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EN 232 Introduction to Poetry
Donnelli-Sallee, Emily


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Course

EN 232 Introduction to Poetry

Semester

S2T 2008 DL

Faculty

Emily Donnelli Sallee

Title

Assistant Professor of English

Degrees/Certificates

PhD (ABD), English, University of Kansas
MA, English, University of Kansas
BA, English, William Jewell College

Office Location

Library 410

Office Hours

Online

Daytime Phone

816-584-6779

E-Mail

emilyd@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.park.edu/deptofenglish/

Semester Dates

March 17-May 11

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Meyer, Michael. Poetry: An Introduction.  5th edition. Boston: Bedford, St. Martin's, 2007. [Packaged with CD, Literature Aloud]

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
A study of approaches to reading, understanding, and analyzing lyric poetry in English and American literature. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

In a famous essay, theorist Kenneth Burke called literature "equipment for living," an essential mechanism by which humans make sense of and communicate about their experiences in the world.  My hope for this class is that you will further develop your critical reading and writing skills in order to engage poetry as such "equipment for living."  In this discussion-based course, you will have the opportunity (and responsibility) to actively participate, to contribute your perspective and insights, and to assist your peers toward a greater understanding of literature.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the definitive features of poetry as a literary genre
  2. Discuss a representative range of poetic texts
  3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses will include a Core Assessment with rubric. This will include ¾ of the Core LearningOutcomes listed above. The Core Assessment in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term.


 The rubric for this assignment is published so the student can see the expectations. 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Students will be assessed on the following:

 
Discussion Threads 30%

3 Response Papers

20%
3 Quizzes 15%
Final Project 20%
Final Essay Exam 15%
Total 100%

 
Extra credit assignments are not given.

Grading:

 
Discussion Threads 120 pts

3 Response Papers

80 pts
3 Quizzes 60 pts
Final Project
10 for draft, if accepted; 70 for final submission
80 pts
Final Essay Exam 60 pts
Total 400 pts

 
A   360 - 400 

B   320 - 359

C   280 - 319

D   240 - 279

F   239 and below   

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will be penalized as follows:
 
Please note the following: 
  • Discussion Threads: Late postings to Discussion Threads will receive 0 points.
  • Final Project: The final paper will be due in week 8. In week 7, you will submit a rough draft. No final draft paper for the Final Project will be accepted unless you have submitted the rough draft as required, and your project has been accepted. (Details regarding the paper will be discussed in week 7).
  • Final Exam: The Final Exam is required. Failure to take the exam will result in a failing grade for the course (This is Park University policy.) Don't let this happen!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All students are expected to:
  • show respect for each other, for the Professor, and for the subject matter using discourse appropriate to an academic environment;
  • Follow instructions for turning in work;
  • Participate in all activities outlined in handouts and explained verbally;
  • Honor guidelines relating to academic honesty and plagiarism.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Please see the weekly assignments in the online course for full detail. Also check announcements each week.
 
WEEK ONE: Introduction, chapters 1 and 2. Reading and Writing about Poetry. Discussion. Response paper.
WEEK TWO: Chapters 3, 4, and 5. Word Choice, Word Order, and Tone; Images; Figures of Speech. Discussion. Quiz.
WEEK THREE: Chapters 6, 7, and 12. Sounds of Poetry; Listening to Poetry; Rhyme; Meter; Focus on Emily Dickinson. Discussion. Response Paper.
WEEK FOUR: Chapters 8, 9, and 10. Patterns of Rhythm, Poetic Forms, Open Form. Discussion. Quiz. 
WEEK FIVE: Chapters 11, 16. Combining Elements of Poetry. Focus on T.S. Eliot. Discussion. Response Paper.
WEEK SIX: Chapters 21, 23. Thematic readings: Border Crossings and World Poetry. Discussion. Quiz.
WEEK SEVEN: Chapters 15, 24, 26, 27. Focus on Julia Alvarez. Contemporary Poetry. Reading and Writing. Literary Research Paper. Discussion. First Draft of Final Project.
WEEK EIGHT: Chapters 13 and 14. Focus on Robert Frost and Langston Hughes. Discussion. Final Draft of Final Project. Final Essay Exam.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Do your own work. Use MLA documentation style for any information you have included in your paper that comes from an outside source. If in doubt about whether you have plagiarized, ask me or use the Academic Support Center.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Offers clearly stated personal and critical insights to interpretation of poem or poems. Makes adequate personal and critical statements, which are relevant and interpretive. Provides only plot summary, biographical information, or fails to retain focus on poem or poems. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Incorporates primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style perceptively and creatively in ways that provide new insights into the poem or poems. Incorporates primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style adequately without particularly fresh insights, but still retains personal voice. Primary and secondary sources used rarely if at all and without adequate MLA documentation. Insights are predictable. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Provides convincing and innovative connections between texts through careful close reading of poem(s). Provides connections between texts that are obvious but nonetheless plausible and interesting. Connections between texts remain vague and undeveloped. Critique not supported by close readings. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Poetic and critical terminology applied skillfully throughout paper. Poetic and critical terminology used adequately throughout much of the paper. Rarely employs appropriate poetic and critical terminology, misuses it, or omits it altogether. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Skillfully interweaves passages from poem(s) and critical texts as well as strong personal statements that illustrate main point of essay. Adequately incorporates passages from poem(s) and passages from critical texts as well as some personal statements to prove thesis. Rarely provides specific passages from poem(s) or critical theory for analysis, or does so without making connections clear. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style in a well organized, fully developed essay. Employs conventions of Standard Written English adequately in a reasonably well organized and developed essay. Writing shows persistent problems with the use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical, incomprehensible; organization and development of ideas do not support thesis. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Multicultural Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Gracefully incorporates discussion of the work of one or more multicultural issue and shows relevance to theme of paper. Incorporates discussion of the work of at least one multicultural issue and provides relevant analysis. May mention work of a multicultural issue, but not in any meaningful way. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Provides links among a range of poetic texts                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Analysis includes full discussion of a range of poetic texts. An attempt is made to include discussion of a range of texts. Paper does not address a range of texts. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

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