English 1302 Composition II

Instructor: Dr. Eduardo del Rio
Office: South Hall 220 Phone: 983-7653 email:eduardo.delrio@utb.edu

Web Site: http:blue.utb.edu/edelrio

Office Hours:
TTH 12:15-1:15 and by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to study and practice the principles of literary analysis and apply them in written discourse. While we will cover literary terms and use various critical approaches, our emphasis will be on the written responses to our readings. The course will help you to write argumentative essays using research and documentation techniques. A research paper is required.

TEXTBOOKS: Barnet, Sylvan, et al. Literature for Composition: Essays, Fiction, Poetry and Drama. 7th ed. New York: Longman, 2005. (required)
College-level dictionary and thesaurus (recommended)

SUPPLIES: Pens (black or blue ink)
Index cards, 4x6", or 3x5"

GRADES: Course grades will be calculated in the following manner:
Essays 50%
:       Directions: Essay 1 , Essay 2 , Essay 3 , Essay 4
                              Examples : Essay 1  

Research Paper
25%

Homework/In-Class Work 10%
  Daily Assignments    
Final Exam 15%

Bibliography Cards
Note Cards

CLASS POLICIES:

      1. Students should be prepared for each class meeting.  This includes bringing writing
materials and the text, reading essay assignments from the text, and being ready to participate in
all class activities.
      2.Attendance is required.  You may be dropped from the class if you have three (3) absences.
Extreme tardiness counts as an absence.
      3.Ten (10) points per class day will be deducted for late work.  The Research Paper, however,
is due on the date indicated - no exceptions. All assignments are due at the beginning of each
class period.
       4.If you are absent on a day an essay or homework assignment is due, you need to provide a
legitimate excuse.
       5.Please turn off cell phones, beepers, etc. while in class unless you are expecting an
emergency call.
       6.This is a course that will require you to spend much time doing work outside of class.
Research is time-consuming.  In order to produce a quality paper, you will have to get started
early in the semester and meet all deadlines.  DON'T PROCRASTINATE.  A paper pieced
together at the last minute is easy to detect and often results in a poor grade.  If my office hours
don't suit you, I'll be glad to meet with you any other time.  It is imperative that you meet with
me during the semester on a regular basis to discuss the progress of your paper.  I can help you
only if I know what your questions, problems, etc., are.  Don't wait until the last week or two of
the semester to do this!

Statement on Disabilities
(revised 7/24/03)
Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations
in this class should notify the Disability Services Office early in the semester so that the
 appropriate arrangements may be made.  In accordance with federal law, a student requesting
accommodations must provide documentation of his/her disability to the Disability Services
counselor.  For more information, call or visit Disability Services in the Lightner Student Center
at 983-7374.

RESEARCH PAPER:

You will be required to write an 6-8 page (of text) Research Paper to receive credit for this
course. If the text of the paper is less than six (6) pages, 10 POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED

PER
PAGE. Your progress on this paper will be monitored at all major stages. Students will be

expected to do quite a bit of out-of-class library work. The rough draft must be checked and

approved, and the final draft must be typed and conform to MLA style.

Specific Guidelines for Final Research Paper:

1)The paper should have a title page.
2)All margins of the text should be 1".

3)The text of the paper should be between 6-8 pages.

4)You should have a Works Cited page which conforms to MLA guidelines.

5)Place the title of your paper on the first page of the text.

6)Number your pages on the top right hand comer, beginning with the first page of the text.

7)Place your last name before the page number in each page beginning with the first page of the
text.
8)You should have at least six (6) sources in your Works Cited page.

9)At least one of your sources must be a current book.

10)The remaining sources should be from scholarly journals, the Internet, etc.. Avoid using

popular Internet sites.

11) You should not use an author and/or source more than twice.

12) Although I will allow you to choose your own topic, it must be approved by me and may not
be changed after you turn in your final thesis statement.
13) Four of the semester assignments (Thesis, Bibliography Cards, Note Cards, and Outline) will be

counted as part of your Research Paper grade. These assignments are, underlined on pp. 34 of

your syllabus.

Remember, the paper is due on the date indicated in the syllabus, and it must be at least 6 pages
of text. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Course Syllabus (Tentative)


Topic                                                                                                          Assignment (for next class)

Week 1

1/17 Course Introduction                                                                                            Barnet pp. 13-20

1/19 Writing a Thesis                                                                                                 Barnet pp. 21-29

                                                                                                                                Thesis Handout Barnet pp, 75-77; 78-

                                                                                                                                 84; 215-16; 607-11

Week 2

1/24 Writing a Thesis -cont-                                                                                        Barnet p.228-35

1/26 Analytical Reading                                                                                               Hawthorne p.888

Elements of Fiction

Week 3

1/31 Discussion of' "YGB"                                                                                          Singer p. 907

2/2 Discussion of "Son from America"                                                                          Walker p. 1159

Week 4

2/7 Discussion of "Everyday Use"                                                                                Rough Draft of Essay 1

                                                                                                                                 Essay 1 Handout

2/9 Essay 1 Revision Work on Essay 1

Week 5

2/14 Essay I Final Draft                                                                                             Barnet pp 1322-32;

2/16 Documentation and Citation                                                                                  Barnet pp. 1333-42

                                                                                                                                  Barnet pp, 1364-72


Week 6

2/21 Library Work (Meet in Library)                                                                             Barnet pp. 473-89; Essay 2

                                                                                                                                  Handout

2/23 Poetry                                                                                                                 Blake; Donne; pp. 138;754

                                                                                                                                  Frost; Hayden- 598; 821

Week 7

2/28 Discussion of Poetry                                                                                             Browning;Dickinson;505;670

3/2 Discussion of Poems                                                                                               Essay 2 info/Handout

Discussion of Essay 2                                                                                                   Work on Essay 2

Thesis Due


Week 8

3/7 Essay 2 Due                                                                                                         Wright;793; Essay 3 Handout

3/9 Discussion of "Almost a Man"                                                                                 O'Connor p. 266

Discussion of 'Revelation"                                                                                             Faulkner p.702

Week 9

3/13-3/18 Spring Break

Week 10

3/21 Discussion of "If You Touched My Heart"                                                              Work on Essay 3

3/23 Discussion of Essay 3                                                                                            Work on Essay 3

Discussion of Essay 3                                                                                                    Work on Essay 3

Bibliography Cards Due

Week 11

3/28 Essay 3 Due                                                                                                          Tennyson; Marvell; 667;755

Essay 4 Handout

3/30 Discussion of Poems                                                                                              Alvarez; Anzaldua;826;1182

Discussion of Poems                                                                                                     Plath; Robinson; 509;1180



Week 12

4/4 Discussion of Poems                                                                                               Work on Essay 4

4/6 Discussion of Essay 4                                                                                              Work on Note Cards

Essay 4 Due                                                                                                                 Work on RP


Week 13

4/11 Conferences Note Cards Due                                                                                Work on RP

4/13 Conferences                                                                                                          Work on Outline

Week 14

4/18 Outline Due                                                                                                         Work on RP

4/20 RESEARCH PAPER DUE                                                                                   Prepare Presentation

Week 15

4/25 Class Presentations                                                                                                Prepare Presentation

4/27 Class Presentations                                                                                                Prepare Presentation

Week 16

Final Exam TBA

ESSAY 1 DIRECTIONS

Write a 350-500 word essay in which you develop one of the following topics:

1) How does ambiguity or uncertainty work as a theme in "Young Goodman Brown?"
2
) Pick at least three symbols in "Young Goodman Brown" and explain how they relate to each other and to the theme of the story.
3) How is the setting in "Young Goodman Brown crucial to the development of the story?
4) What is the conflict in "The Son from America?"
5) What is the theme in "The Son from America?"
6) How does the Point of View in "Everyday Use" affect the development of the story?
7) What is significant about the relationship between Dee and her mother in "Everyday Use?"
8) Using the quilt as a symbol of heritage, explain how it is related to the theme of "Everyday Use."
Keep the following guidelines in mind:

1) Include an appropriate title.
2) Introduce the topic.
3) Have a clear, analytical thesis.
4) Fully develop each paragraph using illustrations and examples from the text. Remember, a paragraph needs to be more than 2 or 3 sentences.
5) Include an appropriate conclusion in which you: a)Restate the thesis, b)Summarize the essay's main points, and c)leave the reader with some final remarks.
6) Use transitions within each paragraph and from one to the next.
7) DO NOT use direct quotes. Instead, paraphrase from the stories.

Example of Essay1:
Character Development "Everyday Use"

    Fiction often employs various literary elements in order to fully develop a story and explore its theme. Some of those elements include point of view, conflict, setting, and various devices such as symbol and irony. Perhaps the most important way to develop a theme, however, is through a full exploration of the story's characters. Often the way a character speaks, acts, and thinks reveals much about the ideas an author is attempting to convey. Alice Walker, in her short story "Everyday Use," for example, relies on character development as the main element to explore the story's ideas. In fact, the mother in the story, who is also the narrator, shows that the theme of the story relates to the idea of honesty.
    So that the reader may truly understand the narrator, Walker employs the first person point of view. This gives us a sense of closeness and immediacy; in other words we see and hear everything she does, and we feel that it is happening at the moment. This, in turn, allows us to better understand this character. What we understand almost immediately about her is her honesty. While often the first person point of view reveal's a person's bias, in this story the narrator has a true and accurate view of herself. The first example of this is when she sees herself in a dream as a game show contestant. While she appears glamorous and sophisticated in the dream, she soon tells us that she is not really that person. Instead, she tells us, she is a down-to-earth uneducated woman who has worked with her hands her whole life. The mother is not just honest about herself, however, but also about other people.

    It is often difficult to be objective about the behavior and character of the people we love. The mother in "Everyday Use," however, understand that her daughter Dee has some serious character flaws. She knows, for example, that Dee never really liked her surroundings while she was growing up. She knows that Dee felt her friends, her house, and even her own family were somehow beneath her. The mother emphasize this point when she implies that Dee may have been the one who burned down their first house and perhaps tried to hurt her other daughter Maggie. That the mother understands this and still loves her daughter again reveals a women who is tolerant, strong, and most importantly, honest.

    The most important way the theme of honesty is revealed through character development is by using an old quilt as a symbol of heritage. The quilt was made by the narrator's and was used every day, hence the story's title. When Dee sees the quilt she wants it since it holds a monetary value. Dee wants to display the quilt and use it as an artifact demonstrating her heritage. This false notion of heritage is countered by her mother's understanding that the quilt is valuable because it is a concrete link with the past. The mother knows that by using the quilt she and her daughter Maggie will be closer to their heritage than if they were to simply display it. Here, the mother's chief characteristic, honesty, is transformed into the thematic concern of the story. The mother's understanding of herself and others allows her to understand the true value of the quilt.

    Honesty is one of the most difficult traits to maintain throughout a person's life. Not only is it difficult to state the truth all the time, it is even more difficult to be honest with yourself. In Walker's "Everyday Use" we are introduced to a woman who manages to be completely honest about others and about herself. Because of that honesty, she is able to fully appreciate her heritage. Walker thus creates a memorable character who shows us that character is not just developed in a work of fiction, but that inner character should be developed as well.

*Please note that the above is just an example of the type of essay you should produce. Your essay should probably develop the thesis more fully by providing more examples.
 


Essay 2.Directions:

Use ONE of the poems we have discussed in class AND a scholarly journal article to support whatever claim you make in your thesis.

Keep the following guidelines in mind:

1) It must be at least two pages (of text) typed, double-spaced, but not more than three.
2) It must contain direct quotes and paraphrases, which should be INCORPORATED into your sentences.
3) It should NOT contain any long quotes (see definition of long quote in your book).
4) It must have a title which is your own.
5) It must conform to MLA style.
6) It must contain a Works Cited page.
7) You must make copies of the article and staple it to the end of the paper.  
 8) It must contain an introduction which should be your own in which you present the essay and which includes a thesis sentence.       
 9)  It must contain a conclusion which should be your own.

Essay 3 Directions :

Compare and Contrast one of the stories by Richard Wright, Flannery O'Connor, or Isabel Allende to one of the ones from essay 1. In addition to your analysis, use support from a SCHOLARLY JOURNAL article. You may choose to examine any particular aspect of the stories, but you may want to restrict your discussion to the Elements of Fiction discussed in class. Here are some EXAMPLES of the kinds of things you might do:

1) Examine the role of setting in "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Man Who was Almost a Man."
2) Discuss how culture plays a role in "Everyday Use" and  
"The Man Who was Almost a Man." 
3) How are the conflicts in "Son from America" and 
"The Man Who was Almost a Man" similar?
4) Discuss the use of symbols in "YGB" and
"Revelation."
5) Discuss the use of point of view in "Everyday Use" and "Revelation"
6) Compare and contrast the mother/narrator in "Everyday Use" and Mrs. Turpin in "Revelation."
7) Compare and contrast the conflict in "The Son from America" with the one in "If You Touched My Heart."
8) How are women's roles depicted in "If You Touched My Heart" and "Everyday Use"?
9) What political forces are examined in "The Son from America" and "If You Touched My Heart"?
10) What is the symbolic significance of the musical instrument in "If You Touched My Heart" and the quilt in "Everyday Use"? How are they related to the sme idea?

Remember, these are only a few suggestions. You may choose some other aspect(s) of the stories to explore. Keep in mind that whatever you do, you need to analyze, and not simply state that the stories are similar or different.

Keep the following guidelines in mind:
1) It must be at least two pages (of text) typed, double-spaced, but not more than three.

2) It must contain direct quotes and paraphrases, which should be INCORPORATED into your sentences.
3) It should NOT contain any long quotes (see definition of long quote in your book).
4) It must have a title which is your own.
5) It must conform to MLA style.
6) It must contain a Works Cited page.
7) You must make copies of the article and staple it to the end of the paper.  
 8) It must contain an introduction which should be your own in which you present the essay and which includes a thesis sentence.       
 9)  It must contain a conclusion which should be your own.

Essay 4 Directions:

Edit Essay #2 and add ONE of the poems we have discussed in class this past week AND a scholarly journal article to support whatever claim you make in your thesis.

Keep the following guidelines in mind:
1) It must be at least three pages (of text) typed, double-spaced, but not more than four.
2) It must contain direct quotes and paraphrases, which should be INCORPORATED into your sentences.
3) It should NOT contain any long quotes (see definition of long quote in your book).
4) It must have a title which is your own.
5) It must conform to MLA style.
6) It must contain a Works Cited page.
7) You must make copies of the article and staple it to the end of the paper.  
 8) It must contain an introduction which should be your own in which you present the essay and which includes a thesis sentence.       
9)  It must contain a conclusion which should be your own.
 
You have two options when preparing this essay:

1) Before the conclusion of Essay #2, simply add information analyzing the new poem and using the additional scholarly journal OR
2) Incorporate the new poem throughout the essay, and compare and contrast them as you proceed.

In either case you will have to re-write the Introduction and the Conclusion to Essay #2, and of course edit Essay #2 to correct the previous errors.    


Bibliography Cards Directions:

1) You must have at least fifteen cards.
2) All the cards must be the same size.
3) Number your cards on the top left hand corner.
4) Provide the name of the author (if anonymous put "Anonymous") the title of the book or periodical, and the year.
5) Also provide the call number of a book, or the volume and page numbers if a periodical (so you can find it again quickly).
6) The cards do not have to be in MLA style, nor do they have to be alphabetized.
7) Secure all your cards with a rubber band.
8) Cards do not have to be typed.


Note Cards Directions:

Directions for preparation of Note Cards:

1) Use all same size cards
2) On one card, write the bibliographic information (in MLA style) and label it "A"   
3) There should be a corresponding card labeled "A" which contains the information you are going to use in your           paper.
4) There should be at least eight (8) bibliography cards, and there can be more than one card corresponding to            each entry.
5) You need to have complete sentences in your cards, either a direct quote or a paraphrase.
6) Secure all cards with a rubber band.
7) You will have to use three (3) of these sources in your final Research Paper.

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