ENGL& 101 meets:   Daily 8:30 pm – 9:20 pm

Room: D 114

Instructor:            David Owens

Office:                  D 111

Phone:                  527 - 4425

e-mail:                 through Canvas (or [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 students need to develop good college-level reading habits before they can succeed 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.

To reinforce careful reading, you will be asked to take short, 5 point weekly quizzes on the readings BEFORE we are to discuss them in class. Sometimes passing a quiz will be a requirement for unlocking the one of the participation forums for that week.

This quarter we will be looking at how the internet influences reading, writing and thinking. I have chosen the first few readings this quarter, but I have left the reading schedule open to be chosen by the you 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. 

·         Group Impov Project: In order to understand the conflicts surrounding our chosen topic, we are going to be developing short dramatic scenes to attempt to imaginatively explore the issue from a variety of perspectives. While the assignment is designed to create a recording of a synchronous improvised conversation between up to four characters representing our various readings, there will be a number of other options available to fulfill this requirement.

·         Essays, Drafts, and Peer Reviews: You will be writing one timed essay and three “out of class” essays designed to give you practice in different modes of writing and incorporating published ideas into your 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. For each out-of-class essay assignment, you will submit a draft a week before the final is due and will be randomly assigned a peer review partner. The peer review is due 2 days after the draft is due. I will also use these drafts to see which writing concepts the class is struggling with from week to week so that I can review them in greater detail.

·         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.

·         Grammar Quizzes: To encourage students to continue mastering grammar concepts, 70 points of your grade will be devoted to grammar quizzes. In order to receive the full one hundred points, you will need to achieve mastery (80%) on an a sequence of increasingly difficult quizzes covering a variety of common grammar issues. Each quiz will be worth anywhere from 5 to 15 points depending on level of difficulty, but you will have an unlimited number of attempts to master them. In addition, there will be a final grammar quiz at the end of the quarter to test your overall mastery.

·         Attendance and Participation: Because this class combines both an online section and a face-to-face section of ENGL 101, it is technically a flex class, which means that each day you can choose to participate live in the classroom, live online, and/or asynchronously through the participation forum. You should attempt to earn 10 to 14 participation points per week by contributing thoughtful comments or questions about the reading or writing concepts, participating in group activities, and being helpful to other students either on discussion forums or in the classroom.

If you choose NOT to attend class live, you will be penalized 2 points for every day you miss unless you contribute to the appropriate discussion forum (there may be as many as 2 per week depending on how many readings we have) in a timely manner, and you'll be penalized 5 points for every day that you neglect group project obligations or workshopping. Missing a typical week of class and not contributing to the participation forums at all for that week, for example, would result in a -10 out of 10 participation for that week (a loss of 20 points).

In addition, you (along with up to 3 other students) will be assigned one reading forum / class discussion during the quarter to moderate, which means responding to questions, directing conversation, and writing a summary of the conversation at the end of the week. This will be worth 15 points. Altogether, participation is worth 95 points of your final grade with a potential for up to 30 points of extra credit.


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 Canvas 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 Canvas. 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, and it is rare for me not to respond within 12 to 24 hours.

            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.

            When I am in my office, 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. If necessary, please place hard copies of assignments on my desk, which is located in office 111. Please don't disturb the large rubber spider resting in a small zen garden. Thank you.

Discussion Forums / Absences: As you read above, you will lose from 2-5 points for every day you are absent unless you contribute to the appropriate discussion forum for that week (there will always be at least one). To count in place of an absence, your first post about the reading must be made before we discuss the reading in class, but you can earn points beyond that by responding to other student posts or to the class discussion after the original due date. Forums will typically close at the end of each week.

Late Work: Essays* should be submitted in the appropriate assignment drop box by date and time specified on the Canvas Assignment, and they will be penalized 10 percent for every day they are late, starting with the hour after they are due. Drafts and Essays will also be considered late (or missing) if they are submitted in a form too incomplete to evaluate.

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. Any draft or assignment submitted on time that receives less than a B can be revised for up to 80% two days after it is returned. The maximum score will be reduced by 5% every 2 days after that. Revisions will not be accepted if the maximum score is less than 60%.

Incompletes: No incompletes will be granted unless 500 points of the total course work has already been submitted with an average grade of C or better. 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 D244 (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.




Canvas Orientation


In-class Interpretation


Essay 1: Response to a comic*


Group Improv Presentation


Essay 2 Draft


Essay 2: Response to Group Improv Presentation*


In-Class Essay: Conversation with an article


Essay 3: Dialogue between 2 articles*


Forum Assignments


Peer Reviews of Drafts


Post Essay Reflective Surveys and Reflective Essay draft


Portfolio Workshopping


Final Portfolio


Quizzes (Grammar and Reading)


Participation (in-class discussion)





Items with an * count as Essays for the purposes of late work and can be revised for inclusion in the Final Portfolio. You must maintain an average of 60% or higher on 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