Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-2326 (Section: 2E, CRN: 92307)
American Literature
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Instructor Information
Instructor Chelsey Galloway
Email daigleca1@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6330
Office Education I - Room: 131
Office Hours T-TR: by appointment
Additional Contact Information LIT Office phone (409)247-5202 (MWF)
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.
Required 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.


Additional Materials/Resources Need consistent access to internet to access course content on Blackboard. 
  • ENGL-1301 Composition I
  • ENGL -1302 Composition II
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and
characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.
Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or
religious contexts of different literary periods.
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.
Lecture Topics Outline 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 Schedule 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 6, 2023 - 11:15 AM   Through  December 6, 2023 - 12:10 PM
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 absences from the course will receive an academic penalty (which is spelled out by the instructor).
Additional Information

I will be available for virtual assistance and discussions by appointment, and you may schedule an appointment with me via ConnexEd or 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.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431