English 1010-Beginning Writing (section 28B)

Spring 2010

 

Instructor: Dr. Randy Jasmine

Office: McDonald 228

Telephone: 652-7811

E-mail: jasmine@dixie.edu

Office Hours: M 9-10 and 3-5, T 2-3,W 9-10, H 2-3, F 9-10, and by appointment

Course Meeting Times: MTWHF 1:00-1:50

Place: Udvar_Hazy 224

 

Text

How to Write Anything John J. Ruszkiewicz ISBN# 0312452268

 

General Course Information

Course Description Required of all students with an interest in improving their abilities to analyze and write academic papers, including the research-supported essay. It satisfies one of the composition requirements for AA/AS degrees. Students have opportunities to write and revise a number of essays. Activities, library research, portfolios, writing to a style guide, and tests may also be used in preparing students to write college level papers. Successful students will demonstrate competence in the use of standard written English, in analysis of texts, in correctly paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting source material, and in appropriately citing the work of others.

 

Course Prerequisites LIB 1010 is a pre or co-requisite of this course.

 

Course Requirements The students will complete a series of writing projects, with a major paper serving as the ultimate goal of each project.  Students will receive instructor and peer feedback throughout the writing process.  Students will also take several quizzes based on the grammar, reading, and discussion covered in the class.  There will also be a cumulative final exam covering grammar, revision, documentation, and assigned readings.

 

Goals and Student Outcomes *Please see the list of GE, English Department, and Course specific goals and outcomes attached to the Course Resource page.

 

CRN Number 23078

 

Important Semester Dates For the Block Spring 2010 Semester Schedule

 

Writing Center DSC provides a free service for students desiring additional assistance with their writing assignments in all courses.  The Writing Center is located in the first floor of the Browning Bldg.  Call 652-7743 for hours and more information.

 

Online Writing Lab You can also consult the Online Writing Lab website for information on a variety of issues related to writing, and for numerous links to relevant websites.  To reach the page, type the following link in your browser http://dsc.dixie.edu/owl/, or go to the DSC home page, scroll to “Academics,” and select “Online Writing Lab” which is listed under Other Academic Links. 

 

Disability Statement If you are a student with a documented physical or mental impairment, then proper documentation of that disability is required in order to receive services or accommodations.     The Center Coordinator and staff can also assist you in analyzing your eligibility for services.  Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability must provide a letter of accommodation to their professor from the Disability Resource Center within the first two weeks of the beginning of classes.  Please contact the Center on the main campus to follow through with the documentation process.  The center is located in the Student Services Center, Edith Whitehead Building, Room #201, or you may call for an appointment and further information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 652-7516.

 

Use of your DMail Please read about and be sure to active your Dmail account

 

If you stop attending class If you stop attending class, it is your responsibility to drop the class before that semester’s drop deadline.  This deadline date for Spring Semester 10 is Monday, March 29.

 

Attendance You are allowed 6 absences without penalty, but after that your final grade will be reduced one quarter of a letter grade (25 points out of 1000) for each day you are absent. So, if you have an A (940) and you miss 7 classes, it becomes an A- (915), if you miss 8 classes it becomes a B+ (890), etc. Missing class 14 or more times makes it impossible to receive a passing grade. I will grant “excused” absences only in cases of extreme emergency.

 

You must also be on time to class.  I will take roll at the beginning of each class, and if you are not present but show up within 10 minutes of the start of class, you will be marked tardy. Two tardies equal one absence. If you are more than 10 minutes late for class you will be marked absent regardless of whether or not you show up after that.  If you feel the need to leave class early, the same attendance rules apply: less than 10 minutes=tardy; more than 10 minutes=absence.

 

Classroom Expectations The college classroom is an academic learning environment, and this means certain rules of behavior and common courtesy should be observed at all times.  Please review the rules about disruptive behavior in the DSC policies and procedures manual.  If you break a rule once, I will give you a warning; if it happens a second time, I will ask you to leave class for the day; a third violation will result in you being dropped from the class for disruptive behavior.

 

·  When someone is speaking, either the instructor or a student, no one else should be talking. 

 

·  Cell phones must be turned off at all times. If your phone rings or if you are reading or sending text messages in class, I will follow the policy listed above.  The best thing to do is to either leave your cell phone at home or turn it off when you are in class.

 

·  Treat everyone courteously and professionally at all times.

 

Late Work The due dates are all clearly marked, and it is very important that you turn your assignments in on time.  For every day that an assignment is late, you lose one letter grade: 1 minute to 24 hours late=minus one letter grade; 24 to 48 hours=minus two letter grades; etc.

 

Academic Honesty All standards of academic honesty covered in the Academic Discipline Code will be enforced. Plagiarism is a serious violation of the Academic Honesty Code and will be punished accordingly.  The Dixie State College Research Paper Guide defines plagiarism as “an act of willfully or carelessly attempting to pass off as one’s own work the words [or ideas] of someone else” (6).  We will review and discuss proper MLA citation throughout the semester, and you will be responsible for using this documentation style properly.  I will check all of your written work very carefully for plagiarism, and if I find it, the punishment will be severe: first offense-F on the paper with no chance to revise or make it up; second offense-F for the course and possible college disciplinary action.

 

Special Note

Project Conferences After each project is turned in for the first grading, the students will schedule a project conference with the instructor.  In these conferences we will go over the material turned in for the first grading, and we will go over the rough draft of the paper in detail.  Check the course schedule below for these dates.

 

Assignments

Quizzes There will be 8 quizzes on the principles of grammar, documentation, and revising covered in the textbook and in class discussion.  I will also ask you questions about your assigned readings on these quizzes.  The pattern of the quizzes will also be the pattern of the final exam.  I will drop the lowest grade at the end of the semester.  Please note quizzes cannot be made up, so whenever possible, plan absences accordingly.

 

Description/Analysis Assignment This assignment will be given early in the semester, and it is meant to familiarize you with two important modes of writing that we will be using throughout the semester.  For this assignment you will be assigned to write a detailed description and a detailed analysis of a specific object.  The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to the differences in these types of writing (please note that your first paper will require a great deal of description and your second paper, a great deal of analysis; Writing Projects 2and 3 will call on you to use both description and analysis).

 

Narrative You will write a rough draft and a final draft of a personal narrative. We will read about the construction of narratives in How to Write Anything and we will look at many samples of effective narrative writing.  You will receive peer and instructor feedback on your rough draft.

 

Writing Projects Each writing project will consist of a series of exercises that will take the student through the writing process, from prewriting to composing to revising--all the way through to putting the finishing touches on a final draft of a paper.  Different parts of each project will be due at different times.  You will receive extensive peer feedback, and I will grade the project once and give suggestions for improvement and revision; the students will revise and then turn in the project again for a final grading.  Each student will need several folders over the course of the semester to turn in the various writing projects. Here is a checklist of items due at first and at final grading for a typical writing project:

 

First Grading

 

·        Prewriting exercises

·        Outline

·        Peer Reviews-In Class and Take Home

·        Conference

·        Revised draft (.5-1 page longer than rough draft)

 

Final Grading

 

·        Author’s Response to Peer Evaluations

·        Final Draft 

 

Each of the following items will be graded during the writing process:

 

Pre-Writing Outlines

Your prewriting sheets will be started in class, and then you will complete the exercises on your own.  These exercises will help you to brainstorm and come up with a wide variety of ideas at the beginning of each writing project.  Then you will organize your ideas into an outline; this outline should resemble what you want the final paper to look—think of it as a map of your paper.  Of course you can and should change and adapt the size and shape or your  paper as you go along in the writing process.

 

Peer Reviews

The author is responsible to make sure that the in-class peer review sheet pertaining to his/her paper is filled out completely and that the advice and suggestions offered by classmates is considered during the revision process.  Make sure your peer review sheets are detailed and complete. You will also be given a take home peer review partner, and again, you will need to fill out this sheet thoroughly and completely to give the author your feedback.

 

Conferences

The week following the in class peer reviews will be dedicated to project conferences. Each student should come to the conferences prepared to ask questions, record suggestions, and discuss their progress in the writing process.

 

Author’s Response to Peer Evaluation

The author will respond to and evaluate all of the steps in the peer evaluation process and turn this response in with the rest of the materials for the final grading.

 

Final Draft

While the writing process is continuous, the final draft should be the most polished and most complete version of the paper that you submit.  The major portion of the grade for each writing project will be the grade that you receive on the final draft.

 

Final Exam There will be a cumulative final exam covering grammar, revision, documentation, and assigned readings.  The pattern of the exam will be established by the quizzes your take during the semester.  You will have the assessment test as the first part of the exam, and you will have a short essay question.

 

Point Breakdown

Quizzes (8 X 15 points each) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Description/Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Writing Projects:

Pre-Writing Exercises (3 X 15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Sentence Outline (3 X 15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Conferences (3 X 15). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

In Class Peer Reviews (3 X 15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Take Home Peer Reviews (3 X 15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Author’s Responses (3 X 10) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Final Papers (3 X 135) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405

Final Exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1000

 

Grading Scale

930-1000=A

900-929=A-

870-899=B+ 

830-869=B

800-829=B-

770-799=C+

730-769=C

  700-729=C-

670-699=D+

630-669=D

600-629=D-

599 and below=F

 

Spring 2010

Class Schedule

Date

In Class

Reading Due

Assignment Due

Week 1

 

 

 

Monday, Feb. 22

Course Introduction/Syllabus, Assessment, Pre-test

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Tuesday, Feb. 23

Discussion, Description/Analysis Assignment

 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 24

 Discussion, Quiz 1

 

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Thursday, Feb. 25

Assign Narrative

How to Write Anything pp. 4-25

 

Friday, Feb.26

 Grammar

 How to Write Anything pp. 26-39

 Description/Analysis Assignment

Week 2

 

 

 

Monday, Mar. 1

Prewriting-Narrative 

 How to Write Anything pp. 336-40

 

Tuesday, Mar. 2

Quiz 2

   

Wednesday, Mar. 3

 In Class Peer Reviews (Bring 3-3.5 page Rough Draft to Class) 

 

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Thursday, Mar. 4

Grammar, Discussion

 

Turn in Narrative Revised Draft Thur. by 5pm

Friday, Mar. 5

 Quiz 3

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Week 3

 

 

 

Monday-Friday Mar. 8-12

NO CLASS-SPRING BREAK

 

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Week 4

 

 

 

Monday, Mar. 15

Discussion of Analysis/ Synthesis 

 Documentary Films Handout

Narrative Final Draft due Mon. by 5pm

Tuesday, Mar. 16

Discussion

HWA pp. 186-208

 

Wednesday, Mar. 17

Video-The Thin Blue Line

   

Thursday, Mar. 18

Video-The Thin Blue Line

 

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Friday, Mar. 19

Video-The Thin Blue Line, Assign Writing Project 2 (Literary Analysis), Quiz 4

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Week 5

 

 

 

Monday, Mar. 22

 Writing Project 2 Pre-writing

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Tuesday, Mar. 23

 Writing Project 2 Pre-writing

HWA pp. 342-5 

 

Wednesday, Mar. 24

  In Class Peer Reviews (Bring 3-3.5 page Rough Draft to Class)

HWA pp. 366-83

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Thursday, Mar. 25

In Class Peer Reviews (Bring 3-3.5 page Rough Draft to Class)

   

Friday, Mar. 26

Grammar, Discussion

 

Writing Project 2-First Grading Due Fri. by 5pm 

Week 6

 

 

 

Monday, Mar. 29

Project Conferences 

 

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Tuesday, Mar. 30

Project Conferences 

   

Wednesday, Mar. 31

Project Conferences

 

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Thursday, Apr. 1

Grammar, Discussion

HWA pp. 529-36

 

Friday, Apr. 2

Grammar, Discussion, Quiz 5

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Week 7

 

 

 

Monday, Apr. 5

 Research

 HWA pp. 400-11

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Tuesday, Apr. 6

Research

   

Wednesday, Apr. 7

 Incorporating Sources

 

Writing Project 2-Final Grading Due Wed. by 5pm 

Thursday, Apr. 8

Grammar, Discussion, Assign Writing Project 3

HWA pp. 68-101

 

Friday, Apr. 9

 Writing Project 3 Pre-writing

 

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Week 8

 

 

 

Monday, Apr. 12

 Writing Project 3 Pre-writing

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Tuesday, Apr. 13

Using Research

HWA pp. 415-34

 

Wednesday, Apr. 14

In Class Peer Reviews (Bring 3-3.5 page Rough Draft to Class)

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Thursday, Apr. 15

Grammar, Discussion 

 

 

Friday, Apr. 16

Grammar, Discussion

 

Writing Project 3-First Grading Due Fri. by 5pm

Week 9

 

 

 

Monday, Apr. 19

Project Conferences 

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Tuesday, Apr. 20

Project Conferences

   

Wednesday, Apr. 21

Project Conferences

 

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Thursday, Apr. 22

Grammar Discussion

   

Friday, Apr. 23

Quiz 7

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Week 10

 

 

 

Monday, Apr. 26

Grammar, Discussion

 

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Tuesday, Apr. 27

Grammar, Discussion

   

Wednesday, Apr. 28

Revision Day

 

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Thursday, Apr. 29

Review for Final Exam

 

 

Writing Project 3-Final Grading Due Friday. by 5pm

Exam Week

 

 

 

April 30-May 6

FINAL EXAM-Monday, May 3 12:00-2:00pm

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