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ENC 1102

REFERENCE #418928
COURSE SYLLABUS
Fall 2007-1
Tues., Thurs. 7:00-8:15 am

Instructor: Alejandro Salinas


Department: Communication, Arts, & Philosophy
Room Number: 1371
Office Hours: M: T: W:

Th: F: S:

Telephone: (305)237-6358
E-mail: asalinas@mdc.edu

Course Description:
One of the main purposes of this course is help you gain a stronger appreciation for literature. We
will learn basic techniques of literary analysis by examining a wide range of works. In the
process, we will try to see that literature is much more than just busywork for school. It can teach
you about both the world and yourself, sometimes even showing you things in a way that will
make you want to change them. It can take you to worlds distant from your own, filled with
people extraordinary and common, good and bad, and always magically real--at least in the good
stuff. When it comes down to it, literature can be one of the main sources of pleasure in your life.
I hope that one of the semester's most important lessons is simply that great books, movies and
music can be a lot of fun.

This course is about learning to experience literature richly, but just as much, it is about learning
to write more effectively. It is a continuation of the English Composition I course you have
already taken. You will spend much of your time writing responses to the works we read. The
goal is to let you practice building arguments. You will take a stand on what you think a work
"means," supporting it through evidence from the text and, eventually, outside sources. The
analytical principles you will apply to literature represent a valuable tool in any field that you will
use it throughout your academic career.

Required Texts:
All our readings will come from handouts and internet links, but you are required to get a
handbook that covers research and grammar. If you don’t have one, I recommend Hacker
(listed below), which is available at the bookstore. Note that you can also purchase an online
version for a little less. If you’re interested in the online version or aren’t sure if the handbook
you have is acceptable, please see me.
•Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers, 5th Ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004
•Can purchase online version at dianahacker.com/bedhandbook

Assignments:
You'll be required to write five essays. Length requirements will range from two to eight pages.
For some of your essays, you'll have peer workshops, in which you'll get into groups, exchange
essays, and offer each other comments on how you can improve them. Using this feedback,
you'll have a chance to revise your essay and turn it in again. The second time around, I'll assign
a grade. In addition, you will write three in-class essays, including a final exam.
Besides writing essays, you'll also be required to complete several shorter assignments. If you do
an adequate job on an assignment, showing that you’ve put some time and thought into it, you
will receive a check (√), worth 10 points toward your final grade. If you do a less than adequate
job, you will receive either a check minus (√-), worth 5 points, or a zero. Among the most
common shorter assignments are informal, 1-pg. responses to readings from the textbook. You
may talk about a personal experience the reading called to mind, you may agree or disagree with
a position being taken, or you may comment on points about style or structure that you noticed in
the writing. Really, you can talk about anything, as long as you're coherent and thoughtful. In
addition, you may have some announced quizzes and in-class group activities. Although the
essays make up much of your final grade, the quizzes, activities and responses will be averaged
together to make up another big part, so don't neglect them.

Service Learning:
Please note that this course has a service-learning component. You will participate in an eight-
hour service-learning project that will account for 20% of the semester's grade, and which will be
the subject of some of our writing and class discussion. This semester we will work as tutors and
mentors with children, mostly low-income, in community centers near our campus. You will also
have the option of helping restore plant and maintain gardens in urban areas. Those who prefer
not to participate in these particular projects can choose their own within certain guidelines or
complete alternate assignments, such as reading and responding to a novel recommended by the
instructor.

Service-learning is one of the most exciting and challenging aspects of the course. Keep in mind,
though, that it is not volunteer work. It is not extra work. Service-learning is one of the many
tools we’re using to learn the course content. Note that the majority of your service-learning
grade comes not from simply completing hours, but in analyzing experiences through writing and
discussion.

Grading Criteria:
Piece of Literature I enjoy 15%
Service-Learning project 20%
*Expectations essay (10%)
*Portfolio (5%)
*Hours (5%)
Movie analysis 15%
Research paper 20%
Final essay exam 15%
HW & Other assignments 15%

94-100% = A
84-90% = B
74-80% = C
64-70% = D
50-60% = F

Attendance and Make-Ups:


• Regular attendance and class participation are an integral part of a satisfactory grade.
They are also the determining factor in “borderline” averages. If you are between an “A”
and a “B,” for example, strong participation will bump you up while a lack of
participation will bump you down.
• If you are absent three consecutive classes, the instructor may drop you from the class.
• Journals, homework and in-class exercises can not be made up. All essays submitted late,
whether first or final draft, will be penalized by half a letter. After one class period, they
will not be accepted.
• A documented emergency will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Drops: If students are unable to continue in the course, they must notify the instructor. It is their
responsibility to fill out an official withdrawal form with the registrar’s office. If they do not
officially withdraw, they may receive an F in the course.

Policies:
• Plagiarism means producing a work that is fully or partly someone else’s and claming it
as your own. Plagiarized work will receive an “F.” You also risk facing disciplinary
action from the college.
• I will hand your papers back to you to keep; it is your responsibility to hold on to them.
• Academic Integrity: You are expected to adhere to the policies of academic integrity as
outlined in the Students' Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Violation of the policies
will result in disciplinary action also outlined in the handbook.
• All students must come to class prepared with their own books and materials. In the
interest of fairness to all students who desire a classroom environment conducive to
learning, no students will be allowed to share books. If students come to class without
their own books, they must not infringe upon the rights of those who come prepared.
• Beepers and cellular phones must be turned off prior to class.

Week 1
8/30 Thurs. – Introductions: each other and the course; diagnostic essay: a piece of literature that
is important to me; set up Facebook account by next session

Week 2
9/4 Tues. – Read “Beware: Do Not Read this Poem” (Facebook); read “I heard a fly buzz”;
review prewriting; guest presentation
9/6 Thurs. – Guest presentation: The Young People’s Project; continue prewriting; post #1:
“What makes for a Good Essay”

Week 3
9/11 Tues. – View clip of film “Barton Fink”; essay structure review; share important literature
9/13 Thurs. – Continue structure review; share important literature; second draft of important
literature essay due; peer reviews in class

Week 4
9/18 Tues. – Guest presentation: I Have a Dream Program; Read “Starry Night” (Facebook);
share important literature; review details
9/20 Thurs. – Continue details; service-learning orientation

Week 5
9/25 Tues. – Final draft of important literature essay due; post #2: What Makes a Great
Essay #2; “A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: Little Havana & Overtown” (presentation)
9/27 Thurs. – Report findings for “A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: Little Havana & Overtown”;
introduce character analysis
Week 6
10/2 Tues. – Read “The Lesson” (http://cai.ucdavis.edu/gender/thelesson.html); reading quiz #1;
Prejudice Workshop: What is it and who cares?
10/4 Thurs. – Flex Day: writing circle or service-learning (no regular class session)

Week 7
10/9 Tues. – Prejudice Workshop: “Say Hello to My Little Friend”; first draft of character
analysis essay due
10/11 Thurs. – Peer workshops for character analysis essay; service-learning portfolio work

Week 8
10/16 Tues. – Read freedom poems (Facebook); reading quiz #2; introduction to symbolism
10/18 Thurs. – Continue freedom poems; movie analysis; post #3: the American Dream: what
does it mean to you?

Week 9
10/23 Tues. – Movie analysis
10/25 Thurs. – Continue movie analysis; research paper introduction; read “Black Men and
Public Space”(http://somanystyles.com/blog1/archives/33 or Facebook); reading quiz #3

Week 10
10/30 Tues. – Library workshop; movie analysis
11/1 Thurs. – Movie analysis; research workshop; research paper prewriting due

Week 11
11/6 Tues. – Continue research workshop; research documentation worksheet due
11/8 Thurs. – Movie analysis essay due; self-evaluations

Week 12
11/13 Tues. – Continue self-evaluations; research workshop
11/15 Thurs. – Research workshop; post #4: research paper draft or selected prewriting (1-2
pgs.)
This week, you’ll have an opportunity to join a writing circle during office hours. Let me know if
you’re interested.

Week 13
11/20 Tues. – Service-learning reflection; draft of research paper due (2-3 pgs.); peer reviews
11/22 Thurs. – Thanksgiving; no class

Week 14
11/27 Tues. – Continue service-learning reflection; research workshop
11/29 Thurs. – Research workshop; draft of research paper due (4-5 pgs.); peer reviews

Week 15
12/4 Tues. – Service-learning portfolio work; final draft of research story due
12/6 Thurs. – Flex Day: writing circle, service-learning or portfolio (no regular class session)

Week 16
12/11 Tues. – Exploring Stereotypes in the Mass Media
12/13 Thurs. – Continue Exploring Stereotypes in the Mass Media; service-learning portfolio
presentations

Exam Week
12/18 Tues. – Final essay due
12/23 Thurs. – Looking back on the semester and feedback