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English 1101-07: English Composition I – 81365 – AS 351B – TR 0930-1045

Instructor: A. Kay Emmert

Office: AS 153| Office Hours: TR 1100-1200, T 1400-1500| Office Number: (478) 445-2013

Required Text

Writing and Revising X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy Kennedy, and Marcia F. Muth
Easy Writer, 4th Edition Lunsford
Acting Out Culture James S. Miller
Course Description

This course develops the basic writing skills required in all college students. The successful English 1101 student will leave this class with the ability to write clear, correct, organized, and purposeful prose, apply the principles and strategies of argumentation and analysis, and synthesize research in writing so the insights and documentation are logical and clear. Each student should leave this course with the knowledge of how written and oral language connect us to the larger community, and how writing and reading are means for connecting the writer to contemporary culture and its diverse problems and conditions.

Course Objectives and Goals

There are several objectives for this course. Students will be required to read and discuss cultural issues critically. Students must also demonstrate writing and research skills essential for discoursing in a professional academic setting. Thus, students should, by the end of the course, be able to investigate the ideas of current culture and effectively discuss them in a meaningful and critical craft of language.


Reading Responses


The first two papers, as part of the writing process, will go through an in-class revision, as well as the research paper.

Papers (3 at 4-6pgs ea.)


Research Paper (6-8pgs)


Paper 1: Narrative Essay (20 pnts)

In this 4-6 page essay, your goal is to explore memories of a controversial issue you disagreed over with either a family member or close friend in a narrative style.

Paper 2: Summary and Evaluation (20pnt)

In this 4-6 page essay, your goal is to read an essay from AOC we haven’t yet covered in class, summarize its main arguments, evaluate them, and provide your own opinion.

Paper 3: Research Paper (30 pnts)

In this 6-8 page essay, your goal is to identify a disputed issue, research what’s been said about it by valid sources, formulate a hypothesis from your research, and argue that hypothesis using the best of your research as supporting evidence. You must include at least five scholarly sources, one of which must be a book.

Paper 4: Comparison Essay (20 pnts)

In this 4-6 page essay, your goal is to compare two essays from AOC, identify what perspective each essay focuses on (gender, race, class, etc) and apply those perspectives to the opposite essay, examining what each perspective leaves out or brings to light.

Submitting Work

Work should be submitted as a hard copy ON AND NOT AFTER the date indicated on the syllabus as well as being submitted online to, also prior to the due date. Work submitted late (no hardcopy at the beginning of class), for which no extension has been granted, will be penalized up to one full letter grade for each late day. It is the duty of every student to come to class fully prepared with written and oral discussion points on the literary work being discussed. Should a paper not meet the minimum page requirements, said paper will not be accepted, and that student will be penalized one letter grade for each additional day required to complete and turn in the paper at the required length.

A Note on Attendance

It is imperative that you regularly attend class in order to participate in this course. Any student absent more than twice may receive an F for the course. Anyone sleeping, texting, or using any electronics for non-class purposes will be counted absent for the day.

The Honor Code and Discrimination Statement

The GCSU Honor Code has very specific rules about a student’s classroom obligations. Plagiarism in this course, be it of critical or creative work, will not be tolerated. Any student found plagiarizing will receive an F for the course and be subject to (depending on the circumstances) a judicial hearing with the Vice President of Student Affairs.

No student shall be discriminated against on the basis of age, color, gender, handicapped status, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. This is not intended to abridge University student rights of free expression, but to protect the rights of everyone. If you feel discriminated against, it is your right to address these concerns with the instructor or department. Furthermore, if you have a disability, it is your right and responsibility to address these concerns immediately so that proper accommodations can be made with the university.

Fire Policy

In case of a fire or a fire drill any time during the semester, remember to walk to the nearest exit.  Crawl on the floor in the event of heavy smoke.  Do not use elevators during a fire.  Assemble for a headcount once you get out of the building.

GCSU Writing Center

Take advantage of the opportunity to improve your papers by visiting the Writing Center, located in Lanier 209. While I am always available to meet with you to give you advice and feedback on your writing, The Writing Center provides additional, individualized help to all GCSU students with no additional fees. Feel free to visit the Writing Center as many times as you wish. For more information, call 445-3370, or visit online at

Course Schedule

Week 1: August 17 and 19

T: Intro to Course; Syllabus

R: Exposition Writing, Individual Work; Reading Process 11-25, Statistical Citizens 10-27

Week 2: August 24 and 26

T: Group Discussion: Strategies for Arguing 190-203, All Consuming Patriotism 39-43

R: Small Groups: Do the Right Thing 46-59

Week 3: August 31 and September 2

T: Individual Work: Writing Processes 1-10, Unspeakable Conversations 92-108

R: Small Groups: Critical Thinking 26-40, Watching Torture in Prime Time 109-113

Week 4: September 7 and 9

T: Small Groups: Strategies for Editing 155-189, Cuteness 134-144 Paper 1 Due

R: Group Discussion: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture 144-147

Week 5: September 14 and 16

T: Individual Work: Strategies for Generating Ideas 41-59, Big Organic 174-196 Revision 1 Due

R: Group Discussion: The Wages of Sin 197-203

Week 6: September 21 and 23

T: Individual Work: Strategies for Planning 60-82, In Gorging, Truth 204-216

R: Group Discussion: Wal-Mart vs. Jim Hightower 276-277 Paper 2 Due

Week 7: (No Classes – Student Conferences By Appointment)

Week 8: October 5 and 7 (MIDTERMS)

T: Individual Work: Strategies for Drafting 83-100, The Consequences – Undoing Sanity 299-309

R: Group Discussion: AWOL in America: When Desertion is the Only Option 358-367 Revision 2 Due

Week 9: October 14 (No Classes October 12th)

R: Group Discussion: Strategies for Developing 101-136, War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning 368-379

Week 10: October 19 and 21

T: Small Groups: Strategies for Revising 137-154, Love and War in Cyberspace 380-397

R: Small Groups: From Gangster to Gangsta 398-399

Week 11: October 26 and 28

T: Small Groups: Strategies for Integrating Sources 204-117, Being Strong 400-418

R: Small Groups: Return of the Madhouse 419-427

Week 12: November 2 and 4

T: Small Groups: From Degrading to De-Grading 472-483

R: Group Discussion: Against School 506-514

Week 13: November 9 and 11

T: Small Groups: Preparing Minds for Markets 530-542 Research Paper Due

R: Individual Work: Hopelessly Hooked on Help 543-557

Week 14: November 16 and 18

T: Individual Work: Fighting for Our Lives 572-593

R: Small Groups: The Ways We Don’t Converse Now 593-606

Week 15: November 23 (No Classes November 24-26)

T: Small Groups: Stop Them before They Joke Again 616-619 Paper 4 Due

Week 16: November 30 (No Class December 2 – Student Conferences)

T: Individual Work: The Perfect Voice 644-653

Week 17: December 6

T: Ultimate Group Discussion: Speaking Up/Talking Back 659-663

Finals Week: December 7th – 10th: Revisions of All Papers Due to AS153

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