Ashley Johnson, Instructor
Office: 136G McIver
Office Phone: 334-4697
MWF · 8:00-8:50 · McIver 139B
You owe reality nothing and the truth about your feelings everything.
-- Richard Hugos The Triggering Town
Welcome to English 101. English Composition is a course designed to help you become a better writer through your understanding of rhetoric. Although this is a required course, most students who take 101 realize by the end its importance and how valuable the gift of time devoted to your writing is. You will write. And rewrite. And rewrite. You will get feedback from me and from your peers as you shape your writing into your final portfolio (20 pages of polished writing).
This is a course where you will need to be an active participant. It is my goal to hear from each of you during each class period as we discuss ideas about writing and our readings. You will frequently work in small groups and may occasionally present to the class in groups or individually.
Writing and evaluating arguments
Communicating clearly and effectively
Evaluating and using relevant information
Understanding aims and methods of intellectual discourse
Evaluating different viewpoints
A Lesson Before Dying
The College Writers Reference
Articles on E-Reserve
Because this class is centered on in-class discussion, group work, and in-class writing, attendance is required. Missing more than two classes, being late for more than two classes, or leaving early for more than two classes for ANY reason will lower your participation grade dramatically. If you miss more than six classes, for any reason, you will not pass the course. Being late is not acceptable; you will lose points if you are late for class.
Using someone elses ideas or words as your own on any assignment is plagiarism. It is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy as defined in the student handbook (pg. 213) or at www.uncg.edu/saf/studiscp/Honor.html and will be treated as such. If you are concerned about inadvertently violating this policy, please see me before completing the assignment. For further clarification read pg. 102 in Writing Matters.
Respect for others is expected. Any behavior that distracts (eating, talking, while others are talking, etc.) or is disrespectful (personal attacks, etc.) is unacceptable. Students may be asked to leave the classroom if they choose to act in such a way. Cell phones and pagers should be turned off during class time. You can be reached during class at the department phone number (334-5311) in case of an emergency.
The grading in the course may be different from what youre accustomed to; grades will only be given on the final portfolio instead of on individual assignments. You will still receive credit for all work completed on time which will count towards your final grade. Rather than letter grades on each assignment you will receive comments that will lead you in your revision. You will receive a midterm evaluation so that you may measure your progress in the class. Late work is not accepted.
25% Weekly Writings/Drafts on Time
50% Final Portfolio
If you have a disability that could affect your performance in this course or for which you need accommodation, please contact me and/or the office of Disability Services at 334-5440.
The Writing Center is located in 101 McIver. It is open Monday-Thursday 9:00-8:00 and Friday 9:00-3:00. You may make an appointment by calling 334-3125. The Writing Center is very valuable resource for your writing in this class and for your other classes.
Use the following format for all drafts of essays: Double-space, 1 margins all around, and a 12 pt. font such as this one (Garamond), Times New Roman, or Arial.
2002: English 101.01 Calendar (subject
Fall 2002: English 101.01 Calendar
(subject to change)
WM = Writing Matters, LBD = A Lesson Before Dying, SEA = Seagull Reader, CWR = College Writers Reference, E = Electronic Reserve
8/21 WM 11-16, 23-25, 44-48
8/23 WM 20-22, CWR 20-26, SEA Didion
8/26 E Dillard Observation Paper #1.
8/28 Observation Exercise. E Ackerman
8/30 Observation Exercise.
9/2 NO CLASS
9/4 Workshop Paper #1.
9/6 Paper #1 Due.
9/9 WM 38-43 What is Narrative?
9/11 LBD 1-79
9/13 LBD 80-124
9/16 LBD 125-203 Learning Narrative Paper #2.
9/18 LBD 204-256. Group Work
9/20 Group Presentations
9/23 SEA Malcolm X
9/25 E Anglou
9/27 Workshop Paper #2
9/30 Paper #2 Due.
10/2 WM 86-97
10/4 Workshop Midterm. WM 35-36
10/7 Midterm Portfolio Due. WM 26-27, 73-78 Midterm Reflection Letter
10/9 NO CLASS -- Conferences
10/11 NO CLASS -- Conferences
10/14 NO CLASS Fall Break
10/16 SEA Jefferson What is Argument?
10/18 SEA Plato
10/21 SEA Swift, SEA Kozol
10/23 SEA Orwell
10/25 WM 49-56
10/28 Workshop Paper #3.
10/30 Paper #3 Due.
11/1 SEA Tan, CWR 95-96 A Personal History? Assign #4.
11/4 SEA Wolf
11/6 Library Workshop. WM 57-72
11/8 E Angelou
11/13 Workshop Paper #4
11/15 Paper #4 Due.
11/18 SEA Baldwin
11/20 SEA White
11/22 NO CLASS Final Conferences
11/25 NO CLASS Final Conferences
11/27 NO CLASS Thanksgiving Break
11/29 NO CLASS Thanksgiving Break
12/2 Portfolio Workshop: Bring at least 2 portfolio pieces to work on.
12/4 Portfolio Workshop: Bring at least 2 portfolio pieces to work on.
12/6 Final Portfolios Due.
12/9 Final class meeting.
12/11 Portfolio Pickup.