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
A Writer’s Reference, Diana Hacker
Materials, available from Wal-Mart or any other superstore:
Methods and policies:
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; ten or more absences will result in a failing 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)
Double-entry journal/Dialectical notebook
Online discussion (via Blackboard)
Group discussions and presentations (both formal and informal)
At least three conferences with me
Mid-term and final portfolios
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.
50% attendance, participation, and short assignments
50% final portfolio
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.