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									                             English 101 and 101A, Fall 2012                      Syllabus
                       004A: Lecture T&R 8-915 EDUC535, Discussion W 8-915 HAURY 219
                      004B: Lecture T&R 8-915 EDUC535, Discussion W 930-1045 HAURY 219
                                      199: Lecture T&R 930-1045 HARV 111
                                      097: Lecture T&R 330-445 CHVEZ 306

instructor Jeremy Frey       website          email
phone 626-4875 (only during office hours)
office Computer Center (CCIT), room 236, pod G, desk 1 (at Speedway & Highland)
office hours Tuesdays & Thursdays 11-1230pm, and by appointment
messages & mailbox 621-1836 Department of English; Modern Languages, room 445 (wire basket – sign the ledger)
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                                Note: This Syllabus may change with advance notice.

English 101 is a writing course designed to strengthen your reading, scholarship and writing: it will help develop your
critical thinking skills, introduce you to research and writing strategies and improve your ability to read and write at the
college level. It emphasizes writing as inquiry: writing to discover, create and communicate meaning.
     We will study a variety of texts: essays, poems, short fiction, films, music and our selves. We will learn strategies
to closely read and apply various methods of analysis and argument. Our job as writers is to explore these texts through
discussion, research and writing and then articulate our understanding and arguments. As we do so, we will
contemplate the ways these texts reflect the society and culture which produced them and which continue to influence
the society and culture they currently live. We will examine how current contexts affect our writing and reading of
contemporary and past texts.
     To this end, you will keep a journal, workshop your own and each other’s work, write short generative assignments
and complete invention exercises. This writing will culminate in 4 essays: your own literacy narrative, a textual
analysis of another literacy narrative, a contextual analysis of your original literacy narrative, and then a revision of
your literacy narrative. Each of these essays will benefit from journaling, workshops and multiple drafts. A final exam
essay will synthesize your interaction with the texts of the course.
     Your responses, ideas and writing will form the subject matter of the course. Therefore, you will want to carefully
read every text, contemplatively respond in your journal, and come to class prepared to share your responses, questions,
ideas and writing.

English 101 will ask you to think, to write, to “read between the lines,” to critique your and other’s writing, and to
revise. This writing intensive course emphasizes critical literacy and composing – the entire process, from invention to
revising for focus, development, organization, active style, voice. You will explore independent thinking through
intensive workshopping in class and as homework. You will be expected to apply concepts discussed in class and found
in homework readings to your writing. Assignments will ask that you comment, analyze, and reflect on your writing
and on how the writing of others is put together. You will be encouraged to go beneath the surface of representation, to
speculate not only on what things say but how they are put together, to locate assumptions, beliefs, and values at work
in various forms of text. In short, this course asks you to become more of a critical thinker and a more effective
presenter of your perspective. Since your responses, ideas and writing will form the subject matter of our course, you
will want to be sure to come to class having completed the research, writing and reading homework for the day. Please
always be prepared to discuss your questions, responses, ideas and writing.
Alvarado, Beth, Barbara Cully. Writing as Revision, 4th edition. Boston: Pearson. 2011. Print.
Hacker, Diana, Nancy Sommers. Rules for Writers, 7th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. 2012. Print.
Rodriguez, Caitlin, Jerry W. Lee, and Gina Szabady, eds. A Student’s Guide to First-Year Writing. 33rd ed. Plymouth:
Hayden-McNeil, 2012. Print.

       8.5x11 120-page spiral notebook, or something close (this will serve as your Journal).
       Copies of your work as needed for class and group discussion.
       UA Net account for email.

                                                                                         You must complete all required writing in order to receive credit for the course.
                                                   Completing all Journal assignments, Peer Responses and Essay drafts to the best of your ability, with thought and care,
                                                                     will be worthwhile in and of itself, and will improve your writing … and therefore, your final grade.

1st Essay: Literacy Narrative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
2nd Essay: Literacy Narrative Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
3rd Essay: Literacy Narrative in Context . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
4th Essay: Revision of Literacy Narrative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
Final Exam: Reflection Essay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%

The Journal is an extremely important part of the course. It includes the work done in class, annotation comments
from readings/viewings, in addition to other short writing as assigned as homework. It will have a profound effect on
your course grade – either positively or negatively – because it will help you do well on your essay and portfolio
assignments. In your journal, you will write short responses to readings and outside experiences, keep track of your
research, describe your interviews and/or field observations, and reflect on your writing process. All of this will serve
as invention (discovery and exploration of your subject) for the essays. I also expect you to respond to everything we
read in your Journal. The focus for these assignments will be indicated on the syllabus or announced in class; in order
to get the most out of the Journal, it should show evidence of critical thinking. Succeeding in this writing will have a
profound effect on your grades, in this class and others, as you will strengthen your ability to interact with given texts.

Written Assignments (the titles of which are bolded & italicized below)
Formal Assignments You will write 4 out-of-class essays. Your 1st Essay will be a Literacy Narrative. For this essay
you'll need to “unpack” and reconsider a familiar “stories” about what literacy is and how it works. For your 2nd Essay,
a Literacy Narrative Analysis, you will analyze a literacy narrative essay for its strategies and craft. Finally, for your
3rd Essay, the Literacy Narrative in Context, you will stand back and examine your 1st essay and discuss it in terms of
other “texts” or “lenses.” You will explore how your essay can be better understood given some context. Your 4th
Essay, the Revision of Literacy Narrative, will have you revising your 1st Essay based on your discoveries in your 2nd
and 3rd Essays. For the Final Exam, you will reflect on your writing, taking into account what you have learned this
     The 4 out-of-class essays will be written through a process of drafting and workshopping, both in-class and as
homework. Based on comments you receive from your peers and me, you will revise all your essays. Revisions for
each of these essays should show significant changes in focus, organization, development, and sentence level style,
according to feedback you receive from the workshop and from your instructor.
     101A students will also attend one Discussion per week, where writing exercises will reinforce and emphasize
your writing process; these writing exercises will ask you to work through a serious re-vision (re-thinking, re-
consideration) of your ideas to present more intellectually and emotionally engaging writing. You will be asked to
bring written work to Discussion. Your essay grades will be affected by your work in Discussion: pay attention, attend
all classes, and arrive prepared with written work as assigned.

Informal Assignments These include Journal entries, in-class writings, reader responses, and workshop evaluations.
The nature of these assignments are keyed to the formal essay you are currently working on, and I may ask that some or
all informal writings assigned during that unit be turned in with the final version of the essay as part of its portfolio. If
your printer jams and you can’t get the assignment to class on the day it is due, come to class on time anyway and turn
the assignment into the English office by 445pm that day and you will get full credit.

COMPOSITION COURSE POLICIES STATEMENT                             approved by WriPAC on 3/20/12
A Student’s Guide to First-Year Writing: All first-year composition students are required to purchase the Student’s
Guide. The Guide addresses the matters outlined below. Also see the Writing Program web page:

Introduction to Research: All First-Year Composition Students are required to do documented research. For more on
research, see also the Main Library web page.

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. Composition courses are workshop classes that include in-class writing, peer
group work, and conferences. Therefore, students should not be late and should not miss classes. Any class work
missed as a result of tardiness or absence is the student’s responsibility to make up, if the instructor allows make-up
work. Students who miss more than three classes of a MWF course or more than two of a TR course may be dropped
within the first 8 weeks with a W. Each absence above the allowed number will result in a one percent deduction from
a student’s final grade if that student remains in the course. Students may fail during the second half of the semester for
excessive absences. All holidays or special events observed by organized religions will be honored for those students
who show affiliation with that particular religion. Note that a dean’s note justifies absences for UA functions but must
be presented to your instructor. Doctor’s appointments, etc. do not count as excused absences, so use your absences
wisely. If you have a legitimate conflict or an extreme emergency, discuss this with your instructor. NOTE: Being
dropped from ENGL class may put you below the minimum number of units thus violating financial aid/scholarship
OR international student status. International students should consult with the International Student Services Office
before dropping below full time.

Requirements for Writing Assignments: 1) In-class and out-of-class writing will be assigned throughout the course.
Students not in class when writing is assigned are still responsible for completion of the assignment when due. 2) Late
work will not be accepted without penalty unless students make arrangements for an extension before the due date.
Late final drafts of essays will receive a grade reduction of one letter grade per day that the essay is late, unless you
have arranged an extension with me before the due date. 3) Students are required to keep copies of all drafts and major
assignments until after the end of the semester. 4) Drafts must be turned in with all essays. Drafts should show
significant changes in purpose, audience, organization, or evidence. 5) Final copies should be typed and double-spaced
with numbered pages and a title.

Course Content: If any of the course materials, subject matter, or requirements in this course contain materials that are
offensive to you, speak to your instructor. Usually, the resolution will be to drop the course promptly.

Conferences: Individual or small group conferences with the instructor may be scheduled. Students should come to
conferences prepared to discuss their work. A missed conference counts as an absence.

Grades: The Student’s Guide explains grading policies, methods of responding to drafts and final copies, and the
standards of assessment of the Writing Program. Instructor’s comments will consider the following aspects of writing,
in the context of a particular assignment: purpose, audience, content, expression, organization, development,
mechanics, and maturity of thought. Students cannot receive a passing grade in first-year composition unless they have
submitted drafts and final versions for all major assignments and the final exam. Incompletes are awarded in case of
extreme emergency if and only if 70% of the course work has been completed at the semester’s end.

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism: All UA students are responsible for upholding the Code of Academic
Integrity, available through the office of the Dean of Students and online at Read the summary in the Student’s Guide. Among other
things, this means that you must do your own writing for all the assignments in this class and have a full understanding
of all terms and concepts you used. If your teacher questions whether the work you have submitted is your own, he or
she may test you on its content. Submitting an item of academic work that has previously been submitted without fair
citation of the original work or authorization by the faculty member supervising the work is prohibited by the Student
Code of Conduct.

Class Conduct: All UA students are responsible for upholding the Student Code of Conduct, which can be read online
at From the Student Code of Conduct, this includes the
following: “Interfering with or disrupting university or university-sponsored activities, including but not limited to
classroom-related activities, studying, teaching, research, intellectual or creative endeavor, administration, service or
the provision of communication, computing or emergency services.” This means no electronic devices in an ON
position in class without permission of the instructor.

Students with Disabilities: If you anticipate accessibility issues related to the format or requirements of the course,
please meet with your instructor to discuss ways to ensure your full participation. If you determine that formal,
disability-related accommodations are necessary, it is very important that you be registered with Disability Resources
(621-3268; and that you notify your instructor of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations so
that you and instructor can coordinate them.

Syllabus: Each instructor will distribute a course syllabus during the first week of class. Instructors will review the
course syllabus and policies with students. Students should talk with the instructor if they anticipate a need for
alternative assignments or readings.

Essay Grades and Credit: 1) An E is assigned to an essay that has been completed but that falls short of acceptable
college-level work. This grade earns points (determined by assignment percentage) toward your course total. A zero is
recorded for work not handed in at all. Always submit your work even if it is so late that it will earn an E. Failure to
hand in a major assignment automatically results in a failing grade for the course. 2) You are required to keep hard
copies of all of your work to file a grade appeal at semester’s end (see Guide Appendix A) or in case an assignment is
misplaced and you are asked to resubmit it. 3) The instructor will not evaluate an essay or assign credit for it without
first seeing the required drafts.

Electronic submissions are not acceptable unless special arrangements have been made. You may not assume that you
have met a deadline by sending work in electronic form without permission.

Class Etiquette: Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be used in class. (Exception: approved note-taking
equipment.) Eating is not allowed in class. Please plan on staying in class for the whole class period unless it is urgent
for you to leave or you have made arrangements with your instructor ahead of time.

This syllabus constitutes a contractual arrangement. In other words, by teaching the course, I agree to abide by these rules; by taking the course,
you agree to abide by them as well.

Required Writing: Daily writing assignments, responses to readings, drafts, peer responses, and any other writing
assigned on syllabus or in class are required: you must complete all assigned writing in order to receive full credit.
Doing all work to the best of your ability will improve your writing and earn you a higher grade – but the following are
some specifics.

Essay preparation (for all rough, revision and final drafts): Typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman with
1” margins and numbered pages. Create a title, use a header at ½” margin from the top. Proofread. Computers are
available without charge at several OSCR labs on campus; for info see Student’s Guide Appendix C or call CCIT 621-

Plagiarism, even when unintentional, is a serious offense. Learning how to correctly document your sources is an
important part of this course as you will be expected to know how to do this in your other courses. If you ever have any
questions about how to document a source, ask me. What’s more, plagiarism probably won't work in this class. Work
will require that you use your voice and do your own thinking, which is all part of good writing. Plagiarized papers
don't sound like you. They sound canned, disembodied, processed, and often have little sense of context, purpose, or
audience. They are also very searchable. Using plagiarized work is not worth the risk.
Phones/Blackberries/IPods/Laptops/Notebooks/Any&All Technology Devices: Though helpful before and after
class, they will be turned off and in a bag or pocket by the beginning of class, and will remain so until we dismiss. If
need be, you can talk with me personally regarding assistive devices.

Attendance – Be prompt. Please use courtesy as well as common sense. Chronic lateness will affect your grade;
arriving extremely late and/or leaving extremely early counts as an absence.

Guidelines for Classroom Interaction: We may sometimes read/view and discuss controversial or disturbing texts,
and will need to respect one another’s opinions about them.

Grading: To complete this course successfully, you must attend class, participate in the workshops, complete all
assignments on time, prepare for class, and participate in class activities and discussions. You cannot receive a passing
grade in this class unless you have submitted all major assignments and the drafts that show your revisions of each of
your essays. To receive full credit, all written assignments must be submitted on time, in the proper format and with the
required supporting materials (i.e., all drafts, peer reviews, etc.) associated with that particular assignment. Late final
drafts of essays will receive a grade reduction of one letter grade per day that the essay is late, unless you have
arranged an extension with me before the due date.
         Specific requirements of individual assignments may vary, but in all cases my evaluation of your essays will
consider content, organization, development of ideas, expression, mechanics, and maturity of thought. "C" work is
competent, adequate work for college level writing. "B" work shows some original, complex thought about your topic
and has the expressive mastery to convey those thoughts to an interested, educated reader. "B" work goes beyond self-
evident, general ideas that only summarize, and it focuses the discussion on a topic narrow enough to discuss in a short
paper. "B" work makes an original, debatable, important claim that teaches something, creates new meaning. "A" work
is this and more: It is eminently readable, engaging, and interesting as a piece of writing. It fulfills the assignment by
becoming more than the sum of its parts. It is complex, important, developed, organized, rhetorically appropriate, and
mechanically flawless. To get an "A" in this course, all work will have to be superbly thought through and presented;
you will have to hit the ground running and keep running throughout the semester. If you have a question about my
comments or a grade you have received, be sure to talk to me about it as soon as possible.
         Turn in all assignments, even if you believe they are poorly done. The difference between an E grade and 0 is
that E is assigned for something turned in; 0 means the assignment was never submitted. Even an E will carry some
weight toward your final grade, so always turn in the assignment.
         Be sure to keep a copy of each assignment in the (rare) event that I lose it: If you do not keep a copy, you will
have to rewrite it.

The Writing Center is a free resource for UA undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. At the
Writing Center, a trained peer consultant will work with you individually on anything you’re writing (in or out of
class), at any point in the writing process from brainstorming to editing. Appointments are recommended but not
required. For more information or to make an appointment, call 626-0530, drop by Bear Down Gym, or visit their

Another free resource, the Writing Skills Improvement Program, offers free professional writing assistance to students
in any course or discipline, at all levels from first-year composition through graduate school, at any stage of the writing
process. At WSIP, students can register to work one-on-one in hourly sessions with a member of their professional
staff, each of whom has an advanced degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) as well as years of experience in teaching at the university
level. Students may register with WSIP if they meet just one of the following eligibility requirements: 1) are a member
of an ethnic minority, 2) are receiving need-based financial aid, or 3) have a referral from an instructor (a quick phone
call or e-mail is sufficient). WSIP also offers three series of free Weekly Writing Workshops for which no prior
registration is necessary. For more information, call 621-5849, visit their office at 1201 E. Helen Street or their website.

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