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ENGLISH 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Texts: The Bedford Guide for College Writers  Fifth Edition

              Kennedy, Kennedy, and Holladay

              Handbook for Writers     Lynn Quitman Troyka

              Fifth Edition

              All My Sons     Arthur Miller

Description: English 1 is a basic course in composition.  We will be concerned with the process of acquiring materials--ideas--for writing, and then drafting these ideas into fully developed essays.  The writing of at least EIGHT of these assignments will be required for successful completion of this course.

The Bedford Guide for College Writers will provide the main framework for studying the steps in the writing process.  We will begin the course with a study of the nature of expository writing and its components and then will  study the basic methods and tools of research and argumentation.   All of the  assigned essays after the first three will require the use of outside, supporting materials and correct documentation of these materials.  The final reading/writing project will involve the reading and viewing of the play All My Sons by Arthur Miller.

Course Requirements:  Writing--Eight essays will be assigned during the semester.  These essays will vary in length, ranging from two to three pages in the beginning of the semester to four to six pages after mid-semester.  They will be evaluated primarily on the basis of 1)  clarity of thesis statement and sufficient development of that thesis and 2) correct grammar and punctuation.  Under-developed, sketchy essays are not acceptable.

Each of these first six essays may be rewritten, after I have evaluated it, for a higher grade.  Although rewriting is not mandatory, I strongly encourage everyone to do so.  There is only one restriction on these rewrites:  the rewrite must be revision, not merely a reprinting of the essay!  The rewrite is due no later than one week after the essay is returned.  Remember that YOU are responsible for collecting your essay from my office if you are not in class on the day that an essay is returned. 

All essays are due on the day assigned.  For each class period that they are late (up to two class periods), they will lose one full grade.  After two class periods, they cannot be turned in at all and a grade of F will be given for the assignment.

In addition to writing the essays, there are written, hand-in homework assignments which are listed in the Course Schedule.   Since they are based on the reading homework for a particular class and  designed to help with class discussion, they may be handed in ONLY on the date assigned.

Format for Assignments--In the upper right-hand corner put the following:

                                                                              Your Name

                                                                                         Date

                                                                                   English 1

                                                    Assignment title and number

If you use a computer for your essays, used no font smaller than 10 or larger than 12.

Course Requirements:  Reading--Since the assigned chapters and essays in The Bedford Guide for College Writers will form the basis for our class discussions and activities, reading of the assigned pages is obviously mandatory.

I expect you to come to class having read the asigned material and prepared for  class disucssion of the material.

GRADING POLICY

Grades:  Grades given in English 1 will be based primarily (80%) on the required themes.  Each of the first two essays will count for 5% of your final grade;  the next four essays will count 10% each; the last two essays, for which there is not rewrite, will count 15% each.  Homework will count for 10% of the total, and attendance and participation will count for 10% of the total.  Completion of these themes on the assigned dates is essential for a passing grade in English 1.  Please be aware of essays as they are assigned; you are responsible for knowing when an essay is due and for turning it in. 

I will bring to class the graded homework papers and essays only once.  You are responsible for coming to my office to get any work returned on a day that you are not in class.  Please be sure to pick up graded essays for the rewrite.

Please keep all of your graded essays until AFTER you have received your semester grade.  Then if there is an error in your grade, you will have the necessary documentation to have it corrected.

All essays are due on the day assigned.  For each class period that they are late (up to two class periods), they will lose one full grade.  After two class periods, they cannot be turned in at all and a grade of F will be given for the assignment.

Attendance is required of all students enrolled in this course.  Absences in excess of twice the credit hours given for English l (six) will be sufficient cause for lowering a student's grade. 

If for any reason a student decides that s/he cannot complete English 1 with a passing grade, it the student's responsibility to drop this course before the last date to drop with a grade of "W."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Please be sure that any and all cell phones and beepers are TURNED OFF before you come to class.  You are not to interrupt class with your personal messages for any reason.

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