Composition and Literature


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Literature
    B. Course Number: EN 123 - 10179
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 8:00:00 AM - 8:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Mladinic, Peter
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 109
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2831
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 7:00:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 113.
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: MH102

    As a continuation of EN 113, this course focuses on writing effective paragraphs and essays with an emphasis on reading, analyzing, and researching literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, novels, and/or essays. This course includes a research project and other writing assignments. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 113


    The study of literature empowers students by introducing them to people, places, customs, and
    ideas that they might not otherwise personally experience. Learning to communicate this
    experience enhances the ability of students to make connections between themselves and others,
    creating a deeper understanding of the world and their roles in it. Critical thinking and analytical
    skills learned from studying literature are valuable skills for life and any scholastic endeavor, and
    learning to appreciate the entertainment value of literature provides students with outlets for
    recreation and relaxation that will last a lifetime.
    Composition and Literature is required for most NMJC degree programs, and a passing grade
    transfers to all public colleges and universities in New Mexico. For transferability to schools
    outside of New Mexico, please consult the transfer school.



    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Stamford: Cengage Learning, 2012. Print. ISBN: 978-1337284677.
    Mays, Kelly J., The Norton Introduction to Literature. Shorter 12th ed. New York, London. Norton, 2017. Print. ISBN 978-0393623574.

    A pen or pencil and a notebook that is either bound or spiral, with blank paper for in-class writing activities.


    USB flashdrive.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    90-100 = A
    80-89 = B
    70-79 = C
    60-69 = D
    0- 59 = F

    An “A” represents excellent work. A “B” represents very good work. A “C” is competent work. A “D” is below average work. An “F” is failing.

    Note: If a student earns a zero because he or she has failed to turn in a final draft of the research paper, I reserve the right to give that student an F for the semester.

    1. The final grade will consist of the following components:

    25% Participation and Tasks designated as in-class tasks and out-of-class tasks.

    In-Class Tasks pertain to group presentations of assigned topics, and writing activities. The grades for these tasks are either 100, or 50, or 0.

    Out-of-Class Tasks pertain to essay quizzes, on line discussions and assignments leading up to the research paper. They are described in more detail in the Additional Information section of the syllabus.

    40% Response Papers

    30% Research Paper

    2. With the exception of in-class tasks, for which the grades are either 100, or 50, or 0, all grades will be based on a five-point increment from 0 to 100.

    3. Regular and punctual attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course. If a student chooses to quit coming to class, he or she must drop the class. The instructor will not do that for anyone. Failure to drop the class may result in a student’s receiving an “F” in this course.

    4. No make-ups will be allowed except for the following:
    A. A student absent for a school sponsored activity that is documented by the school.
    B. A student absent for active military service with documentation from the U.S. Government.
    C. A student absent for jury duty, who has a written excuse from the proper court authorities.
    D. The no-make up policy will be in effect for students who are tardy and/or leave class early and consequently miss a task or a research assignment.
    E. All make-up work must be completed before the date of the excused absence, during the instructor's office hours or at a time designated by the instructor. Making up the work is ultimately the student's responsibility.

    5. Students absent for any other reason–including doctor visits and hospitalization–may be excused, or allowed to make up any tasks or essays, with prior notification of the doctor visit or hospitalization; also, I reserve the right to allow a student to make up assignments for what I determine to be an extenuating circumstance, such as a death in the immediate family.

    6. With the exception of students mentioned in 4A, 4B, and 4C will receive a zero for any task or researc assignment(s) missed. A zero is considered a grade.

    7. Students may find out their exact grade at any time in the semester.

    8. The research paper will be scanned through as a safeguard against plagiarism.

    9. I grade short assignments and respond to students within 24 hours. Major assignments are graded and responded to within 72 hours.

    10. Due dates and times for out-of-class tasks and longer assignments listed in the Canvas Modules and on the Syllabus Course Outline are subject to adjustments on a weekly basis.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's English and Languages Department uses the Core Competencies
    established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the
    semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose,
    aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    • Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and
    • Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    • Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing,
    composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar,
    and mechanics.
    • Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose
    of a communication.
    • Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts,
    and inferences.


    Students should be able to:
    • Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 113 course objectives.
    • Recognize and use the basic vocabulary of literary criticism and analysis.
    • Analyze literary works for elements, such as theme, character, plot, setting, symbolism, tone,
    and imagery.
    • Demonstrate how culture, economics, religion, historical influence, etc. affects literary
    • Differentiate between the short story, essay, poetry, and/or drama genres.
    • Construct analysis of literary works in writing.
    • Perform research and integrate sources into writing with proper documentation.
    • Design and execute a properly formatted and documented research paper.
    • Use basic MLA format and citation guidelines.
    • Define a problem.
    • Use appropriate technology and information systems.
    • Collect information.
    • Evaluate and / or analyze information.
    • Organize information.


    1. Attendance is mandatory. An unexcused class absence, or a tardy (lateness by 10 minutes or more) or leaving class during class for a prolonged period of time, or leaving class early, baring notification beforehand or an emergency, will result in a zero for participation for that particular class meeting.

    This policy pertains to all students in class, those who are presenting on a group topic, and those who are not, in any particular class meeting.

    By itself attendance is not a grade; there is no grade for attendance. However, it is necessary to attend class to participate in student group presentations, and in-class writing activities.

    2. Group presentations of assigned topics: On a regular, rotating basis, you along with 2 or 3 or sometimes even 4 other students will be assigned a topic to present to the class. A student must be in class to be assigned a topic. Failure to participate in the presentation of an assigned topic will result in a zero.

    For the group presentations on assigned topics, each student receive an individual grade, i.e, students in any group get separate grades, one group does not get one grade.

    More about participation:

    If I determine that a student is being inattentive during a group presentation, a writing activity, a video presentation, or a brief lecture, that student will receive a zero for participation for that class meeting.

    Inattentiveness, i.e. being off (the class) topic, takes the form of the following:

    A. Use of headphones, or any other listening devices; use of tablets and laptops

    B. Continual (at repeated intervals ) or continuous (uninterrupted, for a sustained period of time) use of cell phones for any reason, including texting

    C. Continuous or continual (off topic) conversations with other students

    D. Doing work for other classes during our class

    E. Sleeping

    F. Any conduct thought to be disruptive of the learning process during class

    G. Failure to have our textbook Literature in class and open for reference during class on days when stories or, later in the semester, the play, are are being discussed

    3. Out-of-class tasks must be done outside of class, and may not be done in-class. With the exception of the final exam, there is to be no use of individual computers, neither laptops nor pc's, during class.

    4. Plagiarism: Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism is theft and a violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism includes submitting assignments you did not write or taking portions of your assignment from a source without giving credit. Plagiarism also occurs when altering wording while retaining the ideas of an uncredited source (paraphrasing). Submitting an assignment or part of an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors is a violation of academic honesty. If you wish to submit work originally created for another course, you must receive written permission from both professors. To avoid plagiarism, use quotation marks to enclose phrases and sentences from sources. Use MLA parenthetical citations and works cited entries for all paraphrases and quotations. For additional information about plagiarism and citing sources in MLA format, refer to chapter thirty-nine of The Little, Brown Essential Handbook.[1] Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by and added to the database when you submit them. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. Failure to turn in a completed research paper will result in an F for the course.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    EN 123 Course Calendar for Spring 2017
    Items and dates in this outline are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

    Week 1
    syllabus preview
    Boys and Girls P. 152

    Week 2
    Puppy P. 186

    Week 3
    Good People P. 253
    Volar P. 316

    Week 4
    The Gernsback Continuum p. 318
    A Wall of Fire Rising P. 366

    Week 5
    Wildwood P. 413

    Week 6
    The Management of Grief P. 432
    Jesus Shaves P. 462

    Week 7
    Research Paper Introduction
    Research lab
    Rough Draft of Introductory Paragraph

    Week 8
    Research lab
    Annotated Bibliography Entry

    Week 9
    Research lab
    Works Cited page

    Week 10
    Research lab
    Passage and Paraphrase
    Draft to be critiqued

    Week 11
    Research lab
    Research Paper is due

    Week 12-Week 16
    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Note on Participation

    In-class tasks are 1) group presentations of assigned topics, 2)in-class writing activities. For group presentations and in-class writing activities students will earn a grade of either 100, or 50, or 0.

    Brief lectures and video presentations are also considered in-class tasks.

    Video presentations are already listed in the Canvas modules.

    A student will not earn a grade for listening to a lecture or watching a video; however, a student may earn a zero in participation for inattentiveness, if it is determined that a student is being inattentive during a lecture or a video in any particular class.

    Brief lectures, writing activities, and student presentations on assigned topics will be listed beforehand, either on the Announcements link or in Canvas messenger.

    It is the student's responsibility to know what activity will be done in class on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis.

    Please check the Canvas modules, the Announcements link, and Canvas messenger.

    The in-class format will consist of the following:

    1. Student presentations on assigned topics
    2. Writing activities, and also reading activities
    3. Brief lectures on specific topics
    4. Videos on authors whose stories are embedded in the course modules, also on research materials and on A Midsummer Night's Dream

    For what we, as a class, are doing on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis, check the Canvas modules, and also our Announcements link, and Canvas messenger.

    Task 9 and Response Paper Final Exam: 8 AM-9:45 AM, Wed. May 8, 2019