Eng 101: English Composition
Tuesday & Thursday
Instructor: Lisa Wenger
Phone: (336) 775-2255 (h)
Office: 137 McIver
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11
This course is designed to help you improve your reading, writing and thinking skills. Not only will you be learning how to generate your own ideas, but you will also be learning how to effectively communicate those ideas, both verbally and in writing.
Through the revision process, you will also learn how to avoid common grammatical and mechanical errors, as well as learn how organization, sentence structure and even wording can impact the quality of your writing.
Additionally, through the course of the semester, you will learn how to evaluate arguments on issues that pop up both in readings and in class, as well as learn how to effectively construct your own arguments.
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
--Identify and understand varied characteristics of literature
--Apply techniques of literary analysis to texts
--Use literary study to develop skills in careful reading and clear writing
--Demonstrate understanding of the diverse social and historical contexts in which literary texts have been written and interpreted
Read, read, read and write, write, write!
This course will utilize in-class writings and activities. You will also be required to participate in class discussions, work in groups, prepare presentations, write papers and keep a journal.
Gillan & Gillan: Unsettling America: an Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry
Woolridge: poemcrazy: freeing your life with words
Gaines: A Lesson Before Dying
Jones, Grutsch McKinney & Tower: Writing Matters: 2000-2001 Edition
Aaron: The Little, Brown Essential Handbook for Writers, 3rd edition
Folder for Portfolios
Grading for ENG 101 is very different. Individual papers will not be graded. Instead, you will be graded on your final portfolio, which showcases your best, revised work, and on your participation in class discussions and group work.
Additionally, since all your work cannot be put in your portfolios, you will receive a smaller grade for those. Missing too many of the Class Writings, Conferences, Group Work days (activities, workshops, etc), Discussions, and Reading Questions will result in your grade being lowered.
Reading Questions 5 points each
In Class Writings 5-10 points each
Proprioceptive Writings 10 points each
Participation 100 points
(includes group work, class discussions, etc)
Group Discussion Lead 100 points
Final Portfolio 500 points
4 revised papers Group activities
In-class writings Group Discussion Leads
Final Portfolio Proprioceptive Writings
Class Discussions Reading Questions
You are allowed 2 absences. After the 2nd absence, your grade will be lowered one letter grade for each absence. If you miss more than 4 classes, you will be dropped.
Your final grade will also be docked if you are repetitively late.
Missing due dates: Unless you have a valid reason for missing (i.e. doctor’s note, funeral, etc…), if you do miss a class when an assignment was due, or an in-class writing or activity was done, you will get a zero. Additionally, your final participation grade will be lowered.
Late Papers: No late papers will be accepted!!
As ideas and information will freely flow in class, respect for others is imperative. Disrespectful behavior toward classmates will not be tolerated, and students will be asked to leave the classroom and marked absent for the day.
Additionally, cell phones and pagers should be turned off during class.
In any writing class, plagiarism is a great risk. Plagiarism includes the use of the words or ideas of another person or organization without clearly naming the original source. All sources must be credited properly and any use of the original source’s wording must be enclosed in quotation marks.
Plagiarism is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy (see student handbook or www.uncg.edu/saf/studiscp/Honor.html). If you have any questions are concerns regarding accidental plagiarism in an assignment, please see me before the paper is due.
THE WRITING CENTER
If you need help with your writing, please take advantage of the Writing Center, located in 101 McIver. The Writing Center is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can contact the writing center at 334-3125.
If you would like to request accommodations for a disability that could effect your performance in this course, please contact me and/or the office of Disability Services at 334-5440
This syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible to note any such changes.