"English 110, Fall 2011"
English 110, Fall 2012 TTh 12:45 – 2:50pm; EDC 128 (Tuesday), CB103 (Thursday) Professor Christopher Dison; firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: TTh 11:45am- 12:45pm, Faculty Towers 203-B Required Texts The Academic Writer, Author: Ede, Lisa The House on Mango Street, Author: Cisneros, Sandra Quick Access Compact, Author: Troyka, Lynn Course Description In addition to frequent reading and expository writing assignments, this course will focus on the skills necessary for writing a university research paper. Attendance: This course is 10 weeks of intensive learning. Missed classes will result in missed work and/or information, which may result in students falling behind; students who miss more than 3 classes should not expect to receive a passing grade. Waiting List Policy On a waiting list, you are eligible for a place in the class 1) if you come to every class and 2) if you complete the work while you are there. Being on a waiting list does not mean you are guaranteed a place in the class. It simply means you are welcome to wait for an opening in the class if you so desire. If no one drops out of a section, no one can add. As a result, you should be aware of the last day to add and have a back-up class chosen if you need another class. This plan is especially important for financial aid recipients, who must carry a full load to receive financial aid. Being on a waiting list does not count as a class toward your full load. Instructor-Initiated Drop Policy This course is subject to the policy on instructor-initiated drops. If the class is full and has a waiting list, I have the right to have you administratively dropped from class by the end of the second week of the term if you have missed two consecutive class sessions during the first week of the class and have not contacted me with alternate plans. However, you should not assume that you will be automatically dropped from this course due to non-attendance. Prerequisite Total English Placement Test score of 147 or higher OR a grade of C- or higher in English 100 or its equivalent OR other equivalent test scores. Academic Honesty Policy This course is subject to the academic and disciplinary sanctions established by CSUB. For further information, visit http://www.csub.edu/wasc/documents/EER/WASC%20IR%202011/Student%20Affairs/Rights%20and%2 0Responsibilities%20of%20Students.pdf Course Goals Goal 1: Reading Skills Objective 1: Analyze a rhetorical situation (purpose, audience, tone) and how a writer’s rhetorical choices (e.g., bias, rhetorical modes, syntax, diction) inform a text. Objective 2: Analyze a text’s organization and conventional parts (introduction, thesis, main ideas, body paragraphs, conclusion) and how the parts work together. Objective 3: Analyze a text’s logic and reasoning. Objective 4: Critique the effectiveness of a writer’s rhetorical choices, organization, and logic. Goal 2: Writing Skills Objective 1: Effectively adapt the writing process to various rhetorical situations, anticipating the needs of purpose and audience. Objective 2: Break down more complex and/or abstract writing prompts, and stay on task. Objective 3: Create effective thesis statements, especially those that advocate for a specific position, and use a variety of appropriate and compelling rhetorical strategies to support the thesis. Objective 4: Effectively structure essays, especially argumentative ones, analyzing how the parts work together to create meaning. Objective 5: Avoid logical fallacies, and use sound logical reasoning to develop essays. Objective 6: Use correct and college-level, discourse-appropriate syntax, diction, grammar, and mechanics. Goal 3: Research Skills Objective 1: Use summary, paraphrase, and direct quotes to smoothly synthesize sources into own writing. Objective 2: Use a documentation style, and avoid plagiarism. Objective 3: Use research methods to find reputable sources. Library Lab We will have a guest speaker from the library come in on two different dates; those dates will be announced in class and put on the calendar. Paper Policies 1. All papers must be typed, double-spaced, with 12 pt font (Times-New Roman or Arial) and one- inch margins. 2. If a length is specified, the paper must be of that length; anything less will result in serious deduction of grade. 3. If a Works Cited page is specified, it is essential. Any such paper lacking a Works Cited page will earn a failing grade. 4. E-mailed or late assignments will not be accepted. Description of Assignments In-Class Essay To be eligible for a C in English 110, students must earn a C or higher on at least one in-class writing assignment. The in-class essay prompt will present two quotes. You choose one quote, summarize the argument it contains, and write an argumentative response. There will be three in-class essays; your score will be based on the highest of the three, so if you do well on the first in-class essay, the second two are optional. Miscellaneous Work Throughout the quarter, we will be completing a number of in-class assignments (both individually and in groups) as well as homework assignments. These assignments cannot be made-up, so irregular attendance will result in loss of points. Midterm: The midterm will evaluate your knowledge of the writing skills discussed in class: rhetorical modes, tone, syntax, using quotes, and punctuation. The midterm will be open book and open notes. Synthesis Essay This synthesis essay is an exercise in using and documenting sources. The essay must be a minimum of four pages long and use 2-3 sources. Research Paper The purpose of English 110 is to enable you to write a research paper of quality and depth. Upon completion of your paper, you will have the knowledge to write the research papers that other courses will require of you. Because the research paper requires considerable effort and planning, it is best tackled in stages. Your syllabus lists the various stages and the dates each stage is due. The final paper must consist of 8+ pages of argumentative text with a works cited page. This paper must be presented in MLA documentation format and must utilize 8 sources as a minimum Annotated Bibliographies: For each source, you will write an annotated bibliography that provides an MLA citation, a rhetorical précis, and a brief explanation as to how you plan on using the source in your paper. Tutoring/Additional help Students are encouraged to seek additional help with their assignments. Students may be referred to the Writing Resource Center for continued problem areas. I urge each of you to enroll in GST 110, which is a 5 week, 1 unit class dedicated to helping students learn, understand, and utilize library research methods and differentiate between legitimate sources both in electronic and printed form. Websites Turnitin.com Turnitin.com is a tool to help you avoid plagiarism. Because this site does not detect problems with paraphrasing that is not cited properly, you should use this site only as guide. To use Turnitin.com, you will need to register on the site and set up a password. Once this is done, you will then need to create a “user profile” specifically for this class. You will need to following information to set up your user profile. Class ID - 5517664 Class Enrollment Password - success After your profile is created, you can log onto and use the site. Note: Submitting a paper to turnitin.com does not mean you have submitted your paper to your instructor; you must also hand in a copy of your paper to your instructor. Engrade.com: This website allows students to login and check their grades 24/7. Because of this, I will disregard any email requesting grade information. http://cdison110.weebly.com: This is the website for our class. Please familiarize yourself with the site. All assignments will be posted, as will any power point presentations or necessary notes. Grading 100% - 94% = A 83% - 80% = B- 69% - 67% = D+ 93% - 90% = A- 79% - 77% = C+ 66% - 64% = D 89% - 87% = B+ 76% - 74% = C 63% - 60% = D- 86% - 84% = B 73% - 70% = C- 59% - 0% = F Evaluation Final Research Paper 30% Synthesis Essay 15% In-Class Essay 15% Homework 15% Midterm 10% Journal 10% Class Participation 5% Students must earn a grade of C or higher in English 110 to satisfy the General Education requirement for A2 (Writing and Reading). This grade is also a prerequisite for upper-division composition courses and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement exam.