English 100 Syllabus


English 100 Syllabus


English 100: Basic Writing, Fall 2007
Instructor: Marlen Elliot Harrison, MA
Course: English 101 – 48/50
Office hours: T/Th 9:30-10:45am
Office: 201 G Leonard Hall
Mailbox: Faculty mailbox in Leonard 110
Office Phone: 724-357-2276
Course Website: http://MarlenHarrison.com
Email: M.E.Harrison@iup.edu

Course Description and Rationale: Writing and reading go hand-in-hand; to improve writing, it is important to also practice reading. In this course we will strengthen our abilities to plan, develop, organize, revise, and discuss our ideas byhrough writing and reading everything from essays to greeting cards – you’ll even design and maintain your own blog! In addition, we’ll explore the library, internet, andIUPWritingCenter , participate in regular writing workshops, and learn about ourselves and others through in-class and small group discussions.

Goals and Objectives:

  • To increase your comfort and confidence levels with writing and reading.
  • To introduce you to various genres of university-level writing through regular writing and reading activities.
  • To develop your ability to respond to a variety of literary genres through class discussion and writing activities.
  • To plan, develop, organize, revise, and complete three different written essays.
  • To become familiar with a variety of resources to help you develop your writing and reading skills, such as the Writing Center , Diana Hacker’s Writer’s Reference, the library, etc.
  • To understand and respond to different audiences who will read your writing.
  • To develop your technological competence by learning about various computer and internet resources, creating an on-line journal (blog) where you can explore and practice various topics and genres through writing, and by reading and responding to classmates’ writing.
  • To practice integrating the class readings by way of referencing words, phrases, and sentences that are meaningful to you as you write your own blogs and essays.
  • To work together to create a relaxed, enjoyable classroom environment where everyone is respected for their differences and similarities, and to celebrate our identities.

Required Texts:

  • Hacker, D. (2007). A Writer’s Reference. Boston : Beford/St. Martin’s.
  • Rosa, A. & Escholz, P. (2007). Models for Writers. Boston : Beford/St. Martin’s.
  • In addition to the above texts, your instructor will provide you with additional reading materials throughout the course.
  • You are responsible for having your texts and reading materials with you at all class meetings.
  • Check Amazon.com, Ebay.com, and Half.com for inexpensive alternatives to purchasing your texts at a bookstore.

Required Materials: You will need: access to a computer, a printer, and the internet; an active email account; a notebook; a pen; a highlighter; a folder in which to keep handouts and other printed matter; and a clear plastic folder or sheath in which you’ll keep your track of attendance and class points. It would be wise to also have a dictionary/thesaurus.

Class Format: In this class, you will do a lot of individual reading and writing, and you will also work together in small groups for feedback and discussion. At the beginning of each class, we will review the homework posted to our blogs by our group members and offer comments and questions. We will then spend time reading literature reflective of the week’s theme and then discuss the reading first within our groups and then together as a class. The remainder of the class will be scheduled for writing activities.

Assignments: Although all assignments will be posted to your blogs, you will print out and hand in the drafts and final copies of your 3 main essays and a reflective letter. All assignments are designed to develop your ideas and writing skills as you move from short reflections to longer essays.

  • Blog/Homework: Weekly assignments will be posted to the blogs. You will often be given time in class to start/complete these assignments. Consider the blog a place where you can explore and develop your ideas and get feedback from classmates. The process of reading and commenting on our classmates’ blogs is just as important as writing the blogs. These assignments are designed to support your essay writing.
  • Essays: You will complete three typed and printed essays, approximately 3-5 pages. These essays will be both posted to your blogs and handed in to your instructor. You may use your blog assignments as starting points for these essays. We’ll spend a lot of time individually and collaboratively revising and developing these essays in class and as homework.
  • Notebooks: As part of your participation in this course, you will keep a notebook or journal in which you will handwrite reflections on a number of activities throughout the semester. Your instructor will further explain this process during the first week of classes. Just think of this as literally a book where you keep your notes!
  • Reflective Letter: Your reflective letter will be written to your instructor. You will think about your progress throughout the semester and discuss your conclusions. You may make suggestions for future courses, comment on specific assignments or components in the course, reflect on your progress, etc. 2-3 pages, double-spaced.

                 

The Writing Center : Please remember that IUP has an incredibleWritingCenter located in Eicher Hall. http://www.wc.iup.edu/  They have walk-in and appointment times, and can assist you in a number of ways. Please consider visiting theWritingCenter if you’re feeling anxious or stressed about your writing for this class. They will not help you with grammar, punctuation, etc, but they will help you to organize your thoughts, plan your essays, and develop your ideas! And best of all, it’s FREE!

Plagiarism Statement:

Unacknowledged borrowing of ideas, facts, phrases, wordings, or whole words in a paper, as well as the copying of another Students’ work all constitute plagiarism and are unacceptable in the university community.  Students turning in plagiarized work may receive a failing grade for the essay or for the entire course.  For more information, see the university policy on plagiarism in your student handbook, or ask me. We will also be discussing this topic more in class. (Schragel, 2006, Plagiarism statement)

Schragel, J. (2006). English 101 syllabus. Retrieved August 20th, 2007, from
http://www.people.iup.edu/gxzl/ENGL101.htm

 

Attendance and Participation: You will receive points for every class you attend: You will consider and evaluate your participation and progress in each class and assign and track these points yourselves.

When you are absent, you will email your instructor and inform him of your absence and the reason for this absence. In addition, you will state the name and email address of the student you will contact to ask about what you missed due to your absence. You will then email that student (and cc your instructor) to inquire about missed work. It is completely your responsibility to complete all assignments by their due date, whether you are present in class or not. Late work for any reason will not be accepted. More than three unexcused absences may result in a lowering of your final grade.
Participation is defined (but is not limited to) as follows: 1) Being prepared for class (supplies, texts, etc); 2) actively participating during class activities; 3) completing all assignments (including readings) by their due dates; 4) asking and answering questions during discussions and volunteering your thoughts; and 5) showing up to class on time and being ready to work when your instructor begins class. You may give yourself one point for completing each of these tasks (you are on the Honor System here and will be expected to assign yourself points fairly). You will write your points and track your grades on your student sheet at the end of each class. Your instructor will hand these out to you at the beginning of each class, and collect them at the end of class. You may not take your student sheets home.

Revision and Extra Credit: Revision of writing for a change of grade, and extra credit assignments will be considered on a case by case basis. Please see your instructor for more information. This course is designed so that all students, if they complete the required assignments, can successfully receive maximum points.

Evaluation: You may earn the following points…

Blog Assignment: 300 pts (20 pts each x 15)

Reflective Comments on Blogs: 150 pts (10 pts each x 15)

Essays (3, submitted as a portfolio): 300 pts (100 pts each x 3)

Reflective Letter: 125 pts

Participation and Attendance: 125 pts (5 pts x 25 days)

A 900-1000 pts;  B 800-899 pts;  C 700-799 pts;  D 600-699 pts;  F 599 pts and below

Week 1a – Course Introduction and writing activity

  • In-class reading: Excerpt from Kawai’s Buddhism and the Art of Psychotherapy
  • Homework: Read Hacker, pp.3-13.

Week 1b

  • In-class discussion of the course assignments and expectations.
  • Discussion of Hacker reading, pp.3-13, and Kawai’s “What is I”?
  • Homework:
    • Finish setting up and designing your blogs.
    • Create your Blogroll and links list.
    • Email Marlen your blog address.
    • BLOG ENTRY #1THE BIG QUESTION: In Tuesday’s reading, Kawai asked the question, “What is I?” Think about some of the “big” questions you’ve been asking yourself recently. Choose one, and write about it on your blog. You can explore why the question is meaningful to you, or you can answer the question. You can be as serious or as silly as you’d like! 2-3 paragraphs.

Week 2a – Course Design; Writing for an Audience

  • In-class reading: Flower’s Writing for an Audience
  • Homework:
    • Finish setting up and designing your blogs.
    • BLOG ENTRY #2 Choose and answer one of the discussion questions from Flower. 2-3 paragraphs
    • Bring a magazine to class on Thursday.
    • Finish any homework you haven't finished yet.
    • Bring info (printed) about any three essay types.


Week 2b
– Thesis Statements

  • In-class reading: Models for Writers, pp. 9-14.
  • Discussion of thesis statements for first essay. We'll examine articles from the magazines we brought to class and examine thesis statements.
  • Homework:     
    • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.
    • Read Models for Writers, pp. 71-79, and then answer discussion questions 1-3 from p. 77. Write your answers on your blog.
    • On your blog, write a thesis statement for your first essay, then answer the questions about audience on p. 14 of Models for Writers.
    • BLOG ENTRY #3THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY, see For Your Journal on p. 74 of M4W. 2-3 paragraphs
    • Bring info (printed) about any three essay types.

 

Week 3a – Essay types

  • Review of thesis statements.
  • In-class reading: Hacker, pp.24-37, Essay types
  • Homework:     
    • Read M4W, pp. 31-40, Getting started with your essay
    • BLOG ENTRY #4 – Consider your first three blog entries and decide 1) which essay type you used for each one and 2) what the thesis statements are in each entry. In your own words, re-state and explain the theses and how each of these essays exemplifies its essay type. For example, if you decide that Blog Entry #1 was a definition essay, explain why; what is it about this essay that makes it a definition essay?
    • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

 

Week 3b – Deeper Reading

  • In-class Activity: Read M4W, pp. 43 – 57. Pay special attention to the Practice section on p. 49 and follow the instructions for reading and annotating. After you have read Carson's essay, follow the instructions on p. 52 "Once you have read and reread…" Write the answers to these 6 questions on your blog.
  • Homework:
    • BLOG ENTRY #5Consider the essay types we discussed this week and then choose one essay type for tonight's blog writing: THE FOOD I EAT, see For Your Journal on p. 50 of M4W. 2-3 paragraphs
    • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

 

Week 4a – Putting it all together

  • In-class Activity: Today you will re-consider your thesis and choose an essay style that you feel would best suit the development of your thesis. We'll create outlines, mind-maps, and plans for expansion. ALSO, please identify any outside sources that you wish to use to help you construct your argument, support your ideas, etc.
  • Homework:
    • BLOG ENTRY #6 – Finish your outline for homework and begin writing your essay. (M4W pp. 31-35 and Hacker's section "C" on Composing can help you!)
    • Read M4W, pp. 57-68. This section should give you some good ideas about how to construct your essay.
    • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

Week 4b – Essay Writing

  • In-class Activity: Using your outlines and mind maps, you'll continue to write your essay in class. Your instructor will guide you as you write. Feel free to ask questions, check other students' writing, use the internet to help you find information, etc. Your essay should be 3-5 pages (no shorter), double-spaced.
  • Homework:
    • ESSAY #1 (Draft) – Finish your essays this weekend and a) post them to your blog and b) Bring three typed, printed copies to class. We will re-write these essays next week in class when we learn about revision and editing!
    • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.
    • Read Lamott’s Shitty First Drafts , Murray ’s The Maker’s Eye.

Week 5a – We’ll spend this week discussing pre-writing, revision, editing, proofreading, evaluation, and feedback. Please bring at least three printed copies of your essay

Week 5b – We’ll continue our discussion of pre-writing, revision, editing, proofreading, evaluation, and feedback.

  • Discussion of all readings for this week
  • Practice proofreading, editing, and revising
  • Homework:
    • You’ll revise your first essay based upon the revision strategies that we read about or discussed. Print this revision and bring this to class with your original essay. Please also post your revision to your blog on your essay page.
    • After revising your essay, you will complete the following:
      • In 1-3 paragraphs, explain or discuss any aspect of your learning so far in this course. For example, you might reflect upon the development of your writing style, something new you’ve learned about yourself as a result of the readings or class discussions, or you might identify an area or issue for further development or learning. This will be typed and handed in with your revision and also posted to your blog as a regular entry.

       

    WHEN YOU COME TO YOUR CONFERENCE, PLEASE BRING YOUR ESSAYS
    (BOTH THE FIRST DRAFT WITH COMMENTS FROM YOU AND YOUR PARTNER, AND YOUR FINAL DRAFT)
    AND YOUR 1-3 PARAGRAPH REFLECTION

Week 6 – This week I’ll meet with students individually to discuss a) their writing and b) ideas for the next two papers. Some student meetings will need to be scheduled outside of our regular class times.

  • Homework:
    • BLOG ENTRIES #8, #9, #10Read any three essays from M4W; create 3 blog entries (one for each essay) in which you answer the "FOR YOUR JOURNAL" question, and the 6 questions for study and discussion.
    • Find, read, and bring three different articles, essays, or excerpts from literature about a topic which you wish to write about in your next essay. Anything goes here. You will use these next week in class. How can you find these? Try an internet or library search or use the magazine you purchased for class!

Week 7a – Writing Essay #2

  • In-class reading: Students’ articles, essays, or literary excerpts.
  • Create a mindmap and an outline for your next essay.
  • Homework:     
    • BLOG ENTRY #11: Post your outline for Essay #2 to your blog.
    • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.
    • Read M4W pp. 7-40 ONE MORE TIME!!!

Week 7b

  • In-class writing: Complete/expand your outline for your essay and begin writing!
  • Homework:     
    • ESSAY #2 (Draft) – Finish your essays for week 9 and a) post them to your blog and b) bring three typed, printed copies to class. You will have a chance to get feedback in week 9.
    • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

     

    Week 8 – This week we’ll explore the library and discuss documentation of sources and plagiarism to better prepare us for our final papers. We'llcontinue working on Essay #2 in week 9.

    Homework:

    • Familiarize yourself with Hacker, pp.355-488, MLA and APA style. This looks like a lot of information, but don’t worry, most of these pages are various examples of how to set-up papers, format citations, and create a references or works cited list.
    • BLOG ENTRY #12: Select 4 sources you’ve used so far in your essays. As a regular blog entry, choose two sources and demonstrate how you would cite them both within a paper and at the end in the Works Cited section, using MLA formatting. Then do the same with the other two sources (within the paper and in the References section), using APA formatting. Hacker’s text will help you. DON'T WORRY ABOUT FINISHING THE CITATION & FORMATTING EXERCISE WE STARTED IN CLASS. JUST FOCUS ON THIS HOMEWORK AND COMPLETING YOUR ESSAY!
    • Find, read, and bring three different articles, essays, or excerpts from literature about a topic which you wish to write about in your next essay. Anything goes here. You will use these next week in class. How can you find these? Try an internet or library search or use the magazine you purchased for class!

    Week 9a

    • In-class activity: Meet with your partner and work on revising
    • Homework:     
      • ESSAY #2 (Draft) – Post them to your blog and bring three typed, printed copies to class. You will have a chance to get feedback from classmates.
      • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

    Week 9b

    • In-class activity: Continue reading and evaluating your classmates' essays.
    • Homework:     
      • BRING YOUR FINAL DRAFT OF ESSAY #2 TO CLASS ON TUESDAY AND POST IT TO YOUR BLOG AS WELL. 
      • BLOG ENTRY #13 – Read one essay from M4W; create a blog entry in which you answer the "FOR YOUR JOURNAL" question, and the 6 questions for study and discussion.
      • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.
      • Find, read, and bring three different articles, essays, or excerpts from literature about a topic which you wish to write about in your next essay. Anything goes here. You will use these next week in class. How can you find these? Try an internet or library search or use the magazine you purchased for class!
    Week 10a
    • In-class activity: Begin ESSAY #3 thesis statement, mind map, and outline for Essay #3. Post these to your blog for homework.
    • Homework:     
      • BLOG #14 – A) Complete your outline and expanded thesis statement on your blog for homework. B) Compose a 3-5 paragraph essay discussing how you will approach writing this next essay and post it to your blog. For example, what have you learned while writing your other essays, or while reading and responding to your classmates' writing? Who is your audience for this essay and how will knowing this affect your writing? What is the genre of your essay? What makes this genre different from the other genres you've tried? How has pre-writing (freewriting, thesis development, mindmaps, outlines, etc) helped your writing process?
      • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

    Week 10b

    • In-class activity: Begin expanding your outline and writing your draft.
    • Homework:     
      • ESSAY #3 – Complete your shitty first drafts, post them to your blog, and bring three typed, printed copies to class. You will have a chance to get feedback from classmates.
      • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

    Week 11a

    • In-class activity: Meet with your partner and work on revising
    • Homework:     
      • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

    Week 11b

    • In-class activity: Continue reading and evaluating your classmates' essays.
    • Homework:     
      • BLOG ENTRY #15 – Read one essay from M4W; create a blog entry in which you answer the "FOR YOUR JOURNAL" question, and the 6 questions for study and discussion.
      • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

    Week 12

    • NO CLASS THIS WEEK – INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES (meet in Marlen's office) PLEASE BRING ALL OF YOUR ESSAYS!
    • Homework:     
    • BLOG ENTRY #16 – Read one essay from M4W; create a blog entry in which you answer the "FOR YOUR JOURNAL" question, and the 6 questions for study and discussion.
    • Make sure to check your blog this week and respond to comments left for you by your readers.

    Week 13
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

    Week 14

    • Finish your final drafts of your two main essays, begin working on your Reflective Letter.
    • NEXT WEEK – FINAL CONFERENCES!

    Please bring all of the following in portfolio format (binder/folder):

    1. Final versions of 2 of your essays. One essay will be a process set that will include everything you've done to create that essay, including pre-writing tasks like mind-maps, outlines, etc; the other will be a stand-alone essay.
    2. Your reflective letter for English 101 exemption.
    3. Your reflective letter to Marlen, discussing your experiences in Engl 100: You will think about your progress throughout the semester and discuss your conclusions. You may make suggestions for future courses, comment on your instructor, specific assignments, or components in the course, reflect on your own progress, etc. You may explain whether or not you chose to submit your paper for publication, offer feedback to your instructor, and/or explain why you feel you deserve a specific grade. 2-3 pages, double-spaced, typed and printed. Make sure your name is on it please! Please also post it to your blog.

     

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