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Introduction to Reading and Writing about Literature

Course Details

Course Number
1153
Section Number
1153
Semester
Spring 2017
Location
Ferguson Hall
Classroom Number
202
Days & Times

MWF 10-10:50 A

Professor
Dr. Robert Johnson III (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

LB Brief
handbook
ISBN:
A Short Guide to Writing about Literature
guide
ISBN:
Cathedral
collection
ISBN:
Lighthousekeeping
novel
ISBN:
Course Objectives

This course will provide students an opportunity to develop critical reading and literary analysis skills in order to achieve deeper understanding of literary texts.  Students will explore the various factors informing the production of written texts and learn how to conduct literary research in order to gain experience exploring different perspectives on select literary works and themes.  The course will include several opportunities for students to articulate their interpretations and insights in essay assignments, which will be assessed for clarity, insight, and understanding.  

Course Expectations

 

Assignment                                                           Points

 

 

Starter Essay                                                      5

B/C Poetry Essay                                             10

B/C Short-Fiction Essay                                  10

Carver Short Essay                                           10

Winterson Short Essay                                     10

Mid-Term BB                                                   10

Final BB                                                           10

Research-Based Style Essay                             25

Reading Quizzes (2)                                         10

 

 

 

Grading Standards

 

A = 100-90; B = 89-80; C = 79-70; D = 69-60; F = 59-0.

Final Exam 05/10/2017 10:30 AM
Submission Format Policy

Specifics will be published with each assignment.


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

No late work will be taken unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

Regular class attendance will be expected.  Roll will be taken at

every class.  Anyone who misses the class more than six times will be awarded the grade of F in the class.  Two late arrivals equal one cut. 

Other Policies

See class bundle.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

Initial Schedule-20170123-094928.docx

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.