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Instructor: Dr. Lyn Neylon

Course Mgmt System: Blackboard

MW 11:00-12:15 B262 

Pre-requisite: English 120 or equivalent

Two Required Texts:

Lives Through Literature: 3rd Edition by Helane Keating and Walter Leavey

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

Office: B-355 # 619-660-4241

Office hours: Posted on door

E-mail: *Note: Email is only to be used for personal or private communications with the instructor. All course questions should be posted on Blackboard.


He who would understand the real spirit of literature should not select authors of any one period alone, but rather trace the little rill as it courses along down the ages broadening and deepening into the great ocean of thought. -Garfield.

Welcome to Introduction to Literature. The goal of this class is to expose you to a variety of literatures from past to present - from poetry to drama. You will learn how to analyze what you read and develop vocabulary to discuss literature. Literature is a key to the human experience as seen through the ages. Hopefully, you will leave this course with a better understanding of yourself and others.

This class requires your involvement in reading, writing and communicating your ideas. The class is interactive, and your opinions are IMPORTANT! Your participation in discussions will keep the class interesting for everyone.

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Please note: You will have 24 hour access to Blackboard and the course site; however, you will not have 24 hour access to me as this is one of many classes that I am teaching this semester. I have hours that I will be in my office and available on-line and by telephone that I will announce on the first day of class. I also check Blackboard regularly to answer questions; however, I DO NOT check Blackboard on the weekends or after 5:00 pm during the weekdays.

If you have a question, please post it to the question board. One of the other students may be able to answer your question for you or I will during the normal work week.


Reading Journal: 60 pts cr/ncr

You must complete a minimum of 12 complete journals to receive credit. If you do not complete the minimum amount of journals you will receive ZERO points! You must submit your reading journal by Monday, 10:00 am Pacific Standard time to the Blackboard site to receive credit the week the journal is due. Late journals will not be accepted.

This journal is designed to help you remember what you read, participate in class discussions, write your Literary Analysis Paper, and pass the reading tests. The journal is a place for you to record your ideas and feelings about what you read, to write questions when you run across things you don’t understand, and to answer those questions when you find answers.

You should write about each of your readings for the week. For example, if you read 3 poems and two short stories in a week, you should submit an individual entry for each piece you read.

A journal entry should contain 5 items about each piece of literature: 1] Name and author of piece 2] A brief synopsis of what the piece was about 3] Any lines or phrases that have particular significance 4] A short explanation why you liked/disliked the piece 5] Any questions you have about the piece. Each weekly journal submission should be 3-5 typed pages total for all readings together. 3 pages is the minimum length to receive credit. [click here for a sample journal]

Reading Quizzes 60 Points A-F

These tests are on-line multiple choice quizzes that are designed to see how well you read and understood the literature discussed in class. You may take each quiz two times. The scores will be averaged. You may take these quizzes anytime up to the cut-off date.
On-line Quiz number one 30 pts – available week five from 10:00 am PST 9/20 until 10:00 am 9/24 
On-line Quiz number two 30 pts – available week thirteen from 10:00 am PST 11/15 until 10:00 am 11/19

Mid-Term and Final Exams 80 Points A-F

The exams are partly multiple choice and include a short essay question. These exams are designed to see how well you read and understood the literature discussed in class. YOU CAN ONLY TAKE THESE TESTS ONCE!

Midterm – available week NINE from 10:00 am PST 10/18 until 10:00 am 10/22 40 points
Final Date – available week SEVENTEEN from 10:00 am PST 12/11 until 2:00 pm 12/13 40 points

Play Attendance 30 Points A-F

Students will attend a play performance and turn in synopsis sheet while MIDTERM is available [see above]. The goal is to have students experience a live performance. Plays are meant to be seen and heard rather than simply read in a book. You will be given a detailed handout as to how to write the synopsis sheet. You must turn in A SCANNED COPY OF your play ticket stub with your synopsis sheet to get credit!

[click here for more information]

Literary Analysis Paper 60 Points A-F

While Final Exam is available [see above], a 5-7 page double spaced typed analysis comparing and contrasting two readings will be due. You will be given a detailed handout as to how to structure and write your literary analysis paper.

[click here for more information]

Class Participation 40 Points A-F

Much of the class is based on student discussion of readings. You will be working in groups to answer questions about the readings. For this reason, your attendance and participation is very important. You all begin with 40 points! To maintain your points, you must come and participate. Each time you miss class or do not participate in class, I will subtract 5-10 points from your participation score. Once you reach ZERO points, you will be dropped from the class!

Course Grading Policy

A = 297-330 Excellent 
B = 264-296 Superior
C = 231-263 Good 
D = 198-230 Poor 
F = 0-197 No Pass

This course adheres to the policies outlined in the Cuyamaca College Catalog. For further information, see Academic Policies stated in the catalogue.

**NOTE: For help with writing your assignments, I suggest going to the Writing Center located on the first floor of the Communication Arts Bldg. You can sign up for an assisted tutoring course for NO CHARGE and get assistance writing your essays!

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Last Updated: 01/21/2015
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