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ENG 101-036: Engllsh Composltlon
MWF 11:00 - 11:50, Room 2403
Office: PH 2225
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone:
Office Hours: MW 1:00 ± 2:00 and by appointment
ł Faigley, Lester. Wrltlng: A Gulde for College und Beyond. New York:
ł Helmers, Marguerite. The Elements of Vlsuul Anulysls. New York:
ł Muller, Gilbert H. The McGruw- Hlll Reuder: Issues Across the
Dlsclpllnes. Boston: McGraw- Hill, 2007.
Course Descrlptlon und Gouls: In this course you will learn how to use writing as a
means by which to engage the world around you. Through the development of close
reading and analysis skills, you will learn to tailor your writing to specific audiences,
develop your writing voice, and gain a basic understanding of recognizing and
constructing a thesis statement. We will be deconstructing readings from a variety of
sources this semester. From an analysis of complicated social issues and debates, you will
develop advanced critical thinking skills. Utilizing those critical thinking skills, you will
draft, revise, and edit your own essays as well as those of your peers.
Course goals are as follows:
ł Students will gain an understanding of rhetorical strategies and processes
ł Students will gain a meta-awareness of their own development as writers.
ł Students will use writing as a way of thinking through topics and ideas.
ł Students will understand and use writing strategies and processes to
analyze and write about issues that are important to specific audiences and
ł Students will analyze the conventions of and write effectively in the
university discourse community.
ł Students will gain opportunities to collaborate effectively.
ł Reading Records- For each assigned reading, you will write a one paragraph
response to the content of the reading and a one paragraph unulysls of the
writing style, structure, tone, etc... of the reading. A separate handout will be
provided detailing the Reading Record requirements and guidelines for
ł In-Class Journaling- You are expected to bring a notebook to every class period.
This notebook will serve as your in-class journal. It should be a separate
notebook from one you use to take notes in. I will collect your journal at various
times throughout the semester. These collections will be unannounced, so it is
vital that you have your journal with you every time our class meets.
ł Quizzes- I reserve the right to conduct unannounced, in-class quizzes at any time.
These quizzes will focus on the assigned readings and your understanding of
those readings as well as your understanding of basic writing components such as
theme, style, audience, etc...
ł Essay Assignments- There are four major essay assignments for this class. I will
provide you with separate handouts detailing the guidelines and requirements for
submission for each assignment. Each final essay will be the polished, revised
version of a rough draft that you and I will have reviewed together.
ł Portfolio- You will turn in a portfolio of your writing two times during the
semester. The first portfolio will serve as your midterm assessment. English
faculty other than myself will review your final portfolio and decide whether it
deserves a grade of Pass or Fail. <our flnul portfollo must recelve u Puss ln
order for you to move on to Engllsh 102. We will discuss portfolios
requirements in detail in class. I also encourage you to visit the English First-
Year Writing Programs website for details about the portfolio
Grudlng: I do not use a point system to assign grades. Grades will be assigned by the
ł A: Your work will receive an ³A´ if it exceeds expectations and requirements.
³A´ work takes risks. It asks questions that engage the audience on a level far
above that of typical first year writing. I assure you, ³A´ work is possible.
ł B: Your work will receive a ³B´ if it meets full requirements well, is complete, on
time, and is polished. A grade of ³B´ is the equivalent of going one step beyond
just what needs to be done.
ł C: Your work will receive a ³C´ if it is average, meets full requirements
udequutely, is complete, on time, and demonstrates competence. In short, a grade
of ³C´ is the equivalent of doing just what needs to be done in order to get by.
ł D: Your work will receive a ³D´ if it is incomplete, does not meet expectations,
or needs serious work.
ł F: Your work will receive a ³F´ if it is unacceptable, incomplete, late, or fails to
meet the standards established in this syllabus.
Purtlclputlon: Participation in class discussions, group work, and conference
appointments is required. When explaining my grading policy I used the phrase, ³your
work.´ I understand ³your work´ to include written assignments, required readings, class
discussions, and attendance. Your final grade for this class is an evaluation of your
overall performance, not just your essay assignments.
Attendunce und Turdlness: You are allowed to miss four class periods. If you miss more
than four class periods, you may fail this course. This class begins at 11:00. I will be on
time, and I expect you to be on time. Repeated tardiness will count as an absence. Lute
work wlll not be uccepted!
Electronlcs Pollcy: The use of cell phones, ipods, ipads, laptop computers, etc... is
prohibited in class.
Pluglurlsm: Acudemlc dlshonesty wlll not be toleruted. If you use someone else¶s
words or thoughts without crediting them, you are guilty of plagiarism. Evidence of
plagiarism will result in a failing grade for this course and a report filed with the Provost.
Please visit the following site for a thorough explanation of SIUE¶s policy regarding
ł Disability Support Services- If you need special assistance in this class due to a
physical or learning disability, please contact Disability Support Services at (618)
650-3782, Rendlemen Hall Rm 1218.
ł SIUE Writing Center- The Writing Center offers help in developing, organizing,
proofreading, and clarifying your papers. Their services are free to university
students so take advantage of them! The Writing Center is located in Rm 1254 of
the Student Success Center. Please call (618) 650-2045 to make an appointment.
ł OWL- The Purdue Online Writing Lab (or OWL) is a great resource for a variety
of writing issues such as MLA and APA format and guides to avoiding
plagiarism. Please visit OWL at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Dully Schedule: ***I reserve the right to alter this schedule throughout the semester.
Changes to the daily schedule will be announced ln cluss only.***
ł Week 1
1. Mon, 8/23- Class introduction
2. Wed, 8/25- Virginia Woolf The Deuth of the Moth, diagnostic due
3. Fri, 8/27- Asslgn Essuy #1
ł Week 2
4. Mon, 8/30- Alice Walker Am I Blue, RR due
5. Wed, 9/1
6. Fri, 9/3- RD Essuy #1 DUE
ł Week 3
7. Mon, 9/6- no class
8. Wed, 9/8- Renes Descartes About The Thlngs We Muy Doubt, RR due
9. Fri, 9/10
ł Week 4
10. Mon, 9/13- Jessica Mitford Embulmlng In The USA, RR due, Asslgn
11. Wed, 9/15
12. Fri, 9/17- FD Essuy #1 DUE
ł Week 5
13. Mon, 9/20- Thomas Nagel Deuth, RR due
14. Wed, 9/22- Pick conference times
15. Fri, 9/24
ł Week 6
16. Mon, 9/27- Peter Singer -ustlfylng Infuntlclde, RR due
17. Wed, 9/29
18. Fri, 10/01- RD Essuy #2 DUE
ł Week 7
19. Mon, 10/04- Carl Sagan Cun We Know The Unlverse? Reflectlons on u
Gruln of Sult, RR due
20. Wed, 10/06
21. Fri, 10/08 Discuss Midterm Portfolios
ł Week 8
22. Mon, 10/11-, Plato Excerpt from The Symposlum, RR due, Asslgn Essuy
23. Wed, 10/13
24. Fri, 10/15- FD Essuy #2 Due
ł Week 9
25. Mon, 10/18- Nietzsche 2n Truth und Lles ln u Non-Morul Sense, RR
26. Wed, 10/20- Pick conference times
27. Fri, 10/22- Mldterm Portfollo DUE
ł Week 10
28. Mon, 10/25- Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposul, RR due
29. Wed, 10/27
30. Fri, 10/29- RD Essuy #3 DUE
ł Week 11
31. Mon, 11/01- Visual Analysis Unit
32. Wed, 11/03
33. Fri, 11/05- Silent viewing of Wull-e
ł Week 12
34. Mon, 11/08- Wull-e, Asslgn Essuy #4
35. Wed, 11/10- Wull-e
36. Fri, 11/12- FD Essuy Asslgn #3 Due
ł Week 13
37. Mon, 11/15- William F. Buckley, Jr. Why Donըt We Compluln, RR due,
pick conference times
38. Wed, 11/17
39. Fri, 11/19- Discuss Self-Reflection essays
ł Week 14 Huppy Thunksglvlng- N2 CLASS
ł Week 15
40. RD Essuy #4 und the rough druft of your self-relectlve essuy ure due
durlng your conference. D2 N2T C2ME T2 C2NFERENCE
WITH2UT <2UR R2UGH DRAFTS!!! This is also the time to bring in
your portfolios if you¶d like to review them with me prior to turning them
in. Basically, this is your time to show me anything you want me to look
at (within reason, of course).
41. Wed, 12/01- conferences cont¶d
42. Fri, 12/03- conferences cont¶d
ł Week 16
43. Mon, 12/06- Peer reviews
44. Wed, 12/08- Peer reviews
45. Fri, 12/10- FD Essuy 4 AND your Flnul Portfollo DUE
Key: RR= Reading Record
RD= Rough Draft
FD= Final Draft
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