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English Literature I Survey

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2016
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF Noon-12:50 PM

Dr. Peter Fields (view Profile)


Broadview 2nd ed. Liuzza
Sir Gawain & the Green Knight
Broadview Ed. James Winny
The Showings of Julian of Norwich
Norton Ed. Denise Baker
John Milton's Paradise Lost
Norton Ed. Gordon Teskey
Course Objectives


Required Books (these specific editions are mandatory for the papers we write).

R. M. Liuzza, ed. Beowulf. 2nd ed. Broadview: Peterborough, Ontario, 2013. 978-1-55481-113-7

James Winny, ed. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Broadview: Peterborough, Ontario, 1992. 978-0-921149-1

Denise M. Baker, ed. The Showings of Julian of Norwich. New York: Norton, 2005. 978-0-393-97915-6

Gordon Teskey, ed. Paradise Lost. New York: Norton, 2005. 978-0-393-92428-2

English Department Goals

GOAL 1. Critical Inquiry

Objective 1.1:  Student engages in an increasingly sophisticated discourse and demonstrates aesthetic and critical discernment through close textual analysis.

Objective 1.2:  Student evaluates secondary sources and applies skills in information gathering and management, and document design, using traditional sources and emerging technologies.

GOAL 2.  Knowledge of Language and Literature

Objective 2.1:  Student understands the usage and structure of the English language.

Objective 2.2:  Student recognizes the stylistic techniques that distinguish key literary texts relevant to subject and genre.

Objective 2.3:  Student is familiar with the legacy of important ideas and contexts associated with literary periods.

Objective 2.4:  Student is introduced to academic and professional publications in the field.

GOAL 3.  Writing as Process

Objective 3.1:  Student reflects on his or her arguments over multiple stages of development.

Objective 3.2:  Using traditional resources and emerging technologies, the student references and formats primary and secondary sources in MLA style.

GOAL 4.  Engagement

Objective 4.1:  Student is aware of a cultural context for his or her own values and those of his or her sources.

Course Expectations

Objectives in Early English Literature

  • Three TWO PARAGRAPH IN-CLASS BLUE BOOKS (handwritten). The first is worth 10 percent, while the second and third are worth 20 percent each: i.e., all together 50 percent). Students write thoughtful in-class essays in a 50-minute time frame to support an argument that answers the question of the prompt.
  • The prompt for each TWO PARAGRAPH IN-CLASS BLUE BOOK provides examples of proper format for citing a long quote and shorter quotes from the primary text as well as examples of proper in-body citing of secondary sources as found in our critical edition. A sample Works Cited (bibliography) is also provided.
  • The TWO PARAGRAPH IN-CLASS BLUE BOOKS are “OPEN BOOK,” and students may highlight key passages they intend to quote and flag the pages for quick access. Students may pre-enter the long quote (a.k.a., the “block” quote) on the first page of the Blue Book and have an outline or notes in the inside cover(s) of the Blue Book. The Works Cited (bibliography) may be pre-entered where the student anticipates ending the in-class essay. NOTE: In-class essays CANNOT be pre-written and merely submitted in class.
  • The TYPED SEVEN PARAGRAPH OUT-OF-CLASS ESSAY (20 percent of semester grade): The prompt will model proper MLA citing and ask students to identify and demonstrate an important idea or motif that all four titles (Beowulf, SG & TGK, Showings, and Paradise Lost) have in common.
  • The prompt for the typed SEVEN PARAGRAPH essay will ask for an introductory paragraph, a Block Quote, two paragraphs (pars. 2-3)  after the Block Quote, and two paragraphs (pars.4-5) that utilize secondary sources (introduction, companion essays, analogue texts) from our critical editions.
  • For the typed SEVEN PARAGRAPH essay, the sixth paragraph will develop an idea and quote from a source found in the Moffett book stacks or in the Moffett-supported online data bases. This idea should reinforce the essay’s argument.
  • For the typed SEVEN PARAGRAPH essay, the seventh paragraph explains in depth the significance of the idea and/or motif all four titles have in common (without new citing).
  • Two KANOPY showings in Moffett Library Leisure Reading Area: Students fill out the note-taking portion of the prompt for each showing and answer each prompt’s question with a substantial (up to a page-length) double-spaced TYPED paragraph (12 pt Times New Roman or Garamond font); that would be two typed paragraphs, each worth 5 percent (averaged together for 10 percent).
  • The FINAL EXAM (20 percent) will be a prompt for a TWO-PARAGRAPH IN-CLASS BLUE BOOK (handwritten) on Paradise Lost.
Grading Standards

 Grading (percentage of overall semester grade)

The Beowulf Blue Book is worth 10 percent; the SG & TGK and Showings Blue Books are worth 40 percent (20 percent each); the Seven Paragraph out-of-class typed essay is worth 20 percent and the Final Paradise Lost Blue Book, 20 percent. The two KANOPY responses are worth 10 percent (5 percent each/averaged together).

Final Exam 12/14/2016 3:30-5:30 PM
Submission Format Policy

 Format for the typed SEVEN PARAGRAPH Out-of-Class Paper

  • Must be 12 point Times New Roman or Garamond and double-spaced.
  • For header and page number in the .5 default position: click on “insert,” then “page number,” “top of page,” and “plain number 3.” The cursor will show to the immediate left of the page number. Simply type your last name, and it will magically appear. Space once between name and number.
  • ONE INCH margins all around.
  • NOT A HEADER: On the first page of an essay, the student name, instructor name, course, and date should be in the upper left, double-spaced. These items do not appear on subsequent pages.
  • Follows MLA citing as indicated in the examples in the SEVEN-PARAGRAPH prompt (which are consistent with the TWO-PARAGRAPH prompts).

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

Late Work

Students should make-up missed in-class essays (make appointment with the instructor) and submit their out-of-class paper even if it’s late. If late by one period, the assignment will be penalized 10 points. If late by two class periods, the penalty is 20 points (the penalty is capped at 20 points). Documentation from relevant professional eliminates the penalty.

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

 Attendance Policy

More than six absences will result in a penalty equal to 10 percent of the final semester grade. All absences count except for cancelled class, official campus closure, or official campus late start. Absence is based on the instructor’s attendance record and attendance is taken at the beginning of the period. All absences count under this policy including illness, MSU sports, and MSU theatre. NOTE: If a sports or theatre schedule exceeds six absences, the additional absences must be documented and communicated to the instructor by the relevant MSU authority to avoid the penalty. Extended health concerns beyond the six absences also require relevant documentation—otherwise the penalty of 10 percent applies.

Other Policies

Plagiarism and Proper Documentation

Any use of a non-documented source as if it were a student’s original work is considered plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Plagiarism can be of ideas; it can be of exact phrasing. In either or both cases, if the student has failed to acknowledge the source in the body of the essay and to document it in the Works Cited, the grade will be a “0” (no points) for the assignment even if the rest of the assignment is original and use of other sources properly documented. Upon being informed of the plagiarism, the student is no longer welcome in the class. The student may withdraw from the course with a penalty-free “W” if available; if not, the student must cease attending and the grade will be whatever points the student has accumulated minus the plagiarized document and any other tests or assignment as yet not completed (which are forfeit).  If the student continues to attend, the instructor will contact the Dean of Students or Student Conduct office and withdraw the student with a WF. 

Phrasing that is too close to the student’s own documented sources.

Students who reproduce the phrasing of their documented source(s) as if it were their own phrasing will be penalized for language that is too close to source. Students can use terminology they find in their documented sources, but four words in a row are too much without quoting. Verbatim use of a documented source must be confined to QUOTES set off with quotation marks or ten extra spaces on the left if the verbatim passage works out to be five or more lines of student typing or handwriting. All such quoting requires parenthetical page numbers if provided in the source. Even if page numbers are not provided, the language must be clearly attributed to the author and set off by quotation marks or an extra ten inches on the left. 

Classroom Policies (sustained violations would mean a warning and then removal from the course with WF)

  • Students should stay off their personal electronics.
  • Students must have the instructor’s permission to leave class.
  • Students should follow along in their own copies of their book, highlighting passages, and taking notes.



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, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

ENGL 2813 Syllabus & Tentative Schedule Fall 2016-20160906-111528.doc

Campus Carry

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