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FALL 2009 - MW 11-12:15 (CRN: 80488)
Instructor: Jacob Sullins (; 678/872-8079)

Office: 215; Office Hours: TR 10-12:30; 2-3:30; 5-6; and by appointment
Prerequisites: Completion of English 0099 with a grade of C or better, or SAT Verbal score of 480, COMPASS score of 60, CPE score of 78, or BSE of 68. These prerequisites constitute minimum requirements for projected satisfactory performance in the course. If students wish to attempt to exempt English 1101, they must have scored a minimum of 580 on the SAT Verbal, 90 on the COMPASS test, or 82 or above on the CPE in order to take the Advanced Placement Test.
Course Description: English 1101 is a composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation. It also serves as an introduction to research skills. The midterm date for this course is October 13.
Course Objectives:

  • Through writing short essays students will demonstrate their ability to conceive ideas about a topic, synthesize and arrange them logically, and express them clearly in written standard English.

  • Through written assignments, students will demonstrate their understanding of development and argumentation.

  • Through writing and revision, students will demonstrate their mastery of proofreading skills developed through an understanding of the principles and mechanics of standard English usage.

  • Through research exercises students will demonstrate an awareness of basic research techniques, including the nature and extent of needed information and how to effectively access and evaluate information.

  • Through discussion and/or writing, students will demonstrate appreciation and understanding of assigned readings.

  • Through discussion, writing, and research, students will demonstrate their recognition of differing perspectives and points of view, as well as their ability to form hypotheses and anticipate consequences.

Expected Course Outcomes:

Communication: Students will demonstrate their ability to express ideas logically and clearly in standard written English.

Critical Thinking: Students will be able to recognize differing perspectives and points of view. 2) Students will be able to construct arguments.

Technology: Students will demonstrate ability to prepare course assignments utilizing and featuring a variety of computer technologies.

Texts and Supplies : The required texts for this course are the Sundance Choice (Connelly and Trimmer; ISBN: 0495764248) and the Hodges’ Harbrace Handbook (Glenn and Gray; ISBN: 1413020623 ). We will also use some online texts, so you will need to have regular access to the Web.

Attendance, Tardiness, and the 15-Minute Rule: Class attendance is necessary, and an attendance sheet will be passed around. An excessive numbers of absences may adversely affect your grade, and, per the attendance policy of the Humanities Division, after five absences a student will not be allowed to return to class until that student has met with the division chair. Further, there is no distinction between excused and unexcused absences—there is only present or absent. Emergency situations do arise, so I encourage you not to be absent unnecessarily. Also, while class is going on, do not wander in and out of the classroom—it is distracting and takes away from the learning environment. We will begin some classes with quizzes or writing assignments that cannot be made up, and if you are consistently late, it will adversely affect your grade. Finally, I adhere to the 15-Minute Rule: if I am more than 15 minutes late to class, you are free to leave; conversely, if you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be counted as absent.
Classroom Etiquette: Classroom discussion and verbal analysis are significant components of this course—students are expected to come to class each day prepared to offer useful thoughts and responses to conversations about that day’s texts and topics. During these conversations, students must display common courtesy and be respectful of a variety of ideas and observations; open-mindedness and intellectual courtesy and respect are necessary and expected.
Taboo Technology: The use of cell phones (including text messaging) during class is strictly prohibited. Also, give your ipods, newspapers, magazines, and other forms of media a rest. As a corollary, classroom computers should not be used for purposes unrelated to the course and coursework. I know that it will be a temptation to use the computer, so I will remind you of this policy from time to time during the semester. Repeated transgression of the technology policy may result in grade reduction and/or student dismissal from the class.
Requirements: This course requires students to write at least seven essays, including at least one argumentative essay. Some of the essays will be written in the classroom under a time limit; this type of classroom writing encourages students to use writing time efficiently and prepares them for the Regents’ Writing Test as well as assuring the instructor of the authenticity of work. In addition to the demonstration of competence on the writing assignments, students must perform satisfactorily in all other coursework. This course will include instruction in serious grammar errors such as sentence fragments, comma splices, fused sentences, subject-verb agreement errors, and verb form errors, as well as problems in grammar, mechanics, and style.
Information Competency: This course actively supports the mission of information competency at Georgia Highlands College. That mission is the creation of a curriculum-wide culture of information competency among students, which will be demonstrated through writing as well as other modes of communication. To learn more about this program, visit the website at
ADA Statement: Students who feel that they may need accommodation because of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center at 706.802.5003 to coordinate reasonable accommodations. Students are also welcome to contact the instructor privately to discuss specific needs.
Academic Honesy and Integrity: Plagiarism is the claiming of another's words or ideas as your own. Evidence of plagiarism will result in a grade of zero on an assignment, and must be reported to the Office of Student Life. More severe penalties will be considered if there are two or more plagiarized assignments. Refer to the student handbook for more information on plagiarism:
Assignment Format and Guidelines: Assignments should be typed in a 12-point standard font, double-spaced, on white paper. The date, class, assignment, and student’s name should appear at the top left of the first page. Due dates for assignments are listed on this syllabus; unless otherwise noted, papers are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will not be accepted except in extenuating circumstances and with prior approval from the instructor. Essays written for other courses will not be accepted in this one. Finally, I will often communicate with you via email about coursework, so you should check your Highlands email on a regular basis.
Regents’ Test: The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that all students enrolled in transfer degree programs pass the Regents’ Test as a requirement for graduation. Students who have not already satisfied the Regents’ Test requirement should take the test during their first semester. Students may register via the SCORE; there is no charge for taking the test. The sign-up deadline, testing times, and testing locations are listed in the Class Schedule Bulletin. The test is offered once per semester on the Cartersville and Rome campuses. Students who are not sure if they have exempted one or both parts of the test should check their transcripts or see an academic advisor.
Financial Aid Statement (“Earned F”): Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid must be reduced accordingly. Any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class. Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time the signed the withdrawal form.
Library Orientation: SACS requires a library orientation in this course. The orientation can be achieved through one of the three ways: the teacher actually taking the students to the library and walking them through a GALILEO and GIL tutorial; the teacher may show the students the on-line GALILEO and GIL tutorials and having them complete them, or the teacher may have a bibliographic instruction workshop led by a librarian take place during the semester in class. What is important is that this assignment is a required and valuable part of the course.
Readings: The assigned readings are an integral part of the course. Regardless of whether that reading involves essays from the text or peer review of student writing, readings should be completed in preparation for the class date on which they are listed so that students can actively and usefully participate in class discussion.
Coursework—Assignments and Evaluation:

Grades for this course will be weighted as follows:

Major Essays 60%

Exams 20%

In-Class Assignments 20%

This grade includes quizzes, class participation, responses to written

prompts, and written and oral feedback to the work of others
The final grades that may be assigned in English 1101 are A, B, C, and F. Since competence in writing is basic to success in most college courses, the grade of D is not considered a valid grade in English 1101 and may not be assigned at the end of a term.

Syllabus Agreement and Addendum: By continuing to remain enrolled in this course, you are acknowledging your understanding of and agreement with the above statements and with the syllabus in general. Further, the instructor reserves the right to alter the dates, material covered, or format of any assignment after notifying students in advance.

8/19 - Introduction to course; review of course policies; introduction of class members; writing self-evaluation
8/24 - “The Writing Context,” “The Writing Process,” and “Critical Reading” (Sundance 1-42); Elements III: 9 and 10 (“Make the Paragraph” and “Begin Each Paragraph”) and IV “A Few Matters of Form”; “Thesis Statement” (OWL); Harbrace 31 (“Rhetorical Situation”); “Outline” (OWL)

“Essay Writing” and “Expository Essay” (OWL)

8/26 - Description: “Descriptive Essay” (OWL)

“What is Description?” (249-62); “Letter From Ground Zero” (273-5); “Out There” (263-5); Harbrace 12 (“Comma”); “The Town Dump,” Wallace Stegner (; “Two Hearts,” Willie Morris (

8/31 Description Paper due at the end of class (must include one image); papers to be posted online

9/2 - Workshop description papers that have been posted online (two written responses due from each student); Harbrace 2 (“Sentence Fragments”)
9/7 – Labor Day – No Class

9/9 - Narration: “Narrative Essay” (OWL)

“What is Narration?” (290-302); “Take This Fish and Look at It” (305-9); “Shooting An Elephant” (315-22); “The Fender-Bender” (335-9); Harbrace 32 (“Reading Rhetorically”); Harbrace 3 (“Comma Splices and Fused Sentences”)

9/14 Narrative Paper due at the end of class; papers to be posted online

9/16 – Workshop narrative papers that have been posted online (two written responses due)
9/21 – Discussion of Definition: “What is Definition?” (207-18); “What is Happiness?” (221-4); “What is Terrorism?” (227-34); “TV Addiction” (235-41); Harbrace 30 (“Variety”); “Developing a Definition”

“Writing Definitions” (OWL)

“Definition Essay”

9/23 - Definition Paper due at the end of class (must include one image)
9/28 - Midterm Examination

9/30 - Discussion of Analysis: “What is Analysis?” (101-13); “Who’s Listening to Your Cell Phone Calls?” (127-31); “Why We Crave Horror Movies” (157-60); Harbrace 33 (“Planning and Drafting Essays”); “Prewriting (Invention)” (OWL)
10/5 and 10/7 - Film
10/12 - Film Analysis Paper Due (essays to be posted online)

10/14 - Workshop film analysis papers posted online (two written responses due)
10/19 – Library Orientation

10/21 – Paper Revision Session (Select one paper—Description, Narrative, Definition, or Film Analysis—to revise; use Revision Worksheet); Harbrace Chapter 34: Revising and Editing Essays

“Proofreading Your Writing” (OWL)

10/26 - Harbrace Chapters 37-40 (“Finding Sources…”; “Evaluating…Sources”; “Using Sources…”; “MLA Documentation”); Harbrace 16 (“Quotation Marks”); “When Did Your Country’s Jobs Disappear,” Chris Wilson (

10/28 – Research/Research Writing Day
11/2 Analytical/Research Narrative due; papers to be posted online

11/4 – Workshop analytical/research narratives (two written responses due from each student); Harbrace 5 (“Pronouns”) and 28 (“Pronoun Reference”); Harbrace 9 (“Capitals”)
11/9 – Discussion of Process: “Process” (341-52); “How Our Skins Got Their Color” (361-4); “Desperation Writing” (369-72); “How to Write a Letter” (385-8); “Seeing Your Way Past Interview Jitters” (380-4); Elements V (“Words and Expressions”); Harbrace Chapters 20 and 22: Exactness, Clarity, and Completeness;

“One Word or Two?” (OWL)

11/11 Process Paper Due
11/16 – Discussion of Comparison and Contrast: “What is Comparison and Contrast?” (169-83); “Neat People vs. Sloppy People” (191-3); “Sex, Lies and Conversation” (199-205); “Grant and Lee” (185-9); “Everyday Use” (637-45); Harbrace 10 (“Italics”); “A Brief Guide to Writing Comparison/Contrast”

11/18 Comparison/Contrast Paper due (should include two images); papers to be posted online
11/23 – Workshop comparison/contrast papers posted online (two written responses due)

11/25 Thanksgiving Holiday – No Class
11/30 - Argument/Persuasion: “What is Argument and Persuasion?” (55-71); “In Praise of the ‘F’ Word” (73-6); “Why I Changed My Mind on the Death Penalty” (83-5); Harbrace Chapter 11: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Numbers; “Introductions…for Argument Papers” (OWL)

12/2 – Discussion: Argument/Persuasion: “Part-Time Work Ethic” (91-6); “Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha” (97-9); “Letter to President Roosevelt” (557-9); Draft of Argument/Persuasion Paper due (first paragraph, including thesis statement, and outline); “Common Words that Sound Alike” (OWL)
12/7 - Argument/Persuasion Essay due at the end of class
Final Exam: Monday, December 14, at 10 a.m.

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