Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 102: 102
Summer 2017
Office: Holmes 228
Phone:  (443) 885-4032
Email: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Class Homepage:  http://l-adam-mekler.com/102sumlinks.htm
** Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our class page. **

Students MUST visit the class homepage regularly in order to remain current with assignments. All announcements posted on the web site are officially binding for all students, whether they attend class or not.  This is especially important for unexpected absences from class.   Students are also responsible for all information posted on the web page, including, but not limited to, the attendance policy and the plagiarism policy, as well as all information transmitted during classroom discussion.

Go To Assignments For:
 Week One Week Two  Week Three  Week Four  Week Five  Week Six 
Required Texts :
Shelley, Frankenstein, Norton, 2nd Edition (F)
Bullock, et al., The Little Seagull Handbook (LSH)

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

Course Requirements:
Attendance/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 of the importance of regular attendance, excessive (4 or more) class absences WILL result in a failing grade for the course. Excessive lates will also lower your grade. (See Official Policy )

Reading Assignments. It is important to be prepared for class discussions. For this reason, you must complete all reading assignments before class and you will be expected to complete, in writing, any assigned discussion questions for the readings.

Writing Assignments. There will be one (1) in-class essay, one (1) out-of-class essay, 3-4 pages long (minimum 800 words), as well as 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.

Other Out-of-Class 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.


Grading:
Extra-Credit Grammar Exercises
5 %
Library Exercise
5 %
Homework Responses
10 %
In-Class Essay 10 %
Out-of-Class Essay 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):
May
30 Course Introduction 
Literary Terms (See List )

31
Diagnostic/Review Exercise
Departmental Syllabus Receipt Form Due
June 1
Format Guidelines 
Discussion of Review Exercise
See Lecture Notes for Today

2
Format Guidelines, cont.
Academic Contexts, LSH:  6-8
Formatting a Paper, LSH: 146-57
See Lecture Notes for Today
5 Reading Strategies, LSH: 75-78
Writing About Literature, LSH: 62-65
Corrected Grammar Review Exercise Due

6
Library Visitation Day: Meeting in ERL 117

7
Writing Processes, LSH: 9-16
Developing Paragraphs, LSH: 17-29
** Literary Terms Quiz **

8
Doing Research, LSH: 80-92
Evaluating Sources, LSH: 92-95
Library Exercise Due (See Assignment )

Research Paper Topics Due (See  List )

9
Frankenstein, Editorís Preface, ix-xviii
F,
Authorís Preface, 5-6
F,
1831 Introduction,  165-69
12 F, Vol. I, 7-60

13
F, Vol. II, 61-105

14
F, Vol. III, 107-61

15
Synthesizing Ideas/Integrating Sources, LSH: 95-108
Quote Incorporation Exercise
Read Sample Essay 

16 In-Class Essay (See Topics )
19 Library Assignment Due (See Assignment )
Peer Group Discussion

20 Lipking, 416-34
Frankenstein Paper Due (See Topics )

21 Library Assignment, Part 2 Due (Assignment )
Peer Group Discussion

22 Outlines for Research Papers Due (4 copies)
Peer Group Discussion (See Editing Sheet )

23
Discussion of Research Papers
Read Sample Outline & Essay 
Fill out an editing sheet 
Bring Sample Essay and the Sheet to Class
Last Day to Have Research Paper Topics approved
26 Research Paper Due (2000 words min., Three (3) Copies)
Peer Group Discussion (See Editing Sheet )

27
Student Conferences

28
Student Conferences

29
Final Discussion of Research Papers
Read Sample Outline & Essay
Fill out an editing sheet 
Bring Sample Essay and the Sheet to Class

30
Final Research Paper Due
Final Exam
** Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates
**
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