Course Description:

This course provides practice in writing for an academic audience, using literature as a subject for analysis and research.

English 211 is a writing-intensive course, so you will write a lot. You will also read a lot, and some of what you read you will examine closely and from different perspectives. You are expected to express your own thoughts about what you read, inquire from a variety of sources, and develop reasoned and pleasing essays using the resources in the textbook.

This course is organized around genre, but all assignments will circle back to previous readings. Save all of your work until you receive your final grade.

Textbooks & Materials:

McMahan, Elizabeth, et al., eds. Literature and the Writing Process. 10th ed. Boston: Pearson/Longman, 2014. Print.

Course Goals & Student Outcomes:

The goal of this course is to practice close reading with a variety of literary genres and criticism and responding to these forms of writing for exploration, for pleasure, and for academic contribution. You will demonstrate your ability to reach these goals through participation in online discussion, directed informal exercises, 3 short papers, and 1 research paper.

Instructional Methods and Technical Competencies:

This is an online course through UAF eCampus and Distance Education.  It combines readings in the texts, online essays, and online assignments. Because of the online nature of the course, students are required to have easy access to a computer with word processing capabilities and regular access to the Internet.

Course Schedule:

See Fall 2014 English 211 Schedule of Assignments:

Classroom Policies, Participation, and Late Work:

Although this is a distance course, there are regular weekly deadlines that students must meet.  Please see the course schedule for deadlines.   Participation is crucial, and late work is not accepted.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity:

Any plagiarism or other academic dishonesty will be met with an automatic F in the course.  If you use the language, images, video, or work of another person you MUST cite your sources.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  If you do not understand what it means to “cite’ work, please let the Instructor know.

Honesty is a primary responsibility of you and every other UAF student.  Alleged violations of the Code of Conduct will be reviewed in accordance with procedures specified in Regents’ policy and UAF regulations.

Grading Policies:

*Students have until September 19th to drop the course with no reflection on transcripts; after that, students can withdraw from the course until October 31st, resulting in a “W’ grade on transcripts.

*Incompletes are given only in cases of medical or familial emergencies.  Late work is not accepted without communication with the Instructor.

* Students should receive a grade and feedback within 7 days of submission for each assignment.

UAF Writing Center:

Students can receive writing practice and tutoring on the 8th floor of the Gruening Building. Writing Center hours and information.

UAF Student Support Services:

The Student Support Services (SSS) program, located in 512 Gruening Building, provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their degree program. Contact them at (907) 474-6844.

 Students With Disabilities:

UAF has a Disability Services office that operates in conjunction with the UAF Community and Technical College.  Disability Services, located in 208 Whitaker Building, provides academic accommodations to enrolled students who are identified as being eligible for these services.   If you believe you are eligible, please visit on the web or contact CTC’s Student Assistance and Advising Center at (907) 455-2800.  You can also contact Disability Services on the Fairbanks Campus at (907) 474-5655.

Tech Help from UAF eCampus:

You can get technical help from the eCampus  by going to


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