ENGL 1102/Fall 2021

From Gerald R. Lucas

Welcome to ENGL 1102: English Composition II.

The objectives ENGL 1102 concentrate on the interpretation of literature in an attempt to develop critical-thinking, observation, analytical, and comprehension skills. Prerequisite: at least a “C” in ENGL 1101.

ENGL 1102 provides an introduction to traditional literary forms—prose, poetry, and drama—and an examination of other cultural texts, like film, music, and visual arts. This course will also introduce to students various approaches to textual interpretation, like reader-response, ethical, feminist, and psychological modes of criticism. Through various reading, writing, research activities, and instructed guidance, students will further develop those written and verbal skills begun in English Composition I.

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The document you’re reading is your syllabus. Everything you need for this class is on this page and linked off of it. Bookmark it now and return here if you get lost or confused.[1] Use the tabs above to navigate to the various sections of the syllabus.[2]

Relevant Links
For a head start on how to approach all work in this course, see “How to Do Well in My Class” and “Research & Response.”

Before you begin, take a moment and familiarize yourself with the general resources I have for students. All of these may be found in the “For Students” menu at the top of the page, or you can just begin on the student start page. These pages are designed to help you succeed in this class. While you may not read everything, you should know what’s available if you need it.

Please read this document and those it links to carefully at the beginning of the semester. There is much information to process, and it can be somewhat daunting — especially if you read cursorily. If you are confused, do your best to work through it by (re)reading this document carefully and completely, searching this site, or consulting the FAQ. I promise, there is an answer to your question. If all else fails, you may contact me. Trust yourself to follow directions and find the answers. Be careful and deliberate.

COVID-19

The University System of Georgia recognizes COVID-19 vaccines offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, staff and visitors to get vaccinated; however, it is an individual decision to receive the vaccine and will not be required to be a part of our campuses. Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to get a vaccine, to continue wearing a face covering, and to continue socially distancing from others when possible. Updated protocols for isolation and quarantine will be in effect this semester in order to mitigate further spread of the coronavirus on our campuses. USG guidance is subject to change based on recommendations from GA DPH. MGA will remain flexible in their planning and be prepared to change course as necessary. MGA will continue to provide updated information.

Masks

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Since we are still under threat of COVID-19—the percentage of infection is higher now than it was last year, I would like to strongly encourage you to wear a mask in class and get vaccinated if you ahve not done so. This request is for your safety, and also for the safety of the rest of the class, your community, and our families. On a personal note: my son is 5 and cannot be vaccinated yet. While I am vaccinated, I continue to wear a mask to protect him from infection. I would request that you please help me. Thank you for your understanding, diligence, and consideration.

⭐️ If you need a mask, your may get one for free in the English Department, SoAL-201. ⭐️



notes

  1. While you may certainly choose to print it—we will do our best to follow the schedule hereon—it may change during the course of the semester due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this occur, I will let you know in class and via an announcement on the class forum, but ultimately, this online document has the final say—not a printed one.
  2. You might, too, follow links by opening them in browser tabs—click the link by holding the ⌘ Command on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC—so you can easily return to where you left off.
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