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LCHS/NVCC English 111 College Composition I Syllabus



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LCHS/NVCC English 111 College Composition I Syllabus
Instructional Materials:

Cohen, Samuel. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. Print.

Cooley, Thomas. The Norton Sampler. 7th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2010. Print.

Kennedy, X.J., Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron. The Bedford Reader. 9th ed. Boston:

Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006. Print.

Wyrick, Jean. Steps to Writing Well. 11th ed. Independence, KY: Cengage Learning, 2011.

Print.

General Course Purpose:

ENG 111 will prepare students for all other expected college writing and for writing in the workplace through understanding the writing process and creation of effective texts.


Course Credit: 3 credit hours
Prerequisites:

Students must achieve satisfactory scores on placement tests or SATs as established by the VCCS and adopted by their college, or have satisfactorily completed either ENF 1 or ENF 2, depending on where the student was placed.


Drop Date:

October 20th- If you are not proving successful in this college course due to its rigor or personal issues, the course can be dropped by the above date. With your agreement, your teacher will send an e-mail with this request to the Office of Dual Enrollment.
Withdraw Date:

December 12th- If you missed the drop deadline, you may also be withdrawn from the course. A withdraw places a W on your college transcript but does not impact your college GPA. To be withdrawn, with your permission, your DE Instructor will complete the DE withdrawal form and send to the Office of Dual Enrollment. Please note, too many withdrawals on a college transcript can impact your ability to secure financial aid in the future.

Course Objectives:

Goal One: THE PROCESS OF WRITING

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to produce an effective essay through an organized and coherent process.


  • They will be able to develop a topic, draft an essay, revise the draft for improvement, and edit a final copy.

  • They will be able to incorporate reading and experience into their writing.

Goal Two: EXPOSITORY AND ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to explain, describe and inform in expository writing and will be able to identify the purpose of the mode of argument in persuasive writing.


  • They will be able to organize and explain ideas with clarity, vividness, effectiveness and grammatical and mechanical correctness in expository essays.

  • They will be able to use evidence in a thesis-driven essay argumentatively asserting one viewpoint over another. (A fuller and more robust study of argument is the province of ENG 112.)

Goal Three: CRITICAL THINKING AND RESEARCH

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to analyze and investigate ideas and present them in well-structured prose appropriate to a particular purpose and audience.


  • They will be able to read, summarize, and respond to college level texts – their own and others--of varying lengths.

  • They will be able to create unified, coherent, well-developed texts that demonstrate a self-critical awareness of rhetorical elements such as purpose, audience, and organization.

  • They will be able to employ grammatical and mechanical conventions in the preparation of readable manuscripts, including the documented research essay.

  • They will be able to use and evaluate outside sources of information, incorporate and document source material and avoid plagiarism.

  • They will be able to produce 15-20 pages of finished, graded text, including a documented essay.


Major Topics to be Included:

• Critical thinking

• Selecting/Refining topics

• Composing effective sentences and paragraphs

• Developing, organizing, and supporting ideas

• Investigating and evaluating resources

• Incorporating appropriate resources into a text

• Considering context, audience, and purpose



Policies:

  1. Grading:

    1. Grading Scale

A = 100 - 90 B = 89 - 80 C = 79 - 70 D = 69 - 60 F = 59 and below

Note: The NVCC grading scale does not use pluses or minuses. In terms of percentages, the percentage earned is the same as the Loudoun County grading scale. On your Loudoun County transcript, the grade will reflect the Loudoun County grading scale. A grade of 91, thus, will be an A-.
Loudoun County Grading Scale

A+ 98-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69 F 0-59


A- 93-97 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 63-66
A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-62
Year grade for English 12 DE:

The student’s year grade for English 12DE is the average of the four quarter grades. Each of these grades is weighted at 25% of the year grade.


Note: English 111 and English 112 are, through Northern Virginia Community College, semester courses. You will receive a separate grade, and three college credits, for the successful completion of each course. The grade for English 111 does not affect the grade for English 112. By Northern Virginia Community College guidelines, a dual enrollment student must earn a grade of C or higher in English 111 to continue to English 112.


  1. Course Policies:

    1. Academic Integrity

      1. The College does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Students who are not honest in their academic work will face disciplinary action along with any grade penalty the instructor imposes. Procedures for disciplinary measures and appeals are outlined in the Student Handbook (http://www.nvcc.edu/students/handbook/). In extreme cases, academic dishonesty may result in dismissal from the College.

      2. Plagiarism: is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one's own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one's own. In short, plagiarism means using the exact words, opinions, or factual information from another person without giving that person credit.



    1. Attendance policy

      1. As per LCPS policy, when you are absent, you have one class to make up any missed work for each class you have missed. Note: Writing Workshops cannot be made up, so plan to attend or see me in advance if you must miss a Writing Workshop.

    2. Disabilities

      1. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact a NOVA Counselor for Disability Services to discuss possible accommodations. All information is kept confidential and may increase your chances of success in the academic setting. (https://www.nvcc.edu/disability-services/)




  1. Additional Course Information


GRADING BREAKDOWN:
1st Quarter:

Professional Email Assignment 50 points

Close Reading 1 100 points

Paper 1* (College Essay) 100 points

Paper 2* (Documented Essay) 200 points

Paper 3* (Division/Analysis OR Classification) 100 points

Writing Workshops and Reflections 100 points

Quizzes: (Readings, Grammar, Writing Strategies) 100 points

Class Participation including discussion, attendance/preparedness, 100 points

journals/drafts
2nd Quarter:

Close Reading 2 (posted on Discussion Board) 100 points



Paper 4* (Definition OR Example) 100 points

Paper 5* ( How To Brochure: Technical Writing Assignment) 100 points

Paper 6* ( Webtext: Writing Portfolio) 200 points

Writing Workshops and Reflections 100 points

Quizzes (Readings, Grammar, Writing Strategies) 100 points

Class Participation including discussion, attendance/preparedness, 100 points

journals/drafts

*Must be submitted to Safe Assign. (Points/assignments are subject to change.)

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Safe Assign:

As part of the writing process, your papers will be submitted to Safe Assign, a data check similar to Turnitin.com. Safe Assign is found on NOVA’s Blackboard site. Instructions for using Safe Assign will be provided.


Policy for Make-up Work:

Papers must be submitted at the beginning of class on the day they are due or they are considered late. That means that students should print their paper by the time the bell rings or submit to Safe Assign by the time deadline. Even though we are in a computer lab, you should plan ahead and make sure that you have printed your paper before class so that you can meet the deadline.



Late papers:

Late papers will be docked 10% for each day they are late, up to 40% off (max of 60/D- on a perfect assignment). If you have a legitimate inability to meet the deadline and need to make arrangements for an extension, do so before the due date. If you have an emergency, communicate as soon as possible. Late papers will be accepted up to one week beyond the due date.


Class Schedule:

All writing assignments are to be completed by the beginning of class on the day they are due. See Blackboard for more information. Due dates for A and B days will be posted in Blackboard and announced in class.




DATES

TOPICS




Week 1

8/29/16 to 9/2/16



Class introduction and

Course Guidelines

Strategy: The Writing Process,

Analytic Writing, and Close Reading



Assigned: Close Reading 1

In-class activities: journals and email

writing strategies



Materials:

“What Is ‘Academic’ Writing?” by L. Lennie Irvin (Handout)

“How Can I Become An Analytical Reader?” (Steps to Writing Well 180 and PowerPoint on Blackboard)


Week 2

9/6/16 to 9/9/16





Strategy: Narration

Assigned: Paper 1- College/Career

Essay


In-class activities: journals, model

annotation strategies



Materials:

Storycorps.org

Harold Taw “Finding

Prosperity by Feeding

Monkeys"


(Bedford 110-113)

Week 3

9/12/16 to 9/16/16



Strategy: Narration continued

In-class activities: journals and

writing strategies, and jigsaw

discussion groups

Due: Close Reading 1


Materials:

Langston Hughes

“Salvation”

(SWW 352- 354)

Amy Tan “Fish Cheeks”

(Bedford 99-103)

Sherman Alexie “Superman

and Me"


Zoe Shewer “Ready,

Willing, and Able”



Week 4

9/19/16 to 9/23/16



Strategy: Analyzing Art and Visual

Images


Assigned: Analysis Journal

Writing Workshop 1: peer and self-

editing


In-class activities: Class discussion and Writing Conferences


Nighthawks (SWW 502-503)


Week 5

9/26/16 to 9/30/16



Strategy: Description

Assigned: Reflective Journals

In-class activities:

Strategies for completing an

outline, work with a partner, writing

conferences continued,

journal composition


Materials:

"Snake"


"Orange Crush"

(SWW 164-166)




Week 6

10/3/16 to 10/7/16



Strategy: Research

Assigned: Paper 2- Documented

Essay


Continue research - College and

Career


In-class activities: Works

Cited/Annotated Bibliography journals

and writing strategies; Avoiding

plagiarism and creating citations



Writing Workshop 2: peer and self-

editing techniques



Due: Paper 1 – Personal Narrative


Materials:

Preparing an Annotated Bibliography, Distinguishing Paraphrase from Summary, Avoiding Plagiarism and Incorporating Source Material (SWW 391-398)




Week 7

10/11/16 to 10/14/16

(Columbus Day Holiday on 10/10/16)


Strategy: Research and

Documentation



In-class activities: journals and

writing strategies, grammar

instruction

(commas), and interview techniques



Materials:

Using Databases and the Internet (SWW 374)

Web/database/print sources on topic of choice


Week 8

10/17/16 to 10/21/16



Strategy: Division and Classification

Assigned: Paper 3- Division/Analysis

Or Classification



In-class activities: journals and

writing strategies



Writing Workshop 3: peer and self-

Editing techniques



Essay Due: Paper 2 – Documented

Essay about College and Career

goals

Materials:

“What is Really in a Hot Dog?” by the Staff of SixWise.com (SWW 270)

“The Plot Against People” by Russell Baker (SWW 268)

“The Ways We Lie” (50 Essays p.120)



Week 9

10/24/16 to 10/28/16



END OF 1st QUARTER

Strategy: Revision/Reflection on

Journals


In-class activities: journals and

writing strategies, grammar instruction



Due: Due: 1st Quarter Journals and

Comma Quiz

Materials:

Student Journals

Grammar handouts


Week 10

10/31/16 to 11/4/16



Strategy: Definition and Example

Assigned: Paper 4 – Definition or

Example


In-class activities: journals and

writing strategies, topic proposals



Due: Paper 3- Division/Analysis or

Classification

Materials:

“The Munchausen Mystery” by Don R. Lipitt (SWW 257)

Selected definition and example essays from The Bedford Reader


Week 11

11/9/16 to 11/11/16

(short week—student holidays on 11/7 and 11/8


Strategy: Definition and Example

In-class activities: journals and

writing strategies, Raid and Read

(annotation and analysis)

Group work to create graphic

Organizers and share presentations

(gallery walk)



Materials:

“So What’s So Bad about Being So-So?” Lisa Wilson Strick (SWW 205)

Selected definition and example essays from The Bedford Reader


Week 12

11/14/16 to 11/18/16




Strategy: Definition and Example

In-class activities: journal, Writing

Workshop 4, grammar instruction

(sentence types and sentence variation)


Materials:

Sample student essay (SWW 203)



Week 13

11/21/16 and 11/22/16 (short week--Thanksgiving Holiday)



Strategy: Process Analysis

In-class activities: types and

strategies of effective process

analyses, using transition words and

phrases


Assigned: Paper 5:Speeches/Technical

Writing


Due: Paper 4--Definition and

Example


Materials:

Informative Process Essay: “To Bid the World Farewell” by Jessica Mitford (Steps to Writing Well p. 218)

Directional Process Essay: “Preparing for the Job Interview: Know Thyself” by Katy Piotrowski (224)

Week 14

11/28/16 to 12/2/16



Strategy: Process Analysis

In-class activities: PowerPoint

Presentation group work and

discussion


Materials:

TED: “The Danger of Silence” by Clint Smith



Bedford Reader 281-289

"How to Poison the Earth" by Linnea Saukko (Bedford 290-294)



SWW 209-214

"How to Solve Sudoku" by Will Shortz



Week 15

12/5/16 to 12/9/16



Strategy: Process Analysis

In-class activities: writing workshop and writing conferences, peer and self-editing, using infographics to enhance your writing

Due: Paper 5—Technical Writing

Instructions Brochure


Materials:

Brochure samples



NewYorkTimes.com

Week 16

12/12/16 to 12/16/16

(then WINTER BREAK)


Strategies: Compare and Contrast/

Cause and Effect



In class activities: work on webtext

Assigned: Close Reading 2


Materials:

“Of Weirdos and Eccentrics” “Two Ways of Viewing the Same River” Samuel Clemens (SWW 243)

“Some Lessons from the Assembly Line” by Andrew Braaksma (SWW 283)


Week 17

1/3/17 to 1/6/17



Strategies: Culmination of Modes of

Writing


Assigned: Paper/Unit 6: Webtext portfolio

Strategy: Create and Organize

Webtext Portfolio



In class activities: journals

and webtext




Materials:

“Writing Essays Using Multiple Strategies” (Steps to Writing Well p. 357)


Wix.com or Weebly.com

Week 18

1/9/17 to 1/113/17



Strategies: Culmination of Modes of

Writing


Strategy: Create and Organize

Webtext Portfolio



In class activities: journals

and webtext



Due: Close Reading 2

Materials:

Wix.com or Weebly.com



Week 19

1/17/17 to 1/20/17




Strategy: Create and Organize

Webtext


In class activities: journals

and peer and self-edit webtext

(Gallery Walk)

Due: 2nd Quarter Journals and

Webtext draft for Gallery Walk


Materials:

Wix.com or Weebly.com



Week 20

1/23/17 to 1/27/17



Strategy: Reflections and Goal Setting

Due: Paper 6: Webtext final draft

and reflections

Materials:

Wix.com or Weebly.com




This schedule is subject to change. Please see Blackboard announcements for any updates.
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