English 116: Short Story and Poetry

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Instructor: Ann Reading

Office Location: Mellor Building, 2nd Floor

Instructor phone number:

717-299-7703 *Not a cell phone

Instructor email address: Reading@stevenscollege.edu

Catalogue Description:

Analysis of a variety of short stories and poems with an emphasis on developing interpretive skills. Special attention is given to individual presentations and class discussion.

Required Textbooks and tools:

*Lawn, Beverly. 40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology. 3rd ed.New York: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2004. ISBN: 03124771040 *Shakel, Peter and Jack Ridl. 250 Poems: A Portable Anthology. 2nd ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2002. ISBN: 0312466161

*Stevens email account

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: *Enjoy great literature *Become more sensitive to language *Develop better critical/analytical skills *Improve research techniques *Develop better interpretive skills and communication

Grading Scale
A 94 - 100
A- 90 - 93
B+ 87 - 89
B 84 - 86
B- 80 - 83
C+ 77 - 79
C 74 - 76
C- 70 - 73
D+ 67 - 69
D 64 - 66
D 60 - 63
F 59 - 0

I Incompletes must be approved

W Withdrawal must be before the deadline

Grading and assignments

Journals and quizzes | 40%
Creative work | 10%
Essay | 20%
Presentation | 10%
Class discussions and participation | 20%

        Total:  100%


Discussing the literature in class is an integral part of critical thinking and engaging with the works beyond reading. This is what literature is about, so you must both listen to your peers and share in the discussion.

You will be docked points every time you are disruptive in class; this includes but isn’t limited to sleeping in class, arriving late to class, talking when others have the floor, not participating in a group activity, using your cell phone, etc. If your behavior in class affects the learning process, you will be withdrawn from the class. Your prepared daily attendance is critical to your success in this course. You will have some pop quizzes to check your knowledge of the course material; it will be integrated in your participation grade. If you fail or do not turn in five journals you may be withdrawn from the course.

Two unexcused absences will be reported to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. More than five unexcused absences may be reason for dismissal from the course. Unexcused absences also result to a 10 point deduction after one. Being tardy will result in a 5 point deduction after two free passes. I will update your participation grade during midterms and in the final grade.

You will also drop a letter grade after four unexcused absences.

In-class Responses and Quizzes

At least once a week, you will participate in an in-class writing assignment or quiz on the work that was assigned for that week or any other material that was assigned. This also covers any additional secondary information we read or learned about in class. For example, you could be asked to discuss the post-colonial influence in Derek Walcott’s “Sea Grapes” (you will understand what this means by the time you are asked to write about it). I will drop the lowest grade. This cannot be made up unless you have a documented excuse, so being in class is very important. However, you will only have the day upon your return to make this up and it must be during my office hours.


You have two written works due in this class. One will be a creative work influenced by one of the works we discussed in class, and the other will be a formal research paper and require secondary sources to back up your argument. See rules on plagiarism.

Turnitin.com info: class ID: 19901812 enrollment key: hellolit


You will have two presentations in this class. One will be a group project leading a class discussion on a literary theory. I will explain this in the first couple weeks of the course. The other presentation involves you reading your final paper to the class. It will mimic an academic conference. I will set you up in panels and you will have a 5 minute time limit. Your grade will also depend on your ability to answer questions after the presentation and the discussion between your peers.

Late assignments

Late assignments will only be accepted if you have an excused absence with proof like a doctor’s note. If you miss your speech day without an valid excuse, you will not be able to make it up. If you miss more than one speech or exam because of an unexcused absence, you will be withdrawn from the class.


It is expected that all students follow the mission statement and philosophical statement of the college. I expect everyone to treat each other with respect and kindness. A professional environment will also be maintained to ensure a positive learning environment. If you cannot maintain this, please withdraw from the class. I will withdraw you if your behavior becomes a repeated issue.

Makeup Policy

If you have an excused absence, it is still your responsibility to make up the work by the following class. If you have missed consecutive excused absences, you are to visit me during my office hours, call, or email me, so we can work together to come up with a plan of action with new due dates. You will have the amount of days missed to make up any of the given work.

Academic Honesty

Recognizing the importance of academic integrity to the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology community, the College Academic Policies; Standards Committee adopted a new Academic Integrity policy, Spring 2007. The shared conviction, represented in the procedures that follow, is that academic integrity is best taught and reinforced by faculty as an element of the teaching and learning process. Only in the limited instances in which faculty believe that disciplinary, as well as academic, sanctions are called for should the process move to the Vice President of Academic Affairs

Definition and expectations: Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and all members of the College community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, College’s Code of Conduct demands that students conduct themselves in a responsible manner that corresponds to acceptable and mature adult standards of behavior and comply with all College regulations and directives. All students should act with personal integrity, respect other students’ dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts

Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the College community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, faculty and administrators should regularly communicate high standards of integrity and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and deter acts of dishonesty in all assignments. At the beginning of each course, it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide students with a statement clarifying the application of College academic integrity policies to that course.

Academic Honesty: Section 7324 of the Crimes Code of Pennsylvania makes it a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree to sell or offer for distribution any dissertation, thesis, term paper, essay, report, or other written assignment, or to sell or offer for distribution any assistance in the preparation of such assignments, for submission to an educational institution to meet the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or course of study. (Assignment is defined as a written, recorded, pictorial, artistic, or other academic task. To prepare is defined as to create, write, or in any way produce in whole or substantial part any such assignment.)
The law does not prohibit an educational institution or members of its faculty and staff from offering instruction or instructional services as part of its curricula or programs. Neither does the law apply to the sale of certain copyrighted materials described in Section 7324(f).

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as …
* Submitting an assignment claiming to be original work but which has been wholly or partially created by someone else.
* Allowing your work to be submitted by another student as if it were that student’s own original work.
* Presenting as one’s own the ideas (i.e., paraphrases or summaries of research), organization, or the wording (i.e., direct quotations) of another work without appropriate acknowledgement of the sources within the text of your work and a works cited page per the standards of an accepted academic documentation system (i.e., CBE, Chicago Manual of Style, APA, or MLA).
* Inaccurate, sloppy, or faulty documentation of sources.
Disciplinary Sanctions: Penalties that may be imposed include but are not limited to the following:
* Faculty may lower the grade or fail that particular assignment, lower the course grade, give a failing course grade and/or dismiss that student from the course. Additionally, Faculty may recommend further involvement from the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs may impose harsher measures within the context of the College.

The English Lab

The English Lab is located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC), second floor. It is open to all students who need or want extra help on their assignments. If you receive a failing grade on an assignment, you may be required to see the English tutor.

Students with Disabilities

Disabilities Accommodations: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Amendment Act of 2009, students with learning, physical, or emotional disabilities that affect a major life activity are entitled to reasonable accommodations provided by the college. Students must provide documentation and meet with the Disabilities Coordinator prior to the accommodations being provided. For further information see Debra Schuch, Counselor/Disabilities Coordinator, Hartzell 101 between 8:30 am-4:30 pm weekdays. Phone: 717-299-7408 or e-mail Schuch@stevenscollege.edu to schedule an appointment.