English 209: Judaism, Islam, and History
Required Course Texts:
- Devil's Arithemetic. Jane Yolen. New York: penguin 1988
- All But My Life. Gerda Weissmann Klein. New York: Hill and Wang, 1995
- The Reader. Bernard Schlink. Vintage, 2008
- The Shawl: A story and a Novella. Cynthia Ozick. New YOrk: Knopf, 2008.
- Quizzes: 25%
- One paper: 30%
- Presentation, 20%
- Final Exam, 20%
- Writeups of three Literary Festival events (5%)
- See the form I use
- Your presentation, which should take no more than 15 minutes and no less than 10 (time it), should involve the class. It should be visually interesting, and it should be spoken, not read. You should include a list of discussion questions.
- You should email me a copy of your PowerPoint presentation, if you use one, or any other materials you use.
- I will frequently quiz you on presentations that occured in the previous class.
Class Policies and Assumptions
Attendance and Lateness
- Absences: You may miss three classes for any reason. These
absences include excused or unexcused absences, family tragedies,
medical emergencies, or other unforseeable circumstances.
After the third absence, I will lower your grade a letter
for each additional absence. After the sixth absence, you
will fail the course.
- The only exceptions to this policy: school activities,
such as musical performances or athletics, if you have
a note from the instructor, and absences because of
storms or winter weather, if you live off campus and
can demonstrate that you were unable to get here. Please
- Tardiness: Once I close the door, you are tardy. After
three tardies, I will mark you down for one absence. If
you arrive 15 or more minutes late, or leave early, I will
mark you absent. Please arrange your schedule accordingly.
- This policy is consistent with the university
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the inaccurate or unacknowledged
use of another's material. One plagiarized assignment will
result in a 0 for the assignment; a second instance will result
in failure of the course and may result in legal action.
- The university's policy can be found in the faculty handbook.
procedure includes the following language:
"Instructors have the right to determine the appropriate
sanction or sanctions for academic dishonesty within their
courses up to and including a final grade of "F"
in the course. Within 5 calendar days of the event, the
instructor will inform his or her department head in writing
of the academic dishonesty charge and sanction."
Electronic Devices in Class
Unless you have a documented disability which requires you
to have a laptop in class, you may not use one during class
time. Unfortunately, too many students have abused laptops
in class for me to permit their use. The same is true for
cell phones, ipods, gameboys, or any device that requires
headphones. If you must keep your cell phone on, please turn
off the ringer and put it away. First-time abuses of this
policy will result in the student being warned. Subsequent
abuses will result in an absence.
The policy above also covers text messaging. I consider text
or instant messaging or any other activity that distracts
your classmates and keeps you from learning to be unforgivable.
WCU Statement on Accommodations for students with disabilities:
Western Carolina University is committed to providing
equal educational opportunities for students with documented
disabilities. Students who require disability services or
reasonable accommodations must identify themselves as having
a disability and provide current diagnostic documentation
to Disability Services. All information is confidential.
Please contact Kimberly Marcus for more information. Phone:
(828) 227-7234; E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.