English 101-11 &15English Composition-Fall 2001
"The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new."
Instructor: Uzzie T. Cannon
Class Info: MWF- 11:00-11:50 p.m., McIver 139B
Office Hours: MW-10:30am-11:00am., & 1:00pm-2:00pm or by appt.--Petty 01F-Basement
Office Phone: 334-3294 (better to email me)
The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance your reading, writing, and thinking skills- all of which are integral parts of everyday communication. This will be accomplished by your becoming aware of your own writing process, through your careful reading, and critical analysis. You should be prepared to do a great deal of active reading and critical writing in and out of class. The way to becoming good writers is to read often and write a lot.
Texts and Materials:
Cavitch, David. Life Studies: An Analytic Reader, 7th Ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin, 2001
Andrea Barrett. Ship Fever and other Stories. New York: Norton, 1996.
UNCG Rhetoric and Composition Staff. Writing Matters 2001-2002
Write for CollegeWriter
A loose-leaf notebook (no spiral paper)
Writing Portfolio (formal essays, in-class writes, reflections, drafts)
Writing Portfolios will contain four formal essays along with three in-class pieces, and one group presentation reflection (rough drafts included). This should give you 20-25 pages of polished work. You will select all pieces, except formal essays, for entry. You will be graded at mid-term and again at the end of the semester on the portfolio contents. The quality of the work in your portfolio and meeting all requirements will determine your grade in this class.
Formal essays will be loosely based around particular themes for the class. You will be expected to have drafts written and ready to be read by your peers and me throughout the semester. These essays will become major components of your final portfolio and therefore must be well polished. The workshops and conferences held throughout the semester should help you in creating final pieces. Also, each formal essay must have a 1-page reflection attached to it when put into your portfolio. I will hand out formal essay assignments as we go along.
Group Presentation: All freshmen are required to read Andrea Barrett
Conferences: You will be required to meet individually with me at least three times over the course of this semester: earlier in the semester, at mid-term, and the end of the semester.
Midterm Portfolio 30%
Final Portfolio 30%
Group Presentation 15%
Every assignment in this class is important!
Don't worry too much about not being graded immediately on writing turned in to me. You will be made aware of how you're doing through satisfactory or unsatisfactory comments on your work at times. Anyway, if you do everything that is asked of you, especially revising, you should do well in this class.
Being in class every meeting is essential in your becoming a better writer. Further, there are times when I will give prompts in class that you will need for specific assignments, and if you are not there, you cannot get the assignment done.
Please note that you are allowed FIVE absences without penalty; that is it!. After five absences, you will fail this class. If you know that you are going to be absence when an assignment is due, it is in your best interest to turn it in ahead of time. I will not accept late work or give make-up work. Tardiness is not allowed whatsoeverthree will equal an absence.
Words to the wise, come to class every meeting and definitely be on time. I cannot tolerate those that do not arrive to class on time; it really perturbs me. My time is precious and so are your fellow classmates.
As a college freshman, you are now a part of a diverse group. Therefore, you must be respectful and considerate of those that do not see things the way you do. Further, there should be no talking, sleeping, or passing notes while the instructor or classmates are speaking. Please do not leave the class to smoke, talk with friends, or make unnecessary phone calls. No pagers, cell phones, or other electronics should be operated while in class. This class is only 50 minutes; I am sure you can wait. Remember, respect is a two way street. If you have any concerns surrounding these issues, I am more than happy to talk with you after class.
Simple-DON'T DO IT. There are two types, intentional and accidental, both self-explanatory. There are dire consequences for both. If you have any questions about citing information in your work, please ask. To be on the safe side, any time you refer to outside sources just cite the information. Skim the Academic Integrity Policy in your Student Handbook.
The Writing Center is available to you (free of course) as a supplement to this writing class and other classes. You may visit the Center at anytime during the writing process. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT! It is located in 101 McIver, and its hours are M-Th, 9-8 and F, 9-3 Call for an appointment or just drop in.
Week 1- Getting Started
M-20- Intro. to course -Writing Matters
W- 22- DiagnosticHW-Read WM pp. 11-19, 26-30,-35-36-Prepare three questions from reading to be discussed
F-24- Discuss Writing Matters-In-class writing-HW-Finish in class writing to be turned in
Week 2- The Matter is Writing
M-27- In-class write--Intro. to Effective Writing- HW-Read LS pp. 1-10
W-29-Discuss Reading--Grammar Exercises
F-31- In-class write--Group Assignments-Ship Fever
Week 3-The Matter is Self and Family
M-3- -LABOR DAY -NO CLASS
W-5- In-class write--Intro. to Personal Narrative--Formal Essay Assignment
HW-Read LS"Hamburger,"p. 24 "Black Men
F-7-Discuss ReadingHWRead LS"I
"Behavior of the Hawkweeds"
Week 4-The Matter is Self and Family
W-12-In-class write-Group 1 Presentation
F- 14-Workshop Formal Essay 1--Rough Draft Due
Week 5- Conference Week
M-17- Conferences-No Class
W-19- Conferences-No ClassHW-Read LS"Watch and Learn"p. 467 & "A Wasteland
F- 21- First Formal Essay Due-- In-class writeIntro. to Media-Discuss Reading
HW-Read "Getting Close to the Machine" p. 475 & " The Conversion" p. 480
Week 6-The Matter is the Media
M-24- In class write-Meet in McIver Computer Lab-Discuss Reading-
HW-Read LS-"A Review of the Titanic"p.462 & "The Mambo King
Bring in a review of your all-time favorite movie
W-26-Discuss ReadingGroup WorkHW Read WMpp. 31-34
F-28- Film Review SessionHW- Read SF"The Littoral Zone"
Week 7-The Matter is the Media
M-1-Group 2 Presentation- (Workshop Formal Essay 2 ???)
W-3- Workshop Formal Essay 2 and Midterm Portfolio
F- 5- Formal Essay 2 Due inside Midterm Portfolio (Due)FALL BREAK BEGINS
Week 8- Wrap up Part I of the semester
W-10- Conference2-No Class
F-12-Conference 2-No Class*LAST DAY TO DROP WITHOUT ACADEMIC PENALTY
Week 9-The Matter is Subculture
M-15- In class write--Intro. to Ethnography
HW- Read WM pp 66-72
HW-choose an ethnographic site by next class
F-19- Ethnographylanguage,theories, assumptions(gender, race, age, technology)
Week10-The Matter is Subculture
M-22- Film-- HW-Read- SF "Bird with no Feet"
W-24- In-class write--Class Ethnography HW-Groupwork reading in LS--TBA
F-26- Group Discussion 1-3
Week 11- The Matter is Subculture
M-29- Group Discussion 4-5
W-31- Group 3 Presentation-
F-2- NO CLASSVisit Fieldsites for more information, interviews, artifacts
Week 12- The Matter is Subcultures
M-5- Workshop Ethnographies-1st Draft Due
W-7- Workshop Ethnographies-2nd Draft Due
F-9- Ethnographies Due-- In class write-Intro. to Argument
HW- Read WMpp. 49-56Think about an issue you would like to argue.
Week 13- The Matter is Persuasion
M-12- Constructing Argument
HW-Read LS-"A Modest Proposal"p. 541 and "The Moral Repugnance of Cloning"p. 574
W-14-Discuss Reading-HW-Read Handout Information-TBA
F-16- Researching Argument HW-Read SF "The Marburg Sisters"
Week 14-The Matter is Persuasion
M-19-Group 4 Presentation
W-21- Thanksgiving Holidays Happy Turkey Day!
F- 23-Thanksgiving Holidays
Week 15-Sensing Society through Icons and Images
W-28-Workshop 4th Essay 1st Draft
F-30-Formal Essay 4 Due
Week 16- Wrap-Up
M-4-In-class write--Portfolio reflection
F- 8-Workshop Portfolio-
Week 16 -Wrap -Up
M-11-FINAL PORTFOLIO DUE
Final Conference will be held during class scheduled exam time