ENGL& 101 meets:   Daily 9:30 am – 10:20 am

Room: D 106 & (occasionally) The Resource Room in the Library


Instructor:            David Owens

Office:                  D 111

Phone:                  527 - 4425

e-mail:                 [email protected]

Office Hours:       By appointment (scheduled conferences will be held throughout the quarter)


 Required Texts and Materials:

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


 Course Objectives:

·         Demonstrate the ability to produce organized, unified, coherent and well-developed essays appropriate to a target audience.

·         Become familiar with strategies to succeed at timed, in-class writing, in particular essay examination questions.

·         Achieve grammar, punctuation, spelling, and manuscript skills appropriate to college examinations and written assignments.

·         Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the context of exposition and argumentation.

·         Demonstrate an improved writing style, with emphasis on any of the following - the writer's voice, wording, sentence construction, and figures of speech.

·         Demonstrate proficiency with proper documentation of sources in order to avoid plagiarism. 


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 as much on reading this quarter as on writing. Although we won't read more than 2 articles per week, you will be expected to read them carefully, preferably more than once, and be prepared to discuss them in detail in class. This will be to your advantage because they will figure largely in our writing assignments, and you will not be very successful in your writing if you neglect your reading.

This quarter we will be looking at how the internet influences reading, writing and thinking. 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 on the topic can also earn you some points. 

·         Artistic Response: In order to understand the conflicts surrounding our chosen topic, we are going to be developing short plays (or a debate) to explore the issue from multiple perspectives. This will involve imaginatively inhabiting an author from one of our readings, 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. 

·         Portfolio:At the end of the quarter you will submit a portfolio that is 10 to 11 pages long, including a 2 page letter reflecting on what you have learned about reading, writing and thinking this quarter. This Portfolio will be composed of revisions of up to three essays you have produced throughout the quarter. 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. Quizzes will be conducted through Angel and cannot be made up after they close; however, the mid-term and final will allow you to make up points on missed quizzes.

·         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.)


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 through the Angel Course Mail, located in the middle column of the main Course Page for this class. 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.

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.

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. Placed on the desk is a large plastic spider sitting in a Zen garden. Please don't disturb it. 

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UE7_EJmn5k 

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.

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