Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Summer I 2018 Course Syllabus

ENGL-1302-01 - English Composition II

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Faculty Information
SemesterSummer I 2018
InstructorBelyeu, Jeremy Chad
Phone(409) 984-6436
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Hours:Conferences available upon request.
Building:Student Success Center (SSC)
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Course Information
Course Number60762
Course Description Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 or its equivalent Note: Students whose degree plan requires both English 1301 and 1302 must take these courses in sequence.
Course Prerequisites Successful completion of ENGL 1301.
Required Textbooks Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, 13th Edition, X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, eds., Pearson, 2016. ISBN-10: 0-13-458646-8; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-458646-5
Attendance Policy Since the majority of our work for this course is done in class, your attendance is required. We have only 15 meetings, so each one counts. Missing more than two classes may result in one or more reduced letter grades on your final average.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Response papers based on text: 5 papers x 12% each = 60%
Class Participation: 10%
Research Project: 15%
Final Exam: 15%

No make-ups or late work will be accepted without legitimate cause.
Final Exam Date July 25, 2018 - 5:00 PM   Through  July 25, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Major Assignments Week 1: Syllabus Review; Diagnostic Essay and Grammar Assignment; Intro to Short
Week 2: Short Stories, continued; 1st Response Paper Due
Week 3: Short Stories, continued; 2nd Response Paper Due; Choosing Research Topics
Week 4: Short Story Wrap-up; 3rd Response Paper Due; Intro to Poetry; Gathering
Research Sources
Week 5: Poetry, continued; Annotating Sources (Summarizing and Paraphrasing)
Week 6: Poetry Wrap-up; 4th Response Paper Due; Research Drafting; Intro to Drama
Week 7: Drama. continued; Research Papers Due
Week 8: Drama Wrap-up; 5th Response Paper Due; Research Presentation; Final Exam
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1: Mon, 6/4: Grammar Assignment due; Wed, 6/6: "Getting To Know You" Essay
Reading: John Updike, "A&P" pg. 17
James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues" pg. 49
Week 2: Mon, 6/11: Discussion of Reading; Wed, 6/13: 1st Response to Reading due
Reading: J. C. Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" pg. 83
Raymond Carver, "Cathedral" pg.103
Week 3: Mon, 6/18: Discussion of Reading, Introducing Research Project and Choosing
Research Topics; Discussion, continued; Wed, 6/20: 2nd Response to Reading
Reading: Kurt Vonnegut, "Harrison Bergeron" pg. 226
Shirley Jackson, "The Lottery" pg. 254
G.G. Marquez, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" pg. 381
Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" pg. 403
Week 4: Mon, 6/25: Short Story Wrap-up, Intro to Poetry; Wed, 6/27: Poetry, Gathering
Sources, 3rd Response to Reading due
Reading: T. Roethke, "My Papa's Waltz" pg. 656
W.C. Williams "The Red Wheelbarrow" pg. 667
W. Blake "The Chimney Sweeper" pg. 672
L.Carroll, "Jabberwocky" pg. 697
Haiku From Japanese Internment Camps, pg. 720
E.A. Robinson, "Richard Cory" pg. 754
P. Simon, "Richard Cory" pg. 755
B. Smith, "Jailhouse Blues" pg. 760
W.H. Auden, "Funeral Blues" pg. 761
B. Dylan, "The Times They Are a-Changin" pg. 764
Week 5: Mon, 7/2: Poetry Discussion, How-to Annotate Sources; Wed, 7/4: NO CLASS
Reading: W.B Yeats, "The Second Coming" pg. 866
A. Sexton, "Cinderella" pg. 873
S. Plath, "Lady Lazarus" pg. 883
P.B. Shelley, "Ozymandius" pg. 933
W. Whitman, "O Captain! My Captain!" pg. 941
P. Neruda, "We Are Many" pg. 916
W.B. Yeats, "Sailing to Byzantium" pg. 930
E. Bishop, "One Art" pg. 935
E.A. Poe, "Annabel Lee" pg. 942
Week 6: Mon, 7/9: Poetry Wrap-up, Introduction to Drama and the Theatre; Wed, 7/11:
Drafting Research Papers, 4th Response to Reading Due
Reading: Hamlet, Acts 1-5, pg. 1354
Week 7: Mon, 7/16: Reading and Playing Hamlet, Why Shakespeare Still Matters; Wed,
7/18: Hamlet continued, Research Papers due.
Week 8: Mon, 7/23: Drama Wrap-up, 5th Response to Reading due, Research
Presentations; Wed, 7/25: Final Exam (in-class essay/multiple choice)

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
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.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis,
evaluation and synthesis of information.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work
effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Course Student Learning Outcomes CSLO 1: 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.
CSLO 2: 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.
CSLO 4: Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative
ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or
language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence
about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members;
Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps
the group avoid conflict completely
CSLO 6: 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.
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
  • 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.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information While I understand that incarceration places many limits on personal freedom, I encourage each student to express himself with as much candor and honestly as possible. If anyone has any questions regarding the course, please don't hesitate to speak to me before or after class or during breaks. This is 16 week's worth of material in an 8-week course, so it's important that everyone keeps up and stays on the same page. Don't be shy about voicing your concerns or clearing up any confusion that may exist regarding the material.
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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations 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 Statement 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 programs.

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.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot 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.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

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.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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