Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 102: W01 (Online)
Fall 2021
Office: Holmes 228
Phone:  (443) 885-4032
Email: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
** Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on Canvas. **

Students must visit Canvas regularly and be sure to check their account settings to allow announcements to be received from Canvas.
 All announcements posted on Canvas are officially binding for all students, whether they check Canvas or not.
Students are also responsible for all information posted on Canvas, including, but not limited to, the participation policy and the plagiarism policy.

Required Texts :
Shelley, Frankenstein, Broadview, 2nd Edition (F) [available as a pdf in Canvas]
Bullock, et al., The Little Seagull Handbook, 4th Edition (LSH) [available as part of the First-Day Program]

Required Technology:
Computer with microphone and camera
Software:

Purpose of Course:
This course will help you develop your writing skills, which, as we shall see, is intricately linked to the reading process. This course will allow you to apply these skills to the critical and analytical discussion of texts, from a wide variety of perspectives.

Course Requirements:
Participation. Because writing can be a troublesome task, it is useful to discuss it with other people who may be having similar problems or who may have helpful advice to share. Because ours is an online course, it is especially important for students to engage with their colleagues and instructor through discussion sessions and message boards on Canvas. There will specific assigned peer-interaction assignments, participation in which is required. Students will also be required to attend, either online with cameras on or in person in Dr. Mekler's office, two conferences to discuss their progress in the course.

Reading Assignments. It is important to be prepared for class discussions. For this reason, you must complete all reading assignments before the posted deadlines and to submit all assigned discussion questions for the readings in a timely manner.

Writing Assignments. There will be one (1) brief essay, 3-4 pages long (minimum 800 words) and one (1) research paper, 8 to 10 pages long (2000 word minimum), that also includes a list of works cited consisting of at least 8 documented sources, 6 of which are secondary sources. Students may use the same topic for both papers, but they are not required to do so.

Other Assignments. There will be a collection of grammar exercises available through our class home page in Blackboard. Although completion of these assignments is not required, it is strongly recommended. Individual students may have particular groups of exercises recommended for them.

Statement on Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Office of Student Disability Support Services (SDSS) to register. More information regarding the intake procedure can be found on the SDSS website: http://www.morgan.edu/SDSS. It is your responsibility to request an accommodation from SDSS before or at the beginning of the semester.

Grading:
Extra-Credit Grammar Exercises
5 %
Library Exercise
5 %
Participation
10 %
Homework Responses
10 %
Critical Response Paper 10 %
Library Assignment, Part One
10 %
Library Assignment, Part Two
10 %
Final Examination 20 %
MLA-style Research Paper 25 %

Assignment List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Aug
23
Course Introduction 

25
Self-Introduction Video Due
Departmental Syllabus Receipt Form due

27
Grammar Review Exercise due

30
Format Guidelines
Writing Contexts, LSH:  2-8
Formatting a Paper, LSH: 189-200
Watch Video discussing the Annotated Grammar Review Exercise
Sept 1
Avoiding Plagiarism, LSH: 148-49
MLA Documentation, LSH: 150-89

3
Reading Strategies, LSH: 9-16
Writing About Literature, LSH: 94-97
Responses to the HW Questions due in Canvas as an MS Word document
Corrected Grammar Review Exercise due in Canvas as an MS Word document
** Last day to drop a class without a "W" grade **

6
Doing Research, LSH: 116-29
Evaluating Sources, LSH: 129-36
Watch Video Discussion of Doing Research

8
Library Exercise due

10
Frankenstein, Editorís Introduction, ix-xviii
F, Authorís Preface, 47-48
F,
1831 Introduction, 353-59
HW Questions due

13
Discussion Postings due
** Literary Terms Quiz **

15
Sample Responses: Introduction to Mary Shelley Questions

17
F, Vol. I, 45-115
HW Questions due 

20
Discussion Postings due

22
Sample Responses:  Volume 1 Questions

24
F, Vol. II, 117-74
HW Questions due

27
Discussion Postings due

29
Sample Responses:  Volume 2 Questions
Oct 1
F, Vol. III, 175-244
HW Questions due

4
Discussion Postings due
Research Paper Topics due

6
Synthesizing Ideas/Integrating Sources, LSH: 136-49
Quote Incorporation Exercise

8
Lipking, 416-34
HW Questions due

9
Discussion Postings due

10
Mellor, (F): 355-68
HW Questions due 

11
Discussion Postings due

12
Sample Responses: Mellor  Questions

13
Read the Sample Outline and submit your responses to it .

15
Critical Response Paper Outline due

18
Read Sample Critical Response Paper and submit editing sheet

20
Annotated Sample Critical Response Paper

22
Critical Response Paper with Revised Outline due

25-29
Student Conferences

25
MLA Documentation
Sample Library Assignment

29
Library Assignment due
Last Day to Drop Undergraduate Classes
Nov 1
Quote Incorporation Exercise due
Peer Editing Sheets for the Library Assignment due

3
Sample Critical Response Paper with Secondary Sources
Discussion Postings due

5
Revised Critical Response Paper due

8
Sample Library Assignment, Part 2 (Library Paper)

10
Sample Research Paper Outline

11
Peer Editing Sheets for the Library Assignment pt. 2 (Library Paper) due

12
Library Assignment, Part 2 (Library Paper) due
Final Deadline for Research Paper Topic Approval

15
Discussion Postings due
Outlines for Research Papers due

17
 Peer Editing Sheets for the Research Paper Outline due

19
Sample Research Paper
Research Paper Outline due

22
Peer Editing Sheets and Discussion Postings for the Research Paper Outline due

24
Research Paper with Revised Outline due  (2000 words min.)

25
** Happy Thanksgiving !**

29-12/3
Student Conferences #2
Dec 8
Final Research Paper and Outline Due
** Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates **

10
Final Exam