• English 102/John Jay High School & Dutchess Community College


    Instructor: Ms. Maryellen Bova                                        

    Course: English 102, Spring 2021

    Meetings Times: Daily, John Jay High School, Room 242 (currently virtual)

    Email: Maryellen.Bova@wappingersschools.org

    Contact: Remind text or email

    Office Hours:  by appointment

    Code: E662 Half Year (12) (½ credit) (rank weight 1.06)


    Course Objectives: To help you become a better writer, reader, and critical thinker.


    Texts and Materials:

    • Gardner, Lawn, Ridl, Schaker. Literature: A Portable Anthology. Fourth Edition.
    • Electronic access to Google Classroom with working cameras and microphones


    Class Policies:

    • Be here, be on time, and be prepared - CAMERAS and MICROPHONES ON
    • Be considerate, be constructive, be open-minded, be vocal, and be respectful.
    • Read directions, listen to directions, and follow directions.
    • COMMUNICATE. If you are having a “situation” during a particular class, please contact me. You must initiate this and you should do so before the class meeting or assignment due dates with which you are having trouble. If this becomes a chronic situation and you are having personal difficulties that are hindering your ability to attend class and/or meet assignment deadlines, I would suggest withdrawing from the course. Out of fairness to everyone in the class, leniency can only go so far.


    Assignments and Grade Determination - All work must be submitted to Google Classroom

    • Essays and Projects: 35%

    This is a writing course and writing is a process, not just a singular event. Therefore, there are several steps that go into the final essay grade. You will edit, meet with me, meet with peers, and work toward a nearly perfect final paper. Editing and revision are key to your success. Being absent does not excuse you from deadlines; when you are absent, it is your responsibility to keep up with assignments and get those assignments to me even if you cannot attend class. Essays and projects must be sent and turned into Google Classroom before the end of the class in which it is due for it to be considered on time and to avoid a zero. Inability to follow essay and project deadlines MAY RESULT IN FAILURE of the course.

    • Tests and Quizzes: 20%

    Quizzes will be given based on readings, so always be prepared for quizzes when a reading is due.

    Tests will be based on the theories of criticism and on the analyses of literature. 

    • Homework, Class Assignments, and Journal Entries: 25%

    To ensure that we have effective class discussions, we will review how to read critically and you will be are expected to read and participate in all discussions. You are also expected to take detailed notes for all literature and will analyze text with the focus on characters, plot, setting, conflicts, themes, and other relevant literary devices and schools of criticism. Journals must be as assigned to receive full credit.

    • Final Exam: 20%

    You will be given the topic ahead of the assigned final date(s) and you will have time to research and prepare for an in-class final essay.


    Attendance Policy: English 102 REQUIRES your attendance. Please note that this is a workshop and discussion-based class. You cannot pass if you do not attend regularly!


    Passing: A grade of C or better is considered passing. Also keep in mind that almost all of the factors involved in your final grade for this course are in your complete control: you determine if you will attend and how often, you determine if you will refer to your syllabus and assignment handouts and hand in assignments properly and on time, you determine the effort you put into this class. Your grade will certainly be an accurate reflection of that effort.


    Plagiarism: Plagiarism is submitting someone else’s work as your own and/or not citing the source of ideas that are not yours. If you are caught plagiarizing (intentionally OR NOT), you will receive a ZERO on the assignment and be reported to the Principal’s office and the DCC Academic Dean’s office.

    Class Outline ~ Dates and Material Subject to Change:

    Have all materials read PRIOR to class. You must take notes for all literary works. 


    Week # 1: February 1-5         (2/1 & 2/2 - snow closure)

    Discuss Grades

    Journal # 1 - Favorite movies

    Class discussion of movies & symbolism


    Week # 2: February 8-12       (2/12 - school closed)

    Discuss Syllabus & Class Expectations

    Discuss your personal reading experience this past weekend

    How Literature Can Change Your Life Video

    Poems (Allusions to Mythology & Fairy Tales): Journal # 2 - Poetry Response

    1. William Butler Yeats “Leda and the Swan” page 501
    2. W. H. AudenMusée des Beaux Arts” page 531
    3. Muriel Rukeyser “Waiting for Icarus” page 537
    4. Anne Sexton “Cinderella” page 557

    Short Stories: 

    1. Minimalism: Hemingway “Hills Like White Elephants” page 176 -  Reading Quiz #1
    2. Magical Realism: Gabriel Garcia Marquez “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” page 263


    Week # 3: February 15-19      (2/15 - school closed)

    Journals # 3 & 4

    Quiz #2

    Short Stories:

    1. Baldwin “Sonny’s Blues” - Plato & Religious Allusions (Prodigal Son & Thy Brother’s Keeper) page 223
    2. Toni Cade Bambara “The Lesson” page 180
    3. Zora Neale Hurston “Sweat” page 139


    1. Paul Laurence Dunbar “We Wear The Mask” page 502
    2. Langston Hughes “Theme for English B” page 524
    3. Langston Hughes “The Weary Blues” pg. 526 & “Harlem” pg. 528
    4. Gwendolyn Brooks “the mother” page 542


     Week #4 : February 22 - 26

    Journals # 5 & 6

    Quizzes # 3 & 4

    Short Stories:

    1. Raymond Carver “Cathedral” page 274
    2.  Tobias Wolff “Bullet in the Brain” page 318
    3. Margaret Atwood “Happy Endings” page 300
    4. Dagoberto Gilb “Shout” page 357


    1. Denise Levertov “The Ache of Marriage” page 546
    2. Edgar Allan Poe “Annabel Lee” page 464
    3. Linda Pastan “love poem” page 564
    4. Billy Collins “Forgetfulness” page 587


     Week #5 : March 1-5

    Journals # 7 & 8

    Quiz # 5

    Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” page 286

    Combo Essay/Project #1: TBA


    Week #6 : March 8-12 

    Journals # 9 & 10

    Franz Kafka “Metamorphosis”page 90

    CSI: Hunger Artist (video)

    Test #1


    Week # 7: March 15-19 (no school for students 3/19)

    Journals # 11 & 12

    Quizzes # 6 & 7

    Kate Chopin: “The Story of An Hour” page 48

    William Faulkner “A Rose for Emily” page 168

    Jamaica Kincaid  “Girl” page 355

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” page 64

    Poetry: TBA


    Week # 8: March 22-26

    Journals # 13 & 14

    Quizzes # 8 & 9

    Flannery O’Connor “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” page 250

    Edgar Allan Poe “The Cask of Amontillado” page 14

    Sherman Alexie “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” page 382

    Yiyun Li “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” page 405

    Poetry: TBA


    Week # 9 : March 29-April 2 (no school 4/1 & 4/2)

    Library Databases

    Essay #2 - Literary Analysis


    Week #10 - April 5-9 (no school 4/5)

    Continue Essay # 2

    Test #2


    Week #11 -  April 12-16

    Journals 15 & 16

    Quiz # 10

    Oedipus the King & Oedipus At Colonus


    Week #12 - April 19-23

    Journals # 17 & 18

    Oedipus At Colonus (cont’d) & Antigone

    Test #3


    Week #13 - April 26-30

    Journals # 19 & 20


    Shakespeare sonnets


    Week #14 - May 2-7


    Shakespeare sonnets

    Test # 4


    Week #15 - May 10-14

    Poetry/Play - TBA

    Essay # 3: Research Paper


    Week #16 - May 17-21

    Poetry/Play - TBA

    Essay # 3: Research Paper


    Week #17 - May 24-28  

    Project # 2: Presentations


    Week #18 - May 31-June 4 (no school 5/31)

    Review for Final Exam


    Week #19 - June 7-11: Final Exam


    Week #20 - June 14 & 15: Grades & Goodbyes


    The following grading system is used at Dutchess Community College:




















    Good/Above Average
















    Acceptable as an individual course grade. If received in a prerequisite course, the student may not qualify for the next course in sequence. "D" grades do not typically transfer to other institutions.








    Failure due to never or stopped showing up




    Incomplete, a temporary grade given in cases where students have not completed course requirements due to reasons beyond their control. The course requirements must be completed and a grade submitted within the first four weeks of the following semester (fall or spring) or the "I" automatically becomes an "F"




    Proficiency, a grade that meets graduation requirements, earned by examination or life experience. To earn credit by proficiency, a student must perform at the level of C or better.




    Passing (given only as a midterm grade with permission of the dean of academic affairs)




    Audit (No Credit)








    Administrative Withdrawal




    Student Conduct Withdrawal



    The following information comes directly from Dutchess Community College:


    Academic Accommodations


    Dutchess Community College makes reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students requesting accommodations must first register with the Office of Accommodative Services (OAS) to verify their eligibility. After documentation review and meeting with the student, OAS staff will provide eligible students with accommodation letters for their professors. Students must obtain a new letter each semester and discuss their accommodation plan with their instructors as soon as possible to ensure timely accommodations. The Office of Accommodative Services is located in the Orcutt Student Services Building, Room 201, phone # (845)-431-8055.


    Title IX


    Dutchess Community College is committed to maintaining a positive campus climate and will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment including sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual misconduct. It is the responsibility and obligation of all members of the College community to report and/or to assist others in reporting incidents of sexual harassment.


    Please direct all Inquiries and reports related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to:


    Title IX Coordinator: Esther Couret, Director of Human Resources

    Dutchess Community College, Bowne Hall, Room 220

    53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    (845) 431-8673



    For information regarding the DCC sexual harassment and sexual violence policy and resources go to: https://dutchess.open.suny.edu/webapps/portal/execute/tabs/tabAction?tab_tab_group_id=_1_1


    For anonymous reports go to Share at DCC: https://www2.sunydutchess.edu/cgi-bin/share-at-dcc/index.php



    Academic Honesty

    Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1.     Cheating on examinations
    2.     Plagiarism, the representation of another’s ideas or writing as one’s own, including but not limited to:
    3.                   presenting all or part of another person’s published work as something one has written;
    4.                 paraphrasing or summarizing another’s writing without proper acknowledgement;
    5.                   representing another’s artistic or technical work or creation as one’s own.
    6.     Willingly collaborating with others in any of the above actions which result(s) in work being submitted which is not the student’s own.
    7.     Stealing examinations, falsifying academic records and other such offenses.
    8.     Submitting work previously presented in another course without permission of instructor.
    9.     Unauthorized duplication of computer software.
    10.     Unauthorized use of copyrighted or published material.


    If, based on substantial evidence, an instructor deems that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty, the instructor may initiate disciplinary action.

    1. The instructor may require that the student repeat the assignment or examination, or
    2. The instructor may give the student a failing grade for the assignment or examination, or
    3. The instructor may give the student a failing grade for the course.
    4. Additionally, the instructor may require that the student receive counseling on academic honesty through the Office of the Dean of Student Services.