English 1302 spring semester 2016– hcc/ehs course syllabus & calendar

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ENGLISH IV COLLEGE NOW is taught at Elkins as a dual-credit college course administered by the English Department of Houston Community College – Southwest. Elkins College Now students may make use of the HCC-Southwest Library, the Tutoring Center, and the HCC Writing Lab at the Scarcella Science Center. Upon completion of this course, each student will receive an HCC Official Transcript (separate from the Elkins transcript); it will not indicate that this course was a College Now dual credit but will show the completion of HCC English 1301/1302, as if it were taken routinely on the HCC campus. Remember that while English IV College Now is a two-semester/one year course required for high school graduation, each student is actually taking two complete college courses—English 1301 fall semester & English 1302 spring semester-for a total of six college credits.


Sheryl Lebman-Brown

Office hours: after school by appointment

Phone: 281-634-2600

e-mail: sheryl.lebman@fortbend.k12.tx.us

Schilb, John & John Clifford (eds.), Making Literature Matter, 6th (MLM)

Grading Percentages:
Essay 1 (short story analysis) 10% Term 3

Essay 2 (drama analysis) 10% Term 3

Essay 3 (poetry analysis) 10% Term 4

Essay 4 (novel analysis) 10% Term 4

Quizzes 20% Terms 3 and 4

Class Participation 10% Terms 3 and 4

Midterm Exam 15% Term 3

Final Exam 15% Term 4
Participation Grade:

  • Class participation

  • Response to pre/post reading questions

  • Peer edit participation

  • Other criteria as indicated in class

Grading Criteria:

A (90-100) = remarkably fine work, error free in mechanics, style, and content

B (80-89) = above average work, superior in one or two areas listed above

C (70-79) = average quality work, good, unexceptional

D (60-69) = below average work, noticeably weak in the areas listed above

F (0-59) = failing work, clearly deficient in the areas listed above


All assignments must be turned in and accepted in order to potentially pass English 1302. All essays must conform to MLA standards for formatting and citation and be in Times New Roman 12-point font. How to set up an MLA document will be taught in class. Once that knowledge set has been taught, reading journals will also be expected to conform to MLA standards.

Classroom - HCC POLICIES

Use of Cameras and Recording Devices

Use of recording devices, including camera phones and tape recorders is prohibited in the classroom. If you have any special conditions, extenuating circumstances or needs that may affect your progress in this course, please notify me. I will be glad to discuss them with you. Also discuss with me any special accommodations that you have documented through the Disability support services Counselors so that your needs can better be met.

Scholastic Dishonesty:

According to the Student Handbook for the Houston Community College System, scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.

  1. Cheating on a test includes:

    • Copying from another student’s test paper and using materials not authorized by the person giving the test.

    • Collaborating with another student during a test without authority.

    • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of an unadministered test.

    • Bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered.

  1. Plagiarism means the appropriation of another’s words or ideas and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own written work offered for credit. It also includes turning in papers written by you for other classes or assignments, and turning them in again.

  2. Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work offered for credit.

Consequences for scholastic dishonesty may include a grade of 0 or F for the particular assignment, failure in the course, and/or recommendation for probation or dismissal from the College System. Students are responsible for complying with the concepts of scholastic honesty. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any major assignment for this course, arrange a conference with me. In this class, the consequence of such dishonesty is a zero (0) for the assignment, resulting in an “F” for the course. This policy will be STRICTLY enforced. ALL source material MUST be documented in compliance with MLA guidelines in all drafts of all assignments submitted to the instructor.

English Tutoring

The Southwest College offers free individual tutoring each semester at the Greenbriar Learning Center near the Scarcella building at the Stafford Campus. Check each semester for the tutoring hours.

Open Computer Labs

The Southwest College offers an open computer lab for students. Students are welcome to use the facilities for writing and researching. Check each semester for the hours.

Library (Learning Resource Center)

The Southwest College has a Learning Resource Center at each campus for student and faculty use. The LRC staff is very helpful and will provide an orientation for you. Stop by your campus library to find out hours of operation. The phone number is 713-718-7824.

Mission Statement for English

The purpose of the English Department is to provide courses that transfer to four-year colleges; introduce students to literature from diverse traditions; prepare students to write clear, communicative, well-organized, and detailed prose; and develop students’ reading, writing, and analytical skills.


  • READING: Reading material at the college level means having the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of materials -- books, articles, and documents.

  • WRITING: Writing at the college level means having the ability to produce clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience. In addition to knowing correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, students should also become familiar with the writing process, including how to discover a topic, how to develop and organize it, and how to phrase it effectively for their audience. These abilities are acquired through practice and reflection.

  • SPEAKING: Effective speaking is the ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

  • LISTENING: Listening at the college level means the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken communication.

  • CRITICAL THINKING: Critical thinking embraces methods of applying both qualitative and quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter in order to evaluate arguments and to construct alternative strategies. Problem solving is one of the applications of critical thinking used to address an identified task.

  • COMPUTER LITERACY: Computer literacy at the college level means having the ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information. Core-educated students should have an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology and should have the tools necessary to evaluate and learn new technologies as they become available.


  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.

  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communication choices.

  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression (descriptive, expository, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive) in written, visual, and oral communication.

  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.

  • To understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and technical proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.

  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or give an oral presentation.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of writing as process.

  • Apply basic principles of critical thinking in analyzing reading selections, developing expository essays, and writing argumentative essays.

  • Analyze elements such as purpose, audience, tone, style, strategy in essays and/or literature by professional writers.

  • Write essays in appropriate academic writing style using varied rhetorical strategies.

  • Synthesize concepts from and use references to assigned readings in their own academic writing.

HCC Student Email Accounts

All students who have registered and paid for courses at HCC automatically have an HCC email account generated for them. Please go to http://hccs.edu/students/email/


It may become necessary to change this schedule as the semester progresses. However, instructor will always announce changes in class in a timely manner. Please print this document and keep it with you.

Week One (1/25)

Introduction to English 1302 College Now (Syllabus, Calendar, and Expectations)

W: :What is Literature?” (ch. 1) How to Read Closely (ch. 2)

F: How to Make Arguments about Literature (ch. 3), The Writing Process (ch.4)

Week Two (2/1)

M: How to write about stories (ch. 5)

W: Analysis: Kate Chopin, “The Storm,” / “The Story of an Hour,” / “Desiree’s Baby” (MLM)

F: Ernest Hemingway “Hills Like White Elephants” Essay 1 assigned

Week Three (2/8)

M; Analysis: James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” (MLM

W: Analysis: Group: Anderson, “Hands,” Rebecca Makkai, “The Briefcase,”

and Linh Dinh, “!” (MLM) Rough draft due to turnitin

F: Analysis: Group continued, Sherman Alexie, “What you Pawn I will Redeem”

Week Four (2/15)

M “Writing About Plays” Essay 1 final draft due

W: Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie Essay 2 assigned

F: Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie (MLM)

Week Five (2/22)

M: Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie (MLM)/ “For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls” Essay 2 rough draft due

W: Othello

F: Othello

Week Six (2/29)

M: Othello

W: Othello

F Othello Essay 2 final draft due

Week Seven (3/7)

M: Othello

W: Othello, midterm review

F Othello, midterm

Week Eight (3/21)

M: Introduction to Writing About Poetry

W: Poems by Robert Browning (handout) (essay 3 assigned)

F: Good Friday

Week Nine (3/28)

M: Poetry and Visual Representation

W: Poetry Analysis, poetry and visual representation essay 3 rough draft due

F: Poetry Analysis

Week Ten (4/4)

M: Contemporary poems

W Contemporary Poems

F Poetry selections, form, essay 3 due

Week Eleven (4/11)

M Poetry selections, rhyme

W Poetry selections, rhythm

F Poetry selections, meter

Week Twelve (4/18)

M: Brave New World

W: Brave New World essay 4 assigned

F: Brave New World

Week Thirteen (4/25)

M: Brave New World

W: Brave New World essay 4 rough draft due

F: Brave New World

Week Fourteen (5/2)

M: Brave New World

W: Brave New World, other selections essay 4 due

F: Brave New World, other selections

Week Fifteen (5/9)

M Review Final exam

W Final Exam

F Final Exam

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