WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
English 1301 –Composition and Rhetoric Spring Term: February 25, 2008 –May 17, 2008
Instructor Information: Maia Adamina, MA – Instructor E-Mail: email@example.com
Course Number and Title: ENGL 1301 –SA03 Composition and Rhetoric
Catalog Course Description: Principles of clear, correct, effective expository writing, with illustrative readings
and frequent essays and conferences.
Required Textbook: Strategies for Successful Writing
Course outcome competencies: Upon the conclusion of this course, students actively engaged in learning will be
1. Apply standard rules and conventions of the English language to written expressions.
2. Summarize the steps and components of the writing process.
3. Compose academic, nonfiction essays or responses in at least four different rhetorical modes or styles.
4. Demonstrate basic college-level research skills.
5. Employ active reading strategies.
The more the student puts into the course, the higher his or her outcome competencies will be.
Course Requirements and Means of Assessment:
Single Source Essay: (3-4 pages) 25%
Multiple Source Essay: (3-4 pages) 25%
In-class Essay 20%
Annotation and Exercises: 15%
Final Exam: 15%
Attendance: As stated in the Wayland Catalog, students enrolled at one of the University’s external campuses
should make every effort to attend all class meetings. All absences must be explained to the instructor, who will
then determine whether the omitted work may be made up. When a student reaches that number of absences
considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will so advise the student and file an unsatisfactory
progress report with the campus dean. Any student who misses 25 percent or more of the regularly scheduled class
meetings will receive a grade of F in the course. Additional attendance policies for each course, as defined by the
instructor in the course syllabus, are considered a part of the University’s attendance policy.
Additional attendance policies: If you are absent the day an assignment is due, you are still expected to turn it in
by the deadline, but do not e-mail essays to me without prior permission. Late papers will not be accepted. In-class
writing assignments may not be made up.
Please try the links for certain texts well in advance. In other words, don’t show up the day of class complaining
you couldn’t get the link to open and haven’t read as the texts can easily be found by googling the title, author,
and/or the first line of the essay.
Instructor's Policy on Academic Dishonesty: First incident will result in an F for the assignment; second instance
will result in an F for the course.
Statement: It is University policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be
denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the University.
Students should inform the instructor of existing disabilities at the first class meeting. (Documentation of disability
may be required.)
Week 1 February 29 Orientation. Discuss syllabus and policies. Discuss Audience (4-9) and Pre-Writing,
Drafting, and Revision (54 and 79).
Week 2 March 7 Discuss Thesis and Effective paragraphs (207). Go over Introductions and Conclusions.
Discuss critical reading and Definition (154). Print out and bring J. Hector St. John de Crevecouer “What is an
“What attachment can a poor European emigrant have for a country where he had nothing?”
Week 3 March 14 * Annotation Due Disucuss Causal Analysis (141) –Punctuation and Grammar workshop.
Discuss Arthur Schlesinger- “The Cult of Ethnicity”
“The history of the world has been in great part the history of the mixing of peoples”
Week 4 March 21- Off for Good Friday
Week 5 March 28 *Worksheet Due Discuss Documentation (in-text) (451) and Illustration (126). Discuss
Judith Ortiz Cofer “The Myth of the Latin Woman”
“On a bus trip to London from Oxford University where I was earning some graduate credits on summer . . .”
Week 6 April 4 *Documentation Worksheet Due Discuss Documentation (Bibliography) (432). Peer Review
of Essay. Failure to have your draft and outline will result in a ten point deduction from your paper.
Week 7 April 11 *Single Source Essay Due. Discuss Process (112) and Frederick Douglass.
“I lived in Master Hugh’s family about seven years . . .”
Week 8 April 18 Discuss Comparison (155) and Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.”
“And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened.”
Week 9 April 25 Discuss Classification (139) and Machiavelli’s “Balanced Government”
“Of the Different Kinds of Republics, and of What Kind the Roman Republic Was.”
Week 10May 2 Peer Review of Essay. Failure to have your draft and outline will result in a ten point deduction
from your paper.
Week 11 May 9 *Multiple Source Essay Due. Discuss taking the Final Exam
Week 12 May 16 Final Exam