English 471: Modern Poetry
Mary Adams, Instructor
Class Meets MWF from 1:25 to 2:15 in Coulter 105
Office Hours MWF 3-4 PM or by appointment
Ext. 3270 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Web Page: http://www.maryadams.net/classpages/471/index.html
- Rental. Gioia, Dana. Twentieth Century American
Poetry (TCAP). (Buy
- Purchase: Gioia, Dana. Twentieth Century American
Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry (POAP). (Buy
- Purchase: Finch, Annie, editor. An Exaltation of Forms.
Students will learn:
- To read, discuss, and understand twentieth century American
- To understand the literary techniques used to compose
it and the styles used to define it
- To recognize characteristics of various movements and
schools in modern American poetry, and to distinguish between
- To produce thoughtful written work demonstrating the abilities
learned in 1-3 above
- Quizzes (daily) 20%
- Reading Sheets. . . . . 25%
- Midterm 10%
- Paper : Reading + Research. two books by a single author,
or read several poets in a school or movement. 15%
- Participation (including online participation) 10%
- Final Exam 15%
- Note taking (assigned to one student
each day) 5%
Explanation of Assignments:
- Daily Quizzes: these quizzes will take 5 minutes.
They will cover the reading assigned for that day. Students
may use notes but not books to take the quizzes. I will
not allow makeup quizzes.
- Reading sheets: These assignments comprise 25%
of your grade. Your goal in them is to show me that you've
done the assignment. I grade them based on detail and specificity,
NOTE: I DO NOT RECORD THE GRADES at the time I return the
assignment. You are responsible for keeping the graded assignments
in a folder, and I will assign a grade of all the assignments
at the end of the semester. DON'T THROW AWAY ANY GRADED
- Note taking: Each day, a student will be assigned
the task of taking notes. This should happen twice, and
may happen three times. The notes should be a thorough,
well-proofed transcription of class discussion, lecture
notes, and questions/ answers. The notetaker should also
record which students are absent, and should note any changes
or updates to the syllabus. These notes should be posted
on the class
discussion board with 24 hours of the end of class.
Attendance and Tardiness
You get a total of four absences in this class (excused or
not). After that, each additional absence lowers your grade
one letter. I count three tardies as one absence. Youíre tardy
if Iím done taking attendance when you arrive. NOTE: You are
also absent if you don't bring the books we're discussing
for that day!
This policy is consistent with the university
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the inaccurate or unacknowledged
use of another's material. One plagiarized assignment will
result in a 0 for the assignment; a second instance will result
in failure of the course and may result in legal action.
- The university's policy can be found in the faculty handbook.
procedure includes the following language:
"Instructors have the right to determine the appropriate
sanction or sanctions for academic dishonesty within their
courses up to and including a final grade of "F"
in the course. Within 5 calendar days of the event, the
instructor will inform his or her department head in writing
of the academic dishonesty charge and sanction."
Electronic Devices in Class
Unless you have a documented disability which requires you
to have a laptop in class, you may not use one during class
time. Unfortunately, too many students have abused laptops
in class for me to permit their use. The same is true for
cell phones, ipods, gameboys, or any device that requires
headphones. If you must keep your cell phone on, please turn
off the ringer and put it away. First-time abuses of this
policy will result in the student being warned. Subsequent
abuses will result in an absence.
The policy above also covers text messaging. I consider text
or instant messaging or any other activity that distracts
your classmates and keeps you from learning to be unforgivable.