ENGLISH 101.

D08

COMPOSITION I
CREDIT HOURS, 3 FALL 2010 MONDAY/WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY, 10.00-10.50PM BEADLE HALL, ROOM 330 Dr. Stacey Berry | Beadle Hall 111 | 605.256.5269 | stacey.berry@dsu.edu | https://d2l.sdbor.edu/ Office Hours MWF, 08.00-09.00A TR, 01.00-2.30P
and by appointment

Course Description from Dakota State University: 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog, 221. ENGL 101 COMPOSITION I. Practice in the skills, research, and documentation needed for effective academic writing. Analysis of a variety of academic and non-academic texts, rhetorical structures, critical thinking, and audience will be included. A library research component will be included. Some coursework incorporates multimedia assignments. Course Goals The primary goal of this course is to learn and to practice effective techniques for organizing, developing and writing academic essays that reflect a collegiate level of writing. The purpose of this course is to help you write clearly and thoughtfully. We will engage in basic reading and writing skills required for success in college, with emphasis on fluency in personal, descriptive, argumentative and research analysis prose. This section of 101, specifically, considers the popular origin story narrative, Batman Begins—that is, we will use the film as text to investigate ideas that are meaningful to our individual lives and our collective culture(s). Many cultural theorists discuss cultural products--such as literature, film, and video games--as "equipment for living." They see these cultural narratives as representations or myths that speak back to the society that produced them. The narratives produced by a culture help the inhabitants deal with the world. This term, we will begin to ask such questions as: If art represents something of the society it comes out of, then what are our current cultural narratives saying back to us?, and What kinds of myths are we producing? As we investigate this notion of equipment for living through our assigned course readings and discussions, we will also develop our writing skills through discussions and weekly assignments. All course activities are designed to equip us with the strong writing and analytical skills required in other university courses and beyond. Prerequisites and Technology Skills This course presumes a familiarity with basic computing technologies and digital environments. Required Textbooks Harris, Muriel. Prentice Hall Reference Guide: Custom Edition for Dakota State University. Additional readings, videos, and handouts on D2L and may be added as necessary.

ENGLISH 101.D08 2 Course Delivery and Instructional Methods This course requires heavy reading, writing, interaction with media, and class participation in both the traditional and online classroom. This course presumes that you learn to read and to write better by reading and writing regularly, not by listening to lectures about writing. Consequently, this will be a student-centered workshop course where we will write daily. We will spend significant time not only in individual writing, but also in small groups working collaboratively, sharing and responding to each other’s writing. By the end of the term, you will have produced four (4) essays (the equivalent of 25 typed, double-spaced pages) in addition to a series of shorter writing assignments leading (directly or indirectly) to the finished formal pieces. Grading Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Final Portfolio D2L – Course Shell Presentation Attendance and Participation 10% 10% 15% 25% 10% 15% 05% 10%

[70% for polished writing]

[30% for process]

This system of grading rewards you for timely serious effort on daily assignments and in workshops. It gives extra weight to your highest level of achievement near the end of the semester. More specific grading criteria for assignments and class participation are available via the course shell. Classroom Policies Attendance A student who misses more than 20% of this class will not receive credit. This means that missing six (6) or more class sessions will result in an automatic failure of the course. Habitual tardiness will affect your final grade. I make no distinction between excused and unexcused absences—you are either here or you are not. If you experience some kind of catastrophic event, please let me know as soon as possible. Participation Earning high marks for attendance and participation means not only that you turn up, but that you are prepared. You must actively participate in discussion and in group work. Make-up Policy In general, I do not accept late work for credit. Nor do I allow you to make-up work that you missed if you were absent from class. If I need to cancel class, I will try to post a message on D2L and send an email. Missing classes is rare for me, but if after 15 minutes I have not arrived, and there are no other signs or messages, please assume that class is cancelled.

ENGLISH 101.D08 3 Assignment Guidelines Paper Specifications All formal writing assignments must be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font and double spaced with one-inch margins. Headings and documentation must conform to MLA style. All individual assignments will be outlined during class, and the information will be posted to our course shell. Late papers will not be accepted. KEEP EVERYTHING THAT YOU WRITE FOR THIS COURSE; DO NOT THROW ANYTHING AWAY. At the end of the term you will submit a final portfolio of all of your writing, along with a short reflective essay on the contents and the process in general. D2L – Course Shell You will routinely be required to respond to assigned readings or to perform other activities in the course shell. These activities will be incredibly important to us as a class, as the ideas will often provide the material for our discussions. As members of the same class community, we are responsible to one another for the quality of our journal contributions. You are encouraged to use these responses to investigate and ask questions of our texts both as a writer and a reader. The individual topics and requirements will be provided during class meetings and/or via the course shell. These responses need not be included with the final portfolio. Presentation You will be required to give a short 10-15 minute presentation about the topic of your final paper (Assignment 4). These presentations will begin during week 13. Workshop On peer review workshop days you are expected to bring copies of the draft you are working on for each of your group members. Electronic collaboration is encouraged.

ENGLISH 101.D08 4 Course Schedule The “Class Discussion” column tells you what we will do in class that day. The “Homework” column tells you how to prepare for the next class period in terms of reading and writing and which text you will need in the next class session. Week 1 Class Discussion MO Aug 30 Introduction to English 101, course shell, and one another Homework Review texts, course policies & syllabus; Access D2L and post an Introduction; Begin thinking about yourself as a writer. What do you want to write about? Why?

WE Sep 1 FR Sep 3

Film screening: Batman Begins Film screening: Batman Begins

Week 2 Class Discussion MO Sep 6 WE Sep 8 NO CLASSES, LABOR DAY Film screening: Batman Begins *Last Day to Drop / 100% refund, Sep 9th Discuss: the film and main themes Review: Purpose and Audience *Last Day to Apply for Fall 2010 Graduation Prentice Section 1 (1-4); Purpose-Audience PDF via D2L; How/what do cultural narratives help us to think about ourselves? Denby, “Aiming Low” (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/06/ 13/050613crci_cinema); Find and post a review of BB to D2L and read at least one review posted by your classmates; How do movie reviewers analyze? Homework

FR Sep 10

ENGLISH 101.D08 5 Week 3 Class Discussion MO Sep 13 *Movie Review Monday* Discuss: reviews and strategies of analysis Review: Assignment One Discuss: How do we create essays? Continue discussing how and why we write Activity: Writing to inform and to evaluate Week 4 MO Sep 20 Class Discussion Discuss: Descriptive writing How do we write to describe? Discuss: BB as exploration of how a self is made – the origin story Assignment One DUE Activity: How can we write to explore? Brainstorming using the personal timeline Review: Assignment Two Homework Homework Prentice Section 2 (4-12); How do we create essays?

WE Sep 15 FR Sep 17

Research: What is the difference between writing to inform and writing to evaluate? Prentice Section 3 (20-27); Think about the concept fear. Then write a paragraph on that theme to DESCRIBE the feeling.

WE Sep 22 FR Sep 24

Assignment One DUE in class Sep 24 Continue to work on personal history time-line as necessary for brainstorming for Assignment Two; Write a movie review that also explores a significant experience (post to D2L and review at least one other post)

ENGLISH 101.D08 6 Week 5 MO Sep 27 Class Discussion *Movie Review Tuesday* Discuss: Movie Reviews and how we write to explore (what do we include for ourselves vs. for others) Discuss: Chabon How is this essay a “reflection”? Continue Chabon Discuss: Structure Activity: Reverse outline Review: Peer Review Workshops Week 6 MO Oct 4 Class Discussion Peer Review Workshop Assignment Two Homework Review patterns of organization Prentice Section 3 (20-27); Choose a paragraph style and write a paragraph on the theme of heroes and/or villains using BB as your base text. (post to D2L and review at least one other post) Homework Chabon, “Reflections: Secret Skin” (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/0 3/10/080310fa_fact_chabon)

WE Sep 29 FR Oct 1

Continue Chabon Bring drafts of Assignment Two for workshops

WE Oct 6 FR Oct 8

Discuss: Heroes and Villains What styles did we try and why? Discuss: Why use which styles, when?

HOLIDAY Assignment Two DUE (OCT 13)

Week 7 MO Oct 11 WE Oct 13 Class Discussion NO CLASSES, NATIVE AMERICAN DAY Assignment Two DUE Discuss Burke & “sociological criticism”; How is Batman equipment for living? Discuss: analyses What do you need to know and say in order to do this task convincingly? Review: Assignment Three Homework Burke, “Literature as Equipment for Living” Prepare an analysis paragraph of Nolan’s Batman where you explore why this version is so popular (post to D2L and read at least one other post) Choose one concept: heroism or villainy; Write a definition of the concept of your choosing and bring to class with you prepared to discuss. Use examples to back up your points.

FR Oct 15

ENGLISH 101.D08 7 Week 8 MO Oct 18 Class Discussion Discuss: How do we write to persuade? Share heroism/villainy definitions and debate: what makes a hero and what makes a villain Homework Begin work on Assignment Three Review Cinematical’s feature,“Their Best Role” (http://www.cinematical.com/category/theirbest-role/) Choose an actor and create your own “Their Best Role” using evidence to support your points (post to D2L and read at least one other post) What is the “Heroic Journey” (http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/smc/journ ey/ref/summary.html); Example analysis (http://www.mythichero.com/call_to_adventur e.htm) Scientific American’s “Dark Knight Shift” (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm ?id=dark-knight-shift-why-bat)

WE Oct 20

Discuss: What makes an arguable thesis? And the importance of evidence

FR Oct 22

Discuss: What does it mean to analyze for by/for process What does analyzing for process help us to see or expose? *Last day of first-half of semester

Week 9 MO Oct 25 Class Discussion Discuss: Compare and contrast these two different styles of ‘process’ analysis How do analyses create arguments? WE Oct 27 FR Oct 29 Discuss: Writing to Argue Peer Review Workshop: Assignment Three Peer Review Workshop: Assignment Three Assignment Three DUE Homework Prentice Section 4 (28-39)

ENGLISH 101.D08 8 Week 10 MO Nov 1 Class Discussion Assignment Three DUE Introduction to Research Review: Assignment Four *Last day to withdraw from the University and be eligible for a refund Homework

WE Nov 3 FR Nov 5 Week 11

Class Discussion MO Nov 8 WE Nov 10 FR Nov 12 Week 12 Class Discussion MO Nov 15 *Last day to withdraw from a full semester course or school and receive a grade of “W” WE Nov 17 FR Nov 19 Week 13 MO Nov 22 WE Nov 24 FR Nov 26 Week 14 MO Nov 29 WE Dec 1 FR Dec 3 Week 15 MO Dec 6 WE Dec 8 FR Dec 10 Class Discussion Workshop Workshop Final portfolios DUE Class Discussion Researched paper presentations Researched paper presentations Researched paper presentations Class Discussion Researched paper presentations Researched paper presentations NO CLASSES, THANKSGIVING

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ENGLISH 101.D08 9 ADA Statement If you have a documented disability and/or anticipate needing accommodations (e.g., non-standard note taking, test modifications) in this course, please arrange to meet with the instructor. Also, please contact Dakota State University’s ADA coordinator, Keith Bundy, in the Student Development office located in the Trojan Center Underground or at 256-5121, as soon as possible. The DSU website containing additional information, along with the form to request accommodations is http://www.departments.dsu.edu/disability_services/. You will need to provide documentation of your disability. The ADA coordinator must confirm the need for accommodations before officially authorizing them. Academic Honesty Statement Cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty run contrary to the purpose of higher education and will not be tolerated in this course. All forms of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade in the course and may lead to expulsion from the University. Please be advised that when the instructor suspects plagiarism, the Internet and other standard means of plagiarism detection will be used to resolve the instructor’s concerns. DSU’s policy on academic integrity (DSU Policy 03-22-00) is available online [http://www.dsu.edu/hr/policies/03-22-00.aspx]. Freedom in Learning Statement Students are responsible for learning the content of any course of study in which they are enrolled. Under Board of Regents and University policy, student academic performance shall be evaluated solely on an academic basis and students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study. It has always been the policy of Dakota State University to allow students to appeal the decisions of faculty, administrative, and staff members and the decisions of institutional committees. Students who believe that an academic evaluation is unrelated to academic standards but is related instead to judgment of their personal opinion or conduct should contact the dean of the college which offers the class to initiate a review of the evaluation. Use of Tablet PC in the Classroom The Tablet PC platform has been adopted across the DSU campus for all students and faculty, and tablet usage has been integrated into all DSU classes to enhance the learning environment. Tablet usage for course-related activities, note taking, and research is allowed and encouraged by DSU instructors. However, inappropriate and distracting use will not be tolerated in the classroom. Instructors set policy for individual classes and are responsible for informing students of class-specific expectations relative to Tablet PC usage. Failure to follow the instructor’s guidelines will hinder academic performance and may lead to disciplinary actions. Continued abuse may lead to increased tablet restrictions for the entire class. Because tablet technology is an integral part of this course, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her Tablet PC is operational prior to the beginning of each class period.

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