Why Do the Arts Matter in America, 2005?
No matter how much we read, we tend to know too little of how the world works.
All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions,
folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
Kelly, Joseph, editor. The Seagull Reader: Literature. NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005.
The complete reading schedule will depend on the class progress so you are expected to be present in class and open to new directions. You should bring the text to each class. Handouts will be transmitted through email (Blackboard). You should have access to a printer and check your email regularly. When you receive a handout, print it out and bring it to class.
As with any English class, a dictionary and an English writer’s handbook are necessary references. These books should be in each student’s personal library and you should know how to use them. If you have any questions about which books to use or how to use these reference materials, please let me know.
? class participation
? presentations (short & group) ? weekly essays
All work handed in for this class must be work undertaken especially for this class. No papers should be presented if they have been used for another class or if they are written for another course’s assignment.
Please familiarize yourself with the University’s guidelines for each grade; these can be found in the Student Handbook.
I will be present in my office during office hours. Please use this time to seek clarification about the course or conference about your progress. You can schedule a meeting with me at other times if my office hours are not convenient for your schedule.
Students with Special Needs
Students with disabilities will be accommodated. Please notify me or call Disability Services at 334-5440 if there are impediments to your attendance and progress in this course. If English is your second language and you would feel more comfortable in an ESL course, please let me know so we can make arrangements.
Student Learning Goals
The 102S student will acquire a foundation of knowledge and attitudes applicable to a significant range of discourse. The student will be able to:
? Interpret and evaluate argumentative discourse, including writing and speech.
? Construct cogent arguments.
? Communicate those arguments clearly, coherently, and effectively.
? Locate, synthesize, and evaluate relevant information.
? Demonstrate an understanding of the aims and methods of intellectual discourse.
? Weigh evidence and evaluate the arguments of different viewpoints.
As a speaking intensive course, we will also enhance learning through active engagement in oral communication and will improve each student’s ability to communicate orally.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center is located in 101 McIver and is open Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Fridays, 9:00 am through 3:00 pm, and Sundays, 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm. There are instructors there who can help the student with all aspects of papers, from planning and organizing to editing and revising. Take any writing assignment to the Writing Center – it is not just for English classes. Can call for an appointment (334-3125) or just drop by with questions. This is a wonderful resource and each student is strongly encouraged to take advantage of it.
The Speaking Center
The Speaking Center is a resource that students should use this semester. Appointments are necessary to use the resources at the Speaking Center; a speaker can be scheduled to talk to the class about how the Speaking Center can help ENG 102 students. The Speaking Center is located in the basement of McIver, Room 22.
Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly representing the words of another as one's own in any academic exercise. Plagiarism may occur on any paper, report, or other work submitted to fulfill course requirements. Plagiarism can be:
a. Failure to cite references, which includes intentional or obvious failures to properly cite sources; and,
b. Submitting as one's own work done by or copied from another. This includes work done by a fellow student, work done by a previous student, or work done by anyone other than the student responsible for the assignment [adapted from the UNCG Academic Integrity Policy (http://saf.dept.uncg.edu/studiscp/ Honor.html)].
Students caught plagiarizing will be punished according to the process outlined in the UNCG Academic Integrity Policy.
All students are expected to participate in the daily progress of this class.
Attendance is critical to achieving the goals of this course. Missing more than three classes will result in a lowering of the final grade; missing more than seven classes can result in dismissal from the course. Being late to class two times equals one absence. If the student arrives more than ten minutes late for class that student will be counted absent.
In case of an absence, the student is responsible for any material covered during the class. Please ask a fellow student for the material missed. There will always be an assignment for the next class.
Late work is not accepted. Notify the instructor in advance of problems with attendance or with the ability to complete assignments; the policy can be modified for individual cases.
As this is a speaking intensive course students are expected to speak in each and every class.
In the first weeks of class the student will give a five minute speech about an image. Presentations will be evaluated by the other students and should be given using effective speaking principles. These presentations will help students develop confidence and strong speaking habits.
Students will be divided into groups and each group will be responsible for conducting a class on a topic associated with video. There will be plenty of time given during the semester to group work. Each member of the group is expected to have their own topic and to carry their weight during the group assignments.
Group work will be an important part of this class and students are expected
to participate equally. Each student will have the opportunity to evaluate
other students in their group as well as the effectiveness of the individual
group and the assignment as a whole.
Presentations will be evaluated by the other students and should be given using effective speaking principles. These presentations will help students work as a group and develop confidence and strong speaking habits.
There will be a number of assignments due throughout the semester. Some of these assignments will be formal essays, assigned well in advance, others will be informal, in-class, spontaneous assignments or pop quizzes. Please make yourself aware of the requirements for each assignment. The presentation of completed assignments always counts towards the grade of any assignment in this class.
There will be occasional instructor-student conferences during the semester. One conference will be at the beginning of the semester and will help us get to know each other better; other conferences will be called as needed. Attendance to conferences is mandatory and the student should be prepared to participate.
You will create a final portfolio from the work completed in this class as well as from the peer evaluations. Please keep everything you write for this class. The portfolio will be handed in at the end of the semester. Presentation will be a substantial part of the portfolio grade, so please keep this in mind.
The Learning Spirit
We are all here to learn and you should come to class prepared to participate. Your preparation is necessary to help the class find its direction. I am determined that we have fun while we fulfill the requirements and goals of ENG 102. Although we might disagree, always treat others in the classroom with respect. Rudeness will not be tolerated.
Fall 2005 Calendar
Day Date Assignment
M 8/15 Introductions, Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown” (page 128); Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (page 244).
M 8/22 Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado” (page 282).
M 8/29 conferences
Stephen Crane, “The Open Boat” (page 68); Edith Wharton (page 347);
M 9/5 Labor Day Holiday
W 9/7 William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily” (page 93); Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants” (page 142)
M 9/12 John Updike, “A & P” (page 321); Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried” (page 226); Charlotte Perkins Gilman (page 110).
M 9/19 Short Presentations
M 9/26 Alice Walker, “Everyday Use” (page 328); John Cheever, “The Swimmer” (page 43)
M 10/3 Poetry: John Keats (page 508), Robert Browning (page 425), Emily Dickinson (page 438), Walt Whitman (page 582).
M 10/10 Fall Break
W 10/12 T. S. Eliot (page 451), William Carlos Williams (page 585), Marianne Moore (page 537).
M 10/17 Robert Frost (page 461), Wallace Stevens (page 569), Elizabeth Bishop (page 410).
M 10/24 Langston Hughes (page 502), Allen Ginsberg (page 474), E. E. Cummings (page 436).
M 10/31 Susan Glaspell, Trifles (page 949)
M 11/7 William Shakespeare, Hamlet (page 686)
M 11/14 Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House (page 814)
M 11/21 Conclusion
W 11/23 Thanksgiving Break
M 11/28 Group Presentations
M 12/5 Group Presentation
T 12/6 Reading Day
W 12/7 Final Exam, 12-3 pm, Wednesday