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Benjamin Miller email: benjamin.miller@hunter.cuny.

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Introduction to Composition English 120 !ection 011 #%& 10:10'11:00 am !pring 200+

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English 120 an introductory e1pository 2riting course has "our related goals: #hrough recursi3e processes o" reading 2riting discussion and re"lection it teaches students 14 to generate e1plore and re"ine their o2n ideas5 24 to analy6e and e3aluate intellectual arguments5 (4 to ta7e positions de3elop thesis statements and support them persuasi3ely5 and 84 to proo"read "or standard acceptable grammar 3aried sentence structure logical organi6ation and coherence. ,ur section 2ill be conducted as an in9uiry into and con3ersation about the role o" 2riting in our li3es and in our learning. #ogether 2e 2ill e1amine published 2riters: re"lections on composing and language5 enter 2ritten debates about theories and practices o" 2riting ; and ho2 it should be taught5 and practice strategies "or generating and re3ising our o2n te1ts <as 2ell as reading those o" others4. Because I belie3e that the most re2arding in9uiry is sel"'dri3en students 2ill ha3e a great deal o" input into the speci"ic 9uestions and topics that 2e e1plore 2ithin this o3erarching "ield.

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• • • • • • .egular attendance and participation in'class acti3ities including shared 2riting e1ercises and peer 2or7shops .egular out'o"'class reading and 2riting including an online acti3e reading journal #2o re3ised short essays <≥ 1000 2ords4 incorporating perspecti3es "rom the course readings ,ne re3ised longer essay <≥ 1>00 2ords4 incorporating independent research ,ne re3ised re"lecti3e essay <≥ )00 2ords4 2hich 2ill ser3e as a co3er letter introducing a "inal port"olio o" 2riting composed during the course !uccess"ul completion o" a course'2ide timed "inal e1am

Attendance and Participation I e1pect that e3eryone 2ill come to e3ery class meeting. In a small group li7e this one the loss o" e3en one participant 2ea7ens the discussion. !lightly di""erently you should be present in e3ery class: perhaps the best <i" not the only4 2ay to learn is to be open to the possibility o" learning. #his class is a seminar meaning that you 2ill be reading a lot discussing ideas raising doubts etc5 but it is also a 2or7shop meaning that a large part o" 2hat you read discuss and interrogate 2ill be your 2or7 and the 2or7 o" your peers. %hen gi3ing "eedbac7 to a member o" the class you may suggest speci"ic changes i" you ha3e them or respond more generally ; but remember

Miller ; syllabus ; page 2 o" + that you are responding to rough dra"ts and e1ercises. ?l2ays o""er 2hat you thin7 2ould be most help"ul to you 2ere it your 2or7 and not someone else@s. I" you 7no2 in ad3ance that you must miss more than three classes <because o" athletic or religious obligations "or e1ample4 you must spea7 2ith me by the end of the first week. In general i" you 7no2 you must miss class please email me before the class you miss . ?bsences beyond the third 2ill result in grade reductions as discussed belo2 <Arading /olicy page >4. !tudents 2ho miss the "irst three class meetings 2ill not be permitted to join the class. Reading Assignments /lease obtain the "ollo2ing re9uired te1tboo7s 2hich are a3ailable at the *unter Boo7store: Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual, 5th Edition. New York: Bedford, t. !artin"s Press, #$$%.
I!B0'1(: +B)0(128>2B>+. E1pected cost: C2(.B>. ? light'2eight and easy'to'use style guide PSM contains ad3ice and guidelines "or sentence construction and grammar as 2ell as e1tensi3e re"erences "or citation and documentation standards in se3eral academic "ields.

argent, !. E&i'a(eth and )orne&ia ). Paraske*as. Conversations about Writing: Eavesdropping, Inkshedding, and Joining In +oronto, ,N, )anada: +homson Ne&son, #$$5.
I!B0'1(: +B)01BD818+)D. E1pected cost: C8D.>0. Conversations 2ill be our primary source "or shared reading material this semester 2hich 2ill include e1cerpts "rom 2riters: memoirs debates in 2riting about 2riting <and ho2 it should be taught4 as 2ell as strategies "or generating and re3ising your o2n te1t <and reading those o" others4. %e 2on:t be able to co3er e3erything in this rich anthology in one semester but I hope you 2ill "ind 2hat 2e do co3er to be su""icient moti3ation to 7eep this boo7 around so you can continue to dra2 on it throughout college and beyond.

Because the te1ts in Conversations and especially your 2riting in response to them 2ill "orm the basis o" much o" our 2or7 this semester I as7 that you obtain that boo7 as soon as possible ; be"ore the "irst day i" you can ; and bring it 2ith you to e3ery class meeting. I 2ill re"er to PSM mostly in response to 9uestions in one'on'one con"erences or in the margins o" your dra"ts <i" I notice a pattern o" non'standard grammar or punctuation4. I" 2e:ll need it in class I:ll let you 7no2 in ad3ance. I" you don@t ha3e a thorough comprehensi3e dictionary "or use o""'line I recommend Merriam' %ebster@s Collegiate $ictionary. ?nd "or greater historical depth the *unter Eibraries pro3ide online access to the "un and ine1haustible ,1"ord English $ictionary. <-se the $atabases lin7.4 In addition I recommend but do not re9uire the "ollo2ing: Booth %ayne C. Aregory A. Colomb and Foseph M. %illiams. The Craft of Research. (rd ed. Chicago: -ni3ersity o" Chicago /ress 200).
CR contains a surprisingly good presentation o" techni9ues not only "or conducting library research but also "or de3eloping and de"ending claims and theses and e3en "or

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re3ising sentences and paragraphs "or clarity. !ome e1ercises may be deri3ed "rom this boo7 so anyone desiring a "uller bac7ground and e1planation 2ill "ind it use"ul.

Ara"" Aerald and Cathy Bir7enstein. They Say / I Say The Moves That Matter in !cademic "ritin#. 0e2 Gor7 and Eondon: %.%. 0orton H Company 200D.
? small and light te1tboo7 TSIS pro3ides templates <"ill'in'the'blan7 guidelines4 and rationales "or such "undamental tas7s as summary 9uotation agreement disagreement and ac7no2ledgment o" I response to counterarguments. ? good nuts'and'bolts primer especially i" you:re "eeling undercon"ident. $epending on student interest 2e may ma7e some templates o" our o2n "or 2hich this boo7 2ould pro3ide use"ul bac7ground.

&inally 2hile 2or7ing on your researched essay you 2ill be responsible "or locating printing <i" online4 and reading rele3ant te1ts using the library database system. Both I and our class@s librarian <Brian Eym blym@hunter.cuny.edu4 2ill happily assist you in this process.

-riting Assignments "eekly blo# posts. #he majority o" the 2riting you 2ill do "or this class 2ill be in"ormal lo2' sta7es 2riting e1ercises based on the inkshed model <2hich 2e 2ill discuss in the "irst 2ee7 o" class4: unre3ised but public thin7ing'on'the'page to 2hich your peers and I 2ill respond. #o support this goal each student 2ill create and maintain a blog through 2ordpress.com updated at least once a 2ee7. Gour 2ee7ly blog post could ta7e a number o" "orms: J J J J respond to one or more in7shedding prompts in Conversations about "ritin# copy out a "a3orite <or pu66ling or troubling4 passage "rom the reading and e1plain 2hy you selected it enter a 7ey term or phrase into our %ord *oard and "lesh out some o" its meanings <using the ,E$ as 2ell as the te1t in 2hich you "ound it4 2rite !ource 0otes "or a shared or supplemental te1t 2ith a "ocused summary and 7ey passages

E3eryone should try at least one o" each o" these "orms by mid'semester and t2o o" each by the end o" the term. %hiche3er option you choose in a gi3en 2ee7 2rite at least 2>0 2ords per entry <the e9ui3alent o" one "ull double'spaced page4. In addition you 2ill compose "our formal$ revised essays. #2o o" these 2ill be in response to the shared readings in Conversations about "ritin#5 "or the third you 2ill construct your o2n te1tual con3ersation about 2riting in the "orm o" an annotated bibliography and then use your essay to add your o2n 3oice to that con3ersation. #he "inal essay 2ill be a retrospecti3e re"lection summing up and analy6ing the 2or7 you:3e done all semester long.

Miller ; syllabus ; page 8 o" + )o.rse -e(sites ,ur classroom 2ill blend elements o" online and in'class con3ersation. #he t2o central 2ebsites you 2ill need are: mi&&er$/spring0$am.wordpress.com ; our group blog and the course home page. Come here "or important announcements here as 2ell as .!! "eeds "rom our indi3idual blogs. mi&&er$/spring0$am.p(wiki.com ; our course 2i7i home o" the %ord *oard and !ource 0otes and repository o" dra"ts and articles 2e oursel3es 2rite. Boo7mar7 these t2o sites in your 2eb bro2ser and chec7 them o"ten.

Assignment 1ormatting Many journals con"erences and grant'pro3iding organi6ations 2ill reject out'o"'hand any submissions or applications that are incorrectly "ormatted. ?ll "ormal assignments that you submit "or this class ; including dra"ts ; must: ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' be typed printed out and stapled i" necessary be double'spaced 2ith one'inch margins on all sides use a standard seri" "ont <eg. #imes 0e2 .oman or Aaramond4 in 12pt include a co3er page or "irst'page header 2ith your "ull name my "ull name the date and the course titleIsection number <Intro. to Composing ; English 120'114 include a header on each subse9uent page 2ith your name the section number <English 120'114 and the page number <K o" G4 include a 2ord count at the end o" the paper include a Eist o" %or7s Cited "ormatted using the ME? style include a title "or the piece e3en i" it@s tentati3e.

In addition you must post a copy o" the document to the ,ur ?rticles "older in the 2i7i as both a screen'readable page and as an easily'printable attachment <.doc or .rtf "ormats only please4. #his not only ma7es it easier to do peer re3ie2 and re3isions but 2ill also sa3e us much agitation later 2hen the print document goes missing or you accidentally sa3e o3er the early dra"t you 2anted to include in the "inal port"olio. I" you are concerned about publishing your documents in this 2ay please spea7 to me about other options including pass2ord protection.

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1ina& Portfo&io Gour "inal grade "or the course 2ill be determined by t2o readers@ assessment o" your "inal port"olio. #he port"olio must contain the "ollo2ing materials: ' your documented research essay <≥ 1>00 2ords4 2ith dra"ts and annotated bibliography5 ' one other essay <≥ 1000 2ords4 also 2ith dra"ts5 ' your unre3ised diagnostic essay "rom the "irst 2ee7 o" class5 ' one other unre3ised in'class essay5 ' your re"lecti3e essay <≥ )00 2ords4 introducing the a"orementioned materials. #hese materials 2ill re3ie2ed and chec7ed against the "ollo2ing rubric: Is the port"olio completeL Ges: mo3e on. Ges Ges but <84 <(4 0o: port"olio "ails. 0o but 0o <24 <14

$o dra"ts sho2 e3idence o" de3elopmentL $o the "inal 3ersions o" both re3ised pieces ha3e substantial content <claims reasons e3idence4L ?re both re3ised pieces 2ell'"ocused and e""ecti3ely organi6edL $oes the documented paper sho2 appropriate use o" sourcesL Is the re3ised 2or7 2ell'edited "or language and mechanicsL $oes the in'class essay meet e1pectationsL #hus the ma1imum ra2 score "or the port"olio 2ill be (2 points. &urther adjustments to this score may then be made "or participation up to an additional ±D points and "or absences as "ollo2s: 8 absences M ;2 points5 > absences M ;( points5 D absences M ;> points5 B absences M ;D points5 etc. I" you miss more than 1I8 o" the classes "or the term you 2ill recei3e a grade o" %-. 0ote that no distinction 2ill be made bet2een e1cused and une1cused absences so please sa3e your absences "or 2hen you are actually sic7. .a2 points are roughly con3ertible to letter grades as "ollo2s: 2)'(D points M ? 20'2B points M B 12'1+ points M C 8'11 points M $ ?n incomplete port"olio 2ill recei3e an &. I" you@re 2orried as7 me ahead o" time about CI0C.

Miller ; syllabus ; page D o" + 1ina& E2am In addition to the port"olio all English 120 students must pass a 2'hour "inal e1am modeled on the Comprehensi3e /ro"iciency E1am <C/E4. Gou 2ill be gi3en a choice o" t2o 9uestions as7ing you to connect compare andIor analy6e t2o essays assigned to you ahead o" time5 only one o" these essays 2ill ha3e been part o" the shared readings that 2e discuss in class. %e 2ill discuss the speci"ic e1pectations "or your response later in the semester. 3ate and !issed Assignments ?ll assignments must be turned in on time. &or one thing in7sheds in response to a te1t are o"ten most e""ecti3e immediately a"ter reading. In addition your blog posts 2ill "orm the basis "or in' class discussion so that late completions cannot be o""icially Nmade up.O <%or7ing through in7shed prompts on your o2n may help you to complete later assignments ho2e3er.4 !ubmitting dra"ts late robs your classmates o" the ability to practice critical "eedbac7 s7ills and late dra"ts 2ill not recei3e timely or e1tensi3e comments "rom me either. 0ote that in7sheds and dra"ts are designed to build on one another5 not completing any o" these assignments 2ill ha3e a cumulati3e negati3e e""ect on your "inal product. Do not &et &atenesses (.i&d .p: 2hile you may continue to re3ise up until the "inal port"olio 4o. ma4 not s.(mit entire&4 new work in the &ast three weeks of c&ass. I" you anticipate a problem let me 7no2 as soon as possible so that 2e can 2or7 together to best resol3e it. 5n genera&, no e2tensions wi&& (e granted within #6 ho.rs of a gi*en dead&ine. E1tensions do not e1cuse you "rom completing any subse9uent assignments on time. 5nksheds, 5n7c&ass E2ercises, and Drafts !ince these assignments are designed to help you de3elop and e1periment 2ith ideas and language they 2ill not be indi3idually graded. /articipation 2ill be noted ho2e3er and a pattern o" late or missed assignments could lo2er your o3erall grade "or the course. Con3ersely a pattern o" e1cellent and respect"ul contributions to the class community in person or online could raise your o3erall grade. #hat said mere participation does not in itsel" guarantee any particular grade. Eac7 o" grading does not ho2e3er mean a lac7 o" e3aluation: you 2ill recei3e some "orm o" "eedbac7 on all o" your 2riting. In addition to 2ritten comments "rom me you may ha3e peer responses or sel"'re"lection5 you@ll also meet 2ith me "or se3eral one'on'one con"erences during the semester to discuss the 2or7 you@re doing. Gou are also encouraged to 3isit the %riting Center at any point in your 2riting process <see belo24. P&agiarism 7 Don"t Do 5t #his is a collaborati3e class in 2hich 2e o""er each other suggestions and constructi3e criticism. *o2e3er the goal o" all this collaboration is to clari"y the e1pression o" ori#inal ideas ; ne3er to substitute someone else@s ideas "or our o2n or to impose our ideas on someone else.

Miller ; syllabus ; page B o" + #o misrepresent the origins o" an idea is pla#iarism and it 2ill not be tolerated. I" you 2ant to cite an outside source there are 2ays o" gi3ing credit to the original author5 section (2 o" the Pocket Style Manual presents one standard method o" documenting sources. I" you ha3e any 9uestions don@t hesitate to as7 because *unter ta7es a 3ery hard stance on plagiarism. It could get you e1pelled. *ere@s an e1cerpt "rom the C-0G /olicy on ?cademic Integrity to gi3e you the "la3or:
?cademic $ishonesty is prohibited in #he City -ni3ersity o" 0e2 Gor7 and is punishable by penalties including "ailing grades suspension and e1pulsion as pro3ided herein. PQR P&agiarism is the act o" presenting another person@s ideas research or 2ritings as your o2n. #he "ollo2ing are some e1amples o" plagiarism but by no means is it an e1hausti3e list: • • • • Copying another person@s actual 2ords 2ithout the use o" 9uotation mar7s and "ootnotes attributing the 2ords to their source. /resenting another person@s ideas or theories in your o2n 2ords 2ithout ac7no2ledging the source. -sing in"ormation that is not common 7no2ledge 2ithout ac7no2ledging the source. &ailing to ac7no2ledge collaborators on home2or7 and laboratory assignments. 5nternet p&agiarism inc&.des s.(mitting down&oaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or cop4ing information from the internet witho.t citing the so.rce and 8c.tting 9 pasting8 from *ario.s so.rces witho.t proper attri(.tion.

%unter Colle#e re#ards acts of academic dishonesty &e.#.$ pla#iarism$ cheatin# on e'aminations$ obtainin# unfair advanta#e$ and falsification of records and official documents( as serious offenses a#ainst the values of intellectual honesty. The Colle#e is committed to enforcin# the C)*+ Policy on !cademic Inte#rity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty accordin# to the %unter Colle#e !cademic Inte#rity Procedures. ?ll cases o" deliberate plagiarism 2ill be re"erred to the appropriate $ean "or disciplinary action.

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I e1pect that e3eryone in this class ; students and teachers ali7e ; 2ill treat each other 2ith respect and 2ill 2or7 together to create a ma1imally producti3e en3ironment. /lease do not use your cell phones to tal7 or te1t during class and please silence your ringers 2hen you come in so that 2e are not interrupted. %ith these as goals and ground rules I hope not to ha3e to elaborate more speci"ic rules "or classroom beha3ior5 ho2e3er I do reser3e the right to update this policy in consultation 2ith you as needed.

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#he *unter College .eadingI%riting Center is a comprehensi3e ser3ice "or the entire college community o""ering tutoring and computer'assisted instruction to students and technical support and de3elopment to "aculty and sta"". #he .eadingI%riting Center o""ers tutorial assistance "ree o" charge to all registered students o" the college. #utors are undergraduate and graduate students "rom a 3ariety o" majors trained to help you de3elop your reading and 2riting s7ills. #he Center 2ill not interpret te1ts "or you nor 2ill tutors 2rite type or correct papers. #utors 2ill help you de3elop a reading'2riting process you can use to impro3e your s7ills and negotiate the re9uirements o" academic reading and 2riting. ?s a student you may use the Center in se3eral 2ays: • Register for a reg.&ar appointment to meet 2ith a tutor "or an hour once a 2ee7 throughout the 2hole semester. -sually you 2ill be paired 2ith another student 2ho is enrolled in the same course.T Drop in to 2or7 2ith a tutor during scheduled drop'in hours 2hen tutors are a3ailable to meet 2ith you on a "irst'come "irst'ser3ed basis. !ee schedule belo2 "or drop'in times. Attend workshops on 3arious aspects o" critical reading and 2riting. %or7shop topics and schedules are posted periodically throughout each semester. :se comp.ter termina&s in the Center 2ith access to ):NY P&.s and to the .eadingI%riting Center 2eb page at http:IIr2c.hunter.cuny.edu 2here you can directly access .eadingI%riting Center handouts 3ie2 current 2or7shop schedules obtain in"ormation on the C/E and ?C# e1ams and lin7 to a 3ariety o" 2riting resources on the %eb. :se the )enter"s &i(rar4 o" boo7s during the hours the Center is open. #he Center does not lend boo7s5 ho2e3er they ha3e an e1tensi3e "ile o" handouts 2hich are a3ailable "or you to ta7e a2ay.

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Gou 2ill learn the most i" you use the Center at each stage o" your 2riting process. %or7 2ith a tutor to clari"y an assignment to generate material to re3ie2 a dra"t "or organi6ation and de3elopment and to learn ho2 to proo"read. #he .eadingI%riting Center is located in Room 60;, +homas H.nter B.i&ding . ,ur tutoring schedule is as "ollo2s:

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0B: #hese slots are "irst'come "irst'ser3ed and tend to "ill up 9uic7ly. I" you 2ould li7e to schedule a recurring meeting I recommend signing up during the "irst 2ee7 or t2o o" the semester.

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