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Course PoliciesAttendance: I expect you to be in class on time, every class meeting, in body and spirit. If you must be absent for any reason, personal or official, it is your responsibility to get a sense of what you missed by talking to your classmates. Please note that every absence beyond four will reduce your final course grade by an entire letter grade. Please also note that absence from class does not absolve you from posting your response to the class discussion board for that day.
Communicating with your Professor: I expect you to communicate with me in real time whenever possible during my office hours. Voice mail and e-mail do not constitute personal contact with me, though if you must leave a message I prefer that you use e-mail. In any case, such messages are not valid excuses for missed exams or assignment due dates or classes. If you must miss class for official College activities, you must make any arrangements with me ahead of time to accommodate your needs. In the case of a medical emergency that affects your work in this course, if I cannot be reached directly, someone should contact the Humanities Secretary on your behalf and she will relay your message as soon as possible.
Honor Code: your signature is required on all examination blue books to serve as a statement that you understand and comply with the Honor Code. Please note that Honor Code violations will result in failure for the assignment in question and may result in failure for the course. All violations will be referred to the Honor Council.
Classroom Behavior: respect your classmates and the process of learning by silencing your cell phone during class and by not bringing food into the classroom. You may bring something to drink if it is spill-proof. The principle to follow in all cases is to keep distractions to a minimum so that the group can concentrate on the analysis and discussion of the text.
Academic Accommodation: If you have a documented disability and need academic accommodations in this course, please speak with me privately as soon as possible so I can be prepared to meet your needs. Students with disabilities seeking accommodations must be registered with the Office of Accessibility, which will provide an academic accommodation letter to registered students who are responsible for sharing the letter and discussing accommodation needs with me. If you have not already registered with the Office of Accessibility, please contact that office as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If you prefer to call the office, the number is (205) 226-7909.
TextsGreenblatt, ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors (8th ed.)
Harmon & Holman, eds. A Handbook to Literature (9th ed.) recommended for English majors
Assignments and AssessmentClass Discussion & Recap 10%
Moodle Forum Postings 10%
Response Essay 15%
Exam One 20%
Exam Two 20%
Final Exam 25%
Class Discussion and Recap Assignments: at least once during the term each student will be assigned to initiate the discussion of the readings for the day. In addition, at least once during the term each student will be assigned to recap the major points made by the group during the previous class meeting.
Moodle Forum Postings: study questions will be posted on our class Moodle site at least 48 hours before the class during which the readings will be discussed. Each student is required to post responses to those questions by midnight on the day before the class discussion of those readings. I will evaluate your responses on their engagement with the material, their clarity of expression, and their thoughtfulness. Please note that I am not looking for a “correct” response in any case, but that you will lose points for illogical, shallow, or vague responses. Each posting will be assigned a grade of “distinctive” (100%), “satisfactory” (80%), or “unsatisfactory” (60%). Failure to post a response on time will carry a penalty of a zero for that assignment. Missed postings may not be made up.
Response Essay: this essay of 1200-1500 words will explain what you found most significant about a particular text and why you found it significant, including references to background material and other readings. Do not mistake this for a personal essay. Though your response will be personal--that is, based on your perspective--it must will be grounded in your experience as student of literature, particularly a student in this class. The essay will be submitted in digital form (Microsoft Word) on the class Moodle site, in accordance with MLA style, complete with proper documentation.
08/25 Historical Overview—Medieval and Renaissance
John D. Tatter, Birmingham-Southern College, firstname.lastname@example.org