World Literature (EN 216) Revised 2010
Classroom Regulations and Procedures

Reading List for Year by Week


Teacher: Jack L. Carter, M.A.

Room Hooper 106

Office: Hooper 106

Phone:  662 329 7360

P. O. Box W1627 Columbus, MS 39701

Email:  jcarter & where & = @ to try to stop span engines.

AIM:  poetry1225 (8 p.m to 9pm. Monday  through Thursday)

Availability: Any time not in class or a meeting.  Schedule posted outside Hooper 106 and on my website.

Where to find: Hooper 106, Office Hooper 106, or Fant Library

Note: Your individual questions help me figure out what to teach beyond the basic course.

  1. Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to World Literature.  We shall study selected writers in translation from Europe, India, Asia, the Mid-East, and South America between 1600 and the present with an emphasis on literature after 1850.  Classroom activities include a great deal of discussion, peer teaching projects, research on Internet or the library, and group activities.   Other aspects of this course include approximately five essays per semester; ten  vocabulary quizzes using the style of vocabulary questions found on national testing first semester; peer editing sessions; a unit on writing the essay for college admission;  a research paper; and  about two Peer Teaching  projects per nine weeks.  Vocabulary Quizzes and Projects will utilize the Intranet as well as the Internet.  This paperless class utilizes technology for  testing, and written assignments.  You will be expected to keep a notes in written or electronic form  on  class and reading.  

  1. Objectives
    1. Student will read and take notes on assigned works in order to prepare for class discussion.
    1. Student will form a point of view about assigned works.  Your point of view should include analysis and evaluation of the literary aspects of that work as well as some though to the culture background of that work.
    2. Student will share individual points of view with members of the class during class discussion.
    3. Student will take notes during class for it is not wise to just depend on the official class notes on the network.
    4. Student will accept the challenge of composition by improving their writings by attention to the editing marks by either teacher or a peer editor.
    5. Student will develop a fluent style for the various types of composition  consistent with standards set in this class and indicated on the Editing Symbols page on my web site.
    6. Student is responsible for preparation and organization of information for tests.
    7. Student is expected to take quizzes first semester in preparation for national testing based on a study of vocabulary and techniques of national testing.
    8. Student will identify, research and develop a topic for presentation in a research essay using the Modern Language Association Style.
    9. Student will, if need be, review grammar, reading procedures, or material from past courses if student is found deficient in those areas.  Note: the idea is to polish your skills of reading, speaking, composition, and presentation this year using knowledge from the past as well as knowledge gained this year.  In other words, student is expected to have knowledge of grammar, MLA Style, rhetorical concepts, reading, and note taking upon entering this class.
  2. Classroom Regulations and Procedures.
  1. Assignments
  1. Assignments may be accessed via my webpage,, or WEBCT in  University English II.   Assignments should be completed before class on date assigned, not on date taken in class.  Consequence for lack of preparation will be a reduction in grade of 1% for first offenders unto 20% for habitually offenders. Habitual offenders are individuals who are late with more than 3 assignments per semester.
  2. Material due for class tests, discussion, or Peer Teaching assigments is clearly indicated on the assignments found for each week on my website.  
  3. A reading list for the year is provided if you choose to read ahead and take notes.  While it is strongly suggested that you utilize the reading list so  you won't find yourself with a 300 page book due the next day, student are expected to schedule their work so as to be ON TIME.
  4. Essays will have their own schedule as indicated by each essay assignment. 
  5. Consequence for lack of preparation will be required tutorials that includes quality time with the teacher..
  6. Research papers will have a schedule indicating the due dates for various components of the research procedure and final paper.
  1. Tests
  1. Approximately two to three objective tests or test essays are given each nine weeks.  That means a minimum of three major grades that require in-class evaluation.  See section on late work for consequences in this area.  Testing is done electronically on WEBCT.  Essays are done in a word processor.  Tests and essays are weighted at 80% of nine weeks grade.
  1. Peer Teaching assignments have added weight this year, approximately 50% of nine weeks grade.  You may expect 2 of these per nine weeks.
  2. Exams follow school policy and will be given at the end of the second and fourth nine weeks.   Examinations count for 20% of the semester grade.
  1. Procedures
  1. Make Up Work
  1. Refer to Student Handbook. 
    1. Student handbook lists time limitations for return. 
    2. Even if you fail to meet time limitations and receive a failing grade, you still must make up the work in this course to avoid an Incomplete.
  2. In addition to the requirements in the student handbook, you are required to do the following:
    1. E-mail me about absence or late/missed assignment  explaining reason  and giving me a tentative schedule of when you plan to makeup material.  You must complete this step within twenty-four hours of your returnFailure to do this step will result in a 5% reduction in grade of made-up work on top of penalities for late work.
    2. Keep me informed by e-mail of your progress.  To extend deadlines, you must have e-mail conformation from me.  The time stamp on this e-mail is very important.
    3. I may indicate via e-mail that your schedule is NOT acceptable and to see me.  Failure to follow through may warrant a FAILING grade for your assignment.  You will still have to do assignment.
    4. Assignments not completed warrant an incomplete grade in this course. 

Note: Planned absences for field trips or other reasons should include prior arrangements which would include the information via email.

  1. Failure to follow these procedures to the letter denigrates your right to make up work.  In other words, no communication; no credit for make up work.
  1.  Avoidance of this responsibility will not only warrant penalties as spelled out by the Student Handbook, but will lead to automatic ISP and/or Required Studies.

2. Homework, essays, and research papers

  1. Due in your folder on Novell system time-stamped in file by 4:00 p.m. date due. 
  1. assignments when you are absent;
  2. tests and assignments due the day you return if you are absent only one day;
  3. following a schedule which allows you to get all your work done on time;
  4. KEEPING UP WITH ALL THE VARIOUS TYPES OF ASSIGNMENTS, READINGS, ESSAYS, AND PAPERS DUE IN THIS CLASS.  The attempt is to make you organize yourself to help you prepare for college.

3. Tardiness: See Student Handbook.  Note:  I send in absentees to SASI immediately after the time for class to start.  Clock on my desktop is set by network to the national time signal electronically.  You can use it to set your watch.

III. Evaluation

  1. Homework assignments, quizzes, tests and quizzes on reading assignments, essays, and research papers
  1. Each assignment will indicate mode of evaluation. Generally,
  1. Quizzes are numerical such as 23/30 and are weighed at 30% or 50% and usually have a point value between 15 and 50 points.
  2. Objective Tests indicates a numerical grade such as 95. Objective Tests usually count for 40 to 150 or more  points.  Objective tests are weighted at 80%.
  3. Essays will be graded in this course by two methods. Some  essays will be edited, using a forty-six point analysis  that indicates the value of each felicity or problem. Felicities such as well-chosen proof, fine writing, or creative, fluent organization get plus points. Some essays use a holistic method published on WEBCT in a rubric.     These grades may be discussed with the teacher. This holistic number is then converted into a 100 point scale for school system.  Essays are weighed at 80% also.
  4. Research papers have a number of components and their values are indicated on the schedule and criteria in the assignment. You may look at old ones if you want.   Research paper figures out at about 20% of first semester grade.  
  1. Generally, the percentages for grades for a semester runs this way:
  1. First Semester
  1. Nine weeks 1 40%
  2. Nine weeks 2 40%
  3. Mid-term Exam 20%
  1. Final Semester
    1. Nine weeks 3 40%
    2. Nine weeks 4 40%
    3. Final  Exam 20
  2. Final Grade
    1. Semester 1 50%
    2. Semester 2 50%
  1. Nine weeks grades use a percentage roughly equal to
  1. Vocabulary Quizzes  20%
  2. Content Quizzes and Peer Teaching 80%
  3. Tests and  Essays 100%

These grades are computed using a weighed scale. 

B. Grading System

1. Quizzes and mechanical part of tests use a number method.

2. Essays and Research papers allow for extra points on a holistic scale as indicated by the rubric and are converted if necessary into a number system that ranges from about 110% down. 

IV. Assignments and Due Dates

A. If you are absent the class period prior to a test or assignment, you are still responsible for the assignment or test the day of class.

B. You may submit late work, but your grade will be reduced by 5% up to a total of 20%.  Repeat offenders will lose more points than one time offenders.  Note:  I have a very accurate method of keeping up with late work.

C. NO WORK WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE MADE UP FOR A GRADE AFTER ONE WEEK FROM DUE DATE, TEST DATE, OR MAKE UP DATE. (The only exceptions are  family emergencies, extended absence for medical reasons or forced absence for disciplinary reasons.)

D. Academic Dishonesty means using the words or research of another and claiming it as one's own. It includes rewriting or collaborating on essays, tests, quizzes, or research papers, copying someone else's homework, or avoiding the wonderful experience of composition, research, and reading provided by this course.  Any time you use another's words, they should be in quotation marks with a citation.  See Student Handbook for consequences.  You need to know that I personally think this offense should warrent immediate explusion from MSMS.

E. Use of technologyone of the major thrusts of the MSMS mission is to acquaint students with the classroom of the future.  Therefore, this course will introduce and require use of the internet for assignments, a word processor for essays, a presentation program for class projects, and the special programs associated with WEBCT for quizzes, objective tests, and discussion on the bulletin board.  Given the current money crunch and the rising cost of paper, one goal of this course is the paperless classroom.  Thus, if you want a printed copy of assignments or this syllabus or the list of due dates, you may print one on your machine or a network printer.  However, I encourage you just to save a copy of this file using your web browser to your computer or your F-drive on the novel network.

Reading List for Year

Textbooks and their codes used in this course:

Organization of Course:

Reading list is found under separate headings on World Literarture Assignment Page.   See Website: under World Lit or WEBCT on Assignment Page

Tentative Schedule of due dates for major assignments found under separate heading on World Literature Assignment Page.  See Website: under World LIt  or WEBCT on Assignment Page


Updated on 07/31/2008 by Jack L. Carter

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