House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

ENGL-2326-50 - Masterworks of American Literature

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorGongre, Charles E.
Phone(409) 984-6229
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:TU/TH 5:00-6:15
Building:Madison Monroe Education (MMED)
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Course Information
Course Number90043
Course Description Critical study of six to ten major works of American literature, including both the19th and 20th centuries.
Course Prerequisites ENGL 1302 or departmental approval
Required Textbooks The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, As I Lay Dying, The Prince of Tides
Attendance Policy Attendance will be checked at every class meeting by means of a seating chart. If you miss a class, you will receive a zero for any assignment done in that class. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed during an absence and to arrange to make up any missed work. I will allow you to make work up, regardless of the reason for your absence, but you must take the initiative.

BE ON TIME. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. If you come to class late you will miss them, and I will not allow you to make up work that you miss simply because you are late.

NOTE: You may be dropped by the instructor from any course for absences. This is a decision which is left up to each instructor, and it is your responsibility and in your best interests to determine how your instructors treat absences. Ordinarily I do not drop students for this reason, but you should be aware that instructors have this option and some of them do drop students for excessive absences.

When you know in advance that you are going to be absent, notify your instructors.

Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Test One: 25%        

Test Two: 25%

Test Three: 25%                                                

Quiz Average: 25%
Final Exam Date December 13, 2011 - 6:30 PM
Major Assignments Weeks 1 & 2: Introductory material

Weeks 3 & 4: The Scarlet Letter

Weeks 5,6,& 7: Moby Dick

Week 8: Test I/The Great Gatsby

Week 9: The Great Gatsby

Weeks 10&11: As I Lay Dying

Week 12: As I Lay Dying/Test II

Weeks 13-16 The Prince of Tides

Week 16: Final exam
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.

A. Demonstrates thesis clarity

B. Organizes information

C. Uses support

D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression

2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)

B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context

C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others

4. Demonstrates technology literacy

C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device

Course Student Learning Outcomes Students will be able to write at least two brief essays, at least one of which will be in class and at least one of which will be done out of class and submitted electronically; these essays will be in response to one or more reading assignments and will

•        Identify cultural characteristics that are addressed or brought to mind (PSLO 1A-D and 2A)

•        Show how examples of human expression fall into cultural contexts (PSLO 1A-D and 2B)

•        Show an awareness of one’s own culture in comparison with other cultures (PSLO 1A-D and 2C)

•        Demonstrates technology literacy by presenting information by using the appropriate technological tool or device (PSLO 4C)

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information GENERAL         

This is a course designed to introduce you to selected great works in American literature. You will study these works in depth. You will also learn something about these authors, about the major eras in American literature, and about novels, short stories, and literature in general. The major portion of your grade (75%) will be based on the three main tests, each covering approximately one-third of the course material.


These tests will be part objective, part essay, and you will be graded on your knowledge of characters and events in the novels. You will also be responsible for knowing the literary terms, biographical details about the authors, and literary history that I give you throughout the semester.

You will also be expected to identify the speakers of selected quotations and the works in which those quotations appear. Each of the three major tests will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a test, you will receive a zero unless you make it up.


The quizzes are designed to encourage you to do the reading assignments. They will not be difficult if you read (i.e. study) the assignments carefully. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped, and the average of the remaining quiz grades will count as twenty-five percent of your semester grade. If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero unless you make it up.

Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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