Types of Literature II


  2. A. Course Title: Types of Literature II
    B. Course Number: EN 223 - 30052
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 12:00:00 PM - 12:50:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Litwicki, Shelby
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 110
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2836
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 02:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 02:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 02:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of EN 123
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: MH128

    This course examines selected literary works from one or more genres. The successful students’ critical thinking skills are developed through close reading of the genres presented and exploration into the cultural, social, political, and/or historical influences on the works. Writing assignments may include journaling, a research project, critical commentaries, and/or oral reports. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 123


    This course will focus on Modern American Woman Writers.

    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.



    Showalter, Elaine (editor). The Vintage Book of American Women Writers. Vintage, 2011. ISBN: 978-1400034451

    This textbook was chosen because of its diversity. The editor, Elaine Showalter, went to great lengths to include stories not just by the most "famous" authors, but by authors who contributed in some way to their community and who represent something unique about being a woman in American society.


    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

    Grade Breakdown

    Participation: 10%
    Assignments: 10%
    Essays: 45% (Essay 1 10% ; Essay 2 10%; Research Essay 25%)
    Presentation: 15%
    Final: 20%

    Participation: This includes class discussions, in-class assignments, in-class reading quizzes, etc.

    Assignments: This will include any work that is assigned out of class, including short response essays.

    Essays 1-2: You will be given a specific prompt to give a short response to. The prompt will ask you to choose a story and write a formal analysis of your choice.

    Research Essay: This assignment will require you to do additional research in order to successfully analyze a short story/poem of your choice.

    Presentation: You will give a brief, timed presentation about a chosen short story, which will also require you to analyze the story. These presentations will take place throughout the semester.

    Final: Your final will be a timed exam (over key terms and ideas learned in the semester) with an additional short essay response.

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    HOWEVER: repeated cell phone use, after receiving a warning, will result in you being marked as tardy. After another warning, you will be counted as absent (and those 3 "free" absences will not apply in this situation).

    You will also be marked as "tardy" in this class if you are more than 5 minutes late.

    Consequences: Being marked absent or tardy, which will impact your Participation grade.

    Late Work

    Late work for assignments worth 25 points or less will not be accepted. I expect you to turn assignments in on time. Any exceptions beyond this rule due to emergencies will be up to my own discretion.

    However, for assignments worth 100 points or more (essay assignments), I may accept them (at my own discretion) up to one week late with an automatic 10 point deduction.

    Consequences: Failing an assignment

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    Appropriate behavior includes:
    1. Listening to others when they are speaking
    2. Asking questions that are relevant and appropriate to the current discussion
    3. Removing all electronics (cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-Readers, etc.) unless otherwise approved by the instructor
    4. Active participation

    Consequences: Receiving a verbal/written warning and/or being marked as tardy (see attendance policies)

    Academic Dishonesty (Plagiarism)

    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.

    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.


    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:


    By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    • Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


    By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 123 Learning Outcomes.
    • Analyze literary works for elements, such as theme, character, plot, setting, symbolism, tone, and imagery.
    • Recognize, interpret, analyze, discuss, criticize, and evaluate works of literature created during the period.
    • Identify, distinguish, and evaluate authors of the period.
    • Interpret, organize, and evaluate knowledge of the period and its relationship to the authors and their works.
    • Recognize and use the relevant vocabulary of literary criticism and analysis.


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    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
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    Food and Drink Policy
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    No Children in the Classroom
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    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.

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    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 Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.




    Week 1
    Course Introduction
    Elements of Fiction

    Week 2
    Emily Dickinson
    Rose Terry Cooke

    Week 3
    Topic: Marriage
    "The Storm" and "The Story of an Hour"
    First Response Essay Due

    Week 4
    Sylvia Plath
    "A Temporary Matter"

    Week 5

    Week 6
    Topic: Family
    "A Warrior's Daughter
    Essay 1 Due

    Week 7
    "The Lottery"
    Anne Sexton

    Week 8
    "Seventeen Syllables"

    Week 9
    "Two Kinds"
    Research Intro
    Essay 2 Due

    Week 10

    Week 11:

    Week 12:
    Topic: Specific "Issues"
    "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene"
    Research Rough Draft Due

    Week 13
    "The Yellow Wallpaper"
    Research Essay Due

    Week 14:

    Week 15:
    "A Jury of Her Peers"

    Week 16: Review

    Week 17: Final