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SUNY - Farmingdale Department of English and Humanities English 102-026: Composition: Literature: 20478 Spring 2013 Prof.

Susan Candia

E-mail: candias@farmingdale.edu Classroom Blog: candiaenglish102.blogspot.com


Classroom meeting times: Mon Lupton #146 -9:30-10:45 a.m. &Wed Whitman #253 -9:30-10:45 a.m. There are no scheduled office hours. Please see me before class, or contact me at the email address above. COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE: This class will build on the writing skills developed in EGL 101, specifically the ability to write analytical and persuasive essays and to utilize research materials correctly and effectively. Students will read different literary genres (poetry, drama, and narrative fiction). Selections from the literature will provide the basis for analytical and critical essays that explore ways in which writers use works of the imagination to explore human experience. A continual technological aspect, the blog, will be introduced as a method to further expand the concepts of lessons and pursue methods of evaluating, connecting and publishing student experiences with literature. REQUIRED TEXTS: X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia Ed. Backpack Literature Fourth Edition. New York: Pearson-Longman, 2012. Herman Melvilles, Bartleby and Benito Cereno COURSE RULES: 1. No assignment may be omitted. 2. Plagiarized work will receive a failing grade. Be advised that it is very obvious to English professors when something is not written in the student's style. 3. Absences or latenesss exceeding three (3) times will require a conference with the professor. Excessive absences/tardiness will directly affect your class participation grade. 4. Late work will be accepted only under special circumstances and only when the student has communicated the reason prior to the class when the assignment is due. A full grade deduction will occur for each day the assignment is not received on the day it is due. 5. There are no make-ups of tests except in the case of documented illness or hardship. Notification must be given prior to or on the date of the test. REQUIRED WORK: 1. Frequent assigned readings of stories, poems, and plays from the text. 2. Weekly Blog Posts: Students will write 10 short posts on the class blog. These posts will be 100-150 words and will be written in response to prompts or on topics provided by the instructor. Blog posts will be evaluated on a credit/no credit basis. Posts are expected to be completed by 5:00 PM on the due date,

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respond to the prompt or topic, and meet standards of academic writing. Posts which do not meet these requirements will receive no credit. Class Discussion and participation. One in-class midterm and one in-class final.( short answer and essay) Two formal out of class essay assignments. Final blog/Online Portfolio assignment to be presented and completed by assigned due date.

IMPORTANT DATES: These dates are tentative and may sometimes be revised. All readings and assignments are due on the date they are noted.
JAN 28-M - REVIEW OF SYLLABUS: REVIEW OF EXPECTATIONS; INTRODUCTION TO FICTION; WHAT IS FICTION? FABLE, TALE- HANDOUT- GODFATHERS DEATH DIAGNOSTIC ESSAY JAN 30-W-: PLOT AND NARRATION: JOHN UPDIKE, A&P- HOW TO SET UP YOUR BLOG?

FEB 4-M- POINT OF VIEW AND NARRATION: WILLIAM FAULKNER, A ROSE FOR EMILY
FEB 6-W- SETTING, CHARACTER, TONE AND STYLE: ERNEST HEMINGWAY, A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE& THE YELLOW WALLPAPER BLOG ASSIGNMENT #1 FEB 11-M-- LIBRARY RESEARCH LESSON (CLASS TO MEET IN COMPUTER ROOM IN LIBRARY GREENLY NEXT TO JAVA CITY) FEB 13-W-- IRONY: EDGAR ALLEN POE, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADOFEB 18-M- OUT OF CLASS ASSIGNMENT; THE SCAVENGER HUNT FEB 20-W- - IRONY: SHIRLEY JACKSON, THE LOTTERY - BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER; EVALUATING A STORY: CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS- BLOG ASSIGNMENT #3 FEB 25-M-. SHORT STORY ESSAY DUE- EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON, RICHARD CORY DISCUSS POETRY ASSIGN; WHAT IS POETRY? HOW TO CRITIQUE POETRY: ARCHIBALD MACLEISH, ARS POETICA FEB 27-W- IRONY, METAPHOR, SIMILES, PERSONIFICATION, IMAGERY: WILFRED OWEN, DULCE ET DECORUM EST WILLIAM BLAKE, TO SEE A WORLD IN A GRAIN OF SAND ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, FLOWERS IN THE CRANNIED WALL-BLOG ASSIGNMENT #4 MAR 4-M- READING A POEM, LISTENING TO VOICE AND TONE; ROMANTICISM: WILLIAM WORDSWORTH I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD, KEATSS, ODE TO A GRECIAN URNMAR 6-W- ROBERT FROST, THE SILKEN TENT EMILY DICKINSON, IT DROPPED SO LOW- IN MY REGARD AND BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH-BLOG ASSIGNMENT #5 MAR 11-M - HISTORY IN POETRY: LANGSTON HUGHES AND THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE, THEME FOR ENGLISH B THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS I, TOO, HARLEM- BLOG ASSIGNMENT#6 MAR 13-W-WRITTEN RESPONSE TO POETRY ESSAY DUE; MIDTERM REVIEW

BLOG ASSIGNMENT #2

MAR 18-M- IN CLASS MIDTERM- POETRY AND SHORT STORY MAR 20-WGREEK THEATER WEB QUEST- BLOG ASSIGNMENT #7 MAR 26,27 NO CLASSES SPRING BREAK APR 1-M- TRAGEDY VS. COMEDY: INTRODUCTION TO DRAMATIC LITERATURE. READING A PLAY, ELEMENTS, PLOT; ORAL PRESENTATIONS ASSIGNED APR 3-W- IN CLASS FILM AND REVIEW-BLOG ASSIGNMENT #8 APR 8-M- INTRODUCTION TO GREEK TRAGEDY: OEDIPUS REX-NEW HISTORICISM, FORMALISM AND MARXIST APPROACH APR 10-W- FINAL PRESENTATION REVIEW AND BLOG WORKSHOP- BLOG ASSIGNMENT #9 APR 15-M - INTRODUCTION TO IBSENS, A DOLLS HOUSE APR 17-W- FINAL BLOG PRESENTATIONS APR 22-M- IBSENS, A DOLLS HOUSE- PSYCHOANALYTIC/FREUDIAN THEORY/NEW HISTORICISMBLOG WORKSHOP- BLOG ASSIGNMENT #10 APR 24-W- FINAL BLOG PRESENTATIONS APR 29-M- REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM MAY 1-W- FINAL BLOG PRESENTATIONS MAY 6-M-- IN CLASS FINAL ESSAY EXAM. MAY 8-W- FINAL ESSAY EXAM AND BLOG PRESENTATION DISCUSSION

Grading breakdown: Exams ( midterm and final) 25 percent Short papers ( 2 take home essays) 25 percent Blog Project (20%) plus presentation (5%) 25 percent Class participation, attendance, and blog assignments 25 percent