Engl 2110 American Lit 1, O'Donnell, ETSU, Spring 2014

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last update: March 12, 2014


Course and Instructor
English 2110 American Literature 1, section 003

MW 3:10-4:30, Burleson 304

Instructor: Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, http://faculty.etsu.edu/odonnell/

odonnell@etsu.edu 423 439-6679
Office: Burleson Hall 313

Spring 2014 Office Hours: MTW 12:30-2:30pm


Required Texts

The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 8th edition (2012), Volume A: Beginnings to 1800; and Volume B: 1820-1865


Course Requirements and Final Grade Breakdown

1.  2 exams, a midterm ("exam 1") and a final (20% each):  40%
2.  Essay --"You Must Read This": Presenting a Work from the American Lit Anthology, an essay (1,000-1,500 words):  20%

3.  Reading response essays, 2 to 3 typed pages (600 to 900 words), each.  Best 4 out of 5 (lowest grade, excluding Fs, dropped):  20%

4.  Miscellaneous in-class reading quizzes: 10%
5.  Class participation, including draft workshop: 10%


Attendance, Due Dates
Attendance: The English Department policy: more than 6 absences and you fail the course. In addition, my individual policy is that, if you miss anywhere between 3 and 5 classes, I reserve the option to lower your final grade up to one full letter grade. In general, I will strive to make the classes worthwhile, so try to not to miss.

Due Dates: I do not accept late work. If you must miss class on a day when a draft or final project is due, email your work as an attachment to odonnell@etsu.edu. Then also bring a hard copy to the following class period. If you know you'll miss an exam day, make arrangements with me, ahead of time, to take the exam outside of class. In-class reading quizzes cannot be made up.