Charlotte Perkins Gilman ~ The Yellow Wall Paper

Personally, I disagree with their ideas.
Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.
But what is one to do?
I did write for a while in spite of them; but it does exhaust me a good deal--having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.

~Charlotte Perkins Gilman ~ The Yellow Wallpaper

ENG 132

What We Will Cover in Class (Kind of...)
  • 1.9 - Introduction, syllabus
  • 1.11 - Class Community Discussion
    • "Men have become the tools of their tools." Henry David Thoreau
  • 1.13 In Class Write (29)
  • 1.18 Rubric discussion, essay discussion, In Class Write  (30)
  • 1.20 (29) Social Deception Discussion
  • 1.23 Unit 1 Essay Guidelines, Bell Hooks, Social Deception Discussion
  • 1.25 The Illusionists
  • 1.27 Three points of data discussion (29)
  • 1.30 Writer's Workshop, Novel/Documentary Quiz
  • 2.1 Writer's Workshop (29), Continue Illusionists Disc, Lyric Involvement (30)
  • 2.3 Music's involvement in deception (29) Lyric Analysis
  • 2.6 Unit #2 Essay Guidelines, Poetry selections, Poetry's function
  • 2.8: Poetry Terms and Definitions
  • 2.10 - 17: Explication of poems (29)
  • 2.20-2.22: No Class
  • 2.24: Emily Dickinson XXXIII How happy is the little stone, Robert Frost "The Road LEss Traveled" (29)
  • 2.27:  Emily Dickinson XXXIII How happy is the little stone, Robert Frost "The Road Less Traveled" (30), Lyric Poetry: Reg E. Gaines "I don't feel" Poetry Workshop Malcolm London, Jamila Lyiscott(29,30) - Play list
  • 3.1: Poetry Creation in lab (29), Poetry Creation, Peer Review (30)
  • 3.6 - Spring Break
  • 3.13 - Begin V for Vendetta - Social Commentary Lecture
  • 3.20 - Conferences
  • 3.27 - Visual Rhetoric Graphic Novel Theme Presentations
  • 4.3 - Drafting Visual Rhetoric Essay - Reader Response
  • 4.10 - Begin Research Unit
Poetry List
Poetweets: Robert Pinsky

Langston Hughs "II"
Brian Turner "The Hurt Locker"

Hilaire Belloc "Fatigue"
Dana Gioia "Money"

Margaret Atwood "You fit into Me"
Billy Collins "Divorce"

Carolyn Kizer "Bitch"
Stevie Smith "Dear Female Heart"

Donald Justice "Men at 40"
Lawrence Bridges Poetweet p. 863

Marilyn Nelson "A Strange Beautiful Woman"
Billy Collins "Embrace"

Literary Terms & Definitions
  • Exposition: The introductory material that sets a tone/atmosphere, gives setting, time, and the preliminary situation (any action that takes place before the actual story-line begins)
  • Inciting Incident: In a short story, this is the incident that starts the story-line.
  • Rising Action: The series/sequence of events beginning immediately following the initial incident/incentive moment and ending just short of the climax.
  • Climax: The moment toward which all action is moving.
  • Falling Action: This is the unraveling of secondary plots or the tying up of loose ends.
  • Denouement: The final solution, explanation, or outcome
  • Plot:  story-line. It is composed of a sequence of events or incidents.
  • Setting: The location(s) of the story/play
  • Flashback: a plot device that interrupts the chronological order of the story-line by moving into the past.
  • Foreshadowing: is a technique that prepares the reader/audience for later events. This is accomplished in a number of ways including the creation of a certain mood/atmosphere, the use of certain objects, words and phrases.
  • Conflict: the lifeblood of a plot. It is the clash of actions, ideas, desires, and wills. Without conflict, there is merely a series of related events.There are four kinds of conflict:
    • person vs. person, person vs. nature, person vs. society, person vs. self
  • Character: refers to a person in a story. There are three methods of revealing character:
    • Direct presentation - The author tells us about the character through direct exposition, either in an introductory block or throughout the work, illustrated by action
    • Indirect presentation - We see the character in action. There is little or no comment by the author.
    • Indirect presentation - We learn about the character through representation from within the character. The author makes no comments.
    • Types of Character:
      • Flat: characterized by only one or two traits
      • Round: complex characters, characterized by many traits
      • Stock: stereotypes; the nature of these characters is immediately known
      • Static: character does not change
      • Developing or Dynamic: character undergoes a permanent change that is basic and important, be it large or small, or for better or worse. The change is in some aspect of character, personality, or outlook.
  • Protagonist: The central character who must overcome a conflict or problem
  • Antagonist: The character or force creating the conflict or problem
  • Theme: The controlling idea or central insight about life that is stated or implied by the story. It is helpful to determine what view of life the story supports or what insight into life it reveals.
  • Point of View: Who is telling the story and from what angle
    • Basic Points of View:
      • Omniscient: the story is told by a narrator using third person. The narrator's knowledge is unlimited, and he/she can give or withhold information as he/she pleases.
      • Limited Omniscient: the story is told in the third person from the viewpoint of one character (minor or major) in the story.
      • First-Person: one of the characters (minor or major) tells the story in the first person.
      • Objective or Dramatic: the narrator disappears into a kind of roving sound camera, recording what it sees and hears.
  • Symbol: An object, person, situation, action, item that has literal meaning in the story but suggests or represents something else
  • Irony: The recognition of a reality that is different from the covering appearance
    • Kinds of Irony:
      • Verbal Irony: the difference between what is said and what is meant
      • Dramatic Irony: the difference between what a character says and what the reader/viewer knows to be true
      • Irony of Situation: the difference between appearance and reality, between expectation and fulfillment, between what is and what is appropriate Note: Don’t confuse irony with sarcasm!
  • Suspended disbelief: To knowingly cast aside knowledge that what is about to be seen/read is not happening for the first time
  • Humor can be achieved through several techniques:
    • Use of irony
    • Understatement:  to intentionally represent something as less that it is
    • Overstatement (exaggeration) : to intentionally represent something as more that it is
    • Anticipation : uses the audience's awareness of what is about to happen
    • Surprise : the unexpected
    • Incongruity of speech, action, or character revelation : that which is not customary, logical, or expected
    • Satire : blends a critical attitude with humor and wit to attack human vice and foolishness
ENG 132*29/30 Syllabus
Instructor: Kimberly Occhipinti
Class Meeting Location & Time:
Instructor Email:

Required Text:

  • Title Passing   by Nella Larsen
  • Edition: N/A
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142437278

  • Title V for Vendetta   by David Lloyd, Alan Moore
  • Edition: N/A
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401208417

  • Required Materials:
    Pencil and paper - a willingness to shut off your phone and pay attention wouldn't be half bad either...

    Course Description:
    English 132 is the second course in the two-semester college-level reading and writing sequence that begins with English 131. The course further instructs on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills required at four-year colleges/universities and in the workforce. We will select, evaluate, analyze, synthesize, reference, and document source material, including a variety of literary works that explore diverse themes and cultural perspectives. We will use the source material to complete a college-level research paper.
    This course does not repeat the information from ENG 131. It is intended to further the critical thinking process with regards to literate practices.

    A grade of C- or better in English 131

    Reading Objectives
    By completion of English 132, we will accomplish the following:
    1. Summarize a work of fiction or non-fiction. (Annotated Bib)
    2. Discuss connections between a literary text and human experience. (Drama & Twitter Project)
    3. Identify and analyze particular elements such as style, structure, theme, character, plot, point of view (in a literary text). (Fiction Project)
    Writing Objectives
    By completion of English 132, students will accomplish the
    1. Plan, draft, revise, and edit essays. (Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Research)
    2. Write in-class essays: opening, supporting, and closing (Intro, Midterm, Final)
    3. Compare and contrast terms, ideas, or literary elements. (Research)
    4. Explain definite themes, using details from the reading selection. (Fiction & Drama)
    5. Write essays that use a college-level vocabulary.
    6. Write essays that have minimal errors in syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    Writing Objectives for the Research Assignment
    By completion of English 132, we will accomplish the following:
    1. Draft an analytical and persuasive thesis:
    o Analyzes literature on a given theme with literary criticism guide.
    2. Demonstrate argumentation skills by making a convincing, coherent, logical argument.
    3. Integrate documented material into research.
    4. Document research in MLA format or a format relevant to a student’s major field of study (e.g., nursing, education).

    Communications Division Policy on Plagiarism/Academic Integrity
    Among other things, academic dishonesty includes plagiarism.  Although not the sole form of misconduct of which a student may be guilty, this is probably the most common academic offense that can occur in any course.  Essentially, plagiarism is the act of using another author or person’s words or ideas without properly crediting him/her. Plagiarism can include, but is not limited to, the following fraudulent acts:

    ·         Failing to supply quotation marks for words – sometimes even a single word – copied exactly as seen in the original from published materials or internet sources, including blogs

    Using the structure and/or substance of another’s text without providing credit

    ·         Employing passages directly from sources without citation while only rearranging word order, altering grammar or revising a few words

    • Omitting the sources or parenthetical documentation for words or ideas or including a Works Cited page without appropriate parenthetical documentation
    • Falsifying citations, such as inventing or misrepresenting sources
    • Submitting a paper written or revised by another
    • Representing yourself as another student
    • Having another student represent your identity in the course

    Students committing ANY infraction involving ACADEMIC DISHONESTY will fail the course. Documentation of the offense will be submitted to the Registrar’s Office, so that the institution may decide what disciplinary action is merited. 

    At the time of the offense the student will be notified via verbal communication. A follow up letter of intent (via email) will be sent to the student. Upon the verbal notification of the offense the student may no longer attend class.

    Students can view HFCC’s complete and unabridged policy on Academic Integrity by visiting the following web address: - 1   


    The Communications Division Policy on Attendance and Participation

    Henry Ford College requires students to actively participate in their learning with regular and sustained interaction.
    Since student success depends on active engagement, students who have NOT attended an entire class session and actively participated in academically-related activities by the College's Never Attended deadline will not be permitted into the class even if they are already enrolled in the class.
    Please note that this policy was developed in accordance with the College policy on “Never Attended” flagging and in compliance with federal regulations.
    REVISED 1/22/2013
    ENG 132 Attendance Policy
    Please note that “actively participating” is defined as timely sustained attendance in each course meeting.
    The following requirements are necessary to be considered actively participating:


    ·         Students arriving more than 15 minutes late are considered absent. They will not be given credit for their attendance in the class meeting. If you disrupt the course with your tardy arrival you will be asked to leave. I will not stop the learning dynamic in class to accommodate a tardy student.
    ·         Students leaving before the class meeting is over are considered absent. The will not be given credit for their attendance in the class meeting. Your final-grade is assessed with a 10% aggregate of your attendance. This means each class period has a point value. At the end of the semester the points are totaled and weighted at 10% of your grade. More than four absences will lower your final grade by 10%. Upon every subsequent absence your final-grade will continue to drop.

    ·         Should you require an extended leave of absence from class for a medical issue please report directly to the Office of the Registrar for a Medical withdraw form. You will be withdrawn from the course, and encouraged to enroll at a time that is conducive to balancing your health and well-being as well as your academic career.
    ·         If any other schedules (work, babysitting, additional classes, Facebook addiction, yoga class, etc) interfere with the schedule of this course you will need to register for a course that does not interfere with balancing your other responsibilities.

    Determination of Final Grade

    Percentages will align with the following letter grades: 100-90% (A), 89-80% (B), 79-70% (C), 69-60% (D), & 59-50% (E).

    Unit #1 Essay                                                                               100 pts
    Unit #2 Essay                                                                              100 pts
    Unit #3 Essay                                                                              100 pts
    Unit #4 Essay                                                                               100 pts
    In-Class Essay                                                                              100 pts
    In-Class Essay                                                                              100 pts
    Quizzes                                                                                         100 pts
    Attendance                                                                                    100 pts
    TOTAL                                                                                                       800pts