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English Department School of Liberal Arts

CCBC, Essex Campus Sections EMY (91638)

ENGL 101, College Composition I EXY (93920)

Basic Course Information

  1. Semester: Fall 2013

  1. Class Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  1. Instructor: J. Watts

  1. E-mail:

  1. Office: AHUM 301

  1. Office Hours: Thursdays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., and by appointment

  1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENGL 052 or LVE 2 OR successful completion of ESOL 052 and (RDNG 052 or LVR 2) OR enrollment in ALP.

  1. Emergency Closings: For information about school cancellations, call 443-840-4567, check, or listen to local radio and television stations. To sign up for the emergency alert system, visit

  1. Course-related Concerns: Students should first attempt to take concerns to the instructor. If students are unable to resolve course-related concerns with the instructor, they should contact Associate Professor Brooke Bognanni, Coordinator of English for CCBC-Essex at . The CCBC Student Concerns Policy can be found in the online college catalog.

Course Goals

  1. Course Description

ENGL 101 provides instruction in a writing process that will enable students to develop a topic, organize their ideas, write a draft, and revise, edit, and proofread their work. The course also teaches students how to access, evaluate, incorporate, and document outside material when writing essays and to continue improving grammar and language usage.

  1. Overall Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Employ a recursive writing process that includes invention, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading;

  2. Work collaboratively with peers to plan, develop, and carry out writing projects and provide constructive feedback;

  3. Write well-organized, unified, coherent essays with clear and complete thesis statements that express a purpose;

  4. Think critically and support the thesis with details, examples, reasons, and other evidence;

  5. Employ a variety of rhetorical strategies to express complex ideas;

  6. Vary sentence structure and length;

  7. Use language appropriate for a given audience;

  8. Conduct research by accessing standard library resources, which may be in both print and electronic formats;

  9. Evaluate sources by examining authenticity, currency, validity, and reliability;

  10. Incorporate outside material into essays by summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing correctly;

  11. Provide documentation for sources with a Works Cited page and parenthetical citations, using MLA format; and

  12. Conform to the grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules of standard written English with a minimum of errors.

C. Major Topics

  1. Audience awareness

  2. Writing as a recursive process

  3. Essay organization and development

  4. Unity, coherence and clarity in written language

  5. Rhetorical strategies

  6. Sentence variety

  7. Grammar, punctuation, and usage review

  8. Summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting

  9. Documenting and citing both print and electronic sources in MLA format

  10. Writing a research paper that employs a variety of print and electronic sources

  11. Revising, editing, and proofreading

  12. The impact of technology on writing

D. Rationale
ENGL 101 provides knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable you to achieve many of your academic and career goals. Most of the techniques you will learn for planning, writing, and revising essays can be readily transferred to academic and work situations in which you will be required to communicate your ideas in writing. The fundamental skills learned in this course—the thinking and writing skills—will enable you to develop exam responses and papers for a variety of academic courses as well as for reports and other written materials for job-related assignments. In addition, the writing experiences in this course will help you to develop attitudes of persistence and cooperation that will enable you to succeed in the contemporary world.


  1. Course Requirements

    1. Attend class regularly (See Attendance Policy)

    2. Participate in class discussions and activities

    3. Bring books and “work in progress” to each class unless otherwise directed

    4. Complete a diagnostic writing sample (ungraded) at the start of the semester

    5. Complete assigned reading selections and short writing reflections

    6. Write four essays, employing all the steps in the writing process—including generating ideas, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing. One of the essays will be completed in class, and one will be a research-based paper requiring students to use credible electronic and print sources and to document those sources according to MLA guidelines.

    7. Complete an end-of-semester grammar and usage quiz

  1. Grading Policy

Essays and other assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the due date. Any assignment handed in late will receive a deduction of one-half letter grade for each day it is late. Please DO NOT place a late assignment in my mailbox. Instead,

e-mail it to me so I will receive it more quickly and you will have a record of your submission date. To pass this course, you must complete ALL assigned essays.
You have the option of rewriting one of your first two essays to improve your grade. This option does not apply to work turned in late. I will average your original grade with the grade for your rewritten essay to determine your final grade for that assignment. Rewritten essays must be turned in by Tuesday, November 12.
When submitting a rewritten essay, you must also turn in your original paper with my comments and your original grade sheet. Even if you choose not to rewrite an essay, please keep all drafts of your papers, my comments, and your revisions through the end of the semester for reference.
Assignments and tests have the following point values:

Assignment/Test Point Value
Essay 1 150

Essay 2 200

Essay 3 (Research-Based) 250

Essay 4 (In-Class) 100

Essay Preparation Activities 100

Short Written Reflections 100

Final Grammar/Word Usage Quiz 100
Total Points 1000
Your final grade is determined in the following manner:
Final Points Earned Letter Grade Received
900 – 1000 points A

800 – 899 points B

700 – 799 points C

600 – 699 points D

0 – 599 points F
If a student earns a point value that is on the “borderline” between two grades

(e.g., 899), I will consider the student’s attendance and class participation, which may result in the student receiving the higher grade.

  1. Attendance Policy

    1. Absences – Attendance and participation are necessary to successfully complete this course. Many activities, such as peer editing and in-class writing assign-ments, cannot easily be made up, so it is important that you be in class to get credit for these activities. A student who is absent from class is responsible for obtaining material covered in class, for being aware of any changes to the syllabus or assignments, and for submitting assignments that are due that day to avoid late penalties. You may want to exchange e-mail addresses with a classmate to help each other in the event of an absence. You also should check Blackboard for updates if you are absent. Since attendance is critical, if you miss more than four classes, you will be subject to failing the course.

    1. Tardiness – Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Three episodes of lateness will equal one absence. If you are more than 20 minutes late, you will be marked absent, but it is still better to come to class late than to miss it entirely. If you must leave early, please let me know before class begins. Leaving class early will have the same penalty as arriving late. In other words, it will count as 1/3 of an absence.

    1. Late Openings – If the college opens late, report to the class you would normally be in at that time. For example, if the college opens at 10:00 a.m. and your class typically begins at 9:35 a.m., you would report to that class at 10:00 a.m.

    1. Class Cancellation – If I must cancel a class due to illness or an emergency, I will announce the cancellation on Blackboard. I will also request that a notice be placed on the classroom door. If for some reason there is no notice on the door but I am not in the classroom within 20 minutes of the typical starting time for the class, you may assume that the class is cancelled and leave. Check Blackboard for assignments.

  1. Religious Holidays Policy

Students not attending class because they are observing major religious holidays will be given the opportunity, whenever possible, to make up, within a reasonable amount of time, any academic work or tests they miss. Students must make arrangements with me in advance of the religious holiday.

  1. Out-of-Class School Work Expectations

The U.S. Department of Education mandates that students be made aware of expectations regarding school work to be completed outside the classroom. For each credit hour of class, a student is expected to complete at least two hours of work (reading, studying, completing assignments, etc.) per week outside of the classroom. For example, since this is a three-credit course, students are expected to spend at least six hours per week outside the classroom on class-related reading, homework, and studying.

  1. Academic Integrity

Part of each student’s education requires learning how to use information correctly. Using another person’s words or ideas without giving proper credit to the source is plagiarism and is a serious offense. Students who plagiarize unknowingly will be shown their error and instructed in the proper use of information and citing of sources. Students who continue to plagiarize, however, may fail an assignment, fail a course, be dismissed from a program, or ultimately be expelled from the college.

Examples of plagiarism include the following:

  • Submitting written work taken from another source as one's own. Examples of other sources are materials from a published author or from the Internet;

  • Using undocumented quotations or passages from another writer;

  • Using someone else's original ideas, opinions, or research without giving him or her credit; and

  • Paraphrasing without attribution.

  1. Services for Students with Disabilities

CCBC is committed to providing equally-accessed educational opportunities for students with disabilities. A student with a disability may contact the appropriate campus office for an appointment to discuss reasonable accommodations. An appointment must be scheduled within a time period that allows staff adequate time to respond to the special needs of the student. The student must provide the appropriate office with the proper documentation supporting the need for reasonable accommodations. Students are responsible for giving the documentation to the professor during the first week of class.

  1. Writing Assistance

Students may get assistance with their writing skills at the campus Writing Center or through the OWL (On-line Writing Lab). Staffed by CCBC professors, the Writing Center and OWL help students with many facets of composition, including planning, organizing ideas, editing, documenting sources, and understanding professors’ comments. The Writing Consultants will NOT proofread papers, write any part of students’ papers, or comment on grades.

Writing Center - Call 443-840-1799 or visit AHUM 338 to make an appointment
OWL - (allow 48 hours for response)

  1. Computer Labs

There are several open computer labs for your use on campus. The Writing Center, the Student Success Center, and the library are three locations that offer computer access.

Course Materials and Procedures

  1. Required Texts

    1. Bullock, Richard, and Francine Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2011.

    1. Shipler, David. The Working Poor: Invisible in America, New York: Vintage Books, 2005.

    1. Supplemental reading material provided by me as handouts or web connections.

  1. Other Required Materials

    1. Notebook paper and two pens, one black or blue, and the other a contrasting color

    1. A flash drive on which you can save written assignments completed in class

    1. A pocket folder without brads for submitting essays, drafts, etc.

    1. Access to a computer since all assignments must be typed

  1. Written Assignments

All assignments must be typed and double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 inch white paper. Essays that are not typed will not be accepted. Essays should follow MLA Guidelines for overall format, in-text citation of sources, and the Works Cited page. Please submit each essay (except for the in-class essay) in a pocket folder along with your prewriting/brainstorming, informal outline, rough draft with revisions, peer review sheet, and final draft. Papers handed in without these supporting items will have up to 10 points deducted for each missing item.

  1. E-Mail

When sending e-mail to me, you must use your CCBC e-mail account. This is the best way to ensure that I will receive your message. The college uses a spam filtering system which often traps messages from other sources. If I need to send a message to you, I will send it to your CCBC e-mail address. It is your responsibility to check your CCBC e-mail periodically for communications. If you have a problem with your account, call the Helpdesk at 443-840-HELP.

  1. Classroom Code of Conduct

Students are expected to exhibit appropriate classroom behavior at all times. Disruptive behavior such as making distracting noises, talking during class about topics not related to class, using electronic devices without permission, exhibiting angry behavior, or repeatedly entering and leaving the room will not be tolerated. The following rules will be strictly enforced:

    1. Cell phones must be turned off (or put on silent mode) and placed in bags or pockets during class. Texting, receiving or making calls, playing games, or using the Internet without permission during class time is prohibited.

    1. While class is in session, students may not use tablets or computers without permission or for activities that are not related to a class assignment.

    1. Unauthorized visitors (including a student’s child) may not attend class.

    1. Students are expected to exhibit behavior that is respectful of others at all times.

I reserve the right to ask students who disrupt the class to leave the classroom, and they will not be permitted to return to class until they meet with me.

  1. Withdrawal and Incomplete Grades

If you decide to discontinue this course for any reason, please make sure to officially withdraw from the course through the Office of Records and Registration. The last day to withdraw is Friday, November 1.

An “Incomplete” grade will be given only in extraordinary circumstances and must be mutually agreed upon by the student and me. All assignments up to that point must have been completed. The student must complete all additional work for the course by Friday, February 21, 2014. If work is not completed by that date, the final grade will be changed to “F.”

  1. Advancement to Next level of English

To advance from ENGL 101 to ENGL 102, students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in ENGL 101.

  1. Assignment Due Dates

    1. The attached schedule of assignment due dates is subject to change, but I will give sufficient notice to students regarding any changes, and I also will post changes on Blackboard.

    1. Students are expected to come to each class prepared to discuss the assigned reading and to hand in any written work that is due.

    1. If a class is cancelled for any reason, assignments due that day will be due the next class meeting.

    1. If a student is absent from class on the date a written assignment is due, he or she must e-mail the assignment to me by the beginning of the scheduled class to avoid a late penalty as outlined in the Grading Policy section of this syllabus.

A Final Note: My goal is to help you improve your writing skills and succeed in this class. If you have questions during the semester about any of the material we cover, or if you feel you need help, please don’t hesitate to talk to me after class, send an e-mail, or schedule a meeting with me. Together we can have a great semester!
English 101 – Fall 2013

Assignment Due Dates
LS = The Little Seagull Handbook

WP = The Working Poor


Reading Due

Writing Due

Tues., August 27

Thurs., August 29

Tues., September 3

LS - “Writing Contexts” (2 – 5)

LS – “Writing Processes” (6 – 13)

Essay 1 Assigned

Thurs., September 5

LS – Personal Narratives (46 – 49)

Sample Narrative – “Salvation” (Hughes)

Prewriting (Essay 1)

Tues., September 10

Sample Narrative – “The Chase” (Dillard)

Working thesis statement (Essay 1)

Informal outline (Essay 1)

Thurs., September 12

LS – “Developing Paragraphs” (14 – 26)

LS – “Complete Sentences” & “Sentence Fragments” (230 – 235)

Tues., September 17

LS – “Comma Splices, Fused Sentences” (235 – 237)

Rough Draft (Essay 1)

Peer Review

Thurs., September 19

Final Draft (Essay 1)

Tues., September 24

WP – Preface & Introduction

(ix – 10)

Essay 2 Assigned

Thurs., September 26

Sample Exemplification Essay (TBD)

WP – ½ Ch. 1 (13 – 27)

“Money and Its Opposite”

Tues., October 1

WP – Rest of Ch 1 (27 – 38)

“Money and Its Opposite”

Thesis/outline (Essay 2)

Thurs., October 3

WP – ½ Ch 2 (39-50)

“Work Doesn’t Work”

Tues., October 8

WP – Rest of Ch 2 (50-76)

“Work Doesn’t Work”

Thurs., October 10

Rough Draft (Essay 2)

Peer Review

Tues., October 15

Final Draft (Essay 2)

Mid-Term Conferences

Thurs., October 17

LS – “Arguments” (32 – 37)

WP – Ch. 3 (77 – 95)

“Importing the Third World”

Research Paper Assigned

Tues., October 22

LS – “Doing Research” (68 – 70)

WP – Ch. 4 (96 – 120)

“Harvest of Shame”

One-page Reflection

Thurs., October 24

LS – Finding/Evaluating Sources ( 70 – 80)

WP – Ch. 5 (121 – 141)

“The Daunting Workplace”

Tues., October 29

WP – Ch. 6 (142 – 173)

“Sins of the Fathers”

Thesis (Research Paper)

Thurs., October 31

LS – “Synthesizing Ideas” (80 – 82)

LS – “Integrating Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism” (82-92)

Tues., November 5

WP – Ch. 7 (174 – 200)


Outline & Sources (Research Paper)

Thurs., November 7

WP – Ch. 8 (201 – 230)

“Body and Mind”

One-page Reflection

Tues., November 12

WP – Ch. 9 (231 – 253)


Last day to turn in rewrite of Essay 1 or 2

Thurs., November 14

WP – Ch. 10 (254 – 284)

“Work Works”

Tues., November 19

Rough Draft (Research Paper)

Peer Review

Thurs., November 21

Final Draft (Research Paper)

Tues., November 26

WP – Ch. 11 (285 – 300)

“Skill and Will”

Thurs., November 28


No Class

Tues., December 3

In-class Essay

Thurs., December 5

Tues., December 10

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Exam Date

Usage/grammar quiz

Note: During the semester, we will refer to other sections in The Little Seagull Handbook, such as “MLA Style” (93-135), “Editing” (230 – 311), etc.

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