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Introduction to Literature WCU / lit165 / SPRING 2003
Stacy Tartar Esch
Students will be expected to complete four examinations (including the final exam) as well as several quizzes, class exercises, and in-class response papers.
PERCENTAGE OF GRADE / APPROXIMATE DATE DUE
Exams. Each genre-based exam will include 30-50 multiple choice, true/false, and matching items designed to gage the student's ability to recall, comprehend, and analyze literary works assigned as well as understand and apply concepts related to the literature assigned. These concepts will be drawn both from the textbook and material provided in class. I'll provide study guides before each exam. Motivated students may pursue supplemental (extra credit) writing assignments to accompany exam grades (after consulting with the instructor).
Preparation. Response papers, classwork, and homework assignments will be assigned throughout the semester to assess preparation or to jump-start discussion. Response papers may be assigned at the start of a class period (or for homework) so that (even if you hate to speak up in class) I can get your individual reaction to the works we're studying. A fairly typical kind of response paper prompt might be a question like, "What do you think you'll remember most about X three days or three years from now?" Classwork, homework, and response papers are checked but not letter-graded. Very poorly executed or missing assignments will hurt your average. If you miss class, make every effort to make up the work you missed by speaking with me and by checking the assignments page on the course website (brainstorm-services.com/wcu-2003).
Attendance: Students are expected to attend every class having read the assigned material. Any student who misses more than the equivalent of two weeks of class can expect to receive a lowered grade. For instance, missing the equivalent of three weeks will lower your average one whole letter grade (B+ = C+). Missing four weeks lowers your average two whole letter grades (B+ = D+). Missing more than four weeks is automatic failure (A+ = F). Students with serious problems or medical emergencies should notify the Dean of Students, who will contact your instructors about any necessary adjustments. Please be advised that it is not always possible to make up work missed due to absence. Coming to class late: Although I'd rather you come to class late than not at all, chronic lateness to class is disruptive and unacceptable. Please have consideration for your classmates and for the instructor if you are entering the classroom late. Occasional tardiness is not a problem but if it becomes habitual, those lateness will be recorded as absences and you will run a higher risk of receiving a lowered or failing grade for the course.
Late Assignments: All work must be turned in on the due date. Late papers are penalized, and in some cases, not accepted. I encourage you to email me any assignment you failed to bring to class. If I receive it on the day it is due, I won't count it late.
Students are responsible for being in class on test days. Students may make
up an exam only if special arrangements are made in advance. Late exams are
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities: I will make accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have a disability, please make your needs known to me and contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at 436-3217. Sufficient notice is required to make such accommodations possible.
Diversity and Fair Language. You are required by University policy to use nondiscriminatory language and to treat all issues of diversity respectfully (including, but not limited to, race sex/gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation). Read Quick Access, pp.101-103.
Academic Honesty. Plagiarism of any type is a serious academic offense that can result in a failing grade on an assignment, failure of the course, or referral to academic judicial affairs, depending upon the instructor's judgment. You are plagiarizing if you (*) lift either ideas or word-for-word passages from a published book, article, or website without giving credit to the author; (*) pass off another student's work as your own; or (*) allow a "helper" to actually write parts of your paper for you. Don't do it!!!
Your final percentage will be converted to a letter grade as follows:
The reading schedule which appears below for each genre may change slightly during the course of the semester. Selections may be substituted or added. Any changes will be announced in class and posted online.
During the course of the semester I will either distribute or post online supplemental reading materials. Class lectures or additional handouts will also be posted online at the course website (http://brainstorm-services.com/wcu-2002). I encourage you to check this site regularly, in addition to reading the required material listed below.
Please note that the selections listed below are not always presented in the order we will study them. Please listen carefully in class for specific reading assignments.
More poems may be assigned in class.
Questions? Contact me.
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