The following is a draft only. The final version will be ready the first day of class, in May.
English 1114: Poetry
New Westminster Campus Dr. Roger Clark
Section XX (XX): Tues. and Thurs. 2:30-4:20 in Room S XX
Section XX (XX): Wed. 6:30-9:20 in Room S XX
Office Hours (Room 2806E)
Wednesday: 5:30-6:20 drop in. Tuesday and Thursday: 5:30-6:20 by appointment. I may also be able to meet at other times during those days.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (I check my gmail more often). Please make sure to identify yourself by 1) your first and last name, 2) the course name -- Poetry -- and 3) the day and time of the class. For example: "Robin Smith, Poetry, Monday night." I teach about 120 students per term and don’t always have my class lists with me.
Course Description for All 1114 Sections of English 1114
In this course students will read, discuss and write about poetry. In English 1114, students will focus on detailed analysis of poems. The works studied may include poems from diverse cultures, contexts and traditions, as well as from non-traditional sources, such as song lyrics or spoken word.
Course Description for This Section of English 1114
We’ll explore poetry about love, social conscience, and meaning. In general, we’ll start each theme with a bit of Shakespeare (mostly Hamlet), touch on some Romantic and Modern poetry (mostly Keats and Byron), and then spend more of our time on contemporary poetry and lyrics. We’ll look at traditional forms such as sonnets and odes, as well as poetry that’s integrated with music, drama, and film.
You'll be required to attend class, to participate in class discussion and group work, write two essays (take-home), and write four in-class commentaries (for the mid-term and final exams).
You don’t need to buy a text or course pack. You’ll use the readings on this site, and you’ll download lyrics from the Net. I’ve not assigned a poetry text and won’t test you on poetic terms, such as those in Category 6: Style (that page contains the most common poetic terms, such as image and metaphor).
I don’t allow the use of electronic devices in class, so make sure to bring hard copies of all assigned reading. You’ll need these hard copies for the mid-term and final exams. Be advised that because the exams are open book, there’s a strict limit on the number of notes you can make on the pages you bring in. See the mid-term instructions in the Schedule for more information.
20 %: Essay # 1
20 %: Mid-term exam (2 commentaries)
25 %: Essay # 2
25 %: Final exam (2 commentaries)
10 %: Participation
A+ = 95-100% = flawless or nearly flawless A = 90-94% = exceptional A- = 85-89% = excellent
B+ = 80-84% = extremely good B = 75-79% = very good B- = 70-74% = good
C+ = 65-69% = competent C = 60-65% = barely competent C- = 55-59% = flawed
P = 50-54% = seriously flawed F = 0-49% = unacceptable, fail
Assignments and Essays
There will be no re-writes or make-up assignments.
Computer or printer problems won’t be accepted as valid reasons for missing or incomplete work. Always back up your latest copy. Since computers and printers can malfunction, complete your work at least a day in advance. Keep copies of earlier drafts.
If you can’t physically hand me a paper when it’s due, put it in the LLPA assignment drop-box next to 2600. If you’re sick (or an emergency prevents you from coming to class), send me the essay by email. You must also (afterwards) give me a hard copy that’s exactly the same as the emailed version. I’ll mark the hard copy. If the hard copy differs from the original, I’ll count the hard copy as late.
Except in very exceptional circumstances, I won’t mark emailed assignments or essays.
Participation and Attendance
The participation mark reflects the degree to which you’re prepared for class and the degree to which you engage in classroom discussion in a constructive manner.
TEXTING AT ANY TIME AND CHATTING DURING LECTURES ARE SURE WAYS TO LOWER YOUR PARTICIPATION MARK.
Attendance is mandatory. For a three-hour class, I’ll dock 5% of your final course mark for the second and for subsequent undocumented absences. For a two-hour class I’ll dock 2.5% for the third and for subsequent undocumented absences. By undocumented absence I mean an absence for which you offer no valid reason (accident, emergency, illness, etc.) or for which you have no verification (note from doctor, coach, parent, etc.).
If you don’t attend at least 70% of the class (for whatever reason) you won’t get credit for the course. You’ll receive a “UN” grade -- an unofficial withdrawal.
If you have a job that conflicts with the class, get time-release commitments from your employer or drop the class. Don’t expect me to let you skip classes, come late, or leave early. If you repeatedly arrive late or leave early, you’ll be marked absent on those occasions.
After term ends I can give you mark breakdowns, and we can set up an appointment to discuss your mark, yet I won’t discuss your mark in detail over email.
Whenever you use a specific source for a marked assignment, you must document it. You don’t need to document what’s common knowledge (for example, that AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), but you must document any wording or information that has a specific source (for example, a specific statement made about AIDS, a statistic on infection rates, etc.). Using the work of another student is also considered plagiarism.
Plagiarism will result in a 0% for the paper, and may also result in additional measures decided by the College according to its Academic Integrity Policy -- www.douglas college.ca/~/media/1B20B254925B41DD9F93C5B7CAF16700.ashx.
The College library has handouts on citations, and their website has plenty of detailed information on citing and sourcing. The OWL site at Purdue University (https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/using_research/index.html) is also an excellent resource for information on how to avoid plagiarism and on MLA and APA documentation.
While I want students to feel free to discuss almost anything in class, please 1) put up your hand if you have a question or comment, 2) avoid profanity, and 3) be diplomatic when responding to the ideas of other students
- Don’t use cellphones, tablets, or computers during class. Take notes by hand (this might be helpful practice, since you'll need to write neatly for in-class assignments).
- Make phone calls in the hallway. If you’re expecting an important call or message, or if you’re an emergency contact, please tell me about it before class.
- Students who need to use laptops to take notes must have a letter from the Centre for Students with Disabilities.
Please give your undivided attention while someone’s talking and during lectures. Side conversations can be distracting to other students and are especially distracting to teachers. The occasional brief comment to your neighbour is fine, but any sort of sustained conversation will lower your participation mark.