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Grade distribution

Grade distribution

Attendance & Participation                      50 points (2 per class)

Literary Analyses (5)                              500 points (100 each)

10 Quizzes                                            500 points (50 each)

Journal                                                 50 points

Final exam                                           100 points

                                                           1200 total possible points    


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Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Students are required to attend all meetings of each class, to be in class on time, and to remain for the entire class period. Due to the importance of class attendance, all absences are recorded by the instructor; no distinction is made between “excused” and “unexcused absences.”  Students should consult the Student Handbook for more information on the attendance policy.

Attendance and participation are crucial elements to be successful in this course. If a student misses more than six classes, they will fail. If an issue arises where you will miss class, please contact the instructor so we can work together to keep from falling behind.

Participation is encouraged and all viewpoints are welcome.




English Composition II is a continuation of English Composition I. This course emphasizes critical reading, writing, and analysis of texts with particular attention to research methods and writing. This course also provides an introduction to the study of literature and students are expected to demonstrate understanding and use of essay techniques in the form of literary analysis


1.   Analyze, synthesize, and draw conclusions from a variety of resources through research paper.

2.  Accurately use standard citation guidelines for both parenthetical citation and a Works Cited page.

3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of academic writing.

4. Exhibit critical thinking and analytical skills through writing and class discussion.

5. Write analytically about literature and essays.


 Required Materials

There is no required textbook for English Composition II; all reading materials will be copies provided by the instructor. A three-ring binder will be helpful to keep track of all these materials. Students must also have a notebook to take notes and an additional notebook for your journal assignments. If a student is absent when a reading assignment is given out, it is their responsibility to contact the instructor or another student to get the material.


Students will write five short literary analyses throughout the semester that explore the historical, social, and cultural aspects literature.

Quizzes will cover readings in class; dates will be announced in class and on the LibGuide

Each writing assignment must be written in MLA format.

Assignments must be shared through Google docs as “can edit.”

Late work will not be accepted.



  1. Watkins Writing Studio: Located in the Watkins library, the Writing Studio at Watkins offers FREE academic and professional writing assistance to students of all levels and disciplines. To schedule an appointment, e-mail requested days and times along with a brief description of your assignment, or contact Lisa E. Williams, WS Manager, For WS hours as well as additional assistance and tutorials,
  1. Watkins Student Email: Upon enrollment at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, students are assigned an email address powered by Google. This email address replaces any personal email address used through the admission process and becomes the conduit for official College communication. Watkins will send all official correspondence to the email address. Students are responsible for activating and maintaining that electronic presence.  I will only communicate with you through your address.
  1. Plagiarism and Cheating:  Plagiarism, defined as “to appropriate passages or ideas from another and use them as one’s own” is a serious transgression against the academic honor system. Plagiarism need not be a verbatim quote; it can be a paraphrasing that still leaves no doubt as to the source of the material. Plagiarism also includes hiring another person to do one’s work, such as a design project or term paper. Cheating during an examination is another form of plagiarism, since it involves taking the answers of another and treating them as one’s own. All are dealt with severely. Academic misconduct will be reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students found guilty of any form of cheating or plagiarism will receive an F as a letter grade for the course and are placed on disciplinary probation. Students found guilty of a second offense are immediately expelled from the College.

      4.    Students with Disabilities:  Accommodations are available for students with diagnosed physical, learning, psychiatric, or other disabilities   upon             request. Students seeking accommodations for a disability or disabling condition should contact the Director of Student Life as early             as possible. Accommodations cannot be requested retroactively. Accommodations are determined and implemented on a case-by-case basis as is             reasonable and appropriate and may include but are not limited to: extended time on tests and in-class assignments, note-taking assistance or access             to class notes, flexible course scheduling, and/or reduced course load.  

      5.    Academic and Classroom Misconduct:  Academic misconduct, including cheating and plagiarism, is considered a serious offence and will incur             consequences including disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion. Plagiarism is defined as someone copying what someone else has written,             reproducing and taking credit another’s visual work or taking someone else’s idea and trying to pass it off as original. For more specific information             about academic and classroom misconduct, students should read the Student Handbook.

      6.    Personal Counseling:  Students experiencing normal academic problems should meet with the me, their academic advisors, and the Director of             Student Life to work out solutions that will help them successfully complete their coursework.  Students experiencing more serious personal problems             may wish to take advantage of Watkins’ Student Assistance Program. Three sessions with a counselor are provided to students at no cost.  Please refer             to the Student Handbook for more information. 

 Watkins College of Art, Design & Film respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its community of creators and educators–students, faculty and staff–to be aware of laws and policies concerning the proper use of copyrighted materials. The use of copyrighted materials must be compliant with U.S. Copyright Law and Watkins’ Copyright Policy located on the Watkins website.  Students, Faculty and Staff will agree to follow Watkins’ policies and procedures with regards to copyright, intellectual property, and technology resources when they enroll at Watkins, and while they are employed by the college. Watkins does not assume legal responsibility for violations of copyright law by Students, Faculty, and Staff. These policies are available on the Watkins website or by contacting your Department Chair.


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