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English 101, Spring II 2009, Syllabus


									ENG 101: College Composition 1                                                              Spring II 2009

Class: M-TH 11:45 – 2:00                                          Room: _______; Section______
Instructor: Corbett Treece                                        Email:
Office: MB14 E; Hours TBD                                         Course website:

Welcome to English 101: College Composition I.
This class will guide you through the process of writing college level essays and help you to become
a more efficient writer of a variety of forms of composition, such as narrative, description, argument,
exposition, and research papers.
In order to take this course you must have already passed the CUNY ACT Reading and Writing Test.
If you are not sure of your status you should check with the English Department to verify your
eligibility for this course
In this course,
      — you will learn to gather ideas, organize, write, revise and proofread your own work as well
        as to help others revise their work;
      — you will participate in classroom discussions and exercises that will help strengthen your
        own ideas and concepts about both the material you will be reading and about the writing
      — you will learn how to appropriately and honestly evaluate and comment on the work of your
      — you will learn to find and evaluate research materials using the World Wide Web and
        LaGuardia‘s Library;
      — you will learn how to appropriately find, integrate, and document outside sources and
        research material into your written work.

Required Texts:

All non textbook readings will be available online at within the Group Page for our class.
In the calendar, readings will indicate whether the material is to be found in your textbook (Essentials) or the blog

Required Texts:
1) Essentials of Argument by Nancy V. Wood

Other Requirements

      — You will buy the required textbooks.
      — You will complete all reading assignments (including handouts and online materials)
        and come to class eagerly prepared to discuss them.
      — You will print all electronic reading assignments from the course website and bring
        them to class.
      — You will keep all handouts and reading assignments neatly arranged in a binder or
        folder and bring them to class.
      — You will participate in online discussion forums and complete all required Freewrites
        PRIOR to the next class meeting.
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     — You will type all your assignments following the guidelines dictated on the attached
       sheet entitled “MLA Format Guide”
     — You will be respectful of your instructor and your fellow students.
     — You MUST receive a passing grade on the items numbered 1-3 below (Formal papers
       and exams). This means you must pass at least one draft of all take-home essays and
       in-class exams. You will not be able to revise either the final research paper or the
       final exam, but you must pass both in order to pass this course.

         1. Two 3-page (minimum) essay (revisable).                                         =20%
         2. One final research paper including a rough draft,
               5-page minimum plus works cited.                                             =10%
         3. Exams: One take-home midterm exam (revisable) &
               One in-class final exam (not revisable)                                      =30%
         4. Online components: Freewrite journaling and reading discussions                 =20%
         5. Peer Review (must have papers completed on time to participate)                 =20%

                       ***No incompletes will be granted for this course.***

Absences and Lateness

Absences: You may be absent no more than four class hours. This means that missing in excess of
two days of class will result in your failing the course. No excuses will be accepted. Your instructor
is legally bound to this rule.

If you are absent, you must contact a classmate for the day‘s notes and look for assignment updates
and handouts on the course blog. Your instructor is not responsible for getting you caught up or
filling you in on what you missed.

Only in the case of prearranged absences will your instructor accept work submitted electronically. A
student who misses class on the day an assignment is due must turn the work in (in-person) on the
next class meeting and receive a penalty of one grade. See ―Late Work‖ below.

Lateness: Attendance will be taken during the first ten minutes of class. Students who do not arrive
on time must sign the attendance book indicating time of arrival. Two days of late attendance will be
marked as an absence.

***Please, if you know in advance that you will not be able to fulfill these attendance requirements,
drop the course immediately.***

Late Work: Papers must be submitted on the day they are due in order to receive full credit.
  Additionally, the Peer review process (20% of final grade) requires that students have brought
  their completed papers to class on time. Though I will accept late papers, significant points will be
  lost in the Peer review category as, if students do not have their paper ready on time, they will not
  be able to participate in this process.
Papers not handed in during class may be given to me during office hours or left in my folder in
  MB14 prior to 9 PM on the day they are due. Electronic submissions will be accepted ONLY
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  when prearranged. Late papers will be accepted, but one full letter grade will be deducted for
  every week they are late.


A = 90-100%. This grade is reserved for students who truly excel on assignments, demonstrating
   mastery of the material and dramatically surpassing the expectations of the assignments.
B = 80-89%. This grade is for students who do above-average work, clearly achieving the goals of
   the assignments and completing them in a strong fashion.
C= 70-79%. This grade is for students who satisfactorily meet the requirements of the assignments in
   an adequate fashion (to your instructor, this means mediocre work).
D = 60-69%. This grade is for students whose work does not adequately meet expectations.
F = below 60%. This grade is for students who dramatically fail to meet course coals and do not
   fulfill course expectations.

How Real Writers Write and How We’re Going to Write
Professional writers do not simply sit down to write and then hand their work to a publisher the next
   day, keeping their fingers crossed and hoping it turns out for the best.
No. They go through a long series of drafting, reorganizing, rewriting, seeking feedback, seeking
   approval, correcting, correcting, reworking, rewording, organizing, reorganizing, rewriting,
   rewriting, seeking more feedback and more approval and listening and rejecting and tossing and
   turning and fine tuning and crumpling up pages (when we used paper) and obsessing over every
   little punctuation mark and every word and every bit of criticism and this goes on and on and on
   for a very very very long time until finally…. Finally. When the writer feels the work is as good
   as it is ever going to be, he or she gives up, throws it away, burns it, chickens out, drowns her
   sorrows in a glass of beer, wraps herself in self-loathing OR, sends it off to a publisher.
Only when it is good enough -- when the writer is satisfied, when the writer is confident, when the
   writer has reason to hope for the best, when the writer has done her best – only then does she send
   it to a publisher.
And then, the stakes are higher. Because now that the writer has done her best… now, if rejection
   should come, now, the rejection is of the writer herself, not simply of the work, because the work
   IS the writer.
Very neurotic people, writers.

In this class, we are going to do our best to replicate this process.

In addition to having already (numerous times) planned, drafted, written, rewritten and proofread
    your own documents, on the day your formal papers are due, you will bring in three copies. Two
    will be shown to two of your group members who will offer comments, criticism and suggestions
    for improvement. One will be given to your instructor who will also offer comments, criticism
    and suggestions. Your work will not receive a grade at this time. You may turn this paper into
    your instructor as many times as you like seeking comments, criticism and suggestions.
    will be a trusty friend or colleague, simply offering feedback and suggesting ways to improve the
    work, until you ask me to be your publisher.
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The highlights:
   1) Bring in three copies of papers on the due date.
   2) Exchange two copies of your papers with classmates.
   3) Give your instructor one copy of your paper.
   4) Revise until satisfied, with further peer assistance and instructor assistance.
   5) Hand in paper. Include all previous drafts with instructor and peer comments. Write at top:
       ―Please Grade Me.‖
   6) Relax knowing that you have done all you can.

Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty:
Plagiarism disgraces you, me, and this institution. Just don‘t do it.

As stated in the LaGuardia Community College course catalog: ―Academic dishonesty is prohibited
   in the City University of New York and is punishable by penalties ranging from a grade of ‗F‘ on
   a given test, research paper or assignment, to an ‗F‘ in the course or suspension or expulsion from
   the College. Academic Dishonesty includes: Cheating, Plagiarism, Internet Plagiarism, Obtaining
   Unfair Advantages, Falsification of Records and Official Documents, Misconduct in Internships‖
If I catch you plagiarizing on an early paper, whether intentionally or accidentally, we will be having
     a long chat. You will fail the assignment and you will not be allowed to revise it. I will require
     that you turn in all future assignments electronically and that you upload your papers to to have them evaluated them on originality. I will Google key words and phrases. If I
     catch you doing it a second time, you will fail the class, be reported to the department heads, and
     likely face disciplinary action.

If I highly suspect you of plagiarizing, but cannot prove you have done so, I will be turning your
     papers over for departmental review.

If I catch you plagiarizing on an exam or on the final paper I will automatically fail you in the course.
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MLA Format for Papers
Adapted from the OWL at Purdue (

General Format
MLA style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing.
MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical
citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.

Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their
source material. Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of
plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material by other writers.

Paper Format
Below are some basic guidelines for formatting a paper in MLA style. If you have a problem figuring
out how to set your paper up correctly you may want to check which has several
tutorials on this. There are also video podcasts available through iTunes. Search MLA Format and
select the appropriate version of your software.

General Guidelines
• Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper,
• Double-space the text of your paper with zero additional spaces before or after lines, and use
        Times New Roman. The font size must be 12 pt. If you are using MS Word, make sure in the
        ―Paragraph‖ settings that your spacing is set to Zero points before and after.
• Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks.
• Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides. Indent the first line of a paragraph one
        half-inch from the left margin. The default setting is different from this, so you will have to
        set the margins yourself.
• Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one half
        inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Omit this on your first page.)
• Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works (books, magazines, newspapers,
        journals, movies, etc) and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis. Place in
        quotation marks titles of shorter works (articles, stories, poems, chapter titles).
• Do not right align or right justify your text. The line ends should be uneven as they are on this

Formatting the First Page of Your Paper
• Do not make a title page for your paper.
• In the upper left-hand corner of the first page,    list your name, your instructor's name, the course, the
        date, and the assignment title (ie ―First Rough Draft‖ or ―Paper Proposal.‖)
• Create a title for your paper. Double space again after header and center the title. This means you
        are hitting ―Enter‖ only once. Don't underline your title or put it in quotation marks; write the
        title in Title Case, not in all capital letters. All of this should still be in Times New Roman, 12
        point font.
• Use quotation marks and italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in
        your text.

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