Room: GTM 205
Time: 2:00-3:50 MW


Room: GTM 203
Time: 11:00-12:15 MWF

GTM 222
257-5494
12:15-2:00 MW
10:45-12:00 TR
4:00-5:00 MTWR
or by appointment

School of Literature and Language

School of Literature and
            Language Student Writing Contest
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Course Description

ENGL 102: Freshman Composition II. 0-3-3. 

Preq., Engl 101. Continues the work of Composition I; includes the preparation of a research paper from library sources. 

Objectives:

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • 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.

Attendance Requirements

  • 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

  • Conferences are encouraged during the quarter. They will be used to discuss specific writing strengths and/or weaknesses.



Grades
Essays
Analysis of an Article on Your Research Topic
15% 
Essay on Fiction   15%
Essay on Poetry   15%
Research Paper (2,300 words)
  25% 
70%
Web Project
Group Project.
Home page
 
15%
Attendance  
15%
Total 100%

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 bmagee@latech.edu.  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.

Attendance
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 with Disabilities
Students needing testing or classroom accommodations based on a disability are encouraged to discuss those needs with me as soon as possible. 

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 System
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Hoc opus, hic labor est.


Registration Week (November 29 - December 1)

Period 1

  • Reading:  Introduction of 1st assignment:  summary & analysis of a peer-reviewed article.
  • Writing:  Turn in a 12" manilla folder with your name, course, and section number on the tab.
  • Lecture


Week 1 (December 4-8)

Period 1

  • Reading:
  • Writing: Do the prewriting questions below.
    1. What is the significance of Goodman Brown's name? Of Faith's name? Goody Cloyse? Deacon Gookin?
    2. 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 choice?
    3. Consult an encyclopedia to find out exactly what the meaning of a Witches' Sabbath is. Is Hawthorne's description accurate?
    4. What causes Goodman Brown's tragedy? What is it that ruins his life?
    5. List at least 5 words that describe the setting of this story.
    6. Point of View. What kind of narrator does the story have? What does the method of narration imply for the impact of the story?
  • Lecture

Period 2


Week 2 (December 11-15)

Period 1

  • Reading:  George Washington Cable "Posson Jone'" from the Louisiana Anthology
    • Begin work on your research paper. Read the work at least twice and begin the prewriting process to get ideas for a thesis.
  • Writing: 
    • 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"
      1. Setting:  Where does the story take place?  When?
      2. What's a "Posson?" A schismatique?
      3. Where has Posson Jimmy Jone been on business?
      4. Where is Posson Jone going?  Where is that precisely?
      5. What is homespun?
      6. Where is the Place Congo?  What's happening there in the story?  What's special about the Place Congo in United States history?
      7. What does "Colossus of Rhodes" refer to?
      8. Compare and contrast Posson Jone and Jules St. Ange.
      9. Compare and contrast Baptiste and Colossus.
      10. What happened to Posson Jone's money? 
      11. What animals "fight?" What's that say about New Orleans?
      12. Who saves the day?
    • Lecture

Period 2


Week 3 (December 18 - January 5)

Period 1

  • Reading
  • Writing
    • Research paper prewriting.
    • Correct the bibliography in your packet, p. 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.
      1. The card catalog
      2. The MLA Bibliography
      3. Essay and General Literature Index
  • Lecture

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing: ESSAY ON "POSSON JONE" OR "YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN" DUE.


Week 4 (January 8-12)

Period 1

Questions on "Leda and the Swan" and "Leda"
  1. What myth do these poems deal with? How does that myth relate to the Odyssey? To 's death?
  2. What is the focus of "Leda and the Swan"? Of "Leda"? How do the titles relate to these foci?
  3. 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?
  4. How would you answer Yeats' last question? How does Van Duyn in "Leda"?
  5. What motivates the swan in the two poems? How do the motives differ?
  6. 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?
Questions on "Mending Wall"
  1. In what ways do "Good fences make good neighbors"?
  2. In what ways do they not?
  3. What is it that doesn't like a wall?
  4. Why do the men repair the fence?

Period 2


Week 5 (January 15-19)

Period 1

  • Reading: "Daddy"  
  • Writing: Research paper: note checks in class. 
    • Submit a ROUGH DRAFT of the RESEARCH PAPER.
Questions on "Daddy"
  1. Who does the speaker compare her father to? Her husband? How are the two phenomena similar?
  2. How has the speaker tried to free herself from her father?
  3. List some words describing the tone of the poem.
  4. 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?
  5. How do your attempts to balance your family and individual identity compare to Plath's? (let's hope favorably)

Period 2

        


Week 6 (January 22-26)

Period 1

  1. Outline the main ideas of each section of the poem.
  2. 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?
  3. How does Ulysses contrast himself to his son?
  4. What do you think of Ulysses' views on how life should be lived?

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing: 


Week 7 (January 29 - February 2)

Period 1

  1. What similarities exist between Ginsberg & Whitman? How much time elapsed between their works?
  2. What do Ginsberg's assumptions about Whitman reflect about his own identity?
  3. Look up Charon & Lethe. Explain the last paragraph of the poem.
  4. Why does Ginsberg imagine he sees Whitman? Why in a grocery store?
  5. Pick a famous person you would like to see & a fitting place to see him/her.

Period 2

  • Reading: 
  • Writing: ESSAY ON POETRY DUE.


Week 8 (February 5-9)

Period 1

  • Reading: 
  • Writing:

Period 2

  • Reading: 
  • Writing: RESEARCH PAPER DUE.


Week 9 (February 14-20)

Period 1

  • Reading:
  • Writing: 

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing: 


Week 10 (February 21-27)

Period 1

  • Reading: GROUP ASSIGNMENT DUE.
  • Writing: 

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN FRESHMAN COMPOSITION



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