Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 102: 7
Fall 2022
Office: Holmes 228
Phone:  (443) 885-4032
Email: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Secondary Class Homepage:  http://l-adam-mekler.com/102links.htm
** Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our class page in Canvas. **

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, Broadview, 2nd Edition (F) [available as a pdf in Canvas]
Bullock, et al., The Little Seagull Handbook, 4th 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 Canvas. 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 %
A: 90-100
Homework Responses
10 %
B: 80-89
In-Class Essay 10 % C: 70-79
Out-of-Class Essay 10 % D: 60-69
Library Assignment, Part One
10 % F: 0-59
Library Assignment, Part Two
10 %

Final Examination 20 %
MLA-style Research Paper 25 %

Assignment List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Aug
22
Course Introduction 
Literary Terms (See List )

24
Course Introduction, cont.
Departmental Syllabus Receipt Form Due

26
Discussion of Grammar Review Exercise
(Due before class begins)

29
Format Guidelines
Writing Contexts, LSH:  2-8
Formatting a Paper, LSH: 189-200

31
Avoiding Plagiarism, LSH: 148-49
MLA Documentation, LSH: 150-89
Sept 2
Reading Strategies, LSH: 9-16
Writing About Literature, LSH: 94-97
Please submit responses to the HW Questions as an MS Word document on Canvas.
Corrected Grammar Review Exercise Due on Canvas
Last Day to Drop Course without a "W" grade

5
** Labor Day: No Class **

7
Doing Research, LSH: 116-29
Evaluating Sources, LSH: 129-36
(Watch Video Discussion of Doing Research)

9
Writing Processes, LSH: 17-26
Developing Paragraphs, LSH: 27-39
Library Exercise due

12
Frankenstein, Editorís Introduction, ix-xviii (pdf)
F, Authorís Preface, 47-48
F,
1831 Introduction, 353-59
HW Questions due on Canvas

14
Frankenstein Introduction, cont.
** Literary Terms Quiz **

16 F, Vol. I, 45-115
HW Questions due on Canvas

19
F, Vol. I, cont.

21
F, Vol. II, 117-74
HW Questions due on Canvas

23
F, Vol. II, cont.

26
F, Vol. III, 175-244
HW Questions due on Canvas

28
F, Vol. III, cont.
Research Paper Topics due
on Canvas (See List )

30
Synthesizing Ideas/Integrating Sources, LSH: 136-49
Quote Incorporation Exercise
Oct 3
In-Class Essay Discussion
Read Sample Outline and Essay 
Fill Out an Editing Sheet and Submit it on Canvas.

5
Frankenstein Essay Outline due (See Topics )
Peer Editing Session

7
In-Class Essay

10
In-Class Essay (cont.)

12
Lipking, 416-34
HW Questions due on Canvas

14
Lipking, cont.

17
Mellor, (F): 355-68
HW Questions due on Canvas

19
Mellor, cont.
(Quote Incorporation Exercise)

21
Frankenstein Paper with Revised Outline Due (See Topics )
Peer Editing Session

24
Student Conferences  

26
Student Conferences

28
Student Conferences
Last Day to Drop Undergraduate Classes

31
Discussion of Library Assignment
Read Sample Library Assignment
Revised Frankenstein Paper Due on Canvas
Nov 2
Identifying the Thesis: Davis and Komisaruk

4
Discussion of Research Papers
Read Sample Essay 

7
Identifying the Thesis/Quote Incorporation: Glance

9
Library Assignment due (See Assignment )
Peer Editing Session

11
Discussion of Library Paper (See Sample Paper )
Last Day to Have Research Paper Topics approved

14
Outlines for Research Papers Due on Canvas
Please also bring four (4) copies to class.

Peer Group Discussion (See Editing Sheet )

16
Library Assignment, Part 2 Due on Canvas
Peer Group Discussion

18
Discussion of Research Papers
Read Sample Outline & Essay 
Submit a completed editing sheet  on Canvas.
Bring Sample Essay and the Sheet to Class

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

Peer Group Discussion (See Editing Sheet )

23
 ** Wellness Day: No Class **

25
** Thanksgiving Break: No Class **

28
Student Conferences

30
Student Conferences
Dec 2
Student Conferences

5
Student Conferences

7
Student Conferences

9
Final Exam Review
Final Research Paper Due
** Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates **

12
Final Exam
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