Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 102: 9
Fall 2018
Office: Holmes 228
Phone:  (443) 885-4032
Email: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Class Homepage:  http://l-adam-mekler.com/102links.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:
 Aug/Sept Oct Nov Dec
Required Texts :
Shelley, Frankenstein, Norton, 2nd Edition (F)
Bullock, et al., The Little Seagull Handbook, 3rd Edition (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. Be sure to check your attendance records in Starfish regularly and contact your professor with any questions. (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.

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 %
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):
Aug
20
Course Introduction 
Literary Terms (See List )

22
Diagnostic/Review Exercise
Departmental Syllabus Receipt Form Due

24
Format Guidelines 
Discussion of Review Exercise
See Lecture Notes for Today

27
Format Guidelines, cont.
Writing Contexts, LSH:  2-8
Formatting a Paper, LSH: 158-69
See Lecture Notes for Today

29
Avoiding Plagiarism, LSH: 107-18
MLA Documentation, LSH: 119-58

31
Reading Strategies, LSH: 83-88
Writing About Literature, LSH: 62-65
Please submit responses to the HW Questions as an MS Word document on Blackboard.
Corrected Grammar Review Exercise Due on Blackboard
Sept 3
** Labor Day: No Class **

5
Library Visitation Day: Meeting in ERL 117

7
Frankenstein, Editorís Introduction, ix-xviii
F,
Authorís Preface, 5-6
F,
1831 Introduction,  165-69
HW Questions due on Blackboard

10 Doing Research, LSH: 90-102
Evaluating Sources, LSH: 102-15
** Literary Terms Quiz **

12
F, Vol. I, 7-60
HW Questions due on Blackboard

13
Matriculation Convocation

14
F, Vol. I, cont.
Library Exercise Due (See Assignment )

17 Writing Processes, LSH: 9-16
Developing Paragraphs, LSH: 17-29

19
F, Vol. II, 61-105
HW Questions due on Blackboard

21
F, Vol. II, cont.

24
Synthesizing Ideas/Integrating Sources, LSH: 105-18
Quote Incorporation Exercise
Research Paper Topics Due on Blackboard (See List )

26 F, Vol. III, 107-61
HW Questions due on Blackboard

28
Frankenstein, concl.
Oct 1 Lipking, 416-34
HW Questions due on Blackboard

3
In-Class Essay Discussion
Read Sample Outline and Essay 
Fill Out an Editing Sheet and Submit it on Blackboard.

5
In-Class Essay (See Topics )

8
In-Class Essay (cont.)

10
Discussion of Papers
Read Sample Essay 
Submit responses to the Questions at the end on Blackboard.

12
Library Assignment Due (See Assignment )
Peer Group Discussion

15
Student Conferences (Bring your outline and 2 sources)

17
Student Conferences (Bring your outline and 2 sources)

19
Student Conferences (Bring your outline and 2 sources)

22
Frankenstein Paper Due (See Topics )
Discussion of Papers
Read Sample Essay 

24
Discussion of Library Paper (See Sample Paper )

26
Bate, (F): 476-80
HW Questions Due on Blackboard

Last Day to Drop Undergraduate Classes

29
Mellor, (F): 355-68
HW Questions Due
on Blackboard

31
Poovey, (F): 344-55
HW Questions Due
on Blackboard
Nov
2
Quote Incorporation Exercise

5
Revised Frankenstein Paper Due on Blackboard
Last Day to Have Research Paper Topics approved

7
Discussion of Research Papers

8
Founder's Day Convocation

9
Library Assignment, Part 2 Due on Blackboard
Peer Group Discussion

12
Discussion of Research Papers

14
Discussion of Research Papers

16
Outlines for Research Papers Due on Blackboard
Please also bring four (4) copies to class.

Peer Group Discussion (See Editing Sheet )

19
Discussion of Research Papers
Read Sample Outline & Essay 
Submit a completed editing sheet  on Blackboard.
Bring Sample Essay and the Sheet to Class

21
Research Paper Due on Blackboard (2000 words min.)
Please also bring three (3) copies to class.

Peer Group Discussion (See Editing Sheet )

23
** Thanksgiving Break: No Class **

26
Student Conferences

28
Student Conferences

29
Bill of Rights/TransAfrica Day Convocation

30
Student Conferences
Dec
3
Final Discussion of Research Papers
Read Sample Outline & Essay
Submit a completed an editing sheet  on Blackboard.
Bring Sample Essay and the Sheet to Class

5
Final Research Paper Due
** Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates **

TBA
Final Exam: Date, Time, and Place TBA
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