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SSI '99, English 211 (The Individual & Society) DR. EUGENE RICHIE

M, T, Th 5:30-7:45 pm--CRN 42540 Office: Rm 1509 (41 Park Row)

Phone: (212) 346-1414 Office Hours: M, T, Th 3:30-5:10

Mailbox: Rm. 1521 (41 Park Row) e-mail: erichie @pace.edu

Website: http://webpage.pace.edu/erichie WebBoard: http://webboard.pace.edu:8080/~richie

Required Texts:

Sappho, Sappho (University of California Press)

Boccaccio, The Decameron (Mentor)

William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (Signet)

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (Bantam)

Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate (Anchor-Doubleday)

Text for Web Page Paper Documentation Format:

Diane Hacker, Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age (2nd. ed., Bedford-St. Martin's, pamphlet) or The Bedford Handbook for Writers (Bedford-St. Martin's, 5th ed.)

Personal Class Computer Disk: Every student must have at least one new floppy disk for use in the Birnbaum Library Electronic Classroom. Students without a disk could be counted absent.

Course Objective:

We will discover through reading, discussion, and writing how authors in different societies

throughout history have presented interactions of individuals with their societies and cultures.

Attendance:

Writing and Grades: SSI '99, English 211 (The Individual & Society) DR. RICHIE

Sappho and Whitman in-class journal entries (10%)

Essay on Much Ado About Nothing (30%)

Group Web page paper on Boccaccio's Decameron and a printed personal-evaluation letter (30%)

In-class essay on Like Water for Chocolate (20%)

In-class exam on Boccaccio (10%)

1. Any missing assignments will result in a grade of INC for the course, which changes to F after 6 weeks. If students have done the assignments, but their writing continuously falls below C because of mechanical, wording, or development problems, they may receive an IR (C) and be referred to an English 105 course, which they will have to take before proceeding on to Lit 212.

2. Students are responsible for completing the assigned readings before each class and, if absent, for getting assignments and journal questions from classmates (get a classmate's phone).

3. Late papers will result in lowered grades, usually 1/2 grade for every class they are late. A missing rough draft on a due date will receive 1/2 grade lower for every class it is late. Final drafts not accompanied by a rough draft version will be given an F.

4. Late in-class journal entries due to absence caused by illness must be handed in typed the class after they were due or they will receive an F.

5. Any essay or writing assignment with a grade of R must be rewritten within one week or the assignment will receive an F.

6. Anyone who misses class on Tuesday nights when we are working in groups in the Library Electronic Classroom must do a minimum 250 word evaluation of a Web page connected to the group project and must post it to the WebBoard before the next Birnbaum Library class. Anyone who does not complete and post such an evaluation will receive F on the group Web page paper.

7. Anyone who misses the final exam on July 8th (Thursday) without a written doctor’s excuse will do a typed take-home exam of 750 words and accept one grade lower than originally earned.

8. Plagiarism will result in an F for the assignment and could be grounds for course failure.

ENGLISH 211 CLASS & READING SCHEDULE DR. RICHIE

6/1 Tues. Introductions & BIRNBAUM LIBRARY ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM

6/3 Thurs. Sappho [34, 38-42, 64, 82], Special Presentation by Dr. John Collins

6/7 Mon. Sappho[30, 37, 43, 83, 93, 97, 99, 100] (250 Word In-class Journal Entry)

6/8 Tues. BIRNBAUM LIBRARY ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM, Boccaccio

6/10 Thurs. Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing [I]

6/14 Mon. Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing [II, III]

6/15 Tues. BIRNBAUM LIBRARY ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM, Boccaccio

6/17 Thurs. Much Ado About Nothing [IV, V]; Whitman

6/21 Mon. Whitman (250 Word In-Class Journal Entry )

6/22 Tues. BIRNBAUM LIBRARY ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM, Boccaccio

1st draft of 750 Word [minimum] Essay Due on Much Ado About Nothing

6/24 Thurs. Like Water for Chocolate (1st half)

6/28 Mon. Like Water for Chocolate (2nd half)

Final draft of 750 Word [minimum] Essay Due on Much Ado About Nothing

6/29 Tues. BIRNBAUM LIBRARY ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM, Boccaccio

7/1 Thurs. Like Water for Chocolate In-Class Essay

7/6 Tues. Presentation, BIRNBAUM LIBRARY ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM, Boccaccio

7/8 Thurs. Final: In-Class Exam on Boccaccio

ENGLISH 211 BOCCACCIO WEB PAGE PAPER REQUIREMENTS DR. RICHIE

For Tues., June 8th, read the following sections in The Decameron (Mentor Edition):

Introduction: Presenting Giovanni Boccaccio (xxi-xxx); The Structure of The Decameron (xxxv); Preface (1-3); and Introduction (5-20).

As soon as you can ,you must also read all the following tales, which groups will work on individually: 3(1); 4(5); 5(3); 7(2); 9(10). The final will be based on these stories.

1) GroupWeb page papers will be worked on in the Birnbaum Library Electronic Classroom every Tuesday for the entire period. You may also continue to work on them outside of the classroom and through e-mail correspondence. The paper should only be composed using Netscape composer (no other html software is acceptable). We will discuss the best method to save and store your group Web page as it is in progress. All written material should be saved on a floppy disk for periodic review of the writing.

2) For your group Web page paper, each group will be assigned one of the stories we will all read from Boccaccio's Decameron. Please buy the text in the course outline so we all have the same page numbers and translation.

3) Your Boccaccio Web page should incorporate the following structure: Biography of Boccaccio (100 words), summary of the story (150 words), historical and cultural background (250 words), analysis of the story and characters (500), and Works Cited or Bibliography of all electronic and print sources, including hyperlinks and picture sites.

4) Each group member will also type a letter to me (due Tues., July 6) stating the student’s role and responsibilities in the writing and creation of the Web page paper and evaluating the group collaborative writing and production experience.

5) Remember that the purpose of the Web page paper is to gain new insights into the works we are reading. Therefore, you must use the information you have found to better interpret some aspect of the literary work you are working on.

6) Your group must make your Web page paper presentation on the day it is scheduled or the grade for your Web page paper paper will be lowered. Any changes must be arranged two weeks in advance of the July 6th presentation date.

7) In your Web page paper, you must remember to document your information, ideas and quotes with authors' names and page numbers in parenthesis and correct MLA style for electronic (Internet) and print sources. You must use the MLA in-text citation system to do this. You were supposed to learn this system in Eng. 101 or 102. If you didn't, you must learn it now and use it. Any Web page paper that doesn't document sources and quotes correctly and produce a Works Cited list will not receive more than a C.

8) While preparing the Web page paper, you must remember to take down all bibliographical information you will eventually need for a Works Cited list of all the electronic and print sources at the end of your Web page paper. Also include the book you are interpreting in this list.