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Writing and Revising X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy Kennedy, and Marcia F. Muth
Easy Writer, 4th Edition Lunsford
Acting Out Culture James S. Miller
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.
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.
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 turnitin.com, 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.
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 http://www.gcsu.edu/acad_affairs/coll_artsci/eng/writing/