English 102 is designed to reinforce the critical reading and writing skills presented in English 101 through the study of fiction, poetry, and drama.  Emphasized are the analysis, interpretation, and appreciation of literature.  Stress is placed on the organization and composition of critical essays, both in class and out of class.  IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN AND/OR PASSED ENGLISH 101, YOU CANNOT ENROLL IN THIS CLASS.  NO EXCEPTIONS!


Kirszner & Mandell,  Literature:  Reading, Reacting, Writing, 9th edition


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, each student will be able to:

  1.  Recognize literary techniques and elements, including but not limited to tone, imagery, symbolism, point of view, and theme, in order to facilitate the analysis of both fiction and nonfiction.
  2. Distinguish logical argument which can be applied to writing and analysis of various readings.
  3. Develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills through the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of both nonfiction and fiction.
  4. Further develop writing skills by writing expository prose, including such modes as argument, analysis, comparison/contrast.
  5. Produce a standard MLA-format research paper that utilizes and evaluates ideas and information found in a variety of primary and secondary sources, including popular, scholarly, and professional.


You will be assigned two writing assignments.  You will be given specific time frames to complete all assignments.  Check  Modules or Assignments for due dates. Please read and refer to them before deadline approaches.  Please note that the syllabus is a guideline as sometimes dates change with notice on the Module.  Your essays are to be in MLA format and well-developed, that is, 4-5 pages in length. Please submit all assignments via Canvas.  Please email me anytime you are experiencing difficulties.


Professor Carrillo

English 102

Date (the assignment is due)

Assignment (e.g. Essay #1:  The Short Story)


Since this is literature course, you are expected to read the assigned material as directed.  The only way for this class to operate and the only way for the both of us to get anything out of this class is for each of you to do the readings.  Again, check MODULES to know what is expected.

It would be beneficial for all to take notes/highlight/question readings.  Feel free to express your ideas, especially in your discussion posts.



You are expected to participate in the class discussion boards as well as to submit work when due.  Should a student not participate in class the first week, the student will be dropped for non-attendance.  Please remember that logging into Canvas is not participation; it is completing the assigned work. 


Communication Policy

Announcements are posted every Sunday morning (which is considered the beginning of the week).  Please read and review the week’s work.  Should you have any questions, please send me a message via Canvas Inbox.  I will respond to your questions by end of day or within 24 hours.  I am online Monday through Thursday and Saturday, but I am offline on Fridays and Sundays. I will always post an announcement 24 hours in advance should I not be available other than those two days. Again, you can message me via Canvas Inbox.  See below for Email Etiquette.

Drop Policy

As your instructor, it is important for me that you succeed.  Part of your success is to be “engaged in the academic activities.”  This means you must be “in attendance.”  Similar to a traditional class where attendance in class is the key to your personal success, you must “be in attendance” by participating in the assigned activities for each week. By the end of the first week of class, you must have read the syllabus, complete the first discussion post, and submit the literary exercise.  If you do not complete these two assignments, you may be dropped from class.  Once a student has been dropped, he/she will not be reinstated.  However, I will always take into consideration extenuating circumstances (forgetting that an assignment is due is not an extenuating circumstance).

There will be no Incompletes for this class.

Late Work Policy

I do know that life has a way of interfering in our lives; plan on it. Please check both Module and the To Do list for due dates.  Should you have an extenuating circumstance (illness, out of town, loss of WIFI/access, change in work schedule) that prevents you from completing an assignment on time, you must send me an email to explain what you reviewed for the assignment and what you will do in preparation to complete the assignment within 2 days.

Academic Integrity Policy

The purpose of English 102 is to enhance your critical thinking skills as learned in English 101. The course does require use of research skills to develop your analysis of the readings. Any form of plagiarism noted in any assignment will be handled accordingly.

For academic dishonesty on quizzes or exams, students may receive a reduced grade or fail the assignment. For any academic dishonesty on a written assignment, the student will receive a fail for that submission. In the case that the student repeats any form of academic dishonesty, the instructor will refer the student to the division chair and/or dean. The student may fail the course.

Please note that in this course we use for some written assignments.

Email Communication 

 The best means of communication with me is via email.  Therefore, please follow the rules of netiquette as follows:

  • E-mail is an electronic communication between people and should be written in good style with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • The subject line of your e-mail should contain a short statement pertaining to the content of your message (e.g. question on E102 reading).
  • Do not address me as “Hey” in your message.
  • Always include your full name and class in opening line (e.g. This is Mary Smith)
  • The body of the message should state the problem or question clearly. It should be written without internet short-hand.  Be as specific as you can about the problem you are encountering or question.
  • Before you click Send, proofread message, double check the email address, and make sure you have used a good tone. 

Semester Calendar of Assignments–subject to change with notice. Please check the MODULES for up to date information!

Feb 07           Introduction to class/expectations

                       Introduction of self:  discussion post

                       What is literature? Writing for Literature

                      Literary exercise #1

Feb 14           Chapter 4:  Understanding Fiction/literary terms

                       Chapter 7:  Plot

                       Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”

                       Jackson, “The Lottery”

Feb 21             HOLIDAY!

Feb 23            Chapter 8:  Character–Erdrich “The Red Convertible” (handout)

                        Chapter 9:  Setting–Joyce “Araby”   

Feb 28            Chapter 10:  Point of View–Poe “The Cask of Amontillado”

                        Chapter 13:  Theme–Hawthorne “Young Goodman Brown” 

Mar 07            EXAM #1

                        Introduction to Shelley, Frankenstein, Letters and Chapters 1-8 (Volume I)

Mar 14          Chapter 15:  Understanding Poetry / poetic terms –“To His Coy Mistress”;                                            “Stopping by Woods” Shakespeare, “That time of year thou mayst in me                                                  behold” 

Mar 21           Essay #1 due             

                       Chapter 17:  Words:  denotation and connotation

                         “The Red Wheelbarrow”; “Fire and Ice”; “Stopping by Woods”

Mar 28           Chapter 18:  Imagery

                        “My Papa’s Waltz”; “Those Winter Sundays”; “To Autumn” worksheet

                         Literary Assignment #2

The week of April 4 to April 8 is Spring Break–no class, no assignments this week!  Enjoy!

Apr 11            Chapter 19:  Metaphor/Simile/Personification

                        “A Red, Red Rose”; ‘Harlem”; “A Valediction:  Forbidding Mourning”“Because I                                     Could Not Stop for Death”

Apr 18             Chapter 22:  Symbol — “The Tyger”; “The Lamb”; “Birches”

                         Irony/Paradox–“My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun”; “Richard Cory”

                         Myths and Allusions–“Leda and the swan”; “Old Maids” (see blog)

Apr 25            EXAM #2

                         Discussion of Shelley, Frankenstein, Chapters 9-16 (Volume II)

                         Introduction Drama/The Greeks — Oedipus 

May 02          ESSAY #2 Due

                        Introduction to Shakespeare’s Hamlet — Act I and II

May 09          Hamlet, Acts III and IV

                       Discussion post

May 16         Hamlet, Act V

May 23          Shelley, Frankenstein, Chapters 17-24, Letters (Volume III)

                        Literary Assignment #3

The week of May 31 to June 6 is Final examination week

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