SYLLABUS for ENG 113.190/191/192 -- Literature-Based Research (Fall 2013)

Meeting Dates: August 19-December 9
Classroom: Online
Instructor: Mr. Perry Cumbie
Office: 367 Phillips
Office Phone: (919) 536-7223 ext. 8013
Office Hours: Mon/Wed 2-5:30 p.m.; Tue/Thu 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Course Description/Outline
See the system-wide course description for ENG 113 at

About the course
English 113 is the second-semester freshman writing course.  The student will read, analyze, and interpret works of fiction in several different genres, including short stories, poetry, and drama.  The student will conduct research and incorporate ideas from literary criticism into his or her papers.

Required Texts/Materials
Approaching Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing, Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl, 3rd edition 
Rules for Writers
, Diana Hacker, 7th edition
(All textbooks and the MLA Style guides are on reserve in the library at the circulation desk.)

Final Course Grade Evaluation
15% Forum Postings
25% Writing Assignment #1 (literary analysis)
25% Writing Assignment #2 (literary analysis)
30% Writing Assignment #3 (comparison/contrast research paper)
5% Presentation (short research paper)

Instructor/Course Policies
Online Class Structure & Communication
Class Notes
On this syllabus, you will see the class schedule of assignments and due dates.  For each week, you'll also see a link to the detailed class notes. These notes are the primary means of instruction and communication between us. Therefore, you must begin each week's lesson by reading the class notes for that week.
Each student must complete the orientation to the class. You are not officially a member of the class until you read and post in the orientation forum.  Go to the class notes for week one in the syllabus below for detailed instructions on completing the orientation and the lessons for week one.
Sakai Forums
Most of the activities will be completed in the Sakai forums.  I'll make each forum available by noon on Monday. You'll have until the next Monday at 8:00 a.m. to complete the work.  (See details about forum postings below.)
Class Meetings

Our class "meeting" time lasts for an entire week and runs Monday at noon through the next Monday at 8:00 a.m. Each week you'll be given detailed activities in that week's class notes (linked from our syllabus) that follow the reading assignments on the syllabus.  You will have a week to complete each week's assignments.  If a holiday occurs during the week, including on a due date, you must plan your work accordingly by working ahead if you plan to take the holiday away from class.  
Forum Deadlines

If the Monday deadline is not convenient for you, then you must set your own deadline earlier.  There will be plenty of time for you to complete your work without having to scramble at the last minute.  All of the Sakai forums are set to close on Monday at 8:00 a.m. automatically.  You will not be allowed to post once the forum is closed.  Missing a forum is the same as missing class.  You will be counted absent. 
Do not email your work to me; I will not accept it.
Forum Evaluations
Your work in the forums will be evaluated and communicated to you in Sakai's Gradebook.
Major writing assignments will be due about once a month.  I'll introduce these assignments and explain them as we go, but you may work ahead on your own if you choose by clicking on the writing assignments linked to our syllabus below. Those completed assignments will be placed in the Sakai drop box before 8:00 a.m. on the date specified on the syllabus.
Paper Deadlines
No late papers will be accepted unless you have been granted an extension.  If you have an unexpected emergency, contact me 48 hours before the deadline and request an extension.  Extensions are not granted if you have waited until the last minute to begin your paper.  Extensions are rarely granted more than once during the semester.  Under no circumstances will an extension be granted after the deadline has passed.  You will receive a zero on the paper. However, the English department requires that you complete all major papers in order to pass the course.  So if you miss a deadline, you'll have to complete the paper to my satisfaction and you'll receive a zero.
Paper Evaluations
Your major writing assignments will be evaluated and placed in the box on my office door (367 Phillips) with your name written on the outside.  You may pick up your evaluated work as soon as you notice your grade in Gradebook. (If you cannot make it to campus to pick up your work, contact me and we'll make other arrangements.)
Research Presentations
The last two weeks of the semester, you'll be preparing for your short, research presentation.  Your presentation will be made in the designated Sakai forum.
Email Communication
You may email me with a question at any time or schedule an appointment for an office visit.  When you send an email include the following: a salutation (for example, Hi Mr. Cumbie), course and section you are registered in (for example, ENG 113 192), a closing (for example, Thank you), and your signature (for example, Miranda McWhorter). I generally check my email in the mornings and afternoons Monday through Thursday.  You should not expect a quick email response if you send your email late in the day or on Friday or the weekend, though I sometimes check email at those times.  Do not email your work to me to review; instead, schedule an appointment for an office visit.  Similarly, do not use email to inquire or discuss grades; check Sakai Gradebook and then schedule an appointment if you need to discuss your evaluation. When you turn in your work, use the Sakai forum for weekly postings and the Sakai drop box for paper assignments.  

Forum Postings
Procedure & Purpose
Extra Credit Policy
This instructor does not give extra credit.

Class Notes
You may access the class notes for each week's instruction and activities by clicking on "Class notes" on our syllabus. See the class schedule of activities, assignments, due dates, and class notes below. Class notes links may not be active until just before that week begins.

Forum Atmosphere
Our classroom (our Sakai forum) is a place for serious academic inquiry and for the practice of college-level thinking and writing skills. In order to create a positive learning atmosphere, you must abide by the following classroom rules and expectations.
The course policies and schedule in this syllabus are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.  Students will be made aware of changes in a timely and clear manner.

Course and Program Learning Outcomes


Course Learning Outcomes: 

ENG 113


Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer Program Outcomes (Satisfactory completion of these course outcomes meet the following ASUT Program learning goals. For more, see /


How Outcomes Will be Measured

Students will be able to do the following:

Academic Preparedness

Critical analysis and argumentation,

Written/Oral Communication

Skills to  address cultural/social diversity

Application of Scientific Method

Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving

Technological Competency


Analyze literature in written essays and oral presentations;














Essays and in-class writing assignments.

Interpret themes in literature by explaining the significance of literary devices such as symbolism, imagery, metaphor, simile, personification, parallelism, antithesis, alliteration, assonance, climax, hyperbole, irony, and paradox;













Essays, in-class writing assignments, and peer review.

Identify and explain the significance of structural elements basic to literature such as plot, structure, conflict, point of view, style, tone, mood, setting, and character;







Essays and in-class writing assignments..

 Understand how literary works are shaped by different cultures and points of view;








Essays, prewriting, drafts, peer review.

Understand the difference between summary and analysis and use both in an essay;








Compare thematic similarities in two or more different works; 








Essays and in-class writing assignments.

Understand and practice all the stages of the writing process (invention, outlining, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading) to compose structured, evidence-based, academic essays;









Essays and peer review.

Incorporate quotations from literary works and from secondary sources smoothly and effectively into their writing and document sources using MLA format;








Essays and in-class writing assignments.

Conduct research in the library (including electronic databases), critically evaluate sources of information, use research as evidence to support a claim, and integrate that research into their own writing smoothly and effectively;    X    X    X Essays, annotated bibliography.
Understand and avoid all forms of plagiarism;    X     X    X Essays, annotated bibliography.

Use literary analysis skills to present ideas in an oral argument.








Oral Presentation. 

Schedule of Assignments
Week 1 Aug. 19-26
Orientation to the course
Chapter 1: Reading Literature  3-18 (from Approaching Literature, unless otherwise indicated)
Chapter 2: Writing in Response to Literature 19-54
"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin 316-318 or Web reading of "The Story of an Hour" (with hyperlinks)
"A&P" by John Updike 552-556
"Superman and and Me" by Sherman Alexie 4-6
"Daughter of Invention" by Julia Alvarez 10-18

Orientation posting in Sakai orientation forum

Initial posting in Sakai week 1 & 2 forum

Class notes (Orientation details, detailed reading, writing assignments, and lessons for the week) This link will not be active until the first day of class.
Week 2 Aug. 26-Sept. 2
Chapter 9: Writing about Fiction 265-277
Begin Writing Assignment #1

Follow-up posting in Sakai week 1 & 2 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 3 Sept. 2-9
Chapter 5: Plot and character 112-146
"Love in LA" by Dagoberto Gilb 113
"The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich 126-133

Chapter 6: Point of view and theme 159-184
"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker 169-176
"A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner 176-184

Initial posting in Sakai week 3 & 4 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 4 Sept. 9-16
Follow-up posting in Sakai week 3 & 4 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 5 Sept. 16-23
Chapter 7: Setting and symbol 195-231
"Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway 196-199
"The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara 208-215

Chapter 8: Tone, Style, & Irony 232-264
"Araby" by James Joyce 242-247
"Courting a Monk" by Katherine Min 247-259 

Initial posting in Sakai week 5 & 6 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 6 Sept. 23-30
Follow-up posting in Sakai week 5 & 6 forum

Essay #1 due (Sept. 30 before 8:00 a.m.)

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 7 Sept. 30-Oct. 7
Begin Writing assignment #2
"The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck 320-328
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor 134-146
"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien 493-506
"I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen 506-512
"Jilting of Granny Weatherall" by Katherine Anne Porter 533-540
"Sabateur" by Ha Jin 347-355
"Recitatif" by Toni Morrison 445-459
"What We Talk about When We Talk about Love" by Raymond Carver 386-395
"Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin 362-386

Initial posting in Sakai week 7 & 8 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 8 Oct. 7-14
Follow-up posting in Sakai week 7 & 8 forum

Essay #2 due (Oct. 14 before 8:00 a.m.)

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 9 Oct. 14-21
Chapter 3: Writing a Literary Research Paper 55-104
Chapter 12: Reading Poetry 565-569

Chapter 13: Words and Images 570-594
"Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden 572
"The Bean Eaters" by Gwendolyn Brooks 574
"The Sound of Night" by Maxine Kumin 576-577
"The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams 578
"OED" by Richard Jones 580
"Q and A" by Ron Koertge 581
"History Lesson" by Natasha Trethewey 585

Chapter 14: Voice, Tone, Sound 595
"Eating Alone" by Li-Young Lee 596
"My Old Man" by Charles Bukowski 598-600
"My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke 602
"Barbie Doll" by Marge Piercy 604
"Blink Your Eyes" by Sekou Sundiata 607-608
"Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen 619

Chapter 15: Figurative language 627-651
"Harlem" by Langston Hughes 631
"Nightsong: City" by Dennis Brutus 633
"A Winter Twilight" by Angelina Weld Grimké 635
"Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson 637-638
"Traveling through the Dark" by William Stafford 639-640
"How I Learned to Sweep" by Julia Alvarez 647-648

Initial posting in Sakai week 9 & 10 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 10 Oct. 21-28
Begin Writing assignment #3 (research, comparison/contrast)

Follow-up posting in Sakai week 9 & 10 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 11 Oct. 28-Nov. 4
Chapter 16: Rhythm and Meter 652-673
"Buffalo Bill's" by E. E. Cummings 655
"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar 659-660
"at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989" by Lucille Clifton 662-663
"Freeway 280" by Lorna Dee Cervantes 663-664
"Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney 665
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost 666-667

Chapter 17: Form and Type 674-705
"We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks 675
"Incident" by Countee Cullen 677-678
"That time of year thou mayest in me behold" by William Shakespeare 680-681
"God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manley Hopkins 682-683
"Prayer to the Pacific" by Leslie Marmon Silko 685-686
"Sestina" by Elizabeth Bishop 699-700
"Chinese Villanelle" by John Yau 701-702

Chapter 18: Writing about Poetry 706-719
"True Stories" by Margaret Atwood 764-765
"Why I Left the Church" by Richard Garcia 765-766
"Musée des Beaux Arts" by W. H. Auden 767
"Family Ties" by Jimmy Santiago Baca 768-769
"A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg 808-809
"Talk" by Terrance Hayes 816

Initial posting in Sakai week 11 & 12 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 12 Nov. 4-11
Follow-up posting in Sakai week 11 & 12 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 13 Nov. 11-18
Appendix on Scansion 1422-1431
Approaching Critical Theory 1445-1468
"Hanging Fire" by Audre Lorde 836-837
"To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell 841-842
"I heard a fly buzz" by Emily Dickinson 790
"Anecdote of the Jar" by Wallace Stevens 866

Initial posting in Sakai week 13 & 14 forum

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 14 Nov. 18-25
Follow-up posting in Sakai week 13 & 14 forum

Essay # 3 due
(Nov. 25 before 8:00 a.m.)
Begin Presentation

Class notes (link not active until just before the week begins)
Week 15 Nov. 25-Dec. 2
Posting in Sakai research presentation forum (week 15 & 16)

Class notes
Week 16 Dec. 2-9
Posting in Sakai research presentation forum

Standard Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer and Durham Tech Policies
Grade Scale
The Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer Department employs a 10-point grade scale: A=100-90; B=89-80; C=79-70; D=69-60; F=59-0 or stopped attending after the W date; W=withdrew before the W date.

Withdrawal and Attendance Policy
Student Withdrawal: Students may officially withdraw from the course and receive a grade of W up to the 60 percent point of the semester. To withdraw officially from the course, a student must complete and submit an official withdrawal form to the Admissions and Registration Office prior to the official 60 percent point of the semester. The final withdrawal date for regular session classes is Nov. 1.

Absences: The College has an 85% attendance requirement. (Students may miss no more than two weeks in an online course) .  Absences are counted from the first class meeting of the semester and there are no excused absences *(see one exception below).  Posting an acceptable response to the week's assignment qualifies as your attendance for the week. Your response must reflect that you have completed the readings to be considered acceptable. If students are absent, it is their responsibility to catch up with the assignments as described in the syllabus and weekly class notes.  However, in most cases, late work is not accepted and the student will receive a zero.

Withdrawal for Excessive Absences: The instuctor must withdraw any student with consecutive absences equaling or exceeding 15 percent of the instructional hours for the course (two weeks). Prior to the official withdrawal date for the course, the student will be assigned a grade of W. If the last date of the consecutive absence falls after the withdrawal date for the course, the student will be assigned a grade of F.

Grade Penalties for Excessive Absences: The instructor will also withdraw a student with non-consecutive absences exceeding 15 percent of instructional hours (two weeks).   

*Durham Technical Community College students are allowed one excused absence per class per term for a planned event or observance. Students who wish to use the excused absence must complete and submit an Excused Absence Notification form at least fourteen calendar days in advance of the day of the scheduled absence.  All class work missed due to the excused absence must be completed and submitted to the instructor within one week after the day of the scheduled absence.

Academic Honesty/Plagiarism Policy
Durham Technical Community College demands complete academic integrity from each member of the academic community.  The purpose of the academic honesty violation procedure is to provide a process for addressing academic dishonesty.

Durham Tech establishes and follows a process for defining and addressing academic dishonesty when it occurs either inside or outside the classroom.

Academic dishonesty is the participation or collaboration in specific prohibited forms of conduct. Participation or collaboration may be active (such as submitting a term paper which includes plagiarized work) or passive (such as receiving a copy of a test before class). Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  1. Unauthorized copying, collaboration, or use of notes, books, tests, or other materials on examinations;
  2. Sharing information about an exam with a student who has not taken that exam;
  3. Obtaining information about the contents of a test the student has not taken;
  4. Unauthorized use of PDAs, programmable calculators, or other electronic storage devices;
  5. Text messaging or other forms or communication during an exam:
  6. Unauthorized or inappropriate file sharing and use of Internet and computer resources as specified in the Appropriate Use Policy; and
  7. Unauthorized use of translation software and assistance from native speakers or advanced-level students in foreign language classes.
Furthermore, plagiarism, a specific from or academic dishonesty, is defined as the representation of another person's work, words, thoughts, or ideas, including material from the Internet, as one's own.  Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Buying, stealing, or borrowing a paper and submitting it as one's own;
  2. Copying exact words, phrases, sentences, or paragraphs from a source without proper citation;
  3. Receiving too much editing assistance from another person;
  4. Inventing sources; and 
  5. Using someone else's ideas or information without proper citation.
Reports of Academic Honesty Policy violations are kept on file in the office of the Chief Instructional Officer. Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy do not expire.

The Violation Procesdue for the Academic Honesty Policy is available in the Catalog and Student Handbook ( 

Statement for Students with Disabilities
Students who require academic accommodations due to any physical, psychological, or learning disability are encouraged to request assistance from a disability services counselor within the first two weeks of class. Likewise, students who potentially require emergency medical attention due to any chronic health condition are encouraged to disclose this information to a disability services counselor within the first two weeks of class. Counselors can be contacted by calling 536-7207, ext. 1413 or by visiting the Student Development Office in the Phail Wynn Jr. Student Services Center, room 1309.

Center for Academic Excellence/Tutorial Services
Students who need tutorial assistance in this course may be referred to the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), in the Phail Wynn Jr. Student Services Center, third floor.  This term’s schedule of free tutorial services is available in the CAE and is posted online and on bulletin boards around campus.  For more information, call the CAE at 536-7232, ext. 2403 or consult the CAE web pages at

Student Code of Conduct
According to the Durham Technical Community College Catalog, “All Durham Tech students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible adults. Behavior that persistently or grossly disrupts the educational process or functioning of the college, whether it occurs on campus or at any college-sponsored activity, may result in disciplinary action” (29). Examples of specific violations of and the grievance procedure for the Student Code of Conduct are available at the following link: Please note that as the Catalog and Student Handbook is updated, campus policies may change.

Grade Reporting Policy
Each semester, Durham Technical Community College establishes a date on which final course grades are due.  Instructors will not generate a final grade for a student prior to that date.  To ensure that all students are tested in a fair and equitable manner, faculty in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department will not generate a final grade for any student prior to the final grade due date.  Furthermore, instructors will not arrange early exams for any student in order for the student to meet deadlines at another institution.  Students who find that this policy conflicts with grade reporting deadlines at their home institutions must work to resolve the matter at that school and not at Durham Technical Community College.

Use of ConnectMail Policy
All Durham Technical Community College students have been issued a ConnectMail account.  This account should be used for all email communications between the student and the college, including all communications with instructors.  Instructors have been asked not to respond to any email communication sent from a student's personal email account.  More information on setting up and using your ConnectMail account can be found at:

Computer Labs: Locations and Hours
The most up-to-date computer lab schedules can be accessed at the following link: Select computer lab information is below.
Library (ERC) Computer Labs:
Upstairs Lab: Internet Only; Downstairs Lab: Word Processing/Internet
Upstairs lab is unavailable if a Library Orientation is in session

Tech Center Computer Lab, Room 965

CAE Computer Lab, Phail Wynn Jr. Student Services Center Room 1305

In addition to the policies listed in this syllabus, Durham Tech students have the rights and responsibilities listed in the College Catalog and Student Handbook (