Engl 2110 American Lit 1, O'Donnell, ETSU, Spring 2017

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last update: March 27, 2017


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Course and Instructor 
English 2110 American Literature 1, section 002

MWF 11:30am-12:25pm, Burleson 302

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

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

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:40-3pm; Tuesday, 12-3pm 


Course Texts

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

Recommended:  Jill Lepore.  The Story of America: Essays on Origins.  Princeton University Press, 2012.  ISBN: 0691159599  $18.95


Course Requirements and Final Grade Breakdown

1. 2 exams, a midterm and a final (worth 25% each) -- 50%  
2. 4 reading response essays, 1 to 3 typed pages (300 to 900 words), each (worth 5% each) -- 20%

3. 5 surprise reading quizzes -- 25%

4. Participation -- 5%

5. Extra credit -- You can earn up to 5 points. Click for details.


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, before class time, as an attachment to odonnell@etsu.edu. Then also bring a hard copy to the following class period. If you know that you will be unable to attend during an exam day, talk to me ahead of time, and I'll try to work with you to arrange for you to take the exam outside of class. In-class reading responses cannot be made up.