ENG 102: Composition II (Literature and Composition)
Section JF:  Monday & Wednesday
                  12:30–1:45 AM, South 110
Keys for Writers, 5 ed.

Brian T. Murphy

Bradley Hall, Y-203
516-572-7185, ext. 25686

e-mail: brian.murphy@ncc.edu

Schedule and Office Hours
 

Important Announcements and Updates


Thursday, May 14:
I have graded the final essays and posted your grades for the semester at MyNCC (login required) and below by ID number.

These grades contain generous scaling, including bonus points and adjustments, and all extra credit opportunities were announced in class and were also posted here as well as on the main page. Therefore, do not email me to ask about extra credit or other things you can do to bring your average up since you were almost passing” or just one point away” from the A and so on; in reality, you were closer to five or six points away.

Final essays may be picked up in the Fall 2015 semester, by appointment only. Enjoy the summer break.

ID Attendance Quizzes Essay 1: Fiction Essay 2: Poetry Midterm Exam Final Essay Research Topic (x/5) Research Biblio. (x/5) Research Outline Research (x/20, raw) Research Final Adjusted Average Earned Grade
N00206452                         W
N00545619                         UW
N00746931 87.5 44.5 0 0 D 0 0 0 2.5 10.5 F 40.4 F
N00754147 83.0 62.2 C A– B+ 0 4.0 4.5 4.0 15.6 B– 86.3 B+
N00766484                         W
N00767981 95.7 99.3 B+ B+ A– B+ 0.5 4.5 4.5 0 0 80.5 B
N00788765 91.7 61.9 D C D D– 0.5 4.0 2.0 6.8 F 71.8 C
N00801136 88.0 57.4 C–/D C+ C– C– 0 3.0 0 14.0 C 74.9 C+
N00807066 92.0 61.7 C– 0 C+ 0 0 3.5 0 0 0 41.9 F
N00807955 87.5 64.3 C C+ B C+ 4.0 3.5 3.5 15.9 B 91.9 A
N00808537 95.0 60.3 D B– C– C– 3.8 3.5 2.5 12.0 D– 85.9 B+
N00808607 92.0 81.8 C– C B– C– 5.0 3.5 4.5 15.0 C+ 93.7 A
N00809028 95.0 76.6 B B– B B– 4.5 4.5 3.5 17.2 A– 93.5 A
N00810439 100.0 92.2 0 B– C C 0.5 4.0 4.0 15.4 B– 79.3 C+
N00810976                         NA
N00812577 100.0 80.3 A– B+ A– B 4.5 4.5 3.5 18.9 A 100.0 A
N00812698 91.7 85.5 B+ B B– C+ 4.5 3.8 4.0 15.0 C+ 95.2 A
N00813423 96.0 95.7 0 B C– C– 3.5 4.0 3.0 15.8 B 79.2 C+
N00813729                         W
N00813874 87.5 55.7 B 0 C– C–/D 3.0 1.0 2.0 11.8 D– 73.5 C
N00815867 95.8 67.5 C– 0 C– C– 4.0 3.0 3.5 14.2 C 74.3 C
N00815994 99.0 96.5 A– B+ B+ B 4.5 4.5 3.5 16.8 B+ 97.9 A
N00818550                         W
N00822433 79.0 25.8 0 0 C–/D 0 0.5 0 0 0 0 25.7 F
MAX: 100.00 99.28 A– A– A– B+ 5.00 4.50 4.50 18.92 A 100.00 A
MIN: 79.00 25.78 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 25.67 F
MEDIAN: 95.00 65.91 C– C C C– 3.63 3.63 3.50 14.58 C+ 88.93 B+
MODE: 100.00 #N/A 0 0 C– 0 0.50 4.50 3.50 0.00 F #N/A #N/A
AVERAGE: 93.16 70.52 D– F C F 2.63 3.29 2.80 11.95 D– 82.50 B–

 

 

 

Monday, 11 May:
As announced repeatedly, your final essay was due today at the start of the class period. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Once final grades have been calculated—before Friday, ideally—your grades will be available online, both here (by Student ID number) and at MyNCC (login required). Therefore, do not email me to ask about your grade, or to ask for extra credit to bring your average up; final grades will already contain generous scaling, and all extra credit opportunities were announced in class and were also posted here as well as on the main page.

Saturday, May 9:
As announced in class, on Monday, May 11, your take-home final essay is due at the start of the class period. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Essays must be typed, in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, and stapled when submitted. As per instructions, you have two choices:

A. Using three of the following topics, write three short essays of at least 250-300 words apiece.

OR

B. Select one of the following topics, and compose one essay of at least 750-1000 words.

Remember that you are not summarizing the works, but responding to them in a critical manner. Include evidence or examples from the specific texts that you are writing about, but do not retell the story, and do not copy directly except when quoting. Remember to incorporate sources correctly: use signal phrases and document with parenthetical citations and a Works Cited reference at the end of the essay. Use of secondary sources, whether credited or not, will be considered grounds for failure.

If you wish your final essay returned, you may either bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope and I will mail it back to you, or you may pick it up next semester during my office hours. (by appointment)

Finally, I will not sign Withdrawal or Incomplete forms or provide last-minute extra credit; don't even ask.

Sunday, May 3:
Just a reminder: as per the syllabus, read at least through Act IV of Othello for Monday.
There will be a quiz, as usual, probably with one or more extra credit questions, as usual.

Sunday, April 26:
Be sure to read at least through Act II of Othello for Monday; there will be a quiz!
I'm also thinking there will be at least one extra credit question based on The Simpsons.

Sunday, April 12:
Now that we are in the home stretch, we will be moving from poetry into drama. Be sure you have read “Writing about Plays” (1223-1230), including “Elements of Drama” and “Moral Ambiguity and Character Development in Trifles” as well as Glaspell, Trifles (913-920) for tomorrow.

In addition, you should be working on your research essays; you have an outline and introduction due on Wednesday.

Finally, I have posted another possible FREE extra credit opportunity on the main page, if you happen to find yourself in New Haven in the next few weeks: The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860 at Yale University Art Gallery.

Sunday, April 5:
Now that break is over and the semester is more than half over,  it is time to start looking ahead to the next few weeks:

You should have read at least Cummings, “in Just-” (556-557) and Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow” (542-543) during the break; we will discuss them on Monday and Coleridge, “Kubla Khan” (484-485) and Shelley, “Ozymandias” (487) on Wednesday.

In addition, as indicated in class and posted below, optional Midterm Revisions are due Monday, April 6. Revisions should be substantially revised and expanded into a well-developed, coherent, and thoughtful essay of at least three to five pages (750 to 1000 words). Revisions must be submitted with the original graded bluebook essay attached.

Finally, we will discuss Essay 3 on Monday as well.

Friday, March 27:
I have posted information on the main page about extra credit: the Writing Center Spring 2015 MLA Research and Documentation Seminars. If students attend one of the MLA workshops and provide evidence of attendance (be sure to sign in at the workshop so I get the email notification!) along with a typed one- to two-page personal response, they can receive one additional point extra credit point. Note: you may not attend the workshop more than once on different dates for additional points, nor may you attend the APA workshop for credit. Details about APA workshops are provided for your information only. See also the official flyer, here.

In addition, optional Midterm Revisions are due Monday, April 6, when we return from break. You may submit a revised version of your midterm exam; however, rather than merely a “corrected” versions of the original essay, it must be substantially revised and expanded: a well-developed, coherent, and thoughtful essay of at least three to five pages (750 to 1000 words) and must be submitted with the original graded bluebook essay attached. Evidence of substantial revision may result in a better grade. 

Note: If you did not pick up your blue book in class on Wednesday, I left it for you in the folder attached to my office door, Y-203. I also sent a group email to the entire class, announcing that students had to pick up their blue books if they wished to submit a revision.

Sunday, March 8:
As a reminder, Annotated Bibliographies for the research essay project were due last week, as per the syllabus and classroom reminders. Students who submitted them on time will receive them on Wednesday, March 11, if not before, with comments and grades (out of five points). Students who did not submit their selection may still do so, but  for comments and feedback only.

We will discuss poems by Randall Jarrell and Emily Dickinson on Monday—I am already anticipating comments from Ms. Torchon—along with writing about poetry, compare-contrast essays, and the upcoming midterm exam.

Also, despite my request that you remind me at the end of class, only one student remembered to ask about the extra credit last week, and that was after everybody else had left the classroom. Remind me about it Monday!

Wednesday, March 4:
All classes, including online classes, and activities on Thursday, March 5 prior to 5:30 pm are canceled.  Campus services, other than Public Safety and Physical Plant, will not be available prior to 5:30 pm on March 5.  All classes and activities will resume starting 5:30 pm Thursday, March 5.  For further updates, please refer to the Nassau Community College website at www.ncc.edu.

Consequently, I will not be available to discuss your essay revisions tomorrow.
If you need to see me, my office hours next week are still 11:00 am–12:00 noon on Monday and 1:00–2:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Thursday, February 19:
I hope you have had a relaxing and productive break.
Now that it is almost over, however, a few notes are in order:

Research essay topic selections were due on Monday, February 9, and were graded and returned before break.

There is also a choice of stories: Walker, “Everyday Use” (336-343), Welty, “A Worn Path” (216-223), or Bambera, “The Lesson” (330-336). Read all of them, as the class will get to pick which one to discuss, and there will be a quiz on the one selected.

Tuesday, February 10:
As a reminder, Research essay topic selections were due on Monday, as per the syllabus and classroom reminders..
Students who submitted them on time will receive them on Wednesday, with comments and grades (out of five points).
Students who did not submit their selection may still do so, but  for comments and feedback only.

Be sure to complete the readings for tomorrow, as there will be a quiz on The Rocking-Horse Winner” (150-162) by D. H. Lawrence.

In addition, for MLA Format and Annotated Bibliographies, be sure to review Documenting Sources: MLA Format” (1244-1261), “Maintain a Working Bibliography” (Rules 7 ed. 448-449, 6 ed.405-406), and “Documenting Sources in MLA Style” (Rules 7 ed. 479-523, 6 ed.426-463).

Finally, in case you are interested, in the Simpsons episode Saddlesore Galactica (The Simpsons episode BABF09, original airdate 6 February 2000), the Simpsons adopt a horse named Duncan, whom they enter into races; eventually, he receives an extreme makeover, and becomes the winning racehorse known as Furious D.

Friday, February 6:
Again, I am keeping a watchful eye on predictions for the next storm.
In the event that  classes are suspended or delayed on Monday and/or Tuesday, information will be posted on the college website, www.NCC.edu.
It will also be posted here when available, along with any necessary schedule changes.

I have also posted information on the main page about another extra credit opportunity:

Young Man Langston: A Dramatic Reading

92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
212-415-5500

Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson—star in the premiere of Young Man Langston, a dramatic reading from the letters of Langston Hughes that looks at the poet’s formative years, from the publication of “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and The Weary Blues, to his travels through the American South, to his life as an artist among artists in 1920s Harlem.

Monday, February 23, 8:00 pm

Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Kaufmann Concert Hall

$15–$35

(35 and under tickets are available for patrons ages 35 and under. ID’s will be checked at the door.)

Tuesday, February 3:
I have posted information on the main page about extra credit: the Writing Center Grammar Review Workshops. If students attend one or more of these events, and provide evidence of attendance along with a typed one- to two-page personal response, they can receive one additional point per workshop. Note: you may not attend the same workshop (for example Building Compound Sentences”) on different dates for additional points. See also the official flyer, here.

Monday, February 2:
Updated at 5:45 pm This does not affect our class, but note:
All classes, including online classes, and activities on Tuesday, February 3 prior to 1:00 pm are cancelled.  Campus services, other than Public Safety and Physical Plant, will not be available prior to 1:00 pm.  All classes and activities will resume starting 1:00 pm Tuesday, February 3.  For further updates, please refer to the Nassau Community College website at www.ncc.edu.

Due to today's classes being cancelled, I have adjusted the schedule—again.
Changes have been posted on both the main page and syllabus.
Be sure to read the following for Wednesday:

“The Writing Process” (1151-1180),
“Common Writing Assignments” (1181-1196),
“Writing a Literary Research Paper” (1231-1266), and
A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (276-288) by
Flannery O’Connor

Note that due to the schedule changes, research paper topic proposals will now be due on Monday, February 9.
Students must obtain prior approval for independent topics; speak to me before or after class Wednesday or during my office hours on Thursday.

Sunday, February 1:
All classes, including online classes, and activities on Monday, February 2 are cancelled.  Campus services, other than Public Safety and Physical Plant, will not be available on Monday, February 2.  For further updates, please refer to the Nassau Community College website at www.ncc.edu.

Schedule adjustments will be made accordingly and announced in class when we resume, as well as posted here and on both the main page and syllabus.

Saturday, January 31:
I am keeping a watchful eye on predictions for this Sunday evening's storm.
If classes are suspended or delayed, information will be posted on the college website, www.NCC.edu.
It will also be posted here when available, along with any necessary schedule changes.

Tuesday, January 27:
As no announcements have yet been made concerning classes on Wednesday, just assume that we will be meeting as scheduled.
Read the pages that were originally intended for Monday's class:

“Writing About Literature: The Role of Good Reading” (1136-1150);
“Elements of Fiction” (1197-1200), esp. “Plot” (1197), Character” (1197-1198), “Point of View” (1198), “Symbolism” (1199);
Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado” (14-19)

We will discuss further changes to the schedule tomorrow.
In the event that classes tomorrow are cancelled or postponed, schedule adjustments will be made accordingly.
They will be announced in class when we resume, as well as posted here and on the
both the main page and syllabus.

Monday, January 26:
All classes, including online classes, and activities that begin after 12:15 pm are cancelled on Monday, January 26. Campus services, other than Public Safety and Physical Plant will not be available after 12:15 pm on Monday, January 26. All classes, including online classes and activities on Tuesday, January 27 are cancelled. Campus services, other than Public Safety and Physical Plant, will not be available during the day and evening on Tuesday, January 27. For further updates, please refer to the Nassau Community College website at www.ncc.edu.
Schedule adjustments will be made accordingly and announced in class when we resume, as well as posted here and on the both the main page and syllabus.

Sunday, January 25:
Given the increasingly dire predictions for this week's storm, there is a distinct possibility that classes will be suspended for one or more days.
Class cancellation information will be posted here when available. It will also be on the college website, www.NCC.edu, and on the following:

KJOY 98.3 FM
WALK 97.5 FM
WALK 1370 AM
WBAB 102.3
WBLI 106.1 FM
WBZO 103.1 FM
WGSM 740 AM
WHLI AM
WRCM 103.9 FM
WHPC 90.3 FM
WORK 710 AM
WCBS 88 AM
NEWS 12 LI

Saturday, January 24:
Updated versions of both the main page and syllabus have been posted.
Several typographical errors and page numbers have been corrected.

In addition, links are being verified and fixed as necessary.
While every effort is made to verify the accuracy and usefulness of these links and their contents, no guarantees are made.
Please notify me of any broken or outdated links at
brian.murphy@ncc.edu.

Wednesday, January 15:
Due to last-minute schedule changes beyond my control, I will not teaching ENG102 Section KH.
I will still be teaching ENG102 Section JF, as originally scheduled, and have updated the class page accordingly.
My apologies to those who had registered for section KH in order to take the class with me.

Tuesday, January 6:
The main page and syllabus have both been updated for the Spring 2015 semester.
Last year's main page (Spring 2014) is here; announcements are here.

 

 

 

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