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English 1101 Fall 2006
Tammie Bob, instructor e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Text: Axelrad, Cooper, Warriner. Reading Critically, Writing Well 7th ed. link to book's website
File Folders for handing in essay packets
Welcome to class! During this quarter we will examine aspects of good
writing, and try out techniques that I hope will become a "toolbox" for you
to draw from in any writing situation you encounter. Below are some
guidelines to help you succeed in this class.
Because there are strong, proven relationships between speech and writing,
and a sense of audience and writing, your writing will progress if you come
to class prepared and ready to participate in all of the exercises and
The assigned readings present various voices, ways to approach an essay,
composition structures, and methods of organization. We will comment on different aspects of these readings, through discussion and writing. We'll also look to them for inspiration
The class work will be intense and proceed quickly from one topic to the
next, so it's in your best interest to attend all classes. Still,
circumstances arise, so please be aware of the following standards:
More than three (3) absences may result in a lowered grade.
Tardiness is disruptive--may result in social ostracism and teacher's hostility--and may result in grade penalties if it is habitual.
Essays must be typed, double-spaced in a clearly legible font, with your name
and the page number in the upper right hand corner of every page.
Late assignments may receive a lower grade. If an assignment is more than a week late, please discuss this with me in advance--otherwise, it may be rejected and receive an "F".
Donít even think about handing in any writing thatís not yours. Plagiarism
or cheating will result in severe measures that may include failing the
I'm happy to talk to you about anything at any time. If you're having a
problem related to the class please let me know, because I'll do whatever I
can to help you succeed.
Your grades will be based on a portfolio due two weeks before the end of the semester.
Each of five written projects will be due as scheduled. You will get feedback and critique from your classmates and me at every stage of the writing process, as well as detailed commentary AND grade from me after paper (along with drafts, assignments, critiques) is turned in.
The portfolio will include all five of your revised essays (drafts,critiques, etc.) and grading will work like this:
A: Five essays, reflecting serious attempt to use targeted forms. ALL FIVE are carefully revised and edited to reflect your learning, prior discussion and critique of the work. An explanation of the revisions accompanies portfolio, including how prior discussion and critique affected/didn't affect revision. If project received an "A" grade earlier, it's likely that little revision is needed for that project--so don't be afraid to go for excellence. If you stay on top of your work you shouldn't have to scramble at the end of the semester.
B: Five essays, reflecting serious attempt to use targeted forms. THREE of the five are carefully revised and edited to reflect your learning. prior discussion and critique of the work. An explanation of the revisions accompanies portfolio, including how prior discussion and critique affected/didn't affect revision.
C: Five essays, reflecting serious attempt to use targeted forms. If they are graded C or higher no further revision is necessary.
D : Four essays, reflecting serious attempt to use targeted forms. Grade of C or higher for all of them.
F: Fewer than four acceptable essays.
Schedule of Events (dates may change)
This schedule gives an overview of material to be covered and major
assignments. It may be modified as needed. In class I will assign specific
readings and written work such as drafts, plans, and critiques, to be
collected in a packet with the final draft of your essays.
Weeks One, Two and Three
key concepts: sequence, time signals, conflict
suspense, pace , action, dialogue, naming, comparing, sensory language,
Weeks Four, Five and Six
essay( utilizing field research)
key concepts: observation, interview,
point of view
Weeks Seven, Eight and Nine Explaining a concept (piling on those methods of development)
key concepts: definition (dictionary, sentence, extended, stipulative, historical)
classification, comparison, analogy
Weeks Ten, Eleven, Twelve Argument
in some of its common forms
(taking a position)
key concepts: arguable assertion, precise language, qualification, methods of
evidence (facts, statistics, authority, anecdote, scenario, textual) counterargument
Weeks Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen Closely Examining Someone Else's Argument key concepts: critical reading strategies, evaluating sources, finding outside sources, documenting sources and ideas.