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Course : Introduction to Reading and Writing About Literature

Course Number
ENGL 1153
Section Number
Spring 2023
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

OFFICE HOURS: MTWRF 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM. We can talk on the phone, meet in person, or make a ZOOM appointment. If I miss your call, my email (Outlook) will record your message and send it to me.


The Arden Shakespeare: The Tempest. Revised Edition: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1-4081-3347-7.

The Little, Brown Compact Handbook. 10th ed. Jane E. Aaron & Michael Greer ISBN 978-0-13-557127-9


Required MOVIES:

The RSC Tempest (2016; directed by Gregory Doran) – see Moffett database DIGITAL THEATRE+

Forbidden Planet (1956; directed by Fred Wilcox) – see Moffett database SWANK

Julie Taymor’s Tempest (2010) – see Moffett database SWANK.


Students must purchase their own copy of this required movie:

Disney’s 1997 (released 1998) English Language version (or “dub”) of Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, Kirsten Dunst (Kiki), Phil Hartman (Jiji the Cat), Janeane Garofalo (Ursula), Debbie Reynolds (Madame), Matthew Lawrence (Tombo), Osono (Tress MacNeille).



Read Shakespeare’s The Tempest in our Arden book.

For PowerPoints, each description paragraph describes a key moment in a scene

For the Essay, compare TWO of our films.   

Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision.

Utilize credible supporting sources in our essays according to MLA citing.

Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English.


D2L Post a thread with Ryan about RSC Tempest for a 60            Friday February 3

D2L Drop box: Description Par. for RSC Tempest –10%                Friday February 10

D2L Post a thread with Ryan about Forbidden Planet for a 70        Friday February 17

D2L Drop box: PowerPoint 1 RSC & Forbidden Planet – 20%        Friday February 24

D2L Post a thread with Ryan about Taymor’s Tempest for an 80    Friday March 3

D2L Drop box: Description Par. for Taymor’s Tempest –10%          Friday March 10

D2L Post a thread with Ryan for Miyazaki’s Kiki – for a 90              Friday March 24

D2L Drop box: PowerPoint 2 Taymor & Kiki – 20%                        Friday April 7

D2L Post a thread with Ryan about two of our movies – for a 100  Friday April 14

D2L Drop box: One Supporting Paragraph – 10%                          Friday April 21

D2L Drop box: ESSAY (6 paragraphs; not a PowerPoint) – 20%    Friday May 5

D2L Moffett Librarian Ryan Samuelson’s threads: 10% of semester grade (1 thread for a 60; 2 - 70; 3 - 80; 4 - 90; 5 – 100; no thread means a “0”). NOTE: Ryan’s threads require an answer to his question and a response to another student’s thread. Therefore, if students do one without the other, they receive half the points (e.g., 55 instead of 60).


The PowerPoint is FOUR slides.

Slide 1: title slide – answer this prompt:

Slide 2: description paragraph & at least one image.

Slide 3: description paragraph & at least one image.

Slide 4: description paragraph & at least one image.

TWO of the description paragraphs must pertain to ONE of the two movies; ONE description paragraph pertains to the other (you choose which).


THREADS (two types – one is to answer Ryan’s question, which is required; the other is optional: getting input from Dr. Fields on the student’s writing before submitting it to the drop box): For Moffett Librarian Ryan Samuelson, students receive point value for answering his question with two or three sentences and responding with two or three sentences to another student’s answer. This thread is REQUIRED. The LINK for Ryan’s thread will be provided in a NEWS ITEM on our D2L course home page.


The SECOND type is optional: this thread is for input from Dr. Fields about the student’s paragraph BEFORE the student submits it to the drop box on a due date. Go to CONTENT and click on either the module for RSC Tempest & Forbidden Planet OR the module for Taymor’s Tempest & Miyazaki’s Kiki. In the module, click on the arrow by the title of the DISCUSSION FORUM FOR TOPIC AND THREAD. Then click on VIEW TOPIC. Type into the textbox directly or copy and paste your paragraph. Then POST it. I will reply with suggestions. NOTE: My reply will not be in time if you wait until we are on top of the due date.


GRADES ARE NOT ROUNDED UP - D2L Final Calculated Grade is the semester grade.

Here are the numeric-letter values: 100-90 (A), 89-80 (B), 79-70 (C), 69-60 (D), 59-0 (F). NOTE: An 89.9 is a B; 79.9 is a C; 69.9 is a D; and 59.9 is an F.



Any use of a non-documented source as if it were a student’s original work is academic dishonesty. The grade will be a “0” (no points) for the assignment and the student can no longer attend the course. The course grade is F. The student will be removed with a WF.


Language too close to source

Students sometimes borrow the phrasing of the play or their scholarly sources as if it were their own. Students certainly can use key words from their sources, but they must use their own phrasing—not the source’s.


Readability & Originality

The rubric has a category devoted to legibility and originality. Student writing must be readable and original. Students should NOT adapt material from either the instructor’s models or the paragraphs other students submit in a THREAD.

Students with disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees reasonable accommodation. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.


Writing Proficiency Requirement: All students seeking a Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they have 1) completed 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive courses, or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website or call 397-4131.

I track engagement and attendance through D2l’s login history. Starting our first day, you need to visit our modules in CONTENT. If you have been visiting our modules, you are counted present.

LATE PENALTY for DROP BOX due dates is 10 points out of 100. All late work is due before 11:59 PM Monday May 8.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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