Fall 2014 schedule
SEMESTER CALENDAR WITH IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES (Subject to change)
R 8.21 Course Introduction
T 8.26 Academic Writing & Selecting a Topic
R 8.28 Analyzing Literature
T 9.2 Abstract due
“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr
R 9.4 “The Murderer” by Ray Bradbury
T 9.9 Evaluating Sources: Library Instruction
Writing an Annotated Bibliography
R 9.11 The Epistolary Story: “The Cousins” by Joyce Carol Oates
T 9.16 RESEARCH DAY—NO CLASS
R 9.18 Walt Whitman
T 9.23 Annotated Bibliography due
Writing an Outline
R 9.25 “The Rockinghorse Winner” by DH Lawrence
“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker
T 9.30 “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner
R 10.2 Writing a Literary Analysis
T 10.7 Maya Angelou & Ben Harper
R 10.9 Outline due
Writing a Rough Draft
Synthesizing Sources & Organizing a Research Paper
T 10.14 “The Killers” by Ernest Hemingway
Nighthawks at the Diner
R 10.16 Literary Analysis #1 due
Acknowledging Sources—Understanding Plagiarism
T 10.21 FALL BREAK—NO CLASS
R 10.23 Three-page rough draft due
T 10.28 Shakespeare & Pablo Neruda
R 10.30 “Swan Song” Chuck Palahnuik
T 11.4 “The Case of M. Valdemar” by Edgar Allan Poe
R 11.6 RESEARCH DAY—NO CLASS
T 11.11 5-6 page Rough draft due
The Poems of Langston Hughes
R 11.13 Literary Analysis #2 due
T 11.18 TBA
R 11.20 “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor
T 11.25 Literary Analysis #3 due
The Poems of Emily Dickinson
R 11.27 THANKSGIVING—NO CLASS
T 12.2 Journal due
R 12.4 Research Paper due
T 12.9 EVALUATION WEEK NO CLASS
Attendance & Participation 50 points (2 per class)
Abstract 75 points
Annotated Bibliography 100 points
Outline 100 points
Rough Drafts 75 points (25 each)
Research Paper 100 points
5 Quizzes 250 points (50 each)
Journal 100 points
3 Literary Analyses 150 points (50 each)
1000 total possible points
COURSE DESCRIPTION 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.
MAJOR LEARNING OBJECTIVES
All students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate these skills and/or knowledge:
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.
MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS
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 submitting an assignment electronically, please send the document as a pdf. 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.
System for Determining Final Course Grade
Students will write a 10-page research paper over the duration of the semester. An initial abstract will be submitted for approval as well as an Annotated Bibliography and an Outline. This paper and its components will be nearly 50% of the final grade. Students will receive two research days to work on this assignment and/or meet with the instructor. Please use this time wisely.
Students will also write three 2-3 page literary analyses on works read in class. Topic for the analyses will be distributed during class.
Each writing assignment must be written in MLA format.
Late work will not be accepted.
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. Three tardies will equal one absence.
Participation is encouraged and all viewpoints are welcome.