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English Composition I (Spring 2010)

ENG 1001-06

Instructor: Nora Lethiot

Email address: nlethiot@ivcc.edu

Office hours: B325a; MWF 10-10:50; TR 9:15-10:00

Class time/location: TR 8:00-9:15 a.m. Main building E-214.

Required Texts and Materials:

Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009.

Kirszner, Laurie and Stephen Mandell. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical

Reader and Guide. 11th ed. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2010.

Class notebook or section of notebook

Writing utensils

3 ring binder with section dividers and labels

It also strongly recommended that you bring a flash drive to class.

Course Description:

English Composition I allows the student to study and apply rhetorical principles of writing in developing effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays, with particular emphasis on analyzing and writing expository prose. Students’ essays will be based upon their readings of a variety of texts on various topics. The course includes the use of various computer applications, including word-processing and the Internet.

Disability Statement:

If you need support or assistance because of a disability, you may be eligible for academic assistance accommodations though the Disability Services office. Stop by office B-204 or call Tina at 815-224-0284 or Judy at 815-224-0350.

Electronic Communication:

Every IVCC student has a college email account. You should check this email at least every other day. You should also use this account to communicate with instructors to avoid problems with compatibility.

You may not turn in work via email for this course.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

  1. Read a variety of texts with understanding and appreciation.

  2. Understand invention as a part of the writing process.

  3. Organize and develop ideas effectively and logically in essays.

  4. Develop effective, logical, and well-supported arguments.

  5. Understand and use a variety of rhetorical methods for developing ideas.

  6. Maintain a consistent and appropriate viewpoint, tone, and voice.

  7. Strengthen essays through the revision process.

  8. Write essays free of common stylistic weaknesses.

  9. Write essays free of excessive errors.

  10. Use word-processing software and the Internet to assist in the writing process.

  11. Understand documentation and plagiarism.

Attendance Policy:

To achieve success in this course you need to attend class on a regular basis. Six absences will result in an automatic withdrawal from the course (after the withdrawal date, failure will result). Poor or irregular attendance will negatively affect your course work, and therefore your grade in the class. Tardiness interrupts the class and is unacceptable; we are all late once in a while, but habitual tardiness could negatively affect your grade. Coming into class late at all will be considered as tardy and two tardies will equal one unexcused absence.

Withdrawal Policy and Financial Aid Statement:

You may withdraw from this course through Wednesday, April 14. If you withdraw by this date, you will earn a “W” as a grade. This will not affect your grade point average. In order to withdraw from the course, you must request a withdrawal from the instructor. See the IVCC catalogue for a full description of the withdrawal policy.

Please be aware that withdrawal from the course can affect financial aid. Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the Financial Aid office before withdrawing from a course.

Point Distribution:

Essay One

100 points

Essay Two

100 points

Essay Three

100 points

Essay Four

150 points

Writing portfolio

150 points


100 points

This class emphasizes the writing process and therefore weights formal writing assignments more heavily. However, the in-class activities are intended to strengthen your writing skills and will therefore significantly affect your grade. Assignments will be graded according to the following scale: 100-90%=A, 89-80%=B, 79-70%=C, 69-60=D, 59 and below=F.

All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Assignments must be typed, stapled, double-spaced, use 12 point font in Times New Roman, and have a proper heading.

In general terms, work that earns an A is considered outstanding, B work is considered good, C work is considered average, D work is considered below average, and F work is considered unacceptable.

Late/Missed Work

Late work is not accepted. In cases of emergency or extenuating circumstances, arrangements must be made with the instructor ahead of time to turn in work late. You WILL be asked to provide proof of an emergency for handing in late work. Granting an extension is solely at the discretion of the instructor.

If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get notes, find out what work you may have missed, and contact the instructor. You may not make up in-class activities. Work is not accepted through email.

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:

Plagiarism, or appropriating someone else’s work without citing the source, is unethical, unacceptable, and unprofessional. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Engaging in any form of plagiarism or academic dishonesty (cheating) will have severe consequences and could result in withdrawal/failing the course. We will discuss plagiarism in depth this semester. For more information, consult Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual and your IVCC handbook. This course adheres to IVCC’s plagiarism policy.

Classroom Rules/Computer Usage:

In a college classroom, appropriate behavior is expected at all times. The key focus of our class is respect. This means the instructor respects you as students and expects the same in return. You should also respect your classmates, your classroom, and yourselves. Students are expected to help each other, listen to speakers, and participate meaningfully. Foul language or teasing is not permitted. Students who show disrespect to the instructor or their peers may be asked to leave class. Subsequent offenses may lead to withdrawal from the course. In college, respectful behavior is expected at all times in the classroom and anything less is totally unacceptable.

This course is held in a computer lab. Therefore, you will all have a computer available at your seat. However, computers are to be used for classroom work only. Do not use your computer until specifically instructed to do so. Visiting any non-class websites, playing games, checking email, or other misuse of your computer is unacceptable. Any student engaging in inappropriate computer usage will be asked to leave class. Subsequent offenses may lead to withdrawal from the course. Keep in mind that you should continue to use the conventions of Standard English and proper manners (netiquette) in all course work, even that which is conducted online.

Assessment of Student Learning:

This course will use a variety of activities and assignments to measure the progress of students. Lecture, discussion, in-class activities, group and individual work, quizzes, journals, peer reviews, self-assessment, workshops, and writing portfolios will be used to gauge student success.

You will be asked to write four formal essays throughout the semester (objective summary, descriptive, comparison/contrast, and argumentative). You will complete an in-class diagnostic essay as well as an in-class reflective exit essay.

Essentials for Success in the Course:

  • Be prepared for class. You are expected to complete every reading and assignment in a timely manner. Come prepared to discuss readings. You should do more than simply complete the reading; you should re-read, comprehend, question, challenge, and evaluate each reading assignment. Have a dictionary close at hand for reference. Take notes, highlight, and/or annotate your text to help enhance your critical interpretation of it. Bring your textbook, notebook, binder, writing utensils, and an open mind to each class meeting.

  • Participate meaningfully. Since this course uses discussion frequently, you will be expected to contribute significantly during each class. Successful students (in any class) are willing and able to talk about the matters at hand in a meaningful way. An unwillingness to talk can be equated with an unwillingness to succeed. Come to class prepared with ideas and questions about the readings and assignments.

  • Make a commitment to succeed through hard work. This class will challenge you. Successful students will dedicate much time and thought to each reading and assignment. You will not be able to skate by in this course; diligence is essential.

  • Stay focused in class. Successful students dedicate their time in class to coursework. It is never acceptable to work on anything else while you are in class. Working on another subject, playing computer games, visiting social networking sites, using your cell phone, or sleeping communicates to your instructor that the class is not important to you. You will be asked to leave class (either for a short time or permanently) if you choose to engage in these activities.

  • Respect yourself, your classmates, your instructor, and your classroom. Treat each other with respect. Never interrupt, insult, disregard, or in any way prohibit your peers from communicating in class. Use appropriate language and avoid verbal attacks on classmates. Turn off all electronic devices. Students who disrupt the educational process in any way may be asked to leave class, either for a short time or permanently.

  • Keep in touch with your instructor. Contact me about any problems, concerns, worries, interests, ideas, or questions you may have. If you disappear from class, you will be withdrawn or fail the course.

  • Most importantly: respect yourself. Do not be afraid to express an idea or viewpoint. Your ideas are valuable and welcome in this space.

IVCC’s Core Values:

IVCC adheres to five core values which are very important to this course. Successful students will display the following characteristics: responsibility, caring, honesty, fairness, and respect. We will discuss these more throughout the semester. See your student handbook for more information.

Library Visit:

You will be asked to visit the library for an orientation on your own time. This must be completed before you hand in your first essay. We will discuss details in class.

Schedule: Pat=Patterns for College Writing. DH=Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual

Week One (1/14)

Pat. 1-13

Reading critically

Course and text introduction

Entering the dialogue

Diagnostic in-class essay introduction

Week Two (1/19-1/21)

Pat. 15-36

Submit in-class diagnostic essay

Paper format

Grading standards

Diagnostic grammar activity


Error logs


Blackboard training

Week Three (1/26-1/28)

Pat. 37-49, 97-101, 120-125, 135-142

DH 1-20

Introductions and conclusions

Body paragraphs


Introduction to essay one

Week Four (2/2-2/4)

Pat. 51-66

DH 21-40

Drafting and revising

Essay one prewriting

Essay one rough draft due-visit Writing Center

Peer review day

Subject-verb agreement, verb tense, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs

Week Five (2/9-2/11)

Pat. 67-79

DH 41-56

Sentence fragments and run-ons

Summarize Dave Barry article

Objective vs. subjective

Essay one due

Week Six (2/16-2/18)

DH 58-70

Revision workshop

Essay one revision due

Week Seven (2/23-2/25)

Pat. 143-160

DH 71-78

Vivid verbs and adjectives

Figures of speech

Apostrophes and quotations

Introduction to essay two

Week Eight (3/2-3/4)

Pat. 161, 162-165, 167-171, 173-175

DH 80-91

Essay two rough draft due

Essay two peer review

Week Nine (3/9-3/11)

Pat. 383-402, 405-410, 416-421, 431-435

Essay two due

Week Ten (3/26-3/18)

DH 104-130


Integrating quotes

In-text citations

Essay two revision due

Introduction to essay three

Week Eleven (3/23/-3/25)

DH 130-155


Outside readings/viewings

Essay three rough draft due

Essay three peer review

Week Twelve (3/30-4/2)

Pat. 547-559


Formal voice

Essay three due

Introduction to essay four

Week Thirteen (4/6-4/8)

Pat. 559-572

Argumentative thesis statements


Essay three revision due

Week Fourteen (4/13-4/15)

Pat. 575-580, 588-603, 606-607, 611-615


Essay four topic due

Week Fifteen (4/20-4/22)

Conferences on essay four rough draft including Works Cited

Week Sixteen (4/27-4/29)

Essay four due

Effective revision

Week Seventeen (5/4-5/6)

Error log rough and revision analysis rough draft due

Revision workshops

Week Eighteen (5/11-5/13)

Exam week begins

Writing portfolio due and final exam: Friday, May 14

This course syllabus is tentative and may be modified at the discretion of the instructor. This course adheres to all information, policies, and guidelines given in the IVCC Student Handbook.

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