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Harry Potter: ENG 300 Syllabus


English 300       Course Policy and Syllabus for Harry Potter                          Fall 2013

Dr. Kathryn Stasio

340 St. Edward Hall

Phone: 352-588-8395


Office Hours: MWF 8:30-9:15 am, 1:30-2:30 pm; Thurs 1-2:15; and by appt.

Prerequisite: ENG 122

Course Description: A variable-content course in English that is designed for a specific class level: freshman (100) through senior (400). Topic is announced in advance of registration. Offered annually.

 Course Objectives

 1.   Students will apply their knowledge of literary devices and genres developed in ENG 122.

2.   Students will identify and analyze the influence literature has asserted over people’s views about class, race, and gender.

3.    Students will apply the core value of respect for the contributions of  literary works.

 Expected Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to articulate critical analyses of texts via written and oral communication.

 Core Values: Through the mastery of the above learning outcomes, students will engage in the Saint Leo core values of integrity and community.

 Methods of Assessment:

 1.Class participation, homework, quizzes, group work—10 percent

2.Contest assignment—20 percent

3.Short-answer quizzes covering each book—35 percent

4.Research Paper--20 percent

5. Presentation--5 percent

6. Reading Journal--10 percent

 All assignments should be clearly organized, express a coherent argument that uses support from the literature, and be free of any grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors. The grading scale is as follows:






















Below 60

Required Texts: All of the Harry Potter novels; theme park ticket to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Format of Writing Assignments: For in-class assignments, use loose-leaf paper and blue or black ink; for out-of-class assignments, including homework, please type.  Always include your name, the date, the course number, and the topic on every assignment and be sure to staple any assignment that exceeds one page, or I won’t accept it.  Follow MLA style. Do not send me assignments via email as attachments without prior approval.  Submit the research paper to, a website designed to check for plagiarism. Your paper will be checked against other sites on the Internet as well as any other paper submitted to  The class i.d. is 6790111, and the class password is Hogwarts . (Note that the password is case sensitive.)

Attendance:  Students are allowed three unexcused absences. Upon the fourth unexcused absence, a student will lose a letter grade; with a fifth unexcused absence, the student will fail. Excusal of student absence(s) for medical, legal, family emergency, etc., reasons is based on presentation of official documentation (physician release, court papers, obituaries, etc.) only.  Official documentation must be presented to the Director of Academic Advising in 320/325 Saint Edward Hall for verification.  Once verified, the instructor is notified and excusal is granted—upon the instructor’s discretion.  Extended student absences for any reason may additionally require official clearance to return, as determined by the offices of Student Services and Academic Affairs.

Late Policy: You cannot make up in-class work, and I will not accept late homework, including reading journal assignments. The essay is due at the beginning of class and will lose five points if turned in later in the day. The essay will lose ten points each day (not class period!) an essay is late; papers are not considered turned in until they are turned into and a hard copy is given to me. Any missed quiz must be made up during our scheduled final. You will receive a different quiz from the one given to the rest of the class and should expect a late penalty unless the absence is excused through proper documentation.  It is the student’s responsibility to get in touch with me and arrange an appropriate time.  All student athletes need to notify me at least a week in advance of any classes they will miss and should make arrangements to meet the deadlines of each assignment. Absolutely no assignments will be accepted after the last regular class period of the semester other than the last essay and quiz, which are due during our scheduled finals period.

 Academic Honesty: The Academic Honor Code is published in its entirety in the Saint Leo University Catalog.  The first paragraph is quoted below:

        Saint Leo University holds all students to the highest standards of honesty and personal integrity in every phase of their academic life.  All students have a responsibility to uphold the Academic Honor Code by refraining from any form of academic misconduct, presenting only work that is genuinely their own, and reporting any observed instance of academic dishonesty to a faculty member.

Please note that you may not turn in a paper to this class that has been turned into another course, and all work must be your own writing. Be sure to read the university's honor code.

Classroom Etiquette: I expect all students to arrive on time prepared to discuss the material. Late arrivals are disruptive, and class begins on time, so plan accordingly. If you do arrive late, come in unobtrusively; sit near the door and get your books out quietly.  Turn off all cell phones or put them on silent before entering class and put them away out of view; if I see a cell phone, I will take it for the duration of class. This class is a community of learners, and everyone should feel comfortable discussing his/her ideas, which means we must always show each other respect; do not interrupt when anyone is speaking or hold your own conversations during class. Whether intended or not, doing so appears disrespectful and discourages the free exchange of ideas.  You may use your computer to engage in classroom activities only. Lastly, do not make it a practice of leaving during class time and do not eat during class. Violations of classroom etiquette can result in the student being asked to leave the classroom and counted as absent.

 Protection of the Academic Environment: Disruption of academic process is the act or words of a student in a classroom or teaching environment which in the reasonable estimation of a faculty member: (a) directs attention away from the academic matters at hand, such as noisy distractions, persistent, disrespectful or abusive interruptions of lecture, exam or academic discussions, or (b) presents a danger to the health, safety or well being of the faculty member or students. Education is a cooperative endeavor – one that takes place within a context of basic interpersonal respect. We must therefore make the classroom environment conducive to the purpose for which we are here. Disruption, intentional and unintentional, is an obstacle to that aim. We can all aid in creating the proper environment, in small ways (such as turning off beepers and cell phones, and neither chatting nor sleeping in class), and in more fundamental ways. So, when we speak in class, we can disagree without attacking each other verbally, we wait to be recognized before speaking, and no one speaks in a manner or of off-topic content that disrupts the class. Any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action. Please refer to the Student Handbook for further details.

 *** Note that each House will be rewarded and/or lose points based upon adherence to the policies in this syllabus and overall contributions to the class. Houses will be rewarded for their point status at the end of the term.

Library Services:

 Cannon Memorial Library

Librarians are available during reference hours to answer questions concerning research strategies, database searching, locating specific materials, and interlibrary loan (ILL).

                Reference Hours

               Monday – Thursday   9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

               Friday                               9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

               Saturday                          9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

               Sunday                             10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 The library provides an 800 number and an email address for general reference services: 1-800-359-5945 or . The library’s mailing address and local telephone numbers are:

                MC2128, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL 33574

                352-588-8477 (Reference Desk)

               352-588-8476 (Circulation Desk)

               352-588-8258 (Main)

               352-588-8259 (Fax)

 Online Catalog “OCLC Worldcat” (All Books and Media)

Click on Library Catalog (OCLC Worldcat) on the Cannon Memorial Library website ( Simple Search choices are: title, author, keyword, subject, or journal title. Use Advanced Search to set limits or expand your search terms. To borrow books from Cannon Memorial Library, present your SLU ID at the Circulation Desk. To have books mailed to you, use the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery link on the library’s website, complete the online request form, and submit it.

Online Library Resources (Articles and E-books)

Saint Leo provides its own array of online article databases and e-book resources supporting campus, online, center, and distance learning classes. Use the Online Library Resources link on the Cannon Memorial Library homepage to see the latest subscription databases, e-book collections, etc.

Our class has its own LibGuide thanks to Cecilia Bolich in the library. Please visit and thank Cecilia when you meet her. This is a thing of beauty!

 Students with documented disabilities who are taking this course and may need disability-related classroom accommodations should make an appointment with me as soon as possible. Also stop by the Office of ADA Student Support Services to register; that office’s email address is For more information, please review the Policy and Procedure Manual on the Disability Services web page.


 Assignments are due by the day they are listed. You must read before class.

Module One


August 28


Module Two

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

August 30

Chs 1-4

September 2

No class; Labor Day

September 4

Chs 5-9

September 6

Chs 10-12

September 9

Chs 13-15

September 11

Chs 16-17

Module Three

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

September 13

Chs 1-5

September 16

Chs 6-11

September 18

Chs 12-14; Draft of Writing Competition Available on; feedback due 9/21

September 20

Chs 15-17; Guest speaker

September 23

Ch 18 Hufflepuff Presentation

Module Four

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

September 25

Chs 1-5 CONTEST (Writing)

September 27

Chs 6-9; Quiz

September 30

Chs 10-13; Guest speaker

October 2

Chs 14-16

October 4

Chs 17-19

October 7

Chs 20-22; Gryffindor Presentation

Module Five

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

October 9

Chs 1-6

October 11

Chs 7-12

October 12

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, 7 am-7 pm

October 14

Chs 13-18; CONTEST (Public Speaking), TECO School of Business

October 16

Chs 19-24

October 18

Chs 25-30

October 21

Chs 31- 38 Gryffindor Presentation; Guest speaker

Module Six

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

October 23

Chs 1-7; Quiz

October 25

Chs 8-14 Quidditch!; TECO room, School of Business

October 28

Chs 15-22

October 30

Chs 23-30

November 1

Chs 31-34

November 4

Chs 35-38 Ravenclaw Presentation

Module Seven

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

November 6

Chs 1-6

November 8

Chs 7-11

November 11


November 13

Chs 12-21; CONTEST (Posters)

November 15

Chs 22-25

November 18

Chs 26-30; Guest speaker

November 20

Ravenclaw Presentation

Module Eight

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

November 22

Chs 1-6

November 25-29

Thanksgiving Break

December 2

Chs 7-25

December 4

Chs 26-32 CONTEST (Video); TECO room, School of Business

December 6

Ch 33-Epilogue

December 9


FINAL December 13, 10:10-12:10

Presentation; Quiz

 I reserve the right to make any necessary changes to the syllabus throughout the term.