Introduction to Literature, ENGL 1200, 301

Instructor: John Cole

Office: Room 3210, Knight Campus


Phone: 825-2362

Office Hours: M: 11:00-1:00; W: 11:00-1:00 (Warwick Campus); R: 11.00-1.00 (Liston Campus).

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Required Textbook: Mays, Kelly. The Norton Introduction to Literature, Portable 12th Edition. Norton and Company, 2017.

Course Outcomes:

On successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama by writers from various cultures and historical eras
  2. Identify and describe distinct characteristics of literary texts
  3. Analyze literary works for their structure and meaning
  4. Write analytically about literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities

Course Overview (from the Course Catalog):

This course examines a variety of literary genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama) as expressions of the human desire to communicate philosophy, experience, and attitudes. Examples found in diverse literary cultures from ancient times to the present are the basis for reading, analyzing, and evaluating these forms of verbal expression. (Meets Literature elective and English concentration requirements) Lecture: 3 hours Completes the following requirement(s): humanities requirement (HUMN) literature requirement (LITR).


Delivery Method: Face-to-Face

Course Requirements and Policies:  Bring a notebook and the text to class  and save all of your notes.  As with most other college classes, you should plan on two hours of outside work for each credit hour per week. The course description, however, does not explain (or give you a great deal of insight) into what we will be doing in class and outside of class. I expect that you will do the reading each week. Therefore, you should have the textbook in class by Week 2. If you do not have the text in class by Week 2, I will assume you have not done the required reading, and you will be marked absent for the class and all subsequent classes for which you arrive unprepared. In this class, you will be responsible for writing 10 one-page responses to readings (and feel free to do more than one page if you are moved to do so). All writing assignments are to be computer generated, using proper MLA format. You will take a mid-term and final exam. In addition, I will assign a poetry project, which I will explain in class. (See Grading below for percentages for each.) You will also notice that I have not included a weekly schedule of readings or assignments. After each class, I will email you reading and writing assignments for the following week.

Attendance:  You will be allowed to miss one class with no penalty.  Your grade will be dropped by one letter grade if you miss a second class, and if you miss a third class, you will not be able to pass the course.  Class begins on time; do not arrive late.  Two late arrivals will count as one absence.

Grading:  Note: In order to pass the course, you must submit all required work.

Written Responses:  30%

Mid-Term:  20%

Final:   20%

Poetry Presentation: 20%

Attendance and Participation: 10%

Total:  100%

Grade Table:

A: Superior 93-100

A-: 90-92

B+: 87-89

B: Above Average: 84-86

B-: 80-83

C+: 77-79

C: Average: 74-76


D+ 67-69

D: Below Average: 60-66

F: Failure: Below 60

Other Matters:  I expect proper classroom decorum, and I deal with any disruptive behavior immediately.  (Please consult the Student Handbook for details if you need to.)  Turn off all cell phones or other electronic noisemakers before you come into the classroom, and keep them out of sight. Laptops are not permitted in class.

Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is the appropriation of another writer’s thoughts or words as your own.  If you plagiarize, you will receive an F in the course. I am versed in writing about literature, and I recognize plagiarized work instantly.

Disability Services for Students: Students who feel they may need an academic accommodation based on a disability may meet with me privately after class. Contact the Office of Disability Services for Students to coordinate reasonable accommodations. DSS Coordinator contact information.

Other Student Services: Students who faces challenges securing  food or housing and believe this may affect their performance in the course are urged to contact CCRI’s Community and Social Resources Office for support.