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Introduction to Composing English 120 ection 002 $all 200%: M&' 11(11:)0




English 1200 an introductory e1pository 2riting course0 has !our related goals: "hrough recursi3e processes o! reading0 2riting0 discussion0 and re!lection0 it teaches students 14 to generate0 e1plore0 and re!ine their o2n ideas5 24 to analy6e and e3aluate intellectual arguments5 *4 to ta7e positions0 de3elop thesis statements0 and support them persuasi3ely5 and 84 to proo!read !or standard acceptable grammar0 3aried sentence structure0 logical organi6ation0 and coherence. "he course 2ill be conducted as an in9uiry and as a dialogue among all o! us0 on the subject o! composition : a term 2hose meanings 2e 2ill e1plore o3er the course o! the semester. "ogether0 2e 2ill loo7 at published research on composing0 at the 2ays you and your classmates go about the 2or7 o! composing0 and at ho2 2e all compose oursel3es as students and 2riters. ;ou are encouraged to respond openly and honestly both in class and on our Blac7board site.



=ttendance and participation in class acti3ities0 including online discussions .reparation o! reading and 2riting e1ercises !or each class and con!erence Completion o! three shaped and titled short essays0 each accompanied by at least one dra!t Completion o! one shaped and titled research paper0 accompanied by at least one dra!t ubmission o! a !inal port!olio0 including a co3er letter re!lecting on the port!olio contents uccess!ul completion o! a course(2ide !inal e1amination

Attendance and Participation I e1pect that e3eryone 2ill come to e3ery class meeting. In a small group li7e this one0 the loss o! e3en one participant 2ea7ens the discussion. lightly di!!erently0 you should be present in the class: perhaps the best >i! not the only4 2ay to learn is to be open to the possibility o! learning. "his class is a seminar0 meaning that you 2ill be reading a lot0 discussing ideas0 raising doubts0 etc5 but it is also a 2or7shop0 meaning that a large part o! 2hat you read0 discuss0 and interrogate 2ill be your 2or7 and the 2or7 o! your peers. &hen gi3ing !eedbac7 to a member o! the class0 you may suggest speci!ic changes0 i! you ha3e them0 or respond more generally : but remember that you are responding to rough dra!ts and e1ercises. =l2ays o!!er 2hat you thin7 2ould be most help!ul to you0 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 obligations0 !or e1ample40 you must spea7 2ith me by the end of the first week. In

Miller : syllabus : page 2 o! @ general0 i! you 7no2 you must miss class0 please email me before the class you miss . =bsences beyond the third result in grade reductions0 as discussed belo2 >Arading .olicy0 page )4. tudents 2ho miss the !irst three class meetings 2ill not be permitted to join the class. Reading Assignments hared readings 2ill be dra2n primarily !rom scholarly journals0 archi3ed and do2nloadable through the library database system. ;ou are responsible !or printing and reading 2hate3er te1t is assigned !or class and !or bringing it 2ith you !or class discussions. #irect lin7s 2ill be a3ailable !or most shared articles through our course Blac7board site5 once you begin reading !or your indi3idual research project0 you 2ill also be as7ed to !ind ne2 sources through the databases. Both I and our class?s librarian >Brian Bym blym@hunter.cuny.edu4 2ill be happy to assist you in this process. In addition0 please obtain the !ollo2ing te1tboo7s0 2hich are a3ailable at the +unter Boo7store: Booth0 &ayne C.0 Aregory A. Colomb0 and Coseph M. &illiams. The Craft of Research. *rd ed. Chicago: -ni3ersity o! Chicago .ress0 200%.
>Contains a surprisingly good presentation o! techni9ues0 not only !or conducting library research0 but also !or de3eloping and de!ending claims and theses.4

+ac7er0 #iana. A Pocket Style Manual0 )th Edition. /e2 ;or7: Bed!ord0 Martin?s .ress0 200%.


>= light(2eight and easy(to(use style guide. Contains ad3ice and guidelines !or sentence construction and grammar0 as 2ell as the all(important standards !or citation and documentation.4

In my comments to your 2ritten assignments0 I may re!er you to a speci!ic section o! the .oc7et tyle Manual >as . M4 or "he Cra!t o! 'esearch >as C'4. I?ll gi3e you ad3ance 2arning 2hen you need to bring any o! these te1tboo7s to class. /ote: I! you don?t ha3e a thorough0 comprehensi3e dictionary0 I recommend Merriam(&ebster?s Collegiate #ictionary. =nd !or greater historical depth0 +unter pro3ides online access to the !un and ine1haustible ,1!ord English #ictionary0 through the #atabases lin7.

Writing Assignments ;ou 2ill do at least three types o! 2riting in this course: free responses0 exercises0 and shaped pieces. ;ou 2ill also engage in reflective writin throughout the semester0 e1amining your o2n composing practices. =long the 2ay0 you?ll recei3e !eedbac7 and guidance !rom me0 your peers0 and yoursel! : usually a combination o! the three. !ree Responses" $or each shared reading assignment0 I 2ill as7 you to post an in!ormal response on Blac7board: &hat in the te1t seems most essential0 or most challengingD Beginning 2ith a cited passage0 or by responding to a classmate?s post0 use this space to record your disco3eries0 9uestions0 e3en arguments 2ith the author0 dra2ing on your o2n e1perience and

Miller : syllabus : page * o! @ prior 7no2ledge to 2or7 to2ard greater understanding. $ree responses are not indi3idually graded0 but regular contribution to the discussion counts to2ard your participation. #xercises" &riting e1ercises are designed to help you generate ideas and practice use!ul s7ills5 you might also thin7 o! them as stepping(stones to the shaped pieces you 2rite. &e 2ill o!ten 2or7 2ith home2or7 e1ercises in the class !ollo2ing the assignment0 so be sure to complete them on time. &e 2ill also per!orm some in(class 2riting e1ercises !rom time to time0 including impromptu short EessaysE o! the 3ariety you 2ill li7ely encounter on midterms and !inal e1ams. .lease post all home2or7 e1ercises to the Blac7board discussion board0 both as an attachment and pasted into the body o! the post. ee =ssignment $ormatting !or details. Shaped Pieces" "hese are e1tended pieces o! 2riting that you 2ill ta7e through dra!ts and re3isions until you ha3e reached a point o! satis!action. ;ou 2ill 2or7 on at least !our shaped pieces o3er the course o! the semester0 including a researched essay o! 1)00(2000 2ords. ,ther shaped pieces may de3elop out o! !ree responses and e1ercises that you choose to re3ise and e1pand. I 2ill help you complete the re9uisite number by assigning deadlines5 2hile you may continue to re3ise up through the !inal port!olio0 I 2ill not allo2 you to submit entirely ne2 2or7 in the last three 2ee7s o! class. >/or 2ould it be to your ad3antage to try doing all that 2riting at onceF4 Reflective $ritin " =lthough you 2ill be re!lecting on issues related to the content0 !orm0 and processes o! your reading and 2riting throughout the semester0 you 2ill also be as7ed to hand in a re!lecti3e letter at each major deadline and !or your !inal port!olio. "hese letters 2ill help you to assess your o2n gro2ing strengths and to plan !or the !uture.

Assignment Formatting =ll 2ritten assignments must ( be typed using a standard seri! !ont >eg. "imes /e2 'oman4 in 12pt0 2ith one(inch margins0 double(spaced ( be stapled0 2ith your name0 the section number >English 120(0240 and the page number >G o! ;4 in the header o! each page ( include a 2ord count at the end o! the paper ( include a Bist o! &or7s Cited0 !ormatted using the MB= style In addition0 shaped pieces >including dra!ts4 must ( include a co3er page or !irst(page header 2ith your !ull name0 the date0 and the course titleHsection number >Intro. to Composing : English 120(024 ( include a title !or the piece0 e3en i! it?s tentati3e. =ssignments 2ill not be considered turned in unless they are posted to Blac7board as !ollo2s: 14 as a reply to the assignment on the #iscussion board 24 as an attachment to that reply0 in .doc or .rtf !ormat. /ame your !iles li7e this: Iassignmentname(yourname(dra!tJK. $or e1ample0 my initial response to the assignment EE1ercise 1E 2ould be

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exercise1-ben-1.rtf5 my third re3ision o! the =nnotated Bibliography 2ould be annotatedbibliography-ben-3.rtf.

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Final Portfolio ;our !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 essay0 2ith dra!ts5 ( one other shaped piece o! at least * pages0 also 2ith dra!ts5 ( one unre3ised in(class essay5 ( your unre3ised diagnostic essay !rom the !irst day o! class5 ( a co3er letter0 assessing the a!orementioned contents. "hese materials 2ill re3ie2ed and chec7ed against the !ollo2ing rubric: Is the port!olio completeD ;es: mo3e on. ;es ;es0 but >84 >*4 /o: port!olio !ails. /o0 but /o >24 >14

#o dra!ts sho2 e3idence o! de3elopmentD #o the !inal 3ersions o! both re3ised pieces ha3e substantial content >claims0 reasons0 e3idence4D =re both re3ised pieces 2ell(!ocused and e!!ecti3ely organi6edD #oes the documented paper sho2 appropriate use o! sourcesD Is the re3ised 2or7 2ell(edited !or language and mechanicsD Is the in(class essay satis!actoryD "hus0 the ma1imum ra2 score !or the port!olio 2ill be *2 points. $urther adjustments to this score may then be made !or participation0 up to an additional L points0 and !or absences0 as !ollo2s: 8 absences M :* points5 ) absences M :) points5 L absences M :N points5 N absences M :@ points5 etc. I! you miss more than 1H* o! classes !or the term0 you 2ill recei3e a grade o! &-. 'a2 points are roughly con3ertible to letter grades as !ollo2s: 2%(*L points M = 20(2N points M B 12(1@ points M C 8(11 points M # =n incomplete port!olio 2ill recei3e an $. I! you?re 2orried0 as7 me ahead o! time about CH/C. Final Exam In addition to the port!olio0 all English 120 students must pass a 2(hour !inal e1am modeled on the Comprehensi3e .ro!iciency E1am >C.E4. ;ou 2ill be gi3en a choice o! t2o 9uestions as7ing you to connect0 compare0 andHor 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.

Miller : syllabus : page L o! @ Late and Missed Assignments =ll assignments must be turned in on time. E1ercises 2ill be discussed in class0 so that late completions cannot be o!!icially Omade up0P though 2or7ing through each assignment on your o2n may help you to complete later assignments. $or late dra!ts0 you 2ill still ha3e the opportunity !or re3ision0 but you 2ill not recei3e timely or e1tensi3e comments i! your 2or7 comes in late. /ote that e1ercises and dra!ts are designed to build on one another5 not completing any o! these assignments 2ill ha3e a cumulati3e negati3e e!!ect on your !inal product. Do not let latenesses build up: 2hile you may continue to re3ise up until the !inal port!olio0 you may not submit entirely ne or! in t"e last t"ree ee!s of class. I! you anticipate a problem0 let me 7no2 as soon as you do0 so that 2e can 2or7 together to best resol3e it. #n general$ no extensions ill be granted it"in %& "ours of a gi'en deadline. E1tensions do not e1cuse you !rom completing any subse9uent assignments on time. Free Responses$ Exercises$ and Drafts ince these assignments are designed to help you de3elop and e1periment 2ith ideas and language0 they 2ill not be indi3idually graded. .articipation 2ill be noted0 ho2e3er0 and a pattern o! late or missed assignments could lo2er your o3erall grade !or the course. Con3ersely0 a pattern o! e1cellent and respect!ul contributions to the online #iscussion Board could raise your o3erall grade. "hat said0 mere participation does not in itsel! guarantee any particular grade. Bac7 o! indi3idual grading does not0 ho2e3er0 mean a lac7 o! e3aluation: you 2ill recei3e some !orm o! !eedbac7 on all o! your 2riting. In addition to 2ritten comments !rom me0 you may ha3e peer responses or sel!(re!lection5 you?ll also meet 2ith me !or at least three con!erences during the semester to discuss the 2or7 you?re doing. ;ou are also encouraged to 3isit the &riting Center at any point in your 2riting process >see belo24. Plagiarism ( Don)t Do #t "his is a collaborati3e class0 in 2hich 2e o!!er each other suggestions and constructi3e criticism. +o2e3er0 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 o2n0 or to impose our ideas on someone else. "o misrepresent the origins o! an idea is pla iarism0 and it 2ill not be tolerated. I! you 2ant to cite an outside source0 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 9uestions0 don?t hesitate to as70 because +unter ta7es a 3ery hard stance on plagiarism. It could get you e1pelled. +ere?s an e1cerpt !rom the C-/; .olicy on =cademic Integrity0 to gi3e you the !la3or:
=cademic #ishonesty is prohibited in "he City -ni3ersity o! /e2 ;or7 and is punishable by penalties0 including !ailing grades0 suspension and e1pulsion0 as pro3ided herein. QRS Plagiarism is the act o! presenting another person?s ideas0 research0 or 2ritings as your o2n. "he !ollo2ing are some e1amples o! plagiarism0 but by no means is it an e1hausti3e list:

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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. $ailing to ac7no2ledge collaborators on home2or7 and laboratory assignments. #nternet plagiarism includes submitting do nloaded term papers or parts of term papers$ parap"rasing or copying information from t"e internet it"out citing t"e source and *cutting + pasting* from 'arious sources it"out proper attribution.

%unter Colle e re ards acts of academic dishonesty &e. .' pla iarism' cheatin on examinations' 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 Academic ,nte rity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty accordin to the %unter Colle e Academic ,nte rity Procedures. =ll cases o! deliberate plagiarism 2ill be re!erred to the appropriate #ean !or disciplinary action.




I e1pect that e3eryone in this class : students and teachers ali7e : 2ill treat each other 2ith respect0 and 2ill 2or7 together to create a ma1imally producti3e en3ironment. .lease do not use your cell phones to tal7 or te1t during class0 and please silence your ringers 2hen you come in so that 2e are not interrupted. &ith these as goals and ground rules0 I hope not to ha3e to elaborate more speci!ic rules !or classroom beha3ior5 ho2e3er0 I do reser3e the right to update this policy0 in consultation 2ith you0 as needed.

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In compliance 2ith the =merican #isability =ct o! 1@@0 >=#=4 and 2ith ection )08 o! the 'ehabilitation =ct o! 1@N*0 +unter College is committed to ensuring educational parity and accommodations !or all students 2ith documented disabilities andHor medical conditions. It is recommended that all students 2ith documented disabilities >Emotional0 Medical0 .hysical andHor Bearning4 consult the ,!!ice o! =ccess=BIBI"; located in 'oom E1128 to secure necessary academic accommodations. $or !urther in!ormation and assistance please call 212( NN2(8%)N H ""; 212(L)0(*2*0.

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"he +unter College 'eadingH&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 'eadingH&riting Center o!!ers tutorial assistance0 !ree o! charge0 to all registered students o! the college. "utors are undergraduate and graduate students !rom a 3ariety o! majors0 trained to help you de3elop your reading and 2riting s7ills. "he Center 2ill not interpret te1ts !or you0 nor 2ill tutors 2rite0 type0 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 student0 you may use the Center in se3eral 2ays: Register for a regular appointment to meet 2ith a tutor !or an hour0 once a 2ee7 throughout the 2hole semester. -sually0 you 2ill be paired 2ith another student 2ho is enrolled in the same course.U Drop in to 2or7 2ith a tutor during scheduled drop(in hours 2hen tutors are a3ailable to meet 2ith you on a !irst(come0 !irst(ser3ed basis. ee schedule belo2 !or drop(in times. Attend or!s"ops on 3arious aspects o! critical reading and 2riting. &or7shop topics and schedules are posted periodically throughout each semester. ,se computer terminals in the Center 2ith access to -,./ Plus and to the 'eadingH&riting Center 2eb page at 2here you can directly access 'eadingH&riting Center handouts0 3ie2 current 2or7shop schedules0 obtain in!ormation on the C.E and =C" e1ams0 and lin7 to a 3ariety o! 2riting resources on the &eb. ,se t"e -enter)s library o! boo7s during the hours the Center is open. "he Center does not lend boo7s5 ho2e3er0 they ha3e an e1tensi3e !ile o! handouts 2hich are a3ailable !or you to ta7e a2ay.

;ou 2ill learn the most i! you use the Center at each stage o! your 2riting process. &or7 2ith a tutor to clari!y an assignment0 to generate material0 to re3ie2 a dra!t !or organi6ation and de3elopment0 and to learn ho2 to proo!read. "he 'eadingH&riting Center is located in Room &01$ 2"omas 3unter 4uilding . ,ur tutoring schedule is as !ollo2s: 2,25R#.6 35,R7 Monday through "hursday 10 =.M. to % ..M. $riday and aturday 10 =.M. to 8 ..M.

/B: "hese slots are !irst(come0 !irst(ser3ed0 and tend to !ill up 9uic7ly. I! you 2ould li7e to schedule a recurring meeting0 I recommend signing up during the !irst 2ee7 or t2o o! the semester.

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