English 101-01 Spring 2003 G. Warlock Vance, M.I.B. (instr.)
Office Hours: Monday (or by appointment)
On Writing Stephen King
Writing Matters Jones, Grutsch-McKinney, and Tower
The Prose Reader eds. Kim and Michael Flachmann
Suggested (but not required)
The College Writers Reference: Third Edition Fulwiler and Hayakawa
Other materials will be available through the Jackson Library Reserve system
Other Class Materials You Will Need:
Writing implements (paper, pencils, pens, biros, chisel and stone tablet your choice)
Pocket folders to hold loose pages
Stapler and paper clips
More Chocolate (maybe coffee and tea too)
College English 101 is designed to help you improve your writing skills. In addition you will learn methods of analyses that can help you with the interpretation of texts, the construction of cogent arguments, how to communicate ideas effectively, evaluate materials in an objective manner from various points of view and how to present your work in a logical fashion.
I. Student Learning Goals
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
II. General Expectations
· Courses will be broad and foundational in nature; they will not assume extensive previous knowledge
Courses will satisfy most (if not all) of these guidelines
You all will be required to write in and out of class, to keep up with the assigned readings, to participate in class discussion on those readings and on other topics, to make journal entries each week on particular subjects (to be announced), to do a variety of group tasks and group presentations, and to produce three major papers over the course of the semester. You will produce about 25 - 30 pages of writing before the end of the term.
This semester we will be utilizing Portfolios. With the Portfolio method you will have the opportunity to revise your work several times during the semester. How many times is entirely up to you. This interesting method allows you not only to explore new possibilities for your ideas, but also to learn as you go. Portfolios also offer you the freedom to explore your own unique ideas without the pressure of worrying if its perfect the first time. Ill explain this more as we progress.
Time Travel: Until we master the art of traveling through time, (so that we may finish work late then travel back to the past to turn it in), you will be expected to turn your work in on the day it is due. If it is not ready on that day you will receive an F for the assignment no exceptions. If you are ill or absent for some other reason please contact me via email and I will send you the assignment or call you to explain.
Conferences: I will schedule regular conferences with you so that we may discuss current assignments and to provide you with help in those areas where you feel you need the most assistance. I am also available for meetings at other times please feel free to schedule an appointment with me if my general office hours are not convenient.
Students with Disabilities: In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access to this course, please tell me now, at the beginning of the semester. Please let me know if your needs are not being met or contact the office of Disability Services (334-5440).
Classroom Behavior: This is where we discuss the matter of respect. Respect is one of those funny things that some people seem to demand, but I believe respect is something one earns. I shall endeavor to earn your respect and I hope you will reciprocate. This said, I do have certain rules show up for class on-time (if you are going to be late, stay home and accept the fact that youve earned an absence it is too disruptive to have people wandering in after class has already begun), do not talk out of turn allow the person who is speaking to complete their thought, do not try to talk over me Ill bring in a megaphone if I have to, no poking fun at someone or intimidating them about their race, beliefs, or religion this will definitely not be tolerated, sexual harassment is also unacceptable and please, NO CELL PHONES in this class turn them off before you enter the classroom. I want this class to be a place of sanctuary from reality. Im hoping this room will be a place where you feel comfortable a place where you feel you can learn in a relaxed atmosphere.
Withdrawal: You are required to handle your own
withdrawal from this course in the event that you decide to drop. If you fail to properly withdraw and do not
attend this course you will receive a failing grade. The last day to withdraw from Spring 2003 courses is
Plagiarism: This funny word means STEALING SOMEONE ELSES WORK AND CLAIMING IT AS YOUR OWN. As you can see, plagiarism is a CRIME and will NOT be tolerated. We will sometimes work on papers that utilize cited information. Failure to cite any quoted source is considered plagiarizing, as is paraphrasing. If you plagiarize I will know you will receive an F for the course. Please be aware that other academic sanctions may result in your dismissal from the college. Plagiarism is so easy to avoid it is NOT worth getting kicked out of school over.
Grading: A lot of professors have a rigid grading scale based on percentages. I like to average grades based on how well you did on your papers, group projects and on your overall improvement, then weigh in your class participation and attendance. You need ALL OF IT to receive a good grade in this class.
Attendance: I cannot stress to you enough how important attendance will be. Should you miss more than 3 classes your grade is in jeopardy. You get the first 3 days to do with whatever you want miss class on account of oversleeping, visit a friend, etc. 6 or more absences will result in a failing grade for the course.
Office Hours/Place and?: If you have more specific questions that I have not answered, please feel free to ask them now. You may also visit me in my office (over in the basement of the Petty Bldg.) on any Monday from . You may also contact me to set up an appointment to discuss whatever we happen to be working on, or an assignment you do not understand.
Syllabus: Rather than having a day-by-day overview of what I hope to accomplish for the entire semester, I have decided to free up the schedule so we can work at a pace that matches all of our styles. Heres a look at the first few weeks.
M in-class writing and discussion of outside reading
W group activity
F more discussion of weekly readings and lecture/journal entries due each Friday
If you see a reading listed for a particular day it is your responsibility to have read the material
BEFORE the class begins.
13 Jan. Monday introduction to class/syllabus, etc.
15 Jan. Wednesday a look at Stephen Kings ON WRITING intro pages through p 47 in-class writing
17 Jan. Friday ON WRITING p 47 through 99 Two journal entries due
20 Jan. Monday NO CLASS Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
22 Jan. Wednesday group work with ON WRITING pgs 100 131 and WRITING MATTERS pgs 11-36
24 Jan. Friday discuss ON WRITING pgs 135 254 Writing Assignment and journal entries due
27 Jan. Monday finish up with ON WRITING in-class writing exercise and grammar lessons
29 Jan. Wednesday group activity, POP CULTURE and SEMIOTICS
31 Jan. Friday Semiotic analyses how to perform them Journal entries and First paper due
3 Feb. Monday discuss different types of essays
5 Feb. Wednesday group activity based on Semiotic analyses of ???
7 Feb. Friday read Bradbury pgs 54-60, Roberts pgs 241-257 (Prose Reader) Journal entries due
10 Feb. Monday in-class writing on SMART TOASTER (library reserves)
12 Feb. Wednesday group activity on RAELIANS, CLONES, UFOs and more!
14 Feb. Friday Valentines Day party Journal entries due
Syllabus updates will be given to you ahead of time so youll know whats coming up. If you happen to think of a question later on contact me via email or try to see me in my office after class.
101 McIver Bldg.