House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

ENGL-1302-02 (Composition)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorJudice, Michelle Whitney
Phone(409) 984-6352
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 10-11, 1:30-3, TR 1-3
Building:Faculty Offices Pavilion (FOP)
Room #:#104
Course Information
Course ID #10029
Course Subject-Number-SectionENGL-1302-02
Course TitleComposition
Course Description Principles and techniques of written, expository and persuasive composition; analysis of literary, expository and persuasive texts; and critical thinking. Research paper required.
Course Prerequisites Competency in reading and writing. Students whose degree plan requires both English 1301 and 1302 MUST take the two courses in sequence. This course assumes a basic mastery of composition, including standard American English grammar, usage and mechanics.
Required Textbooks Literature: A Pocket Anthology by R.S Gwynn, 4th edition, Longman Publishing, 2009. USB required.
Learning Objectives To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities. To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context. To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities. To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist. To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities. To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts. To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.
Major Assignments Literary terms vocabulary. Fiction: "The Minister's Black Veil" "Mother Savage" "The Story of an Hour" "The Yellow Wallpaper" "Sweat" "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" "Happy Endings" "Everyday Use" "Wman Hollaring Creek" "The Red Convertible" "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" "The Things They Carried"

Poetry terms vocabulary. William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Hardy, E.A Robinson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Wilfred Owens, Langston Hughes, Dudley Randall, Dylan Thomas, and Catherine Tufariello. Students will also write their own poems.

Drama terms vocabulary. Othello, The Glass Menagerie, The Piano Lesson.

Research paper: 8-10 pages with Works Cited.

Discussion Topics Vocabulary terms in all three genres. Discussion of characters, settings, protagonists, antagonists, plots, themes, symbolism and relevancy. Reading tests and Response papers written over each piece assigned.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student with more than three absences may suffer a lowered grade. Student with more than four should drop.

Instructor will not initiate drop, student must do so.

Determination of Final Grade Reading test and a written response on each assignment, as many as we can possibly cover. Class participation and attendance.

Major Research paper, which counts twice.

Final Exam Date May 18, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute 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 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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