English 101-N, Section 1
M-W-F 12-12:50 McIver 138
English Department: 334-5311
Mailbox: McIver 132A, English Department Office
Office: McIver 334-G
Office Hours: MWF: 9:00-10:30; TR: 4:00-5:00; and by appointment
Office Phone: 256-0482
Because this is a first year composition course, we will spend the bulk of our time writing and talking about writing. We will practice using various writing strategies, like description, narration, research, and argumentation. Throughout, we will also work on the tools of writing: voice, development, organization, language usage, among others. Everyone will also present a few speaking projects, so as to learn how preparing for a speech can help your writing, and vice versa. To help us complete these assignments our writings and discussions will be focused on the idea of choosing and pursuing a career. This will give our writing and discussions more relevance and urgency.
Writing Matters edited by Jones, Grutsch McKinney, & Tower.
Everyday Writer edited by Andrea Lunsford
Required Course Materials & Supplies
A loose-leaf three-ring binder
Loose-leaf paper for the binder
Floppy disks to save your work on
1) Participate in writing-for-learning activities during class.
2) Draft and revise your papers so as to help you develop and practice your understanding of audience, purpose, focus, language, and voice.
3) Learn how to use different writing strategies to your advantage.
4) Compose clear and coherent arguments that are well organized, fully developed, and convincing.
5) Compile your work in a portfolio, which will demonstrate your awareness of your growth in thinking and communicating.
6) Read texts with careful attention so that you can understand how authors and readers create meaning in texts.
7) Recognize a text
8) Locate "evidence" from both your personal experience and the public world and learn how to synthesize, evaluate, and communicate relevant information.
9) Participate in speaking projects so as to better understand how writing and speaking are closely related in the communication process.
Throughout the course of this semester, you will draft and revise four different essays. At the end, you will compile these essays as well as other writings from class in a collection that will represent your growth and development as a writer and thinker. This portfolio is worth sixty percent (60%) of your final grade.
To help you understand how writing and speaking are closely related in the communication process, and to help you understand the rhetorical triangle more completely, you will present each of your first three essays. The first two will be informal in nature and are worth five (5%) and ten percent (10%) respectively, while the third one will be formal and worth fifteen percent (15%) of your final grade. Combined, that is thirty percent (30%) of your final grade.
As you are a member of this class, you are expected to be an active part of it. This means you need to be prepared to discuss the readings in both small groups and as a whole class and to respond to them in writings. It also means that you need to listen attentively. Participation counts for ten percent (10%) of your final grade.
Because this class is designed around what happens in class, it is important that you be present and active during class meeting. I assume you will attend class regularly, but you have four (4) free absences for illness, car trouble, funerals, hospital visits, and other various emergencies. If you are absent more than three times, a letter grade will be deducted from your final grade at the end of the semester. If you miss more than six (6) classes, two letter grades will be deducted from your final grade at the end of the semester. Should you miss eight (8) or more classes, you are encouraged to drop so as to avoid a failing grade.
Always be prepared for class so that you can actively contribute to discussion. If written assignments or drafts are due for group work, and you are not prepared, I will count you absent. The same rule applies to reading assignments.
Walking into class late is disruptive and annoying. Class starts at 12:00 and I assume everyone has put that in their schedules. If you are more than five minutes late to class, I will count you absent. Two lates equals an absence and carries the same consequences stated under the "Attendance" section.
Before class starts, please turn off beepers, cell phones, and any other noise-making devices. Also, please refrain from eating, reading the newspaper, doing other homework, chatting with neighbors, and/or sleeping during class. The same goes for thoughtless and hurtful speech or behavior. I reserve the right to ask students to leave class at any time and to drop students from the course.
Late work will not be accepted. Everything must be ready to hand in at the beginning of class.
Plagiarism (using another person
Advice & Aid
The Writing Center
The Writing Center is a wonderful resource available to you, and I encourage you take full advantage of it. There, you can learn more about writing and sharpen the skills you already have. It is located in McIver 101 and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Writing Center, call 334-3125.
The library on campus is another wonderful learning resource. And, just so you know, it is also what the majority of your tuition supports. But it is not the only library available to you; with the help of the librarians there, you can also borrow materials from other university libraries.
These labs are located all across the campus. They contain both IBM and Macintosh compatible computers on which you can find all kinds of cool software, including Microsoft Word, and they provide access to the Internet as well as your email account.
If you have a disability that can or will affect your performance in this class or for which you need accommodating, please let me know and/or contact Disability Services at 334-5440. This information will remain confidential, and I will do all that I can to help you meet your needs.
I am here to help you, and should you have any questions about your writing or the readings, I encourage you to visit me during my office hours or set up an appointment so that we can talk about answers.