ENGLISH 101: Reading and Composition -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Spring Semester 2014
Student Learning Outcomes
The following are a list of skills you should have upon completing English 101; in other words, skills we will be working on throughout the semester.
read critically and analytically, identifying central arguments (theses/claims) and lines of reasoning in a number of different kinds of texts, emphasizing non-fiction texts.
recognize specific rhetorical strategies writers employ to advance their arguments (theses/claims), taking into account purpose and audience.
locate and evaluate primary and secondary sources for depth, breadth, credibility, and relevance, using the library databases and Internet; books and printed scholarly articles; and non-print sources such as audio/visual, interviews, site visits, and field studies.
identify, evaluate, and synthesize multiple points of view, noting how various perspectives inform, complicate, and/or build upon one another. Recognize that all writing takes place in contexts, such as historical, cultural, biographical, religious, and political.
employ a variety of rhetorical structures and organizational patterns to support or advance a central idea (thesis).
make effective rhetorical choices regarding point of view, tone, and voice in relation to audience and purpose.
conduct independently-conceived research in response to a question, problem, or issue, defining and articulating the nature and extent of information needed.
synthesize, integrate, and contextualize multiple outside sources (through quotations, paraphrasing, and summary) with their own voice, analysis, or position, while avoiding plagiarism.
understand the value of accurately formatting a paper and citing sources applying conventions such as MLA style.
Jacobus, Lee A. A World Of Ideas 9th Ed. ISBN:1-4576-0436-1
Handouts and other materials for this class will be in digital form and will be found online atwww.professorrall.wordpress.com
Other Required Materials:
Notebook for writing exercises and journal writing
Access to a computer with internet capabilities and a printer. (available at the Computer Lab)
Desk dictionary – preferably with etymological entries or try www.etymoline.com
English 101 is an introduction to writing and reading as critical inquiry, focusing on the rhetoric of written argument. The course is designed to help college students successfully undertake writing projects that have the depth and complexity of college-level work. By the end of the course, students should be able to identify and analyze features of written arguments and to write an argument about problems or questions addressed in the course. They should be able to write and revise papers in which they address complex questions effectively, use source materials responsibly, and make sound decisions about structure, cohesion, and conventions of correctness. (A list of course criteria immediately follows this course description)
Essay 2 ……………………………10%
2 Leadership Roles (10%ea) ….…….20%
Essay 1 4-6-page Argument Using sources to support the Thesis on a democratically elected topic from the class. All papers must be double-spaced with one-inch margins and in MLA format. First (rough) drafts will be required and no paper will be accepted without an accompanying first draft.
Essay 2 4-6 page comparative analysis of argumentative strategies.
Writer’s/Reader’s Journal—one page response to the reading Due on Tuesday of the
Attendance/ Participation in class discussions, group work and peer review. Keep in mind that attendance is a reflection of this; you cannot participate if you are not in the class.
Late papers will be accepted, but for a letter grade lower each day it is late.
All assignments and papers must be turned in as Hard Copies. In other words, No emails or disks unless otherwise instructed.
Attendance and Participation: It is the student’s responsibility to drop classes in which he/she is no longer attending. . It is the instructor’s discretion to withdraw a student after the add/drop deadline (include date) due to excessive absences. ‘Extenuating circumstances’ are verified cases of accidents, illness, other circumstances beyond the control of the student. (58004) If a student misses more than six (6) hours of class time, they will be considered ineligible to pass the course Students who remain enrolled in a class beyond the published withdrawal deadline, as stated in the class schedule, will receive an evaluative letter grade in this class. The final grade in this class will be affected by active participation, including attendance, as follows: (instructor to define specifically how attendance, including participation, will affect final grade in the class.)
Plagiarism and Academic Integrity:The faculty, administration, and staff of Mesa College, in creating a culture of academic excellence, value honesty and integrity in all aspects of learning, working, and participating in the college community. Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in the pursuit of academic goals. Students who are found to be in violation of Administrative Procedure 3100.3 Honest Academic Conduct, will receive a grade of zero on the assignment, quiz, or exam in question and may be referred for disciplinary action in accordance with Administrative Procedure 3100.2, Student Disciplinary Procedures. Cheating and plagiarism is taking the work of others and presenting it as if it was your own. You must always cite your sources. For more information, please consult with your instructor or contact the office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
It is very important to be respectful towards your fellow classmates and myself. Being rude in the classroom, for any reason, but particularly for reasons of gender, race, religion, and sexual preference, is unacceptable to me. In addition, it is expected that you pay respectful and appropriate attention when others in the class are speaking. If you behave rudely, please expect me to bring it forcefully and promptly to your attention.
Cell Phones are a distraction to learning! If I find that you are distracted by your cellphone, I will ask you to leave and mark you absent. On the third time, I will drop you.
If you are registered with Disabled Student Services and require special arrangements to be made to accommodate your learning needs, I am delighted to work with you. Please make sure that I am aware of your needs, so that I can work towards meeting them.
English 101 T/Th Tentative Course Calendar Spring 2014
Introductions : Class policies and Procedures /
Why English 101?
DATA SHEET Attendance: adds, drops, wait lists
Read and Journal: “The Argument for a Tuition Free Harvard Education”