Élan Young Email: email@example.com Spring, 2002, McIver 138
English 101.03 Office: McIver 137 MWF 9:00-9:50
Office Hours:MW 9:50-11:20
This class is an introduction to college-level composition and reading. The aim of this course is to help you become critical readers, writers, and thinkers. You will read works of different genres in order to expand your knowledge of literature and literary analysis. With the vocabulary and tools you gain from the readings, you will be able to improve your own writing. You will practice composition skills, organization, editing and revision with emphasis on forms appropriate to collegiate writing. The main goal of this course is to develop your ability to write effective essays that have a variety of purposes and audiences. Your work in this course will help prepare you to think and to write effectively in your other college courses, on the job, and in the world beyond college.
Dreams and Inward Journeys by Marjorie and Jon Ford
5 Essays/ 3 Revised
Discussion Board Participation
Lead 1 Class Discussion
Attend 1 Community Reading
One-On-One Conferences with me
Final Portfolios (20 pgs of revised writing)
Your participation in the class is mandatory. Without your presence, you and your classmates will not gain as much from the course. In addition, I will assign homework separate from the readings on the syllabus or might rework the schedule to fit the needs of the class. As a result, missing a class will require you to contact a fellow student or your instructor in order to determine your missed work. The official policy of this course is that after three absences your overall grade will begin to drop. On your sixth absence you will be dropped from the course. Please do not show up late for class, I consider it extremely rude, and will affect your participation grade if it becomes a problem. In addition, lateness over 15 min. will be counted as an absence.
You are to keep a notebook that will contain all freewriting, reading responses, double-entry journals, and various other journal entries throughout the semester. Because you will be asked to hand these in occasionally, I ask that you keep this in a loose-leaf notebook. Generally speaking, you will be asked to write several freewrites and one reading response per week. They count as part of your participation grade, and cannot be turned in late or made up for missed classes. The freewriting is often geared to help you get your essays started, whereas the reading response format is designed to demonstrate your level of engagement with the texts we read. Both are equally important and should not be taken lightly.
· This course will require that you lead the class in at least one discussion during the semester on a reading. This is not merely a presentation. Further details will be discussed in class.
· Outside of class you are to participate in an online discussion board, bringing up relevant points to the readings, the craft of writing, or simply to continue in class discussions. I require a minimum of 10 postings of significant length during the semester.
You will be required to attend on community reading given by an author of fiction or poetry and write a 1 pg. response.
Conferences serve as a valuable part of a first year writing course and allow the instructor and student time to discuss writing issues one-on-one. As a result, missing a conference will count as a class absence. Please be courteous and call when you know you cannot make an appointment. (The TA Office # is 334-5867) We will meet at least three times during the semester to discuss your work in the course, but you are always welcome to set up additional appointments with me as you see necessary.
Because we are going to be in the process of community building, the most important policy of this course is mutual respect. I will respect you as a writer and fellow learner with valuable ideas to contribute to this course, make myself available for questions, return your work in a timely manner, and come to class prepared. In return, I expect you to do your work to the best of your ability, come to class on time, and treat your instructor and peers with respect. In addition, I expect absolute academic honesty. See note on plagiarism.
Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly representing the words of another as one's own in any academic exercise. This is a SERIOUS offense punishable by failure or even expulsion from school. I will not tolerate any act of plagiarism in this course, and ask that you sign the Academic Integrity Pledge each and every time you turn in a major assignment. The pledge reads: I HAVE ABIDED BY THE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY ON THIS ASSIGNMENT.
If you feel you cannot complete your own work, please discuss this with me before being tempted to cheat. Please see the Academic Integrity Policy III.2 for further information on how plagiarism is handled at UNCG.
If you feel you need additional help with any aspect of your writing or your writing process, you may visit The Writing Center at any point in the semester. I highly recommend you visit the writing center at least once during the semester, even if you feel confident as a writer. The Writing Center is located in 101 McIver. It is open Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-3pm. You may make an appointment by calling 334-3125. The Writing Center is a very valuable resource for your writing in this class and for your other classes.
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.
Though it may be hard to grasp, you will not be graded on individual papers. Instead, you will collect your papers to turn into a polished final portfolio, a collection of the best work you have completed (up to 20 pages.) There will be many opportunities to revise your work throughout the semester, so your portfolio will not only show your efforts to revise, but also your progress. We will discuss the portfolio format and process in detail throughout the semester.
55% Participation (includes, but is not limited to, all types of journal entries, discussion board participation, attendance, attitude, group work, all writing activities, peer critiques, and conferences)
45%Final Portfolio (includes, but is not limited to, 3 revised essays, revised journal entries, reflective letter)
the completion of this course, you should be able to write, revise, and read
more effectively. In addition, you'll learn rhetorical analysis, research
techniques, and how to use MLA citation style. And, you
Courses will be broad and foundational in nature; they will not assume extensive previous knowledge.