Course Syllabus

Summer Quarter 2018

Syllabus: Writing Poetry English 247/248/249

Instructor: Martha Silano            

Preferred method of communication): Canvas Email. During the week I respond to emails within 24 hours (slightly longer on weekends). If Canvas email is down, email me at

Phone: (425) 564-2078 (messages forwarded to my campus email address)

Office location: N/A – this is a 100% online course; the instructor may be reached most promptly via Canvas email.


Course Information

Course Outcomes and Assignments in which Outcomes will be met:

 OUTCOME                                                                          HOW OUTCOME WILL BE MET

Identify poetic devices, including rhyme, metrical pattern, personification, metonymy, synecdoche, metaphor, sonic techniques such as alliteration, assonance, and onomatopoeia, & other poetic devices. 



Weekly discussions and writing assignments

Identify & capitalize on writing strategies that increase you ability to draft, revise, and complete your own poems in a timely fashion on the scheduled due dates.



Weekly discussions, writing assignments, and journal entries/self-assessment
Assess needs of students via assignment design to critique creative works and offering positive, specific, and helpful feedback for revision in a timely and respectful fashion, finding meaningful & successful revision tools for a successful peer review experience.  Group activities, including peer reviews and discussions. 

Increase your understanding of writing as a process, with first-hand knowledge that poems often require weeks or months of revision before reaching a state of completion. 

Demonstrate proficient participation in an active online writing community, including posting timely and engaging responses to discussion questions and to your peers’ posts, as well as positing your own questions about the works being studied and analyzed. Appreciate that poems are written in a wide array of styles and voices and modes by writers who vary greatly in their ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, age, class, gender, and physical abilities.

Mid-term revision assignment; final portfolio

Discussions, peer review, assigned reading, poem recitation, poetics essay, "live" poetry reading assignment.

How Outcomes will be met:

This is a 100% online course. That means that all of the work for this class will be conducted online through Canvas Bellevue College’s online learning delivery system. Using Canvas, the instructor will assist students in achieving the stated English 247/8/9 course outcomes by the following methods: written and videotaped lectures, critical analysis of assigned readings, small and large group discussion, peer reviews of draft poems, a poetics essay assignment, an essay about a live poetry reading you attended, and a midterm revision assignment, along with quizzes, journal entries, a group project to devise peer reviewing methods, a memorized poem presentation, an end-of-quarter virtual poetry party, and a final poetry portfolio. In addition, the instructor will provide prompt and instructive feedback on weekly discussions, journal entries, peer reviews, and submitted writing assignments.

Weekly Structure of Course: the week generally runs from Monday morning through Friday or Sunday midnight

Early in the week:

Complete the assigned reading; post your assigned discussion response; begin brainstorming, freewriting, and drafting the weekly writing assignment.

Early Midweek:

Post two required comments to the weekly discussion thread; post your rough draft poem to the peer review discussion thread. 

Late Midweek:

Provide two detailed peer reviews of your group mates’ posted draft poems.

End of Week:

Continue peer reviewing of weekly assigned poem; submit your weekly journal entry and finalized poem and/or revision packet to the instructor by midnight.

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Submission of a weekly original poem 

100 (20 points x 5)

Quizzes (Syllabus, Sonnet, Literary Terms, Final)


Metaphor Assignment


Weekly Journal Assignments


Peer Review Participation 


Live Poetry Reading Essay 


Mid-Term Revision Assignment


Weekly Discussion Participation


Recitation of a Memorized Poem (video)


Course Evaluation 


Virtual Poetry Party


Poetics Essay 


Final Portfolio



1,000 POINTS



Letter Grade

Number Grade

# of Points

































  659 & below

 College Grading Policy  


Lockward, Diane. The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop. Kentucky: Wind Publications, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9969871-7-2. 



RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Grammar book, dictionary, thesaurus.

 There are many wonderful poetry reference books and guides that your instructor would be happy to recommend. Please don't hesitate to email her for suggestions.

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES: writing notebook; file or computer folders for organizing free writes, drafts, and revisions, etc.; calendaring device for listing assignment and due date reminders.


Classroom Learning Atmosphere

Instructor’s Expectations

 I ask that you participate actively (and to your best ability) in each day’s assigned activities. Chronic Internet outages, travel, and/or lack of participation and/or posting for myriad reasons will likely lead to a lowered grade in this course. 

I do not provide make-up work. That means that if you do not turn in assignments and participate in discussions during any given week, you forever lose the opportunity to receive credit for that missed work. Additionally, journal entries, discussion comments and peer review posts that do not reflect engagement and effort will be marked down accordingly and cannot be revised. 

Guidelines for Submitting Late Assignments:

Journal entries, discussion comments, and weekly assigned poems will be marked down one (1) point per day for up to 48 hours (2 days). After two (2) days, journal entries will not be accepted. 

Submissions of major writing assignments (essays) will lose ten (10) points per day they are late, for up to three (3) days past the due date. After three days, late submissions will not be accepted.

If you become ill, have a family emergency, or are unable to turn in your midterm or final portfolio for a related valid reason, you must contact the instructor via email for late submission approval; otherwise, late submissions of the midterm and final portfolio will not be considered, and the student will receive a zero for the assignment.

As they no longer serve a functional purpose for students accessing the course site, late peer review and discussion postings will not be graded. 

Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination. We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect. 


All assignments you complete for this course must present your own ideas in your own words. If you copy someone’s exact words, you must put them in quotation marks. Even if you summarize or paraphrase someone else’s ideas or facts, you are obligated to cite the source of those facts and ideas, that is, tell us where you found your ideas/facts. You will receive instruction regarding the basic conventions for citing your sources using MLA (Modern Language Association) citation guidelines.   

I will not accept writing of any kind that you have downloaded from the Internet or copied from someone else, an essay you wrote for an earlier class, or an essay or poem in which you present someone else’s words or ideas as your own. I will also provide a zero grade to any poem or essay that does not fit the specifications of the assignment guidelines for any given week.

Written work that does not present your own ideas in your own words or essays in which you do not cite your sources are considered to be plagiarized. If you plagiarize, you will receive a zero for the assignment or assignment sequence. If you plagiarize a second time, you will fail the course. Please note that once it is determined that your work is not your own, I will not negotiate a plan for relieving yourself of the consequences of your actions. For a more detailed explanation of plagiarism, read the official policy of the Division of Arts and Humanities: "Student Procedures and Expectations."  Unintentional plagiarism is still considered plagiarism and is punishable; saying you did not know you were plagiarizing is not an acceptable defense. Just in case a question of ownership arises, print out or save incremental drafts of your work often, keeping them in a file, folder, or binder.

Information about Bellevue College's copyright guidelines.

A good resource for Plagiarism is the Writing Lab.  


Natasha Tretheway

Student Conduct Code

As this is a 200-level college course, I expect students to conduct themselves as mature adults.  You can help to create a positive learning environment by respecting others’ voices and views; completing assignments promptly and conscientiously; participating to the online discussions with a good attitude and an open mind; and accepting and giving feedback graciously.You will be expected to comport yourself in an inclusive and thoughtful manner when participating in discussions and peer reviews. Please join me in making the atmosphere in this class supportive, comfortable, and positive. While communicating online, the same level of respect and courtesy applies. Don’t  say anything in writing that you would not say directly to someone’s face in person (ftf). Let’s strive to be kind and respectful this quarter as we provide constructive feedback and create and sustain an enriching and productive learning community.  

Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College.  Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates.  The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Vice President of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue College.  Specific student rights, responsibilities and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct, available in the office of the Vice President of Student Services.”  

Student Code Policy 250

Values Conflicts

Essential to a liberal arts education is an open-minded tolerance for ideas and modes of expression that might conflict with one’s personal values.  By being exposed to such ideas or expressions, students are not expected to endorse or adopt them but rather to understand that they are part of the free flow of information upon which higher education depends. Getting outside of your comfort zone is one of the essential elements of a worthwhile education.

To this end, you may find that class requirements may include engaging certain materials, such as books, films, and art work, which may, in whole or in part, offend you. These materials are equivalent to required texts and are essential to the course content.  If you decline to engage the required material by not reading, viewing, or performing material you consider offensive, you will still be required to meet class requirements in order to earn credit.  This may require responding to the content of the material, and you may not be able to fully participate in required class discussions, exams, or assignments. Basically, if you sign up for this class, you are making a commitment to participate  in the entire journey, not cherry-picking assignments that fall in line with your values. If you choose not to participate due to a values conflict, you will risk point losses due to non-participation.

 Kazim Ali reads at Black Cat

Kazim Ali 

Important Links

Bellevue College E-mail and access to MyBC: All students registered for classes at Bellevue College are entitled to a network and e-mail account.  Your student network account can be used to access your student email, log in to computers in labs and classrooms, connect to the BC wireless network and log in to MyBC. Create an account here.  

 BC offers a wide variety of computer and learning labs to enhance learning and student success. Find current campus locations for all student labs by visiting the Computing Services website.

Disability Resource Center (DRC) 

The Disability Resource Center: The DRC serves students with a wide array of learning challenges and disabilities. If you are a student who has a disability or learning challenge for which you have documentation or have seen someone for treatment and if you feel you may need accommodations in order to be successful in college, please contact us as soon as possible. The DRC office is located in B 132 or you can call our reception desk at 425.564.2498.  Deaf students can reach us by video phone at 425-440-2025 or by TTY at 425-564-4110. Please visit our website for application information into our program and other helpful links.

Public Safety

The Bellevue College (BC) Public Safety Department’s well trained and courteous non-commissioned staff provides personal safety, security, crime prevention, preliminary investigations, and other services to the campus community, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Their phone number is 425.564.2400.  The Public Safety website is your one-stop resource for campus emergency preparedness information, campus closure announcements and critical information in the event of an emergency. Public Safety is located in K100.

Final Exam Schedule

There is no final examination for this course. A final portfolio of the student’s best work, including drafts leading up to the finalized versions, along with a detailed self-assessment of the student’s progress, will be submitted during the final week of the quarter, and is worth 100 points/10% of the final course grade.

Final examination schedule

Academic Calendar 

The Bellevue College Academic Calendar is separated into two calendars. They provide information about holidays, closures and important enrollment dates such as the finals schedule.

  • Enrollment Calendar - . On this calendar you will find admissions and registration dates and important dates for withdrawing and receiving tuition refunds.
  • College Calendar - . This calendar gives you the year at a glance and includes college holidays, scheduled closures, quarter end and start dates, and final exam dates.

Course Calendar

The Course Calendar, including all assignment due dates, is available on the Canvas course website.


Roger Bonair-Agard


It is not that poems, unlike stories and essays, have no rules, but that every poem comes with its very own rule book; your job is figuring out the rules for each poem you write. 

Course Summary:

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