EN307 Prof Wrtng in English Studies

for SP 2011

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EN 307 Prof Writing in English Studies


SP 2011 HO


Lolly J. Ockerstrom, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of English


B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Northeastern University, Boston, MA)
Certificate, Advanced Seminars on Writing (Martha's Vineyard Worskhops, Northeastern University)

Office Location

321 CO

Office Hours

MWF Noon - 1:00 and by appointment



Semester Dates

11 January 2010 - 6 May 2010  Spring Break: March 8 - 12

Class Days


Class Time

1:30 - 2:45 PM


En 105 and 106; pass WCT

Credit Hours



The following books are required for this course:
  • Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland, eds. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. New York and London: WW.Norton & Co., 2008. ISBN: 978-0-393-33353-4 pbk. 
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition. New York: Modern Language Association. 2009 ISBN: 978-160-3290241 pbk

The following book is recommended for this course:

  • Phillis Levin, ed. The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English. New York and London: Penguin. 2001. ISBN: 0-14-158929-5 

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
EN307 Professional Writing in English Studies: Experience in research, writing, and editing in the professional context of contemporary work in English Studies. English majors only. This course fulfills the EN306 requirements for English majors. Prerequisites: EN105,EN106,passing the WCT, and 60 accumulated hours. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Writers learn to write by writing, and by writing, and by writing--and by reading, and talking to other writers, and working collaboratively. Feedback is essential while writers are writing, not after completion of a project. To that end, I try to create an environment that welcomes an informed exchange of ideas (emphasis on "informed") based on reading, research, and critical thought.
Much of what we do in this course will be based on a writing workshop model. Expect to engage in critical inquiry and discussion; reading and revision of drafts; giving and recieving feedback. I anticipate openness, creativity, dedication to learning, much revision--and a few laughs along the way.
As you may surmise from the textbooks for this course, the theme for this particular section of En 307 is the sonnet: its history, its conventions, its writers, its themes. We will read and discuss many sonnets, perhaps try our hands at writing a sonnet or two, and write a critical paper on the sonnet. This, and other pieces of writing will make their way into a summative course portfolio to be presented at the end of term. Portfolio projects will also include a review, a personal essay, and a subtantial reflective essay on the work presented. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop and design professional writing projects in English, including literary criticism, scholarly reviews and creative non-fiction.
  2. Demonstrate advanced skills in academic research, using traditional and online sources that are cited according to MLA rules.
  3. Follow the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, deep revision, editing and proofreading.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop a portfolio of professional quality writing that includes a detailed self reflection, and three major essays.
Core Assessment:

The Core Assessment in this course will be a final written artifact consisting of no less than eight pages that could be considered as a potential journal article.

Class Assessment:

  • One critical review
  • Proposal for scholarly, critical essay 
  • One scholarly, critical essay (Core Assessment);  
  • One personal, nonfiction prose essay
  • Portfolio of revised writing with reflective essay

In addition to the above, everyone will present orally on a sonnet and everyone will give an oral presentation of their portfolio. 

NOTE: Attendance and participation in all activities required. See attendance policy.




Review Essay (Full draft to be revised for portfolio) 40 points
Detailed Proposal for Critical Essay 30 points
Critical Essay (Full draft to be revised for portfolio) 50
Nonfiction Prose essay (Full draft to be revised for portfolio) 50 points

Portfolio of Revised Writing (Includes deep revision of all essays,  and oral presentation of portfolio).

Reflective Essay 80

  • Portfolio of writing: 150 points. Final reflective essay: 80 points. Portfolio shall include deep revisions of a review, a critical essay on the sonnet, and a personal, nonfiction essay. May include additional pieces written for class.
  • All projects are contingent upon approval of a proposal. 
NOTE: Attendance and informed participation in class is essential. See attendance policy.
Total points: 400 points
A 360-400 points
B 320-359
C 280-319
D 240-279
F Below 240

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All work is expected on the due date and submitted at the beginning of class. Work must be typed. You will not be excused to go to a computer lab. You will not receive full points if you show up late to class on due dates.
As the purpose of this course is to help instill in you a professional work ethic, late work is not accepted.
Students who do not meet deadlines will have a difficult time passing this course.
Students will be dropped from the course for nonparticipation, which includes missed deadlines and absences. See attendance policy.
Note penalty for late work
Drafts: A loss of 10 points will be deducted from your overall points for the first day late, and 25 points for the second day your work is late (this includes non class days).
No work will be accepted after a period of three days, which will affect the quality of your class portfolio. You will receive 0 points on any assignment submitted after 3 days. If you are late with a second assignment, you will be dropped from the course.
Rule of thumb: Always maintain open communication with your professor. Don't disappear. Speak up when you have questions. See me if you feel you are experiencing extenuating circumstances. I'm not as horrible as I may sound in this syllabus, but my standards for you are high. 
Advice? Meet deadlines. The whole point of this course is to work on your writing: for English majors, this should be heaven!. We will discuss your writing projects in class, and I will help you get started.
Remember, however: without your drafts, there is no text for the course. This is up to you.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Arrive on time prepared with all reading and writing assignments.
  • Engage in informed discussion using civil discourse, appropriate tone of voice, and respectful body language.
  • Food: No food during class. Eat before you come to class.
  • Cell phones and all other electronic thingies: Turn off cell phones and store them whilst in class. Do not text, do not browse. Students doing so will be counted absent.
  • All other electronic devices: Turn them off and store them.
  • Drafts should be printed out prior to class and brought on time to class for workshops. You may be counted absent if you arrive late. 
  • Do not ask to be excused from class to print out drafts, and do not come to class late. Plan ahead. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One: Mon., Jan. 10, 2011: Introductions. Discussion of the sonnet. Explanation of review and its revolving date.
   Wed., Jan. 12: Browse the table of contents for The Making of a Sonnet, and read p. 39-54 and p. 365-380.
Week Two: Mon., 17 Jan.: Martin Luther King Day. Read: "The Sonnet in the Mirror," p. 55-59 and all sonnets on sonnets on pages 60-73.
   Wed., 19: Discuss Readings. Discuss assignment two: critique of art show, poetry reading, dance performance, etc. These will be due throughout the term, but must be completed by Week 9.
Week Three:  Mon., 24 Jan.: The Sonnet in the 16th Century, p. 77 ff. Wyatt, , Earl of Surrey, Spenser, Greville, Sidney, Shakespeare.    
   Wed., 26 Jan.: 17th Century, p. 101 ff. Donne, Jonson, Lady Wroth, George Herbert, Herrick, Milton, Behn.Discussion of critical paper topics.
   Discussion of proposal for scholarly paper on the sonnet. Banter ideas for paper.
Week Four: Mon., 31 Jan.: Turn in WRITTEN PROPOSAL with three potential sources. 
   Reading: The sonnet in the 18th Century, p. 117 ff. Gray, Cowper, Seward.    
Wed., 2 Feb: Reading, Discussion of the Sonnet in the19th Century, p. 129 ff. Blake, Burns, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Clare, Keats, Barrett-Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Hopkins.
   Writing workshop.
Week Five: Mon., 5 Feb.: Bring first complete draft of paper with title and detailed list of sources (5 solid sources you anticipate using). Workshop.
   Wed., 9 Feb.:  Revision due: turn in completed draft, with comments from reader.
Week Six: Mon.,  14 Feb.: Writing Workshop. Development.
   Wed., 16 Feb.: Continue writing and reading. Updates. 
Week Seven: Mon., 21 Feb: President's Day: No class. 
   Wed., 23 Feb.: Groups. Workshops.
Week Eight: Mon., 28 Feb.: Complete drafts of critical essay on sonnet due.
   Wed., 2 March: Begin topic selection for personal, nonfiction essay. (Handout.)
**SPRING BREAK: March 7-13**
Week Nine: Mon., 14 March: Oral presentations of topic. Discussion. titles. Sonnets (20th Century). LAST DAY TO TURN  IN REVIEW.
   Wed., 16 March: Proposals for personal essay. Workshop.
Week Eleven: Mon., March 21 and Wed., March 23: Revisions: development, focus. Individual conferences. 
Week Twelve: Mon., March 28: Continue personal essays. Writing workshop. Individual conferences.
   Wed., March 30: Discussion of Portfolio.
Week Thirteen: Mon., April 4:  
   Wed., April 6: Begin Oral Presentation of Portfolios.
Week Fourteen: Mon., April 11: Begin Oral presentation of portfolios and readings.
   Wed., April 13: Oral presentation of portfolios; readings.
Week Fifteen: Mon., 25 April: Oral presentations and readings of portfolio.
   Wed., 27: Oral presenations. Course evaluation. Deposit Portfolios.
Week Sixteen: Meet as needed.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Review definitions of plagiarism and make sure to document any thing that is not your idea. This includes paraphrased information as well as direct quotes. When in doubt, include a citation. Use MLA documentation style.

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Always do your own work. Cite all sources, whether quoted directly or not. When in doubt, provide citation. Use 2010 MLA documentation style.

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Because this course is an independent study, we will meet once weekly initially, then once every other week. Attendance policy is as follows:

You are allowed one absence for personal reasons.
Additional absences will incur penalties:

2 absences: loss of 50 points
3rd absence: withdrawal/failure to pass

If you experience extenuating circumstances, you must produce documentation regarding your absence (illness, a death in the family, other reasons). However: regardless of reason, excessive absences will result in a failure to pass the course.

Athletes: I will need documentation from your coach if you must be absent. No exceptions.

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 .


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