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The war in Iraq and global warming will be addressed this semester.
80354 ENGL 1101.23 MW 12:30-1:45p H/SS-124 Fall 2008
Dr. Gerald Lucas email@example.com http://litmuse.net/ Office: H/SS-117
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1
This section of ENGL 1101 will examine the politics of war and the environment through our reading, discussion, and writing. Our goals will be to learn the basics of writing and thinking at a college level.
The objectives of English Composition 1 (ENGL 1101) are to teach students how to read and write at a beginning college level. During the course, students will learn to write essays that are efﬁcacious, succinct, and interesting; to cite proper support for suppositions; to examine and think critically; and to increase their conﬁdence in all forms of written discourse. Through various class readings, blog entries, discussions, and individual guidance, students will practice and develop integral skills for the communication and inference of ideas both written and verbal. In an effort to satisfy these goals, we will examine several texts that address current political and environmental issues, namely the war in Iraq and global warming.
Three textbooks are required for this course, two of which are available in the bookstore; the Lynas will need to be purchased on your own. • Hacker, Diana. A Handbook for Writers. • Lynas, Mark. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet. 2008. • Mailer, Norman. Why Are We at War? 2003.
You are required to have an account on LitMUSE, the server that will support all of your work in this class. As a part of this requirement, you should have access to a computer with Internet capability and a current web browser, like Safari or Firefox. Continued on Page 2
9/11 Image The Twin Towers burn after being struck by passenger liners on September 11, 2001.
Pen and Paper
WAR IN IRAQ
You should also bring an ink interface of some sort, as well as dead trees on which to take notes. Notes should not only reﬂect good listening skills, but individual interest in every topic discussed in class. You should not sit in class like you’re watching TV: learning requires active participation.
Grades are based on a point system, and students' ﬁnal grades will be based on their percentage of total points accrued. For example, if the total number of possible points is 1000, and a student has 900 (90%), she will earn an A. Remember: two aspects of composition in 1101 are critical in the grading process: mechanics and content. Always proofread and revise any writing before submission. All requirements must be fully completed for a student to pass the course.
Electronics & Things
Materials, like cell phones, food, magazines, iPods, etc., are not needed for our class and should, therefore, not accompany you. Additionally, I do not allow class discussions to be taped, so do not bring any voice recording devices to class. You may use laptops unless I ask you not to bring them.
Students will complete four, formal, essays on assigned topics, including one as a ﬁnal exam. Since this is a writing class, essays will be weighed most heavily in evaluation.
You will also need to purchase a Criterion login and password from the book store.
Students are required to keep a weekly written response on assigned topics. Each blog and initial forum entry must have a minimum of 350 words. Along with every forum entry, each student is required to comment critically on at least
Finally, since class lecture and discussion will often touch on the controversial, this college classroom is not an appropriate place for children. Please leave them at home.
Mailer on War
“Behind the whole push to go to war with Iraq is the desire to have a huge military presence in the Middle East as a steppingstone to taking over the rest of the world” (Mailer 51).
George W. Bush
two other students' entries. We will do your initial blog set-up during the ﬁrst week of class.
Attendance will be taken at every class meeting. If you come in late, it is your responsibility to inform me of your presence that day. If you fail to do so, you are absent. Two tardies count as one absence. There are no “excused absences” in my class, but you are allowed to miss one class before your grade suffers. Each additional class missed beyond the allotted one will result in your ﬁnal semester’s grade being dropped one letter.
Daily Work/Online Activities
Regular class attendance and active participation in classroom discussion and online activities are required. Additional assistance can be obtained from me during ofﬁce hours, by appointment, or by email. I encourage students to communicate with me if they have any difﬁculties with the course or the materials. It is ultimately your responsibility to succeed, so gaining additional assistance — especially if you are struggling — is paramount. Any work that does not explicitly fall into an above category will factor into your daily work average.
Late work is not acceptable and will receive a zero. Technical, computer malfunctions are not acceptable excuses for late work. Quizzes and in-class activities cannot be made up for any reason.
Your work represents you. Therefore, I expect everything you turn into me to exemplify the very best of your professional self. Please proofread all writing before submission.
The best and quickest way of contacting me is via email. Only use the email address that I provided on this document for class business: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. continued on page 4
In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise between 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celsius (roughly 2 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century.
POLICIES & SCHEDULE
Letter grades are based upon a traditional tenpoint scale. If you would like to know your ofﬁcial grade, you should see me during my ofﬁce hours or make an appointment. general uses of a computer, particularly using a web browser. Students should be willing to put forth the effort to learn what they need to in order to succeed in the course. Please see me for additional assistance when necessary.
Course readings are an integral part of the class and should be brought daily. When readings are assigned to be discussed in class, please bring a copy of the reading with your reading notes ready to participate in the discussion. Do not come to class without your books and something to write with and on. Everyday. Seriously.
This is an outline schedule only. Please consult the web site for the most current reading and assignment schedule.
American Muslim Women Week 10 (10/20)
Essay #2; Conferences
Any time you use ideas that are not your own — be they paraphrased or copied verbatim — in anything that you write, you must supply a citation in MLA format. Willful plagiarism will result in automatic failure of this class and will be submitted to the Dean for further potential consequences. See <http://litmuse.net/plagiarism/> for more information on avoiding plagiarism.
Week 1 (8/18)
Course Intro; Diagnostic Essay
Week 2 (8/25)
Intro to Writing: Subject, Purpose, Audience; First Forum: Perception
Weeks 11-15 (10/27-11/24)
Lynas; Forum(s); Essay #3 Draft & Workshops
Week 3 (9/1)
No class Monday; Writing: the First Steps
Week 16 (12/1)
Research Essay #3 Due
Any student who has special needs should contact Ann E. Loyd at the Counseling and Career Center (478-471-2714) and ﬁll out the appropriate paperwork. You should then see me with the documentation so that the necessary accommodations can be made.
Week 4 (9/8)
Body & Conclusion; Forum: Right or Wrong
Exam Week (12/8)
Monday, 12/8, 1-3pm
Week 5 (9/15)
Editing & Revision; Forum: Hijack!
Week 6 (9/22)
Essay #1; Conferences
Computer competency is an integral skill in any discipline. Students should be familiar with the
Weeks 7-9 (9/29-10/13)
Intro to Research; Mailer; Forum(s)
THIS SCHEDULE IS CURRENT AS OF AUGUST 18, 2008 9:39 AM.
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DR. GERALD LUCAS
Assistant Professor of English email@example.com http://grlucas.net/ Ofﬁce: H/SS-117
TURN IT IN
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