Composition and Literature


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Literature
    B. Course Number: EN 123 - 10572
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Townsend, Jill
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Please email for appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 113.
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    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.



    The Norton Introduction to Literature, 12th edition, Kelly J. Mays, editor. 2017.
    ISBN: 978-0-393-62357-4

    Access to an internet-connected computer.
    Respondus Monitor fee of $10 for Exams 3, 4, and 5. (Fee subject to change. For information about computer and webcam system requirements, check with NMJC Canvas Help Desk at 575-399-2199).
    There are no exceptions to the webcam for Monitor. You must take the exams online with Monitor.



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    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

    Reading Responses (5) 25%
    Reading Exams (5) 25%
    Discussion Board (10) 20%
    Research Paper 30%

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    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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 convincingly.
    • 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 meaning.
    • 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 (or APA) format and citation guidelines .
    • Define a problem.
    • Use appropriate technology and information systems.
    • Collect information.
    • Evaluate and / or analyze information.
    • Organize information.


    Student Requirements
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    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    1. Regular class participation is essential to the objectives of this course. Weekly participation is required. If a student chooses to stop participating in this class, the student must withdraw from the class. The instructor will not drop students from the course.

    2. The student is responsible for reading assignments, quizzes, tests, or any other assignments. Students should keep close track of all announcements and the course calendar. Quizzes, tests, and other assignments have specific due dates. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with all assignments.

    3. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. 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 chapters eleven and twelve of Harbrace Essentials. Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by and added to the database when you submit them. Students who wish to appeal a professor’s decision regarding this policy should use the Academic Dishonesty Process published in the New Mexico Junior College Student Handbook.

    4. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.

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    6. I generally respond to canvas messages with questions in less than twenty-four hours. If twenty-four hours passes, and you have no heard from me, please resend your message.

    7. I do not accept late work. If a situation arises in which you cannot complete an upcoming assignment, please contact me to schedule an alternate due date. In the case of an emergency, please also contact me right away.

    8. It is the student's responsibility to have access to a functioning computer. Experiencing computer problems is not a valid excuse for not completing assignments and your late work will not be accepted.

    9. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit assignments. Due dates and times are a cut off limit, though you should allow yourself enough of a window, should computer issues arise, you still have time to solve your issue and not miss a deadline.

    Week One: MON 1-14-19 to SUN 1-20-19
    Module Zero & Module One: Course Information / Syllabus / Introductory assignments

    Week Two: MON 1-21-19 to SUN 1-27-19
    Module Two: Fiction Raymond Carver, “Cathedral” p. 32
    Grace Paley, “A Conversation with My Father” p. 67
    Discussion #1
    Reading Response #1

    Week Three: MON 1-28-19 to SUN 2-3-19
    Module Three: Fiction Edith Wharton, “Roman Fever” p. 115
    Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” p. 470
    Discussion #2
    Exam #1

    Week Four: MON 2-4-19 to SUN 2-10-19
    Module Four: Fiction Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” p. 184
    Stephen Crane, “The Open Boat” p. 387
    Discussion #3
    Reading Response #2

    Week Five: MON 2-11-19 to SUN 2-17-19
    Module Five: Fiction Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Interpreter of Maladies” p. 446
    Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” p. 523
    Discussion #4
    Exam #2

    Week Six: MON 2-18-19 to SUN 2-24-19
    Module Six: Fiction Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” p. 523
    Discussion #5
    Reading Response #3

    Week Seven: MON 2-25-19 to SUN 3-3-19
    Module Seven: Fiction William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily” p. 628
    Discussion #6
    Exam #3

    Week Eight: MON 3-4-19 to SUN 3-10-19
    Module Eight: Research Paper assignment instructions, examples
    Picking a topic to research
    Finding and correctly utilizing scholarly sources
    Paper brainstorming, pre-writing, outlining

    Week Nine: MON 3-11-19 to SUN 3-17-19
    Module Nine: Research Research Paper Rough Draft

    Week Ten: MON 3-18-9 to SUN 3-24-19
    Module Ten: Research RESEARCH PAPER DUE

    Week Eleven: MON 3-25-19 to SUN 3-31-19
    Module Eleven: Poetry Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Richard Cory” p. 703
    Wm Wordsworth, “I wandered lonely as a cloud” p. 705
    Billy Collins, “Divorce” p. 708
    Bruce Springsteen, “Nebraska” p. 709
    Discussion #7
    Reading Response #4

    Week Twelve: MON 4-1-19 to SUN 4-7-19
    Module Twelve: Poetry Dorothy Parker, “A Certain Lady” p. 742
    Walt Whitman, “I celebrate myself, and sing myself” p. 743
    Langston Hughes, “Ballad of the Landlord” p. 744
    Robert Frost, “Design” p. 939
    Discussion #8
    Exam #4

    Week Thirteen: MON 4-8-19 to SUN 4-14-19
    Module Thirteen: Poetry W.H. Auden, “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone” p. 802
    Philip Larkin, “This Be the Verse” p.817
    Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz” p. 825
    Kay Ryan, “Blandeur” p. 831
    Discussion #9

    Week Fourteen: MON 4-15-19 to SUN 4-21-19
    Module Fourteen: Drama Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire p. 1817

    Week Fifteen: MON 4-22-19 to SUN 4-28-19
    Module Fifteen: Drama Streetcar
    Discussion #10

    Week Sixteen: MON 4-29-19 to FRI 5-3-19
    Module Sixteen: Drama Streetcar
    Reading Response #5

    Week Seventeen: MON 5-6-19 to TUE 5-7-19 Final Exam Week
    Exam #5


    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW: Thursday, April 18, 2019

    The following outline is intended to provide you with an overview of the semester. You will receive detailed instructions on assignments in each Canvas learning module, and due dates always appear in Canvas.
    Weekly modules are opened on Mondays at 12am and are closed, with the due date on the following Sunday, at 11:59pm, unless otherwise stated.
    All due dates and times are in MST.

    Reading Responses (5) 25%
    Reading Exams (5) 25%
    Discussion Board (10) 20%
    Research Paper 30%


    Reading Responses: There will be 5 reading responses. A required length of 400-500 words, the response should be a well-thought reply to a posted question. Grammar and sentence structure factor as heavily as content. Parenthetical citations are required. This includes citing either the text itself, or an outside, scholarly source.

    Reading Exams: There will be 5 reading exams. Short essay, multiple choice, and T/F.
    EXAMS 3, 4, AND 5 REQUIRE RESPONDUS LOCK DOWN BROWSER AND MONITOR You will need a webcam to complete these exams online. No exceptions.

    Discussion Board: There will be 10 discussion boards. A required length of 250 words, the discussions will be an original posting covering the week’s readings. In addition to your own posting, you must respond to at least two posting created by your classmates. Please make your reply to someone else’s post more than, “I agree,” or “I disagree.” Elaborate, expand, explain your answer. Your response to your classmates is part of your grade.

    Research Paper: 4-5 pages in length, Word formatted, Times New Roman, 12-point font, and 1” margins, formatted for MLA. Students will select a short fiction story assigned in this class in order to prepare a research paper. You should count the story itself as one source, since you should include direct quotes from the story in your paper, but you need 2-3 other academic sources, for a total of 3-4. Instructions for locating and citing your sources will be presented in a later module.