ENG 101:

College Level Reading, Thinking and Writing

Fall 2010 

Instructor:            David Owens

Office:                 101A

Phone:                 524 - 5153

Office Hours:

             Tuesday                    2:30 - 3:20

Thursday                   11:30 – 12:20

English 101 meets:

Mon - Fri.   12:30 – 1:20 pm      Room: AAA 204

Mon - Fri.   1:30 – 2:20 pm      Room: AAA 204

 e-mail[email protected]

home page: http://staff.wwcc.edu/david.owens/eng101.htm

ANGEL login:      http://angel.wwcc.edu/default.asp

ANGEL Help:      http://www.waol.org/general_info/help_desk.aspx


 Required Texts and Materials:

·      There is no required text for this class, but you will need reliable access to the internet

 Course Objectives:

Throughout this course, we will continually hone your ability to contribute effectively to a written, academic conversation by:

·         Better learning to understand written arguments

·         Key Concepts: Comprehension, Imagination, Research, and Context

·         Developing a thoughtful response

·         Key Concepts: Reflection, Logic, Rhetorical Analysis

·         Communicating that response effectively

·         Key Concepts: Grammar, Organization, Summary, Citation, Rhetoric, Logic, Evidence

Course Components:

·       Reading: Reading is an essential part of learning how to write well, and some students might need to develop good college-level reading habits before they can be successful in upper level classes, so we will focus extensively on reading this quarter by reading an average of 3 or 4 articles per week. We are going to be reading about civil rights this quarter. What are they? How do we know when they have been violated? Why can't we agree on a set of rights that everyone can enjoy?

To start this quarter off, we will be looking at marriage as a civil right. After that, I will let the class choose from a list of civil rights issues we might read and write about for the rest of the quarter. I will also ask you for articles for us to read as a class.

You may earn extra credit (maximum 40 points) by submitting articles for the class reader that pertain to our chosen topic. If the article is at least 15 substantial paragraphs, makes a thoughtful argument backing a clear position, and represents a view we have not yet read in class, then you will earn 5 extra credit points. If your article gets posted to the syllabus, you will get an additional 5 points. Short news items and political cartoons can also earn you some points.

·       Group Deliberation Project: In order to understand conflicts concerning civil rights issues, we are going to be developing short plays to explore the issue from multiple perspectives. This will involve creating characters representing different views on the issue, improvising scenes in various settings, and workshopping a scene in front of the class.

·       Essays and Written Assignments: You will be writing two or three out of class essays designed to give you practice in contextual reading and different modes of writing. Essays need to be double-spaced, typed in 12 point Times Roman font with an MLA heading and title. All essays will be graded using the ENGL 101 Grading Rubric. In addition to the essays, there will be some shorter papers designed to help you practice concepts of college-level reading and writing. These include an in-class argument paper, a deliberation paper, and a rhetorical analysis paper. These papers will use some (but not all) of the elements of the standard ENGL 101 Grading Rubric.

·       Portfolio: At the end of the quarter you will submit a portfolio that is 11 to 12 pages long, including a 2 page letter reflecting on what you have learned about reading, writing and thinking this quarter. This  Portfolio must include your final argument paper and usually up to three revised shorter essay-like assignments. These revisions will do more than merely correct grammatical errors and structural problems; they will reflect a greater understanding of your subject, will pay closer attention to style, and demonstrate a better awareness of audience. The revisions should be substantial, transforming each essay into a substantially new piece of writing, and often expanding its scope and complexity.

·       Weekly Grammar Quizzes: We will have 10 grammar quizzes, worth 5 points each. I will give you some idea of the emphasis of each quiz earlier in the week, so you will have a chance to study your grammar guide.

·       Attendance and Participation: It is your responsibility to create and take advantage of this community of readers, thinkers and writers by coming prepared every day to class having read and thought about the material we are discussing, by having drafts completed on time, contributing to class discussion and being respectful, thoughtful and responsive listeners. I expect that you will contribute something to class discussion at least twice a week. I will be calling on people randomly to volunteer responses to in and out of class exercises, but it will be your responsibility to make sure you are contributing weekly, even if you are only asking questions.

Failure to participate can significantly lower your grade. You will earn 1 point for showing up PREPARED for class, and can earn up to 3 participation points per day of class by asking intelligent questions, answering questions, or making a meaningful contribution to class discussion. You may be marked absent if you are not in class by the time I take roll, if you come without the materials to work that day, or if you are mentally absent from class. You will lose two participation points for every day you are marked absent for any reason, and 5 from workshop days (which includes days we exchange papers for workshopping). (115 points max.)

Plagiarism is the submission of work for credit that includes materials copied or paraphrased from published or unpublished works without proper attribution or documentation. You are also committing plagiarism if you attribute your own words or ideas to someone else, or if you submit work previously submitted for another class as original work.

It is part of my job to make sure that you are aware of the proper conventions used in borrowing text and ideas from other people’s writing, so errors of sloppy or incorrect attribution will only result in deducted points. Wholesale plagiarism of an entire essay or large chunks of someone else’s work, or an attempt to be deceitful about the use of sources, is a serious matter and will not be tolerated.

If I suspect a student of deliberate or extensive plagiarism, he or she will be called in to prove, through the use of notes, drafts and explanations, that they did not plagiarize. If the student is found guilty of academic dishonesty, either by plagiarizing someone's work or by allowing their own work to be misused by another, they will automatically fail English 101 and have to take the course again.

Submitting Assignments: You may submit any written assignments by e-mailing them to me at [email protected]. I will submit my feedback to you in the form of a MS Word document with review comments in the margin. Make sure you have your MS Word view set on "Print Layout" or "Normal" so that you can read the comments. You may also submit assignments on paper, and you will get them back the same way, but you will ALWAYS be required to submit them during class, the comments will not be as extensive or as legible, and you might not get them back in as quickly. Also, if you lose them, I will not have a copy.

Contacting the Instructor: The best way to contact me, at any time of day, is to email me at [email protected] or through the Angel classroom if you check the box to send it to my home address as well.

·        I check this e-mail address several times a day and, if I am in front of my computer, I am alerted when an e-mail arrives.

·        Therefore, responses to your e-mails can sometimes be instantaneous.

·        At any reasonable time of day, you can usually get a response from me within two hours, if it is clear that a response is called for.

I usually check my campus e-mail a few times each week. It is not the best way to contact me or submit late assignments.

I check my campus mailbox only once a week, if I remember. Submitting assignments there is NOT a good idea. Please place hard copies of assignments on my desk, which is located in office 101A, just on the other side of the carpeted wall from the copy machine. Placed on the desk is a large plastic spider sitting in a Zen garden. Please don't disturb it.
During my office hours, I can be reached at 524 - 5153. At other times of day, you can leave a message at this number, but I usually only remember to check my messages once a week, so it is ALWAYS better to e-mail me a quick message at [email protected]

Discussion Forums / Absences: As you read above, you will lose from 2-5 points for every day you are absent, but you can make up some of these points (and non-talkers can earn their weekly participation points), by contributing to the discussion boards on Angel every week that we have at least one reading. You must contribute to the discussion board before the reading is discussed in class, however, to get credit.

Late Work: Essays* will lose 10 points for every day they are late, starting with the hour after they are due.  It is better to turn in a 20-minute fast-write than a late essay or draft (as you will see below).

Late Informal Writing+ will receive no credit, but it may be looked over and receive comments. Missed Quizzes may not be made up unless arrangements have been made ahead of time, and I usually prefer to have the student take the quiz before the anticipated absence. The mid-term and final quizzes are designed to help you make up points on missed quizzes.

Revisions: Revision is an important concept in this writing class.  No piece of writing is perfect (and is very rarely even effective) on its first draft. If you still receive a failing grade on the final draft of a major assignment*, you may revise and resubmit the essay as many times as it takes to receive a score of 70 points. Revisions are ALWAYS due the Wednesday after the graded assignment is handed back to you.

Incompletes: No incompletes given unless 3/4 of the total course work is already completed. A request for an incomplete must be accompanied by a plan for completion.

Disabilities Policy: If you have a disability and need accommodations, please see the instructor after class or contact Claudia Angus, Coordinator of Disability Support Services at 527-4262 or 527-4543.

Writing Center: Students needing assistance with writing may drop in or make an appointment to work with a Writing Center tutor. The Writing Center is open 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday.



In-class Assessment

15 points

Five Paragraph Response Essay+

30 points

2nd Response Essay*

50 points

Character Sketch +

30 points

Deliberation Improvs

50 points

Deliberation Paper*

50 points

In-Class Essay *

50 points

Rhetorical Argument Paper *

50 points

Supported Argument Draft +

50 points

Supported Argument Essay *

              100 points

Final Portfolio

              300 points


50 points

Participation (in-class discussion)

90 points


              915 points

Items with an * count as Essays for the purposes of late work and can be revised for inclusion in the Final Portfolio. You must to receive a passing grade (60%) on each of these assignments, and a 70% or better on the Final Portfolio, in order to earn a transferable grade (C or better) from ENGL 101.

Items with a + count as Informal Work for the purposes of late work.

Your final grade will be determined based on a straight percentage of points earned out of points possible, based on this Grade Chart

Please refer to the Class Calendar to see when Reading and Written Assignments are due.