“The spiral tendency of vegetation infects education also. Our books approach very slowly the things we most wish to know.”

–Emerson, “Beauty”

Required Texts
Jonathan Culler, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford UP (1997; revised edition 2000). ISBN-10: 0312248792

Emerson’s Prose and Poetry (Norton Critical Editions). Paper. ISBN: 978-0393967920

Course Expectations and Responsibilities
Attendance. Come to class. Every day. Absences have a devastating effect—on the quality of your thinking and writing as well as on the educational experience of other students in the course. If you must miss a class, please let me know in advance

Preparation and Participation. Read. Talk. Successful students read carefully and thoughtfully and come prepared to discuss the readings in class. I encourage you to speak with me if you are having difficulties preparing for class, or if you would like to work more closely with me to become a more active participant in our work together

Writing. Required written work will include a sequence of shorter essays and a longer end-of-the-semester writing project. You can expect to be writing during every week of the semester. All written work must be appropriately documented and posted on your blog on the due date. The MLA Handbook will serve as our common reference source for citation

Student Learning Outcomes
Students in English 215 will demonstrate the ability to 1) read closely and analyze complex texts; 2) identify productive questions or problems in the reading; 3) use textual evidence to articulate ideas; 4) use the vocabulary of the discipline to discuss the texts and write evidence-based essays that effectively incorporate textual references; 5) understand literary elements (such as character, plot, theme, narrative, imagery, setting, figurative language); 6) use MLA style of citation and documentation correctly; and 7) select and evaluate different forms of research sources to support your critical ideas. You will generate a list of more specific learning outcomes together at the end of the semester

Evaluation and Grading
The final course grade will be determined by attendance and participation, including group work; reading the required material; the sequence of shorter written exercises; and the writing project. The grade you receive in the course will be based on my assessment of your work in these areas and your blog will be the portfolio of your work. However, I will provide you with a mid-term grade range and I am happy to discuss your work in terms of a grade at any time

If you are a student with a disability
The Office of Disability Services (ODS), Elliot Hall, 8.2353, is available to discuss eligibility requirements and appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. So all arrangements can be made, requests for academic accommodations need to be completed during the first two weeks of the semester. You are responsible for making an appointment with ODS for disability verification and determination of reasonable academic accommodations

Emergency Operations
In the event the College closes for a major disaster, students are responsible for regularly checking their e-mail, voice mails, and this blog for information on alternative course delivery procedures and course work submission. Students will be responsible for completing their assignments and ensuring that they have completed all of the core requirements for their courses before they will receive a final grade for the course