Written Communications II 
ENC 1102 Course Syllabus
Language and Literature Department

J.A. Jones
ENC 1102

MTWTH 10-12

 Summer A 2009

**Texts**Policies**Short Story**Poetry**Drama**Grading**

OBJECTIVES: Written Communication II: (3) (A.A.) Three hours per week. Prerequisite:  ENC 1101 with a grade of “C” or better.  This course meets Area I requirement for the A.A. General Education requirements, and the 6000-word Gordon Rule requirement.  While instruction in composition, rhetoric, grammar and research is continued from ENC 1101, course content includes an introduction to literature with emphasis on reading critically and analytically, understanding literary terminology and techniques, and writing about literature.

In English 1102 we shall begin to explore the world of literature. Some questions that may surface could include: What makes a piece of writing a work of art? What relationship does art have to ordinary life? What can literature teach us about the human condition? 

COURSE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS can be accessed at: http://www.mccfl.edu/pages/467.asp

ENC 1101

Booth, Hunter and Mays, The Norton Introduction to Literature, 9th ed.
standard-size notebook paper
standard-size, two-pocket folder in which to keep essays and drafts

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5th ed.

out-of class and in-class essays and written work
a poetry anthology
peer evaluations as assigned
readings as assigned
3 tests
class participation and attendance: repeated absences or lateness will affect your grade.

SBE 6A-10.30 REQUIREMENTS: This course meets the 6000 word written assignment provision mandated by the SBE6A-10.30 Rule. A grade of "C" is necessary to achieve the requirement.

Manatee Community College defines PLAGIARISM as the use of ideas, facts, opinions, illustrative material, data, direct or indirect wording of ANY other scholar and/or writer -- professional or student -- without giving proper credit. If a student is found guilty of plagiarism, s/he will receive a zero ("0") for the assignment and an "F" for the course, according to due process. If a student needs assistance in composing his/her paper, s/he should consult the instructor or seek assistance in the English Lab. Outside help in editing, rewriting, or composing shall be construed as plagiarism. IF YOU PLAGIARIZE, YOU WILL FAIL THIS COURSE.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students with more than 3 classes of unexcused absences or 6 classes of any absences will fail the course unless they have withdrawn before the last date of withdrawal from the course without penalty: June 8. Students who come to class after roll has been taken will be counted as absent.

All work assigned must be completed on time. Late papers will lose ONE FULL GRADE. Papers are late if they are not turned in at the beginning of class on the due date. Final drafts of essays MUST be typed. Any student missing a class when group work is assigned will lose ONE FULL GRADE for that assignment. Grades will be based on written work, tests, and class participation.

E-MAIL POLICY: As an MCC student, you have been assigned an official student e-mail account to be used for all college-related email communication. I will send email messages only to your official address, and I will not respond to messages from you sent from any other account except ANGEL email.  This policy has been developed  for the protection of your privacy.   Be sure to put the topic of your message in the subject line and sign your message with your first and last name and your class (i.e. ENC 1102).

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT:  Students are expected to abide by all Lancer Student Handbook guidelines.

CLAST:  This course will further reinforce skills needed for the CLAST. If anyone has not received CLAST information, stop by the ARC for handouts and assistance.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In accordance with the Manatee Community College policy as stated in the college catalog, students may withdraw from any course or all courses without academic penalty of a WF by the withdrawal deadline as listed in the MCC academic calendar.  This semester that date is JUNE 8, 2009 The student must take responsibility for initiating the withdrawal procedure.  Students are strongly encouraged to talk with their instructors first before taking any withdrawal action.

 Any student who has not turned in all written assignments will not be allowed to take the final exam
and will fail the course.

Please feel free to chat about papers or any other questions or problems at any time.

Home Page: http://faculty.mccfl.edu/jonesj/JAJones.html 
Phone: 941-408-1499 (this is NOT a good way to reach me in the summer)

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All readings should be completed before class assigned.

May 12 Introductions, Syllabus, Stories
Start reading stories due on
May 18
May 13 "Eiction: Reading, Responding, Writing,"
Anon. "The Elephant in the Village of the Blind,"
pp. 3-15
Paley, "A Conversation with My Father"
pp. 31-35
STORYTELLING: find a fairytale or folktale from your ethnic background and tell it (don't read it) to the class.  
Print out Story Glossary
May 14 "Plot" pp. 66-67;"Character" pp. 150-54; "Setting" pp. 219-220
"Form as Context: The Short, Short Story" pp. 535-552
May 18
Baldwin: "Sonny's Blues" p. 90       
Kafka, "A Hunger Artist, " p. 274

Danticat, "A Wall of Fire Rising, " p. 284
Gilman: "The Yellow Wallpaper" p. 667

Group work on stories
**page analysis of each story due -- late analyses will receive no more than 50% credit

May 19  "Narration and Point of View" pp. 123-126

Start reading stories due on
May 21
Group plot development (students missing class for any reason will lose 10% of story grade) 
May 20 Bring story glossary to class
Story draft due: peer evaluations (students missing class for any reason will lose 10% of story grade)
May 21

Morrison, "Recitatif," p. 202 
Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown, ” p. 264
Erdrich, "Love Medicine," p. 369
Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily, ” p. 594

Group work on stories:
**page analysis of each story due -- late analyses will receive no more than 50% credit

May 26 Story due


The class will be divided into groups; each group will collaborate to create a plot line for a story. Each member of the group will choose a different viewpoint (stance and mode) from which to tell the story. When you choose a particular viewpoint, think about the narrator's voice. Does s/he have a particular ax to grind? What are his/her biases? Is s/he a reliable narrator? Does s/he know all the facts? Although more than one member of the group may speak for the same character, no two members of the may use the same mode. Each group member will turn in his/her own version of the story.

Possible narrative stances and modes:  

major character/protagonist
minor character/observer

interior monologue
letter (epistolary)
dramatic monologue

reproducing the thought processes of one or more characters

omniscient: limited or selective
objective: anonymous, reportial

Length: 3-5 typed pages each
While this story uses no research, it should be formatted according to MLA Guidelines.

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ink well and quill


All readings should be completed before class assigned..

May 27 "Poetry: Reading, Responding, Writing, "
pp. 810-835
Meter and Rhyme PPT
Print out Poetry Glossary
May 28 "Poetic Forms," pp. 1019-1060
Poetic Forms PPT
June 1  "Writing About Literature" pp. 2239-2291

Bring in theme for Poetry Anthology and one poem you will include: be ready to read your poem -- practice first! 
(students missing class for any reason will lose 10 pts.) 
June 2 "Language," pp. 914-68
Poems due
June 3 "Literary Tradition and Context"
pp. 1131-97

Bibliography for Anthology due: peer evaluations (bring Sample MLA Citations and 1101 text or MLA Handbook to class) (students missing class will lose 10% of anthology grade)
Group work on Florida poems


POETRY: Choose three of the following groups of poems to compose (a group with multiples counts as one choice!):  
Click here for PPT lecture on Poetic Forms.

1) 3 haiku 2) a ballad (at least 3 verses)
3) a sonnet 4) a villanelle
5) 2 concrete poems* 6) 3 limericks
7) a sestina 8) a shaped verse (at least 100 words)

POETRY ANTHOLOGY: Click here  for  PPT Sample Anthology. Click here for Student Sample Anthology.

 Each student will edit a poetry anthology centered on a concrete subject of the student's choice. The anthology will contain the following elements:

    Title Page [5 pts.]
    Table of Contents [5 pts.]
Introduction with in-text citations (750-1000 words) [50 pts.]
Ten poems by ten different poets with sidebar explanatory notes [40 pts.]
    Biographical Sketches of each of the poets with documentary citations [10 pts.]
    Editor's Concluding Reflections (250-500 words) [10 pts.]
    Bibliography (MLA Format) [30 pts.]

The TITLE PAGE should contain the title and subtitle of the anthology, the editor's name, and the date of the anthology

The TABLE OF CONTENTS should list the contents of the anthology and the page on which they appear:  Introduction, Title and Author of each Poem, Biographical Sketches, Concluding Reflections and Bibliography. 

The INTRODUCTION should discuss how the subject of the anthology is revealed in the selections.  The editor may decide to compare and contrast some poems, point out different techniques used by the poets to address the theme, and/or discuss cultural differences among the poets, among other possible topics.  Biography of the poets should not be discussed in the Introduction.  This is a critical, analytical introduction, hence there should be no use of 1st (I, we) or 2nd (you) person.  If you use critical sources for information, they must be documented according to MLA Guidelines. Discuss the poetry, not why you chose it. 750-1000 words.

In the COLLECTION OF POEMS, elements the editor  might wish to consider in the SIDEBARS are: 1) the way the poets handle the symbolism, 2) poetic form, 3) poetic diction,  4) imagery 5) figures of speech, 6) rhythm and meter, 7) the poet's "voice" -- narrative, lyric, or dramatic, etc. 8) allusions 9) historical or biographical references. Sources of information must be cited in parenthetical citations.  Your collection may include one poem written by you.  All other poems must have been previously published in some kind of text form (anthology, collection, journal). All poems must have been written by different poets.  You may include one anonymous poem.

All poets included in the Anthology must have a BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH  including at least their dates of birth, dates of death (if applicable), nationalities and some of their publications.  List poets alphabetically. Use parenthetical citations to credit sources of information.

The editor's CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS should be a personal statement about the Anthology.  Here is the place you may discuss why you chose the topic and the poems you did. 250-500 words.

The BIBLIOGRAPHY must follow MLA format and include the sources of all the poems, biographical sources, and any critical sources used. 

Print out: Sample List of MLA Citations, MLA SAMPLE: Poetry Anthology and MORE MLA POETRY

Editors are encouraged to include illustrations and be creative in producing their anthologies.  
Presentation counts.

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drama masks


All readings should be completed before class of the day assigned.

June 9 Introduction to Drama: "Elements of Drama"
pp. 1360-70
Print out Drama Glossary
June 10 One act play staged reading rehearsals and performances


June 11 Greek Theatre PPT
Sophocles, Oedipus the King
, pp. 1838-78
June 15 Antigone, pp. 1840-78
video: Antigone
June 16 Elizabethan Theatre PPT
pp. 1683-90

June 17 Shakespeare, A Midsummer's Night's Dream
pp. 1690-1742


June 18 August Wilson, The Piano Lesson, pp. 1441-1500


June 22 DRAMA TEST: Final Exam  



 1. Write a 750-1000 word (3-4 typed pages) critical review of a live performance of a play viewed locally. Include at least two secondary sources (e.g. program notes, play reviews, literary criticism, interviews with persons involved in the production, etc.) cited in the review and listed on a Works Cited List.

 2. Read Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (p. 2186) and Anton Chekhov's  The Cherry Orchard (p. 1604).  Write a 1000-1500 word (4-5 typed pages) comparison/contrast research essay focusing on the choices made by the protagonists in each play. Your essay must contain some scholarly research (at least 4 sources) and should avoid lengthy plot summary. How does each playwright use realistic/naturalistic conventions? What kind of commentary is each making about society? About the individual's place in society? About forging identity?

MLA Documentation must, of course, be scrupulously followed in either paper.

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The grading for this course will be based upon points earned:

900-1000 points: A
800-899 points: B
700-799 points: C
650-699 points: D
-650 points: F



Class Participation/Attendance --50 points
Storytelling--50 points
Page Analyses of Stories --100 points
Short Story--100 points
Poems--50 points
Poetry Anthology--150 points
One-act Play Performance -- 50 points
Drama Essay or Play Review--150 points
3 Tests@100 points-- 300 points

Excessive absences or latenesses will negatively impact grade.

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