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English 1102

Carla Patterson

Georgia Highlands College

Spring 2014 ● Floyd Campus

TR 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • Room F-149 • CRN 20125 3 Credit Hours

Description: A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argument. Also includes introductory use of a variety of research skills.

Prerequisite: “C” or higher in ENGL 1101

Online Syllabus: http://www.highlands.edu/patterson (Note: This course uses an online syllabus but does not use D2L)



706/368-7625 (Office/Voicemail)

Office: Floyd Campus F-162

706/295-6300 (Division Office)


- Classroom COMPUTERS ARE NOT TO BE USED DURING LECTURES & DISCUSSIONS. Students will be instructed as to when class computers are to be turned on and off during class. The use of personal laptops/tablets during class is strictly limited to course-specific work, and unrelated use will result in students being prohibited from bringing such devices nto the classroom.

- During class, phones should be SILENCED AND STORED AWAY FROM DESKTOPS. Phone use during class will result in students being asked to leave the classroom.

-Harbrace chapters and literary works are to be READ BY THE DATES THEY APPEAR on the syllabus for class discussion and potential quizzes.

-Assignments are due by the time class BEGINS on each due date unless otherwise instructed. All assignments should be saved/backed-up in multiple locations, including students' GHC user drives. A GHC ID is required for all on-campus printing.

-All elements of the research project and lit essays are to be turned-in as printed hardcopies. Additionally, research rough and final drafts plus all essays are to be uploaded to turnitin.com by the start of class on each due date.

-Instructor reserves the right to amend course syllabus at any point, providing notice to students.


January 14

Introduction to course

January 16

Tutorial Center introduction - Research project introduction

January 21

Syllabus test and evaluation essay completed in class

January 23

Research topic due - CLASS WILL MEET IN GHC LIBRARY- Evaluating sources and developing a bibliography (Harbrace chapters 31 & 32c) - GALILEO and GIL presentation by research librarian

January 28

MLA-style for tentative bibliography and checklist linked here (Harbrace chapter 33b & c and citing GALILEO & NetLibrary handout linked here ) - Review former student tips - turnitin.com introduction

January 30


February 4

Tentative bibliography in MLA form due - Outline instructions discussed - Distribution of fiction/drama terms sheet - Reminder of text’s online resources - “Intro to Lit…” (pp. 1-9)  “Fiction” (pp. 12-16 & 31-32) -  “Story of an Hour” (starts p. 652) -- Using source material and paraphrasing instruction (Harbrace chapter 32a, b, d, e & f) -  making note cards and notes evaluation form discussion

February 6

Outline due –“The Yellow Wallpaper” (starts p. 655) -  chronology (pp. 681-682) -  “Shiloh” (starts p. 803)

February 11

Notecards & intro paragraph draft due - MLA research paper format overview & Harbrace chapter 33 - MLA citation mechanics quiz - General research paper tips - Distribution of rough draft evaluation rubric  - “A&P” (starts p. 155)

February 13

"Barn Burning” (starts p. 188) -  Notes & question to consider for stories prior to this point - “King of the Bingo Game” (starts p. 781)

February 18

Rough draft due - “Rose for Emily” (starts p. 730)

February 20

"Reading Drama” (pp. 1380-1383) -  “Elements of Drama” (pp. 1438-1446)-  “Tragedy & Comedy” (pp. 1561-1563)

February 25

Research paper revision workshop in class - Distribution of final research packet evaluation rubric - Reminder of required printed copies of sources

February 27

Oedipus (starts p. 1563)

March 4

Complete research project due at start of class - “Writing about literature” (p. 2269-2281 & handout linked here) - Oedipus  completed - Lit  essay 1 assignment given - Lit essay evaluation form linked her

March 6

The Flying Doctor (linked here)

March 11

“Trifles” (starts p. 1383) -  “A Jury of Her Peers” (starts p. 666)

March 13

Lit essay 1 due -  “Trifles” & “A Jury…” (cont.) - Review fiction and drama terms for exam

Mon. -  March 17


March 18

Fiction & Drama exam -  Lit 2 essay assignment given

March 20

Poetry terms intro - “Defining Poetry” (pp. 847-848) -  “Art of Reading Poetry” (p. 875) -  "This was a Poet - It is That" (linked to title) -  "The Road Not Taken" (p. 1344) -  “Introduction to Poetry” (p. 881)

March 25 & 27

Spring Break - Class will not meet

April 1

Frost guide linked here"Mending Wall" (linked to title) -  “Home Burial” (p. 893) -  “After Apple Picking” (linked to title) -  "Stopping by Woods…" (p. 1345) -  “Design” (p. 1098) -  “Speaker” (p. 884)

April 3

Lit essay 2 due - "A Noiseless Patient Spider" (p. 1362) -  "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" (linked to title) -  "Harlem" (p. 1277) - Lit essay 3 assignment given – Handout on analyzing poetry linked here

April 8

“Sounds of Poetry” (pp. 1015-1017) -  “Dirge” (p. 1018) -  “I heard a Fly buzz - when I died”  (linked to title) -  “Poetic Meter” (pp. 1022-1026) -  “Spring and Fall” (p. 1033) -  “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” (p. 1034)

April 10

"When I Consider How My Light Is Spent" (p. 1093) -  “The World Is Too Much With Us” (p. 1363) -  “I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud” (p. 853)

April 15

Lit essay 3 due - "On Being Brought from Africa to America" (p. 855)  - “Visual Imagery & Figures of Speech” (pp. 990-991) -  “Metaphor” (p. 993-994) & poem linked here -  "The Red Wheelbarrow" (p. 983) - Lit essay 4 “Student Selected Poetry” presentation and essay assignment given

April 17

“I Celebrate Myself…” (p. 898) -  "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" (p.1078 ) - “Love Song of  J. Alfred Prufrock” (p. 1139)

April 22

 "My Last Duchess" (p. 1334)  -  “Barbie Doll” (p. 952) -  “Rites of Passage” (audio linked here) -  “Homage to My Hips” (linked to title -  audio linked here)

April 24

“Student Selected Poetry” essay due and in-class presentations started

April 29

“Student Selected Poetry” class presentations completed

May 1

Review poetry terms for exam - discuss extra credit option - complete assessment exercise

May 6 Group study session for poetry exam

Wed. -  May 7 at 10am

Poetry Exam - Note: this is the exam slot marked "All English Day Classes" on the final exam schedule -  NOT the exam slot for classes which meet on TR at 11am


REQUIREMENTS: In addition to writing, students must perform satisfactorily in all other areas of course work, such as reading assignments, periodic quizzes, and class participation. Failure to turn-in all required assignments is the most common cause of failing a course; failure to follow directions is the most common reason for failing an assignment.

TECHNOLOGY: All students in this course will be required to use computers and MS Word (as the College’s software does not support any other word processing programs) to complete the majority of the course's essay assignments. Students should keep back-up copies of all assignments. All students are responsible for ensuring that the technology they choose to utilize in addition to the College’s computers is working properly. Personal computer, software, network or storage device failure is not a valid excuse for late delivery of any assignment. In addition, throughout the term, computers will be used to access online course information, execute research and correspond via email with the instructor. The URL for Georgia Highlands College’s student email system is https://mail.highlands.edu/student , and this account is the official email contact route for all college departments with all students. Thus, this account should be checked daily. If a student's email is not operating properly, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Information Technology for assistance. The telephone number is 706/295-6775. Unless the instructor specifically indicates that students should log-on to computers in class, the use of computers during class time is prohibited.

Emails sent to the instructor during overnight hours or on weekends will not receive replies until the next weekday in most cases.

LEARNING OUTCOMES & EXPECTED RESULTS: Relevant GHC Student Learning Goals and Outcomes:
-Students will be able to recognize and correct grammatical and mechanical errors.
-Students will demonstrate their ability to read, analyze, and comprehend college level written texts.
-Students will be able to demonstrate an appropriate degree of information competence.
-Students will demonstrate their ability to research a topic and write a formal, MLA style research paper.
-Students will be able to evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their writing.
-Students will be able to differentiate between scholarly and non-scholarly resources.
-Students will demonstrate their ability to read, analyze, and comprehend literary works from a variety of genres.
-Students will be able to construct arguments.
-Because argumentative writing is the basis of all rhetoric, students will be able to recognize and properly construct argumentative thesis statements.

GHC and USG learning goals and outcomes are linked here.

GRADING: Final grades will be determined by the following percentages: research paper = 30%, four literature response essays = 10% each, one skills evaluation timed essay = 10%, midterm exam = 10%, final exam = 10%. (100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, 59-0=F)

NOTE: Prerequisites for all literature courses at GHC are grades of “C” or higher in both English 1101 & 1102.

Once again, note that failure to turn-in all required assignments is the most common cause of failing a course, and failure to follow directions is the most common reason for failing an assignment.

Students must keep original copies of all graded and returned material for grade verification purposes.

No work completed in other courses will be accepted in this class.

With all work, students must adhere to the principles of academic integrity, which obviously and simply means students must do their own work, complete their own exams, compose their own papers, and give proper credit for ALL ideas AND words of others used in any assignment. If the instructor observes evidence which indicates such principles may have been violated, actions will be taken in accordance with the College's Academic Integrity Policy, located online at http://www.highlands.edu/academics/academicaffairs/academicintegritypolicy.htm . One specific violation of academic integrity, plagiarism, is becoming more problematic as a result of Internet sites offering research papers to students. The use of such papers is blatant plagiarism and a flagrant violation of academic integrity and will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the College’s policies. Additionally, plagiarism can be committed by failing to properly attribute the words/ideas of others or failing to adequately paraphrase source material. Deliberate or not, plagiarism is an immensely serious academic offense. Information on one of many plagiarism detection tools available can be reviewed at www.turnitin.com, and all work in this course is subject to required submission to this website.


EARLY WARNING PROGRAM: Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP). The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress. In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester. The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:
Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance -- Week 8: Mid-term Status

ATTENDANCE: All GHC Department of Humanities courses, including this course, follow this attendance policy: A student who misses five classes (for classes meeting 2 days a week) or three classes (for classes meeting 1 day a week) may not return to the class without appealing to the division dean or a designee, unless the student has presented a justification which the instructor finds satisfactory.  This appeal must be made within one week. Otherwise the student may not return to class and no appeal will be allowed.

If students arrive late to class, it is their responsibility to ensure the instructor noted their arrival, and this should be done immediately after class. After five late arrivals and/or early departures, future occurrences will be counted as absences.

As per the GHC Catalog: “Regular, punctual attendance at all classes is the student’s responsibility. Students are expected to account for absences to each instructor and, at the discretion of the instructor, to make up all work missed because of the absence. Final approval of any class absence remains with the individual instructor.”

Students who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun. (Note: If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails.)

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

DUE DATES: Unless the instructor has been notified prior to the due date for any assignment and written verification of the extenuating circumstances precipitating late delivery is provided (i.e. copy of doctor's excuse, military orders, court documents, etc.), all late work will be penalized one letter grade for each day it is late. After the fourth class date beyond which assignments are due, late work will not be accepted and will earn a zero as a grade. Personal computer, software, network or storage device failure is not a valid excuse for late delivery of any assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted beyond the last date of class prior to the final exam. No make-up exam will be given for an exam or in-class grade unless the instructor is notified of a student's absence prior to the test date and time, and written verification of the reason for the unavoidable absence is provided.

TEXTS & SUPPLIES: Norton's Introduction to Literature, 11th edition, edited by Mays; Hodges' Harbrace Handbook (also used in Engl 1101), by Horner, Webb, and Miller; pens/pencils, notebooks, folders, etc; portable electronic storage device (cd, jump/zip drive, etc)

ADA STATEMENT: Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center at 706-295-6336 to coordinate reasonable accommodations.



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