English Composition II (ENG 170


Instructo r Office Office Hours

Mr. Harmon Lindenwood /Moscow Mills As needed

Phone E-mail

314-805-5058 (no calls after 5 PM)


Text: Read, Reason, Write Dorothy U. Seyler • http://highered.mcgrawhill.com/sites/0073533203/information_center_view0/ The Little Brown Handbook H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron • http://wps.ablongman.com/long_fowler_lbh_10/in 1984 George Orwell • http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/0.html My Blog: • http://harmonhd.blogspot.com Course Description: This course provides students with a deeper understanding of the writing process as it explores the area of academic writing. It covers writing the argument, literary analysis, finding and using sources, documentation, plagiarism, and writing the MLA formatted research paper. Goals: Upon completion of this course, students will develop the ability to formulate and express effective arguments and develop an appreciation and understanding of the details and “big picture” of academic writing. They will become familiar with primary and secondary research procedures and the MLA documentation style. They will also become adept in the fundamentals of literary analysis. Requirements: • • • •

3 papers 1984 Writer’s Notebook Weekly and/or semiweekly quizzes Midterm Exam Final Exam


Class Participation

Materials: You must bring something to write with and something to write on EVERY DAY. You also must bring the appropriate books on the appropriate days. If you do not bring these materials, you will lose participation points. Grading Scale: 100%-90% = A 80% - 89% = B 70% - 79% = C 60% - 69% = D below =F Total Possible Points: • Writer’s Notebook – 100 • Literary Analysis Essay – 200 • Argumentative Essay – 200 • Research Paper – 200 • Quizzes – 100 • Midterm – 200 • Final Exam – 300 •

Class Participation – 100 Total Points Possible = 1400

Attendance Policy: ATTENDANCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Part of your participation grade is based on attendance. If you are absent more than twice, you will begin to lose participation points for every following absence. For any planned absences (sports, clubs, vacations) you need to talk to me first in order to keep your points.

YOU are responsible for turning in and making up missed work.

Essays need to

be turned in on the due dates—if you are absent, email it to me or have someone else turn it in for you. I will not accept late essays. Any assignment on the syllabus is due when you return, whether you were in class for the assignment or not. If you are absent for any extended period of time, I suggest contacting me or one of your classmates in order to keep up.


Late Policy: Late assignments will receive an automatic reduction of 10 points off the final grade.
Plagiarism Policy: PLAGIARISM WILL NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. If you are caught plagiarizing you will be receive a zero on your assignment. Plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated. If in doubt, cite!

Participation: Your participation grade will be determined by your attendance, participation in group activities, class discussion, and appropriate materials. It is 100 points of your final grade—which can make or break a letter grade. Failure to come to class, failure to bring materials, and failure to pay attention or work on designated activities will result in the loss of participation points. I will not announce you are losing participation points, but I will be paying attention.

Papers: All final drafts of essays must be typed, double spaced, and in 12 point Times New Roman or Arial fonts with traditional margins. You must include the following information on your paper in the following format: First Name Last Name Block # Which Paper Date An example: Joe Smith Block 2 Persuasive 10/10/10


Writing Notebook: On most days, we will have a “writing notebook” prompt. You must write a response to each prompt in your writing notebook. Format: WRITING NOTEBOOK Date Answer: If you are absent, you do not need to make the prompt up, but you do need to write an entry and write “absent.” (I will check on all absences, though). This is worth 100 points. EASY POINTS! Do not forget to do this every day we have one! Notebooks will be collected towards the end of the semester.

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Course Schedule (Additional assignments pending) (Subject to change) Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Activity Course Overview Critical Thinking – An Introduction Critical Reading and Analysis Responding Critically to Sources 1984 Part 1 Chapters 1 and 2 Common Writing Mistakes Common Writing Mistakes Introduction to Literary Analysis Literary Analysis Literary Analysis Literary Analysis Literary Analysis Computer Lab Computer Lab Peer Editing Literary Analysis Essay Due 1984 Part 1 The Art of Argument – Reading Arguments Reading Arguments Writing the Argument Literary Analysis Essay Readout Midterm Review Midterm Exam Writing the Argument Arguments – In Class Debate Preparation Arguments – In Class Debate Computer Lab Computer Lab


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Peer Review Argumentative Essay Due Planning the Research Paper 1984 Part Two Research and the Internet Plagiarism Argumentative Essay Readout Computer Lab Computer Lab 1984 Part 3 Research Paper Due Final Exam Review Final Exam 1984 The Movie


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