Types of Literature I


  2. A. Course Title: Types of Literature I
    B. Course Number: EN 213 - 10464
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Lanier-Nabors, Ben
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 123
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course examines selected literary works from one or more genres. The successful student has the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills through close reading of the selected genre(s) presented and exploration into the cultural, social, political, and/or historical influences on the works. Writing assignments may include journaling, a research project, critical commentaries, and/or oral reports. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 123


    This section of EN213 - "Hero, Villain, or Joker?" - focuses on protagonists and major characters which do not fit neatly into well-known "hero" and "villain" categories.

    The study of literature empowers students by introducing them to people, places, and customs they might not otherwise personally experience. Learning to communicate this experience enhances the ability of students to make connections between themselves and others, create 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.

    Sophomore English is required for many 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.



    Print Texts
    Note: The required printed materials are available for purchase online at the NMJC Bookstore.

    Bendis, Brian Michael and Michael Gaydos. Jessica Jones: Alias. Vol. 1. New York: Marvel, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-7851-9855-0

    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Stamford: Cengage Learning, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-337-28467-7

    Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories. Rev. ed. New York: Dover, 1992. ISBN: 978-0-486-27060-9

    McFarlane, Todd. Spawn: Origins. Vol. 1. Berkley: Image, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-60706-071-0

    Sophocles. Antigone. Trans. J. E. Thomas. Clayton: Prestwick House, 2005. ISBN: 978-1-58049-388-8

    Way, Daniel. Deadpool: Secret Invasion. New York: Marvel. ISBN: 978-0-7851-3273-8

    Note: Other required texts will be provided --FREE--through Canvas.


    Functioning PC or laptop.

    Internet access.

    Microsoft Word.



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    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

    Grade Distribution:

    Test I = 25 points
    Test II = 25 points
    Test III = 25 points
    Research Paper = 100 points
    Protagonist Paper = 50 points
    Thesis Check (7.5 points each) x 2 = 15
    Works Cited Check = 10
    Quiz (5 points each) x 5 = 25 points
    Discussion (5 points each) x 5 = 25 points

    TOTAL COURSE - 300 points

    NOTE: Students must view, submit, and complete the materials in the two introductory modules to proceed ("Course Information" and "Module Zero"). For each of the remaining modules, students must at least view everything in it before being allowed to access the module that follows it. Students who do not do those things will be blocked in Canvas from moving forward in the course. Lastly, according to English Department guidelines, the research paper is a core assignment for this course and should be at least thirty percent of the student’s overall grade. Students must submit a research paper to earn a passing grade in the course. Any research paper a student submits without research and/or proper citations will receive a zero. Furthermore, if that paper or any other assignment violates Academic Honesty (i.e., plagiarism/cheating), then a student will be assigned an 'F' for the course and reported to the Dean.

    Grammar and Formatting: All submitted document assignments must be computer generated with a word processor and submitted in MLA format to Canvas. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and manuscript appearance always count. Proper grammar and spelling are also expected on all quizzes/tests and discussion entries. Proofread all work before handing it in.

    Exam/Quiz Protocol: All exams must be taken in the Respondus Lockdown Browser. See the required course materials for more information.

    Late Work on Minor Assignments: Assignments worth fewer than 25 points will not be accepted.

    Late Work on Major Assignments: With the exception of Test III (see below)*, an assignment worth 25 or more points will be accepted—with a 10% late penalty—for three days (72 hours) after the assignment is due. To arrange a late test or exam, you must contact Professor Nabors within 48 hours after the exam closes. Under special circumstances, such as prolonged jury duty and military service, late work may be accepted without penalty at the professor’s discretion. Contact Professor Nabors as early as possible if you feel your situation qualifies as a special circumstance, and we will discuss the situation. Note that Canvas may not prevent you from submitting a late assignment, but it will mark the submission late. Late assignment submission is no guarantee that the assignment will receive a grade; the late policy will be enforced regardless of whether Canvas accepts the late submission or not. Due dates are subject to change; nevertheless, Dr. Nabors will notify students well in advance of a due date if a change has been made. Accordingly, students need to check Canvas regularly for announcements, the module outline, the "to do" list, and Inbox. *(AMENDMENT: To abide by NMJC's final exam protocols, Test III must be taken within the three days designated for final exams by NMJC's Academic Calendar. No early or late submissions of Test III will, accordingly, be permitted. If Test III is not submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Mountain) on the final due date, the assessment will be assigned a ZERO. Notification to students of this exception was given on April 25, 2017.)

    Grading Turnaround: Professor Nabors grades minor assignments within 24 hours of the due date, tests/exams within 72 hours of the due date, and papers within seven days of the due date. If there is a delay in returning graded work, Professor Nabors will post an announcement in Canvas.

    Submission Guidelines: Students are responsible for submitting the correct files in the correct format with the correct file name. Resubmissions for mistakes with files are not allowed after your professor has graded the assignment. Be sure you are submitting the correct file!

    Submission of Plagiarized Material: In accordance with NMJC English Department policy, any instance of plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester.

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    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

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    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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:

    1. Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film). The competency will be assessed via the Protagonist Paper due Week Thirteen.

    2. Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual). This competency will be assessed via a discussion assignment during Week Three.

    3. Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives. This competency will be assessed via a quiz during Week Eleven.

    4. Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought. This competency will be assessed via a unit test during Week Eight.


    By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    - Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 213 course objectives.

    - Analyze literary works for elements, such as theme, character, plot, setting, symbolism, tone, and imagery.

    - Recognize, interpret, analyze, discuss, criticize, and evaluate works of literature created during the period.

    - Identify, distinguish, and evaluate authors of the period.

    - Interpret, organize, and evaluate knowledge of the period and its relationship to the authors and their works.

    - Recognize and use the relevant vocabulary of literary criticism and analysis.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Alert 1--R-rated Content: The professor has not designed the course to offend, but some may find the material covered to be offensive. If you are troubled by depictions of death, by sexual references/scenarios, by religious references/themes/controversies, or by profane language, this might not be the literature course for you.

    Alert 2--Submission Windows: After the first week, most assignments have a five-to-seven-day open window during which you may submit them before the due date. The due date noted on Canvas for each item is the final deadline. In case of technical difficulties or an 11th-hour emergency, I strongly suggest that you do not wait until an hour before a final due date to complete/submit an assignment or to take a quiz/test.

    Alert 3--Academic Honesty Agreement: You must submit the Academic Honesty agreement by the first Thursday of the first week in order to satisfy attendance requirement. Furthermore, you must submit it in order to continue in this course.

    Alert 4--Study and English Skills: If you do not completely read assigned texts and do not thoroughly view/listen to the 15- to 30-minute lectures, you will not do well in this course. If you still have a hard time with grammar, paper-writing basics, and citing/documenting sources, you will need to use NMJC's free tutoring. I seriously and thoroughly read and mark all writing assignments, including discussion posts and written items on quizzes and tests. Furthermore, I am always on the lookout for violations of Academic Honesty. Simply put, passing students do their work, seek out help, and follow instructions/policies/procedures; failing students are the ones who do not do those things.

    Alert 5--Module Requirements and Continuing in Course: You must view, submit, and complete the materials in the two introductory modules to proceed ("Course Information" and "Module Zero"). For each of the remaining modules, you must at least view everything in it before you will be allowed access the module that follows it. Students who do not do those things will be blocked in Canvas from moving forward in the course.

    Alert 6--Communication: Professor Nabors will communicate with students through the Canvas Inbox and through Q&A Quadrangle (Canvas Discussion Board). For messages received Monday through Thursday, he will respond within 24 hours; for messages received Friday through Sunday, he will reply on the following Monday.

    Alert 7--Research Paper Requirement: As noted elsewhere, failure to submit the research paper within three days after its due date will automatically result in an 'F' for the semester.

    Alert 8--Plagiarism/Cheating: In accordance with NMJC English Department policy, any instance of plagiarism/cheating will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. See the NMJC Student Handbook, the Academic Honesty agreement, and other parts of this syllabus for more details.


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    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.

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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    This outline and due dates are subject to change. If changes are made, Dr. Nabors will notify students immediately. Accordingly, students need to check Canvas regularly: i.e., modules, announcements, and Inbox.

    Week One: Introductory Modules: "Course Information" and "Module Zero." A variety of introductory assignments, a discussion, and a quiz will be due; they must all be viewed/completed/submitted in order to continue in this course.

    Week Two: Introduction to the Trickster; “Anansi Brings Stories to the World.” Quiz due.

    Week Three: “Vasilisa the Beautiful”; Deadpool: Secret Invasion. Discussion due.

    Week Four: Test I (Learning Outcome 2 Assessment); Research Paper Assignment; Research Paper Preparation I. Quiz due.

    Week Five: Introduction to the Antihero; Prometheus Bound. Thesis check and quiz due.

    Week Six: “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”; Spawn: Origins. Discussion due. Works Cited Check due.

    Week Seven: Test II (Learning Outcome 4 Assessment); Research Paper Preparation II.

    Week Eight: Research Paper Due; Protagonist Paper Assigned.

    Week Nine: Introduction to Existentialism and the Existential Hero.

    Week Ten: Antigone (Learning Outcome 3 Assessment). Quiz due.

    Week Eleven: Spring Break

    Week Twelve: “Everyday Use.” Thesis check due.

    Week Thirteen: Jessica Jones: Alias. Discussion due.

    Week Fourteen: Protagonist Paper Due (Learning Outcome 1 Assessment)

    Week Fifteen: Introduction to the Deluded (non-)Hero; "Young Goodman Brown." Discussion due.

    Week Sixteen: “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.”

    Week Seventeen: Test III