Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 112:  1
Fall 2018
Office: Holmes Hall 228
      Office Phone:  (443) 885-4032 
Email@Morgan: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Secondary Class Homepage:  l-adam-mekler.com/112links.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 :

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. Students are expected to attend every class. If you are forced to miss class, written verification for the reason for your absence is expected. 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. 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 submit electronic responses to any assigned discussion questions for the readings. 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 one (1) in-class essay examination.  In addition, there will be one (1) research paper, 8 to 10 pages long (2500 word minimum), including a list of works cited with at least six (6) documented secondary sources. Student Conferences will be held near the end of 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.

Group Presentations. Students will be required to participate in a group presentation (minimum of 30 minutes) during the second part of the course. Requirements for these presentations will be explained in class and can be found here .

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:
Homework (incl. Peer Editing Sheets)
5  %
Library Exercise
5 %
In-Class Essay 10 %
Group Presentation 10 %
Critical Response Paper 10 %
Library Assignment, Part 1 10 %
Library Paper (Library Assignment, Part 2) 10 %
Final Examination 20 %
MLA-style Research Paper 25 %

Extra Credit. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to five (5) extra points to be added to their final average by successfully completing the grammar review exercises available through Inquizitive in Blackboard. The actual benefit to one's grade will likely be larger though, as improving one's grammar will improve the grades one receives on the written assignments for the class. Please come speak to the instructor with any questions in this regard.

Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):

Aug 20 Course Introduction

22 Diagnostic/Review Test

24
Discussion of Review Test

27
Discussion of Writing Contexts, MLA Style and Format
Writing Contexts: LSH 2-8
Formatting a Research Paper: LSH 158-69
Avoiding Plagiarism: LSH 107-18
MLA Documentation: LSH 119-58
(Just glance through this section, but see esp. MLA-c11, pp. 140-41, and MLAc19, p. 144)
See Notes

29
Reading Strategies: LSH 83-88
Writing about Literature: LSH 62-65
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

31
PBS, "Mutability," (F): 300-1
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
Corrected Grammar Review Exercise due on Blackboard
Sept
3
** Labor Day: No Class **

5
Byron, "Prometheus," (F): 301-2
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
100-Word Summary of "Mutability" or "Prometheus," 
including Quote and Citation, Due on Blackboard

7
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Editor's Introduction: (F),  ix-xviii
Author's Introduction: (F), 165-69
Author's Preface, (F), 5-6
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

10
Frankenstein, Vol. One, (F): 7-60 
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

12
Frankenstein, Vol. One, cont.

13 Matriculation Convocation

14 Library Visitation Day: Meet in ERL 117

17
Discussion of  Critical Response Paper 
Writing about Literature (Review): LSH 62-65
100-Word Summary of Vol. One,

including Quote and Citation,
Due on Blackboard

19
Frankenstein, Vol. Two, (F): 61-105
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

21
Frankenstein, Vol. Two, cont.

24
Discussion of Outlines and the Library
Finding and Evaluating Sources: LSH 90-105
Discussion of Outlines 
Read Hints for Critical Discussion Paper 
100-Word Summary of Vol. Two,
including Quote and Citation,
Due on Blackboard

26 Frankenstein, Vol. Three, (F): 107-61
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
Library Exercise Due 

28
Frankenstein Wrap-Up
100-Word Summary of Vol. Three,

including Quote and Citation,
Due on
Blackboard
Oct 1
Planning and Drafting Essays
Writing Processes and Developing Paragraphs: LSH 9-29

3
Discussion of Sample Outline and Essay
Please print out the sample outline and essay and bring them with you to class.

5
In-class Essay
**Class will be held in the Library: ERL 117 **

8
In-class Essay, cont.
**Class will be held in the Library: ERL 117 **

10
Discussion of Essays

12 Discussion of the Research Process and Evaluating Sources (Review)
Evaluating Sources: LSH 102-105

15
Discussion of Samples, cont.
Research Paper Topics Due on Blackboard

17
Discussion of Outlines for Critical Response Paper
Critical Response Paper Outline Due on Blackboard
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences for First Part of Class

19
Lipking, (F): 416-34
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
Group Presentation

22
Discussion of Critical Response Papers
Read Sample Paper and bring it with you to class.
Critical Response Paper Due (800 word min.) on Blackboard

24 Read Sample Paper and Answer the Questions at the End 
Please bring the sample essay and your responses with you to class.

26
Library Assignment Discussion
Bring this sheet and your LSH book with you
Last Day to Drop Undergraduate Classes

29
Discussion of Sample Research Papers 
Read the Sample Outline & Paper and fill out an Editing Sheet 
Bring everything to Class

31
Ten sources on your topic, presented in Works Cited Format, due
Upload the document to Blackboard and bring 3 copies with you to class.
Also bring five of the actual sources with you to class.
Nov 2
Poovey, (F): 344-55
Homework Questions Due
on Blackboard
Group Presentation

5
Quote Incorporation Exercise

7
Mellor, (F): 355-68
Homework Questions Due
on Blackboard
Group Presentation

Revised Response Paper Due (800 word min.) on Blackboard

8
Founder's Day Convocation

9
Mellor, (F): 481-90
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
Group Presentation

Library Assignment Due
on Blackboard

12 Discussion of Library Paper (See Sample Paper )
** Deadline to Have Final Research Paper Topic Approved **

14
Stewart, (F): 434-43
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
Group Presentation

16
Library Paper Due on Blackboard
** Deadline to Submit Library Assignment for Final Research Paper Topic **
No Research Paper will be accepted if a Satisfactory Library Assignment has not been submitted.

19
Research Paper Outline Due on Blackboard
In addition, bring three (3) copies to class.

21
Brantlinger, (F): 468-76
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
Group Presentation

23
** Thanksgiving Break: No Class **

26
Bate, (F): 476-80
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
Group Presentation

28
Research Paper Due on Blackboard

29
Bill of Rights/TransAfrica Day Convocation

30
Student Conferences: No Class

3
Student Conferences: No Class

5
Final Research Paper Due on Blackboard
Final Exam Review

Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences for Second Part of Class
Research Papers will not be accepted after this date without a documented excuse
for and illness that causes an absence from the final class.

TBA
Final Exam: Date, Place, and Time TBA

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