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English 111 DL03/DL06 College Composition I Spring 2014 Syllabus
The best times to reach me in my PRC office by phone or in person are during my MW or TuTh scheduled office hours. Otherwise, please contact me by email. Office Hours MW 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. TuTh 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Virtual Office Hours: I will respond to emails and voice mails as quickly as possible. If you do not receive a response from me within 24 hours during the work week (M-F), please send another email or call my office phone again.
Instructor: Beth Bensen-Barber Course Time: Virtual Classroom: Virtual Email: email@example.com Office: PRC, BH, Room 220B Office Phone: 804.523.5754
Course Web site:
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Textbooks and Purchase Materials
Required Purchase Textbooks Blau, Susan, and Kathryn Burak. Writing in the Works. 3rd ed. Australia: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2013.
Please purchase a copy of the book through the campus bookstore. The Reynolds Bookstore and Cengage are making the bundle (book + CourseMate) available at a special discounted price. Hardcopy of book + CourseMate: ISBN 9781133540137 Older editions are not acceptable. CourseMate component is required. Students who do not wish to purchase a hardcopy of the textbook may opt to purchase access to CourseMate only, which includes an electronic, online version of the textbook. This electronic only component is also available through the bookstore at the discounted bundle price: ISBN 9781133229940
Hacker, Diane. A Writer’s Reference. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007.
Note: Although I do not teach directly from A Writer’s Reference, please purchase a copy, as I will be referring you to sections as the semester progresses. Additionally, please do not sell A Writer’s Reference to the bookstore at the end of the semester. It is likely you will continue to use this handbook as a resource throughout your college career and you will likely refer to it in Eng 112. A good handbook is a valuable tool to refer to even when not taking a composition class.
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Additional Purchase Materials: Required: (free) An open mind and willingness to take on new challenges. Required: (free) A WordPress blog account. Sign up at the following URL: https://wordpress.com/ (You will find further instructions in Week 3’s content folder in Blackboard) Required: Since this is a distance learning course, you will need to purchase a thumb drive, flash drive or other plug-in device for saving documents regularly. In addition to saving to your hard drives, it is important that you develop a habit of saving to plug-in devices as well (or use iCloud, digital drop box, etc.). Required: Reliable Internet connectivity outside of the college. Required: Reliable access to Microsoft Office 2007/2010 or equivalent technology. Recommended: A collegiate dictionary and thesaurus. Recommended: 3-ring binder or 2-pocket folder to file class handouts. Or begin creating electronic folders for each of your classes and for each assignment. Electronic folders for English 111 might appear in this way:
Save all assignments, lectures, and supporting handouts/documents that pertain to each assignment in the designated folder.
Prerequisites: To register for this course, students must have a placement recommendation for ENG 111 or placement recommendation for co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3. ENG 111 is a prerequisite for ENG 112. ENG 111 develops the skills students possess prior to entering college-level writing courses and prepares students for academic and professional communication. Students will produce texts
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that reflect critical thinking and knowledge of writing processes, rhetoric, and digital technologies. English 111 will also introduce students to research processes. ENG 111 has been designated as a "writing intensive" course according to standards developed by the English department. General Course Goals By the end of ENG 111, students shall Adapt the writing process to a variety of tasks, formats, genres, and rhetorical situations. Produce texts that are grounded in evidence and formally documented. Model and apply academic integrity and appropriate use of others’ ideas and feedback in producing effective communication. Demonstrate improved written and oral communication skills. Use digital and print technologies to compose, to research, and to disseminate texts. Rhetorical Knowledge By the end of ENG 111, students shall Demonstrate a clear understanding of the rhetorical situation, including purpose, context, audience, and genre. Adapt voice, tone, and level of formality to a variety of rhetorical situations. Use conventions of format, structure, design, and documentation appropriate to the rhetorical situation. Analyze texts to describe how and why writers use rhetorical devices. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing By the end of ENG 111, students shall Use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating. Integrate their own ideas with those of others in appropriately documented texts. Produce reflective texts, including but not limited to memos, letters, journals, blogs, lists, and threaded discussions. Read, summarize, and respond to a variety of non-fiction texts. Process By the end of ENG 111, students shall Employ effective writing processes to include pre-writing, peer-reviewing drafts, and revising. Demonstrate reflection on individual communication processes. Produce at least 4500 words (approximately 15 pages) of informal and 3600 words (approximately 12 pages) of formal writing. Edit their writing with consideration to surface features such as syntax, usage, punctuation, and spelling that are appropriate for the rhetorical situation.
Bensen-Barber Oral Communication Skills By the end of ENG 111, students shall
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Participate in interactive discussions, peer reviews, and oral presentations. Use non-verbal cues as an essential aspect of self-presentation. Demonstrate use of active listening skills. Digital Technologies By the end of ENG 111, students shall Use electronic environments for drafting, reviewing, revising, editing, and sharing texts. Locate, evaluate, organize, and use research material collected from a variety of modes to include print, digital, aural, and visual sources, including scholarly library databases and informal digital networks. Disseminate texts in both print and digital forms (may include written, aural, and visual modes).
This course is NOT self-paced. You will be responsible for weekly readings, postings, and assignments in Blackboard or your WordPress blog site. You will also be responsible for completing several writing assignments, all with specific due dates. Please see the course schedule below and the Due Dates button on the Course Menu in Blackboard for additional details.
Technology Requirements: To be successful in this class, you must have access to a computer which is connected to the Internet. Most of your readings will come from your textbook; however, some of the required readings, as well as all assignments will be available only through the Internet; more specifically, you will need access to Blackboard, the online course management platform in use by Reynolds to remain abreast of assignments, deadlines, etc. (See below for more information about Blackboard.) I will be uploading some reading assignments in Adobe.pdf; please ensure you have the ability to read and print documents using Adobe Reader. Minimum technology requirements for the course: College (VCCS) email account High-Speed Internet connection Web browser (Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent program Word Processing Program equivalent to MS Word. PowerPoint Adobe Reader
Bensen-Barber Adobe Flash Player Media Player
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Additional details for Distance Learning computer literacy/technology requirements may be found at the following URL: http://reynolds.edu/get_started/distance_learning/requirements.aspx Scroll down to “Computer Literacy” section.
If you do not have Adobe installed on your computer, download a free program from the JSRCC Academic Computing Support page. Click on Adobe Reader to access and download the free program. You are not required to use MS Office 2010; however, do keep in mind that compatibility issues may arise, especially for Mac users. If you are using a word processing program other than MS Word, please save your word processed documents in .docx, .doc, or .rtf (Rich Text Format). Click on the following link for instructions on saving documents in RTF: http://www.ehow.com/how_2133238_save-rich-text-format-rtf.html Please note that saving in file extensions other than .docx, .doc, or .rtf might result in a grade of zero if I am not able to open documents. Attendance Policy: Attendance is included in your class participation grade, which is worth 5% of your semester grade. I do not calculate your attendance grade until the end of the semester. Although this is a Distance Learning course, I will be monitoring your contributions to Blackboard's weekly discussions/assignments (see details about Blackboard below) and will consider your participation in weekly discussions/assignments as attending class. As a conscientious student and as a student involved in a community of learners, you are required to participate regularly. I will check attendance in this online course weekly and will base your attendance on the timely submission or posting of assignments due for the week or by your logging onto the Blackboard site. However, simply logging into Blackboard does not constitute attending class; you must also complete assignments and participate in weekly discussions.
Excused vs. Unexcused Absences: I appreciate receiving emails concerning an absence; however, simply sending an email, presenting a note from a doctor or lawyer, or discussing your absence with me do not excuse missed classes. An absence is an absence. To be fair to all students, I do not differentiate between excused or unexcused absences. I do not have a maximum number of absences, but should you abuse this policy, you could jeopardize your final semester grade. Use your absences wisely.
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Per JSRCC’s College Attendance Policy 1-3, you will be involuntarily withdrawn from the course to receive a full refund for failure to attend class by the 15% attendance drop deadline (24 Jan 2014) if you have not participated in class activities at least once prior to this date. You will also be involuntarily withdrawn and receive a grade of W if you stop attending class for a period of two weeks by the final 60% attendance drop deadline (24 Mar 2014). If applicable, these actions could impact your financial aid. Should you need to miss an inordinate number of classes, you might consider withdrawing from the course or risk receiving a failing grade at the end of the semester. In order to be counted present for one week, submit at least one written assignment due that week. If you have not submitted any written assignments in three consecutive weeks, you will be reported for withdrawal from the class. Withdrawal Policy: Before withdrawing from the course, please contact me to discuss your academic standing in the class. Also, prior to withdrawing, contact a financial aid specialist to discuss any potential impact a withdrawal may have on your eligibility for financial aid. Withdrawals also count as an “attempt” and may therefore impact your ability to take a repeated course (see Repeated Course Policy). After the add/drop period, a student may withdraw without academic penalty, and receive a grade of "W," if withdrawal is officially completed prior to the “last date to withdraw” listed on Course Schedule and in the Course Syllabus. Please refer to the Policy 1-10 Student Initiated Withdrawal for withdrawal procedures and specifics. Important: If you decide not to complete the course you must officially withdraw from the course by following the stated procedures in the College Catalogue. After the “last date to withdraw,” I will consider extenuating circumstances on a case by case basis. However, you must contact me within one week of circumstances. Repeated Course Policy: “Students are normally limited to two (2) enrollments in the same course. Prior to registering to take a course for a third time, students must submit a completed Request to Repeat Course Form with all required approvals, and documentation of extenuating circumstances to a campus Student Success Center. Repeat approval is not required for certain exempted courses, and all attempted hours and grade points for these courses will be calculated in the GPA.” (College Catalogue) Students with Disabilities: Per Reynolds’ college policy 1-15, Eligibility of Students with Disabilities to Receive Accommodations (also found in the Student Handbook), special services/accommodations are provided to assist students in accessing programs and activities offered by the college. Should you require special needs, please register with the Office of Student Accommodations (Downtown Campus 804.523.5628, or Parham Road Campus and Western Campus 804.523.5289). Please provide documentation of your disability. For further details go to the following URL: http://www.reynolds.edu/studentaffairs/accom.htm
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Student Conduct Policy: In order to achieve the best learning environment possible for this class, Reynolds administrators, faculty, and staff expect students to adhere to the highest behavioral standards. All forms of disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in this course. Disruptive behavior can be defined as behavior that interferes with the teaching and learning process. As such, any disruptive behavior will be addressed by the instructor and/or reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs for judicial processing. In addition, please note that three (3) incidents of disruptive behavior may result in a zero for participation in your overall grade. Single incidents that are severe will result in the loss of participation credit for the course (i.e. earning a failing grade). Should your behavior become disruptive, I reserve the right to file a Behavior Intervention Referral Form in the Office of Student Affairs. Please review Student Conduct Policy 1-35 for further details. If you have any questions regarding the JSRCC Student Conduct policy (Policy 1-35), please refer to the Student Handbook online, or contact the Office of Student Affairs at 804.523.5296. Academic Honesty/Plagiarism Policy: Plagiarism is not acceptable. Students who plagiarize will either receive a failing grade on the assignment or fail the course; students may also be reported to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Student Affairs for disciplinary action and for the filing of a Behavior Intervention Referral Form. Per the current Reynolds’ College Catalog, “J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College subscribes to the notion of academic honesty and integrity as it relates to students’ behavior within the classroom or with assignments and examinations” (54). Please consult policy number 1-34 (Academic Honesty) for complete details and definitions of academic honesty. SafeAssignment: SafeAssignment is a program designed to scan student documents for instances of plagiarism. I will be asking you to submit your work through SafeAssignment periodically during the semester. It is not my intent to “catch” students plagiarizing; rather, it is my desire to use SafeAssignment as a learning tool to ensure you understand your responsibilities. Should SafeAssignment identify violations of plagiarism, I will send you formal notification of a first violation before filing a Behavior Incident Referral Form. Please understand that if you do not contact me, I will make note of this on Behavior Incident Referral Form. In some instances I will offer you the opportunity to revise your work. Subsequent violations of plagiarism will result in automatic failure from the class and the filing of a Behavior Incident Referral Form with the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Student Affairs. Email Policy: Per Reynolds Policy 1-8, email is the official method of communication. All faculty must communicate with their students using their college email accounts. Please develop a habit of checking your college accounts often, as I will communicate with you using only your
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college email addresses. Your email accounts became active when you were assigned a user name and password. Go to My JSRCC Log-in for access to your email account, Blackboard, etc. Late Assignment Policy: Word process all assignments. Most assignments are due in Blackboard by midnight on the due date; otherwise, they are due at the beginning of class. I will not accept a late paper if you turn it in after I have returned graded papers. I usually take two weeks to grade a batch of papers. You are allowed ONE late assignment without penalty during the semester; otherwise, I do not accept late assignments. Use this policy wisely. I will not accept a late paper if you turn it in after I have returned graded papers. Technology problems are NOT an excuse for multiple late assignments!
While I understand problems that occur when using technology, it is your responsibility to complete assignments well in advance of due dates to avoid last minute issues like malfunctioning printers or crashing computers that might prevent turning in assignments in a timely fashion. Save your work on multiple devices OFTEN: hard drive, flash drive, iCloud, digital drop box, etc. Should your home computers fail, you have access to the college computer labs on all three campuses. Follow the Schedule of Assignments carefully, and check Blackboard often for announcements of changes or adjustments to assignments to ensure adequate preparation for all class assignments. In addition to printing hard copies of the syllabus and assignments and saving these in a binder or folder, it is probably a good idea to keep all graded and ungraded assignments in an electronic folder on your desktop and on your plug-in device, as you will refer to returned assignments over the semester. Peer Reviews/Workshops Policy: I have scheduled three online peer review workshops to improve your editing and proofreading skills. Failure to participate on scheduled peer review days/weeks will result in a zero for the day’s/week’s assignment, and a decrease of one letter grade on your final paper grade (equivalent to 10% of your final paper grade). You will be uploading COMPLETED DRAFTS through Blackboard in assigned groups; uploading an incomplete draft will result in a zero for the peer review assignment, and a decrease of one letter grade on your final paper grade. Unless otherwise stated, peer reviews may not be accomplished outside of Blackboard. If you have a legitimate, documented reason for not attending a peer review session or workshop, I will gladly make other arrangements to assist you with making up your missed participation. However, you must notify me at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled peer review workshop date. An accepted substitution procedure is for you to attend a documented and scheduled tutoring session in one of the Academic Support Centers at the Parham Road, Downtown, or Western campuses. Schedule and attend a tutoring session at the location most convenient for you.
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Blackboard: Blackboard is the online course management platform in use at JSRCC that will supplement Eng 112. In addition to accessing the course syllabus and assignments, you will write in-class and out-of-class responses to reading assignments in assigned textbooks, to handouts, to electronic reading assignments, etc. Responses may be in the form of freewriting sessions, journal topics, and out-of-class writing assignments in Blackboard. Please be aware that I will provide hard copies of assignment sheets, but not all supporting documents; you will be able to access copies by clicking on Blackboard’s “Course Documents” button on the Course Menu to enter the appropriate folder to print and read copies. Check Blackboard often for updates and changes to the schedule or to assignments. General Classroom Guidelines: Eng 111 is a course that requires A LOT of writing and reading. Incorporate ample time into your schedules to complete assignments in a timely manner. Since this course is labor intensive, missed assignments will be difficult to make up. Please carefully track due dates on the on the course schedule, in the Due Dates button on the Course Menu, and on assignment sheets. Should you find you are falling behind or are having problems, please contact me as soon as possible. Monitor your progress regularly to avoid any possible downfalls. Class Climate Survey: Reynolds uses Class Climate to collect student evaluations of faculty. Toward the end of the semester, expect an e-mail message in your JSRCC e-mail account from sender name "Class Climate Survey" inviting you to participate in an online survey to evaluate the effectiveness of your class. You will receive a separate e-mail message for each course section in which you are enrolled. Each e-mail message contains a password-protected link to the online survey. By clicking this link, your password is automatically recognized, and you are able to respond anonymously to the survey. After completing the survey, you will receive a confirmation message, via e-mail. Emergency Preparedness: (Program the numbers below into your cell phone) Campus Police: PRC – 523-5219, DTC – 523-5472, WC – 523-5407 Chief of Police and Security Services: Garth Wheeler – 523-5239 College Safety Manager: Pamela Hicks – 523-5722 IN CASE OF EMERGENCY DIAL – 5911 (College Police Dispatcher) The 5911 number can be dialed directly from the College’s IP phone system.
Grading Posting of Grades to Blackboard’s Gradebook: I usually take two weeks to grade a batch of papers. I will post grades, commented papers, grading videos, and rubrics (when required) when I complete grading an entire classes’ worth of an assignment. Click on the following URL for a video tutorial of how to access and navigate through MyGrades:
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http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_student_checking_grades.htm Familiarize yourself with Blackboard’s grading icons to avoid not receiving/earning a grade on an assignment. Below are a few icons for you to be aware of: Successfully submitted an assignment but not graded yet: Assignment graded but not for credit: Assignment in progress (student needs to complete the assignment): Error occurred when submitting an assignment: If you do not see the yellow exclamation point your assignment did not submit successfully. Resubmit. If Blackboard does not allow you to resubmit, contact your instructor by email ASAP. If you see the red exclamation point, an error occurred. Contact your instructor by email ASAP or contact the Student Help Desk at 804.371.3000. During this course you will write six essays ranging from 300 to 1800 words/three (3) to six (6) pages: Short Profile Essay, Profile Essay, Summary of a Movie, Movie Review, Pitch Proposal Essay, and Modest Proposal Essay. Your final assignment will be a portfolio in your WordPress blog and in which you include the following: a reflective essay in which you discuss your writing experiences and how they relate to course learning outcomes and the rhetorical situation; a representation of your works for the semester. Word process all major and minor writing assignments. Unless otherwise stated, all assignments will be due by midnight in your blog site or in Blackboard on assigned due dates. To ensure preparedness for each assignment and for your final portfolio, it will be helpful for you to create a folder on your flash drives or hard drives for each assignment. Save all documents pertaining to each assignment in their respective folders for easy access when submitting final portfolios. In addition to writing formal essays, there will be several in-class writing assignments, journal entries, quizzes on assigned readings, and worksheets. All assignments will count toward your final grade.
Bensen-Barber Graded Assignments: Assignments Diagnostic Assignment Academic Honesty Agreement
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Percentages Due Dates (%) 0 By midnight Jan 10 0 10 By midnight Jan 10 By midnight each Friday (original responses) and the following Monday (responses to two classmates) Feb 5 (SPE), Feb 26 (Film Summary), Mar 26 (Pitch) By midnight on Monday, Feb 17 (final revision) By midnight on Monday, Mar 17 (final revision) By midnight on Monday, Apr 14 (final revision) By midnight on Monday, Apr 25 By midnight on Monday, May 2
Weekly Discussion Responses (Responses and assignments completed in Blackboard. Identified as DP1, DP2, DP3, etc.)
Class Blog: Three entries pertaining to essays 1, 2, and 3. Essay #1: Profile Essay (Interview a person pertaining to their career or hobby choices) Essay #2: Movie Review (A research assignment in which you analyze a movie of your choice) Essay #3: A Modest Proposal (A research assignment in which you propose a satirical solution to a social problem) Modest Proposal Presentation Essay #4: Portfolio (End-of-semester portfolio in which you compile and reflect on your writing) Attendance/class participation (attendance calculated at the end of the semester; class participation will consist of any assignments not listed above) Total Percentage Points Grading Scale: Letter Grade A+ A AB+ B BC+
Percentages 99-100 94-98 90-93 89 84-88 80-83 79
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Incomplete Policy: I will consider assigning incomplete (I) grades if students have a legitimate, documented reason. I will assign an incomplete (I) if students have less than two absences and have completed at least 75% of the course work. A grade of "I" (incomplete) bears no credit. An instructor may award the "I" grade for documented, unavoidable reasons and only when the student is passing the course and has completed a significant portion of the course requirements. Since the incomplete extends enrollment in the course, requirements for satisfactory completion shall be established through student/faculty consultation. The grade of “I” will revert to grade earned in the course. The student is expected to complete course work as agreed upon with the instructor. See Incomplete Grade policy 1-7 for more details. Revision Policy: You may revise any of the first three major essays (Profile Essay, Movie Review, A Modest Proposal), provided you turn in the essays on the assigned due date, and provided you return revised essays to me within two weeks after you receive the initial graded essay. Turn in revised essays as email attachments. I will average the two grades; if you earn a 75% on the first essay and an 85% on the revision, your final essay grade will be an 80%. Simply correcting errors I have pointed out in your essay does not count. For example, if I have highlighted and commented on problems with fragments, don’t assume that I have highlighted all fragments. Try to find similar errors and correct them. Or, if you have problems developing your ideas, make note of my comments, make revisions based on those comments, and look for additional ideas that might need development. Also, do not hesitate to talk to me about revisions. I am more than happy to schedule an appointment to meet with you to clarify my comments or provide assistance with grammar, development of ideas, etc. Avoid waiting until the last two weeks of the semester to try to complete revisions. I will not accept revisions if the due date has passed and waiting until the final weeks of the semester is not an effective means to improve your writing skills and your grade. Take advantage of this revision policy early in the semester.
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Calendar/Schedule of Assignments (This schedule is subject to change.)
All reading assignments are due on the weeks they are listed on the schedule below. You are responsible for completing all assigned readings prior to listening to or reading lectures and prior to participating in weekly discussion/assignments. Each reading assignment is identified in the “Readings” column. Also note that assignment due dates are in the “Assignments” column.
Linked titles = electronic readings. Click on links to access and read essays.
WITW = Writing in the Works
Important Dates January 10, 2014 January 22, 2014 March 20, 2014 Last day to add a class Last day to drop a class with a refund Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of W This schedule is subject to change. Week/Date Week One: January 6 Readings All items in the Week One Lecture Link button to begin the English 111 course orientation Diagnostic Essay Assignment Guidelines Cisneros, “My Name” excerpt “Essay Formatting Guidelines” (all above items are linked in Week One’s content folder) Assignments 10 Jan: Academic Honesty Agreement 10 Jan: Diagnostic Essay 10 Jan: Original Introduction Discussion Post (DP)
Week One requires submitting of three assignments by 10 January. This will not be the norm, but it is a necessity to ensure preliminary/diagnostic assignments are completed in a timely manner.
Bensen-Barber Week/Date Week Two: January 13
-15Readings “The Rhetorical Situation” (WITW, pp. 2-17) Pareles, “Lavish Worlds, and the Headwear to Match” (WITW, pp. 18-19) “The Writer’s Process” (WITW, pp. 21-26) audience, purpose, context, voice, media (click on links to access readings) “The Writer’s Process” (WITW, pp. 31-37) paragraphs, introductions, conclusions (click on links to access readings)
Syllabus Spring 2014 Assignments 13 Jan: Introduction responses to two classmates 17 Jan: Original DP posts
Week Three: January 20
20 Jan: DP responses to two classmates 24 Jan: Original DP posts Start creating blog site with About Page. See further details in Week 3’s content folder 27 Jan: DP responses to two classmates 31 Jan: Original DP posts 3 Feb: DP responses to two classmates 5 Feb: SPE posted to your blog site by midnight 7 Feb: Original DP posts 10 Feb: DP responses to two classmates 12 Feb: Completed draft of Profile Essay 14 Feb: Peer review responses 17 Feb: Final revision of Profile Essay in Blackboard by midnight 21 Feb: Original DP Responses
Week Four: January 27
“Writing About Others: Profiles” (WITW, pp. 171192) “Anatomy of a Profile” (WITW, pp. 175-178) “Writing About Others: Profiles” (WITW, pp. 184192) Matthai, “A Fine Balance: The Life of a Muslim Teenager” (WITW, pp. 197-200)
Week Five: February 3
Week Six: February 10
“Collaboration, Peer Review, and Writing as a Public Act” (WITW, pp. 45-53) “Learn important collaborative and team-building skills and provide useful critiques of your peers' documents” (Click on link to access and read article)
Week Seven: February 17
“Writing an Evaluation: Film Reviews” (pp. 279-300) “Anatomy of a Film Review” (WITW, pp. 282-285) Roger Ebert Reviews (click on link to access and read reviews) "Distinguishing Fact from Opinion" (WITW p.71-72)
Bensen-Barber Week/Date Week Eight: February 24
-16Readings “Integrating Sources: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing” (WITW, pp. 505-507) Kaling, “Flick Chicks: A Guide to Women in the Movies” Denby, “Call the Doctor: Contagion” Denby, “Dream Factory: Inception”
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Week Nine: March 3
Assignments 24 Feb: DP responses to at least two classmates 26 Feb: 300-600 word summary of movie of your choice in your blog site by midnight (click on links to access and read articles) 28 Feb: Original DP responses 3 Mar: DP “Document Review Guidelines” (click on link to responses to two access and read article) classmates Note: not participating in peer review will result in a 10% 5 Mar: Completed draft of Movie downgrading of your Profile Essay. Please contact me Review Essay should you not be able to participate in peer review. 7 Mar: Peer review responses. ~~ Spring Break: classes not in session 10-16 Mar ~~ The link to submit the final revision of your Movie Review essay will be open over the break Although the final revision is not due until 17 March, please feel free to submit early to give me a head start on grading
Week Ten: March 17
“Writing for Your Community: Proposals” (WITW, pp. 443-459) “Proposals” (click on link to access and read article) Swift, “A Modest Proposal”(click on link to access and read essay)
Week Eleven: “Research” (WITW, pp. 479-496) March 24
17 Mar: Final revision of Movie Review by midnight in Blackboard 21 Mar: Original DP responses 24 Mar: DP responses to at least two classmates 26 Mar: 300-600 word Pitch in your blog site by midnight. 28 Mar: Original DP responses
-17Readings Baron, “Don’t Make English Official: Ban It Instead” Fish, “Who’s in Charge Here?” Singer, “The Singer Solution to World Poverty” Pollock, “You Say You Want a Resolution?” “Document Review Guidelines” (click on link to access and read article)
Syllabus Spring 2014 Assignments 31 Mar: DP responses to at least two classmates 4 Apr: Original DP responses 7 Apr: DP responses to at least two classmates 9 Apr: Complete draft of Modest Proposal for in-class Peer Review Workshop 11 Apr: Peer review response letters in Blackboard by midnight 14 Apr: Final revision of Modest Proposal essay by midnight in Blackboard 18 Apr: Original DP responses 21 Apr: DP responses to at least two classmates 25 Apr: Presentations 28 Apr: Responses to at least two classmates presentations 2 May: Final reflective portfolio in blog site by midnight
April 7 Note: not participating in peer review will result in a 10% downgrading of your Modest Proposal. Please contact me should you not be able to participate in peer review.
Week Fourteen: April 14
“DIY Media and Design: PowerPoint Proposal” (WITW, pp. 460-465) “Delivering the Speech” “Your First Speech” (click on links to access and read article)
Week No reading assigned. Fifteen: April Please follow instructions in Week 15’s DB forum for 21 presenting. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or assistance. Week No reading assigned Sixteen/Final Use final exam week to complete portfolios s Week: April 28
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