English 110.03—Writing and Research
Instructor: Rebecca Hewett, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: FT – 201B, (661) 654-2114
Office Hours: MWF – 8 to 9:30 a.m., and by appointment
Time: MWF – 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Place: MW – CB 105, F – CB 101
Texts: Everything's an Argument, 3rd edition, by Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Quick Access handbook by Troyka
9/15: Chapter 1—Argument
HW: p. 24 #1 and Chapter 1 Worksheet
Discuss Summary and Paraphrase
9/18: Chapters 2—Reading and Writing Arguments
HW: p. 50 #5 (turn in visual argument with your paragraph)
Discuss Summary and Paraphrase
9/20: Chapter 3—Readers and Contexts Count
HW: Summary of Chapter 3
9/22: Research Paper Topic/Tentative Thesis Due
Chapters 18 and 19—Evidence and Fallacies
HW: Chapter 19 Worksheet and p. 399 #1
9/25: Chapters 4 and 5—Pathos
HW: p. 75 #1 and p. 86 #1
9/27: Chapters 6 and 7—Ethos and Logos
HW: p. 98 #4
9/29: No Class
10/2: Critique Assignment Overview
10/4: Chapter 10—Evaluations/Critiques
HW: Summary of pp. 180-184, ―Characterizing Evaluation‖ section
10/5: First meeting with Library Lab Instructor (9 to 10:20 a.m., WSL 202)
10/6: MLA Workshop in class—BRING YOUR QUICK ACCESS
10/9: Critique Due
Begin Nickel and Dimed discussion—Introduction, pp. 1-10
10/11: Nickel and Dimed, Ch. 1, pp. 11-49
HW: Ch. 1 vocabulary worksheet
10/13: Research Paper Working Bibliography Due
Common Essay (In-Class #1)
10/16: Chapter 11—Causal Arguments
HW: Chapter 11 Worksheet
10/18: Nickel and Dimed, Ch. 2, pp. 50-119
HW: Ch. 2 vocabulary worksheet
10/20: Research Paper Annotated Bibliography Due
10/23: Synthesizing Sources
10/25: Nickel and Dimed, Ch. 3, pp. 121-191
HW: Ch. 3 vocabulary worksheet
10/27: Synthesis Due
10/30: Chapter 12—Proposals
HW: p. 253 #1
11/1: Nickel and Dimed, Ch. 4, pp. 193-221
HW: Ch. 4 vocabulary worksheet
11/3: In-Class Essay #2
11/6: Research Paper Rough Draft Due
11/8: Rough drafts returned/Conferences
11/10: No Class
11/13: Rough drafts returned/Conferences
11/15: Last day to submit any lingering work
11/17: Last Class—Research Paper Final Drafts Due
Final Exam: Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 8 to 10:30 a.m.
At the completion of English 110, the student must be able to demonstrate the following:
1. present a clear and complete thesis statement;
2. present appropriate details, examples, and definitions as support;
3. fully develop arguments and write cohesively using adequate transitions;
4. use a variety of sentence structures;
5. use exact and concise words and phrases;
6. analyze a potential audience and use an appropriate style and tone;
7. use basic library research techniques;
8. identify good, reputable sources that would be useful;
9. identify an author's thesis statement and abstract the main points of support;
10. outline, draft, write, and edit a persuasive college-level term paper;
11. document a research paper using the MLA documentation style;
12. identify and avoid plagiarism.
Critique, Synthesis, and two In-Class Essays (20%): You will be required to write one critique and one
synthesis, each worth 5 percent of your course grade. These essays cannot be made up and will not be
accepted late. The due dates for these essays are listed on this syllabus.
You will also write two essays in a timed, in-class environment. These two in-class essays are each
worth 5 percent of your course grade, and the dates are also listed on this syllabus. You must pass at
least one in-class essay with a C or better in order to pass this course.
Research Paper (40%): The largest percentage of your grade breakdown in this course will be based on
the required research paper. We will complete this assignment in stages, and the deadlines for each of
the stages are clearly listed on this syllabus. All of the stages count toward your grade and WILL NOT be
accepted late. The research paper assignments together comprise 40 percent of your course grade. A
student who does not complete the research paper assignments cannot expect to pass this course.
Homework and In-Class Activities—30%
Homework: The chapters noted on the schedule must be read PRIOR to the class meeting for which
they are noted, so that we are all prepared to discuss them together. Additional homework activities are
designated as "HW" and should be ready to be turned in at the beginning of the corresponding class
In-Class Activities: Attendance at class meetings is essential to your success in this course. We will be
doing something during every class meeting, and your participation in these activities is included in the 30
percent. In-class activities CANNOT be made up, and a student who misses excessive class meetings
should not expect to pass this course.
No homework will be accepted late, but you are welcome to turn it in early if you know that you will be
absent. If you are ill, you should contact me as soon as possible. If it is at all feasible, please send your
homework with a friend, or feel free to email it to me PRIOR to the class meeting.
Library Research Skills Lab—10%
You are responsible for attending the Library Lab that is assigned to your class. The grade you earn in
this Library Lab is 10 percent of your English 110 grade. This lab will meet at least thee times, beginning
the fourth week of the quarter. Your thesis statement must be approved by your English 110 instructor
before the first meeting of the lab.
Your Library Lab begins the 4th week of the quarter (October 5 ) and meets on Thursdays from
9:00 to 10:20 a.m. in WSL 202. Your Lab instructor is Johanna Alexander.
Students must earn a grade of C or better 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.
Any plagiarism found in student work will result in an F in the course and a letter to the Dean of Students.
On a waiting list, you are eligible for a place in the class
1. if you come to every class and
2. if you turn in 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 the section you’re
attending, no students 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 and for F-1 and J-1 visa
holders, who must carry a full load to receive their financial aid. Being on a waiting list does not count
as a class toward your full load.
Many students are trying to get into composition courses. As a result, 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 three
consecutive class sessions and have not contacted me. However, you should not assume that you will
be automatically dropped from this course due to non-attendance.
10% Two In-Class Essays
10% Library Lab
30% Homework and In-Class Activities
40% Research Paper
20% Process (Topic/Thesis, Working Bib, Annotated Bib, Rough Draft)
20% Final Draft