Masterworks of American Literature
- Instructor: Mr. John B. Padgett
- Office: 204 Somerville
- Telephone: 232-7718
- Office Hours: 9:15-11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday
- Other hours by appt.
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- WWW: http://www.olemiss.edu/~egjbp
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- Required Texts
- Academic Honesty
- The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Fourth Edition
- Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
You are required to attend class. Hence,
you will be allowed four (4) penalty-free absences. For each absence after
the fourth, your final grade will be lowered half a letter grade.
In addition, you should be on time. Not only
is it rude to enter class five or ten minutes late, late arrivals also
are likely to miss pop quizzes or other graded class work.
Your grade in English 206 will be calculated
according to the following percentages:
For each of the two essays, you will be required
to submit for approval a planned topic for a three- to six-page paper.
In addition, you will write several drafts and must have your paper critiqued
by your class peers using an online form. Essays and all preliminary drafts
must be turned in on the dates due. Both essays must be typed and double-spaced,
and both will require outside research.
Daily work will include pop quizzes, in-class
writing assignments, small group projects, and class participation as well
as regular participation in "SOPHLIT," an on-line E-mail discussion group
for this class. All written work, including SOPHLIT postings, must be done
during the day or week in which it is due (i.e., you
cannot make up quizzes missed, SOPHLIT entries due two weeks ago, etc.).
Also included under daily work will be your online critiques of your classmates'
essays (copies of your critiques will be sent to the instructor automatically).
Failure to do any of these required components will drastically
reduce your chances for a good daily work grade.
Both essays and small-group projects may
become part of the web page for this course.
Both the midterm and the cumulative final
exam will include a variety of short answer, identification, and/or multiple
choice questions, and each will require you to write an in-class essay.
Each student in this class is required to participate
in "SOPHLIT," an on-line E-mail discussion group on the Internet. Students
should send E-mail to "SOPHLIT" on various topics relevant to American
literature a minimum of once per week. For students who do not own a computer,
microcomputer labs in Weir Hall and the University Writing Center (located
in the basement of Bondurant Hall) allow first-come, first-serve access
to E-mail, the World Wide Web and other Internet activities as well as
word processing and other computer programs.
Students must first subscribe to SOPHLIT
to send and receive messages. All students should be subscribed to SOPHLIT
and submitting messages by the fourth class meeting (January 20). To
subscribe, send E-mail to email@example.com containing
the single-line message
If you have an E-mail
account on Sunset (sunset.backbone.olemiss.edu), you may telnet
to that site and use the E-mail program Pine to send your request.
After logging onto Sunset, type "pine" (without the quotation
marks) and press [ENTER] to start the program. Then you may press
"C" to compose an E-mail message. In the "To:" field, type firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the [TAB] key to place your cursor in the Message Text area, then type
subscribe sophlit To send your mail, press ^X (the [Ctrl] key
and "X" simultaneously).
E-mail messages meant to be read by other SOPHLIT
members should be sent to
Other resources available to students on-line
will include this policy statement and various other handouts and resources,
including your syllabus, at my home page on the World Wide Web. The URL
(Universal Resource Locator), or web address, used to access my home page
is listed in the information box on the first page.
Getting an E-mail account:
Students who do not yet have an E-mail account
may obtain one at the Help Desk in Powers Hall. Other locations may also
be set up on campus to accommodate students. You will need your student
ID card (a photocopy of it will be made), and you will need to read and
sign an appropriate use policy. If you need IBM or Macintosh software,
take a 3.5-inch floppy disk with you.
For additional guidance on how to use computers
and services on the campus network, call the Computer Help Desk at 232-5222.
I expect that all work submitted by students for fulfillment of the requirements
in this course, including E-mail and other on-line work, be performed by
the student. Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited
to, cheating on exams and plagiarism.
Plagiarism is a serious form of cheating. To plagiarize is to claim
another's ideas or writing as one's own. In a sense, it is a form of stealing.
Plagiarism can take several forms. Students often associate the term
with writers who copy entire passages from a book, magazine, encyclopedia,
or other printed source and turn them in to an instructor as their work.
This is, perhaps, the most blatant form of plagiarism as well as the easiest
for instructors to detect. After all, English instructors have spent years
studying style, and they can usually recognize a passage lifted from Time
magazine or other sources with distinctive styles. In fact, instructors
can usually recognize professional writing, even if they cannot immediately
identify its source.
But plagiarism takes several other forms. For instance, students plagiarize
when they borrow ideas from other writers without giving them credit. In
this case, students might not even use the other writer's language; nevertheless,
they are stealing the writer's content. Students also plagiarize when they
present another student's work as their own. Thus, documentation involves
more than just citing the source of direct quotations.
Because plagiarism is such a complex concept to come to grips with in
its entirety, take note of the following summary definition:
the literal repetition without acknowledgement of the writings of another
author. All significant words, phrases, clauses, or passages in a student's
paper which have been taken directly from source material must be enclosed
in quotation marks and acknowledged either in the text itself or in the
||Plagiarism includes borrowing without
acknowledgement another writer's general plan, outline, or structure of
argument in the creation of one's own organization.
||Plagiarism includes borrowing another's
ideas and representing them as one's own. To paraphrase the thoughts of
another writer without acknowledging is to plagiarize.
||Plagiarism includes allowing any
other person or organization to prepare the paper and submitting it as
one's own work.
Plagiarism in this course will not be tolerated. Any student who turns
in plagiarized work in this course will be dealt with severely. Penalties
for plagiarism include, but are not limited to, failure in the course,
suspension, and permanent expulsion from the university.
Students are responsible for acquainting themselves with the University
of Mississippi's policies regarding academic dishonesty. For more information,
read the sections on "Academic Discipline Policy" in the M Book: Handbook
of Standards and Activities, A Guide for Students.
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