Composition II

Spring 2006


Methods of Adapting & Conforming:

Physical, Spiritual & Emotional Journeys



Section 17:  12:00-12:50  CRN 10807, Location: Humanities 205

Section 18: 1:00-1:50  CRN 10808, Location: Pafford 208


Dr. Katie Chaple
Office: Hum. 148

Phone: 678-839-4860
Use your WebCT course email to contact me.

Web address: http://www.westga.edu/~kchaple

Office hours: Mon. 10:00-11:30 am, Mon. 2:00-3:30 pm, Wed. 2:00-5:00 pm & by appointment

Writing Center Schedule: Wed. 10:00-11:00 am & Fri. 10:00 am -12:00 pm


Course Description

Methods of Adapting and Conforming: Physical, Spiritual & Emotional Journeys:

In reading the texts for this course, you will encounter characters who must conform, adapt and even transform; the texts tell tales of journeys and, sometimes, of seemingly aimless wanderings. Often a physical journey in literature, as well as in life, corresponds to a figurative or emotional journey, and the characters experience change in nature, understanding or outlook. We will be exploring the ways in which these characters and speakers adapt or conform to their given situations and the paths and passages they travel to achieve a kind of “peace” within their lives. In reading and studying Achebe’s novel, Edson’s play, Packer’s short stories and Bottoms’ poems, our discussions will examine and analyze these journeys, demonstrating how they connect the individual works to one another.


This course is writing intensive, and its assignments include in-class responses, out-of-class responses (both to the assigned texts as well as to your peers’ rough drafts), annotated bibliographies, in-class essays, out-of-class essays and rough drafts of those essays. You will write two timed essays in class, two out-of-class rough drafts, and three out-of-class essays.  We will make use of WebCT, and you will be posting each out-of-class rough draft to WebCT for your peers to read and comment on. We will then workshop each essay in class. The topics for all essays will be based on assigned readings and our discussions of those readings. You will need access to a computer with an internet connection.


Catalogue Description

A course which serves both as a continuation of ENGL 1101 and an introduction to the study of literature, focusing on skills required for reading, interpreting and writing analytical essays about literature in at least three genres (i.e. fiction, drama, poetry). In writing, students must demonstrate competency in both explication of literary texts and research-based interpretation.


Required Texts


Additional Required Reading, On-line



Course Goals


Assessment Activities


The Writing Center 

If you know that English is not your best subject, I recommend you visit The Writing Center. The Center is an excellent resource. To make an appointment, call 678-839-6513 at least twenty-four hours ahead of time.


The Regents’ Exam

The Regents’ Exam is a two-part test of minimum-level reading and writing proficiency. Students take this examination after passing English 1102 or after 30 hours of coursework. In the hour-long written portion of the Regents’ Exam, students are required to write an essay based on personal experience and a general understanding of current events. The essay is expected to be clearly focused, well articulated, and relatively free from patterns of error; however, no particular studying should be necessary for the exam besides a few general rehearsals, a general cognizance of current events, and close attention to the lessons of English 1101 and 1102.  Students who do not pass the Regents’ Exam by the time they have completed 45 hours of coursework are automatically placed in classes which provide additional writing support.


Special Needs 

If you have a registered disability that will require accommodation, please see me at the beginning of the semester.  If you have a disability that you have not yet registered through the Disabled Student Services Office, please contact Dr. Ann Phillips in 137 Parker Hall at 678-839-6428.


Plagiarism & Academic Honesty 

It is always disappointing to discover a student has plagiarized. If you have any questions regarding incorporating outside material, ask me. Ignorance will not be an excuse. Because of the way in which this class is organized, if you plagiarize it will be immediately apparent to me. Do not risk it.


The Department of English and Philosophy defines plagiarism as taking personal credit for the words and ideas of others as they are presented in electronic, print, and verbal sources. The Department expects that students will accurately credit sources in all assignments. An equally dishonest practice is fabricating sources or facts; it is another form of misrepresenting the truth. Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course.   The University and English Department policies for handling Academic Dishonesty are found in the following documents:


Plagiarism—Definition and Prevention



The Faculty Handbook, sections 207 and 208.0401


Student Handbook, pages 22, 27 (Appendix A: 2), 34-35 (Appendix E):


Course Policies

I expect your participation and your attention during class-time. I will expect you to be prepared:  I will expect your assignments to be complete and ready to hand in, and I will expect you to have read that day’s assigned text(s). I also expect that you will be an active participant in your own education. If you don’t understand, ask. If you have difficulties with grammar, ask. We will figure out how to improve any aspect of writing that you have difficulty with. I have listed my office hours, office phone and email. Let me know how I can help.

Attendance Policy

COME TO CLASS.  BE ON TIME. The nature of this class requires that you attend. I reserve the right to penalize you for excessive absences or late appearances. Students who miss more than four classes during this semester may be withdrawn. The last day to withdraw or be withdrawn with a “W” is March 2, 2006. After that date, students who withdraw or who are withdrawn will receive a “WF.”


Class Etiquette

I expect civil and polite behavior.  Any disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  No sleeping. If you are sleeping, I will count you absent for the class. Turn off all cell phones, beepers and pagers before entering the classroom.  I reserve the right to ask you to leave the classroom for disruptive behavior, including, but not limited to cell phones, etc.  I do not mind limited food or drink, but do not show up with your McDonald's cheeseburger and fries.


Late Work

All work is due in class on the days listed below.  Any assignment turned in a day late (THE NEXT DAY, NOT THE NEXT CLASS MEETING) will result in a letter grade deduction.  For every day that the paper is late, I will deduct another letter grade.  **Assignments submitted late due to computer, printer, computer lab, or disk “problems” will not be excused and will be penalized as indicated above. 



Submission and Format of Essays and Out-of-class Work

All assignments outside of class must be in MLA format­—typed, 12-pica type, one-inch margins, and double spaced. Use Times New Roman font. If you do not follow correct formatting, your essay grade will suffer (a letter grade). You can find MLA guidelines in your handbook, A Writer’s Resource or online through my website under the link, “MLA Documentation.” 


Rough drafts are due by the dates and times indicated below. You will be required to post your rough drafts on WebCT. See Getting Started Using WebCT for help.


Essays are due at the beginning of class on the date due; do not email me your papers. You must attach a copy of your rough draft (with my comments) to your final paper when you submit it for a grade.


Grading Procedures: 

In order to advance to English 1102, students must pass English 1101 with a grade of “C” or better.

* The following chart will be used when calculating your numerical grade at the end of the semester with regard to letter grades received on in and out-of-class essays:

A+=98                    A=95                A- = 90      
B+=88                    B=85                B- = 80   
C+=78                    C=75                C- = 70     
D=65                      F=50                                                   


Daily Work/Participation                     10%

Daily work includes in-class assignments—consisting of quizzes, exercises and responses to your own and others’ work. Daily work also includes homework, which will consist of your responses to peers’ rough drafts, but which will also include assignments regarding research. Your responses to rough drafts will be posted to WebCT. You can find the requirements for responses to your peers' rough drafts through the link "Instructions for Written Responses" located on my webpage. There are Library Instruction Sessions and Grammar Worksheets that I will be expecting you to complete. Daily work may not be made up. If you are absent, you will receive a zero for that day’s in-class work. I will drop the lowest two daily grades.


In-class Essays                                     15%

There will be two in-class essays. One on the calendar day listed below, and the second

during the final exam period. The topics will be in regards to the material we have read and

discussed during class.


Rough drafts for Two Essays               10%

Each student will workshop the first two essays listed below.  You will be required to post your drafts for the entire class on WebCT. I ask all students to bring copies of the rough drafts we will be discussing to class, and I ask that each student bring his/her responses to those essays to class. You may be called on to read your essay aloud. You will receive grades on each of your rough drafts. Your drafts will include an annotated bibliography if the essay is to include outside sources. Grades on these rough drafts will be based on completeness and your ability to follow directions and meet deadlines. You must address the assigned topic.  If you do not turn in your rough draft on the assigned deadline, you will be awarded a zero for that rough draft. You should post attached files, so that they maintain your formatting. See WebCT File Attachments.


You must complete all three essays in order to pass this class.

3 Essays:                                              65%

Percentage broken down as follows:

Essay 1                                                             20%

Essay 2                                                             20%

Essay 3 (includes annotated bibliography)             25%


Schedule of Events                  

Please Note: Reading and writing assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day for which they are listed.  The following is a tentative daily schedule.  Modifications may be needed as we proceed.  I will advise of any deviations ahead of time and will provide  detailed instructions for any assignments.  You are responsible for keeping up with any changes and work missed due to absences.


1/9, M              Introduction

1/11, W            Bird by Bird, chapter entitled “Shitty First Drafts (available online through Ingram Library’s Course Reserves)

1/13, F             


1/16, M            MLK Holiday ***No Class

1/18, W            MLA, Review on your own Chapter 6 “MLA Documentation Style” in A Writer’s Resource (AWR)

1/20 F              MLA, Find “Oojah” in the OED and document; MLA Treasure Hunt


1/23 M             Raymond Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing” (available through my website), Discussion: How to Construct Literary Argument

1/25, W            AWR: Chapter 11 “Grammar Conventions”, Chapter 12 “Editing for Correctness”

1/27, F             AWR: Chapter 14 “Basic Grammar Review” pgs. 499-532


1/30, M           Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

2/1, W            Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

2/3, F             Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere


2/6, M            Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

2/8, W            Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

2/10, F            Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

                      ** Friday, 2/10 Rough Draft 1 due by midnight


2/13, M             Rough Draft workshop

2/15, W             Rough Draft workshop

2/17, F              Rough Draft workshop


2/20, M             Rough Draft workshop

2/22, W             Rough Draft workshop

2/24, F              Rough Draft workshop


3/27, M             Rough Draft workshop

3/1, W              **Essay 1 due at the beginning of class

**3/2 Last day to withdraw with a grade of W

3/3, F               Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart


3/6, M              Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

3/8, W              Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

3/10, F              Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

                        ** Friday, 3/10 Rough Draft 2 due by midnight


3/13, M             In-class essay

3/15, W             Rough Draft workshop

3/17, F              Rough Draft workshop


3/20, M             Spring Break ***No class meeting

3/22, W             Spring Break ***No class meeting

3/24, F              Spring Break ***No class meeting


3/27, M             Rough Draft workshop

3/29, W             Rough Draft workshop

3/31, F              Rough Draft workshop


4/3, M              Rough Draft workshop

4/5, W              Rough Draft workshop

4/7, F               **Essay 2 due at the beginning of class


4/10, M             David Bottoms’ Armored Hearts

4/12, W             David Bottoms’ Armored Hearts

4/14, F              David Bottoms’ Armored Hearts


4/17, M             David Bottoms’ Armored Hearts

4/19, W             Margaret Edson’s Wit, John Donne’s poems (available through my website)

4/21, F              Margaret Edson’s Wit


4/24, M             Margaret Edson’s Wit

4/26, W             Margaret Edson’s Wit

4/28, F              Margaret Edson’s Wit


5/1, M              ***Essay 3 due at the beginning of class

5/2                   Reading Day


5/3-5/9             Exams

12-12:50 Wed, May 3rd, 11am-1pm

1-1:50 Fri, May 5 11am-1pm