NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Types of Literature I

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Types of Literature I
    B. Course Number: EN 213 - 10464
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Litwicki, Shelby
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 110
    H. Email Address: SLitwicki@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2836
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 1:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 123
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    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

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course will focus on American Gothic Literature.

    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.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    American Gothic Tales. Edited by Joyce Carol Oates, Plume, 1996. ISBN: 978-0-452-27489-1

    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Cengage Learning, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-285-45181-7

    Jackson, Shirley. We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Penguin Classics, 2016. ISBN: 978-0143129547

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    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 Breakdown

    Participation: 10%

    Participation includes: class discussion boards, lesson quizzes, etc.

    Assignments: 15%

    Assignments include: Module 0, essay rough drafts, peer review, etc.

    Essays: 20%

    There will be two essay assignments analyzing the theme and elements of fiction of short stories discussed in this class.

    Exam: 15%

    There will be an exam, with multiple choice and short response questions, over important terminology and information used for this course.

    Research Essay: 20%

    This is essay will involve using outside research to analyze a short story.

    Final: 20%

    The final assignment for the course will be a timed essay over the information learned throughout the course.


    Contacting Me

    You can email me through the Canvas Inbox or you can email me at my NMJC email: slitwicki@nmjc.edu

    On the weekdays, I respond to emails within 24 hours. On the weekends, I respond to emails within 48 hours. If you send me an email and do not receive a response in that time frame, please re-send the email.

    Attendance

    Your attendance will have a direct positive or negative impact on your participation. If you miss up to two weeks' worth of class, you may be dropped or asked to withdraw from the course.

    If you get behind in the coursework due to absence, it is your responsibility to be in touch with me about missed assignments.


    Late Work

    Late work will not be accepted. I expect you to turn assignments in on time. Any exceptions beyond this rule due to emergencies will be up to my own discretion.

    Consequences: Failing an assignment

    Class Conduct

    I fully expect that every student will be courteous, studious, and attentive during class time. However, keep in mind that there are consequences for those who are disruptive or disrespectful towards myself or other students. Failure to follow appropriate classroom behavior will eventually impact your attendance; if you are not using class time appropriately, you are essentially absent anyway.

    Appropriate behavior includes:
    1. Listening to others when they are speaking
    2. Asking questions that are relevant and appropriate to the current discussion
    3. Removing all electronics (cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-Readers, etc.) unless otherwise approved by the instructor
    4. Active participation
    Etc.

    Consequences: Receiving a verbal/written warning and/or being marked as tardy (see attendance policies)

    Academic Dishonesty (Plagiarism)

    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 turnitin.com and added to the turnitin.com 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.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
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    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • 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).
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    • 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.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

    • Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 123 Learning Outcomes.
    • 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.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    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 www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    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 www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    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 krueda@nmjc.edu.

    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
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    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.

    Plagiarism
    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 www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by TBA. 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.

  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE

    **ALL DUE DATES AND ASSIGNMENTS IN THIS SYLLABUS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

    WEEK 1
    Intro to EN 213 and American Gothic Literature

    WEEK 2
    Rational vs. Irrational
    “The Yellow Wallpaper”
    First Response Due

    WEEK 3
    Introduction to Themes and Elements of Fiction Essay
    Rational vs. Irrational
    “Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams”

    WEEK 4
    Puritanism and Guilt
    “The Black Cat”
    “The Fall of the House of Usher”

    WEEK 5
    Puritanism and Guilt
    “Young Goodman Brown”
    Rough Draft Due

    WEEK 6
    Ab-humans, Ghosts, Monsters
    “Afterward”
    “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
    Final Draft Due

    WEEK 7
    Introduction to Essay 2
    Ab-humans, Ghosts, Monsters
    “The Reach”
    “The Lovely House”

    WEEK 8
    Ab-humans, Ghosts, Monsters
    “The Outsider”
    “The Damned Thing”
    Rough Draft Due

    WEEK 9
    Abjection
    “Hop-Frog”
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    Final Draft Due

    WEEK 10
    Introduction to Research
    Abjection
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    Thesis Prospectus Due

    WEEK 11
    Spring Break
    Abjection
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    WEEK 12
    Uncanny
    “A Short Guide to the City”
    “One of Twins”


    WEEK 13
    Uncanny
    “Replacements”
    “Morella”
    Rough Draft Due

    WEEK 14
    Southern Gothic
    “A Rose for Emily”
    Final Draft Due

    WEEK 15
    Review
    Exam Due

    WEEK 16
    Review

    WEEK 17
    Final Exam