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					English 1A: College Composition, Fall 2005 Instructor: Bill Tuck Section: 3 Time: MWF 8:00-8:50 Room: DH-108 Email: wkt22@saclink.csus.edu Office: CLV 142 Office Phone: 278-6349 Office Hrs: Friday 9-10:30

English 1A: College Composition
Course Description English 1A is an intensive writing class designed to prepare you for the various writing assignments you will face as an undergraduate at California State University, Sacramento. Be prepared to write in large quantities. This course focuses on writing as a recursive process (one moving through and returning to each of several stages in a nonlinear motion) involving prewriting, drafting and revision. In addition, this course requires critical reading and thinking, two components crucial to the writing process. Course Goals I expect this course to provide you with several tools that will help you succeed as writers. The most important of them is awareness—understanding the process by which you write so that you can develop strategies to improve as a writer. By the end of the semester, you will have experience in analyzing writing assignments and breaking them down into manageable parts, generating ideas that address these assignments, developing your ideas into drafts, and revising your writing based on your own critical reading and the feedback you receive from other writers. These things will prepare you for future academic and professional success. Required Texts and Materials  Elbow, Peter, and Pat Belanoff. A Community of Writers: A Workshop Course in Writing. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2000.  Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2003.  Online Readings (see below)  A large quantity of college-ruled notebook paper and plenty of pens  ½” 3-ring binder for final portfolio

Course Policies
Syllabus We will read the syllabus together on the first day of class. Please ask any questions or mention any concerns you have as we go. You may also write any questions or

2 comments you have during your first in-class freewrite the following day of class. This freewrite will become your first journal entry, due on Friday, September 2. I will respond to your questions and comments when I return the journal entries. Bring the course calendar to class every day—at the end of each class we will review upcoming due dates. Attendance The policy of the English department stipulates that you will fail this course if you miss more than six classes. You are allowed four absences (excused or unexcused) during the course of the semester, including sicknesses and documented emergencies. You will lose fifty points each for absences five and six. In addition, please note that you are still responsible for turning in all assignments by the date they are due or you will receive no credit. Furthermore, conferences are mandatory, and if you miss a workshop you will lose points for that portion of your grade (see below). In the case of unforeseeable emergencies resulting in extended absences (serious health or family problems), notify me as soon as possible. Class Behavior Treat your fellow writers in the classroom with respect. Turn off cell phones and pagers. No headphones in class. Show up on time. If you arrive to class after I have taken role, it is your responsibility to remind me after class that I should mark you present in my attendance book. Be prepared to engage in class activities and discussions. You are all adults now, and as such, you will find that I am fairly flexible on class behavior; however, in cases of constant or extreme disruptions (continual or excessive tardiness, racist, sexist, or abusive language or behavior), I reserve the right to first warn you, then excuse you from any given class and count you as absent. Late Papers I will not accept portfolios after the date they are due. I will not accept revisions of formal essays after the date they are due. I will not accept journal entries after the date they are due. I do not grade drafts of your formal essays, but if you turn your draft in late, I will deduct ten percent of your grade on the revision for that essay. In addition, if you turn your draft in too late to participate in a workshop, then you lose the points for that workshop as well. Plagiarism Any writer caught plagiarizing on an assignment will fail the assignment and, most likely, this course. In addition, instructors must report plagiarism, so you may subsequently be suspended or dismissed from the university. The sixth edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers defines plagiarism as follows: Plagiarism involves two kinds of wrongs. Using another person’s ideas, information, or expressions without acknowledging that person’s work constitutes intellectual theft. Passing off another person’s ideas,

3 information, or expressions as your own to get a better grade or gain some other advantage constitutes fraud. (66) If you have questions about plagiarism, ask them. I promise you that the consequences are not worth taking any risks involving plagiarism. When in doubt, cite your source. Formatting Unless I explicitly tell you otherwise, I want you to type all submitted work. Doublespace the lines, and type in Times New Roman style, twelve-point font. Create margins of one-inch on each of the four sides of the paper. Write your name, the title of the course, my name, and the date the assignment is due in the upper left-hand corner of the first page. Include a title for every assignment, centered at the top of the first page. Number all pages except the first in the upper right hand corner. Staple your papers together in the upper left hand corner. Save copies of all submitted work on a computer disk. Online Readings Besides the readings from our textbooks, I will assign readings from a list on the English TA website (http://www.csus.edu/englishta/). In order to access these readings, take the following steps: 1) Set up a Saclink account at ARC 2005 as soon as possible. 2) Access the English TA website (http://www.csus.edu/englishta/) from your computer. If you do not own a computer, there are several computer labs you may use on campus. Try the second floor of the library, CLV 131, any of the labs on the second floor of Mendocino Hall, or the new Student Resource Center (ARC 2005). 3) Go to “Texts/Readings” on the home page of the English TA website and select the assigned reading. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view/print the readings. If you do not already have it, you may download it on the English TA website. 4) Print a copy of the assigned reading and bring it to class. Grading I will grade your essays according to the English 1A grading rubric for California State University, Sacramento. We will review the 1A rubric together in class. Breakdown of Grades Ten one-page journal entries worth 10 points each Five two-page reading responses worth 20 points each Conferences (25 points) and five sets of workshops (25 points) Essay #1(3-4 pages) Essay #2 (4-6 pages) 100 100 150 75 100

4 Process Narrative (Essay #3) Essay #4 (5-7 pages) Essay #5 (5-7 pages) Final Portfolio 25 100 100 250 --------------------------1000

Course Requirements
Journal Each Friday is the due date for a one-page journal entry. I will not accept journal entries after the date they are due under any circumstances. I leave campus at 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, until which time you may email me your journal entries for credit. Journal entries emailed after 5:00 p.m. sharp on Fridays will receive no credit. As indicated by a “(*)” on the course schedule, the first five journal entries are mandatory—for each of these entries that you do not turn in on time, you lose ten points. In addition, I require you to turn in a total of ten journal entries by the end of the semester in order to receive credit for the journal portion of your grade. Thus, if you have turned in nine or fewer journal entries by the end of the semester, you receive no points for your journal. However, you have an opportunity to accumulate up to forty points of extra credit (up to ten points for each journal entry over your tenth). For journal entries, we will begin Wednesday’s class with a focused freewrite on some aspect of the writing process or some aspect of this course. You will use this freewrite as the basis for your journal entry. The entries should follow the formatting listed on the syllabus, and each should be one full page (in other words, there should be no more than one inch of blank paper between the bottom of the page and your final line of text). If you email me your journal entry, attach it as a word document. If you hand in your journal entry at the beginning of class, attach your freewrite to it,. I will not deduct points for spelling, punctuation or grammar. You will be graded on the inclusion of a title, meeting the one-page length requirement, and your ability to focus on the main idea of your freewrite. If you get off-track, keep guiding yourself back to your topic.

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Reading Responses There will be a total of five reading responses worth twenty points each. Reading responses will be due on a Monday. They will address the reading from the previous week. Take notes on the reading assignments and bring these notes to class on Friday. We will freewrite for ten minutes on the assigned readings before class discussion on Friday. You are to use this freewrite as the basis for a two-paged, focused, informal response. Attach the freewrite to your reading response. You may email your reading response as a word attachment. Reading responses emailed after 5:00 p.m. sharp on a Monday will receive no credit. As with journal entries, you will not be graded on punctuation, spelling, or grammar. You will be graded on inclusion of a title, length, and your ability to focus on your main idea. If you quote from the text, be sure to include MLA in-text citations. Conferences, Workshops and Peer Responses In order to receive any points for this portion of your grade, you must attend your conference with me during the week of November 7. Your conference is worth twenty-five points, and you earn them by showing up on time and prepared to work. We will discuss conferences in more detail as the semester progresses. Each set of workshops is worth twenty-five points. You earn them by turning your draft in on time, filling out peer responses, showing up to the workshops, and participating. If you miss a workshop or do not bring in your draft or fill out peer responses, you lose the points. Formal Essays CSUS requires you to write a minimum of 5,000 words (about 20 pages) of formal, graded writing in order to pass this class. Therefore, each revision you turn in must meet the minimum page requirement for the assignment or you will fail this class. Your initial drafts need not meet the minimum length, but there will be no exceptions for revisions. Follow the formatting listed in the syllabus for each formal essay. Process Narrative (Essay #3) Midway through the course, you will turn in a two to four page narrative describing your writing process up to that point in the semester. The process narratives will be worth 25 points. I do not ask for a draft of the process narrative, and we will not conduct workshops for them—the narrative you turn in on 10/03 will be the graded version. This process narrative will subsequently serve as a draft for your portfolio cover letter. Final Portfolio Portfolios are due by 12:00 P.M. on Friday, December 16 in my mailbox at 105 Calaveras Hall. Your portfolio will consist of a three to four page cover letter and two essays. The cover letter will be a revision of your process narrative. It should describe

6 the development of your writing process over the course of the entire semester. The two essays will be additional revisions of two of the essays you turned in during the semester. In other words, do not simply turn in the same version of an essay that you submitted previously. I want to see that you have considered my comments and those of your peers and revised accordingly. One of the essays in your portfolio must be essay #5, but you may choose either essay #1, #2 or #4 as your other revision. Include all previous drafts, revisions, and peer evaluations for each of your portfolio essays. SSWD Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements must register with the Services to Students With Disabilities (Lassen Hall 1008). If you qualify for services through SSWD, bring your letter of accommodations to me as soon as possible. Tentative Course Calendar—Fall 2005 This schedule is subject to change at any time, but I will give you warning in advance. Essay #1 First Draft Due Wednesday 09/07 Revision due Friday 09/16 Week 1: Monday: Introduction/review syllabus Song analysis Homework: Ten-minute freewrite Sign up for Saclink account at ARC 2005 Download/print online reading assignment: Melzer: “Understanding Writing Assignments: Tips and Techniques.” (152-161) Freewriting: Syllabus/class concerns/How I feel about school writing/What I expect you to teach Prewriting techniques Homework: Hacker (3-12) Elbow/Belanoff: Workshop 1 (6-12; 19-21) Journal Entry #1 Due(*) Musical Narrative Interview Homework: Essay #1 Draft Due Online Reading: Melzer: “Understanding Writing Assignments: Tips and Techniques.” (152-161) Choose one item to discuss Labor Day (No class) Essay #1 Draft Due—Bring 3 Copies Freewriting: Concerns about Essay #1 1A grading rubric

(08/29-09/02)

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Week 2: (09/05-09/09)

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7 Understanding assignments/narrative/outlining Homework: Hacker (13-17) Online Reading: Lamott: “Shitty First Drafts.” (2127) Friday: Journal Entry #2 Due(*) Practice workshops/peer responses Homework: Peer responses Online Reading: Straub: “Responding—Really Responding to Other Students’ Writing.” (162-72) Freewrite Workshops Homework: Elbow/Belanoff: “Sharing and Responding.” (511-20) Freewrite: Evaluate workshops Workshops (as needed) Editing Homework: Essay #1 Revision Due Essay #1 Revision Due Journal Entry #3 Due(*) Essay #2 Handout Audience and music Homework: Online reading: Reread Melzer: “Understanding Writing Assignments: Tips and Techniques.” (152-61) Television/radio ad analysis (Extra credit)

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(09/12-09/16)

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Essay #2 First Draft Due Monday 09/26 Revised Draft Due Monday 10/10 Week 4: Monday: Television/radio ad analysis due Freewrite Compare and contrast essays Homework: Hacker (23-36) Freewrite: Response to instructor comments Introductions Homework: Online Reading: Flower: “Writing for an Audience.” (194-97) Journal Entry #4 Due(*)

(09/19-09/23)

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8 Audience Awareness Interview Homework: Essay #2 Draft due Week 5: Monday: Essay #2 Draft Due—Bring 4 Copies Census Date Drop Deadline Workshops Process Narrative Handout Homework: Peer responses Freewrite: Your writing process Workshops Homework: Peer responses Journal Entry #5 Due(*) Workshops Homework: Process Narrative due

(09/26-09/30)

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Process Narrative Due Monday 10/03 Week 6: Monday: Process Narrative Due Freewrite Conclusions Homework: Elbow/Belanoff: Mini-Workshop B (450-53) Online reading: Baldwin: “Sonny’s Blues.” (32743) Freewrite Homework: Online reading: Baldwin: “Sonny’s Blues.” (344-358) Song lyric/movie trailer (extra credit) Journal Entry #6 Due Song lyric/movie trailer due Summarizing Homework: Essay #2 Revision Due Finish Baldwin: “Sonny’s Blues.” Essay #2 Revision Due Critical reading Homework: Online reading: Baldwin: “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?” (649-52) Hayakawa: “Why the English Language Amendment?” (14-16) Tan: “Mother Tongue.” (315-20) Freewriting

(10/03-10/07)

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(10/10-10/14)

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9 Critical reading Homework: Online reading: Rodriguez: “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood.” (25-35) Friday: Journal Entry #7 Due Essay #4 Handout Language Homework: Online reading: Rodriguez: “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood.” (35-42) Villanueva: “Whose Voice Is It Anyway? Rodriquez’ Speech in Retrospect.” (17-21) Reading Response #1

Essay #4 First Draft Due Friday, 10/28 Revised Draft Due Friday 11/04 Week 8: Monday: Reading Response #1 Due Language Homework: Online reading: hooks: “keeping close to home: class and education.” (73-83) Language Homework: Online reading: Orwell: “Politics and the English Language.” (355-66) Journal Entry #8 Due Homework: Online reading: Anzaldua: “How to Tame a Wild Tongue.” (53-64) Reading Response #2 Reading Response #2 Due MLA citation style/works cited Homework: Hacker (341-48) Reread Baldwin: “Sonny’s Blues.” MLA citation style Homework: Essay #4 due Essay #4 Draft Due (Bring 4 copies) Journal Entry #9 Due Homework: Peer responses Reading Response #3

(10/17-10/21)

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(10/24-10/28)

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10 Week 10: Monday: Reading Response #3 due Workshops Workshops Homework: Essay #4 Revision Due Essay #4 Revision Due Journal Entry #10 Due Essay #5 Handout Homework: Reading response #4

(10/31-11/04)

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Essay #5 First Draft Due Friday, 11/18 Revision Due Friday, 12/02 Week 11: Monday: Reading Response #4 Due (Bring to conference) Conferences Conferences Journal Entry #11 Due (in my box at CLV 105) Conferences Reading Response #5 Due Research Research Essay #5 Draft Due (Bring 3 Copies) Journal Entry #12 Due Workshops CASPER BEGINS (SPRING 2006) Workshops (as needed) Thanksgiving Recess (No Class)

(11/07-11/11)

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(11/14-11/18)

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(11/21-11/25)

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(11/28-12/02)

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Movie review (extra credit) Revision Homework: Online reading: Murray: “The Maker’s Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts.” (56-60) Revision Essay #5 Revision Due Journal Entry #13 Due

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Portfolio Workshops Homework: Online reading: Sommers: “Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers.” (378-388) Portfolio Workshops Journal Entry #14 Due Portfolio Workshops

(12/05-12/09)

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Finals Week (12/10-12/16) PORTFOLIOS DUE BY 12:00 P.M. FRIDAY 12/16 IN MY BOX AT CLV 105


				
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