ENGL 222 Dr. Melissa Strong

ENGL 222 Dr. Melissa Strong




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Summer 2018 or Fall 2018

Welcome to English 222! This semester we will study texts in a range of formats and genres covering the time from the American Civil War to the twenty-first century. If you work hard, you will gain understanding of literary styles and movements, literary analysis, important American literary voices, and the relationships between American literature, history, and culture. I look forward to working with you this semester!


Dr. Melissa Strong                       

Office: BR-23J

Email: mstrong@ccp.edu                   

Phone: 215-751-8639

Office Hours: TBA   


You are responsible for obtaining the following materials:

  • The Bedford Anthology of American Literature, Volume Two: 1865 to the Present, ISBN 978-0312678692, $75 new
  • Supplemental materials distributed in class or available electronically, such as readings, assignments, videos, syllabus, and schedule of due dates
  • Electronic access to your work, such as Google Drive
  • Ability to access and navigate our Canvas course homepage (https://ccp.instructure.com), where you can view all assignments, course materials, and your grades

Do you receive federal financial aid?  If you do, and the bookstore does not have books you need for one of your classes, you should pre-order the books you need.  Do this by going online or visiting the bookstore during the first two weeks of class. If you don’t pre-order before the two-week bookstore aid period ends, you will have to pay out of pocket.


English 222 engages students in an introductory study of American literature from the Civil War to the present day.  Employing cultural criticism, close reading, and other approaches to literary analysis, the course is multicultural in focus; it includes not only poetry and fiction by famous writers, but also Native American tales, women's rights manifestos and texts from the Civil Rights Movement.  The course asks students to examine various cultural influences on 19th and 20th century American literature and to understand the debate about how those influences, and American literature itself, should be defined and represented.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Explain how authors effectively communicate ideas through devices including narrative, imagery, metaphor, symbol, ambiguity, irony, and humor.
  • Recognize how American literature reveals changes in American culture over time.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the varied influences on American literary culture.
  • Participate in the ongoing debate about how American literature and its cultural roots may be defined and represented.


To get a good grade in this class, you need to 1) complete every assignment, 2) turn in assignments on time, 3) turn in work of passing quality, and 4) support and respect everyone in the class.  Here is a breakdown for the course grade:

Learning Checks (open-book exams): 45%

     Units 1-4: 15%

     Units 5-7: 15%

     Units 8-10: 15%

Gradable discussions: 25%

     There are 17 gradable discussion assignments. Your

     two lowest scores will be dropped.

Weekly writing Assignments: 20%

Final Project: 10%

I don’t give grades to students!  Your assignments earn a grade that is based on what you turn in.  Grading assesses your mastery of skills, knowledge, and learning outcomes, not your effort or intention.  In other words, you do not start with 100 percent and lose points based on mistakes: instead, a grade represents your overall performance.

In this course, 100-90% is an A, 89-80% is a B, 79-70% is a C, 69-60% is a D, below 60% is F.  Wondering how you are doing in class?  You have the power to check your grade on Canvas at any time during the semester!


It is your responsibility to use Canvas to keep track of what is due and when.  You can see all the assignments and due dates for the whole semester!  You MUST keep up with assignments to succeed.  If you don’t, you will be lost.

You will be reading and writing a lot, but you will learn a lot.  It is your responsibility to use Canvas to keep track of what is due when.  The assignment schedule may change -- if it does, I will announce changes on Canvas.  Any changes will always give you more time to complete your work, never less.

Special note about LATE WORK: Missed assignments get a zero, and they cannot be made up.  If something happens to keep you from turning in work on time, talk to me BEFORE THE DEADLINE.  You may be eligible for an extension.  See “How to get help” below.


Students are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment.  This means actively participating in discussions and peer reviews, asking questions in appropriate ways, treating everyone in the class with support and respect, and helping your classmates.  These habits are crucial to your success in college.  Students who disrupt positive learning environments rarely succeed, and they threaten the success of others.  For this reason, if your behavior does not contribute to a positive learning environment you will receive one warning.  If the behavior continues after the warning, you will be asked to leave the class.

Attendance: Things are different in an online class!  You have the freedom to complete your work anywhere, anytime instead of meeting in a classroom at a specific time each week.  With this freedom comes the responsibility to make sure you regularly log on to Canvas, find out what you need to do, and complete your work on time.  Lacking the self-discipline to do this is a recipe for failure in any online class.  Each week of this class covers a lot of information designed to strengthen writing so that you will be successful in college.  If you want to succeed in this class, you cannot afford to miss any assignments.  If you do miss work, you are responsible for learning the material covered in class.  It’s all there on Canvas.  If you decide to stop taking this class, you need to withdraw.  I will not withdraw you from the course.  The college’s deadline to withdraw without penalty of failure is November 27.


  •  Questions about class and assignments: post them on the Questions forum on Canvas.  Check before posting to see if your question has been asked and answered already.  Also check first to see if the answer is in the syllabus, on the assignment instructions, or on MyCCP.
  • Office hours: for help with an assignment, feedback on essay drafts, discussions about grades, and conversations about circumstances that may threaten your ability to succeed in class.
  • Questions about grades: ask in person during office hours.  I am glad to answer questions.  Please know that the only reason I will change a grade is if I made a mistake, and I will correct mistakes quickly.  You have one week to ask questions or raise concerns once your grade is posted on Canvas.  After seven days pass, the grade stands and is not up for discussion.
  • E-mail: it’s OK, but the fastest way to get a response is to use Canvas messaging. Don’t use e-mail or Canvas for things you should discuss in office hours!
  • Can’t attend office hours? Request an appointment for us to meet in person or talk by phone.  To get a phone appointment, send me your phone number and two specific times you are available to talk (for instance, “Friday at 11:30 am or 2 pm”).  I need at least 48 hours notice for appointments, and I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.
  • I want to help you: have the courage to raise your questions or concerns when they arise.  Don’t wait: the end of the semester is too late fix things.  If life circumstances threaten your ability to keep up with assignments, let’s talk about what is going on.  Talking with me shows you care about the class and allows me to help.  If an emergency prevents you from completing work on time, contact me about it before the due date. You may be eligible for an extension.


The CCP Student Code of Conduct explains rights, responsibilities, and standards of behavior, including academic honesty and integrity.  Students must complete their own assignments.  Plagiarism is not tolerated, and it will be reported to Student Affairs.

Students who who believe they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact their instructors privately to discuss their accommodation letter and specific needs as soon as possible, preferably within the first week of class.  If you need to request accommodations, but do not have an accommodations letter, please contact the Center On Disability (BG-39) at 215-751-8050.

The last date to withdraw from your courses is ADD DATE HERE. Though you won’t earn an F if you withdraw, before you decide to withdraw from this course or any other course, think about the following information:

  1. The W will be reflected on your transcript permanently.
  2. Ws on transcripts may have a negative impact on acceptance into select programs.
  3. Transfer institutions may view Ws negatively, and it may go against your application.
  4. Your financial aid may be impacted.

Please discuss your options with your instructor or an advisor/counselor before you decide to withdraw from a course.

Weather emergencies: In bad weather, refer to CCP’s weather policy, which reads as follows below.  You need to use these resources to find out whether CCP is open or closed.  Notice that none of them is “Ask your professor if CCP is closed.”  You also may opt to receive email, text, and phone alerts of closures through CCP’s emergency notification system.  To opt in, log in to MyCCP and click on “Update My Contact Information” to receive alerts to your preferred phone numbers and email addresses.  In the event that snow or other weather emergencies make it necessary for the College to close, the following steps will be taken to communicate with staff and students about the College closing:

  1. Media announcements will be made on the following television stations: ABC (Channel 6), CBS (Channel 3), NBC (Channel 10) and Fox (Channel 29). School closing information is also available on each network’s website.
  2. The College closing numbers will be available on KYW Newsradio and at www.KYW1060.com. The KYW Newsradio closing number is 238 for day classes and 2238 for evening classes. You can also contact KYW 1060 for school closing information at 215.925.1060.
  3. Emergency notifications will be sent via email and text using emergency messaging system.
  4. A notice of the College closing will be placed on each of the individual phone extensions in the College. All staff can access voice messages from home by dialing 215-751-8999. (You will be asked to enter your extension to access your messages.)
  5. An announcement will be placed on both of the College’s main switchboard numbers (215-751-8000 and 215-751-8010).
  6. The notice of College closing will be placed on the College’s website, www.ccp.edu, and on the College’s portal login page, www.myccp.online.
  7. A notice of the College closing will be placed on CCPTV, Comcast Channel 53 and Verizon FIOS Channel 21.

It is important to note that when it becomes necessary for the College to close during its hours of operation, the exact timing of the closing will be established to minimize interruption to classes and student services. Faculty and staff are expected to hold classes and perform other assigned duties until the announced closing time.



  • Go to www.ccp.edu/fa for information as well as short videos that explain the different types of financial aid.
  • Starfish Connect is a communication tool that allows instructors can provide feedback to you about course progress. Throughout the term, you may receive progress e-mails regarding your academic performance. The e-mails are designed to be helpful and increase your success in courses. Be sure to open any emails you receive and follow the recommendations. Instructors may also recommend that you contact a specific campus resource, such as the Learning Lab or Counseling Center. If an instructor makes a referral, you may also be contacted directly by this campus service as a follow-up. Starfish allows you to see your student support network in one place. To access Starfish, simply log into Canvas and click on the link, Starfish Connect. You can even set up a student profile. If you need assistance with Starfish Connect, you can email questions to starfishconnect@ccp.edu.
  • For help with Canvas, click the “Help” link on the top right corner of the course page.  If you need more help, call IT Department’s Help Desk at 215-496-6000 or visit B2-41 weekdays between 8 am-5:30 pm.
  • The Learning Lab offers free tutoring and workshops on reading, writing, and English as a Second Language.
  • Single Stop can provide students with free legal and financial counseling, health care enrollment assistance, and more.
  • The Student Academic Computer Center offers three labs and free printing.
  • The Counseling Center helps students with matters such as improving study skills, balancing school with work and life, building confidence, personal challenges, and choosing a career.
  • Other resources at CCP include the Center for Male Engagement, the Veterans Resource Center, and the Women’s Outreach and Advocacy Center. Learn more here.


Course Summary:

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