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ENg 102 SYLLABUS

 

English 102
Composition II
Dr. Keith O’Neill
Fall 2015


(845) 431-8456
Hudson 402F
Office Hours: MW 11-12, TR 5-6
oneill@sunydutchess.edu

Required Text:
Mays et al. The Norton Introduction to Literature, Shorter 11th Ed. (Norton, 2013)
I also recommend a standard desk dictionary, such as Webster’s or American Heritage, and a grammar handbook.

Course Description:
This course is a continuation of English 101, which further emphasizes well-constructed and developed written composition, factually supported conclusions, and the use of precise and varied language.  It also serves as an introduction to three genres of literature: short fiction, poetry, and drama. Finally, students should use MLA documentation for in-text citations and a Works Cited page even when analyzing literary works on their own, without the use of secondary sources. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students should continue to demonstrate the writing skills acquired in English 101, including the ability to:

  • use the writing process—prewriting, writing, drafting, revising, and editing—to write unified and coherent essays;

  • employ specific and focused thesis statements and topic sentences;

  • develop body paragraphs with appropriate detailed support;

  • use language clearly and with a level of formality appropriate to college writing;

  • integrate source material into a text and document it correctly, according to MLA style; and

  • edit writing for grammar, mechanics, sentence structure, and usage.

Additionally, students should demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of literary study, which includes the ability to:

  • develop persuasive arguments about works of literature and organize support by drawing evidence from texts;

  • relate a work to its literary, historical, and cultural context; and

  • analyze the use of a variety of literary terms in drama, poetry, and fiction, including plot, character, theme, point of view, setting, and—for poetry—imagery, figurative devices, and sounds.

Weekly Syllabus:

Week 1 – Aug 24-Aug 28

Introduction, Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” (475-477)

Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants” (590-594)

Week 2 –Aug 31- Sept 4

Joyce, “Araby” (153-158)

Munro, “Boys and Girls” (137-147)

Week 3 – Sept 7-11

NO CLASS MONDAY

Cheever, “The Country Husband” (565-583)

Carver, “Cathedral” (32-42)

Chekhov, “The Lady with the Dog” (251-263),

Week 4 – Sept 14-18

Faulkner, “A Rose For Emily” (516-522),

O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (422-433)

O’Connor, “Everything the Rises Must Converge” (447-458)

PAPER ONE DUE

Week 5 – Sept 21-25

Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener” (622-648)

Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” (95-118)

Wallace, “Good People” (215-220)

Week 6 – Sept 28-Oct 2

Adrienne Rich, “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” (768)

Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz” (791)

Maxine Kumin, “Woodchucks” (767)

PAPER TWO DUE

Week 7 – Oct 5-9

Browning, “My Last Duchess” (1078)

Bishop, “One Art” (Handout)

Bishop, “Sestina” (879)

Week 8 – Oct 12-16

NO CLASS MONDAY

Stevens, “Anecdote of a Jar” (1102)

Stevens, “The Emperor of Ice Cream” (1103)

MID-TERM GRADES

Week 9 – Oct 19-23

Plath, “Daddy” (1049)

Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1087)

Keats, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” (4)

Week 10 – Oct 26-Oct 30

Shakespeare, sonnets (892, 891, 892, 810, 805)

PAPER THREE DUE

Week 11 – Nov 2-6

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Acts I-II (1363-1402)

Week 12 – Nov 9-13

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Acts III-V (1402-1458)

Week 13 – Nov 16-20

Sophocles, Oedipus the King (1737-1776), PAPER FOUR DUE

Week 14 – Nov 23-27

Ibsen, A Doll House (1189-1240)

NO CLASS FRIDAY

Week 15 – Nov 30-Dec 4

Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire (1777-1843)

Week 16 – Dec 7-11

FINAL EXAM


Course Policies:
Attendance - There is no official policy for attendance, since it is of course your choice to attend class regularly. No one will be dropped for not showing up to class. That said, I will not give a participation grade to students who are not in class very often. For Eng 102, this means losing 10% or a full letter grade.

Plagiarism - I have a no tolerance policy for plagiarism, the intentional (or unintentional) use of someone else’s work as your own. This is cheating, plain and simple, and it’s a waste of the money you spent on tuition. If you are caught plagiarizing, I will give you a zero for the assignment, and you may be reported to Dean’s office.

 

Assignments/Grade Determination:

Paper 1

10%


Please note that this is a working syllabus: assignments and due dates are subject to change. I will provide updates and detailed reading assignments throughout the semester. Please remember to visit the course website regularly:

http://faculty.sunydutchess.edu/oneill

Paper 2

15%

Paper 3

20%

Paper 4

20%

Final Exam

25%

Class Participation

10%