I. Course Prefix/Number: EGL 203
Course Name: Writing Poetry
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- Writing in the conventional literary mode of poetry.
- Developing a unifying theme appropriate to the poem.
- Using figurative language effectively.
- Recognizing basic literary conventions in poetry.
- Recognizing themes and basic elements of style in selected models.
- Recognizing strengths and weaknesses in peer writing samples.
- Discussing basic elements of theme and style in professional and student samples.
- Receiving and giving criticism on material presented in class.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|Week 1:||Introduction to Course, Keeping a Journal|
|Week 2:||The Writing Process|
|Week 4:||Free Verse|
|Week 6:||Diction, Alliteration, Assonance|
|Week 7:||Stanzas and Fixed Forms|
|Week 8:||The Line|
|Week 13:||Style and Tone|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
Students produce 1 to 3 major finished pieces of either traditional or prose poetry, weekly or daily writing exercises involving literary exploration or written critique of student or professional writing, and critical essays. A minimum of 25 pages of original work will be assigned.
IX. Instructional Materials
To be determined by the instructor in consultation with the department chair.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
- Attendance policy
- Procedures/information required by individual instructor
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.