English 1: Reading and Composition
Office: Drescher 311C
Welcome to English 1! This introductory course in rhetoric emphasizes clear, effective written communication, and the preparation and writing of the research paper.
The Bedford Reader, X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron
Steps to Writing Well, 9th edition, Jean Wyrick
A dictionary containing 70,000+ entries, such as American Heritage, Webster's or Oxford
A novel that you will choose from a short list to be provided
Note: Please bring all textbooks to each class
1. Five or six essays (750 words minimum) - 50% of final grade
2. Research paper (6-10 pp.) - 20% of final grade
3. Final exam - 10% of final grade
4. Attendance, participation, homework (including journal assignments), and tests - 20% of final grade
Essays written both in and out of class will be evaluated based on content, organization, style, and mechanics. All essays (both in-class and outside) must be submitted on time. Essay grades will be dropped a minimum of one full grade for each class period it is late and will not be accepted after one week from the due date. The final essay of the semester will not be accepted after the due date. If you are absent the day an essay is due, do not expect to be able to hand in your late essay for full credit after I have collected them. Such essays will still be considered late, and you will be considered late or absent. If you are absent or do not have a typed draft ready the day we complete peer review of an essay, you automatically lose homework and participation credit.
Textbook homework counts 20 points per week, whether it is collected or checked. Please respond to textbook homework on notebook paper (staple pages together (into a portfolio) to be collected or checked on various announced and unannounced dates throughout the semester). Always identify the author of the reading assignment, the page number, and the date you responded. Handwritten responses are okay to the textbook homework. No need to copy directions and questions from the book. Thoughtful answers that show your understanding of the material will suffice. Homework is an integral part of college work and your completed assignments will strongly impact how well you do on your essays and tests. Textbook homework is due during class and at the time collected.
Tests may be given during any particular class period on the reading, grammar, or essay activities covered up to that time. No make-up tests will be given due to absence. However, because of absence or low grade, you may drop one homework grade and one test score. Keep up with the reading and you will succeed.
Standards: Final drafts of essays must be typed double space. You must meet the minimum requirement for the number of words for each homework essay; otherwise, you will be graded down. Number the pages; staple the essay at the upper left-hand corner; provide a title page in the center of the page, and your name, the class, and the date in the lower right-hand corner. Neatly crossing out is acceptable on handwritten and typed assignments. In-class essays can be hand-written (double spaced in ink). Always bring in one extra copy of your rough draft for peer review.
Types of peer review: 1). content 2). structure 3). grammar and spelling
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. If you miss more than 4 class meetings, you will not receive points for participation, and you may be dropped from the class. While I realize that parking and bus schedules can be a problem, tardiness and early departures from class will affect your grade. If you are late, please write your name and the time on a piece paper and place it on my desk (otherwise, you will be considered absent from the class). Chronic tardiness is both rude and disruptive. Hopefully no one will need to drop the class; however, if you do, it is your responsibility to complete the necessary forms and observe all the deadlines; otherwise you may risk receiving an F for the course. If you are absent, you are still responsible for keeping up with assignments and changes in our schedule. You may wish to exchange phone numbers with another student so you can call for assignment changes, if you miss class.
Classmate #1: Name and phone #:___________________________________
Classmate #2: Name and phone #:___________________________________
Plagiarism: Plagiarism—presenting someone else’s words or ideas as your own—is a serious offense. If you copy another person's writing, you will receive a zero for the assignment and you may receive an F for the course. Please do not plagiarize.
Tutoring: Free tutoring is available in the Humanities Tutoring Center in DRSCHR 313, located upstairs across the hall from the English Department. Appointments must be made in person. Note that tutors can give feedback on content and organization and can answer specific grammar questions but do not proofread papers and do not do grammar checks. Please also come to my office hour for help and/or a referral. Remember, you do not need an appointment during office hours.
I reserve the right to amend the syllabus and schedule of assignments during the course of the semester.
Important note: Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off before you come to class. If I see your cell phone/pager or it rings any time during the class, you will lose grade points. No exceptions.
Tentative Essay Schedule for English 1
9/1 Diagnostic Essay
9/15 Essay #1: Rough Draft / Peer Review
9/22 Essay #1: Final Draft due
9/29 Essay #2: Rough Draft / Peer Review
10/6 Essay #2: Final Draft due
10/18 Essay #3: Rough Draft / Peer Review
10/27 Essay #3: Final Draft due
11/3 Essay #4: Rough Draft / Peer Review
11/8 Essay #4: Final Draft due
11/10 Essay #5: Rough Draft
11/15 Essay #5: Final Draft due
11/17 Research paper: Tentative thesis based on your reading and working bibliography
11/24 Research paper: revised thesis, outline, and introduction
12/1 Final draft of research paper due
office phone and voice mail: (310)434-4097
Office: DRSCHR 311C
The following is a tentative schedule. It may change as the semester progresses. Check the board each class period for additions or deletions to daily assignments. In addition, you will receive handouts that may not appear on the schedule. Come to class ready to discuss the reading selections assigned.
Note: As part of the writing process, you will be asked to peer edit and rewrite "final" submissions of essays.
Textbook homework counts 20 points per week, whether it is collected or checked. Please respond to textbook homework, including journal assignments, on notebook paper or typewritten; staple pages together into a portfolio to be collected or checked on various announced and unannounced dates throughout the semester. Always identify the author of the reading assignment, the number(s) of the questions assigned, the page number, and the date you responded. No need to copy directions and questions from the book. Thoughtful answers that show your understanding of the material will suffice. Homework is an integral part of college work and your completed assignments will strongly impact how well you do on your essays and tests. Textbook homework is due during class and at the time collected.
For all textbook homework from The Bedford Reader (BR) and from Steps to Writing Well (Steps) be sure to write answers to activities that appear based on the range of pages assigned.
Abbreviations requiring written responses: Questions on Meaning (QOM), Questions on Writing Strategies (QWS)
You will be asked to read a full-length work and to complete a double-entry journal based on your reading. A handout will be provided along with a list of possible titles.
Finally, grammar review activities appear throughout the schedule. More grammar activities may be appended, as needed. Do not forget to utilize the English Tutoring Lab upstairs inRoom 313.
8/30 & 9/1 Introduction to the class. Discussion of syllabus. Biographical surveys. In-class essay. Reading assessment.
Reading strategies, including previewing a selection.
9/6 Labor Day Holiday
9/8 Assignment before class: Purchase textbooks and materials. Be sure to obtain a
computer password, if you have not done so to date.
Bedford Reader (BR), Preview table of contents, read pp. 1-31; Preview pp. 33-48
(exclude suggestions for writing, p. 34-35)
Steps to Writing Well (Steps), read pp. 166-171 (stop before Practicing section)
In class: Techniques of critical reading. Review of the reading homework.
Assignment of Essay #1
9/13 Assignment before class: BR, Maya Angelou, "Champion of the World," pp. 86-90; Questions on Meaning (QOM), #1, p. 89
Steps, Maya Angelou, "Sister Flowers," pp. 333-337; answer #1 on p. 337
In-class: Discussion and analysis of narration and the thesis statement revisited.
Introduction to the double-entry journal.
9/15 Assignment before class: BR, Brad Manning, "Arm Wrestling With My Father,"
pp. 136-140; Questions on Writing Strategy (QWS), #1, p. 140
Steps, "The Thesis Statement," pp. 31-43 (stop before Assignment section on p. 43)
In-class: Rough Draft of Essay #1 due / Peer Review
In-class writing: thesis statement
Steps, grammar review, "Effective Sentences, Practicing What You Have Learned,"
pp. 126-128, 132, 136-13
9/20 Assignment before class: BR, Barbara Ascher, "On Compassion," pp. 183-185;
QOM, #2, p. 185; "Barbara Lazear Ascher on Writing," p. 187. Complete discussion questions that follow.
Steps, "The Body Paragraphs," pp. 47-55 (stop before Practicing What You've
Learned), continue with pp. 59-62
In class: Essay organization, paragraph analysis and adequate development.
9/22 Assignment before class: BR, Anna Quindlen, "Homeless," pp. 188-190;
Journal Writing Assignment, p. 190; QOM, #1, p. 190
Steps, "The Body Paragraphs," pp. 64-72 (stop before Parallelism)
In class: Final draft of Essay #1 due
Paragraph unity, fact versus opinion, comparison and contrast.
Assignment of essay #2
Steps, grammar review (fragments, run-on sentences, and comma splices), pp. 490-493
9/27 Assignment before class: BR, Bruce Calton, "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts,"
pp. 242-245; QOM, #'s 1 and 2, p. 245
Steps, "Paragraph Unity" continued, pp. 72-78
Steps, "Beginnings and Endings," pp. 79-87 (exclude Assignment on page 86)
In class: Writing introductions, conclusions, and titles. Comparison and contrast. Transitions.
9/29 Assignment before class: Type draft, essay #2.
Steps, Preview "Writing a Paper Using Research," pp. 355-406 (you will be using these pages as reference); Read closely pp. 397-406
In class: Rough draft of essay #2 due / Peer review
Begin discussion of Research Paper; choose a partner with a shared topic interest.
10/4 Assignment before class: Steps, "Drafting and Revising: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking," pp. 89-109 (stop before Practicing What You've Learned). Read "Some Advice...," pp. 110-113.
Steps, Preview "Argumentation," pp. 273-305
In class: Library orientation for research paper.
Revising and editing. Argumentation and refutation.
10/6 Assignment before class: BR, Colleen Wenke, "Too Much Pressure," pp. 557-561; QOM, #'s 1, 2, and 3
Steps, "Common Logical Fallacies," pp. 282-287 (stop before Essay Topics on p. 287) Continue to read "A Topic Proposal for Your Essay" and "Sample Student Essay,"pp. 288-291
In class: Final copy of essay #2 due
Logical fallacies and argumentation.
Assignment of essay #3
Double entry journal
10/11 Assignment before class: Steps, "Writing a Research Paper," (Focusing Your Topic and Beginning Your Library Research), pp. 355-363
In class: Gathering, recording, and using information from sources.
Double entry journal assignment due
10/13 Assignment before class: Steps, "Writing a Research Paper," (Conducting the Personal Interview, Preparinga Working Bibliography, and Choosing and Evaluating Your Sources), pp. 363-370
Steps, grammar review, "Word Logic," practice exercises, pp. 147-148. "Selecting the Best Words," read and complete pp. 149-161 (stop before Assignment section on p. 161).
In class: Research paper activities. Grammar review
10/18 Assignment before class: Type draft of Essay #3.
Steps, "Writing a Research Paper," (Preparing an Annotated Bibliography, Taking notes, and Incorporating Source Material), pp. 370-376
In class: Rough draft of essay #3 due / Peer review
Research paper activities
10/20 Assignment before class: BR, Gore Vidal, "Drugs," pp. 437-439; Journal Writing exercise, p. 439; Continue with "Gore Vidal on Writing," pp. 440-441. Complete discussion questions that follow. Steps, "Writing a Research Paper," (Avoiding Plagiarism and MLA Documentation Style), pp. 376-391 (stop before APA Style) Note library assignments on pp. 379-380.
Cause and Effect. Research paper activities.
10/25 Assignment before class: BR, Meghan Daum, "Safe-Sex Lies," pp. 442-446; Journal Writing assignment and QOM, p. 446, #2
Cause and Effect
10/27 Assignment before class: BR, Lucinda Rosenfeld, "How
to Dump a Friend,"pp. 281-283; QOM, #1,
In class: Final draft of essay #3 due. Process Analysis.
Assignment of essay #4
HOW IS THE RESEARCH PAPER COMING ALONG?
11/1 Assignment before class: BR, Marie Winn, "TV Addiction," pp. 486-488; QOM, # 1, 3 and QWS, #1, p. 488
In-class: Definition. Research paper followup.
11/3 Assignment before class: Type draft of essay #4
In class: Rough draft of essay #4 / Peer review
Research paper followup
Grammar review: punctuation patterns
11/8 Assignment before class: BR, "Division or Analysis: Slicing into Parts," pp. 310-319
BR, Armin Brott, "Not All Men Are Sly Foxes," pp. 324-326; QOM, # 1, 2, pp. 326
Compile research materials to date to bring to class.
Final draft of essay #4
In class: Final draft of essay #4 due. Division and Analysis. Peer discussion and individual evaluation for research paper.
11/10 Assignment before class: Steps, "Writing in Class: Exams and "Response" Essays, pp. 407-414 (stop before Assignment on p. 414). Continue reading "Writing the Summary-and-Response Essay," pp. 414-419 (stop before Practicing What You've Learned on page 419).
Bring a blue book (large size) for in-class writing of Essay #5 to be turned in at the end of class.
11/15 Assignment before class: BR, Russell Baker, "The Plot Against People," pp. 366-368; QOM, # 1, 3, p. 368
In class: Classification
In-class revision of essay #5 from last week. Final draft of essay #5 due.
11/17 Assignment before class: Tentative thesis based on your reading for research paper and working bibliography.
In class: Have research paper notes in class to be checked. This includes quotes, paraphrases, and summaries to date.
11/22 Assignment before class: BR, "Mixing the Methods," pp. 565-567
BR, Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal," pp. 653-661; QOM, #1,2,3, p. 661; Read "Jonathan Swift on Writing," pp. 662-663.
In-class: Mixing the methods of development.
11/24 Assignment before class: Research paper activities: Revised thesis, outline and introduction.
In-class: Revised thesis, outline and introduction to research paper due.
11/29 Assignment before class: Selected reading
In-class: Selected reading
12/1 Assignment before class: Revise/Proofread research paper.
In class: Final draft of research papers due
12/6 Assignment before class: Steps, "Writing About Literature," pp. 421-441 (stop before Suggestions for Writing)
In class: Writing about literature
12/8 Assignment before class: Selected reading - journal
In class: Selected reading/comments/sharing of responses to reading.
12/13 Prepare for FINAL EXAM.
Final Exam: 11:15 class (#1680). Your exam is on Monday, December 20, from 12:00 – 3:00
12:45 class (#1699). Your exam is on Weds., December 15, from 12:00 – 3:00