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The primary goal of English 101 is to develop your writing skills and abilities and to 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.
Columbo, et al. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Reading and Writing. 4th edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998.Materials:
Fowler. The Little Brown Handbook. 7th Edition. New York: Longman, 1998.
A 3.5 inch PC/Windows formatted computer disk.Assessment:
A second computer disk for back-up purposes
A standard size (8.5x11) notebook for notes and in-class writing assignments.
A good collegiate dictionary. One that will not fit in your pocket.
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 from the materials above.Breakdown:
- INFORMAL MATERIALS in the course will include reading responses, short position/issue papers, and short in-class assignments. The goal of informal writing is developmental--idea generation, topic exploration, pratice.
- 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 (35%) 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 (45%) 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.
- PARTICIPATION (20%) in the course involves having readings prepared for class discussion, participating in class discussion, peer-evaluation activities, writing lab, library orientation sessions, and conferences. (20%)
- DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT PORTOLIO 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.
- ALL ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE COURSE.
- Because we will regularly write in class, attendance is mandatory. You are allowed three unexcused absences without penalty. After three unexcused absences your course grade will drop a half grade (i.e. from 2.5 to 2.0, from 4.0 to 3.5). 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 are withdrawn from the class and will require special permission from the Dean of Student Affairs for readmittance.
- Portfolio due dates are final. Late portfolios will be penalized one full grade for each class period they are late.
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