Dr. Darin E. Fields





Midterm Portfolio

Intellectual Responsibility and Plagiarism

English 101 Competencies


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English 101 Composition

Course Description: The primary goal of English 101 is to develop your writing skills and encourage you to consider how writing and language use helps to define yourself, others, and community. In English 101, you will gain experience with different forms of writing as you move toward a greater awareness of your responsibilities as a writer in the academic community and in larger social and professional contexts. To understand the process of writing, you will compose, revise, and edit your work, and you will receive feedback from your peers and from me. Course work will develop your understanding of the importance of voice, audience, and purpose in writing by teaching you to move from personal to public presentation of ideas.

Goals and Objectives:
You should expect . . .

  • to write regularly both in and out of class.
  • to share your writing regularly with peers in one-on-one, group discussion, and computer collaborative contexts.
  • to share your writing regularly in conferences with the instructor.
  • to participate in library orientation and research sessions.
  • to work regularly in the English Department Technology Classroom.
  • to complete writing assignments on time.
  • to complete reading assignments and participate in class discussion of those readings.
  • to submit original work in accordance with the English Department Statement on Intellectual Responsibility and Plagiarism

You should demonstrate competence in the areas described in the "End-Point Compentencies for English 101," including, but not limited to . . .

  • engagement in the writing process (through submission of preliminary drafts, participation in collaborative invention and evaluation exercises, and attendance at conferences with the instructor).
  • competence in summarizing, analyzing, and incorporating source material into expository, argumentative, and research-oriented essays using correct documentation form.
  • ability to use the resources of the Farley Library, including standard reference materials, on-line catalogs, CD-ROM databases and indexes.
  • competence in the conventions of spelling, punctuation, mechanics, and usage appropriate for college-level writing. familiarity with the use of a word-processor and basic text layout strategies.
  • an understanding of email, use of a web browser, and techniques for citing Internet data.

Required Texts:

Miller, George. The Prentice Hall Reader. 6th Edition. Upper Saddle River, 2001.
Fowler. The Little Brown Handbook. 8th Edition. New York: Longman, 2001.

Go to the Prentice Hall Reader Companion Website

Recommended Materials:

  • A 3.5 inch PC-formatted computer disk specifically for English assignments.
  • A standard size (8.5x11) notebook for notes and in-class writing assignments.
  • A good collegiate dictionary (one that won[base ']t fit in your pocket).

Assessment: Evaluation of your work in English 101 will be guided by the "End-Point Competencies" statement attached to this syllabus. Work for this course will involve formal and informal writing, research, and laboratory assignments totaling at least 7500 words for the semester. You will submit a midterm and a final portfolio of formal and informal writing from the semester partly selected by you.


  • INFORMAL MATERIALS for the course will include regular reading response essays and short position/issue papers as well as short in-class assignments.

  • FORMAL MATERIALS for the course will include expository, analysis, and persuasive essays ranging in length from 2-3 pages to 4-6 pages. In most instances, these essays will develop from in-class and informal writings and all will undergo peer and/or self evaluation and revision before submission for evaluation as part of the portfolios.

  • MIDTERM PORTFOLIO (30%): The midterm portfolio must contain two formal papers, and a selection of other writing from the first half of the semester, some of which must include use of outside source material.

  • FINAL PORTFOLIO (40%): The final portfolio must contain at least three formal papers, two of which must incorporate outside source material, and a selection of other writing from the second half of the semester.

  • RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION ASSIGNMENTS(15%): including an annotated bibliography, documentation exercises, and summary assignments.

  • PARTICIPATION (15%): Course participation involves having readings prepared for class discussion, participating in class discussion, peer-evaluation activities, writing lab, library orientation sessions, and conferences.

  • DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT PORTFOLIO: The English department monitors the overall outcomes of English 101 Composition every semester. To facilitate that process, representative portfolios are collected from each section of English 101. At the start of the semester you will be provided with a special folder to hold your work for the entire semester. Place all of your English 101 work (formal and informal) into this folder. Don't loose this folder! The Departmental portfolio is not part of how you are graded for the course.


  • Because we will regularly write in class, attendance is necessary and, therefore, mandatory. You are allowed three unexcused absences without penalty. At the fourth unexcused absence, and for each unexcused absence thereafter, your course grade will drop one half grade (An unexcused absence is one for which you do not have a prior arrangement with me or a documented reason for missing class). After five consecutive absences you will require permission from the Dean of Student Affairs for readmittance to class.
  • Portfolio due dates are final. Late portfolios will be penalized one full grade for each class period they are late.

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