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English 1001 Syllabus

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English Composition 1
Ms. Hinton (Univ of Cincincinnati English)
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Date Created: 02/21/16
SPRING SEMESTER, 2015-16 English Composition/English 1001, Section 123 Online Instructor: Rebecca Hinton, Ph.D. Email: REQUIRED TEXT: Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide, 13 ed. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. COURSE OBJECTIVES To write various types of academic papers To think critically To write for a specific audience and purpose To use basic Blackboard functions COURSE DESCRIPTION This is the first course in the required sequence of English composition. Since it is online, it requires a lot of independence and self-discipline – perhaps more than you might need in a face-to-face class. Obviously, you will need a reliable computer. It’s important to keep up with the assignments by frequently consulting your schedule (see below) and working ahead as much as possible. Note that some weeks include only one assignment while others include several. For the most part, papers are due on Friday of the designated week, but this is not always the case. Check the schedule! COURSE COMPONENTS (See ASSIGNMENTS, left side of Blackboard screen, for instructions and points regarding each paper.) * denotes papers requiring outside sources. Paper one: Definition via narrative *Paper two: Cause/effect explanation *Paper three: Position paper following the Toulmin model *Paper four: Persuasive paper in the form of a letter Paper five: Process paper Syllabus quiz (See ASSIGNMENTS) Library quiz (See ASSIGNMENTS) Weekly responses on Discussion Board (no responses on the weeks that papers are due) See instructions below. One blog response (See below.) GRADING CRITERIA FOR PAPERS Each paper will be graded on the following: Organization Development/depth results from looking into various aspects of your topic, examining it from various viewpoints, etc. Specific examples help to illustrate your points, but your paper should not be a mere string of examples. I once heard an analogy which explains the concept of development/depth in composition : A person carrying a bucket of water along a cement pavement stumbles and spills the water, which goes in all directions without sinking in. Another person spills water on a field and the water goes deep into the ground. The water that spills on the pavement is like a paper which touches on many points without developing any of them while that which spills in the field is like a paper that treats a topic in depth. Critical thinking does not mean mere faultfinding. Rather, it means carefully weighing your topic and/or sources, applying general principles to specific cases, comparing one specific case to another, etc. Rhetoric is the use of language to make a point and/or to persuade an audience. Writers need not use “flowery” or extremely erudite language, but they need to make sure that the words and phrases they use drive home the points they want to make. Rhetoric includes style and audience awareness. Although one’s style may be straightforward and to the point, it should sound like that of an educated adult, with varied sentence structure and an appropriate vocabulary. The style should also be appropriate to the intended audience. For example, an informal article written for parents in general should not contain a lot of psychological terms and/or references to formal studies with which the audience may not be familiar. Editing requires carefully going over a finished paper and checking for such errors as misspelled words, faulty sentences, mistakes in punctuation, use of the wrong word (e.g. “their” when you mean “there”). While editing is usually the final stage of the writing process, it is no less important than the preceding stages. GRADE POINTS AND FINAL SEMESTER GRADE Your final grade for the semester will depend on the number of points you earn. Each paper is worth a maximum of 100 points. (See each paper in ASSIGNMENTS for point breakdown.) The syllabus quiz and the library quiz are worth 20 points each and you can earn up to 83 points on the response component of the course (Discussion Board responses and replies, response on blog, email to instructor combined). This comes to a grand total of 623 possible points and your grade will be as follows: 608-623 total points: A 592-607 total points: A- 576-591 total points: B+ 560-575 total points: B 544-559 total points: B- 528-543 total points: C+ 512-527 total points: C 496-511 total points: C- Fewer than 496 total points: F (Note that in English 1001, D/Unsatisfactory is not given, the reason being that if a student cannot earn a satisfactory grade, he/she should not pass the course.) CLASS POLICIES Papers are due on the dates indicated in the schedule. Please type papers according to MLA specifications:(double spacing, size 12 print, 1” inch margins on all four sides. Begin your paper about an inch from the top of the page and do not leave extra space between paragraphs. Please send the papers to my email ( as an attachment written on Microsoft Word 2016, 2010, 2007, or 2003 by 11:59 PM on the day it is due. I will return your paper with comments and a grade within two weeks. The grade on a late paper will go down a full letter and I will not accept a paper more than two calendar days late. Once the due date and the “grace period” are past, the assignment will no longer be available on Blackboard and you will receive a 0 on that assignment. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR DEADLINES! Plagiarism, a serious academic offense which UC does not tolerate, includes any attempt to pass off the work of another as your own. It does not matter whether the plagiarized work is professional or amateur, published or unpublished, in print or online. The grade on a plagiarized paper will be 0/F . You may not rewrite it and, depending on the nature and severity of the plagiarism, you may also fail the course. DON’T DO IT !! Netiquette, or online etiquette, is expected in all online interactions . Do not say anything online that you would not say to someone’s face. Discussion Board responses containing rude, insulting, or obscene language will receive no points. INSTRUCTOR CONTACT I do not hold regular office hours but will be glad to meet with you on the Clermont campus Tuesday and Thursday afternoons BY APPOINTMENT. You may also send any questions or concerns to my email, listed above. ONLINE TUTOR : Kyle has been the online tutor for online classes I’ve taught in the past. A very experienced instructor, he can give you helpful feedback on the drafts of your papers. However, he usually needs a 48 hour turn-around period, so don’t wait until the last minute to submit a draft. USING THE DISCUSSION BOARD The Discussion Board, located on the left side of the Blackboard screen, is a tool for sharing ideas, much as you would in a face-to-face class. At the beginning of each week, I will post some prompts regarding the assigned readings. To use the DB, follow these steps: 1. Click on DISCUSSION BOARD. 2. Click on the forum for that week. 3. Click on “Create thread, “ located at the top of the screen. 4. Type your name in the oblong ‘Subject” box and your response in the “Message” box. 5. Scroll down and hit “Submit,” in the far right corner. (On some computers the SUBMIT button doesn’t show up when you just scroll down. You also need to scroll to the right, using the arrow.) To respond to someone else, click on the forum and the list of respondents will come up. Click on the name of the student you want to respond to. Read that person’s response and then write your reply in the “Message” box. Scroll down and hit “Reply.” I am not looking for “right” or “wrong” responses. Rather, I want to see thoughtful responses that weigh the readings, look at them from different angles, etc. In addition to writing your own response to the prompt(s), you must reply to two of your classmates. Do not write general replies, such as “Nice job!” or “I agree!” but such comments as “This is a good response, Sue, but why do you say . . . ? “ or “ This shows a lot of thinking, but have you considered . . .?” That way, you engage in a fruitful conversation. For each forum, you will earn a total of four points: two for your own response and one for each reply to a classmate. USING THE BLOG The blog works like the Discussion Board except that it is designed more for individual posts than for conversations. To use the blog, 1. Hit “Blogs” on the left side of the screen. 2. Click on the name of the blog, e.g., “Cycle of Violence.” 3. Hit “Create blog entry, “ at the top. 4. Type your name in the “Title” box and your entry in the “Message” box. 5. Scroll down and hit “Post Entry,” at the far right. You will earn two points for the blog entry, but you needn’t reply to anyone else. ACCESSING AND SUBMITTING QUIZZES 1. Go to ASSIGNMENTS , click on the name of the quiz (e.g., SYLLABUS QUIZ), and open it. 2. Click on “Enable editing,” located at the top. This will allow you to write your answers on the quiz. 3. Save the quiz on your computer and keep saving it as you write. 4. When you are finished, save your quiz one last time and then send it to my email ( as an attachment on Microsoft Word 2016,2010, 2007, or 2003. SCHEDULE (Subject to change) N.B. All assignments must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the designated day. Week One: January 11-15 Mon., Jan 11: Send your instructor an email confirming your registration in the class. (1 point) Wed., Jan. 13: Introduce yourself on the Discussion Board and respond to two classmates. (See forum for Week One.) (4 points) Fri., Jan. 15: Take the SYLLABUS QUIZ (See ASSIGNMENTS) and submit by 11:59 PM. (20 points) Week Two: January 18-22 Read pages 81-88; “The Money,” p. 114; “Living With Fire, “ p. 118; “My Mother Never Worked,” p. 123. Wed., Jan. 20: Go to Discussion Board (See forum for Week Two, A) and do the grammar exercise (4 points) Fri., Jan. 22: Respond to prompts on Discussion Board (See forum for Week two, B.) (4 points) Week Three: January 25-29 Read the material on definition, pages 487-91; “Tortillas, “ p. 506; “Homeless,” p. 510; “Inked Well,” p. 692.” Respond on Discussion Board by Friday, January 29, 11”: 59 PM. (4 points) Week Four: February 1-5 Read “I Would Never Wear That Hat” (See COURSE DOCUMENTS on Blackboard) and “The Untouchable, “ p. 497. Respond on Discussion Board by Friday, February 5, 11:PM. (4 points) Week Five: February 8-12 Paper one due Friday, February 12, 11:59 PM Week Six: February 15-19 Read “The Lottery,” p. 308; “Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories,” p. 342; “A peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun, “ 353. Respond on Discussion Board by Friday, February 19, by 11:59 PM. (4 points) Week Seven: February 22-26 Watch library presentation and read “Solving for Pattern” (See COURSE DOCUMENTS) and “The Price of Silence, p. 76. Wednesday, February 24: Submit library quiz by 11:59 PM. (20 points) Friday, February 26: Respond to readings on the Discussion Board by 11: 59 PM. (4 points) Week Eight: February 29-March 4 Paper two due Friday, March 4, 11{59 PM Week Nine: March 7-11 Read pages 531-38; “The Declaration of Independence,” p. 550; “Students for Gun-Free Schools,” p. 633; “Students for Concealed Carry,” p, 642. Respond on Discussion Board by Friday, March 11, 11:59 PM. (4 points) Week Ten: March 14-18 “ Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Play Dangerous Sports,” p. 616, and “Football Does a Body Good (Nannyism Doesn’t,” p. 621. Respond on blog by Friday, March 18, 11:59 PM. (2 points) Week Eleven: March 21-27: SPRING BREAK! Week Twelve: March 28-April 1 Paper three due Friday, April 1, 11:59 PM Week Thirteen: April 4-8 “Read Letter from Birmingham Jail.” p. 563, and respond on Discussion Board by Friday, April 1, 11:59 PM. Review MLA citation guidelines, pp. 719-41. (4 points) See also Week Fourteen: April 11-15 Paper four due Friday, April 15, 11:59 PM Week Fifteen: April 18-22 Read “The Search,” p. 272; “Getting Coffee Is hard to Do,” p, 288; “How to Retrieve a Candy Bar Stuck in the Lunchroom Vending Machine,” p. 292. Respond on Discussion Board by Friday, April 22, 11:59 PM.(4 points) Wednesday, April 27: Paper five due


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