still responsible for turning in the assignment by the
due date, so plan ahead.
- Late Work
- Your paper is due ON or
BEFORE the due date. You can turn it in any time
until the due date. After that, the grade drops
5 points per period.
- In a face-to-face class, I'll
take role every period. Your attendance grade is a
straight percentage of how much you attended class.
For example, if you attend 17 times out of 20 periods,
your grade will be 17/20=85%. An absence may be
excused with proper documentation.
- Graded Material
- In the event of a question
regarding an exam grade or final grade, it will be the
responsibility of the student to retain and present graded
materials which have been returned for student possession
during the quarter.
- Accommodations for Students
- Students needing testing or
classroom accommodations based on a disability are
encouraged to discuss those needs with me as soon as
- Honor Code
- "In accordance with the
Academic Honor Code, students pledge the following: Being
a student of a higher standard, I pledge to embody the
principles of academic integrity." If I determine
that you have violated the Honor
Code or the English Department plagiarism policy,
you'll receive a '0' on the assignment, and I may refer
you to the Honor Council if I think it appropriate.
- The Emergency Notification
- All Louisiana Tech students
are strongly encouraged to enroll and update their contact
information in the Emergency Notification System. It takes
just a few seconds to ensure you're able to receive
important text and voice alerts in the event of a campus
emergency. For more information on the Emergency
Notification System, please visit: http://www.latech.edu/
Registration Week (September 7-8)
Introduction of 1st assignment: summary &
analysis of a peer-reviewed
- Writing: Turn in a
12" manilla folder with your name, course, and section
number on the tab.
- Packet 48a, "Young Goodman
Brown." Here is the MLA entry for the story:
- Packet 3, "Three
- Browse through the syllabus and the table of contents
for a topic for research. It must be a literary paper
about a specific work in our text, or about one of our
- Writing: Do the prewriting questions below.
- What is the significance of Goodman Brown's name? Of
Faith's name? Goody Cloyse? Deacon Gookin?
- As you read the story a second time, make a list of
all the qualifying words that Hawthorne uses to suggest
that the events described may or may not be actually
happening--words like seem, appear, perhaps,
etc. What does Hawthorne achieve through this word
- Consult an encyclopedia to find out exactly what the
meaning of a Witches' Sabbath is. Is Hawthorne's
- What causes Goodman Brown's tragedy? What is it that
ruins his life?
- List at least 5 words that describe the setting of
- Point of View. What kind of narrator does the story
have? What does the method of narration imply for the
impact of the story?
- Reading: George Washington Cable
"Posson Jone'" from the Louisiana
- Begin work on your research paper. Read the work at
least twice and begin the prewriting process to get
ideas for a thesis.
- Research paper. Submit two topics for research (in
order of preference). I'll take these and approve one
for your research paper. Select a literary work from the
text or one of the collateral works.
- Questions on "Posson Jone"
- Setting: Where does the story take
- What's a "Posson?" A schismatique?
- Where has Posson Jimmy Jone been on business?
- Where is Posson Jone going? Where is that precisely?
- What is homespun?
- Where is the Place Congo? What's happening
there in the story? What's special about the
Place Congo in United States history?
- What does "Colossus of Rhodes" refer to?
- Compare and contrast Posson Jone and Jules St. Ange.
- Compare and contrast Baptiste and Colossus.
- What happened to Posson Jone's money?
- What animals "fight?" What's that say about New
- Who saves the day?
- Research paper prewriting.
- Correct the bibliography in your packet,
16. Follow the guidelines on MLA form.
- Submit a bibliography on your research topic
consisting of 10 works (books & journal articles).
Compile the bibliography using the following sources.
- The card catalog
- The MLA Bibliography
- Essay and General Literature Index
- Writing: ESSAY
ON "POSSON JONE" OR "YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN" DUE.
Questions on "Leda and the Swan" and "Leda"
Questions on "Mending Wall"
- What myth do these poems deal with? How does that myth
relate to the Odyssey? To 's death?
- What is the focus of "Leda and the Swan"? Of "Leda"? How
do the titles relate to these foci?
- Why does Yeats describe the swan as "feathered glory"
and "the brute blood of the air"? How does this relate to
the swan's identity?
- How would you answer Yeats' last question? How does Van
Duyn in "Leda"?
- What motivates the swan in the two poems? How do the
- How does Van Duyn contrast Leda's fate in "men's
stories" with her actual fate? How do artists go about
selecting the portions of life they depict? Why?
- In what ways do "Good fences make good neighbors"?
- In what ways do they not?
- What is it that doesn't like a wall?
- Why do the men repair the fence?
Questions on "Daddy"
- Reading: "Daddy"
- Writing: Research paper: note checks in
- Submit a ROUGH DRAFT of the RESEARCH PAPER.
- Who does the speaker compare her father to? Her husband?
How are the two phenomena similar?
- How has the speaker tried to free herself from her
- List some words describing the tone of the poem.
- What happened to Plath when she was 10? What was going
on in world history at the time? How does Plath relate
world history to personal history?
- How do your attempts to balance your family and
individual identity compare to Plath's? (let's hope
- Outline the main ideas of each section of the poem.
- What does Ulysses want? How does this contrast to what
he wants in The Odyssey? What is his attitude
toward his life ruling the island Ithaca?
- How does Ulysses contrast himself to his son?
- What do you think of Ulysses' views on how life should
- What similarities exist between Ginsberg & Whitman?
How much time elapsed between their works?
- What do Ginsberg's assumptions about Whitman reflect
about his own identity?
- Look up Charon & Lethe. Explain the last paragraph
of the poem.
- Why does Ginsberg imagine he sees Whitman? Why in a
- Pick a famous person you would like to see & a
fitting place to see him/her.
- Writing: ESSAY ON
Week 8 (October 30 — November 3)
- Writing: RESEARCH
- Reading: GROUP ASSIGNMENT
- Writing: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN FRESHMAN
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