Room: GTM 201
Time: 10:00-11:50 TR

GTM 222
12:15-2:00 MW
11:50-2:00 TR
12:15-2:30 F

or by appointment

School of Literature and Language

School of Literature and Language Student Writing


Course Description

ENGL 210:  Introduction to British Literature, Beginnings to 1660.

0-3-3.  Preq., ENGL 102. Satisfies Humanities GER Literature requirement and is a prerequisite for advanced courses in British literature (before Restoration Period).  Statewide Transfer Agreement Course.

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.
  • For the Internet sections, I will take your attendance from the number of times you logged in to my Moodle account.  Log in once during Registration Week and twice per week thereafter for full credit.


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

Daily Quizzes

Anthology Project   20%
Total 100%
The grading scale is
A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F:0-59%.

Late Work
Your paper is due BY the due date.  It is due in class by the beginning of the period.  In an emergency, send it by a friend or upload it to my Moodle drop-box.  You can turn it in any time until the due date.  After that, the grade drops 5 points per period.

Plagarism Statement
You must sign the plagiarism statement for English 101 (located at the beginning of the departmental Composition Packet) and turn it in by the second day of class.  Your work will not be accepted or graded until I receive the signed plagiarism statement.  These statements go to the English department.  If you still have not turned in the statement, the department will place a hold on your registration for next quarter until you have turned it in.

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.

The Emergency Notification System
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English 210 over the Internet: Requirements and Information

This course is sometimes offered as an internet course The readings are mostly the same as in my regular 210 classes.  I'm setting up the assignments as though the class is a T-Th class so people will be able to pace themselves. We'll have a quiz every week on Blackboard.  This will help everybody keep up with your reading. 

Additional Information

  • I will respond to your email within 24 hours during the week (Monday-Friday).
  • I will not check email on weekends (Saturday-Sunday).
  • Do not expect replies to emails sent after three p.m. until the next business day.
  • Over the weekend, I do not promise a speedy reply, but if I am working at home and receive your email, I will try to answer it. 
  • Please remember: I am not online 24 hours a day.
  • Technical support is your responsibility. If a document or lecture does not work, let me know. However, if the problem is on your end (your computer, your software, your modem), it is your responsibility to find someone to help you with the problem. 

Reading Note
When the syllabus lists only the first page of a selection, read the whole selection.

Hoc opus, hic labor est.

Registration Week (September 5-6)

Period 1

Week 1 (September 9-13)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Beowulf 26 (Note again: When I just give the first page number, read the entire selection.)

Week 2 (September 16-20)

Period 1

  • Finish Beowulf today

Period 2

Week 3 (September 23-27)

Period 2

Week 4 (September 30 - October 4)

Week 5 (October 7-11)

Period 1

Week 6 (October 14-18)

Period 1

Period 2

Week 7 (October 21-25)

Period 1

Period 2

Week 8 (October 28  - November 1)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Romeo and Juliet continued

Week 9 (November 4-8)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Donne "Ecstasy" 612
    • "Valediction" 611 
    • "Death Be Not Proud" 623 
    • "Batter My Heart" 624
  • Herbert "Collar" 662
    • "Easter Wings" 661
    • "Jordon I" 662
    • "Love III" 665
  • Marvell "Coy Mistress" 677
    • "Garden" 681

Week 10 (November 11-15)

Period 1

  • Ben Jonson 
    • "To My Book" 640 
    • "On My First Daughter" 640
    • "On My First Son" 641
    • "On Giles and Joan" (www)
    • "Queen and Huntress" 647
  • Herrick "To the Virgins" 669 
    • "Corinna's Gone A-Maying" 667 
    • "To His Mistress, Objecting to Him" (www only)
  • Sir John Suckling  "Why So Pale and Wan Fond Lover?"

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