English 101, Fall 2002 Arizona State University

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English 101, Fall 2002

Arizona State University
Instructor: Jonathan Drnjevic, Ph.D. or “Dr. D.” for short

Office Hours: 10:30-11:30 MWF and 1:40-2:40 MWF or by appointment

E-mail: jmd@asu.edu (recommended form of communication, I’m an e-mail junkie)

Phone numbers: (602) 471 9830 (home/cell)

(480) 727 7060 (office in Hayden Library)
Textbook: The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing, 6th Edition. (Required)
Congratulations, you’re about to begin what can be the most interesting and challenging years of your life. English 101, while it may not be at the top of your ‘to do’ list, can help you as you begin your time at ASU. The purpose of this course is to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and then work on improving your written communication. One of the most valuable skills that you can acquire in college is the ability to write cogently and with finesse. I’m interested in knowing each of you and helping you excel at ASU. Since I’ve been at ASU since 1985 in one capacity or another, feel free to ask any questions you may have. ASU is great places to live, learn, and have a good time.
Attendance Policy: If you are absent more than 6 times in the course of the semester, you will fail English 101. This is a policy of the Writing Programs at ASU, and not subject to negotiation. That said, the key to success in this course is communication. I realize that we all have lives and obligations outside of our academic pursuits, so stay in contact with your instructor should some catastrophe arise. I want you to feel comfortable in class, and therefore I try to make the class sessions as stress-free as possible. I also will schedule conferences with you at several points in the semester to talk with you individually about your essays and any other concerns you may have. Attendance at these conferences is important because it’s your chance to get direct feedback one-on-one.
I’ll ask you to write four essays and a portfolio letter this semester. Your grades on these essays and consideration for your class participation will comprise your final grade. All essays can be revised for an improved grade. You’ll find if you do your best, and pay attention to my suggestions or corrections, you’ll do just fine. Here are the essays you’ll be writing:
Essay/Assignment Percent weighting

Personal Experience/Narrative 20

Place Description with two perspectives 20

Review/Evaluation Essay 20

Argument Essay 20

Portfolio review and accompanying letter 10

Class participation/other assignments 10

Classroom protocol:

My goal is to make your time in English 101 valuable to you. You can help everyone in the class by arriving on time and equipped with your book and supplies. I’d always rather have you arrive late, than not come at all. When peer-review sessions take place, make sure that you have an open mind and use your best knowledge to help your classmates. Remember, when choosing a topic, that your paper will often be read by peers in class—you may want to avoid topics that would cause embarrassment or anger.
Personal Notes:
I want you to enjoy coming to class, so I try to make our time together stress free and even entertaining. I think you’ll find Arizona State University to be a very user-friendly place. I hope that you’ll feel free to e-mail me for help with essays or just for advice about the campus. I work ½ time in the Hayden Library Reference Service, and would be happy to help you should you need to do research.
Class Calendar:
August 26—First Day of Class, time to get comfortable, a bit about your instructor or “Who is this guy, anyway?” the dreaded syllabus talk, first essay is introduced, introductions if time permits.
August 28—Introductions continued if necessary, Read an example of a personal experience/narrative essay, Does this sound like something you’d enjoy writing? .
August 30—Split into groups of 4 or 5 for discussion of topics followed by a class-wide discussion in round-robin fashion, this is the time to hear what others are planning and make a better topic choice. You are in no way bound to produce an essay on the topic you mention, so use this chance to get your ideas out there
September 2—Labor Day, Class excused
September 4—More discussion of personal experience writing; a bit about dialogue; another example if time permits.
September 6—Peer review of Personal Experience Paper; bring a typed copy of your essay for a classmate to read and offer suggestions.
September 9—Personal Experience Paper due. Sign-up sheet for conferences will be passed at this time.
September 11, 13, and 16—Individual Conferences with Dr. D. in classroom during class time.
September 18—Introduce Place Description Essay, How can a few subtle changes effect the message you send in your writing? You’ll not find this Essay in your text, I’ll be using a section from the Allyn and Bacon Guide to give you ideas.
September 20—Unrestricted Course Withdrawal Deadline—An example from Dr. D.’s files.
September 23—
September 25—
September 27—Place Description Essay Due. Sign-up for a conference at this meeting.
September 30, October 2 and 4—Individual Conferences with Dr. D. in the classroom.
October 7—
October 16—Mid-term grade report due
November 11—Veterans Day, Class Excused
November 28, 29—Thanksgiving Holiday, No classes. (ASU beats u of a!!!)
December 4, 6, and 9—Individual Conferences with Dr. D. in the classroom during class time.

Final Exam Dates and Times:

There is no final exam in English 101. Dr. D. will be at the classroom at the following times for discussion or informal gatherings. I hope to have all your material handed back at this point so that we can relax and enjoy some holiday cheer.
11:40 Section # 94246—Wednesday, December 18 at 7:40 to 9:30 a.m.

12:40 Section # 56577—Friday, December 13 at 12:20 to 2:10 p.m.

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