Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-2326- Section: 72E
American Literature
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Instructor Information
Instructor Chelsey Galloway
Phone(409) 984-7321
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 207B
Hours:Virtual Office Hours: MWF 9-10am; TR 10-11am; Afternoons available by appointment.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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Course Information
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.
Prerequisites Passed English 1301 and 1302.
Learning Outcomes Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.
Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.
Read and interpret literature under analytical lens.
Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.
Use Edited American English in academic essays.
Core Objectives Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral, and visual communication.
Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

The Norton Anthology of American Literature, shorter eighth edition, Baym and Levine, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2013. ISBN: 978-0-393-91885-4
Lecture Topics
We will move through the many eras of American Literature, starting with Beginnings (Native Americans) and ending with some Contemporary works. You will be provided with a guided timeline to follow, a content folder for each era, and I will be posting videos of my lectures on the many authors and works that we will cover. Students should be prepared to participate in weekly Discussion Boards and other assignments (such as quizzes or writing exercises), and the three major assignments for the semester will be the Midterm Exam, Group Project (***subject to change due to remote instruction), and Final Exam.
Students should be prepared for a bunch of reading and a bunch of writing (because, of course, this is an English class), but more importantly students should be prepared for a bunch of fun as we navigate the many wonders of American Literature from the beginnings to the present!
Major Assignments
*A detailed schedules of daily reading assignments will be provided at the start of the semester.
**All assignments/dates are subject to change.

Week 1: Introduction to course and materials
Week 2: Era of English Exploration and Colonization
Week 3: Tribute to early poetry
Week 4: Puritanism
Week 5: Age of Reason and Revolution
Week 6: Abolition and Reform
Week 7: Abolition and Reform cont.
Week 9: Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and Realism
Week 10: All Hallows and American Gothicism
Week 11: Modern Manifestos/ Harlem Renaissance
Week 12: Modern Manifestos
Week 14: *Thanksgiving Break*
Week 15: Final Exam Preparations

Final Exam Date December 9, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Attendance/ Participation - 5%
Assignments (Quizzes, Writing, Etc.) - 20%
Midterm Exam - 25%
Group Project - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies All of the writing in this class must be written by the student enrolled in the class without any outside help. Plagiarism policy will be discussed in detail in class; a first offense will result in a 0 grade for the assignment, and a second offence will result in failure of the course. Ignorance is not a defense. The Plagiarism Contract will be read aloud in class and signed by each student who verifies he/she knows exactly what plagiarism is and the consequences if it is committed. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will be dealt with as such.
I will not accept late work or make-up work, including all quizzes and exams. If a student is not present on the day of an assignment, they will not be given credit for that assignment.
Cellphone use or abuse of computers during class time will not be tolerated, and anyone in violation of this rule will lose out on their participation grade for the day; Additionally, I will notify the school of anyone using or misusing their phones/computers in my class, which may result in additional penalty such as exclusions from extracurricular activities.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three unexcused absences will receive an academic penalty in the form of a grade reduction. Excessive tardiness will, likewise, have an effect on your attendance/participation grade. Furthermore, I will notify your school daily of any violations of this rule.

***Attendance for online classes will be taken in the form of class participation in weekly discussion boards and other assignments. Failure to participate in class will result in a lowered "Attendance/Participation" grade, which makes up 5% of your total grade for the semester.
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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other I will not be available for virtual assistance and discussions by appointment, and you may schedule an appointment with me via email. I will be posting your grades on Blackboard for you to access at any point throughout the semester, but if you have any questions about your grade please email me.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.