English 102-103HN, College Composition II, 3 credits
Tuesday, Thursday 0800-0920, Laurel Hall 204
William Patrick Wend, Instructor
Office, Laurel Hall 110
I am primarily in my email during office hours except for Wednesday when I do "EOffice" hours (2100-2200) on Skype. If you send an email after about 1600, there is a good chance I will not answer it until the next morning.
SECTION 1: Course Information
Course Description: This course in composition focuses on reading, analyzing, and discussing literature. It emphasizes reading skills, the expression of insights in writing, and the pleasures of reading literature.
Required Texts and other Materials: Robert DiYanni, Literature: Approaches To Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, McGraw Hill, 978-0-07-312445-2 (This book is required immediately)
Course Learning Outcomes ~ By the end of English 102, you should be able to:
Discuss works of literature through extensive reading and discussion.
Analyze short stories for plot, setting, characterization, theme, and point of view.
Examine poetry for imagery, diction, tone, speaker, language, and structure.
Examine plays, focusing on character development, dramatic structure, and performance.
Write essays, using MLA-style documentation, analyzing works of short fiction, poetry, and drama.
General Education Outcomes:
Written and Oral Communication: Communication
* Students will logically and persuasively support their points of view or findings.
* Students will communicate meaningfully with a chosen audience while demonstrating critical thought.
* Students will conduct investigative research which demonstrates academic integrity, originality, depth of thought, and mastery of an approved style of source documentation.
Quantitative Knowledge and Skills: Mathematics
* Students will analyze data to solve problems utilizing appropriate mathematical concepts.
* Students will translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical or statistical operations.
* Students will logically solve problems using the appropriate mathematical technique.
Technological Competency or Information Literacy: Technology
* Students will use critical thinking skills for computer-based access, analysis, and presentation of information.
* Students will exhibit competency in library online database tools appropriate to accessing information in reference publications, periodicals and bibliographies.
* Students will demonstrate the skills required to find, evaluate, and apply information to solve a problem.
Humanistic Perspective: Humanities LITERATURE:
* Students will recognize and assess the contributions of people from various nations and/or cultures.
* Students will analyze the changing significance of social constructions of religion, race, class, and/or gender in cultural artifacts (music, art, literature) throughout time.
Historical Perspective: History
* Students will demonstrate knowledge of the nature, origins, central events and significant institutions of major civilizations
Global and Cultural Awareness: Diversity
* Students will be able to compare and contrast cultural norms from diverse populations.
* Students will be able to explain how communication and culture are interrelated.
Core Course Content:
Writing about and reading fiction, poetry, & drama – summary of the process and comprehension strategies
Language and literary techniques: precision and ambiguity, description, metaphor and simile, symbolism
Fiction: reading, responding, writing, the short story
Narration and point of view
Foreshadowing and irony Character and setting
Theme and plot chart
Poetry: reading, responding, writing, poetic forms: the sonnet, the dramatic monologue, odes, stanzaic forms
Tone and rhyme scheme
Speaker and imagery
Situation and setting
Diction and connotation
Allusion and personification
Drama: reading, responding, writing, Soliloquy Aside Dramatic Irony
SECTION 2: Course Information –
Course and Classroom Policies:
ATTENDANCE: The following Board-approved Attendance Policy will be enforced. Students are required to attend all class sessions for the full duration of each such instructional session. Grade penalties for absences will be imposed when a student exceeds a ten-percent absence rate (in the case of 15-week English 101 courses, starting with the third absence). The policy can be accessed at http://my.bcc.edu/PDFFiles/Human%20Resources/Policy%20No%20206%20Academic%20Attendance%20Policy%2006
Student attendance is important. Students are expected to attend every session unless there is a legitimate reason for them missing class. Failure to regularly attend a class a class like this like this will greatly impede student success. Your grades will be determined by your writing, but attendance and what you contribute to the course are crucial. If you do not attend class or contribute actively, you are unlikely to comprehend the course material well enough to pass the course. Leaving early, without prior permission, is considered disrespectful and will not be tolerated. I will not tolerate frequent lateness. If this is a morning class and the student has difficulties staying awake or showing up on time, I would strongly suggest finding another section of this course to take.
Special Note for Students Receiving Financial Aid and/or Veterans Aid: Attendance will be reviewed by Financial Aid and Veterans Aid programs, and benefits will be contingent upon compliance with the program’s regulations. (Updated Spring 2014 by AL, SL, BL, VC With Administrative Addition Fall 2014)
COMMUNICATION: Students are responsible for communicating with instructors within 48 hours following a missed class to make arrangements for the completion of course requirements not completed due to absence. If a student does not communicate within 48 hours as stated above, the student forfeits his or her right to receive the missed work, and such assignment grades will be entered as zeroes.
PLAGIARISM (see Academic Integrity Policy, below) will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Be aware that plagiarism includes (but is not limited to) copying someone else’s words without crediting the source; paraphrasing someone else’s words without crediting the source; using someone else’s ideas without crediting the source (even if rephrased in your own words); using facts not universally known which are obtained from a source without crediting the source; asking someone else to write your paper, either in whole or in part; or obtaining a paper or portion thereof by any means and submitting it as an original document. The penalty for plagiarism is failure of the assignment and potentially failure of the course (at the instructor’s discretion), and it may result in suspension or expulsion from the College (at the discretion of the Student Affairs Committee)..
Course Contribution 10%
Professional Email 5% (15%)
Citation Practice 5% (20%)
Midterm Paper 20% (40%)
Paper #2 20% (60%)
Service Learning Project 20% (80%)
Reflective Essay 10% (90%)
In Class Research 10% (100%)
There is no extra credit
Criteria for meeting grade determination are as follows:
A: Meeting course goals by demonstrating perceptive understanding of readings and course concepts; excellence and originality in compositions; superior scores on exams and other assigned work; active participation in class discussion and small groups; and compliance with attendance and assignment requirements.
B+/B: Meeting course goals by demonstrating mastery of subject and concepts; above average quality in compositions and exams; good participation in class and small groups; and compliance with attendance and assignment requirements.
C+/C: Meeting course goals by demonstrating a satisfactory level of understanding of subject material and concepts; acceptable quality in compositions and exams; adequate participation in class and small groups; and compliance with attendance and assignment requirements.
D: Not meeting all of the course goals; minimal knowledge of subject material and concepts; marginal quality in compositions (poor quality of development, support, or grammar); poor performance on exams; passivity in class and small groups; non-compliance with attendance and assignment requirements.
F: Not meeting course goals; unsatisfactory progress in understanding and applying subject material and concepts; incomplete or unacceptable work in compositions (gross grammatical, developmental, and structural errors); failure of exams; non-compliance of attendance and assignment requirements.
SECTION 3: College Information
College Policies: In order for students to know their rights and responsibilities, all students are expected to review and adhere to all regulations and policies as listed in the College Catalog and Handbook. These documents can be accessed at http://www.bcc.edu/academic-resources. Important policies and regulations include, but are not limited, to the following:
College Attendance Policy
Withdraw (W) and Incomplete Grades (I & X)
Withdrawal date for this semester
Student Code of Conduct
Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism and Civility
Use of Communication and Information Technology
Office of Student Support and Disability Services: RCBC welcomes students with disabilities into the college’s educational programs. Access to accommodations and support services for students with learning and other disabilities is facilitated by staff in the Office of Student Support (OSS). To receive accommodations, a student must contact the OSS, self-identify as having a disability, provide appropriate documentation, and participate in an intake appointment. If the documentation supports the request for reasonable accommodations, the OSS will provide the student with an Accommodation Plan to give to instructors. For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Support at 609-894-9311, ext. 1208, email@example.com, or http://www.rcbc.edu/studentsupport
Academic Integrity Policy: The following Board-approved Academic Integrity Policy will be enforced. Board definitions of cheating, fabrication or other misconduct in research, plagiarism, and facilitating academic dishonesty will be de determined according to the discretion of the instructor. Students found guilty of more than two offenses should expect to receive sanctions of disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal, depending upon severity of said offenses. Students have within five working days to appeal any sanction to the Chief Academic Officer of the College, or his/her appointed designee. The policy can be accessed at http://my.bcc.edu/PDFFiles/Human%20Resources/Policy%20No%20903-C%20Academic%20Integrity%20061714.pdf
Educational Technology Statement: Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) advocates the use of technology to enhance instruction. Students should assume that classroom and online technology will be used throughout their coursework at RCBC, as it will most certainly be used in their future education and careers. The College provides on-campus facilities for the convenience of the RCBC community. Various college departments, including the Office of Information Technology and the Office of Distance Education, provide technology training and assistance to faculty and students.
Student Success Services: RCBC offers a variety of free services for its students including those listed below. Descriptions of these services, as well as many others, can be found in the College Catalog and Handbook and on the RCBC website at http://www.bcc.edu/pages/109.asp.
Academic Advisement (http://www.bcc.edu/advising)
Career Services (http://www.bcc.edu/careers)
Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) (http://www.bcc.edu/eof)
Financial Aid (http://www.bcc.edu/financialaid)
International Students Office (http://www.bcc.edu/international)
Library/Integrated Learning Resource Center (ILRC) (http://www.bcc.edu/library)
Office of Veteran Services (http://www.bcc.edu/vets)
Student Support Counseling (http://www.bcc.edu/cpit)
Tutoring Center (http://www.bcc.edu/tutoring)
Test Center (http://www.bcc.edu/testcenter)
SECTION 4: Instructor Policy
Technology Policy: Please mute your cell phone BEFORE entering the classroom. If your cell phone goes off more than once while class is in a session, you will be asked to leave. I fully encourage whatever technology suites your learning style, accommodations, or interests whether they are laptops, tablets, apps on smart phones, etc, as long as they do not distract from our purpose in the classroom. Paper is totally fine too.
With that being said, during opening and closing remarks in class focus should be away from technology and on discussing our goals and outcomes for the day. Please remove all earbuds before entering class and keep them removed until you leave the room at the end of class.
In my classes, I have an expectation students will have access to email and computers in general. All of your work will be submitted to via your RCBC Gmail account and returned, with annotated comments, via Google Drive. Given there are public and school libraries, the ILRC, coffee shops, etc, students need to budget their time better; I do not see any excuse for having “no access” to email outside of the classroom.
Students are expected to check their RCBC Gmail account on a regular basis. I do not accept the excuse, “I didn't check my email for two weeks” as a valid problem. Digital correspondence should be written using proper grammar and form. I will not reply to emails filled with texting speak (2, u, 4, lol, j/k) or poor grammar and/or misspellings.
Please include a subject and "sign" your email with your name, student ID number, and course section. If you miss class, please check the syllabus for information about assignments, due dates, and outcomes from class. Do not email the professor and ask “did we do anything in class today?” or any variations on that theme. (Updated Spring 2013 by NC, MS, MM, LG)
Writing Policy: My expectation for this class is that all of your work will be free of errors. Papers, projects, etc should be proofread for spelling, mechanics, and grammar. I will mark down for these errors: Please do an exhaustive job of proofreading and revision. All papers should follow standard MLA 8 formatting: Typed; titled; double spaced; page numbers, with your last name, in the top right hand corner; and a page break before your works cited page. All papers will be digitally shared via Google Drive by 23:59 to my RCBC email (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the due date. I will not be accepting print copies of your papers. No matter the email students submit their work from, all work will be returned to their school email.
If you use Microsoft Works, please convert your file (.wps) to something more accessible (.odt or .doc is fine) before submitting your paper. Same goes for .pages files. Please do not submit a .pdf file.
Upon sharing your paper via Google Drive, do not consider your paper submitted until, if and only if, you receive a confirmation reply (usually within 24-48 hours). If you do not receive a confirmation email, it is the student’s responsibility to get in touch with me about their work. I am not responsible for making sure you hand in your assignments.
Please make sure you are backing up your work to an external hard drive, flash drive, cloud based source, or other backup method. I will not accept excuses involving crashed computer or broken files.
Please follow the “24 hour rule” for graded work. I do not discuss returned student work until 24 hours have elapsed since I returned them. There will be no discussion, in person or via email, until that time window has elapsed.
All submitted work should be completed by the due date. Please consult the extension policy for details about asking for, and receiving, an extension. With prior permission to submit late work, a full letter grade will be taken off for each day that it is late. (Updated Spring 2015 by AB, CD, and MW)
Revision Policy: I strongly believe one of the most important lessons I learned about writing was that quality work almost always entails rewriting, but also reflection on what lessons can be learned and implemented in future writing. In this class, in place of a straight paper revision, you will analyze the mistakes I noted in comments on your paper and write a response discussing the comments and how you would correct them in future writing. This means if you are not satisfied with your grade, you may submit a response (directions are below), shared to my school Google Drive (email@example.com), within 3-5 days after I comment on your paper.
My expectation that for every mistake you are fixing, there is a brief paragraph discussing how to correct your work. I would consider directly citing our book readings (and the writing manual from ENG101) or your notes from class discussions in this response. Please do not cite random writing from the world wide web. There should be a second paragraph discussing specifically how you would fix it in your own essay as well.
If you are unsure what to write about, you can always schedule an appointment during office hours whether in person or electronic. Regardless, I would strongly suggest meeting with me to make sure you understand your grade and how to improve it.
Anywhere between one (1) to three (3) points can be added to your paper proportionally depending on the overall point total of the paper.
Of course, there are no revisions on term papers. Also, you may not use your revision to correct a plagiarized paper (see academic honesty policy below). Finally, revisions on your citation practice assignment do not count towards your revision. (Updated Fall 2015 by HC, DH, TC)
Extension Policy: Extensions are gifts, not a right. College work involves responsibility and ownership over your individual situation. With that in mind, here are a few caveats about extensions. First, I need to know 48 hours before an assignment is due if you need an extension. This will be clearly addressed on the class schedule. To apply for an extension, we must speak in person or over email immediately. A rough draft of your paper in progress will be required to be handed in at this time. I will then determine whether to grant or deny the extension and how much time would be allotted for it.
To apply for an extension beyond the 48 hour mark for reasons of hospitalization, bereavement, military service, observance of religious holidays, legal reasons (jury duty, etc), or work related issues (ie: getting called into work at the last minute), written documentation not given before the due date must be in by Saturday night after the due date.
For the following reasons, extensions will not be permitted: short term illnesses and family vacations.
Only one extension will be granted per semester, although an "emergency" extension can be granted under certain circumstances. (Updated Fall 2011 by LD, EP, AF)
Course Contribution Policy: I have found in past semesters that "participation" isn't a sufficient means of assessing students. How do you grade shy, or otherwise quiet, students who do very well in your class? At the same time, does a student who does very poorly on papers/quizzes/etc, but "participates" in class deserve a high grade? Instead, I have switched this to an assessment of a student's contribution to the course. How do you do in group work? Are you always on task, or do you take others off task with your actions? Do you bring useful ideas and thoughts into class? Do you go beyond commentary that is intended to please me or make you look smart? Do you experiment, take chances, and offer untested commentary? Do you attend our peer review sessions to not only accentuate your own work, but also help your classmates? Are you punctual and always prepared? Do you do more than just listen to me? What about your presence in the class adds to it? These are some of the factors I will consider when assessing your class contribution grade.
Finally: Students in my classes are responsible for reading and understanding these course policies. Do you have questions?
Talk to me before or after class
Come to my office during office hours (Laurel Hall 110)
If you are a student who has progress reports for a sport, EOF, or anything else, I will only fill these out during office hours. I will not fill them out at the end or beginning of classes.
The syllabus is a living document. Sometimes, things might not work and we will need to make a change. This syllabus is subject to change at all times. Any changes will be discussed in class.
Just a reminder that all readings should be completed before class begins.
Finally, a matter of general respect: I do not tolerate homophobic, misogynistic, ableist, or racist language in the classroom.
Section 5: Course Schedule
Introduce Our Short and Long Term Assignments
Professional Email Assignment
Citation Practice Assignment
Service Learning Project
For Next Week: Please Read The Three Essays For Your Citation Practice Assignment. We Will Discuss and Then Peer Review It In Class. Your Professional Email Assignment Is Due To My School Account (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 2359 on Sunday evening.
Discuss The Three Essays For The Citation Practice
Citation Practice Peer Review
For Next Week: Your citation practice assignment to due to be shared to my RCBC account (email@example.com) by 2359 on Sunday evening. We will begin doing research for our first story, John Updike's A&P and Have Our First Service Learning Project Work Day.
Service Learning Project Day
We Need To Work On Initial Assignment Plans and A Rubric For The Project
Research and Secondary Source Discussion For John Updike's A&P
For Next Week: We Will Discuss John Updike's A&P and Begin Doing Research For Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper.
Discussion Of John Updike's A&P
Research and Secondary Source Discussion For Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper
For Next Week: We Will Discuss Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper and Begin Doing Research For Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
Discussion Of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper
Research and Secondary Source Discussion For Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
For Next Week: We Will Discuss Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Begin Doing Research For James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues
Discussion Of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
Research and Secondary Source Discussion For James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues
For Next Week: We Will Discuss James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues and Peer Review Our Midterm Paper
Discussion Of James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues
Peer Review For Midterm Paper
For Next Week: Your Midterm Paper Is Due To My School Account (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 2359 On Sunday Evening. We Will Have A Service Learning Project Day, Begin Doing Research For Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House, and Introduce Paper #2.
Service Learning Project Day
Introduce Paper #2
Research and Secondary Source Discussion For Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House
For Next Week: We Will Conduct Midterm Meetings During Office Hours. We Will Discuss Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House and Begin Doing Research For August Wilson's Fences.
Discussion Of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House
Research and Secondary Source Discussion For August Wilson's Fences
For Next Week: We Will Discuss August Wilson's Fences and Have A Service Learning Project Day With Dr. Baldt's Students.
Discussion Of August Wilson's Fences
Peer Review With Dr. Baldt's Students
For Next Week: We Will Do Research AND Discuss William Shakespeare's Othello.
Research and Secondary Source Discussion For William Shakespeare's Othello
Session Twenty One
Discussion Of William Shakespeare's Othello
For Next Week: We Will Peer Review Paper #2 and View Presentations By Dr. Baldt's Students.
Session Twenty Two
Peer Review For Paper #2
Session Twenty Three
We Will View Presentations By Dr. Baldt's Students
For Next Week: We Will Meet With Dr. Baldt's Students To Peer Review Their Papers One More Time
Session Twenty Four
Peer Review With Dr. Baldt's Students
For Next Week: We Will Have A Built In Snow/Hurricane/Etc Day and A Service Learning Project Day
Session Twenty Five
Built In Snow/Hurricane/Etc Day
Introduce Reflective Essay
Session Twenty Six
Service Learning Project Day
For Next Time: We Will Meet With Dr. Baldt's Students One Final Time To Present Our Projects To Them and Work On The Reflective Essay.
Session Twenty Seven
Meet With Dr. Baldt's Students One Final Time To Present Our Projects To Them
Session Twenty Eight
Work On Reflective Essay
***During finals week we meet on _ at _. We will discuss final grades and your progress in the course***