Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 102: 102 
Fall 2010
Office: Holmes Hall 228 
      Office Phone:  (443) 885-4032 
Email@Morgan: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Class Homepage:  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 snow days or other unexpected cancellations of 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 : Optional Text: ** You must bring the necessary readings with you to every class. Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of points from your final average. **
There will be periodic book quizzes, during which anyone who doesn't have the assigned reading WILL lose a full point off the final average.  On-line versions are available for most readings, especially at the beginning of the semester, so economic hardship, while certainly a reality for many of us, does not constitute a valid excuse in this context.  Please come speak with me if you have any questions.

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. Therefore, attendance is required. In addition to everyday attendance, it is especially necessary for you to be present for peer group discussion and to be an active participant.
Unexcused absences from peer group sessions will lower the grade of your final paper.  Because of the importance of regular attendance, excessive (more than six) unexcused 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  and assigned homework questions before class. You are expected to arrive prepared to provide thoughtful discussions of  the daily readings, responding to questions from the instructor or your classmates as they arise.  Classroom discussion will involve the open sharing of ideas and interpretations of the literature.  Because every person's opinion is valid, we will demonstrate civility and respect for each other, taking turns to provide our observations and not interrupting each other.  Only raised hands will be acknowledged.

Writing Assignments. There will be two (2) short out-of-class essays, consisting of a total of 6-8 pages of revised writing, as well as two (2) in-class essay “examinations.”  In addition, there will be one (1) research paper, 6 to 8 pages long (2000 word minimum), including a list of works cited with at least six (6) documented secondary sources. Student Conferences will be held during two periods during the semester.  Failure to attend a conference WILL result in the loss of  two (2) points from the final average and will also most likely result in a lower grade on your paper, as you will not get the opportunity for necessary feedback.  Students are also certainly invited to meet with me at any time during the semester to address needs and concerns.

Literary Terms Quiz 2%
Homework 10 %
In-Class Essays 10 %
Out-of-Class Essays 10%
Final Examination 20 %
MLA-style Research Paper: 
  • Library Exercise
  • Library Assignment
  • Library Paper
  • Research Paper
50 % 
  • 5
  • 10
  • 10
  • 25

Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Aug 26 Course Introduction 
Diagnostic/Review Test
Discussion of Test and Critical Thinking / Writing 
WRP, Ch. 1, pp. 1-9
Sept 2 Zora Neale Hurston
Literary Terms (See List 
Hurston, "Characteristics of Negro Expression," (S): 55-71 
Hurston, "Sweat," (S): 25-40 
Wall, Introduction, (S): 3-12 (Final sentence ends at the top of 13) 

Last Day to drop without a "W" Grade

9 ** Literary Terms Quiz **
Hurston, "Gilded Six-Bits," (S): 133-46 
Wall, Introduction, (S): 13-19  

16 Discussion of Research Process
100-Word Summary, Quote & Paraphrase from One (1) Assigned Story Due
WRP, Ch. 3, 19-33 
Discussion of In-Class Essay / Critical Response Paper
Quote Incorporation Exercise
Read Sample Outline  and Paper  and Answer the Questions at the End
Discussion of MLA Style and Format
WRP, Ch.4, 35-50 
WRP, Ch.6f., 88-91 
WRP, Ch. 7, 93-119 
WRP, Ch. 9, esp. 9a to 9b-1, 9b-2g (p. 155), 9b-3, 9b-5 to 9b-6 
See Outline Images  and Handouts 
Read Hints for Critical Discussion Paper 
See Lecture Notes for Today.
Matriculation Convocation

23 ** In-Class Essay **

30 Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, pt. 1 (Chs. 1-4) 
Homework Questions
Oct 7 Critical Response Paper Due (500 word min.) See Assignment
Peer Group Discussion (See Peer Editing Sheet )
Library Assignment Discussion
WRP, Chs. 5-6, 51-91 
Bring this sheet with you 

7-13 Student Conferences: (See Schedule)

14 Hurston, Their Eyes, pt. 2 (Chs. 5-12) 
Homework Questions
Library Exercise Due  

21 Hurston, Their Eyes, pt. 3 (Chs. 13-20) 
Homework Questions
Revised Response Paper Due (500 word min.)
Research Paper Topics Due 
Performing Arts Convocation

28 ** In-Class Essay **
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences for First Part of Class
Nov  4 Library Assignment Due
Bring 3 copies of this sheet with you 
Washington, "Zora Neale Hurston's Emergent Female Hero" (S): 193-209
Homework Questions
Ferguson, "Folkloric Men and Female Growth" 
Homework Questions
100-Word Summary, Quote, & Paraphrase
of either Washington's  or Ferguson's Essay, including MLA Citation, Due

11 Haurykiewicz, "From Mules to Muliebrity" 
Homework Questions
100-Word Summary, Quote, & Paraphrase 
From Haurykiewicz's Essay, including MLA Citation, Due
Discussion of Papers 
Read Sample Outline and Paper  and answer questions at the end 
Library Paper Due (Assignment)
Founders Day Convocation

18 Their Eyes Paper Due (See Topics)
(800 word min. w/ MLA citation)
Peer Group Discussion (See Editing Sheet )
Discussion of Papers 
Sample outline  and paper  and editing sheet 
Fill out the editing sheet and bring the essay and editing sheet with you to class
** Last Day to Hand in or change Research Paper Topics **
** If your topic has not been ACCEPTED, you can NOT submit a research paper.**

18-23 Student Conferences: (See Schedule)
Bring Research Materials (Books, Web Pages, Journal Articles) and 
Typed Thesis Statement, Outline, & Bibliography to Dr. Mekler's Office
** Untyped Papers Will Not Be Accepted **
** Failure to Submit an Outline Will Result in the Loss of a Full Letter Grade on the Final Paper **

29 (Mon.) Final Their Eyes Paper Due (800 word min. w/ MLA citation)
Dec 2 Research Paper Due (Please bring Three Copies)
Peer Group Discussion (Bring 3 Editing Sheets )
Final Research Paper Discussion
Sample Outline and Paper and editing sheet 
Fill out the editing sheet and bring the essay and editing sheet with you to class
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences for Second Part of Class
Bill of Rights Day/TransAfrica Day Convocation

5 Final Exam:  Date Subject to Change, Place and Time TBA
Final Research Paper Due
Research Papers will NOT be accepted after this date unless you have a 
Documented Excuse for an illness that causes you to miss class.

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