Monday, July 5, 2010


Monday-Thursday, 9:50 a.m. - noon, MC-126
Instructor: Milton Stanley, M.F.A.W., M.Div. Office hours: M-Thurs. 1:00-4:00 p.m. and by appointment

Required Materials
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Seventh Edition
The Little, Brown Handbook, Eleventh Edition
College dictionary
Paper for free writing, written responses, and quizzes

Course Description
In this course students will read and be tested over works of American fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writings. Each student will also do a variety of writing assignments. For a comprehensive list of course goals and objectives, see the ENGL 2130 Weblog.

Class Requirements
  • Do all assigned readings in time for quizzes and class discussions.
  • Always come to class ready to write about and discuss readings.
  • Participate in class discussions.
  • Complete and turn in all writing assignments on time.
  • Turn in both printed and electronic copies of out-of-class essays (please talk to me if you do not have access to word processing and printing services).
Grades in this course will be assigned according to the following scale:
  • A = 90-100
  • B = 80-89
  • C = 70-79
  • D = 60-69
  • F = 0-59
Remember that, according to academic convention, a C is an average grade. The grade of B indicates above-average work, and an A is earned only through outstanding performance. I want you to make the best grade you honestly can. I’m willing to work individually with you through the semester to help you improve your grade. I urge you also to take advantage of a wide range of services offered by Motlow State. Late-term begging, however, is a very bad idea.
Your final grade will be determined according to the following formula:
  • Unit tests (4) 40%
  • Analytical paper 10%
  • Daily quizzes & writing 30%
  • Class participation 10%
  • Final examination 10%
Writing Format and Major Error Policy
For your out-of-class paper, use a 12-point standard font. Double space your essay on plain white paper with one-inch margins. See The Little, Brown Handbook for manuscript guidelines. Please follow MLA format.

If you’re in this class, then you have already completed ENGL 1010 and 1020 or their equivalents. You’re expected, therefore, to be able to write a solid essay without any of the following errors:
  • Fused sentence (FS)
  • Dangling modifier (DM)
  • Comma splice (CS)
  • Lack of agreement between subject and verb (SVA)
  • Sentence fragment (Frag)
Each instance of one of these errors in an essay will result in a one-half letter grade penalty.

Attendance Policy
You are expected to attend classes regularly, and attendance is sometimes critical for adding to class discussions. Please remember that quizzes and in-class writing assignments will be given every day and cannot be made up.

Classroom Deportment
Please keep in mind we’re all adults here. Texting, web browsing, making or taking cell phone calls during class, and getting up to leave before class ends is simply rude and shows disrespect to your teacher, your fellow students, and yourself.

Plagiarism is copying someone else's work without giving proper credit to the author. It's cheating, and a single instance of flagrant plagiarism will cause you to fail the course if you're caught. Even inadvertent plagiarism, such as failing to cite a source, is a serious academic offense. Make sure you avoid plagiarism with everything you write. If you're not sure what plagiarism is or how to avoid it, review your Little, Brown Handbook. Use other resources as well, such as the Writing Center and the Turnitin online service. I am available to help you in person or by e-mail, provided you come to me before turning in your paper.

Assignments, helpful information, and special notices will be posted each day on the course weblog: Be sure to check the site daily for important information about the course. Please see me if regular Internet access is a problem for you.

Other Information
I accept late work only in unusual circumstances. In no circumstance will I give make-ups for daily quizzes or in-class writing assignments. Late work will be lowered at least one letter grade. I do not accept very late work (e.g., wanting to make-up all four unit exams at the end of the semester).

In most cases, in-class writing will be graded pass/fail. For the in-class average, every passing essay will be averaged as a grade of 100 and every failing essay as a 50. A missed assignment is averaged as a 0. That said, the vicissitudes of life are sometimes outside our control, so I'll cut you some slack. I will drop your three lowest quiz grades and your three lowest in-class writing grades. You’ll also be allowed to rewrite one of your unit essays for a new grade. For rewrites, I will accept only papers that have already been graded and returned.

Please see me if you need special accommodations in keeping with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The final exam for this course will be given in accordance with the MSCC exam schedule.

Special Note on Summer Short-Burn Courses
The pace of a summer short-term course is intense and unforgiving. In this course we will study more than 500 pages (around 30 pages per day) of American literature. Falling behind for even a few days could have catastrophic consequences on your performance and grade. If you’ve signed up for this course, make sure you set aside adequate time to do the work. I want you to do well in this course, but you have to do the work to make the grade.

This syllabus hits only the high points and cannot include everything you need to know during the semester. Stay tuned for more.

A Final Note
Don't let all these dos and don'ts get you down. I want you to do as well as you can in this course, and I'll do my best to help you. But remember that you're the one in charge of your education, so take the initiative in doing the work, asking questions, and seeking help when you need it. I hope you enjoy the richness of literature we read and study this semester.

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