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ENG1020823 syllabus

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READING AND WRITING THE MEANING OF HOMEENG102.0823: Writing through Literature
Spring I 2011LaGuardia Community CollegeCity University of New York Mondays 8:00-9:00, Wednesdays 8:00-10:00Room C-453
Beth Schwartzapfel
Office hours:
Mondays 9:15-10:15beth_schwartzapfel@yahoo.com and/or by appointment
MB-14 (please email me if you
English Dept:
718-482-5656leave something in my mailbox)
About ENG 102 (From the course catalogue)
This course is a continuation of English 101. Students will reinforce and extend their abilities towrite correct, well-organized essays using various rhetorical strategies and stylistic techniques.Poetry and at least one other literary genre from among fiction, drama and the nonfiction essaywill be studied. Students will be introduced to a variety of writing strategies used in composinginterpretive and analytical essays. Writing assignments will include a critical research paper.
About ENG102.0823, “Where I’m From”
When you think of “home,” do you think of a country? A neighborhood? An apartment? Aparticular block or beach or bedroom? Or do you believe that the physical space matters less thanthe people who live therethat “home is where the heart is,” as the saying goes? In this class,we will read, analyze, write, and revise essays that ask the questions: where am I from? Whatdoes it mean to be “from” somewhere, anyway? What characteristics make a place feel likehome? How does the place I call home influence who I am, who I love, what I believe, mydirection in life? Can reading and writing help us answer these questions?The goals of this class are for you to become a person who
reads literature
someonewho understands, and interacts with, what you readand who
writes about literature withclarity and insight
. All of our readings and written assignments will be designed with these tworelated goals in mind. Reading actively will lead to good ideas; good ideas will lead to goodthesis statements and solid evidence; good thesis statements and solid evidence will lead to goodpapers. Writing good papers about literature is what ENG102 is all about. That said, the onlyway to learn how to write is to
So be prepared to write. A lot. You will keep a readingjournal, write several drafts of three take-home papers, and sit for two in-class essay exams.
Required texts and materials
Literature: Craft & Voice
, edited by Nicholas Delbanco and Alan Cheuse. This book comes inthree volumes: Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. We will use all three.
Rules for Writers
, 6
edition, by Diana Hacker 
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ENG 102.0823 | Where Im FromSpring I 2010, LaGuardia Community CollegeSyllabus Instructor Beth Schwartzapfel
A good college dictionary*Unless you’re told otherwise, please bring the day’s reading and
Rules for Writers
to everyclass.
Reading: You will be assigned 40-80 pages of reading for each class. You are expected to do thereading on time and come to class prepared to be an active participant in class discussions aboutthe readings.Class Discussion: A crucial part of digesting and understanding the readings we’ve done and theconcepts we’ve learned is to discuss them as a group. Please use your reading journal toassemble thoughts/opinions/questions about the readings that you’d like to discuss with your classmates. Your opinion matters! Please don’t deprive us of your thoughtsjump in and sharethem. It goes without saying that the class discussion is a respectful space. No personal attacks,no interrupting or talking over anyone. That said, disagreeing is not disrespecting; to the contrarya good academic debate helps everyone to learn.Reading journal: Each time you are assigned a reading, you will for homework write a 400-wordresponse to what you’ve read. This is more free-form than a paper; it’s meant to get you into thehabit of reading actively, and help you start formulating ideas for your papers. Further instructions on your reading journal are attached. Reading journals will be graded as follows:Due diligence will earn you a
; extra effort earns a
+, and sloppy or incomplete work earns a
-.Papers: You will write
5 formal papers
, ranging from 600 to 2000 words: 2 in class (the midtermand the final exam) and 3 at home. Each of the 3 at-home papers requires several steps, includingformulating a thesis statement and outline and writing a first draft. You will hand in each of thesesteps, and each will contribute to your final grade. At least one of these take-home papers will bea research paper. Specific instructions for each paper will be handed out at the time they areassigned.
Papers must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1” margins on allsides. Papers must be submitted in person unless you make arrangements with me in advance;papers may be submitted by email only with prior approval. Grades on papers will be deductedone half-grade for each day they are late. If you are absent on a day that a paper is due, the paper is still due on that day; you must make arrangements to get your paper to me.Re-writesRevising is an essential part of the writing process. You will have the opportunity to re-writefour of the five papers you will hand in this semester (the final cannot be re-written). Those witha failing grade are
to re-write, but everyone elseeven those who got an ‘A’ or ‘B’ thefirst time aroundis encouraged to do so. There’s always room for improvement! In order to re-write a paper,
you must first meet with me during office hours
to map out a strategy for your re-write. I will not accept re-writes from students who haven’t met with me first. You must hand inall your previous drafts along with your re-write. Re-writes are due one week after our conference. The grade on your re-write will be your new grade for the paper.
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ENG 102.0823 | Where Im FromSpring I 2010, LaGuardia Community CollegeSyllabus Instructor Beth Schwartzapfel
Plagiarism and academic honestyPassing off others’ worktheir writing, their ideas, their researchas your own is a waste of your time and mine and an insult to your intelligence and mine. It’s also a serious breach of ethics and has serious consequences, both in this class and at LaGuardia Community College.When in doubt, consult the College’s Academic Honesty Policy and/or the English Department’sStatement on Plagiarism or ask me. It’s never worth it, folks. Just don’t do it. 
Per English Department policy, I must apply the same grading standards to your work throughout the semester. That means that your first paper, which you will write in the first fewweeks of class, will be graded by the same set of standards as your last paper, which you willwrite after having spent the entire semester learning and practicing. To account for this policy,the relative weight of each paper to your overall grade increases over the course of the semester.So
don’t be discouraged 
if your grades are lower than you had hoped early on in the semester.Instead, see it as inspiration to work harder and commit yourself to learning and improving your skills.Paper #1 10%Paper #2 15%Midterm 20%Paper #3 20%Final exam 0% (you simply must pass)Portfolio 15%(includes Reading Journals and other homework and the steps of your paper writingprocess, such as thesis statements, outlines, bibliographies, and rough drafts.)Class participation 20%(includes participating in class discussions, coming to class prepared and ready to learn,visiting the Writing Center when necessary, re-writing your papers even when you arenot required to do so, and generally demonstrating that you are committed to learning andimproving your writing.)
Class policies and information
Website: I’ve set up a website for the class:
. After every class,I will post the day’s homework here. I will also post announcements, links, and documentsrelevant to what we’ve discussed in class. Please check the website after each class.Attendance: It goes without saying that you can’t learn from what we do in class or participate inclass discussions if you’re not here. So you are expected to be in every single class, awake, alert,and ready to learn. Of course, life doesn’t always go as we planned and things come up that wecan’t foresee.I do not differentiate between
absences. You’re all adults, and I leave itup to you to decide what is and isn’t a good reason for you to miss class. You may be absent for 
five hours of class time
before your absences begin to affect your grade. You are responsible for making up any work that you miss due to absence.
Arriving in class late is disrespectful to me and disruptive to your fellow students. If 
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