English 1102-LCJ
Course Calendar

Spring 2014

Note Well, Students:  You are required to have all textbooks and materials before the second session, and you must complete all readings prior to coming to class on the date they are noted on this calendar.  Expect a reading quiz on the material listed each day. Books must be brought to class every day as well—no exceptions.

Although this calendar has been meticulously planned, I may deem it necessary to tweak or modify it sometime during the semester to accommodate the needs of our class.   In short, check the calendar daily!








M 1/6 – S 1/12

Drop/Add Period






Unit One:  Poetry and Work





T 1/7


  Introduction to class, texts, policies, etc.

R 1/9

Read, print, and bring to class:


  Russell Kirk’s “The Inhumane Businessman


Discussion of Kirk’s philosophy of businessmen




T 1/14

Elements of Poetry by Bedford St. Martins


Print and bring the following handouts and poems to class:

  Poetry Checklist

  How to Read a Poem


  Dana Gioa:  Money

Emily Dickinson:  Success is Counted Sweetest



▪ Introduction to poetry  


▪ Quiz on all 14 elements of poetry from Bedford St. Martin’s website

R 1/16

  Arthur Hugh Clough:  The Latest Decalogue

  Vladimir Timofeevich Kirillov:  The Iron Messiah





T 1/21

  Elizabeth Bishop:  Filling Station

  Phillip Levine:  What Work Is 


  Essay I Topics

R 1/23

▪ Langston Hughes:  Pennsylvania Station

  Fenton Johnson:  The Daily Grind






T 1/28

  Edwin Arlington Robinson:  Richard Cory

  Simon & Garfunkel:  Richard Cory


R 1/30


Essay I Workshop




Unit Two:  Personal Narratives





T 2/4

  Studs Terkel:  Interview with Children of Depression-era Parents (In-class Activity


  Nora Watson:  In Search of Calling


Essay I Due


R 2/6

  “I Was Dropped” (pp. 195-99) &






T  2/11

  “Volunteer Slavery” (pp. 72-82)



R 2/13

  Gwendolyn Parker:  “Uppity Buppie” (pp. 84-94)





Unit Three:  The Short Story—Questions of Character


T 2/18

  Print, complete, and bring to class:

Active Reading Journal Questions


▪ Carver:  “Are These Actual Miles?”

(pp. 3-11)


Discussion:  Elements of fiction

R 2/20

  O’Hara:  “The Hardware Man” (pp. 11-26)





T 2/25

  Cheever:  “The Housebreaker of Shady Hill” (pp. 105-25)


W 2/26 

Withdrawal without academic penalty period ends:

Last day to withdraw and receive a grade of “W”

R 2/27

  Beattie:  “Janus” (pp. 126-31)

Essay II Topics









▪ O. Henry:  “The Man Higher Up” (pp. 200-12)


R 3/6


  Discussion of Research Topics




T 3/11


Essay II Workshop

R 3/13

  In-class grammar review


Essay II Due


3/17 – 3/21

Spring Break:  No classes




Unit Four:  Research & The Personal—Connecting Private & Public Lives


T 3/25

  “Bartleby the Scrivener”



R 3/27

  “Bartleby the Scrivener”










T 4/1

  Tolstoy:  “Master and Man” (Sections 1-6:  pp. 250-280)


R 4/3

  Tolstoy:  “Master and Man” (Sections 6-10:  pp. 280-299)





T 4/8



R 4/10


Research Essay Workshop:  Modeling the Process




T 4/15


Critical Research Presentations

R 4/17


Critical Research Presentations


Research Essay due







R 4/25

Final Exam:  Bring a Blue Book with you to class

Section LCJ:

8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.