ENG 101-B06 Syllabus

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  • 1. Course Syllabus for English 101 Fall 2010 (2010 FA) Greenville Technical College/Arts and Sciences Division English Department Section: 101-B06 Instructor: Deanna Dixon Credit Hours: 3.0 Office: 201-209 Course Title: English Composition I Office Hours: 12:15-12:45 MW Class Location/Meeting Times: 201-251 / Office Phone Number: 250-6700 Ext. 2414 MW 11:00 – 12:15 E-mail address: dixondd@my.gvltec.edu Prerequisite: Proper test placement or English 100 with a grade of C or higher. Course Description: This is a college transfer course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate reading selections with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented. Students must make a C or better in ENG 101 in order to take ENG 102, SPC 205, SPC 208, SPC 209, or JOU 101. Purpose of Course: To enable the student to write clear, correct sentences; complete, coherent paragraphs; and logically organized essays exhibiting unified purpose and adequate content. Required Texts: Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. The Bedford Handbook. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2009. Ruszkiewicz, John J., and Jay Dolmage. How to Write Anything with Readings. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2009. Additional Materials: Any additional materials required by an instructor will be announced in class. Objectives of Course: Students who successfully complete English 101 with 70% accuracy or better will have demonstrated the skills required to accomplish the following minimum objectives: To communicate effectively, students will be able to apply the structures, principles and rules of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and diction covered in the textbook and lecture To construct well written essays and other types of writing by • Expressing a purpose • Analyzing the audience • Collecting data and/or pertinent information including o Evaluating the data/information for relevance o Assessing the credibility of the source of the data • Selecting relevant data/information from the collected data/information • Composing a clear, concise thesis • Organizing the data/information in a manner consistent with the established purpose of the essay
  • 2. • Composing drafts • Critiquing drafts for adherence to the principles of good writing To research and document essays and other types of writing by • Summarizing sources • Paraphrasing sources • Quoting sources • Recognize plagiarism and copyright violations • Applying MLA documentation standards correctly to sources in written essays • Determining types of source • Appraising/ critiquing/ evaluating the credibility of a source • Integrating sources into written essays To apply relevant technological skills and time management skills by • Composing essays in class in a limited time period • Composing essays using Microsoft Word using the basic features of Word Note: These objectives outline minimum requirements; students will write a minimum of 2000 words in a minimum of three assignments. The instructor may require additional assignments. The number of in-class writing assignments written under time constraints will be determined by the instructor; however, one essay (in addition to the final exam) must be an in-class essay. POLICY REGARDING STUDENT PAPERS Students are responsible for keeping all returned papers (paragraphs, essays, etc.) for one year after the course has ended. During the course, students should refer to graded papers to use as a learning tool to improve their writing. If students wish to discuss their grades, either during or after the course, students will be responsible for providing graded papers as proof of grades earned. MAKE-UP POLICY CLASS ACTIVITIES: Due to their participatory nature, certain class activities (i.e. impromptu speeches, pop quizzes, group work, oral quizzes, in class writing, etc.) may not be made up. ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAMS: Students must make arrangements with the instructor ahead of time if they expect to be late with an assignment or miss an exam. Penalties of up to one letter grade per day late may be assessed on late assignments. Students who miss an assignment or exam due to documentable circumstances (i.e. death in the family, accident, hospitalization, etc.) must notify the instructor (personally or through official school channels) before the next class period. Only two major assignments or exams may be made up during the term. Work must be made up in a timely manner as agreed upon by the instructor and student--generally within one week. Assignments which require class time to make up (i.e. speeches, oral reports, group presentations, etc.) pose special problems which must be handled at the discretion of the instructor. These assignments may be made up provided class time permits make-up of these assignments. LOST ASSIGNMENT POLICY English instructors make every effort to ensure that graded assignments (papers, tests, quizzes) are carefully secured. However, if an instructor misplaces or loses graded work, the instructor and student will arrange to have the work made up. If ungraded work is lost, a grade cannot simply be given to the student nor can the student exempt the work; the instructor and student will decide how the work will be made up with supervision from the head of the English Department. As insurance, students should always keep a copy of required assignments before
  • 3. submitting them to their instructors. Also, unless otherwise instructed, students turning in late work should always submit the work directly to their instructor. READING/MEDIA ASSIGNMENTS DISCLAIMER English instructors carefully choose all class content including readings and media selections for their classes. Given the subject matter of some of the scheduled essays, stories, films, etc., some students may find portions of assigned materials and/or classroom discussions offensive. Instructors should be notified of concerns and will try to alleviate such issues in a courteous and professional manner. Grading: See class syllabus. All writing is graded according to the Theme Standard Sheet criteria. Important Dates Full Term and 1st Term Classes Begin August 16 Add/Drop for full term classes August 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Add/Drop for 1st term classes August 16, 17, 18 Labor Day (no classes) September 6 Classes begin for 10 week session September 21 Add/Drop for 10 week session September 21, 22, 23 Last day to withdraw from 1st half classes September 22 Last day of class for 1st half term October 6 Exams for 1st half term October 7, 8 Fall Break (no classes) October 11, 12 Classes begin for 2nd half term October 13 Add/Drop for 2nd half term October 13, 14, 15 Last day to withdraw from full term classes October 27 Election Day (no classes) November 2 Last Day to withdraw from 10 week session November 10 Last day to withdraw from 2nd half term November 19 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes) November 24, 25, 26 Last Day of Classes--full term, 2nd half, and 10 week session December 7 Final Exam Period December 8,9, 10, 11, and 13 CELL PHONE/ LAPTOP USE The use of cell phones in class is strictly prohibited. If you are caught using your cell phone, texting or otherwise, during class, you will be given a warning and asked to put it away. If you do not comply, you may be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class period. The use of laptops during class for any purpose outside of note-taking is not allowed unless otherwise indicated by the instructor. ASSIGNMENTS In-class Assignments/Homework/Reading and/or Grammar Quizzes: Occasionally in class you will be given assignments whether individually or in groups that you will be asked to turn in immediately or take home to complete as homework. These assignments will include a minimum of two peer reviews. In addition, reading and/or grammar quizzes may be given unannounced at any time throughout the semester.
  • 4. Weekly Blog Assignments: You will be required to create and maintain a blog for this course. Blog posts will be due every week by Sunday at midnight. The topics for the posts will be announced in class/and or posted on the class blog (www.deannadixonsenglish101.blogspot.com) by no later than Tuesday. Each post must meet a minimum requirement of 100 words. Label the blog posts with the week number and a title. Use the blog as a tool to help you succeed in this class! Blog assignments can be completed up to two weeks late for partial credit (YOU MUST label them as “Late” in the title in order to receive credit). After the two weeks, they will not count towards your final grade. Use the blog posts, as an easy way to boost your grade, in addition to allowing you an outlet for expressing your thoughts in writing. Also, at the class blog, you will find copies of handouts, assignment sheets, and links to helpful resources. Narrative Essay: For this essay, you will be asked to create a soundtrack of your life. In the essay, you will discuss five important people or events that have had a significant impact on your life. You will structure the paper using songs and song lyrics as metaphors for each of the events/people you discuss. The focus of this essay is on creating a strong thesis statement, as well as detailed and descriptive examples to support that statement. Please see the essay requirements handout on Blackboard for specific instructions on formatting. Min. 250 words. Rhetorical Analysis (In-Class) Essay: The rhetorical analysis essay will require you to analyze a text’s (song lyrics, photograph, poem, speech, etc.) use of the rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos, and logos in determining the strength of its argument. Min. 300 words. Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated Bibliography must include at least 6 sources. The final Research Project will only need five, but you will probably not end up using all of the sources that you find. For the assignment, you will need to create a citation for each of your sources using MLA format (which we will discuss in class). Along with the citation, you must also include a short 2-3 sentence annotation. You may use books, journal or newspaper articles, and encyclopedia articles. Only TWO of your six sources may be from the internet, and they must all be reliable sources. Min. 250 words. Argumentative Research Project: For your argumentative research assignment, you will be moving from analyzing a piece of rhetoric to creating your own. You will be asked to create a written and visual piece of rhetoric persuading your audience of your argument. You must utilize all three rhetorical appeals in the project. For your topic, you will be asked to identify a social problem in your town or community. In the paper, you will be required to persuade your audience of the importance of the issue being discussed and how it can be addressed using well-researched and cited information, including evidence from other communities and organizations. You will be required to use a minimum of 4 sources, only one of which may be from the internet. Min. 1200 words.
  • 5. GRADE CALCULATION In-class Assignments/Homework/Oral Quizzes 5% Weekly Blog Assignments 15% Descriptive/Illustrative Essay 15% Rhetorical Analysis (In-Class) Essay 15% Annotated Bibliography 10% Argumentative Research Project 25% Final Exam 15% Total 100% All writing is graded according to the Theme Standard Sheet criteria. WEEKLY SCHEDULE Wk Monday HW/Readings Wednesday HW/Readings 1 8/16—Introduction to the Set up individual 8/18— Narrative Essay Bring in an artifact or photo class. Discuss class blog blog at Blogger.com. assignment; Discussion from your past. Read and individual blogs; Essay Post profile. Read “What is a Narrative”; Pequeno (p. 26) and Satrapi requirements. Beverly Faryna, Timeline Activity (p.31) in HWA “Who Am I?: Finding Identity and Voice in Composition”; Record a response to the reading on your blog as the first post; Read Ch. 1 Narrative (pgs. 4-19) in HWA 2 8/23— Discuss Pequeno Read Part 1 “The 8/25—Thesis Read Chs. 23-26 and Satrapi Models; Focus Writing Process” pgs. Statements; Review Organization, Outlines, on Showing Not Telling; 2-21 in The Bedford; examples and tentative Paragraphs, and Transitions Dialogue Activity; thesis statements; Work (pgs. 340-353) in HWA Five Frames Read Ch. 22 Thesis in groups on creating (pgs. 336-339) in sample thesis Bring in an outline for the HWA statements. Narrative Essay 3 8/30— Outlining; Read “Writing the 9/1— Writing Read “Shitty First Drafts” Structuring the paper; Lead and Ending” Introductions and (posted on the blog); Topic Sentences and (posted on the blog); Conclusions Read Chs. 33 and 34 Transitions Read Chs. 27-29 Revising your Own Work Introductions, and Peer Editing (pgs. Conclusions, Titles 386-394) in HWA; Work on (pgs. 354-363) in Rough Draft of Narrative HWA Essay 4 9/6— No Class; Labor 9/8— Narrative Essay Revise for Final Draft of Day Holiday Rough Draft Due; Narrative Essay Discuss “Shitty First Drafts” and focus on revising and editing; Peer Review
  • 6. 5 9/13— Narrative Essay Read Ch. 8 9/15— Introduce Due; Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis rhetorical appeals; Rhetoric; Rhetorical (pgs. 222-235) in Group work—discuss Triangle; Look at an ad HWA appeals in ads and discuss relationship between Bring in sample writer/audience/text; advertisements 6 9/20— Visual Rhetoric; 9/22— Rhetorical Bring in a sample piece of Analyze Time.com photo Analysis of Song rhetoric for group work essay Lyrics; U2 song analysis 7 9/27—Groupwork; 9/29— Group work; Read Nance (p. 236), Hailey Redelivering Rhetoric Redelivering Rhetoric (p. 241), and Crovitz (p. 892) in HWA 8 10/4— Discuss rhetorical 10/6— Timed Writing analysis models Strategies; Review rhetorical analysis 9 10/11— No Class –Fall 10/13— Rhetorical Break Analysis (In-class) Essay 10 10/18— Introduce Read Ch. 3 Argument 10/20— Discuss Ch. 3 Read Chs. 35-37 Beginning Argumentative Research (pgs. 68-89) in HWA What is an argument?; your Research, Finding Print Project Activity—Taking a and Online Sources, and Side Doing Field Research (pgs. 400-414) in HWA; Read Part 46b (pgs. 442-462) in The Bedford 11 10/25— Watch Merchants 10/28— Structuring the Browse Ch. 43 Documenting of Cool; Practice outlining Argumentative Sources in HWA and Part 53 and topic sentences; Research paper; Types MLA Documentation Style Recognizing types/variety of Sources/Research (pgs. 517-569) in The of sources Bedford 12 11/1— Review MLA Bring in at least three 11/3—Research Day Read Ch. 38 Evaluating guidelines. Bring The different types of Sources (pgs. 415-419) in Bedford Handbook to sources to begin HWA class. research. 13 11/8— Evaluating research Finish Annotated 11/10—Annotated Read Chs. 40-41 for the Research Paper Bibliography; Read Bibliography Due; Summarizing and Ch. 39 Critical Discuss Critical Paraphrasing Sources (pgs. Reading and Note- Reading and Note- 424-430) in HWA; Read Part Taking Strategies Taking Strategies 51-52a Citing sources; (pgs. 420-423) in avoiding plagiarism (pgs. HWA 498-507) in The Bedford 14 11/15—Incorporating Work on First Draft 11/17—Debate; Putting Read Part 54c Sample Sources; Paraphrasing vs. of Research Paper; Sources into Student Paper (pgs. 583-588) Plagiarizing; Q-Tips Read Ch. 42 Conversation in The Bedford Integrating Sources (pgs. 431-434) in HWA; Read Part 52 Integrating sources (pgs. 508-516) in The Bedford
  • 7. 15 11/22—Revision of Work on first draft of 11/24—No Class— Complete first draft of Sample Student Papers research project. Thanksgiving Holiday research project. 16 11/29—Research Project 12/1—In-class work on Complete revisions of Rough Draft Due; Peer revisions for research research project. Review project. 17 12/6—Last Day of Class; Prepare Visual Research Project Due Rhetoric piece for presentation; Read Ch. 50 Designing Print and Online Documents in HWA Final Exam: Mon. Dec. 13th 10:30 -1:00 p.m. Research Presentations