CMP 203 G1: Literature and Composition

Instructor: Laura Sass-Germain
Email: lsassgermain@rider.edu
Class time: MW 1:10-2:40
Location: FA 391
Office Hours: MW 12-1

Required texts:
Abcarian, et al. Human Experience. 10th Ed.
James, Henry. Turn of the Screw (A Norton Critical Edition), 2nd
edition.
Canvas readings (printed out and brought to class).
Any additional readings handed out in class.

What is this course for?

Building on skills gained in CMP 120, you will refine proficiencies in the critical
reading of challenging college-level texts and in writing effective, thesis-driven
arguments in response to these texts. In addition, this course will introduce you to
the process of researching, evaluating, and integrating scholarly sources into their
own arguments, using appropriate methods of citation.

This is a course in research writing that, like CMP 125 Research Writing, fulfills
the final university core requirement in writing. It differs from CMP 125 in that it
focuses on researching literature. It prepares specifically for research in the
English major but also presents a discipline-specific model for research writing in
most other liberal arts majors. By the end of the CMP 203, students should
demonstrate critical reading and writing skills at a level required for competence
in 100- and 200-level classes across the curriculum. These skills are practiced in
the composition of well-developed essays that integrate academic sources in
support of a reasoned argument or that synthesize several sources to present a
coherent perspective on an arguable issue. It is expected that the skill
development fostered in the Composition sequence will be reinforced and
enhanced in courses across the curriculum throughout the four undergraduate
years. In preparation for writing in these various subject areas, students will
develop awareness of how disciplinary conventions affect writing by reading texts
representing a range of academic areas that may include but are not primarily
focused on literature and/or literary criticism.

Since effective reading is crucial to writing in the academy and in the workplace,
you will be guided in careful analysis of texts of various genres, focusing both on
ideas and on use of rhetorical strategies as related to audience, purpose, and
disciplinary conventions. In addition to improving their critical thinking and
understanding of rhetoric based on such analysis, you will continue to develop a
mastery of grammar, syntax, and mechanics as essential elements of writing that
achieves its purpose.

Specific Research Objectives:

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 Recognizing or raising researchable questions about a topic  Locating and evaluating scholarly sources through a variety of library research techniques  Summarizing. Using the comments from your peers. and quoting material appropriately  Developing a sense of rhetorical purpose. and underline passages that stick out to you. You should see the development of your ideas as you progress 2 . You are expected to submit all essays to Canvas. You may find that your first draft looks little like your final draft. First Draft: Your first draft will be a substantial exploration into your topic. your writing. You are expected to do them. Informal Writings: Through the semester. will suffer. writing towards clarity. and the work from your initial draft. expressed in a controlling idea in the student’s own voice and developed through a logical organizing strategy  Effectively integrating ideas and evidence from multiple sources. Failure to do so by the due date will result in a failing grade for the assignment. whether you are investigating your topic. summaries. you will be doing expansion work. you will be asked to do a series of writings outside of the required essays. write down questions that come to mind. It is your responsibility to download these readings and follow the instructions as per the unit syllabus. Essays and Their Drafts: We will be doing five essays throughout the semester. and to help you make connections between the different types of research this class asks you to do. Please always bring these Canvas readings to class. Remember to type your draft – your audience will appreciate it. including thoughtful positioning of various perspectives within the student’s central idea or argument. They will range from 4 to 8 pages in length. or even discovering a topic.  Avoiding plagiarism by using specific strategies such as signal phrases to introduce quotations. Writing Expectations: You will write four formal essays for this class. If you do not do them. This is NOT about simply correcting spelling mistakes and changing around a paragraph or two (although that is part of it). The informal writings are designed to help you think more critically about gender. Mid-Process Draft: A mid-process draft is the re-working or extension of the first draft. I expect that as you read the material assigned you will take notes. These will be called informal writings and will include any in-class writings. These writings will be in various genres. and any other homework writing I ask you to do. It represents a couple of hours of work. paraphrasing. and therefore your grade. There will also be readings assigned for you that will be on Canvas. me. and paraphrases  Using correct and consistent documentation in the appropriate academic style and format as determined by the instructor How We Will Accomplish these Objectives The Readings: There will be readings assigned for just about every class.

into this draft. If you are absent. you will become each other’s readers. Also. excessive absences can impact your enrollment in the course. not underlined. this draft is a progression in all areas: ideas. last. Your ideas from the first draft should be reevaluated. Keep this in mind for peer review and in-class writings. Attendance and Class Activity: You need to be in class. Here is an example of formatting that you can use as a model: Alex Student Professor Sass-Germain CMP 203 February 23. Also. It is a detriment to yourself. he/she must file an appeal with the Composition Coordinator to remain in the class. but not in bold. GRADED DRAFTS MUST BE PROOFREAD AND EDITED CAREFULLY. if a student misses four or more classes. mid-process. or graded) at the top left corner of the first page. Use your textbook! This is your responsibility for your work as a writer. First. Although you may feel uncomfortable at first sharing your work with your peers. however. remember to put your name. We only meet twice a week. analysis. and our community if you miss class. Absence is NOT an excuse. I do not need a cover sheet.) Peer Review: This is a technique that is invaluable to writers. your classmates. and style should reflect such a development. please title your work! It is yours and should have an original title that reflects your ideas in the essay. please do not be late. For this class. it is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed. 2015 Essay I. and your final grade is a “B” in participation. We should try to make the most of each meeting. the essay number and the draft type (first. so each class period is valuable. you will need to find someone in class who is willing to do a review for you at another time. It disrupts the class for those who make an effort to be on time. they may not look the same as they did on the first draft. that “B” will become a “B-. your final grade in participation will go down. Graded Draft A Reinterpretation Of Color Imagery In Snow White (Note that your title is centered. Three “lates” equal one absence. This means the content of the class as well as any materials. Again. for whatever reason. 3 . and not italicized. remember that experienced writers find this to be a vital tool in the creative process. and all major words in the title are capitalized. and feel it is helpful in creating strong final drafts.” In addition. the date. and/or be sure to hand in the in-class writing due that day. As per the Composition Program Attendance Guidelines. I will not be the only reader of your papers. You have three absences that you may use however you wish (use these wisely!) If you miss more than three classes. Lack of proofreading is a serious detriment to your work that can be easily avoided. If you cannot come to class. Graded Draft: The graded draft (called such because it is the one I will be grading) is the re-working or expansion of the mid-process draft. If you miss three and then miss another class hour.

and Reflection Essay): 30% Informal Writings (Homework and In-Class): 15% Attendance and Participation: 10% Writing Lab: Because our work in Literature and Composition demands synthesis of a variety of sources. Revision of Essay 1. talking to your classmates. Access and Use of Information. Development of Position. Finally. that waiting until the last few weeks of the semester will not be much help for you. This portfolio will include the graded draft of Essay 4. your goal should be to receive mostly high numbers. Portfolio: At the end of the semester. So. Revision. Scope of Research. Peer review also counts as a kind of class participation.) Grading: I am constantly searching for a way to accurately depict “good” writing. committed. or 3. I believe that it’s important we get feedback from as many 4 . I will fill out a rubric for each essay that informs you which areas are strongest. pay particular attention to that aspect of the course and do your best to give others useful feedback on their writing and to take into consideration what your peers have to say about your writing. We will discuss the criteria in more detail throughout the semester. Instead. I also encourage you to come see me for consultation on your drafts. The criteria is: Explanation of Issues. Conclusions. Keep in mind. and which areas demand deeper involvement and concentration. Conferences: During the month of April. I am here for you. and taking part in small and large group discussions counts as class participation. you will submit a portfolio to me of your work. Use of MLA. (The portfolio will be further explained throughout the semester. Being a prepared. As far as the criteria I will use when assessing your writing. simply coming to class does not count as class participation. so please feel free to come see me at any point throughout the semester. 2. Essay 1 (Analyzing Elements of Literature): 10% Essay 2 (Comparison and Contrast): 15% Essay 3 (Entering into the Literary Conversation): 20% Portfolio (Essay 4. we will be having conferences. Use of Evidence. I am not going to assign a letter grade to your essays. it is to your benefit to keep up with the readings and the assignments. which areas need more attention. Control of Syntax. and engaged student. and a final reflection paper. outside of class. Your course work is approximately weighted as follows. Hopefully this is something we can work on coming up with as a class. but also counts as part of your writing grade. Keep track of what you have done. Your progress throughout the semester is important! This will be accounted for at the end of the semester. one revised essay of your choice. By the end. I will meet with each of you individually or in small groups. You will be able to track your progress this way through the semester. though. Remember that essays and drafts will NOT be accepted after the due date. Therefore.

In all written work.” Any student who has chosen to plagiarize can receive a failing grade for the course. as appointments do fill up. Instead. Suite 237. choose a time where you believe that you could use another professional opinion on your work. If you are unsure about whether or not you might be plagiarizing. As many of you know. They will ask for documentation of your disability to support your accommodation requests and to recommend services as appropriate to your individual situation. I believe that writing tutors can be an invaluable resource. if you have been visiting the Writing Lab regularly. My recommendation is that you not wait until the end of the semester to visit the Writing Lab. Please do your part to help maintain a civil and democratic learning environment for everyone in the class. This is why I am suggesting you visit at least once. Students are expected to provide proper citations for the statements and ideas of others whether submitted word for word.different people as possible. I am strongly suggesting that all of you visit the Writing Lab at least once this semester. Therefore. By the end of the semester. Citations. whether in class or out of class. please talk to me immediately. Failure to provide proper citations will be considered plagiarism and offenders will be subject to the charge of plagiarism specified in the statement of regulations. Academic Fraud and Dishonesty: Plagiarism is defined by the Rider University Student Handbook as follows: “Academic dishonesty includes any unauthorized collaboration or misrepresentation in the submission of academic work. or paraphrased. sexism. Racism. Room 8. The phone number is (609) 895-5492 and the email is serv4dstu@rider. or other forms of non-democratic or oppressive behaviors are unacceptable in this course. 5 . To make an appointment. as they provide for you a set of trained eyes outside the classroom who can give you an informed perspective on your work. The Writing Lab is located in the Bart Luedeke Center. Other If you have a disability and believe you will need academic accommodations in this course. except as otherwise indicated.edu. please make an appointment for an Intake Interview with Services for Students with Disabilities in the Vona Academic Annex. the student's name on the work is considered to be a statement that the work is his or hers alone. along with listening carefully to instructor and peer feedback. please call 609-895-5640 or use TutorTrac. homophobia. you will see an improvement in your writing. Plagiarism.

“We Wear the Mask” (p. 1185). and Shelley. 127) and Bambara. “Say You Love Me” (pp. “Ozymandias” (p. Week 4 Workshop #1 Draft of Essay 1 M 2/15 (Textual analysis) due Read Updike. 11-18). 6 . “Sonny’s Blues” (pp. Autobiography of My Research Life Due. “We Real Cool” (p. Brooks. 92) and critical reading (on Canvas) Week 3 Essay and thesis review “Writing About Stories” M 2/8 Stories (pp. Baldwin. 418). 943). “A&P” (pp. “The Lesson” (p. Read and annotate Araby (pp. 110). 931) Week 5 Library Session Final draft of essay 1 M 2/22 due. W 2/10 How to analyze poetry. 945). Composition 203 L1: Literature and Composition: Tentative Reading/Writing Schedule Date Class Homework Week 1 No class M 1/25 W 1/27 Diagnostic Week 2 How not to analyze literature Get textbook M 2/1 Annotation Class intro Syllabus review Birthday Party W 2/3 Literary quest “Every trip is a quest” (on Araby and introduction to critical literary Canvas) approaches List the five aspects of the QUEST and then apply them to something you have read (or viewed). 645). 51-63).7-11) “Common Writing Assignments” (pp. 560). “My Papa’s Waltz” (p. “Writing About Poems” (pp. and Plath. W 2/24 Workshop #2 First Draft of Essay 2 Due (compare/contrast). W 2/17 Poetry and parents Roethke. Dunbar. “Daddy” (pp.

Annotated bibliography. 339) and Carver. Prepare for in-class writing. W 3/2 Turn of the Screw Read critical reading in In-class writing. M 3/21 W 3/23 Library session Bring proposal for essay 3. Week 11 A Doll’s House Read A Doll’s House (Act M 4/11 III) W 4/13 Library session Bring all work Week 12 Superantiheroes Read Writing a Literary M 4/18 Research Paper Read “Repent. M 3/28 Poetry and death “Death. 110). Week 13 Final paper workshop. Be Not Proud” (pp. Week 9 Annotated bibliography. W 4/20 Insiders and outcasts Read “A Rose for Emily” (pp. “The Lottery” M 3/7 (pp. W 3/30 Workshop #3. 1188). Final draft #2. and “The Dead Woman” (pp. “Cathedral” (Canvas). Have a great summer! week 7 . Week of Spring break Enjoy! 3/14 Week 8 Conferences Bring writing folder. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” (pp. 1197). W 4/6 A Doll’s House Writing about plays Read A Doll’s House (pp 440. W 3/9 Conferences. Bring writing folder.Week 6 Turn of the Screw Read The Turn of the M 2/29 Screw. Final Drop final portfolio off to mailbox. paper (your literary passion). Bring 2 copies of final M 4/25 Revision. 622) and “The Bridegroom” (pp. 629). Essay #3 draft (entering the conversation) Week 10 Innocence and experience Read “Girl” (pp. 1184). 382). Week 7 Elements of fiction Jackson. Acts I-II) Essay#3 final. 372) and “Super Goat Man” (pp. 117) and M 4/4 “The Lesson” (pp. book. Harlequin” (pp. W 4/27 Optional conferences Bring all work.

etc. Writing Log Assignment Rough draft Final draft #1 Textual Analysis 2/15 2/22 #2 Compare/contrast 2/24 3/7 In-class writing Turn of N/A 3/2 the Screw #3 Entering the 3/30 4/11 conversation #4 Your Literary Passion 4/25 Finals week Notes Use this section for any revisions. 8 . changes.