ENGL-2326-50 - American Lit
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Fall 2014 Course Syllabus
ENGL-2326-50 - American Lit
|Instructor||Gongre, Charles E.|
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|Course Description||A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.|
|Course Prerequisites||ENGL 1302 or Departmental approval.|
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
I will check attendance by means of a seating chart. If you miss a class, you will receive a zero for any assignment done in that class. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed during an absence and to arrange to make up any missed work. You will be allowed to make up any quizzes you miss until the day prior to the next major test. You will be allowed one week to make up a major test.
BE ON TIME. I give quizzes during first few minutes of class.
You may be dropped by the instructor from any course for absences. This is a decision which is left up to each instructor, and it is your responsibility and in your best interests to determine how your instructors treat absences. Ordinarily I do not drop students for this reason, but you should be aware that instructors have this option and some of them do drop students for excessive absences.
When you know in advance that you are going to be absent, notify your instructors.
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Determination of Final Grade
Test One: 25%
Test Two: 25%
Test Three: 25%
Avg of Quizzes: 25%
The major portion of your grade (75%) will be based on the three major tests, each covering approximately one-third of the course material.
These tests will be part objective, part essay, and you will be graded on your knowledge of characters and events in the novels. You will also be responsible for knowing the literary terms, biographical details about the authors, and literary history that I give you throughout the semester.
You will also be expected to identify the speakers of selected quotations and the works in which those quotations appear. Each of the three major tests will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a test, you will receive a zero unless you make it up. You will be allowed one week to make up a major test.
The quizzes are designed to encourage you to do the reading assignments. They will not be difficult if you read (i.e. study) the assignments carefully. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped, and the average of the remaining quiz grades will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero unless you make it up. You will be allowed to make up quizzes you miss until the day prior to the next major test.
|Final Exam Date||December 9, 2014 - 6:30 PM|
NOTE: THE SCHEDULE BELOW IS
INTENDED ONLY AS A GENERAL
OUTLINE. IT WILL PROBABLY
VARY AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE
Week 1: Syllabus review, pre test
Week 2: Introductory Material
Week 3: Introductory Material
Week 4: The Scarlet Letter
Week 5: The Scarlet Letter
Week 6: Moby Dick
Week 7: Moby Dick
Week 8: Moby Dick/Test One
Week 9: Test One/The Great Gatsby
Week 10: The Great Gatsby/As I Lay Dying
Week 11: As I Lay Dying/Test Two
Week 12: Test Two/The Prince of Tides
Week 13: The Prince of Tides
Week 14: The Prince of Tides
Week 15: The Prince of Tides
Week 16: Test Three
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
NOTE: THE SCHEDULE BELOW IS
INTENDED ONLY AS A GENERAL
OUTLINE. IT WILL PROBABLY
VARY AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE
August 26 & 28: Syllabus review, pre-test, Introductory Material
September 2 & 4: Introductory Material
September 9 & 11: Introductory Material/The Scarlet Letter
September 16 & 18: The Scarlet Letter
September 23 & 25: The Scarlet Letter
Sept 30 & Oct 2: Moby Dick
October 7 & 9: Moby Dick
October 14 & 16: Moby Dick/ Test One
October 21 & 23: Test One/The Great Gatsby
October 28 & 30: The Great Gatsby/As I Lay Dying
November 4 & 6: As I Lay Dying/ Test Two
November 11 & 13: Test Two/The Prince of Tides
November 18 & 20: The Prince of Tides
November 25 & 27: The Prince of Tides
December 2 & 4: The Prince of Tides
December 9: Test Three
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information. Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication. Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Identify key ideas, represtative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attittudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions (PSLO 5& Alpha) Measured by response paper rubric&Pre-test/Post-test
2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within social/ethical, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periouds. (PSLO 1,2&6) Measured by class discussion and essay rubric
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions (PSLO 1,2&6) Measured by essay rubric
4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities. (PSLO 1,2,5&6)Measured by essay rubric
5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature. (PSLO 1&2) Measured by essay rubric.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
This is a course designed to introduce you to selected great works in American literature. You will study these works in depth. You will also learn something about these authors, about the major eras in American literature, and about novels, short stories, and literature in general. The major portion of your grade (75%) will be based on the three main tests, each covering approximately one-third of the course material.
The tests will be part objective, part essay, and you will be graded on your knowledge of characters and events in the novels. You will also be responsible for knowing the literary terms, biographical details about the authors, and literary history that I give you throughout the semester.
You will also be expected to identify the speakers of selected quotations and the works in which those quotations appear. Each of the three major tests will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a test, you will receive a zero unless you make it up.
The quizzes are designed to encourage you to do the reading assignments. They will not be difficult if you read (i.e. study) the assignments carefully. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped, and the average of the remaining quiz grades will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero unless you make it up.
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
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divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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