Composition and Literature


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Literature
    B. Course Number: EN 123 - 10436
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Roberts, Jarod
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 02:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 02:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 113.
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: BUC240

    As a continuation of EN 113, this course focuses on writing effective paragraphs and essays with an emphasis on reading, analyzing, and researching literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, novels, and/or essays. This course includes a research project and other writing assignments. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 113


    The study of literature empowers students by introducing them to people, places, customs, and ideas that they might not otherwise personally experience. Learning to communicate this experience enhances the ability of students to make connections between themselves and others, creating a deeper understanding of the world and their roles in it. Critical thinking and analytical skills learned from studying literature are valuable skills for life and any scholastic endeavor, and learning to appreciate the entertainment value of literature provides students with outlets for recreation and relaxation that will last a lifetime.

    Composition and Literature is required for most NMJC degree programs, and a passing grade transfers to all public colleges and universities in New Mexico. For transferability to schools outside of New Mexico, please consult the transfer school.



    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Stamford: Cengage Learning,2015. Print ISBN: 978-1337284677

    Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. Lit.New York: Wadsworth, 2011. Print. ISBN: 978-1-111-34883-0

    Access to Netflix.

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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    90 - 100% = A
    80 - 89% = B
    70 - 79% = C
    60 - 69% = D
    0 - 59% = F

    A - 900 points or more
    B - 800-899
    C - 700-799
    D - 600-699
    F - below 600 points

    Participation – 100 points – The vast majority of each class period will be a discussion of the week’s reading. Each student will be expected to take part in each and every discussion. Otherwise, we will have a very boring semester that involves long silences and uncomfortable staring. If class discussions are not going well, there will be random quizzes that will also be included in this grade. You can, and should, keep this from happening. At the end of the semester, you will be asked to write a hundred words defending the amount of points you should receive in this area. Students should realize that perfect attendance and reading the work will get you a thumbs up, but no points. For points, you will need to speak during the class and bring something to the discussion. (The statement: I agree – does not count as participation.)

    Timed Writings and Quizzes – 10-15 points each for a total of 50 points – There will be at least two timed quizzes that will prepare you for the exams. We will also have quizzes worth ten to fifteen points about the week’s reading.

    Short Responses - 50 points - During the semester you will be required to write two response papers about the readings and class discussions. These responses will be one to two pages in length, include quotes, and be minimum 25 points apiece.

    Exams – 200 points each – Both tests will be in-class essays much like the short responses except they will be longer, go more in-depth, and be open book. (Open book tests require quotes from the texts we have read.)

    Thematic Paper – 300 points – (a.k.a. research paper) No student will be able to pass the class without turning in the thematic paper. This paper may be an extended version (and probably should be unless you enjoy doing copious amounts of work) of one of your shorter responses. This paper will be between eight and ten pages, will include quotes from several literary sources, as well as academic sources and popular culture. Guidelines for this paper will be laid out later in the semester.

    Exit Exam – 100 points – This will be an in-class essay given during the class's scheduled final time.

    You may revise short response papers and the thematic paper as many times as you wish throughout the semester; however, you may only turn in one paper or revision per week. Each paper will be turned into Canvas before class on the due date. These papers must not be late. Papers that are not turned into Canvas by the due date will receive a zero with no chance for revision. All papers should be .doc or .docx, nothing else. If you turn in work that does not meet length, reference, or formatting requirements, you will be required to revise the paper before receiving any comments or a grade. Also, you are responsible for the correct draft of papers being turned in properly. Essays and exams will be graded within two weeks while quizzes and exercises will be graded within a week. If these deadlines will not be met, a notice will be posted to Canvas.

    Headphones, cellphones, and laptops are prohibited in class unless permission is given on a specific day. Anyone using either three or sleeping or not participating will be told to leave, counted absent, and receive a zero for that day’s work. Be respectful and act like a college student.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's English and Languages Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    • Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    • Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    • Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    • Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    • Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    Students should be able to:
    • Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 113 course objectives.
    • Recognize and use the basic vocabulary of literary criticism and analysis.
    • Analyze literary works for elements, such as theme, character, plot, setting, symbolism, tone, and imagery.
    • Demonstrate how culture, economics, religion, historical influence, etc. affects literary meaning.
    • Differentiate between the short story, essay, poetry, and/or drama genres.
    • Construct analysis of literary works in writing.
    • Perform research and integrate sources into writing with proper documentation.
    • Design and execute a properly formatted and documented research paper.
    • Use basic MLA (or APA) format and citation guidelines .
    • Define a problem.
    • Use appropriate technology and information systems.
    • Collect information.
    • Evaluate and / or analyze information.
    • Organize information.


    Class Policies:

    1. Regular class participation is essential to the objectives of this course. Weekly participation is required. If a student chooses to stop participating in this class, the student must withdraw from the class. The instructor will not drop students from the course.

    2. The student is responsible for reading assignments, quizzes, tests, or any other assignments. Students should keep close track of all announcements and the course calendar. Quizzes, tests, and other assignments have specific due dates. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with all assignments.

    3. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism is theft and a violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism includes submitting assignments you did not write or taking portions of your assignment from a source without giving credit. Plagiarism also occurs when altering wording while retaining the ideas of an uncredited source (paraphrasing). Submitting an assignment or part of an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors is a violation of academic honesty. If you wish to submit work originally created for another course, you must receive written permission from both professors. To avoid plagiarism, use quotation marks to enclose phrases and sentences from sources. Use MLA parenthetical citations and works cited entries for all paraphrases and quotations. For additional information about plagiarism and citing sources in MLA format, refer to chapters eleven and twelve of Harbrace Essentials. Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by and added to the database when you submit them. Students who wish to appeal a professor’s decision regarding this policy should use the Academic Dishonesty Process published in the New Mexico Junior College Student Handbook.

    4. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.

    5. This course uses videos hosted by YouTube and includes links to pages on the World Wide Web. While I stand by the appropriateness of videos and links that I post, I cannot make any guarantees or promises that clicking on subsequent videos or links suggested by YouTube or other sites will always yield a satisfactory video or browsing experience. Click on videos suggested by YouTube in the embedded videos or links from the pages I post at your own risk!

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    7. I generally respond to canvas messages with questions in less than twenty-four hours. If twenty-four hours passes, and you have no heard from me, please resend your message.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Tentative Course Outline is subject to change by the instructor.

    Week One: Introduction

    Week Two: Poetry

    Week Three: Poetry

    Week Four: Poetry

    Week Five: Fiction

    Week Six: Fiction; Analytic Essay Due

    Week Seven: Exam I; Research Paper

    Week Eight: Research Paper

    Week Nine: Research Paper

    Week Ten: Research Paper

    Week Eleven: Research Paper

    Week Twelve: Research Paper Due; Fiction

    Week Thirteen: Fiction

    Week Fourteen: Fiction; Exam II

    Week Fifteen: Drama

    Week Sixteen: Drama

    Final Exam: TBA