42.102.216 College Writing II Spring 2009 Syllabus
Dr. Bridget Marshall:  bridget_marshall@uml.edu

Office Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 9:30 to 10:45 in O’Leary 414 and by appointment. Phone: 978-934-4179

Required Texts:

In College Writing II, we will build on the skills you learned in College Writing I.  We will read, think about, discuss, and write about sophisticated texts and ideas to develop your analytic and interpretive skills.  Although our readings will be of the sort that you would expect from an English class (short stories, plays, poems), the skills of reading, interpreting, discussing, and writing that we will hone are ones that are useful in every discipline and every career.

There are six major essays for this class, each with multiple drafts. Here is a general outline of the essay assignments:

#1        Comparative Analysis: Comparison of issues in the Common Text and another text 
#2        Performance Review: Analysis and review of the performance of the Common Text play
#3        Substantial Revision: Revise one of the two previous essays, incorporating research material
#4        In-Class essay exam: Covers all readings in the class
#5        Poetry:  Analysis of any poem(s) we’ve read
#6        Substantial Revision: Revise one essay not previously revised, incorporating research material

Instructional Resources and Disability Accommodations:
The Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services provide many resources, including tutoring in writing: http://class.uml.edu/.  In accordance with University policy and the ADA, I will provide accommodation for students with documented disabilities.  If you have a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services: McGauvran 363, phone: (978) 934-4338 as soon as possible. This documentation is confidential.

A note on classroom conduct:
In this class, and in all classes at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, students are expected to exhibit professional and respectful behavior that is conducive to a mutually beneficial learning environment in the classroom.  Examples of inappropriate behavior include: text messaging, listening to music, cell phone use (other than the campus alert system), late arrivals, early departures, use of laptops for other than class purposes, disrespectful comments or behavior, intentional disruptions, failure to follow faculty directives. Students in violation of these standards may be asked to leave class and/or be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.

Class Requirements: 

Evaluation and Grading: 

Grading writing is my least favorite aspect of the course, however, grades are necessary, not only to the University, but also in many cases in order to motivate students.  Here is some general information about what is graded and how I tabulate a final grade:

Semester Schedule

If you miss a class, you are still responsible for what was due on the day(s) you missed and on the day you return; consult the syllabus (or a classmate, or me) if you have missed or will miss a class. 
In the event of weather emergencies, you can find out if the University is closed by calling 978-934-2121 or checking the UML website.  If the University closes and class is cancelled, keep reading and writing; we will attempt to cover both class sessions’ materials on the day we return.  If there is an exam scheduled or a paper due on a day that the University closes, we will have the exam or turn in the paper on the day we return to class.


Reading and Writing DUE IN CLASS on the day listed

Tuesday 27 January

First meeting: “The Story of an Hour”
Introductions; In-class essay writing; MLA style for literary citations

Thursday 29 January

Reading: Trifles (Glaspell) 949 - 964
Writing: “Truth/Untruth” assignment (see handout)

Tuesday 3 February

Reading: Tranced (Clyman) 1 – 23
Writing: Casting Assignment

Thursday 5 February

Reading:  Tranced (Clyman) 24 - end
Writing: One-page response to the play, focusing on lies & truth

Tuesday 10 February

Reading: “Hills Like White Elephants” (Hemingway) 142 - 147
Writing: Draft of Essay 1

Thursday 12 February

Reading:  “Cathedral” (Carver) 28 – 43
Writing: One-page response to the story, including a quote and a discussion question

Tuesday 17 February

No Class – University Monday Schedule

Thursday 19 February

Reading: “A Rose for Emily” (Faulkner) 93 - 102
Writing: Revised Draft of Essay 1

Tuesday 24 February

Re-Reading: Tranced (review the full text of the play)
Writing: Final Version of Essay 1

Thursday 26 February

You must have seen the Merrimack Rep performance by today’s class meeting.
Writing: Production analysis Assignment

Tuesday 3 March

Reading: “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Gilman) 110 - 127
Writing: Draft of Essay 2

Thursday 5 March

Reading: TBA
Writing: Revised Draft of Essay 2

Tuesday 10 March

Reading:  Introductory matter on poetry 365 – 394
Writing: Final of Essay 2

Thursday 12 March

Reading: Anne Bradstreet poems 419 – 421; William Blake poems 415 – 419; Emily Dickinson poems 438 – 441
Writing: One-page discussion of a single poem from the assignment

March 17/19

No Class: Spring Break

Tuesday 24 March

Reading: Robert Frost poems 461 – 473; Gwendolyn Brooks poems 421 – 424; William Carlos Williams poems 585 - 587
Writing: One-page discussion of a single poem from the assignment
Poetry Presentation groups will be assigned today

Thursday 26 March

No Class: Required Conferences on Draft of Essay 3 [Revision of essay 1 or 2]
On your own: read poems, meet/talk with your presentation group

Tuesday 31 March

No Class: Required Conferences on Draft of Essay 3 [Revision of essay 1 or 2]
On your own: read poems, meet/talk with your presentation group

Thursday 2 April

Reading: Rita Dove poems 449 – 451
Writing: Bring your most-developed Draft of Essay 3 for peer response
Group Assignment: bring a list of 5 possible poems to explicate/perform

Tuesday 7 April

Reading: Carolyn Forche poem 460 – 461
Writing: Final Essay 3 Due: [Revision of either essay 1 or 2]

Thursday 9 April

Class Cancelled (I’m at a conference).  Meet on your own with your poetry group to plan your presentation.

Tuesday 14 April

Reading: Browning poems (both Elizabeth & Robert) 424 – 427; Ginsberg poem 474 – 475
Writing: One-page discussion of a single poem from the assignment

Thursday 16 April

Essay 4: In-Class essay exam on texts read up to this point

Tuesday 21 April

Presentation of group poetry projects.  10-minute presentations from each group explicating and/or performing an unassigned poem from the textbook.

Thursday 23 April

Reading:  Langston Hughes poems 502 - 505
Writing: Draft of Essay 5: Poetry

Tuesday 28 April

Reading: Maxine Kumin 520 – 521; Li-Young Lee 524 – 525; Marge Piercy 542 – 543
Writing: One-page discussion of a single poem from the assignment

Thursday 30 April

Reading: Leon Stokesbury poem 575 - 576
Writing: Final Essay 5

Tuesday 5

No class: CONFERENCES: bring a draft of Essay 6: A revision of any previous essay; complete peer response on your own.

Thursday 7

No class: CONFERENCES: bring a draft of Essay 6: A revision of any previous essay; complete peer response on your own.

Tuesday 12

Last Day of Class
Writing: Bring Draft of Essay 6: A revision of any previously un-revised essay

Monday 18 May

Final Portfolio Due


About Academic Honesty:

All University policies on academic dishonesty apply to all assignments in this course. As explained in the University’s official policy, academic dishonesty includes:

Cheating - use, or attempted use, of trickery, artifice, deception, breach of confidence, fraud, or misrepresentation of one's academic work.
Fabrication - falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise.
Plagiarism - representing the words or ideas of another as one's own work in any academic exercise.
Facilitating dishonesty - helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty, including substituting for another in an examination, misrepresenting oneself, or allowing others to represent as their own one's papers, reports, or academic works.

If you plagiarize or cheat on an assignment, you will receive an “F” for this course, and you are subject to other discipline (including expulsion from the University) at the discretion of the instructor and the University. Please keep in mind that even if you write some part or even “most” of the paper, if some portion of the paper is copied from another source without proper attribution, (i.e., if you “only plagiarize a little”) you will still get an “F” for the course.  Don’t plagiarize at all.

Unintentional plagiarism is still plagiarism.  You must cite all sources that you use, including online sources.  Also, remember that “using” a source includes DIRECTLY QUOTING, PARAPHRASING, AND USING IDEAS from any source.  There is nothing wrong with “getting help” from other writers, just be sure to acknowledge it by using quotation marks or author/page citation appropriately.  Please take the time to give proper credit to the work of other authors.  It is a matter of respect – for yourself, for other authors, for your classmates, and for me.

I know that it is easy to find information and indeed whole papers on the internet.  You should know that it is also easy for me to find these sources.  If I suspect you’ve done this, I will take the time to find the source, and there is every likelihood you will be caught.  Please don’t waste your time or mine by plagiarizing a paper.  If you’re having difficulty with a writing assignment, please talk to me before the day it is due.

Some Final Words of Advice:

Come to class prepared.  Bring the course text every day.  Bring a draft – a printed, readable copy – on days when writing is due.

Because there is writing due most days, you need to work hard to keep up with it.  The multiple drafts, in-class peer response, and comments from me will happen on a pretty tight timeline.  I urge you now – at the beginning of the semester – to set aside regular (ideally, daily) time to read and write for this course.  Developing good study habits now will serve you well as we get to the busiest time of the semester, when you have longer papers due for me, not to mention the lab reports, exams, and other obligations to all of your courses.

Save everything you write for this class.  When I collect a paper, I expect you to turn in all drafts, short assignments, and peer response work associated with this essay.  On occasion, I will ask you for an electronic copy of your essay, so be sure to keep all essays saved on your computer, and ideally on a backup disk or the University’s system.  Practice good organization and save everything.

Back up your computer files by saving to a disk, burning a CD, saving to the University network, or another safe and secure source.  You can even e-mail papers to yourself.  Whatever you do, keep your backups up to date.  This is good advice for all of your academic work, not just the writing you do for this course.  Computers break, get stolen, get locked in cars and dorm rooms, and are otherwise unreliable.  You are responsible for backing up your system.  Please do it.