English 106: College English II

Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 to 9:21

Instructor: Beth Ritter-Guth
Phone: 610-799-1717
Office Hours: 11-12 LRC 103, 5-6:30 M Donley
AIM/YAHOO/GChat/SKYPE: BethRitterGuth

e-mail: bguth@lccc.edu

Required Texts and Materials
1. The English 106 Wiki: http://collegeenglish.wikispaces.com/English106
2. Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor (Any Edition Permissible)
3. The Quilters by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek

Course Description
College English II (ENG 106) is a writing course in which students write analytical essays about literature (short fiction, drama, novels, and poetry). Students strive for good logic, effective use of details, correct grammar and mechanics, and appropriate vocabulary and diction.

Course Objectives
1. The primary objective of English 106 is that students write mechanically correct, unified, well-developed, coherent essays. These analytical, interpretive essays are longer and more detailed than the essays students write in English 105.
2. Students will learn basic literary terminology so that they are able to write intelligent, logical essays about the literature they have read.
3. Students will use concrete examples (quotations) in their essays.
4. Students will develop each essay from a specific, limited thesis.
5. Students will become more discerning readers as they learn to read closely and interpretively.

You are required to attend class. You will be dropped from the course after 3 missed classes. If you are not present when I take attendance, you will not be considered present (even if you arrive late).

The Use of Second Life
This course will utilize the virtual world, “Second Life” during class time (http://secondlife.com). You are not expected to log in from home, but you may need to arrange time in the library to work on the Spoon River Anthology project. Second Life is, like all online environments, a place where you should exercise caution and privacy. If you wish not to participate in the Second Life project, we must discuss an alternate project by February 1, 2008. Remember, you are not graded on your ability to use the technology, you will be graded exclusively on your writing within the project.

Due Dates
Late work is not accepted. Exceptions will only be made for documented medical or legal reasons.

Your essays will be graded on a scale of 1-100 (90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C. 60-69 D, 0-59 F). You may also be issued a NG (No Grade). This means you submitted the paper on time, but the paper did not meet minimum standards to pass. You have the opportunity to revise the paper for an original passing grade. Once your paper has been assigned an initial grade, you will have the opportunity to revise it for up to 10 points (with no grade exceeding 100). Your final grade will be determined as follows:

Five (5) formal essays 50%
1. Def Jam Poetry
2. Mid-term: Corruption in Literature
3. Dante’s Inferno/Linden Hills – Classical Influences on Modern Fiction (Compare/Contrast)
4. Short Story Exploratory
5. Quilters – Rites of Passage in Drama and Fiction
Mixbook reading journal (http://mixbook.com) 20% (50 Total entries)
The Spoon River Anthology virtual project 20%
Final exam 10%

Class Participation
This is an interactive class. It will be impossible for you not to be actively participating in the work we do.

Academic Honesty

A student is considered to have breached academic honesty is (s) he is caught doing any of the following. All students have the rights to due process. Please see course catalogue for details. In the event that you are charged, your rights will be explained to you by your instructor.
  1. Cheating on tests and exams
    • Use of test aids (crib sheets)
    • Copying
    • Stealing of test questions
  2. Plagiarism – Quoted materials must be enclosed in quotation marks with complete documentation indicating source. Materials used without direct quotations should have the source indicated.
    • Copying any written assignment such as papers, homework, lab reports, ENG 105 research skills workbook
    • Copying any electronic assignments such as papers, homework, lab reports, programs, etc.
    • Purchase of all or part of papers, reports, workbooks, or other assignments
  3. False statements designed to earn a student the right to make up missed work.

All offenses are to be reported to the Dean of Students where a record is made and retained. The faculty member involved will normally decide how to handle each case of dishonesty, unless the penalty exceeds failing the course or affects something other than grades. The consequences of cheating or academic dishonesty may include any of the following:
  1. Retaking the test on the spot
  2. Doing extra work
  3. Receiving a grade of zero on assignment or test
  4. Receiving “F” in the course
  5. Removal from academic program
  6. Suspension from college
Appeals to charges of violation of academic honesty must be submitted within five days of receipt of the charge. Appeals to the charge are heard by the College Judicial Board.

ADA Policy
Students with disabilities must first contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 610-799-1156 to request course accommodations. Students are also encouraged to personally discuss arrangements with the instructor if there is a need to share medical emergency information.
College Withdrawal Policy
To withdraw from classes, students must secure and complete an Official Student Withdrawal Request form or present a letter by fax or mail to Enrollment Services stating the reasons for leaving the college. For academic and financial purposes, the effective date of the withdrawal shall, if approved, be the date of receipt of this letter. Student-initiated withdrawals from a class must be processed at the Enrollment Services Office by the tenth week. (See Academic Calendar for date). Students enrolled under any program from which financial aid is derived are responsible for informing the Financial Aid Office, government agency, or benefactor. Failure to follow the official withdrawal procedure may result in the recording of failing grades. College equipment and library books must be returned before the withdrawal is considered complete. Refunds of tuition and related fees are given only after the Office of Enrollment Services receives the student's written notice of withdrawal. If a student officially withdraws before the first day of classes, all tuition, related fees, and financial aid will be canceled. Students who officially withdraw from a class on or after the first day are refunded a percentage of tuition and fees if payment has been made. For complete withdrawal information and forms, please CLICK HERE.