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Syllabus, Winter Quarter 2014 Cara N. Stoddard | Office # 1618 Office Hours: 2:15-4:00 Mon-Thurs, or by appointment 1:00-2:05PM | Room 1855A

This course is an introduction to college-level reading and writing and is designed to improve your critical thinking, reading, and written communication skills. In this course you will learn strategies for critical reading and analysis, drafting and revising essays, performing academic research, and properly attributing your sources using MLA citation. This course will also review the conventions of grammar and usage as time allows.

By the end of the course, you should be very good at doing the following: 1. Comprehending college-level and professional prose and analyzing how authors present their ideas in view of their probable purposes, audiences, and occasions. 2. Presenting your ideas as related to, but clearly distinguished from, the ideas of others (including the ability to paraphrase, summarize, and correctly cite and document borrowed material). 3. Identifying rhetorical appeals in texts and advertisements and assessing their effect on an intended audience. 4. Developing a central claim (thesis) that follows one of the four ways to respond: Agreeing with the thesis of the orig. text, but with a difference (adding something new) Disagreeing based on factual merit (by poking holes in the support used in orig. text) Disagreeing because of holes in the orig. argument (and adding neglected info) Taking a middle ground by agreeing and disagreeing simultaneously, favoring one or the other 5. Supporting/illustrating your central claim (thesis) clearly and logically. 6. Gathering and evaluating information using the library resources and using your sources in service of persuading your audience. 7. Using a variety of strategies during the prewriting or invention process including making a formal outline and using a Research Log. 8. Revising holistically in an attempt to re-see how to best achieve what it is you are trying to communicate to an audience in any given assignment. 9. Accurately proofreading your own work in order to produce writing that maintains the conventions of published English. 10. Giving and receiving constructive feedback during peer review. Of course, I expect that you are able to carry out some of these tasks already.


They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Second Edition by: Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein | ISBN # 978-0-393-93361-1


Friday, January 10 Thursday, January 16 Monday, January 27 Monday, February 3 Monday, February 17 Tuesday, March 4 Monday, March 10 Tuesday, March 18 LAST DAY TO ADD A CLASS Ad Analysis, 1st Draft due (@11:45AM) Ad Analysis, Final Draft due (@11:45AM) Macklemore Essay, 1st Draft due (@11:45AM) Macklemore Essay, Final Draft due (@11:45AM) LAST DAY TO DROP A CLASS Research Essay, Half Draft due (@11:45AM) Research Essay, Final Draft due (@11:45AM)

Mon Jan 6Intros Tues Jan 7visual rhetoric group work, intro rhetorical devices Wed Jan 8rhetorical devices quiz Thurs Jan 9computer lab day (meet in room 1801), annotate The Whitewashing of the American Farmer Mon Jan 13Read The Real Face of Stay-At-Home Mothers and complete corresponding notecatcher Tues Jan 14Read Girl Power Toy or Sexist Game and Beastie Boys Lyric Comparison Wed Jan 15computer lab day (meet in room 1802), Intro Paragraphs st Thurs Jan 16computer lab day (meet in room 1802), Ad Analysis 1 Draft due, Peer Review Mon Jan 20No class, MLK Day Tues Jan 21Discuss conclusion paragraphs Wed Jan 22 Read Is Funny Enough and work in groups to summarize authors opinion Thurs Jan 23revision checklist Mon Jan 27Ad Analysis Final Draft due, annotate the lyrics to Macklemores song Wing$ Tues Jan 28computer lab day (meet in room 1802), Lyric Analysis Wed Jan 29read Jordan Teichers Slate article Thurs Jan 30discuss in small groups selected passages from Macklemores response, PIE review Week 1 Week 4 Week 3 Week 2

Mon Feb 3Macklemore Essay 1 Draft due, Socratic seminar Tues Feb 4NPR interview and corresponding notecatcher Wed Feb 5Rhetorical devices in Macklemores response; read Modes of Persuasion: Pathos and discuss the validity of emotional appeals Thurs Feb 6computer lab day (meet in room 1802), RadioLab notecatcher Mon Feb 10integrating quotes Tues Feb 11summarizing review Wed Feb 12computer lab day (meet in room 1802), Discuss Counterarguments Thurs Feb 13computer lab day (meet in room 1802), Midterm Exam Mon Feb 17Intro Unit 3, read example research essay Tues Feb 18Summary vs. Quote Sandwich Practice, opposing viewpoints on immigration reform, stalemate in the House Wed Feb 19Socratic Seminar re: Immigration Reform Thurs Feb 20Socratic Seminar cont. Mon Feb 24Watch The House I Live In Tues Feb 25Watch The House I Live In Wed Feb 26Finish The House I Live In Thurs Feb 27No class, Cara at a Conference Mon March 3Discuss Jaffes article Tues March 4review topic sentences Wed March 5computer lab day (meet in room 1802), library intro Thurs March 6computer lab day (meet in room 1802), Intro paragraphs Mon March 10Research Essay 1 Draft due, model essay activity Tues March 11computer lab day (meet in room 1802), Counterargument example Wed March 12 conclusion paragraphs Thurs March 13conclusions Mon March 17final draft checklist Tues March 18Research Essay Final Draft due, reflection letter


Attendance in English 101 is mandatory. More than eight absences (two weeks) from class is grounds for failing the course. After 5 absences, your grade will be negatively affected. Anywhere from 6-8 absences will result in a 10% deduction from your overall score in the class. 9 or more absences equals an F (0.0) in the course. Thus, plan for unforeseen illnesses or travel plans later in the quarter. Only absences for bereavement, hospitalization, jury duty, or previously-scheduled college Sponsored Events or Activities (see Student Handbook for definition) are considered excused absences. Whenever possible, please notify me before the excused absence to be sure to get any handouts you might miss in class. Every other kind of absence including illnesses and doctors appointments are considered unexcused and count toward your eight allowed absences. In the case of a personal or family emergency, please be in contact with me via email about the situation, and I will do my best to accommodate you. In the case of bereavement leave or a mental/physical health emergency for you or one of your dependents requiring you miss more than one day in a row, you will be expected to keep up with your coursework via Canvas. Arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Being in attendance means being physically present, awake, coherent, and fully prepared for class with the readings completed. If you do not meet all of these conditions you will be marked absent for the day. Coming in more than 10 minutes late, leaving early, and inappropriate use of cell phones, laptops, or tablets in class will result in an unexcused absence. You are responsible for making up all of the work that you missed during an absence. Please see me during office hours or schedule an appointment before the next scheduled class.


Homework and essays are due at the beginning of class. I do not accept late homework. You will receive a zero on the assignment if you do not have it with you, in class, the day it is due. The one exception to this no late work policy is when using your Stuff Happens coupon distributed on the first day of class. You may only use this coupon once per quarter, and it is only applicable on homework assignments (not on essay drafts). For the three major essays in this course, I strongly discourage you from submitting them late. In the case of a late 1st Draft: if turned in within 24 hours, you will receive at 10% grade reduction off the points possible (minus 2 on the Ad Analysis and Macklemore Essay and minus 5 on the Research Essay Half Draft); after 24 hours you will receive a 0, but I encourage you to still submit it for written feedback from me. A late final draft will be graded as follows: Within 24 hours = 10% point reduction 2 days late = 20% reduction 3 days late = 30% reduction 4 days late = 40% reduction 5 or more days late = 50% reduction Note: Due to grade deadlines, I cannot accept your Research Essay (Essay 3) more than 24 hours late. All writing assignments are to be typed and correctly formatted according to MLA standards (see the Purdue OWL website for details).

Classroom citizenship. The classroom is a learning community. Any behavior that disrupts this community will not be tolerated. This includes speaking to other students while I am talking, sleeping in class, passing notes,

being rude or belligerent to me or other students, etc. This is a discussion-based course, and I expect you to treat each other with dignity and respect. We may be discussing sensitive topics and reading each others personal writing in this course. Please be considerate of others ideas and beliefs and do not discuss the content of others papers with students outside of this class. In accordance with Big Bends Discrimination Policy, disrespect or discrimination towards students based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, citizen status, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or chosen gender, veteran status, age, or religion will not be tolerated. If you feel your well-being is being jeopardized or you have observed someone else being treated disrespectfully, please come speak to me about it privately after class or during my office hours. Readings. In accordance with Big Bends mission statement to encourage multiculturalism, this class has been intentionally designed to include readings that represent a diverse set of cultures and peoples and express points of view on controversial contemporary social and political issues. In this class we may discuss, read, write about, or view texts that you disagree with or find offensive. Such texts are not necessarily condoned, but rather used to prompt discussion and explore ideas that may be outside of our individual preferences and comfort levels. In this college classroom you are required to engage maturely and academically with all texts, regardless of their content or rating. Please email or see me privately during office hours if you have any questions about this policy.

Technology. In order to promote habits and skill-sets unique to scholars of the 21st century, this course has a heavy emphasis on the use of technology. You will be expected to check our Canvas page every day for a detailed description of the homework, and you will be submitting your homework and essays on Canvas and receiving important margin notes and feedback on your writing from your instructor on Canvas. It is my expectation that you purchase and use Microsoft Word for all typed assignments in this class. If you cannot get Word on your personal or home computer, you will need to schedule at least an hour per day and several hours over the weekends to spend on campus using the computers in the library. Having said that, more often than not, during class time, technological devices serve as distractions to you and the people around you, so please silence and put away your phones upon the start of class. There will certainly be exceptions to this rule, when I will allow you, even encourage you, to use your smart phone or device in class, but I will notify you when it is appropriate to take out your phone. Texting, taking calls, and checking the time on your cell phone is not permitted in class. Unless you have been given explicit permission to use your laptop in class, all laptops should be shut and stowed away. Any use of technology in class, including receiving audible texts or calls, will result in an unexcused absence for that day.

Email etiquette. I certainly welcome your emails if you have questions about the course, your work, meeting times, etc., please dont hesitate to message me on Canvas or at However, you should treat this as professional correspondence: that is, it should have a greeting, complete sentences, and your name at the bottom.

I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume that you will do honest work and that you will work with me on improving writing that is your own. But plagiarism is a serious matter, and incidents of it have been on the rise nationally. So I feel that it is important to explain what the consequences are. The two basic kinds of plagiarism: 1. Malicious or intentional. This is the most serious kind of academic theft. It involves using someone elses work as your own without citing the source, including direct copying, rephrasing, and summarizing, submitting someone elses paper as your own, or re-submitting your own work from a different quarter or different course. It also involves taking someone elses idea and putting it in different words. Even if several different sources were copied, it is still plagiarism. 2. Plagia-phrasing or mosaic plagiarism. Not indicating directly quoted passages or ideas within your essay even while citing the work as a general source at the end of the essay in a Works Cited. The consequences of plagiarism: If a paper involves plagiarism of the second kind, I may ask you to rewrite the paper, using correct forms of documentation. However, if you persist in committing this kind of plagiarism, even after I have explained it to you more than once, you will receive an F on the paper and could be subjected to a more severe penalty of the type described below. If a paper involves plagiarism of the first kind, I am empowered by the Student Code of Conduct to assign a grade of F for the course, a penalty that may be imposed in particularly serious cases. In most cases of plagiarism, I will also make a complaint to the Vice President of Student Services, which is responsible for enforcing the regulations in the Student Code of Conduct. So in addition to the academic penalty of receiving an F in the course, you may also be subject to other disciplinary penalties, which can include suspension or expulsion. Although such severe penalties are rarely imposed for first-time offenders, the Vice President of Student Services Office maintains disciplinary records as part of a students overall academic record. A final word on plagiarism: I understand the occasional temptation to plagiarizebut I am surprisingly good at recognizing plagiarism. My basic message is Do Not Do It. When you need to take something from another persons workan idea, a powerful statement, a set of facts, or an explanationcite your source.

The majority of the points for this course come from daily assignments and participation, so be sure to keep up with the daily readings and homeworks. Simply turning in final papers will not result in a passing grade in this class. Your percentage in the class is based out of 870 points (subject to change). You must turn in all 3 final essays and receive at least 518 points to pass this class. In order to receive a 2.0 (the grade required for this course to count at most 4-year colleges), you will have to receive a minimum of 631 points.

The points are distributed as follows: Unit 1Ad Analysis (225)

Visual Rhetoric Quiz (10) Commercial Notecatcher (10) Rhetorical Appeals Quiz (10) PIE s (20) Whitewashing Annotations (10) iPhone Reading Quiz (10) Beastie Boys Lyric Comparison (10) Clint Eastwood Annotations (10) st 1 Draft (25) Peer Review (10) Final Draft (100)

Unit 2Macklemore Essay (285)

Wing$ Annotations (10) Lyric Analysis (20) Macklemores Response Quotes (10) st 1 Draft (25) Socratic Seminar Participation (10) Peer Review (10) NPR Interview Notecatcher (10) Soderberg Response (10) Macklemore Rhetorical Devices (10) RadioLab Notecatcher (10) Quotes/Credibility Homework (10) Midterm Exam (50) Final Draft (100)

Unit 3Research Essay (360)

We Are Americans Mark Up (10) Socratic Seminar Participation (10) With or Without Overhaul Res. (10) The House I Live In NC (20) McJobs Response (10) Library Database Annotations (10) Half Draft (50) Peer Review (10) Topic Sentence Checklist (10) Final Draft (200) Reflection Letter (20)

Grading Scale:
% 95-100 94 92-93 91 A = GPA = 4.0 = 3.8 = 3.7 = 3.6 B % 89-90 87-88 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 = GPA = 3.5 = 3.4 = 3.3 = 3.2 = 3.1 = 3.0 = 2.9 = 2.8 = 2.7 % 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71 70 = GPA = 2.6 = 2.5 = 2.4 = 2.3 = 2.2 = 2.1 = 2.0 = 1.9 = 1.8 = 1.7 C % 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 <60 D = GPA = 1.6 = 1.5 = 1.4 = 1.3 = 1.2 = 1.1 = 1.0 = 0.9 = 0.8 = 0.7 = 0.0 (F)

Represents achievement that is outstanding or superior relative to the level necessary to meet the requirements of the course. B Represents achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet the requirements of the course. Grades of A or B are honors grades. You must do something above and beyond the min. requirements in order to earn an A or B. Represents achievement that meets the basic requirements in every respect. It signifies that the work is average, but C nothing more. Represents achievement that meets some but not all of the basic requirements. It signifies that a significant amount of D coursework is either missing or received not-passing grades. If you receive less than 518 points in the course or fail to hand in one of the 3 major writing assignments, you will automatically earn an F. If your average grade is a D but you did not complete one of the major components of the F course (one of the 3 major papers or all of the homework assignments or drafts), you will automatically earn an F in the course. Accumulating more than eight absences also will result in an F. There is no reason for receiving an F in this course unless you simply fail to submit the required work. Stands for Incomplete. Under very unusual circumstances you could be assigned an Incomplete in the course if I something happened to you within the last two weeks of the quarter that made it impossible to complete the course (a serious accident or illness that left you hospitalized and very significant personal tragedy, etc.) A

Re-doing Final Drafts. I will allow you to re-submit Essays 1 (Ad Analysis) and Essay 2 (Macklemore Essay) again after the Final Draft due date if you received a D or F (except in the case of a grade reduction for

tardiness, plagiarism, or academic dishonesty), and I will average the two Final Draft grades. All revised Final Drafts must be turned in on or before Monday, March 3rd. A Note on Transferring. While any grade above a .7 (60%) is considered passing, many programs and colleges require a 2.0 or higher in order to transfer credits earned in a class. In addition, students who fall below a 2.0 are particularly likely to struggle in other classes that require academic writing. Speak to your advisor or transfer colleges for details about this issue.

English Skills Lab: If you would like another reader for any of your essays or if you would like help on an essay in between your first and final drafts, you may schedule an appointment with a tutor at the English Lab. The English Skills Lab is Located the 1800 Building, Room 1832. Winter Quarter Hours: Monday - Wednesday....8:00am - 8:00pm Thursday........................8:00am - 4:00pm Friday.............................9:00am - 4:00pm To make an appointment simply stop by or call 509.793.2361. The English Skills Lab can help with all stages of the writing process and all levels of writers, so it is not always necessary to have a completed draft prepared for your appointment. Student Success Center: If you need to use a computer, to check out a laptop, or if you are struggling in any of your classes, you can sign up for peer mentoring or supplemental instruction, contact Diana Villafana at 509.793.2369. The Student Success Center is located in the 1400 Building and is open Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm and Fri 8am-2:30pm. Disability Services: Big Bend Community College is committed to providing reasonable accommodation in academic programs to ensure maximum participation by all students with disability and to minimize the functional limitations their disabling condition has on their education. Proper procedures are in place to obtain equal access wherein the student and college staff work together to facilitate reasonable accommodations. The Disabled Student Services Office is located in the 1400 Building. Loralyn Allen is the disabled students liaison. Her office, located inside the Counseling Center, is open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment contact her at 509.793.2027. For the hearing impaired TDD is available in the Registration/Admissions Office for incoming and outgoing calls at telephone number 509.762.6335.