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Other · College of Arts, Culture and Scientific Inquiry · English, Film, Languages and Performing Arts

Introduction to Literature

  • Fall 2021
  • Section E01
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/11/2021 to 12/10/2021
  • Modified 11/15/2021


A course that introduces students to the conventions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, and film with the goal of developing collegiate-level reading and interpretation skills. Required for English majors. May count for credit in Area C.2.




Contact Information

Office Location and Phone:

TLC 3132; Telephone (direct): (470) 729-2613 (Note: This is a GoogleVoice number and will ring through to my cell phone. If I miss your call, please do leave me a message [either voice or text], and I will return your call).

Meeting Times

Student Hours:

Since this is an asynchronous course, I will have online student hours (as opposed to standard in-office hours). These will be through Collaborate Ultra (inside CourseDen). I will be available Tuesdays from 10am-11am and on Thursdays from 11am-12pm (unless otherwise noted). If we find, as the semester progresses, that very few of you are utilizing this set time, we can reconsider our options and have virtual office hours by appointment through either Collaborate Ultra or Google Meet. In addition, I am available via email through both my UWG email and also through CourseDen email (please use [email protected] for more immediate responses since I will get notifications on my phone) during normal business hours (9 am-5 pm).  If you email me during times other than those listed, my response may be delayed. You have LOTS of options to reach out to me. PLEASE do not hesitate to do so. Communication if often the key to SUCCESS.


Texts, Readings, Instructional Resources, and References:

  • Kelly Mays, The Norton Introduction to Literature, Portable 13th ed. (You will want to purchase the digital copy, which is available through the publisher).
  • Additional required readings are available in CourseDen under the Content Bar.
  • You will also need to purchase access to the film, Freedom Writers (2007), which is available on Amazon.


Program Goals:

English majors will be able to: 1. Identify and assess the traditions, conventions, and contexts associated with the study of the English language and its literatures. 2. Apply critical thinking skills to the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information and ideas from diverse oral, written, and/or visual sources. 3. Conduct research, develop organizational strategies, and compose professional documents using the academic conventions of English Studies as a discipline. *Note: This course is required for English majors.

Learning Outcomes
Students will learn to:   

  1. Identify and apply the vocabulary of literary study to interpret poetry, fiction, non- fiction, drama, & film (we will do this by reading and applying literary terms from our course anthology in workshops, discussions, tests, and writing assignments)
  2. Evaluate and analyze themes, conventions, and form in written and verbal coursework (we will do this in our class discussions and you will demonstrate this in your writing)
  3. Develop and demonstrate metacognitive skills such as annotating, summarizing, re-reading, and formulating theoretical questions (provided content and workshops will help us to focus on practicing these skills)



Rubrics for each major assignment will be provided in CourseDen.



*Note: All written work for this class must be in MLA format: Times New Roman 12-pt font, double-spaced, with 1” margins


  • Informal Writing Responses (25%): Assignments that will take the form of discussion posts, short explications, or brief analytical responses to questions on the text(s) being discussed (outcomes #1-3)


  • Annotation & Notes (5%): An assignment that asks you to annotate a short fictional text we have read and compile notes on what you notice about it (outcome #3)


  • Response Paper (10%): A short informal interpretation of one of the poems we have read (outcomes #1-2)


  • Tests (15%): Three tests that will assess your knowledge of and ability to apply the central approaches we learn (outcome #1)


  • Essay (20%): An essay at the close of the course that will allow you to draw on your skills developed throughout the semester as a whole wherein you will produce a polished, 4-5-page paper that uses your close reading skills to offer an argument for an interpretation of a central issue in one of the texts we have read over the semester (outcomes #1-2)


  • Participation (25%): This is a discussion-based course, so attending, completing activities, and contributing in class every day is a major part of your grade. Participation is graded based on attendance, lateness, and the quality and quantity of your comments in discussions (outcomes #1-3)


Grading Scale: A+ = 98-100 B+ = 88-89 C+ = 78-79 D+= 68-69 F = 0-59 A = 93-97 B = 83-87 C = 73-77 D = 63-67  A- = 90-92 B-  = 80-82 C- = 70-72 D- = 60-62 


*Also Note:  No extra credit will be assigned or accepted in this course.  In addition, work completed for another course will not be accepted in this course.


Tentative Course Calendar ("At A Glance" Calendar)

**Note: These dates and assignments may be adjusted as necessary to meet the needs of the class.



Topic/Reading Assignment

Topic/Reading Assignment


Week One




Introduction to the Course (review syllabi and purchase e-book)



 Introduce Yourself (Video Note Discussion Post)

Week Two



 Introduction to the Course: Mays (pgs. 1-13)

Mays: Introduction to Fiction ( pgs. 14-27)

Mays: Plot and Ellison’s “King of the Bingo Game” (pgs. 75-90)








Mays: Narration and Point of View and Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” (pgs. 169-179); Annotation and Notes Due (Monday, Aug 23rd, by 9 am)

 Week Three





Mays: Character and Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” (pgs. 210-230)









Mays: Setting and Joyce’s “Araby” (pgs. 282-292)


Week Four


Mays: Symbol and Figurative Language and Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” (pgs. 380-397)






Mays: Theme and Crane’s “The Open Boat” (pgs. 429-450)




Week Five

Introduction to Literary Non-Fiction (scanned material posted on your Content Bar)


 Literary Non-Fiction Text

Week Six


Mays: Introduction to Poetry (pgs. 730-754)







 Mays: Speaker (pgs. 769-774)

Test on Fiction (due Monday, Sept. 20th by 9 am)







Week Seven


Mays: Situation and Setting (pgs. 795-806)






Mays: Situation and Setting (pgs. 795-806) [cont]







Week Eight


Mays: Theme and Tone (pgs. 830-834)







Mays: Theme and Tone (pgs. 830-834) [cont.]















Week Nine


Mays: Language: Word Choice and Order (pgs. 854-859)








Mays: Visual Imagery and Figures of Speech (pgs. 866-878)




Week Ten



Mays: Symbol (pgs. 884-898) and The Sounds of Poetry (pgs. 899-917)







Mays:  Internal Structure (930-946) and External Form (pgs. 951-962)

 Response Paper Due (no later than Monday, October 18th, by 9 am)

Week Eleven

Mays: Introduction to Drama (pgs. 1194-1213)





Mays: Elements of Drama (pgs. 1221-1230); Test on Poetry Due (no later than Monday, October 25th, by 9 am)

Week Twelve


Mays:  Wilson’s Fences Act I (pgs. 1230-1260)



Mays: Wilson’s Fences Act II (pgs. 1260-1281)



Week Thirteen


Mays: Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful Scenes 1-8 (pgs. 1283-1314)




Mays: Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful Scenes 9-15 (pgs. 1314-1330)



Week Fourteen


Introduction to Film; (scanned material posted on your Content Bar)




Freedom Writers (2007); Test on Drama Due (no later than Monday, November 15th, by 9 am)








Week Fifteen

*Note: Thanksgiving Holiday is 11/22-11/26

Work on Final Essay


 Work on Final Essay (cont).



Week Sixteen

Final Exam Week

Work on Final Essay (cont).

Final Essay Due (no later than Monday, 12/6, by 9 am)



Course Policies and Resources

Late Work Policy:

Because of the nature of this course, no late work will be accepted. Please be sure that you pay close attention to ALL due dates for coursework. Coursework must also be submitted to the proper locations on CourseDen in order for it to be accepted and count towards the completion of the necessary coursework. No coursework may be submitted through any other avenue (i.e., email correspondence).

Attendance Policy:

Since this course is almost exclusively asynchronous, there is no formal attendance policy. However, course “attendance,” meaning your active involvement in the course, will be tracked through the submission of assignments and also through the “Class Progress” tool on CourseDen.  Keeping up with work as it is assigned is crucial to your success in the course. If you have any type of issue during the course of the semester, PLEASE reach out to me.

Plagiarism and Excessive Collaboration Policy: (if a student violates this policy, he/she may receive an "F" for the assignment or an "F" for the course at my discretion). Policies on the university’s honor code can be found by reviewing the “Honor Code” in the Institutional Policies below. More specific policies with regard to plagiarism, academic honesty, and excessive collaboration are here:

Plagiarism & Academic Honesty: Plagiarism is defined as taking personal credit for the words and ideas of others as they are presented in electronic, print, and verbal sources. There is the expectation that students will accurately credit sources in all assignments. An equally dishonest practice is fabricating sources or facts; it is another form of misrepresenting the truth. Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course (see above).

Excessive Collaboration: By the end of the term in both ENGL 1101 and 1102, students should demonstrate the ability to produce independent writing (writing without collaborative assistance of peers, writing tutors, or professionals in the field) that shows an acceptable level of competence. Although numerous course assignments may highlight collaborative learning and collaborative research, excessive collaboration (collaboration that results in the loss of a student's voice/style and original claims to course-related work) is considered another form of academic dishonesty and therefore will not be permitted.

Institutional Policies

Academic Support

Accessibility Services: Students with a documented disability may work with UWG Accessibility Services to receive essential services specific to their disability. All entitlements to accommodations are based on documentation and USG Board of Regents standards. If a student needs course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if he/she needs to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, the student should notify his/her instructor in writing and provide a copy of his/her Student Accommodations Report (SAR), which is available only from Accessibility Services. Faculty cannot offer accommodations without timely receipt of the SAR; further, no retroactive accommodations will be given. For more information, please contact Accessibility Services.

Center for Academic Success: The Center for Academic Success provides services, programs, and opportunities to help all undergraduate students succeed academically. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6280 or [email protected]

University Writing Center: The University Writing Center assists students with all areas of the writing process. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6513 or [email protected]

Online Courses

UWG takes students’ privacy concerns seriously: technology-enhanced and partially and fully online courses use sites and entities beyond UWG and students have the right to know the privacy policies of these entities. For more information on privacy and accessibility for the most commonly used sites, as well as technology requirements visit the UWG Online site.

Students enrolled in online courses can find answers to many of their questions in the Online/Off-Campus Student Guide.

If a student is experiencing distress and needs help, please see the resources available at the UWG Cares site. Online counseling is also available for online students.

Honor Code

At the University of West Georgia, we believe that academic and personal integrity are based upon honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students at West Georgia assume responsibility for upholding the honor code. West Georgia students pledge to refrain from engaging in acts that do not maintain academic and personal integrity. These include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aid of academic dishonesty, lying, bribery or threats, and stealing. 

The University of West Georgia maintains and monitors a confidential Academic Dishonesty Tracking System. This database collects and reports patterns of repeated student violations across all the Colleges, the Ingram Library, and the School of Nursing. Each incidence of academic dishonesty is subject to review and consideration by the instructor, and is subject to a range of academic penalties including, but not limited to, failing the assignment and/or failing the course. Student conduct sanctions range from verbal warning to suspension or expulsion depending on the magnitude of the offense and/or number of offenses. The incident becomes part of the student’s conduct record at UWG.

Additionally, the student is responsible for safeguarding his/her computer account. The student’s account and network connection are for his/her individual use. A computer account is to be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. The student is responsible for all actions originating through his/her account or network connection. Students must not impersonate others or misrepresent or conceal their identities in electronic messages and actions. For more information on the University of West Georgia Honor Code, please visit the Office of Community Standards site.

UWG Email Policy

University of West Georgia students are provided a MyUWG e-mail account. The University considers this account to be an official means of communication between the University and the student. The purpose of the official use of the student e-mail account is to provide an effective means of communicating important university related information to UWG students in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her email.

Credit Hour Policy

The University of West Georgia grants one semester hour of credit for work equivalent to a minimum of one hour (50 minutes) of in-class or other direct faculty instruction AND two hours of student work outside of class per week for approximately fifteen weeks. For each course, the course syllabus will document the amount of in-class (or other direct faculty instruction) and out-of-class work required to earn the credit hour(s) assigned to the course. Out-of-class work will include all forms of credit-bearing activity, including but not limited to assignments, readings, observations, and musical practice. Where available, the university grants academic credit for students who verify via competency-based testing, that they have accomplished the learning outcomes associated with a course that would normally meet the requirements outlined above (e.g. AP credit, CLEP, and departmental exams).

HB 280 (Campus Carry)

UWG follows University System of Georgia (USG) guidance:

You may also visit our website for help with USG Guidance:

Mental Health Support

If you or another student find that you are experiencing a mental health issue, free confidential services are available on campus in the Counseling Center. Students who have experienced sexual or domestic violence may receive confidential medical and advocacy services with the Patient Advocates in Health Services. To report a concern anonymously, please go to UWGcares.

ELL Resources

If you are a student having difficulty with English language skills, and / or U.S. culture is not your home culture, specialized resources are available to help you succeed. Please visit the E.L.L. resource page for more information.


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Additional Items

Course Schedule and Postings of Course Materials and Assignments (You can expect to see the following with respect to our schedule and to the posting of course materials and assignments):

Note: Coursework and assignments for each week, respectively, will be posted each Monday and any assignments for that week will be due the following Monday (see below).

For the Course Schedule:

  • Please check BOTH your “Announcements” as well as the “preview of the module” (see below) for updates on the course schedule. It is imperative that you stay current on postings of material, postings of assignments, and due dates for those assignments, as well as any changes, additions, etc. to the course as we move through the semester. I will also post an “at a glance” calendar of assignments in your Content Bar, so you can have a larger look at this semester’s scheduling (with the understanding that I can adjust that schedule as necessary to meet the needs of the entire class). Note: Be sure that you are seeing all of our "Announcements" by scrolling to the bottom of the screen (on our main course page) and clicking on "Show All Announcements." 

For the Posting of Course Material:

  • All material will be available in your anthology and/or posted using the Content Bar (w/ the exception of our film) and will be organized using Modules (for both the Content Discussion and for each of your Assignments). For instance, you will have a Module on Fiction, a Module on Non-Fiction, etc.
  • At the beginning of each Module, I will update a “preview of the Module” every Monday (unless otherwise noted), detailing the week’s coursework.

For the Posting of Assignments:

  • Each assignment will have clear directions as to their requirements, due dates, and locations of where they should be uploaded. Most, if not all, of your assignments, will be uploaded into “Discussions” (located under the “Communication” tab) or to “Assignments” (located under the “Assessment” tab). Remember (see the Late Policy guidelines above): ALL material MUST be uploaded into CourseDen in order to be accepted. No coursework will be accepted via email. Note: All assignments (unless otherwise noted) will be due each Monday at 9 am. The assignment folder and/or discussion form will close after that time in adherence to the late work policy. 

Note on Keeping Up with Announcements and Due Dates: 

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