English 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I, [3 Credit Hours] Fall 2010 / Spring 2011 Quest Early College High School – 2nd

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English 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I, [3 Credit Hours]

Fall 2010 / Spring 2011

Quest Early College High School – 2nd / 7th Period – Room 2412

Telephone: 281-641-7300
Leonor Calderon, Instructor Email: Leonor.calderon@humble.k12.tx.us

Office Hours: By Appointment
Course Description: A multi-paragraph composition course, including language study and the mechanics of writing, with examples from selected readings. Students may be required to achieve a departmentally approved score on a proficiency test before credit for the course may be awarded. The primary objective of English 1301 is to provide the student with knowledge and skills that will enhance his or her written communication. To accomplish this aim, an emphasis is placed on punctuation, grammatical usage, diction, sentence construction, paragraphing, logic, vocabulary enhancement, and essay examinations as well as the standard rhetorical modes.

Placement by testing or completion of ENGL 0307 or 0326 and ENGL 0305 or 0316


This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose writing in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Also, students will become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Upon completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Analyze a text according to purpose, audience, and other rhetorical concerns.

  • Respond logically, rather than react emotionally, to texts that reflect the writers’ diverse backgrounds and values.

  • Demonstrate an ability to use and analyze an effective individual writing process.

  • Focus a topic appropriate to the audience, purpose, voice, and length of assignment.

  • Formulate clear and concise thesis statement, main point, focus, or claim.

  • Develop, evaluate, and use evidence to support a claim.

  • Use effective organization strategies in support of a thesis, focus, main point, or claim.

  • Write an essay that demonstrates a command of unity, coherence, continuity, and development.

  • Write clear, correct, and appropriate sentences and paragraphs avoiding major grammatical and semantic problems.

  • Incorporate appropriate oral and/or written media such as books, articles, interviews, visuals, and government documents.

  • Avoid plagiarism when incorporating quotations, paraphrases, and ideas.

  • Follow standard guidelines in documenting resources.


This course is taught as a process of inquiry; English 1301 encourages the development of skills needed to write successfully as a college student, as a responsible citizen, and as a professional. English 1301 will introduce the rhetorical principles and compositional practices necessary for effective writing, as well as critical reading and analytical thinking skills.

Required Text

Readings for Writers, 9th Edition, McCuen & Winkler. 2006

-------The following books will be in the instructor’s personal library-------

MLA Handbook, 6th Edition, Joseph Gibaldi

The Holt Handbook, 4th Edition, Kirszner & Mandell

The Harper Handbook to Literature, 2nd Edition, Frye

A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994

How to Build Long-Lasting Fire: Writing Poems from Your Life, Carol Morrison, 1997

Americans with Disabilities Act

LSCS is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. The college system promotes equity in academic access through the implementation of reasonable accommodations as required by The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title V, Section 540 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which will enable students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary educational programs and activities. (Lone Star College System Catalog)

Equal Opportunity

Lone Star College System is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The system does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, veteran status, nationality or ethnicity in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other system or college administered programs and activities.

Recommended Supplies

2- 3 Inch Binder, College-rule paper, black/blue pens, highlighters, Post-It® Notes, dictionary, thesaurus, and usb storage device.

Class Policies

Attendance and Participation: Regular attendance and lively participation is expected. Any unexcused absence after two (2) will damage your participation grade. Three (3) tardies are equal to one unexcused absence. If you are considering dropping the course, please see me first to discuss the situation. The last day to drop the course and receive a “W” is Friday, November 12, 2010. Journal/Blog responses are not to serve as a “diary” of your daily activities, but rather it is a place to respond to assigned questions on readings. Students are responsible for answering in writing, these questions on each assigned essay readings. Journals must be brought to every class they are assigned. Students will be called upon randomly to share journal/or blog entries with the class or small group. Unprepared students will receive a zero for participation for the day. Journals/Blog entries will be collected at the end of class meetings. NO late entries will be accepted.

LATE AND MAKEUP WORK: Papers are due at the beginning of the class period. If you know you will not be in class the day a paper is due, send it with a classmate who will turn it in on time, email it to me as a Microsoft Word or rich text attachment before 2:00 p.m. on the date it is due, or put it in my mailbox before 2:00 p.m. on the date it is due. I will accept late papers up until one week after the original deadline, and all late papers will be automatically lowered one letter grade (10 points). If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to meet with another student to find out what material you missed. When you return to class, you are still required to be on the same schedule as the rest of the class. If you know you will be missing a class, you may arrange with me ahead of time to complete an alternative quiz before the original due date, but not after.


Essays 40%

Major Research Essay 15%

Short Story & Poetry Portfolio 5%

In Class Timed Writings 10%

Quizzes, Journals, and Blog Responses 10%

Participation 5%

Mid-term Essay 5%

Grammar Proficiency Test 5%

Final Exam Essay 5%

A 100 – 90 B 89 – 80 C 79 – 70 D 69 –60 F 59 – 0
PLAGIARISM: Using the specific ideas and/or writings of another person and presenting them as your own is plagiarism. At best plagiarism is committed out of ignorance; at worst it is a blatant and dishonest attempt to cheat. Under any circumstances it is completely unacceptable in this course or any public forum. You can avoid plagiarism by using your own ideas and when necessary properly acknowledging sources, which we will review in class. Consequences for plagiarism will vary depending on the intent and severity of the act, and can range from an automatic zero for the assignment in question, to a failing grade for the course, to even removal and/or discipline from the college. Helping another student to commit plagiarism can also result in the consequences described.
REWRITING: Writing is a process, and no work is ever truly “done;” therefore, you may choose to rewrite up to three (3) of the six essays (not the research, mid-term, timed essays, or final exam essay), and resubmit them for a chance to improve your grade. Rewrites are due by the dates designated by the professor, even if you are absent on the day I return original drafts. Any work that is initially turned in late cannot be rewritten for a better grade. You must turn in your original draft with my comments along with your rewritten version. Rewrites without the original draft and my comments will not be accepted.
GRAMMAR PROFICIENCY: All English 1301 students must take the Grammar Proficiency Test (GPT) two times every semester they are enrolled in English 1301. The first diagnostic test will be administered on the second week of class, and will be your first quiz grade (completion credit). If you are absent on that day, you must arrange to take the GPT diagnostic test at another time. After you complete the test and receive your score, you will have the first half of the semester to go to tutoring or use other study methods to improve your grammatical knowledge. If you would like tutoring before you take the test again, please contact the Learning Center on the campus of Lonestar-Kingwood at 281.312.1476. The second GPT test will be worth 5% of your course grade.
FORMATTING: With the exception of in-class writing assignments, every paper you submit must be in the following format: Typed; double-spaced; 12pt Times New Roman or Arial font; 1” margins on sides, top and bottom; black ink on white paper. Staple all sheets together; do not use paper clips. Do not make a separate cover sheet. Include on the top of your first page your full name, the course number, the due date, my name, the name of the assignment, page number with last name, and a title.
CONDUCT: Each of us is responsible for establishing and maintaining a supportive and productive learning environment. We are all expected to respect ourselves, our fellow participants, the variety of opinions and views expressed in class, and the classroom itself.

Tentative Course Calendar

Dates and assignments are subject to change as needed. Quizzes will be announced the day before they are administered or will be unannounced “pop” quizzes. Journals and other in class activities will also be required.

First Grading Period

Writing Basics

  • Diagnostic Essay

  • Writing’s Purpose/Relevance

  • Writing Grammar Basics

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Writing

  • Grammar and Mechanics

  • Critical Reading

  • Thesis

  • Sentence Structure

  • Paragraph Structure

  • Planning

  • Process Analysis Essay (Due 10-14-2010)

Second Grading Period

Writing Style

  • Voice

  • Tone

  • Imagery & Detail

  • Word Choice

  • Compare/Contrast Essay (Due 11-10-2010)

  • Grammar Proficiency Test (In Class 11-18-2010)

Third Grading Period


  • Character

  • Narrator

  • Plot Development

  • Dialogue

  • Editing & Proofreading

  • Revision

  • Short Story (Due 12-9-2009)

  • Midterm Essay (In Class 12-13-2009)

Fourth Grading Period

Argumentation & Controversy

  • Persuasion

  • Logical Fallacies

  • Writing about controversy

  • Ethics & Responsibility

  • Social Action

  • Argumentative Essay (Due 2-10-2010)

Fifth Grading Period


  • Planning a Research Paper

  • Sources

  • Credibility

  • Plagiarism

  • Editing & Proofreading

  • Causal Analysis (Due 3-24-2010)

  • Major Research Essay (Due 5-4-2010)

Sixth Grading Period


  • Elements

  • Forms

  • Performance

  • Poetry Analysis Essay (5-19-10)

  • Poetry Portfolio (Due 5-26-2010)

  • Final Exam Essay (In Class 5-31-2010)

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