English 1102-109
Spring 2007
TR 3:30-4:45
Humanities 208

Dr. Randy Hendricks
TLC 2223

Office Hours
TR 10:00-12:00; 2:00-300

Links to important information about the course:

Course Description and Learning Outcomes FYW General Policies In-Class Writing Assessment Out-of-Class Writing Assessment
 Regent' Exam and Topics  Writing Center  Ingram Library  Resources for English Study

Some Additional Policies, Expectations, and Other Important Information

Expectations:  The professional relationship between an instructor and a student is not that of vendor and consumer.  One does not buy learning the way one buys a car, a sound system, or a hamburger.  Tuition buys professional direction and assistance to your own study as well as a fair and careful assessment of your progress.  It never buys the right not to attend class, to fail to complete assigned work, or to practice a radical individualism that distracts the instructor and classmates with impunity.  By agreeing to teach the class, I agree to provide the direction, assistance, and assessment.  By enrolling in the class, you have created obligations for yourself.  If you do not meet them, you will not succeed.  Specific attendance and tardiness policies may be found under "FYW General Policies" above.  Assignments turned in after the deadline will receive and F (50).  Assignments not turned in will receive a 0.  These policies will be strictly enforced.

My basic assumption is that students are adults preparing to be professionals.  They should understand that the way they conduct business has a direct influence on their success in the class and other tangible if longer-term results (For example, you are not only completing the requirements for the courses you are currently taking, you are developing professional relationships with your instructors, who will in due course serve as your primary references as you seek admission to graduate schools, employment, or other types of professional or educational opportunities).

To be more specific, I expect students to come to each class meeting on time, prepared and ready to concentrate on the tasks at hand.  I further expect students to prepare all assignments with scrupulous attention to detail and directions by the stipulated deadlines.  And I tolerate no unprofessional distractions such as gum chewing, sleeping in class, using beepers or cell phones (either for incoming or outgoing calls).  Students who create such distractions will leave the class.

Deadline for Withdrawal:  The deadline for withdrawing from any class with a grade of W is March 1.  Students may withdraw from a class after that date only in the case of hardship.  Hardship withdrawals are determined in the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, not by instructors or department chairs.  Students who are granted hardship withdrawals must withdraw from all their classes.

Compliance with Act regarding disabilities:
The instructor will make accommodations to meet special needs of students with documented disabilities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any such need and to provide the appropriate documentation.

Department of English and Philosophy Plagiarism Policy
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.  Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course.

Other Policies

    * Campus e-mail (myUWG) will be the official method for all communication by e-mail
    * No extra credit will be allowed in this course
    * Work done for another course may be accepted to satisfy requirements in this course, provided both instructors agree to accept such work.  Students should keep in mind, however, that the same work might be evaluated according to different criteria, given the different outcomes.

Required Texts

Books:  Roberts, Edgar V. Writing About Literature, Brief Eleventh Edition; Maimon and Peritz, A Writer's Resource:  A Handbook for Writing and Research; Gaines, Ernest, A Lesson Before Dying. Films:  Lee, Spike, Dir. Malcolm X; 25th Hour


Your grade will be determined by your performance on five out-of-class essays and one in-class final essay.  In the final analysis the first two out-of-class essays will probably not be used in the calcluation of your final grade.  An expection to this practice might be made in the case a strong performance on an early essay.  All assignments must be completed in order to receive a passing grade for the course. With the exception of the final essay, all drafts and final versions must be turned in as an e-mail attachment.   NOTE: A grade of C or higher in English 1102 is a prerequisite for all other English and XIDS 2100 classes.

Letter grades will be assigned to each graded assignment.  The numerical equivalents below will be used to determine the final average.

A+ 100
A 95
A- 92
A/B 90
B+ 88
B 85
B- 82
B/C 80
C+ 78
C 75
C- 72
C/D 70
D+ 68
D 65
D- 62
D/F 60
F 55


  Essay 1  Essay 2  Essay 3
 Essay 4  Essay 5 

January     9        Introductions
                11        Roberts, Chapter 1, to page 34
                16        Roberts, Chapter 1 to the end
                18        Chopin, "The Story of an Hour", p. 205
                23        Draft and Outline of Essay 1 Due
                25        Revision workshop
                30        Final Revision of Essay 1 Due
February    1        NO Class
                  6        Roberts, Chapter 3; Glaspell, Trifles, p. 269
                  8            "
                13        Roberts, Chapter 4; Bierce, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," p. 199
                15            " ; Essay 2 Due
           20        Roberts, Chapter 5; Hardy, "The Three Strangers," p. 208
                22                "
                27        Roberts, Chapter 6; Poe "The Masque of the Red Death," p. 238
March        1        No Class.  Practice in-class essay on your own--due by Friday, March 2, 5:00 p.m.   Practice essay
               6        Essay 3 Due; Roberts, Chapter 7; Chekov, "The Bear," p. 261
                  8                "
                13        Roberts, Chapter 8; Yeats, "The Second Coming," p. 260; Hawthorne, "Young GoodMan Brown," p. 222
                15                " ;
                20       Spring Break
                22        Spring Break
                27        Roberts, Chapter 9; Hughes, "Negro," p. 251
                29         NO CLASS
April          3       Roberts, Chapter 10; Malcolm X; Essay 4 Due
            5        25th Hour
                10       Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying
           12           "
                17          "
                19       NO CLASS
                24        Essay 5 Due
           26        Wrap up
May           3        2:00-4:00 p.m. Final in-class essay.