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.
Learning Goals for English 101:
• To understand and practice the steps of the writing process
• To communicate effectively
• To understand the methods of intellectual discourse
• To learn how syntax, grammar, and punctuation clarify meaning
• To learn to write different types of essays and the strengths of each type
• To evaluate different viewpoints
Writing Matters. 2005 edition.
M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A. A. Van Jordan.
The Mercury Reader. 2005 edition.
The Little, Brown Essential Handbook. Jane E. Aaron. 5th Edition.
Paper and Writing Instrument (Bring to class everyday)
1-Subject College Rule Notebook (To be used exclusively as your journal)
Important Class Polices:
• You are expected to act in a mature and professional manner in our classroom.
• You are expected to be in class on time and prepared.
• You are expected to participate in class by making comments and asking relevant questions.
• You are expected to treat everyone in the class with the utmost respect.
• Classroom disruptions will not be tolerated.
• You are expected to turn off, and put away, all electronic devices before class begins.
Each student is allowed three absences without penalty. Additional absences will negatively affect a portion of your grade. After seven absences a student will receive an “F” or be dropped from the class.
I will not accept late assignments. If you have simply forgotten to bring an assignment to class, discuss the matter with me. In all cases, assignments must be in my possession on the day they are due.
Add/Drop and Withdraw:
If you decide this class is not for you, it is your responsibility to properly withdraw. If you simply stop attending class, you will receive an “F.” The last day to drop is October 7th.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated at UNCG. Verbatim copying or paraphrasing without proper acknowledgement constitutes plagiarism. Falling to acknowledge sources or using the ideas of others without acknowledgement also constitutes plagiarism.
For more information on the University’s Academic Integrity policy visit http://studentconduct.uncg.edu/policy/academicintegrity/
Journal: (30% of final grade)
You will be responsible for two journal entries per week. The majority of these entries will be assigned responses to readings. Occasionally, you will write about a topic of your choosing. I will be reading every entry in your journals, please do not treat them as private diaries. Journals will be collected once every two weeks.
Class Participation/ Attendance: (20% of final grade)
Part of your grade this semester will be based of your participation is class discussion, completion of in-class writing assignments, completing group assignments, and attendance.
During the semester you will be assigned three 3-5 page essays. You will use my input, and resources such as The Writing Center, to make revisions of these pieces for use in your Final Portfolio. Therefore, it is important to keep all drafts. The Writing Center is located in 101 McIver and provides free, individual writing assistance for any writing project you may have. Their number is 334-3125 and their web address is www.uncg.edu/eng/writingcenter.
I will meet one on one with each student at least two times during the semester. One meeting must take place before midterms. It is up to you to make this appointment. Our first meeting must be before October 7th. Towards the end of the semester, I will work with you to set up a conference to discuss your Final Portfolio. If you would like to discuss your progress at any other time during the semester, you can see me during office hours. If you cannot meet during my office hours, I will work with you to schedule a meeting.
Final Portfolio: (50% of final grade)
At the end of the semester, you will turn in 20 pages of polished writing. The portfolio may include revisions of essays, revisions of journal entries, and other revised writing from the semester.
• 20% Class Participation/Attendance
• 30% Journals
• 50% Final Portfolio
Formatting of Papers:
• 12-point, Times New Roman font, Double-spaced, 1-inch margins on all four sides, corner-stapled.
• Your Name, Professor Name, Course number and section, and Date should be in the top left corner of first page. Page numbers should be placed in the top right corner with your last name.
• Each piece must be titled.
• Citations should be in MLA Style.
9/12 Essay #1 due
10/7 Essay # 2 due; must have first conference by this date; final day to drop
11/21 Essay # 3 due
12/5 Final Portfolio due