1Course: Composition ICourse Number: ENG160-10—GEIII / Fall 2012Course time and location Location: LC 110 / Days and Times: T/F: 9:25-10:40Instructor: Prof. Rigolino Email: email@example.com (I am easiest to reach via email.)Office Location: JFT 802a Office hours: M/: 11:00-12:00 T/F: 11:00-12:30Phone extension: x2731 (Try email first.) Required Texts (available at Campus Bookstore) Jin, Ha. A Good Fall. New York: Vintage, 2010. Blakesley, David and Jeffrey L. Hoogeveen. Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age, Brief Second Edition. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. Print. (Comes with New Voices, New Visions) Composition Program Handbook. 2012-2013. Web. Course Description Mercury Reader (Custom edition for SUNY New Paltz English Composition) NY: Pearson, 2012. (Be sure to buy the one that reads: Business FIG on the cover.) ISBN: 978-1-256-58059-1Course DescriptionTraining in critical reading, the process of composing, academic forms of writing, and computerliteracy. Movement from expressive to expository writing. Papers assigned to develop particularwriting techniques. A first-semester English course.ObjectivesBy semester’s end, students will demonstrate the ability to: To develop the ability to write in different rhetorical situations, i.e., for different purposes, occasions, and audiences. To develop the ability to write effectively in a variety of rhetorical modes. To develop the ability to write well-developed, well-organized, and clear paragraphs and essays. To enhance the thinking necessary in all college courses, i.e., reflecting, observing, explaining, comparing, summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing, and interpreting. To approach writing as a process, i.e., planning, shaping, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. To increase the ability to write grammatically and coherently.
2 To critique one’s own writing and the writing of others. To evaluate courses of information using criteria such as currency, authority, objectivity, accuracy, specificity, and relevance. To use information ethically and legally (i.e., to avoid plagiarism). To develop oral presentation skills. To develop computer information literacy. To demonstrate basic knowledge of library skills. Course Overview:Composition I develops students’ abilities to write grammatical and coherent sentences and todevelop ideas fully an in an organized fashion. The course will develop students’ abilities toproduce distinctive pieces of writing based upon individual thinking and experience. It also willstress and lead students through the composing process as they develop better understanding oftheir own writing processes . . . (Composition Program Handbook 11).NOTE: THERE ARE NO WITHDRAWALS OR INCOMPLETES FOR COMPOSITION I AND II. THIS IS ACOLLEGE POLICY. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTClass attendance and participation are expected. For absences less than three and failure toparticipate in class, I will deduct points from your class work grade (see last item in list above).For absences in excess of three, please read below. Writing Requirements and Grade Distribution Four essays (3-4 pages each) 75% 1 in-class essay; 05% Journals; quizzes; oral reports 20% Required Final Portfolio (P/F) Class Participation & Library Presentation (P/F)* *Class attendance and participation is expected. Failures in these areas will result in a deduction to your overall course grade of at least half a grade.
3 Procedures1. Students are expected to engage in all levels of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. Students will receive ample time to work on their writing and will receive feedback from both the instructor and their peers.2. Essays 1 & 2 may be revised once after the initial grade has been recorded. In most cases, editing and proofreading alone will not count as a revision. Revision is more substantial, sometimes requiring the addition of text, deletion of text, and reorganization of text. If a student chooses to revise an essay, the revision must be submitted within one week of the day it is returned to him or her. The original grade will be averaged in with the second grade; however, there is no guarantee that the revision will receive a higher grade.3. Students receive a grade and feedback on each assignment before the next assignment is due so that students can learn from the comments. Students are reminded that they can come visit me in my office hours to discuss their writing at any time during the semester. PortfoliosStudents will be required to submit portfolios of their work in order to receive passinggrades in the course. Keep all of your work. Do not throw anything you write away.You will need to assess all of your work for possible inclusion in the portfolio. To beeligible to submit portfolios, students must demonstrate competency in grammar and usagethrough an editing exercise and must be passing the course with a D or better. Composition I: Portfolio Checklist Assessment sheet (student, instructor, and reader’s name; oral component met). Table of contents. A self-assessment of your writing regarding this semester; this may be formatted as a letter to the reader of the portfolio (also called: cover or reflective letter). Diagnostic essay (not graded; clean copy). Two essays written and revised outside of class with all drafts; attach an unmarked clean copy on top of the drafts. This must include one argument or analysis essay with MLA documentation and Works Cited page. Midterm exam or second-timed writing (not graded; clean copy). Common final exam (not graded; clean copy).Portfolios will be graded as passing if they are deemed a level 4 on the placement andproficiency scale. Portfolios that do not contain the required work will not be graded.Students who do not fulfill the portfolio requirement will receive a grade of R (Repeat) forthe course, which does not affect the student’s Grade Point Average or financial aid. The
4 student must repeat the course and successfully complete all assignments before a grade will be determined. Statement on Academic Integrity“Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty in their academic work.Cheating, forgery, and plagiarism are serious offences, and students found guilty of any form ofacademic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action” (Faculty Handbook 33).Plagiarism is the unacknowledged (intentionally or unintentionally) use of summary, paraphrase,direct quotation, language, statistics, or ideas from other sources, including Internet sources.You must cite according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) format found in Writing:A Manual for the Digital Age, Brief Second Edition. If you plagiarize all or part of a writingassignment, you will be reported to the Department of English Chair and/or the Academic Dean. Statement on Americans with Disabilities Act“Students with disabilities are entitled to the right to accommodation under Section 504 of theRehabilitation Ace and ADA of 1990. ADA students are responsible for self-identifying to theDisability Resource Center, who will inform me of your needs of accommodation related to thestructure of the course” (Faculty Handbook 30). Schedule of AssignmentsPlease note: This schedule is tentative and will change based on the needs of the class.MR = Mercury ReaderWDA = Writing for a Digital Age Date Assignment is DUEWEEK 1 T 8/28 Diagnostic Essay F 8/31 Introduction to course / Essay 1 Assigned / Oral Report Groups AssignedWEEK 2 T 9/4 Chapters 1-4 and 6 & 7 in WDA Journal #1 Due F 9/7 Chapters 1-4 and 6 & 7 in WDA Journal #2 DueWEEK 3 T 9/11 Peer Critiques of Essay #1 Rough Draft Essay #1 F 9/14 Final Copy: Essay #1WEEK 4 T 9/18 No Class F 9/21 WDA Chapters 8-11 Essay #2 Proposal DueWEEK 5 T 9/25 Oral Report Group 1 Oral Report Group 1 F 9/28 Library Session Journal #3 DueWEEK 6 T 10/2 Oral Report Group 2 Oral Report Group 2 F 10/5 WDA Chapters 8-11 Journal #4 DueWEEK 7 T 10/9 MON. CLASSES MEET/ No Class
5 F 10/11 Oral Report Group 3 Oral Report Group 3WEEK 8 T 10/16 Midterm Essay Exam F 10/19 Oral Report Group 4 Oral Report Group 4WEEK 9 T 10/23 Peer Critiques of Essay #2 Rough Draft of Essay #2 F 10/26 Final Copy of Essay #2WEEK 10 T 10/30 Oral Report Group 5 Oral Report Group 5 / Essay #3 Proposal Due F 11/02 Journal #5 DueWEEK 11 T 11/06 Oral Report Group 6 Oral Report Group 6 F 11/09WEEK 12 T 11/13 Oral Report Group 7 Oral Report Group 7 F 11/16WEEK 13 T 11/20 Peer Critiques of Essay #3 Rough Draft of Essay #3 F 11/23 NO CLASSWEEK 14 T 11/27 Commercial Workshop Final Copy of Essay #3 F 11/29 Commercial WorkshopWEEK 15 T 12/04 Oral Report Group 8 / Portfolio Oral Report Group 8 Workshop F 12/07 Presentations (1)WEEK 16 T 12/11 Presentations (2) Final Copy of Essay#4 / Final Portfolio Due F 12/14 Common Exam Day List of Journal Readings and Writing Assignments: From The Mercury Reader Note: You will read other selections from MR in addition to these.JOURNAL #1 Assignment: Write 250+ words, total, in response to the following questions in the textbook. Your total word count“Serving in Florida” by Barbara is 250+ words. (Type all Journals.)Ehrenreich (p. 76) Questions on Meaning: #1 on p.107 AND Writing Assignments: #2 on p. 108JOURNAL #2 Assignment: Write 250+ words, total, in response to the following questions in the textbook. Your total word count“Hooked on Gadgets and Paying a Mental is 250+ words. (Type all Journals.)Price” by Matt Richtel (p. 173) Writing Assignments: Choose either #1, #2, or #3 (p.184)JOURNAL #3 Assignment: Write 250+ words, total, in response to the following questions in the textbook. Your total word count“The Case Against College” by Caroline is 250+ words. (Type all Journals.)Bird (p. 102) Questions on Meaning: #1 on p. 142
6 AND Writing Assignments: Choose either question #1 or #2 on p. 142JOURNAL #4 Assignment: Write 350+ words (note longer length as these are two readings), total, in response to the following“Maybe Money Does Buy Happiness . . .” questions in the textbook. Your total word count is 350+by David Leonhardt and “We’re Number words. (Type all Journals.)One...” Alan Reynolds/ Richard Nadler (p.108) Writing Assignment Questions on p. 56 (Choose either question 1 or 2) AND Questions on Rhetorical Strategy and Style (p. 118) / Question #2JOURNAL #5 Assignment: Write 250+ words, total, in response to the following questions in the textbook. Your total word countRead “Proposals” pp. 23-46 is 250+ words. (Type all Journals.) Complete “Team Assignment” on p. 47 as an individual assignment (You do not have to focus on security as an issue. You may also identify another problem and then propose a solution.)