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Goals and Grading

Learning Objectives:

In reading and analyzing literature, students will learn how to . . .

  • Understand the conventions of and appreciate the skills required for the English major.
  • Respond carefully, critically, and sensitively to language, and identify and properly employ relevant literary terms, such as imagery, allusion, voice, tone, metaphor, meter, diction, figurative language, form, meter, and rhyme.
  • Recognize and use a variety of critical strategies in reading and writing about texts, such as close reading, formalism, structuralism, psychoanalysis, and reader-response.

In writing research papers, students will learn how to . . .

  • Identify genuine intellectual problems and conduct scholarly research by learning to recognize the conventions of literary criticism and theoretical academic essays.
  • Find and evaluate appropriate secondary sources (including visual, graphic, or numerical information), to select quotation for use as evidence, to integrate quotation, and to properly cite quotation using MLA style.
  • Develop and use strategies for improving writing and critical thinking through recursive practice, self-reflection, and the process of revision.

In creating an Internet-based research project, students will learn how to . . .

  • Effectively use web-based technologies in order to read and publish academic writing.
  • Understand the conventions of online presentations; prepare and deliver them; lead discussions based on such presentations.
  • Take advantage of a range of appropriate scholarly resources such as books, journals, indexes, online catalogues, web search engines, libraries, and the Oxford English Dictionary.

Evaluation / Grading:

Students will be evaluated in three broad areas:

1) their ability and diligence in completing all writing assignments on time, reading and reflecting on assigned readings before class, and participating in class discussions.

2) their competence in meeting the learning objectives identified above.

3) their ability to demonstrate, through the pieces in their final web project and their meta-reflective cover letter, that they have made thoughtful and careful revision from earlier drafts.

In practice, the final grade will be more of a “negotiation” than a reward. Sometime during the final third of the semester, students should meet with me one-on-one. During this time we will discuss their current strengths and weaknesses and establish a set of expectations for the remainder of the semester. The student and I will agree on what is an appropriate final grade, dependent upon their completing a list of expectations. This list might include specific revision of certain assignments, good faith effort to participate more, or mastery of certain recurring problem areas. Students will submit a short memo outlining our conversation, to serve as a grading contract.

PARTICIPATION: You should not miss more than two classes. I do not differentiate between excused and unexcused absences. If you come unprepared to class, you are not present; “coming unprepared” includes such things as not doing the reading, not bringing the text to class, sleeping during class, not making an effort to participate, arriving late or leaving early. If you know you cannot attend, contact me before to ask about homework; I do not accept late assignments.

We will meet face-to-face on Mondays (except when the college is closed). On Wednesdays, we will meet virtually via the blog and Twitter. That is, just because we’re not meeting in person doesn’t mean we’re not having class, so be available during all class times.

If you have a learning, sensory, or physical reason for special accommodation in this class, contact the Office of Special Services at 718-997-5895 and please inform me.

CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity

Violations of academic integrity include: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of what constitutes academic dishonesty; students who are unsure of whether their work meets criteria for academic integrity should consult with their instructor. Students should look at the full policy, which provides further examples and possible consequences for incidences of academic dishonesty.

In short:  I have a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism and academic dishonesty.

The minimum punishment for any plagiarism in this course is receiving an F as a final grade and being reported to the appropriate campus officer.

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