ENG 2100: Introduction to Poetry
Winter Semester 2018
Section 001 — Monday/Wednesday, 10:00-11:15 — 235 State Hall
Instructor: Dr. S. P. Cooper
E-mail Address: spcooper [at] wayne [dot] edu
Office Location: 9306.1 Maccabees Bldg.
Office Hours: After class, by appointment only.
WSU Undergraduate Bulletin Description
Cr. 3. Prereq: grade of C or better in ENG 1020 or equiv. Introduction to techniques and forms of poetry through critical reading of, and writing about, poems of various types and from many periods.
By the end of the course, successful students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate skills in reading and understanding literary texts;
2. Draft and revise analytical, interpretive, and critical essays about literature that together add up to at least 8,000 words; and,
3. Demonstrate their understanding of the nature and function of language, and to use that understanding to enhance their own writing.
Murfin, Ross and Supryia M. Ray, eds. The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. ISBN: 0312461887.
Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary of English (ISBN: 0199571123) is the definitive single-volume dictionary, but it is a very large book. Those who desire something smaller should consider either an electronic edition or the Pocket Oxford English Dictionary (ISBN: 978-0199666157). Students should also have access to the full Oxford English Dictionary online through the Wayne State University Library reference portal.
The Chicago Manual of Style and/or MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Students who continue to write in the humanities will be asked to employ one or both of these styles. Often, new versions will have substantial changes incorporating advances in technology. Older versions may not explain how to cite websites, blogs, social media, podcasts, &c. The current version of the Chicago Manual of Style is the seventeenth edition, and the current version of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is the eighth edition. There are also a number of online resources for the most common citation guidelines from these texts.
Students are required to write a minimum of 32 pages in ENG 2100 (including drafts and informal writing). This course will feature five projects along with less formal writing for in-class activities and homework.
The best papers will demonstrate a persuasive use of literary analysis to advance a sustained argument based on concrete evidence from the text under consideration, as well as excellence in clarity, organisation, thesis, and technical matters such as punctuation and grammar.
For multi-page assignments, the page lengths given below are minimums: students must fill the page for it to count as complete. For example, a 4-page paper will end with the student on page 5. The cover page, index, works cited page, et cetera do not count towards the page length. Page numbers are required.
Students will workshop drafts of the major projects with other students. Failure to participate in a workshop (due to tardiness, absence, or an incomplete draft) will result in a deduction of a full letter from the paper’s final grade.
1. Paraphrase (200 words)
2. Summary (50 words)
3. Analysis (1,250 words)
4a. Research Proposal (250 words)
4b. Annotated Bibliography (500 words)
4c. Final Paper (2,000 words)
Format and Submission
• All coursework is to be typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Palatino/Palatino Linotype or Times New Roman font, with one-inch page margins, and submitted electronically through Blackboard in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
• All work must be correctly formatted in either Chicago (preferred) or MLA (also acceptable) style (including matter such as page numbers, student name, date, etc.).
• To gain credit for revisions (including material from a previous assignment used in a subsequent assignment), all new and changed material must be highlighted using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature.
Starting in the second week of the course, written quizzes will be given at the beginning of class and will last five minutes. Students who are tardy will not receive extra time to take the quiz. There will be no make-up quizzes.
Active participation in class discussion and workshops is an integral component of this class. Starting in the second week of the course, for each class session, participation credit is awarded for the satisfactory completion of all of the following criteria:
• Presence: Student arrives on time, does not leave early, and is present in the classroom for the majority (75 minutes or more) or the 80-minute class period.
• Engagement: Student diligently completes in-class writing, participates in group work and workshops, and contributes to the class discussion by asking questions, offering comments, and entering into an open-minded, respectful conversation during class.
• Decorum: Student refrains from engaging in distracting behaviour, including, but not limited to: conducting private conversations, sleeping, texting, answering a phone, using a laptop for unrelated activities, and extended or repeated trips in and out of the room.
There will be no make-up for participation credit. In addition, because disengaging activity is distracting to the instructor and can prevent the entire class from having a thoughtful discussion, students conducting themselves accordingly will be asked to stop; if the behaviour continues, the student will be dismissed from class for the day and will be recorded as absent in addition to receiving no participation credit for the day. If a student is dismissed from class more than once, they will receive a grade of F in the course.
Grades are issued according to the letter scale: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, 0.
Grades in the course will be weighted as follows:
Research Proposal (5%)
Annotated Bibliography (5%)
Final Paper (25%)
Quizzes (15 at 1% each: 15%)
* No credit will be awarded unless drafts are submitted.
Late Work Policy
All papers, including drafts, are due promptly at the beginning of class. Any work, including drafts, submitted on the due date but at any time after the beginning of class will result in a reduction of a third of a letter grade to the paper’s final grade. Late papers received after the due date (after midnight) will lose one grade per calendar day up to three days, after which the paper will receive a 0. Drafts received after the due date (after midnight) will result in a reduction of a full letter grade to the paper’s final grade. Papers will receive no credit unless all drafts are submitted prior to the due date. No comments will be provided for work submitted after the due date. Students are responsible for their availability with and use of technology and are encouraged to use cloud storage functionality to avoid the loss of data. Any extensions must be approved by the instructor on an individual basis, and requests for extensions must be made no later than 22:00/10:00PM on the day before the day date.
All graded assignments, except for the final assignment in the course, may be revised and resubmitted one (1) time each. The revised paper must be submitted in a printed form and must be accompanied by the graded original submission. If the grade on the revised paper is better than the grade on the original submission, then it will replace the original grade; in other cases, the original grade will stand. The revised paper will not receive notes or feedback other than a grade. Revisions may be submitted until the end of this course’s final class meeting of the semester, after which no revisions will be accepted.
Extra Credit Policy
No extra credit will be available in this course.
All grade disputes must be addressed in writing with a detailed explanation of reasoning within seven calendar days after the work has been returned. Please note that grades are not negotiable due to need or effort; students earn grades on the basis of their performance on written work and in class sessions.
Course Grade of Incomplete
A grade of Incomplete will be issued only if the student has attended nearly all of the class sessions, signed and submitted an Incomplete Contract (using the English Department’s recommended form), and obtained the instructor’s signature on it.
Enrollment in ENG 2100 is capped at 24 students. Regular and prompt attendance is an important part of this class. Students who are unable regularly to attend the class meetings on time should find another course in which to enrol. Attendance is required, and attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class session. Arriving more than ten minutes late or leaving early without prior instructor approval will count as an absence. Repeatedly being tardy (less than ten minutes late) will also count as an absence. Students will automatically fail the course upon exceeding three absences. Regardless of the reason for an absence, students are responsible for obtaining from their classmates notes on any missed material or instruction. The instructor will not provide material or instruction for students who are absent from class. In-class participation and work cannot be made up.
Plagiarism is the act of copying work from books, articles, papers, websites, and other sources without citing and documenting the author and location of the source. Plagiarism includes acts such as (but not limited to):
1. Copying language, ideas, texts, and visuals without citation (e.g., copying and pasting from websites).
2. Citing a source without proper citation (e.g. quotation marks, author, title, publisher information, and page numbers or URL).
3. Paraphrasing, condensing, or otherwise altering information from another source without attribution.
4. Using a paper-writing ‘service’.
5. Submitting papers (or sections of papers) that were submitted for another course, written by another person (including another student), or downloaded from the Internet.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offense that may result in an academic judicial hearing and expulsion from the university. Plagiarism will result in a grade of 0% on the assignment, a grade of F for the course, and reports to the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the University Student Conduct Officer. In cases of plagiarism, withdrawal from the course is not an option. Instructors are required to report all cases of plagiarism to the English Department. Information on plagiarism procedures is available in the Department.
When in doubt, always cite your sources: it is infinitely better to have too many citations than to accidentally commit plagiarism.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Policy on Plagiarism
“The principle of honesty is recognized as fundamental to a scholarly community. Students are expected to honor this principle and instructors are expected to take appropriate action when instances of academic dishonesty are discovered. An instructor, on discovering such an instance, may give a failing grade on the assignment or for the course. The instructor has the responsibility of notifying the student of the alleged violation and the action being taken. Both the student and the instructor are entitled to academic due process in all such cases. Acts of dishonesty may lead to suspension or exclusion.” (2013-2015 WSU Undergraduate Bulletin, 325)
Wayne State University Policy on Student Ethics and Academic Work
“Academic work submitted by a student for credit is assumed to be of his/her own creation, and if found not to be, will constitute cause for the student’s dismissal.” (2013-2015 WSU Undergraduate Bulletin, 73)
Classroom Decorum and Respect Policy
The University is a professional environment. All conduct, whether in the classroom, in written work, or conducted electronically, should reflect that professionalism. Professional principles include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Attending class late, exiting and entering the classroom, and leaving class early are actions which are distracting both to the instructor and to other students, and will result in a significant reduction of the course grade, up to and including an F, in addition to being reflected in the Participation grade.
• Rude, mean-spirited, divisive, or dismissive attitudes and comments are not appropriate in the college classroom, and consequently will not be tolerated. Attentive and thoughtful conduct is expected and required in every situation.
• All documentation and communication carried out in this course should be written formally, respectfully, and professionally, including both course papers and e-mail communication with the instructor and other students.
• Students should ensure that all pagers, cell phones, watches, etc., are turned off (not just set to vibrate) during class time. Excessive use of electronic devices can be distracting to both the instructor and to other students.
• Students are expected to share writing and make photocopies for others in class; this should be done critically, but courteously.
The instructor reserves the right to dismiss from the classroom any student who fails to unhold these or other professional principles. Any student asked to leave class more than once will receive a grade of F in the course.
Warrior Writing, Research, and Technology (WRT) Zone
The WRT Zone is a one stop resource center for writing, research, and technology. The WRT Zone provides individual tutoring consultations, research assistance from librarians, and technology consultations, all free of charge for graduate and undergraduate students at WSU. Tutoring sessions are run by undergraduate and graduate tutors and can last up to 50 minutes. Tutors can work with writing from all disciplines.
Tutoring sessions focus on a range of activities in the writing process – understanding the assignment, considering the audience, brainstorming, writing drafts, revising, editing, and preparing documentation. The WRT Zone is not an editing or proofreading service; rather, tutors work collaboratively with students to support them in developing relevant skills and knowledge, from developing an idea to editing for grammar and mechanics.
Librarian and technology support is a walk-in service. Consultants will work with students on a first come-first serve basis. Consultants provide support with the library database system, finding and evaluating sources, developing research strategies, organizing sources, and citations. Consultants will also provide technology support including, but not limited to: video editing, graphics creation, presentation building, audio recording, MS Office support, and dissertation formatting. The WRT Zone has several computers with the Adobe Creative Suite for students who want to work on multimedia projects. Our location is also equipped with two Whisper Rooms where students can work on multimedia projects in a more private and sound isolated environment.
To make a face-to-face or online appointment, consult the WRT Zone website:
For more information about the WRT Zone, please contact the Director, Jule Wallis (e-mail: au1145 [at] wayne [dot] edu).
Student Disability Services
Students who may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss specific needs. Additionally, the Student Disabilities Services Office coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The office is located in 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library and can be reached by phone at 313-577-1851. Please consult the SDS website for further information: http://studentdisability.wayne.edu.
Schedule of Assignments and Readings
The current schedule of assignments and readings is available online. The instructor reserves the right to amend this list as necessary by adding, substituting, or removing readings, assignments, conferences, and other course materials.