Spring Quarter 2008
GTM 217 MWF 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
MWF: 9-11 a.m.
TR 11:50 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
is the second of the freshman composition courses. You will study
literary terms, concepts, and diverse theoretical approaches that will help you when we read and analyze
major genres of literature such as fiction, drama, and poetry. While this course is not a literature course, it
continues to develop the basic skills of writing and critical thinking that were taught in English 101.
Students will also learn about the research process and will write essays and a research paper that is based
on their research and that adheres to the MLA guidelines. If this class is too challenging or you do not
receive the grade you desire on your first paper, the Writing Center in Wyly Tower is available for all
students who desire extra help with their essays.
By the end of this class, you should be familiar with literary terms/concepts/theoretical
approaches, comprehend/analyze a literary text, evaluate/communicate in-class discussion and in your
writing the effectiveness of various arguments, research a literary topic and synthesize your information
into a coherent form, write a sustained argument on a literary topic, and understand/apply proper MLA
documentation format using primary and secondary sources.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
The required textbook for this class is
The Bedford Introduction to
from which reading assignments will come from. The
Freshman Composition Course Packet
also required. It will provide you with departmental grading guidelines, student essay samples, MLA
documentation information and other information you might find useful. There is also a copy of the
plagiarism statement in the packet. You must read it carefully, sign it, and turn it in to me during the first
week of the quarter. I WILL NOT grade your papers until you have given me this signed statement. All
work will be returned so you can view your graded work and learn from any mistakes; however, after
viewing your work, it must be returned back to me. I will keep all student work on file in my office. The
University requires that I keep it on file when this class ends. You will need a folder with pockets to hold
your journal entries and so forth. Also, you will need some type of electronic device for storing your work
(disk, memory stick) as you may be required to turn it in with your essays.
Upon entering this class, you are asked to carefully read and sign a plagiarism statement
indicating that the writing in this class will be your writing and not the writing of another source. This
statement is located in the Freshman Course Packet. The University has also established an Honor Code,
and it is a prerequisite to your registration. I support this Code and expect you to adhere to it. Any student
suspected of plagiarism will receive a ZERO and will FAIL the class!
Furthermore, the University