ENGL 1113H: Composition I, Honors

General Information

ZAP: 1272

Section: 888

Time: TR 11-12:15

Place: BH 201

Instructor:  Dr. Dial-Driver

Office:  BH 201-A

Phone/Voice Mail:  343-7747

email: edial-driver@rsu.edu

           

My schedule is posted.  You may see me before or after class, make an appointment, or call.  If you call and do not reach me, please leave a voice mail message.  If you come by and I am out of the office, please leave a message on the message sheet.  It would be wise to make an appointment to be sure of catching me since I often attend meetings in another building or even off-campus.  I will help you any time you ask (and sometimes when you don't ask!).

             

 

Class Description from RSU Catalog: Composition I—Honors

            Directed writing from discussion of books and ideas. This course may be substituted for ENGL 1113. Prerequisite: ACT score of 25 or above in English, COMPASS score of 96 or above , or faculty permission.

 

Course Introduction

Composition I is the first course in composition. This course is designed to serve you in any writing endeavor in which you decide to participate and to aid you in preparation for writing papers in college classes. You will be working some in concert with your classmates in order to help each other succeed. This course is about writing—and writing well! The Composition I Honors course differs from the “regular” Composition I course in that it will approach a few topics in depth. The course will be divided into units, each unit will be topic and research oriented. The first unit will consist of examination of language use and examples of different modes of writing. The second unit will be literary/film analysis. The third will consist of specific topics and the bases of argument and analysis. The fourth will be based on synthesis of the principles studied through the semester.

 

Materials         


 

                        Loose-leaf notebook paper

                       Blue/black pen

                       Paperback dictionary (optional)

             Printer paper

             Two-pocket folder for journal


 

 

Major areas of emphasis for Composition I will include

       I.     Writing about experience

II.        Special skills--essay exams, library skills, summaries, and reports

III.         Formal essays--structure, planning, development

 

Names and phone numbers of classmates:     

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Teaching Methods and Evaluation Instruments

            Composition I, Honors, includes reading, lecture, discussion, and much writing practice. Your grade will be based on a variety of writing experiences, including essays, summaries and evaluations of professional essays, etc.         

 

Attendance Policy

            Composition I includes some lecture elements, some discussion, and much practice work.  Since much graded writing will be done during class, attendance is MANDATORY in order to receive the highest grade.  In addition, the in-class exercises provide practice for the major assignments you will be doing.

            It is your responsibility to be in class on time.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what has happened in class and what is due.  Absence is not an excuse for not having assignments or for not being aware of what is due or what is required. Do not ask me to re-teach a class which you miss.

            If you are late, you need to inform me after class that you came in.  Otherwise, you might not receive credit for your presence. You will not receive credit for your presence if you are more than 10 minutes late.  It is better to be late than to miss a complete class, but it is better not to be late.

 


 

Grading

 

Policies and Notices:  If you make one of the mistakes listed in the Guide to College Writing as "mistakes NEVER to make," you may lose 10 points.  DON'T MAKE THESE MISTAKES! 

 

If you wish, you can revise and rewrite any paper (up to the last two weeks of the semester).  If the paper is acceptable (if you have made the corrections, followed the guidelines and suggestions for revision noted on the paper, and turned the paper in within one week), you will receive a 10% higher grade. 

 

You need to keep track of your grades and not ask "How am I doing?" or "What is my average?"  Do not expect to call and ask about a grade.  Grades will not be posted.  If you want your final grade earlier than it will be sent to you by the Registrar’s office, you can give me a stamped, self-addressed envelope and I will send it to you.

 

Grade Composition:

Grades will be based on the following—


 

 

In-class exercises                                  150 points

Journal                                                 200 points

Essay tests                     100 pts. each               400 points

50-minute essays          50 pts. each      100 points


 

 

Essays                         100 pts. each    400 points

Reflection papers                                  100 points

Grammar/Mode Final                             105 points

Portfolio                                                300 points

           approximate TOTAL                     1755 points

 


 

Papers will be graded on structure, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and logic as well as content.  Content cannot make up for technique, nor can technique make up for content.

 

Extra credit:  100 points maximum

1.  Attend a cultural event and write a critique (25 points possible for each one, 50 points maximum).

2.  Find a mistake in the Guide to College Writing (25 points each if you're the first to find the mistake).

3. Write a review on a film/television/video offering (25 pts. possible each, 50 points maximum).

 

Late Work

Assignments, other than in-class exercises, turned in late will lose 10% per day up to 30%. In-class exercises cannot be made up; if you are not in class to do the exercises, you will not receive the 10-point credit for that exercise.  No late work will be accepted more than two weeks after the initial submission date.

 

Closure Statement

The schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

 

Important Considerations

·         Essays and journal entries should be typed.  Other assignments should be typed or written on the front of loose-leaf notebook paper in ink.  (No spiral notebook paper or papers written in pencil will be accepted.)

·         All assignments should be properly assembled to hand in at the beginning of the class period in which they are due. Bring the assignments assembled and stapled, clearly labeled, completely ready to submit. Do not expect time to finish or to assemble or to staple assignments during class. Assignments turned in more than five minutes after the beginning of the class period are late.

·         I prefer that you not use ANY tobacco products in the classroom OR wear hats or caps.

·         Do not bring pagers or cell phones with audible notifications into the classroom. 

·         Failure to comply with these requests will be seen as denoting lack of respect for the class, the instructor, and your classmates.

 


 

COMPOSITION I

 JOURNAL ASSIGNMENTS

 

REQUIRED:

1.     Report on each essay in the Making Sense reader and on the other articles designated JA as we come to that assignment in the schedule.  Each report will contain three sections.

 

            Section 1:  Make a bibliographic entry, using MLA format. 

            Section 2:  Write one paragraph of summary. Paragraphs should be 7-13 sentences long.

            Section 3: In a separate paragraph, react to each article.  Evaluate the article's worth and/or effectiveness or tell how you feel about the article itself and/or about the subject of the article. Paragraphs should be 7-13 sentences long.

NOTE:  Journal entries should not be much more or less than one typed page each.

 

Grading:   Journals are worth 200 points. You will be submitting approximately 20 entries: each entry is worth approximately 10 points. You will only receive half credit for any entries submitted late. This exercise is designed to raise your grade if you do the work.

 

Schedule and Text Assignments

 

NOTE:  Assignments are due the first day of class in the week in which they are listed unless the schedule designates otherwise. Assignments in Making Sense will be designated as MS; assignments in the Guide to College Writing will be designated GCW; assignments in The College Writer will be designated CW. The section on “Mechanics” from the Guide to College Writing will apply to all assignments.

 

Week

Activity

 

Assignment

  1

Course introduction Syllabus

Grammar diagnostic

Contract

Mode diagnostic

Writing sample

MS 1-44

MS 157 (Narration: “Prison Studies”)

MS 68 (Description: “American Man, Age 10”)

MS 229 (Example: “Just Walk on By”)

MS 453 (Process: “The Embalming of Mr. Jones”)

Attached: (Definition: “Mommy, What Does ‘Nigger’ Mean?”)

GCW “Learning Writing,” “Writing Process,” “Manuscript Preparation,” “Specialized Forms of Writing”

CW 1-94

  2

Due: Contract

Formats

MS

Reports

Documentation

Sign plagiarism statement

Language

Assign lang. paper

GCW “The College Essay,” “Paragraphs,” “Patterns of Development”

CW Descriptions of Essay Types

Attached: “Group Minds,” “Opinions and Social Pressure,” “The Perils of Obedience,” “Obedience,” “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” “Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem”

Journal Entry 1/2: “Prison,” “American”

In the reaction/ evaluation paragraphs, discuss how the articles fulfill the definitions of narration/description essays.

  3

Due: Journal 1-2

Library databases

Discuss examples

MS 310 (Classification: “Alpha Girl”

MS 371 (Comparison: “Cross Talk”)

MS 538 (Analysis: “The Disease Is Adolescence”)

MS 692 (Argument: “An Animal’s Place”)

GCW “Writing in Response to Literature,” “The Research Paper”

Journal Entry 3/4: “Just Walk,” “Embalming”

In the reaction/evaluation paragraphs, discuss how the articles fulfill the definitions of example/process essays.

Language paper draft and final

  4

Due: Journal 3-4

Paper Peer

Discuss essay tests

Due: Language paper

Reflection on paper Discuss obedience

Assign obedience paper

The 39 Steps

Journal Entry 5/6: “Mommy,” “Group Minds”

In the reaction/evaluation paragraph for “Mommy,” discuss how the article fulfills the definition of definition essay. For “Group,” discuss your intellectual and emotional reaction to the article.

  5

Due: Journal 5/6

Essay test #1

Discuss examples

Journal Entry 7/8: “Opinions,” “Perils”

In the reaction/evaluation paragraphs, discuss your intellectual and emotional reactions to the articles.

Obedience paper draft

39 Steps due

  6

Due: Journal 7/8

Paper peer

Literary Terms

Discuss 39 Steps

Journal Entry 9/10: “Obedience,” “Stanford”

In the reaction/evaluation paragraphs, discuss your intellectual and emotional reactions to the articles.

Obedience paper due

  7

Due: Journal 9/10

Due: Obedience paper

Reflection on paper

 

50-minute essay #1

Assign literary paper

Journal Entry 11/12: “Disobedience,” “Alpha”

For “Disobedience,” in the reaction/evaluation paragraph, discuss your intellectual and emotional reaction to the article. In the reaction/evaluation paragraph for “Alpha,” discuss how the article fulfills the definition of classification essay.

  8

Due: Journal 11/12

39 Steps film

Discuss film

Journal Entry 13/14: “Cross Talk,” “Disease”

In the reaction/evaluation paragraphs, discuss how the articles fulfill the definitions of comparison/analysis essays.

Literary paper draft

  9

Due: Journal 13/14

Literary paper peer

Essay test # 2

Attached: “In a Grove”

Journal Entry 15/16: “Animal,” 39 Steps novel

In the reaction/evaluation paragraph for “Animal,” discuss how the article fulfills the definition of argument essay. For 39 Steps, discuss the literary elements.

Literary paper due

10

Due: Journal 15/16

Due: Literary paper

Rashomon

Discuss Rashomon, “In a Grove”

Assign perception paper

Journal Entry 17/18: 39 Steps film, “Good”

In the reaction/evaluation paragraphs for the film, discuss the film elements. For “Good,” discuss your intellectual and emotional reaction to the topic.

11

Due: Journal 17/18

Business writing

Science writing

50-minute essay # 2

Journal Entry 19/20: “In a Grove,” Rashomon

In the reaction/evaluation paragraphs for the film, discuss the film elements and/or your intellectual and emotional reaction to the film. For “In a Grove,” discuss your intellectual and emotional reaction to the topic.

Business/science draft

Perception paper draft

12

Due: Journal 19/20

Business/science peer

Paper peer

Complete journal due

Business/Science due

13

Due: Journal due

Due: Business/science

Writing reflection

Exercises

Perception paper due

14

Perception paper due

Paper reflection

Essay test # 3

Portfolio due

15

Portfolio due

Determine grade criteria

Portfolio grading/ review

 

16

Final

*You must bring a ticket to the final.

 

* Bring, as a ticket to the final, to the final a one-page, typed, no name attached, evaluation of the class. Tell what you liked and dislike about the class, what you think should be added, deleted, or changed. Make any suggestions you might have. Remember, if you don’t make suggestions, future students cannot benefit from your insight and experience. I will not see these evaluations until after the grades go to the Registrar’s office.


 

Portfolio

 

A writing portfolio is a collection of the products of your creative labor.  For this class, it has several purposes:

·         to show your best, revised writing;

·         to allow self- and teacher assessment of total progress;

·         to allow self- and teacher assessment of final outcome of the program;

·         to increase the number of people who can enjoy your work; to demonstrate the writing process; and

·         to demonstrate the recursive nature of creating text

 

The presentation of your portfolio (format, cover, etc.) should represent your personality and ability. Your portfolio must contain, clearly labeled,


 

1.  self-evaluation (see below for guidelines)

2.  one essay with writing process

3.  another writing product from this class

4.  a writing product from another class or from the community

5.  an artistic writing product (optional) or another writing project from this class

6.  initial essay

7.  final in-class essay


 

 

Self-evaluation:  Your self-evaluation is an important part of your portfolio and of your grade.  Answer the following questions as if you were answering an essay test question.  There is no “right” answer.  Honestly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and assess your progress this semester.  (Guide:  about three pages total.)

1.       Which of the essays you wrote is your favorite?  Why?

2.       How did you improve as a writer this semester?  Be specific.

3.       Does this portfolio represent an accurate picture of you as a writer?  Why or why not?  How could it better represent your progress?

4.       Compare the initial essay and the final essay.  How did your writing change from the beginning of the semester to the end?  How does the initial essay reflect your skills and knowledge when you entered the class?  How does the final essay show the change in your writing?

5.       Why did you assign the points you did for the portfolio?

6.       Why did you select the manner of presentation you choose for the portfolio?

 

Assessment 

The portfolio is worth 300 points

You will be assigning a grade out of 100 points based on your assessment of your progress, your assessment of how well you did compared to other members of the class, your assessment of how you compare to what you know as “good writing.”

The committee will be assigning a grade out of 100 points, based on criteria agreed on by the class.

The instructor will assign a grade out of 100 points.  Specifically, the grade will reflect

·         whether all items are included, clearly labeled (10 points)

·         whether the self-evaluation is written in essay question answer format and adequately answer the question (20 points)

·         whether the final essay reveals a knowledge of essay structure and organization (50 points)

·         what you show you know about the writing process (10 points) and

·         how well you assess your skills and progress (10 points).

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GRADING SHEET:

 


 

Your name  _____________________

Class  ________________________

 

Your assessment                      __________       of 100 points

Committee assessment                         __________       of 100 points

Instructor assessment                __________       of 100 points


 

 


 

 

Name:

 

 

 


 

Class:

Date:

Essay Topic: Language

750-1200 words (approximately 3-5 pages)


 

Turn the grade sheet in on top

then this sheet,

final draft,

organizational plan page

 

draft(s)

pre-writing

peer consultation sheet


 

Be sure to include a Works Cited page.

 

 

Name:

Date:

Class:

Essay Topic: Obedience/Authority

750-1200 words


 

Turn the grade sheet in on top

then this sheet,

final draft,

organizational plan page

 

draft(s)

pre-writing

peer consultation sheet


 

Be sure to include a Works Cited page.

 

 

Name:

Date:

Class:

Essay Topic: The Thirty-Nine Steps

750-1200 words


 

Turn the grade sheet in on top

then this sheet,

final draft,

organizational plan page

 

draft(s)

pre-writing

peer consultation sheet


 

Be sure to include a Works Cited page.

 

 

Name:

Date:

Class:

Essay Topic: Perception

750-1200 words


 

Turn the grade sheet in on top

then this sheet,

final draft,

organizational plan page

 

draft(s)

pre-writing

peer consultation sheet


 

Be sure to include a Works Cited page.