English Composition 101-07
Instructor: Elizabeth Renn
Class Info: Graham 307, MWF 10-10:50
Office: 02 Petty Science Bldg.
Office Hours: 11:00-12 noon MWF
Primis Online coursepack for English 101-07
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This course is designed to introduce you to some skills and strategies for reading, writing, and thinking in college.
The way to become better at this process is to practice. This class will include a great deal of writing, both formal and informal, in class and outside of class. You
The goal of the class is to help you develop your writing voice and to support each of you to become confident writers as you discover your strengths and weaknesses through reflecting on your writing process.
The theme of this course centers on spiritual identity. Reading and writing assignments will focus on world religion, religious issues, ethics, morality, and how you fit with each.
No grades will be given on individual papers. Since the goal of this course is to improve your writing, grades will only be given for the final portfolio and for class participation. You may talk with me at any time about your progress in this course.
Final portfolio (60%)
Class participation (40%): journal entries
drafts in progress
The portfolio is a collection of "polished" work that demonstrates your growth and effort as a writer. I
On specified days, you will be required to bring in four copies of your current assignment for Group Workshop. In the workshop, you will read your work aloud to your group then discuss with them possible revision strategies.
We will be meeting individually to discuss your writing-in-progress. These meetings will be scheduled with me and are integral to your progress as a writer. Missing a scheduled conference will count as one absence.
Journal entries are typically based on the day
UNCG offers a workshop-type lab where you can bring in work-in-progress and receive feedback from writing instructors. Take advantage of this resource and schedule a session with an instructor to try out new ways of thinking about your writing. Drop in or call for an appointment.
(Located in McIver 101, 334-3125)
Attendance: Because this course is focused on developing your skill as a writer, involvement is essential. You are allowed 4 absences. On the fifth absence and each absence thereafter your final average will be lowered 1/3 of a letter grade.
Tardiness: Walking into class late breaks the concentration levels of me and the rest of your classmates. Even being distracted for a few minutes negatively impacts the class. Plus, you
Due dates: No late work.
Plagiarism: Do not plagiarize. If the idea is not yours, then that idea has to be cited. Talk to me if you
Essay Guidelines: All formal essays (and any other work you choose) should be typed and double-spaced. Use standard fonts and font size (Times New Roman 12pt, for example), with 1-inch margins. Adhere to MLA standards.
Syllabus: ENG 101-07 Introduction to Composition Fall 2001
M 8/20 Intro. to course
HW Diagnostic writing exercise; read Writing Matters: Classroom Rituals, 11-16; Rhetoric in the Writing Class, 23-25; Writing Center, 28-30; Portfolio 35-36
W 8/22 Discuss these chapters; artifact exchange pt. 1
HW Read Writing Matters: Reading Strategies, 17-19; Journals, 79-80, 20-22; Film 31-34; Writing Conference, 26-27
F 8/24 Discuss these chapters; artifact exchange pt. 2
HW Read Writing Matters: 99-107; read this section using four of these reading strategies, write which ones you used and how you used them (how was your dorm room organized, did you take notes? On what? When? etc.).
M 8/27 Discuss reading strategies and chapters
HW Use four different reading strategies and explain how you use them; read Descriptive Writing, 44-48; Reflective Writing, 73-78; Revision 86-95; Degrees of Good Writing 99-101
W 8/29 Discuss these chapters; return diagnostic writing to fit on writing scale; discuss reading strategies; essay #1 assigned
HW Read Wm. James "Lecture III, from The Varieties of Religious Experience" 13-27; Carl Sagan "The Cosmic Calendar" 72-75; Confuscious "Perfect Virtue" 86-89; and Theodore Roszak "In Search of the Miraculous" 31-43; know what the readings say and mean when you come to class; notate the reading strategies you use
F 8/31 Class canceled for individual conferences.
M 9/3 Class canceled: Labor Day
W 9/5 Discuss religious pluralism; writing styles and audience in journal entries; How to succeed in your Group Workshop
HW Bring four copies of an advanced draft of essay #1 for group workshop
F 9/7 Group workshop
HW revise essay #1; read "Ship Fever" in Andrea Barrett
M 9/10 Revised essay #1 due; in-class writing assignment about group workshop; discuss "Ship Fever;" questions for Andrea Barrett
HW Read Robert Bellah, et al., "Community Commitment, and Individuality" 44-51; and Langston Hughes "Salvation" 28-30
W 9/12 Discuss essays and narrative style; intro. to research assignment
HW Read in Ship Fever "The Behavior of the Hawkweeds" 11-33; and "The Littoral Zone" 47-58
F 9/14 Discuss short stories; in-class writing exercise; essay #2 assignedFamily Narrative
HW Journal entry; bring four copies of and advanced draft of essay #2
M 9/17 In-class writing exercise
HW Read and evaluate your groupmates
W 9/19 Group workshop
HW Revise essay #2
F 9/21 Revised essay #2 due; discuss field notes and close observation; observation exercise; essay #3 assigned
HW Choose subject for ethnographic study; journal entry describing your preconceptions and connections of your subject; read Indries Shah "Seeker After Knowledge" from the Sufis 52-58
M 9/24 Discuss Shah; time in class set aside for observation (timed, dual entry notes)
HW Read "Birds with No Feet" 103-122
W 9/26 Discuss "Bird With No Feet;" time in class set aside for observation
F 9/28 Discuss observations; discuss writing assignment; time in class set aside for observation
HW Complete draft of writing assignment
M 10/1 In-class revision of writing assignment (essay #3)
W 10/3 Presentation of ethnography; advanced draft of essay #3 due
HW Read Martin Luther King, Jr.
F 10/5 Class canceled
M 10/8 Class canceled: fall break
W 10/10 Intro. to rhetoric; rhetorical study of "Letter From a Birmingham Jail;" newspaper assignment
HW Work on newspaper assignment
F 10/12 Complete discussion of "Letter;" in-class rhetorical analysis
HW Read Etty Hillesum "Letter From a Nazi Concentration Camp" 76-85, and submit text to a rhetorical analysis (essay #4)
M 10/15 Discuss Hillesum; rhetorical analysis (essay #4) due
HW Complete newspaper assignment
W 10/17 Newspaper assignment due for class presentations
HW Read Barrett
F 10/19 Class canceled
M 10/22 Discuss short stories
HW Read Harvey Cox "Understanding Islam" 90-100; and Barrett
W 10/24 Discuss short stories; in-class writing assignment
THURSDAY OCTOBER 25: ATTENDANCE MANDATORY AT ANDREA BARRETT READING AT 4PM. MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE THERE WELL IN ADVANCE
F 10/26 In-class rhetorical analysis of Andrea Barrett
HW Choose a subject to research, learn its major issues and be prepared to discuss them in class
Schedule to be announced:
WEEK ELEVEN: RESEARCH, LIBRARY, MLA, ARTIFACTS, CALL TO ACTION
M 10/29 Class presentations of subjects
WEEK TWELVE: RESEARCH, LIBRARY, MLA, ARTIFACTS, CALL TO ACTION
WEEK THIRTEEN: RESEARCH, LIBRARY, MLA, ARTIFACTS, CALL TO ACTION
HW Make four copies of your essay to bring to class
W 11/14 In-class writing assignment; bring in four copies of an advanced draft of research essay to give to group members
HW Read and evaluate your group members
F 11/16 Group workshop
M 11/19 Research essay due; class presentations
W 11/21 Class canceled: Thanksgiving Break
F 11/23 Class canceled: Thanksgiving Break
M 11/26 Class Presentations
W 11/28 Portfolio assigned; Revision discussion
F 11/30 Class presentations
HW bring in four copies of a journal entry you plan to revise and be able to explain your plan for revision
M 12/3 Group workshop of journal revisions
W 12/5 In-class self evaluation/cover letter
F 12/7 Group workshop anything you want
M 12/10 Final portfolios due by the end of class