English 101, section 9
English Composition 1
Office: 137-F McIver
Office hours: 11-12 MWF or by appointment
According to the Undergraduate Bulletin, “Students read and write in varied forms, styles, and lengths. Goals include developing ideas and revising writing, experimenting with aims and approaches in producing writing, and understanding appeals to various audiences.”
Essentially, English 101 should teach you to think and write on the college level. Writing, after all, is not just a means to record thoughts, but a way of thinking in itself. We will read and write and write and revise and write. And write some more. At the end of the semester you should feel confident in your ability to write in a variety of modes for a variety of purposes and audiences. You should discover how writing can matter—must matter—in your life in and outside the university.
Officially, the learning goals for English 101 include:
Writing and evaluating arguments
Communicating clearly and effectively
Evaluating and using relevant information
Understanding aims and methods of intellectual discourse
Evaluating different viewpoints
The College Writer’s Reference
Materials, available from Wal-Mart or any other superstore:
Three ring binder
The bulk of your work this semester will come in the form of short writing assignments and group discussions. You can’t make up this kind of work. Therefore, consistent attendance and participation is absolutely crucial to your success. More than three absences (a week of class) will adversely affect your grade. Please talk with me in advance if you’re concerned about missing a class or a deadline.
Four longer essays (3-5 pages each)
Journal of observations, reflections, responses
Group discussions and presentations (both formal and informal)
At least three conferences with me
Mid-term and final portfolios
I won’t give you grades on individual assignments. Instead, I’ll respond with comments and suggestions for revision. When you turn in your mid-term portfolios before fall break, I’ll give you a tentative estimate of your grade at that point. If this format concerns you, I encourage you to talk with me about your grade at any time. Success in English 101 depends on
1. meeting all the requirements
2. the quality of your written and oral work
3. your willingness to try new perspectives, to revise and rethink, to take chances.
Your final grade will be based on the quality of work in your journal, your participation and involvement in class activities, and your final portfolio.
Ways to stay on my good side:
TURN CELL PHONES OFF OR LEAVE THEM AT HOME!!!
Show up on time—more than ten minutes late will count as an absence. Similarly, if I am ever more than ten minutes late, you may leave.
Respect other students, the texts, class discussions, and your own work.
The Writing Center:
The Writing Center is an excellent resource to assist in all stages of your writing process—in this class or any you may take later at UNCG. The Writing Center is located in 101 McIver and is open Monday-Thursday 9 am-8 pm and Friday 9 am-3 pm. For more information, see Writing Matters pp. 28-31 or visit their website: www.uncg.edu/eng/writingcenter.
Academic Integrity Policy:
As in any other class, the University’s Academic Integrity Policy is in effect on all assignments. If you are ever uncertain about what constitutes cheating/plagiarism, ask me or consult the student handbook or Undergraduate Bulletin.
WM=Writing Matters; SR=Seagull Reader; LBD=A Lesson Before Dying
8/21: WM 11-22; Joan Didion, “On Keeping a Notebook,” SR 45-53
8/23: “What Are Essays?” SR xiii-xxxii; “Rhetoric in the Writing Class,” WM 23-25, Sign up for Monday conferences.
8/26: No class—conferences. Read “The Writing Conference,” WM 26-27.
8/28: E.B. White, “Once More to the Lake,” SR 268-275;“Descriptive Writing,” WM 44-48.
8/30: Annie Dillard, “Seeing” (e-reserve); Ernest Hemingway, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” (e-reserve)
9/2: No Class—Labor Day
9/4: Fieldwork, in-class writing
9/6: Fieldwork, in-class writing
9/9: Workshop Paper 1
9/11: The Revision Process
9/13: Paper 1 due at the beginning of class
9/30: Malcolm X, “A Homemade Education,” SR 133-143; Jonathan Kozol, “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society,” SR 113-123.
10/2: Workshop Paper 2
10/4: Portfolio workshop
10/7: Mini-Portfolio due at the beginning of class
10/9: No class—conferences
10/11: No class—conferences