|Name:||Seamus [pronounced "Shay-muss"] Cooney|
|Office hours:||Mon. & Wed., 2-3 and by appointment or drop in.|
|Required texts:||See handout.|
|A good hardbound full size college dictionary|
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance is required. Absences will lower your grade.
PLAGIARISM POLICY: Plagiarism (the unacknowledged use of other people's words or ideas as though they were your own) is a serious offence against the ethics of study and scholarship. If you plagiarize you will get an "E" in the course, not just for the piece of work involved.
(a) Offer two oral reports in collaboration with the other students in your group -- schedule to be announced. The first will be on a poet prior to 1900, the second on a later poet. Your task as a group will be to focus attention on some representative poems printed in our anthology and through questions and discussion lead the class to appreciate their qualities.
(b) Write three papers of five to eight typed pages on an assigned poem or poems. These papers will be due on 9/28, 10/28, and 11-30, respectively. The first two papers may be rewritten to improve the grade after talking with me; rewrites will be due 10 days after the paper is returned.
The qualities I expect in your written work are:
For further discussion of how to write good papers, see my web pages on Writing Papers of Literary Analysis(c) Participate regularly in classroom discussions and group work, and in the on-line class exercises and discussion on Confer. In Confer you should read what others write and respond to it constructively when you have a different point to make. With experience you will see that the most profitable discussion is the most specific.
Note: This is a writing intensive course.
One of its aims is to develop your writing abilities to meet the baccalaureate writing requirement.
(d) I want you to memorize at least four of the poems we study, and both exams will ask you write out poems you've got by heart. Additionally, the exams will place a heavy premium on memory work in that you will be required to identify by author and title short extracts from poems we have spent time on.
GRADING: I will assign a grade for each paper and for the midterm and final exams, with each grade counting for one-fifth of the total.
The other work I will mark as credit/no credit, in an effort to get you to do your best work without always worrying about grades. Good work in the groups, in Confer, etc. will pay off in good papers so I need not mark each piece in grade terms.
COMPUTER RESOURCES: As you see, for a substantial part of the course you are expected to be able to use the computer.
For those of you who are just beginning with the computer, please keep asking for help from me and from your classmates. All of us were ignorant neophytes once and got help from others, so generally we are glad to pass the help along.