English 101-34G TR 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Alicia Mooney
Office: McIver 334L
Office Hours: MWF 10:30-12, also by appointment
Mailbox: 133 McIver Building
Course Description: You will explore the art of writing, focusing on the essay. Reading and thinking critically, and writing and revising will help you discover and develop your own writing process. You will also explore spoken argument and spend time, individually and as a group, honing your speaking skills. Finally, within the contexts of both writing and speech, you will begin the practice of self-evaluation.
Texts: Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett
Rules for Writers (4th ed.) by Diana Hacker
various essays on E-Reserve
Bring your texts to every class.
Requirements: three essays, including two drafts each
one speech, including typed notes
regular reading assignments
active participation in small-group and class discussions
15 minute group presentation on a story in Ship Fever
final portfolio, including a self-evaluation
All work (except in-class writing) should be typed, double-spaced, with a size 12 "times" font, 1 inch top and bottom margins, and 1 inch left and right margins. Your name and the title of the assignment should go on the first line. No late work will be accepted. Absences on due dates do nothing for you. You will still receive a zero if you fail to hand in your work on time.
Essays: No one writes the perfect first draft. The authors you read this semester have gone through the revision process themselves. Writing and rewriting will help you develop your skills and shape your work. In your final portfolio, you will hand in edited, polished essays along with two drafts for each. These include: essay 1-observation, essay 2-reflection, essay 3-biographical.
Workshop: Some of our classes will be workshops. Discovering and developing your writing will come from workshop discussions about your own drafts. We will work in groups to talk about different aspects of the writing. Copies of your drafts will be required for workshop and are your responsibility. One-page critiques will also be required. If you fail to bring either copies of your drafts or the one-page critiques, you will receive a zero for the assignments. Part of the discussions will be on what works well and what does not. Respect is also required. Lack of respect will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave, gaining one absence. Further workshop guidance will come later.
The Writing Center: A large part of developing your skills as a writer revolves around learning how to receive and interpret critical readings of your work from a variety of sources. To that end, I may ask you to go to the Writing Center for an out-of-class critique. (Feel free to go on your own as well.) It is located in McIver 101 and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Writing Center will give me an official note for each visit documenting your time there.
Speech/Presentation: Not many people are born with the gift of gab. In fact, public speaking is listed as one of the top fears among people in America. Because of this we will work together toward giving strong presentations in spite of the fear. As a class, we will develop a speaking code of ethics in order to create the best atmosphere in which to work. From there we will do a variety of exercises, culminating in a final speech.
E-Reserve: When I assign a reading for homework, you will be required to read it and bring a copy of it to the next class. Many of the essays you will read are on E-Reserve. You need to go online to print them out. Once you are online, go to the Jackson Library homepage: library.uncg.edu/ and click on "reserves." It will then prompt you to type in my last name. Type in "Mooney" and click on the "search by instructor" button. A list of readings will appear. Find the reading and click on "full text online." You will then be on the "electronic reserves" page. Click on "I know the username and password and am ready to access the reserve material." For username, type in "ereserves" and for password, type in "fall2001". When the reading appears, you can then print it out. If you need more help, go to the reserve room in the library and ask for help with retrieving essays on E-Reserve.
Extra Credit Assignments: There will be readings by visiting writers throughout the semester. (I will provide a reading schedule.) For each reading you decide to attend, you must write a one- to two-page response in essay form for two points toward your final grade. (That
Grading: You will not receive an official grade until the final portfolio. I will respond to your writing/speaking to let you know where you stand. In our conferences, I will give you your grade-so-far and comment on your work. To prepare for conferences, I will assign questions, for which you must turn in the answers to me at the time of conference. These will reflect what you feel you
Attendance: Attendance is required. You are allowed two absences during the semester
If you are absent on the day a paper is due, a conference scheduled, a workshop is scheduled, etc., you will receive an absence and a zero for the assignment.
If you do not miss class and you are on time each day, you will receive six extra points toward your final grade.
8/21: Introduction to course
Reading for next class: Writing Matters handout "What is Rhetoric?" "Why Study Rhetoric?" "One Last Reason for Thinking About Rhetoric,""Different Texts in Different Contexts," "Reading and English 101," "The Madness of Big Granny
8/23: Presentations/presentation sign-up
Reading for next class: Writing Matters handout "A Chapter of My Life"
8/28: Reading discussion
Reading for next class: "Soup" and "Portrait of My Body" by Phillip Lopate
8/30: Reading discussion
Preparing for presentations/peer evaluations
Speaking code of ethics
Reading for next class: "The Behavior of the Hawkweeds" in Ship Fever
9/4: First draft of observation essay due
Reading for next class: "The English Pupil" in Ship Fever
9/6: Conference sign-up
Getting ready for conferences
Reading for next class: "The Littoral Zone" in Ship Fever
9/18: Second draft of observation essay due (4 copies)
9/20: Class workshop
Critiques due (2 copies)
9/25: Group workshop
Critiques due (2 copies)
More about public speaking
9/27: Final Observation essays due
Reading for next class: E-reserve "Life Intrudes" by Jerry Rockwood, "The Story of My Body" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
10/2: Reflection essay
Reading for next class: "Rare Bird" in Ship Fever
Reading for next class: "Soroche" in Ship Fever
10/9: Fall Break
10/11: First draft of reflection essay due
Reading for next class: "Birds with No Feet" in Ship Fever
10/23: Second draft of reflection essay due (4 copies)
More about reflection essays
Speaking about what you
Reading for next class: "The Marburg Sisters" in Ship Fever
10/25: Group workshop
Critiques due (2 copies)
Required event: All-freshman Read, visiting writer, Andrea Barrett
Reading for next class: E-reserve "Giving the Young a Voice in National Service Programs" by John Beilenson, "
10/30: Final Reflection essay due
11/1: Barrett responses due
Reading for next class: Speech handout
11/6: Reading discussion
First draft of speech (1 copy)/partner workshop
More about citation
Reading for next class: E-reserve "A Chase" by Annie Dillard and "Ring Leader" by Natalie Kusz, Writing Matters handout "Reflective Writing Portfolios," "Why Portfolios," "What Are They?" "You Mean There
11/27: Autobiographical essay
12/18-12 p.m.: Final portfolios due