ENG 131 English Comp. I Instructor: Bruce Terry
Section: 05 Office: Stotts, Room 20A; Box: 121
Day/Time: MWF 2:00-2:50pm Telephone: 304/485-7384 ext. 179
Room: 143, North Campus Office Hours: TWF 10:00-11:00am
EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org TR 11:00-12:00am
MTWRF 1:00- 2:00pm
Three classmates' 1. names and 2. phone numbers: 3.
A World of Ideas (fifth edition) edited by Lee Jacobus
an English writing/grammar handbook
a "college edition" dictionary
also needed are writing and typing paper, a folder with pockets, and highlighter pens for marking the reader
To maximize the learning experience, the class will include several types of teaching methods. Besides lectures over new material, there will be both class and small group discussions, "peer editing" sessions to help write and rewrite essays, and mandatory conferences with the teacher.
Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.
Kindly try to be a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence.
If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.
Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were ill, involved in an accident, on school business, or there was a death in the immediate family. More than three hours of unexcused absences will result in your being dropped from the course. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., as many as 12 class hours, counting each class as 1 hour).
This class is not a class in grammar; however, you will be expected to use correct grammar and academic style in your writing. If I observe a consistent problem you are having, I may assign work from your grammar handbook designed to correct the problem, and your completion of this work will be counted in your daily written work grade. The use of incorrect grammar and style in an essay project can lower your grade on that project by as much as fifteen points (one and one-half letters). Failure to type a paper will result in the grade being lowered one letter. A massive number of grammar errors will result in a Z grade on a paper.
Class will be excused for students attending the World Missions Workshop at LCU. Students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class for each hour missed and turn in a one- page report on the class attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.
Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class missed, including those missed for illness. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect. Two grace days will be given to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.
Additional readings/quizzes/essays may be assigned.
The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:
Attendance 10% Daily Written Work and Class Participation 30% Essay Project 1 10% Essay Project 2 10% Essay Project 3 20% Essay Project 4 20%
Your final grade will be A, B, C, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89-80, a C for 79-70, and an F for any average below 70.
All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the deadline, you must by the deadline ask my permission to turn the work in late. If you are not consistently late on your work, I will not dock your grade for being late. However, if you are consistently or excessively late on turning in work or if you turn it in late without obtaining my permission by the deadline, expect to have your grade lowered one-third letter for each class period it is late.
Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVC is explusion from the college.
Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own.
If the author is listed in the encyclopaedia, you should read about him in the Britannica or Americana. For each encyclopaedia article read, list the birth and death dates and one fact about the author which interests you which is not found in the reader. From your readings, ideas, and classroom discussion, produce an outline or list of ideas for your essay project. The first three projects must be limited to topics connected with the reading section for that project; the fourth project may tie with any article in the reader. Write a draft centered around a single thesis primary claim for your fellow students to critique.
Your audience will be the teacher and your fellow students. Write in an academic style. Your paper should include references to at least one of the articles in the reader (the minimum expected is at least one quotation). You should also include references to other writings. For the first project include a minimum of one extra source, two for the second, three for the third, and four for the final project. You may have references from the dictionary and lower level encyclopaedias, such as the World Book, but they will NOT count toward the extra sources. Revise your paper and edit it to remove grammatical and stylistic errors. Expect to read your last two essays aloud to your fellow students in a small group setting for peer critique.
The first two finished essays should be two and one half to three pages long. The last two should be three to four pages long. All of them should be typed double-spaced (i.e. 27 lines per page) in the new MLA format. However, do not put your name, course, date, etc. in the upper left hand of the first page; begin the first page with the title (somewhere between the 7th to 12th lines inclusive) and put that information on a cover sheet. If your major area of study uses another format (such as APA), you may request permission to use that format on all your papers instead of MLA. But you must ASK before the first project is due. Turn in all the written material that you produced on this project: your notes, analyses, responses, lists, outlines, and all drafts. Also turn in the critique sheets which you fellow students have given you and any written notes or materials which the Tutoring Center tutors may have given you. Paperclip the finished paper together and place it in the right hand pocket of a folder; put all other material in the left hand pocket of the folder.
ESSAY PROJECT DUE DATES: Project 1 -- Monday, September 21, 1998 Project 2 -- Monday, October 12, 1998 Project 3 -- Monday, November 9, 1998 Project 4 -- Date of Final Exam Course Plan WEEK ONE: Introduction to the Program and English 131 8/27/98 -- Introduction to the Course homework: write a one-page introduction of yourself to be read in class 8/29/98 -- The class as Audience WEEK TWO: Reading and Writing Resources homework: read Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave" (pp. 275-285) write what kind of audience you think this class is 8/31/98 -- Class and group discussions of reading homework: read encyclopaedia articles on Socrates, Plato and Aristotle write a summary of "Allegory of the Cave" 9/ 2/98 -- Lecture: Formal Writing and Academic Styles homework: read Aristotle's "Tragedy and the Emotions of Fear and Pity" (pp. 681-694) 9/ 4/98 -- Class and group discussions of reading WEEK THREE: homework: write a response to "Tragedy and the Emotions of Fear and Pity" 9/ 7/98 -- Lecture: The Importance of One Central Thesis Library Research homework: read Bacon's "The Four Idols" (pp. 379-393) 9/ 9/98 -- Class and group discussions of "The Four Idols" homework: write an outline of first draft of essay 9/11/98 -- Group brainstorming on first draft WEEK FOUR: First essay, first draft due homework: write first draft 9/14/98 -- Peer editing of first draft homework: read in handbook about MLA Documentation 9/16/98 -- Lecture: MLA Documentation homework: write second draft 9/18/98 -- Peer editing of second draft WEEK FIVE: First essay project due homework: finish project 9/21/98 -- Lecture: Rhetorical Situation homework: read Smith's "Of the Principle of the Commercial or Mercantile System" (pp. 193-205) 9/23/98 -- Class and group discussions of "Of the Principle ..." homework: write a summary of "Of the Principle . . ." 9/25/98 -- Lecture: Topoi WEEK SIX: homework: read Marx's "The Communist Manifesto" (pp. 209-232) 9/28/98 -- Class and group discussions of "Communist Manifesto" homework: write a response to "Communist Manifesto" 9/30/98 -- Questions on First Project Inman Forum -- October 1-2 homework: write outline of first draft of essay 10/ 2/98 -- Group work on first draft WEEK SEVEN: Second essay, first draft due homework: write first draft 10/ 5/98 -- Peer editing of first draft homework: write second draft 10/ 7/98 -- Peer editing of second draft homework: write final draft 10/ 9/98 -- Presidential Inauguration (class does not meet) WEEK EIGHT: Second essay project due homework: finish project 10/12/98 -- Lecture: Jung/Myers-Briggs Personality Types homework: read Rousseau's "The Origin of Civil Society" (pp. 51-70) read encyclopaedia article on R 10/14/98 -- Class and group discussions of ". . . Civil Society" homework: read "Qualities of the Prince" (pp. 33-48) read encyclopaedia article on Machiavelli write a summary of ". . . Civil Society" 10/16/98 -- Class and group discussions of "Qualities . . ." World Mission Workshop--LCU Huffard Forum Fall Semester Midterm Grading Period ends! WEEK NINE: homework: write a response to "Qualities . . ." 10/19/98 -- Questions on Second Project homework: write outline of first draft of essay 10/21/98 -- Group brainstorming on first draft homework: write first draft 10/23/98 -- Lecture: Tagmemics WEEK TEN: Third essay, first draft due homework: write first draft 10/26/98 -- Peer editing of first draft homework: write second draft 10/28/98 -- Peer editing of first draft homework: write second draft 10/30/98 -- To Be Announced WEEK ELEVEN: Third essay, second draft due homework: finish second draft 11/ 2/98 -- Lecture: How to do an oral evaluation homework: work on project 11/ 4/98 -- Oral evaluation of second draft homework: work on project 11/ 6/98 -- Oral evaluation of second draft WEEK TWELVE: Third essay project due homework: finish project 11/ 9/98 -- Lecture: Frames and Pre-understanding homework: read encyclopaedia article on Benedict read Benedict's "The Pueblos of New Mexico" (pp. 511-524) 11/11/98 -- Class and group discussions of reading homework: read encyclopaedia article on Thoreau write a summary of "The Pueblos of NM" 11/13/98 -- To Be Announced WEEK THIRTEEN: homework: read "Civil Disobedience" (pp. 123-146) 11/16/98 -- Class and group discussions of reading homework: write a response to "Civil Disobedience" 11/18/98 -- Questions on Second Project homework: write outline of first draft of essay 11/20/98 -- Group brainstorming on first draft Last Day to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end! THANKSGIVING BREAK WEEK FOURTEEN: Fourth essay, first draft due homework: write first draft 11/30/98 -- Peer editing of first draft homework: revise first draft LAST DATE TO SUBMIT ANY REWRITES FOR HIGHER GRADE! 12/ 2/98 -- In-class writing for Letters to the Editor homework: revise first draft 12/ 4/98 -- Peer editing of first draft WEEK FIFTEEN: Fourth essay, second draft due homework: write second draft 12/ 7/98 -- Oral evaluation of second draft homework: work on project 12/ 9/98 -- Oral evaluation of second draft homework: finish project 12/11/98 -- To Be Announced Fourth essay project accepted WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week homework: Fourth Essay Project due by Final Exam Time 12/__/98 -- Final Exam (schedule available in November) English Proficiency Exam will be taken (it does not count toward the grade in Comp I but must be passed by the end of Comp II)N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!
THIS SYLLABUS MAY BE MODIFIED AS THE TEACHER FEELS NECESSARY!