Instructor:            David Owens


Office:                 AAA 111


Phone:                 527 - 4425


Office Hours:              By Appointment


English 101meets:

              Mon - Fri.   12:30 – 1:20 pm      Room: AAA 104


e-mail:                    [email protected]


ANGEL login:



 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:

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

·                                     Key Concepts: Reflection, Logic, Rhetorical Analysis

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


Course Components:


This quarter we will be looking at juvenile crime and punishment. I have chosen articles to get us started for the first 3 weeks of the quarter, but I have left the reading schedule open for the rest of the quarter so that we can pursue this topic in a way that most interests us as a class. 

You may earn extra credit (maximum 30 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.


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.)


Important Information:


Plagiarism is the submission of work for credit that includes materials copied or paraphrased from published or unpublished works without proper attribution or documentation.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: All assignments should be submitted to a drop box in Angel specifically designated for the assignment as an attached text document. I will submit my feedback to you in the form of a MS Word document (.doc) 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 111, 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 527 - 4425. 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).


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: To request accommodations related to a disability, contact Claudia Angus, Ph.D., Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 527-4262 or email [email protected]. A short video explaining Disability Support Services at WWCC can be viewed by clicking here.


Writing Center: The TLC offers free writing assistance from trained writing tutors during all stages of the writing process. Located in room 244 (next to the Computer Lab and Student Activity Center) writing tutors are available Monday-Friday from 8:30a-2:30p. To make the best use of your time at the TLC Writing Lab, please bring a copy of your assignment with you, along with notes and course readings, to help tutors better understand the writing context. Understand that the writing tutors will not proofread papers or talk with you about grades. Instead, they will support you as a writer by helping you develop good habits and strategies suitable for a variety of writing situations.


Copyright Notice: Many of the materials posted to this course site are protected by copyright law. These materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and only for the purposes of this course. They may not be further retained or disseminated.



In-class Assessment

15 points

Narrative Essay*

30 points

Deliberation Improvs

50 points

In-Class Essay*

25 points

Rhetorical Argument Revision of ICE *

50 points

Peer Review Letter

15 points

Supported Argument Essay*

100 points

Final Portfolio

300 points


50 points

Participation (in-class discussion)

90 points




725 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.

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.