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School of Literature and Language



  • The Bible.  King James Version.

Course Description

ENGL 406:  World Masterpieces.

0-3-3.  Preq., ENGL 210, 211, or 212. Survey of major non-English literary texts in the Western Tradition. (G).

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.


  • To acquaint students with a selection of the major works of literature, from ancient western civilization.
  • To learn how they affect contemporary life
  • To develop critical thinking skills in the discussion of these works.


  • To acquaint students with a selection of the major works of literature from ancient western civilization through the Renaissance.
  • To develop critical thinking skills in the discussion of these works.

Writing Requirements

  • To acquaint students with a selection of the major works of literature from ancient western civilization through the Renaissance.
  • To develop critical thinking skills in the discussion of these works.

Guidelines for a Paper's Form

  1. OUT-OF-CLASS papers MUST be typed. Handwritten papers will be returned ungraded. I encourage you to learn to use a computerized word-processing program. It can save time, aid proofreading, and improve the appearance of an essay.  Tech has several computer labs with word processing programs.
  2. In-class papers MUST be written in ink.
  3. Use one side of the paper only.
  4. Use standard 8 1/2" by 11" white paper. Loose leaf or typewriter paper please--no frazzled edges ripped from notebooks.
  5. Use margins of at least an inch on each side of the paper. Leave a 1.5" margin on the right-hand side.
  6. Papers (except for the long report) should be folded vertically with the following information on the outside cover: name, section, theme assignment, instructor's name, and date.
  7. KEEP A PAPER COPY OF THE FINAL DRAFT IN YOUR OWN FILES. It's the cheapest insurance you can buy.

How to use the syllabus.

This syllabus is a web page. It has links to notes, lectures, and assignments.
  1. Click the links.
  2. Read the notes.
  3. Listen to the lectures.
  4. Work the assignments. 
Most of the material for the course is located through these links. 

Daily Quizzes

Essay Exam   20%
Grad. Presentation
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  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 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
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: administration/ ens.shtml.

Graduate Requirements
In addition to meeting the above requirements, graduate students enrolled in the course for graduate credit:
  • must write a substantially longer research paper than undergraduates. (12-15 pages for graduate students, 8-9 pages for undergraduates.)
  • may be asked to give presentations to the class.
  • should show leadership in class discussion.

English 406 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 406 classes.  I'm setting up the assignments as though the class is a T-Th class so people will be able to pace themselves.  Summer is more intense, so each week we will cover the equivalent to four T-Th classes. We'll have a quiz every week on Moodle.  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.

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Week 4 (June 27 — July 1)

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