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Spring 2020
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This is a "real time" syllabus that, unlike a print syllabus, will updated and reflect our progress throughout the semester. You can easily check it from a mobile device or from any computer.

The syllabus consists of the Reading Schedule and Course Policies. You are responsible for understanding and following the schedule and the course policies, which are in effect from the first day of class. Please read them carefully (more than once and throughout the semester). Please see me if you have any questions about them.

Think of the syllabus as a flexible guide. It will structure our semester, but we will adjust it to fit our needs as the semester progresses. Not all assignments are listed at the beginning of the semester; some will be added throughout the semester. It may also be necessary to finish some readings the following class period, in which case I will update the syllabus after each class. Again, be sure to check the syllabus regularly.

You do not need to print the syllabus, but if you decide to, be sure to check the online syllabus regularly for new information, added assignments, or reading schedule changes. The print icon above is for print copies.

For the rest of the spring semester, 2020, use this website with Canvas.

We will use three texts for the course to help you learn about the writing process as well as writing about sports. These texts are not an unecessary expense but rather helpful resources we will use in class and you will use outside of class to help you become a more effective writer. You will use the grammar handbook, Rules for Writers, for this course, English 202, and other courses until you graduate. The following acronyms are used on the Reading Schedule.

TSGW=The St. Martin's Guide to Writing
SL=Sports in Literature
RW=Rules for Writers

Readings and assignments should be finished for the day assigned. For example, chapter 1 from TSGW should be read (completed) by January 27, when we will discuss it. Check each class period to see what book(s) you need to bring.

January
Monday Wednesday Friday
20 MLK Day 22 Course Introduction: Why Write about Sports?

Pre-semester quiz
24 Review Course Website

For Essay 1: Game Story -You must see your game and complete interviews by 2/17

Essay 1: Game Story - Preview Course Notes - Taking Notes, Interviews

Sample game notes--Will be passed around; available during office hours

Sample game story (handout): Discuss headline & lead
27 TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy

**Essay 1: Game Story - Continue planning: Choose a game you will go see and set up interviews with players and coaches--See Course Notes




29 TSGW - Finish Ch 1;
Ch 13: Cueing the Reader

**Essay 1: Game Story - Continue planning: Choose a game you will go see and set up interviews with players and coaches--See Course Notes



31 Guest Speaker: Larry Morgan--Taking notes for a game story/interviews

Sample game story (handout)

Bring to class in your notebook: 3-4 sample interview questions for both a coach and for a player (6-8 questions total)

February
Monday Wednesday Friday
03 TSGW - Finish Ch 13; Final Thoughts

Bring to class in your notebook: 3-4 sample interview questions for both a coach and for a player (6-8 questions total)

Discuss sample game stories (handout)--1/24 (bball) & 1/31 (hockey)

I'll give you two additional sample game stories (email & handout--both football). Highlight and annotate these for Friday/Monday
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Sports poetry--SL (Read these poems--"In the Pocket" (p. 24); "The Sprinters" (p. 121); "Baseball" (pp. 199-201)

Sports Poetry Assignment: Choose one poem to analyze.  Details given in class. 

**Essay 1: Game Story - Continue planning this week: Choose a game you will go see and set up interviews with players and coaches--See Course Notes


05 Sports Poetry Assignment

Continue discussion of sports poetry (SL), see 2/3
Bring completed draft in your notebook (not on your card) to class
Card--Handout

For integrating quotations, see http://www.robertsirabian.com/notes/101/Assign1.Quotes.php

RW, Ch 14: Coord/Subord (Just preview this chapter/Concept: What is coordination? Subordination?)
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Essay 1 - Introduction: Writing a Game Story
(**PowerPoint Slides)

Preview the following

1.) Course Notes:
Essay 1 - All links

2.) Planning: TSGW - Ch 2:
12-17; Ch 14: 470-77; 480-89. We will refer to these chapters during the next weeks.

***Find two complete print sports sections (not just one or two game stories) from a local and a national WEEKEND/MONDAY newspaper: by 2/21. Do not use online newspapers; do not use The Pointer
07 Essay 1: Game Story - Planning

Sports Poetry Assignment Card Due

Finish Game Story PPt slides (2/5)
Look at TSGW: Chpts 2, 14 (see 2/5)

Look at Audience Sheet (Course Notes)

RW, Ch 14: Coord/Subord (Just preview this chapter/Concept: What is coordination? Subordination?)

Discuss sample game stories--have these annotated or study annotations already on the sample.  (You now have four samples.)


10 Essay 1: Game Story - Planning

Description exercise in class (Course Notes)
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As time allows

**Discuss sample game stories
**TSGW: Chpts 2, 14


12 Essay 1: Game Story - Planning

Finish description exercise (2/10).  Bring your revised paragraph

RW, Ch 14 (coord/subord, 14 C, p 139-140, ex. a, b, c )
TSGW, Chpts 2, 14

Discuss: scratch outline (TSGW, 422-23) and audience sheet (Course Notes)
**Sample(s) in class

Organizing a game story: http://www.robertsirabian.com/notes/101/organizingSportingReport.php

Discuss sample game stories

14 Essay 1: Game Story - Planning

Discuss Articles - SL: 
[See questions on Course Notes link - In your notebook, write out responses to these questions, not those at the end of each selection in SL]

Answer all questions.
Have these read for today; find them in the table of contents

1. "Ace Teenage Sportscribe"
2. "Johnson is Everywhere"
3. "Great Day for Baseball in the 90s"
4. "This Skater Chooses to Come Home, of All Things"

Make connections to TSGW, Chpts 2, 14

In-class grp assign - card

Outside of class (Once you have seen your game)

Scratch outline of your game story (TSGW, 422-23). If you have seen your game, begin outlining;  your headline, lead, and game summary--length and structure. Also, begin drafting audience sheet
17 Essay 1: Game Story - Planning

Discuss Essays - SL (Continue from 2/14): 
[See Course Notes - Write out responses to questions in you notebook]

Have these read for today; continuing working in groups with assigned cards (2/14)

1. "Ace Teenage Sportscribe"
2. "Johnson is Everywhere"
3. "Great Day for Baseball in the 90s"
4. "You Don't Imitate Michael Jordan"

Make connections to TSGW, Chpts 2, 14
Sample game stories

In-class grp assign - card due
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Outside of class
Scratch outline of your game story (TSGW, 422-23). Continue working on scratch outline: headline, lead, and game summary--length and structure--and add other info.  Also, continue drafting audience sheet
19 Essay 1: Game Story - Planning

History of Sports Journalism: Lecture in class

Outside class
Drafting scratch outline (see TSGW, 490-91): start with headline, lead, and game summary. Then add quotations, stats, bkgrd

Begin drafting audince sheet (Course Notes)

**Use your game and interview notes 
**See Course Notes - Organizing a Game Story
**TSGW, Chpts 14

Be ready for drafting next week










 
21 Essay 1: Game Story - Planning

Quiz on the History of Sports Journalism


Analysis of newspaper sports sections--bring entire sports section (two) to class (see 2/5--you don't need to highlight/annotate these) 

Audience sheet--Course Notes.  You will use your local sport section for your audience sheet. 

Sample game stories--if time allows we'll look at game summary in Pack/Falcons and Celtics/Sonics games stories

Outside class
Continue working on scratch outline and drafting audience sheet, using your local sports section

Be ready for drafting next week
24 Essay 1: Game Story - Drafting in class (Bring your laptop)

Bring completed scratch outline + sample game stories + game/interview notes + draft of audience sheet (and local sports section)

Drafting game story in class/audience sheet (Course Notes)
Draft Headline and Lead

TSGW: Chapters 2, 14 as needed

Outside of class
Continue drafting of game story + audience sheet
Draft info that offers readers transition into the game summary: possibly quotations, background info, key stats.  You can start on the game summary if you wish.

If your scratch outline isn't finished or incorrectly formatted, finish for Wed
26 Essay 1: Game Story - Drafting in class (Bring your laptop)

Bring completed scratch outline + sample game stories + game/interview notes + draft of audience sheet (and local sports section)

**Sample game story: Ovechkin - we'll discuss this.  Have it annotated

Drafting game story in class/audience sheet (Course Notes)
Begin/continue drafting game summary

TSGW: Chapters 2, 14 as needed

Outside of class
Continue drafting of game story + audience sheet
Complete the game summary portion of your game story
28 Meet in Computer Lab 323 CCC (Bring your own laptop, but if you don't have one you can use one from the lab--there are about 8-10)

**SL: Ripken feature, questions 2 & 3/Michael Jordan piece (Course Notes)

Essay 1: Game Story - Drafting
Review your game summary and finish the final pars of your game story

Bring your draft of the game story + audience sheet (sports sections) in progress.  You'll work on/finish these in the lab, so be able to access these in the lab

Bring scratch outline, game/interview notes, books,
sport sections, class notes, etc.

TSGW: Chapters 2, 14

March
Monday Wednesday Friday
02 Essay 1: Game Story - Peer Review--Must Attend

TSGW: 48 - 49/See Course Policies on Peer Review

Bring to class:

1. Typed, print (hard) copy of Audience Sheet 
2. Typed, print (double spaced, 12pt, pg #s - not columns) copy of completed game story. Minimum 3 full pages/Max. 4 1/4 full pages. Drafts must have quotations

**You cannot use an electronic version of your draft or audience sheet for peer review

Please bring TSGW/RW, sample game stories, scratch outline
04 Essay 1: Game Story - Return Peer Review Materials

Formatting - Columns

Revision checklist (handout)

Revision
**Stats

Editing
**RW, Ch 16 (Wordiness)/Ch 14
06 Essay 1: Game Story - Revision, Editing, Proofreading

**Bring
print draft formatted in columns and audience sheet draft  (not peer review copies) + revision checklist

Revision
**Audience Sheet (bring both sports sections)
**Lead
**Game Summary

Bring: TSGW, Chpts 2, 14/Sample Game stories/Local sports section

Editing
**RW, Ch 32: Commas (32a & b)/Chpts 14 & 16

Proofreading
*
*Spell check
**Formatting
09 Essay 1: Game Story - Peer review documents Due (audience sheet draft +  game story draft + notebook paper--responses: paper clip these, not staple)

**Bring print draft formatted in columns and audience sheet draft (not peer review copies) + sports sections + revision checklist

Revision
**Quotations

Editing
**RW, Ch 32: Commas (32a & b)/Chpts 14 & 16

Loose ends/ Final thoughts - game story
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(**Begin previewing/reading stories for Essay 2--see 3/25)

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Assign 1: TSGW, Ch 2 (12; 15, 38-48)

Readings from SL: Preview these.  You will choose ONE of these for Assign 1.  We begin looking at these in class

1. "Finding Myself" - 10;
2. "Four-Minute Mile" - 38
3. "Why I Play the Game" - 78
11 Essay 1: Game Story - Due: Game story + Audience sheet + Scratch Outline +Revision chklist.  Paper clip game story and scratch outline if more than one pg and then all 4 docs, not staple

Note: 
If you'd like extra time to complete your game story, turn in the game story + supporting docs on TH or Fri--by 2pm.  Drop off at my office--bin on my office door.  Or you turn in docs on Friday at the beginning of class.
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Assign 1: Discussion SL readings (3/09), See study questions on Course Notes page for Assign 1
**Discussion of "Finding Myself" & "Why I Play the Game"

TSGW, Ch 2 (pp 12; 15, 38-48); Ch 11 (pp 420-21 cluster diagram)

13 SL Readings: Answer Study Questions in your notebook (See Course Notes).  Be prepared to discuss. See 3/11

(**Continue previewing/reading stories for Essay 2--see 3/25)

Assign 1: Discussion SL readings (3/11), See study questions on Course Notes page for Assign 1
**Discussion of "Finding Myself" & "Four-Minute Mile"

Have a draft of your cluster map (invention strategy, TSGW, pp 420-21) for the narrative you are writing about

TSGW, Ch 2 (pp 12; 15, 38-48)

RW, Ch 8: Active Verbs  (in-class activity-cards)

Due:  Game notes + interview questions and responses.  Staple or paper clip--no loose pages

16 Spring Break 18 Spring Break 20 Spring Break
23 Spring Break

25  Spring Break 27 Spring Break
30 Assign 1: Drafting

SL: Discussion of  narratives--See 3/9. 

For "Four-Minute Mile," watch the video of the actual race--see Course Notes

Begin drafting.  As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., cluster diagram, discussion notes, Course Notes study questions, TSGW: Ch 2.  Also, be sure to review the assignment questions I gave you in class before break.

Formatting - essay will be pasted into body of an email/using an appropriate subject line

 

01 APRIL
See Below


 
03 APRIL
See Below




April
Monday Wednesday Friday
30 MARCH
See Above



01 Assign 1: Drafting

SL: "In the Swim" in SL (not a choice for Assign 1); however, it will give you another, extra example of a personal sports narrative//Review of  narratives

As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., cluster diagram, discussion notes, Course Notes study questions, TSGW: Ch 2

Formatting - essay will be pasted into body of an email/using an appropriate subject line

RW, Commas (32c-e)




03 Assign 1 Due via email by 5pm.  Essay should be in the body of the email.  Do not send as an attachment or Google Docs link
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Essay 2: Introduction - Literary Analysis about Sports Fiction

Preview Course Notes:
Essay 2 - All links

You must read all stories
, but you will choose ONE to write about.  (You should have already previewed these and even read one or two).  If you were absent on our last class meeting before break, then you do not have the two handouts

"The 7-10 Split"--SL
"Doe Season" (handout)
"56 - 0" (handout)
"Raymond's Run"--SL
"Tennis"--SL

**Choose your story for Essay 2 by 4/8.  Once you choose a story, you cannot change it.

You should be reading stories and taking notes on all stories--have an organized system of taking notes for each story

Planning: TSGW - Ch 10

Formal Outline: RW pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25 

06 Essay 2 - Planning

You should be reading stories and taking notes--have an organized system of taking notes for each story

Reading and Writing about Literature (Lecture). We will combine this lecture with preliminary discussion of the stories. TSGW, pp 391-95 (thesis)/All of Ch 10

**Formal Outline: RW, pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)/Also see "Notes on thesis statement," etc)

Choose your story for essay 2 by Wed, 4/8.  Once you choose a story, you cannot change it.
08 Essay 2: Planning

You should be reading stories and taking notes--have an
organized system of taking notes for each story


Story Choice Paragraph Due, by 2pm (Typed Paragraph--see Canvas)


Try Focused Freewriting (TSGW p 428) - use short story you are writing about. 

**Formal Outline: RW, pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)/Also see "Notes on thesis statement," etc)

TSGW, Ch 10 (Sample Essays, pp 382 & 386)

Begin working on formal outline + audience sheetBoth of these must be typed
10 Essay 2: Planning

Quiz - short stories (all 5 are in play) (See Canvas)

**Formal Outline: RW, pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)/Also see "Notes on thesis statement," etc)

TSGW, Ch 10 (Introduction, p 400; Thesis, pp 379-80; Well-Supported Argument, pp 380-81; Organization, pp 381-82.)

Review freewriting (4/8)

Continue working on formal outline + audience sheetBoth of these must be typed. Work on these all of next week
13 Essay 2: Discussion of Stories

Use reading notes + all stories (SL + handouts)
Be prepared to discuss stories/ask questions

We will discuss "The 7-10 Split" and "Raymond's Run"
We will start discussing "56-0"

Continue working on formal outline and audience sheet.  Both of these must be typed
15 Essay 2: Discussion of Stories--Zoom class through Canvas (No lecture will be posted)

Use reading notes + all stories (SL + handouts)
Be prepared to discuss stories/ask questions

We will finish discussing "56-0"
We will then discuss "Doe Season" and "Tennis"


Continue working on formal outline and audience sheet.  Both of these must be typed.

**You might begin drafting your essay--introduction (including thesis statement)
17 Essay 2: Drafting 

Draft 1-2 pgs

**Use Aud Sheet draft--in progress--and completed Formal Sentence Outline.  (Revise your formal outline as you draft, like you did for your game story)

TSGW, Ch 10

Thesis: pp 396-97
Support: pp 397-98
Sample Essays: pp 382 & 386)

Consult Reading notes, PowerPt notes, Focused freewriting, Stories

Integrating Quotations: See Power Pt notes; also TSGW, pp 546-51
20  Essay 2: Drafting.  Everyone should have at least 2 pages of the draft completed.  Draft pages 3 & 4

**Use Aud Sheet draft--in progress--and completed Formal Sentence Outline.  (Revise your formal outline as you draft, like you did for your game story)

TSGW, Ch 10

Thesis: pp 396-97
Support: pp 397-98
Sample Essays: pp 382 & 386)

Consult Reading notes, PowerPt notes, Focused freewriting, Stories

Integrating Quotations: See Power Pt notes; also TSGW, pp 546-51






22 Essay 2: Peer Review--Must Participate using email

TSGW, pp 401-402 (preview peer review questions)

You will email your partner:


1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed)
2. Copy of formal sentence outline (typed)
3. Copy of completed draft, including quotations (typed): 3.5 pages min - 4.5 pages max

**I will pair you up, and you will email your partner these three documents--by 11am today.  Answer the questions in TSGW (pgs above), the Blue, Green, and Purple boxes--3 questions each box (9 questions total). 

**You will assess your partner's essay using 1.) the Comment function in Word (under Review) and 2.) the Highlight function (under Home). 

**You should assess the audience sheet and essay (see parameters above).  You do not need to mark up the outline, but use it to assess the essay.  You can make some quick notes on it if you wish.

 **Return to your partner on Friday--see 4/24

24 Essay 2: Return Peer Review Materials to Partner

**Return your partner's audience sheet, essay, and outline by 11am today

Revision Chklist (handout)

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Stories: SL + handouts)
**Conclusion
**Audience Sheet


Editing
**RW, Ch 12 Modification








27 Essay 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Use a "new" draft of your audience sheet and literary analysis; do not use your peer review drafts

Completed Revision Chklist
Formal Outline + Audience Sheet

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Stories: SL + handouts)
**Audience Sheet
**Intro/Thesis
**Reasons (Support)/Quotations

Editing
RW, Ch 12/All concepts we've studied:
Coord/Subord; Wordiness, Commas, Active Verbs

29 Due: Turn in Peer Review docs from Essay 2 [aud sheet + draft with responses from partner].  Upload both docs on Canvas.  Turn in your aud sheet and draft that your partner assessed.  If you received your peer review docs late, then perhaps submit Th or Fri.

Essay 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Use your drafts from Monday of your audience sheet and literary analysis; do not use your peer review drafts

Completed Revision Chklist
Formal Outline + Audience Sheet

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Stories: SL + handouts)
**Reasons (Support)/Quotations

Editing
RW, Ch 12/All concepts we've studied:
Coord/Subord; Wordiness, Commas, Active Verbs


TSGW/Stories: SL + handouts
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Assign 2 - Analyzing a Comic Strip: Girls & Sports

**
If you were in class before spring break, you have a hard, color copy of the strips.  If you were not, then you can find a copy on the Course Notes page--print out a hard copy too, although it probably will not be in color

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)

Choose ONE strip to write about by Friday, May 1. (Rank your choices on the strip sheet, 1-3, to help you decide.)  Reading all strips will also help you better understand the comic strip series

Begin preliminary research about the comic strip series Girls & Sports: bkgrd info: creators/publication/strip's characters, situations, & issues

Question:  What sources will you use to research your comic strip?


01 May
Look Below

May
Monday Wednesday Friday
27April
Look Above



29April
Look Above


01 Due: Essay 2 + Aud Sheet + Formal Sent Outline + Revision Chklist. Upload all docs on Canvas
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Assign 2 - Planning

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)
**Comic strips - definitions

You should have choosen ONE strip

1. Take notes/invention docs - TSGW, Ch 11
2. Research - bkgrd info: creators/publication/strip's characters, situations, & issues
3. Quoting from strips? 
4. Formatting: use headings/single space essay, TNR 12pt font
(See Course Notes--Examples of text using headings)
04 Assign 2 - Drafting

Begin drafting each section of the essay

Citing sources: RW
**Websites, parts of websites: pp 450-53
**Comic Strip?
**Article from a database: pp 437-40

Quoting from comic strips?

As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention docs, PPt notes













06 Assign 2: Drafting--Zoom class through Canvas (No lecture will be posted)

**Have your comic strip sheet, research notes and comic strip notes, your textbooks, and essay draft--in progress--available and ready to share

Continue drafting each section of the essay

**Discuss Self-Review Sheet (Handout)

Citing sources: RW
**Websites, parts of websites: pp 450-53
**Comic Strip?
**Article from a database: pp 437-40

Quoting from comic strips?

As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention docs, PPt notes














08 Assign 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Revision: Complete Self-Review Sheet (Handout) today or tomorrow or by Sunday at the latest

**Strip Analysis: Sports & Culture
**Summary/Description
**Intro/Evaluation

Editing: RW
**Ch 15 (Sentence Variety)
**Review: Chpts 14, 16, 32 (pp 268-76), 8, 12

Proofreading:  Essay formatting/print quality/spelling
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**Course Review
**Look at quiz from first day of class
**Final shared reading from SL

Assign 2 + Self-Review Sheet Due May 13.  See below






Finals Week: May 11 - 15
Assign 2 + Self-Review Sheet Due: May 13, Wednesday, by noon.  Submit docs separately through Canvas portal
Course Grades Available on AccessPoint: May 21 (afternoon) or May 22

Course Description and Learning Outcomes

The General Education Program Learning Outcomes for Written Communication (Foundation Level) are as follows:

  • Compose an articulate, thoughtful, grammatically correct, and logically organized piece of writing with properly documented and supported ideas, evidence, and information suitable to the topic, purpose, genre, and audience
  • Apply your understanding of elements that shape successful writing to critique and improve your own and others' writing through effective and useful feedback

This section of Freshman English is a writing-intensive course that will focus on sports, mainly in the United States. Like all writing courses, this course is designed to give you experience writing for various purposes, for various audiences, and in different contexts. More than just a knowledge of "good grammar," effective writing requires a range of activities, from invention and planning to drafting and revising, activities that you will practice throughout the semester. All of our assignments, however, will examine ideas about the meaning of sport in our society and how sport shapes our culture and our sense of identity. No one can doubt the central role of sport in our society today, and even throughout the world, so it makes sense to explore why this is the case through reading, thinking, discussing, and writing. Why are we so interested in, obsessed with, and attracted to sport? The appeal of sport has to be more than its entertainment value. Of course, the most notable sports cliche--life is like a game (or is it a game?)--underscores the significance of sports for us.

Through sports journalism, popular culture, and literary analysis, we will try to gain insights into these questions. You will find your own experience with sport--either as spectators, participants, or both--is a key source of your knowledge and understanding about it. In addition to thinking carefully about sport as a subject for writing, you will

  • Understand how writing is a way of sharing information, expressing viewpoints, bringing about social change, and connecting people, all essential for an inclusive democracy
  • Analyze the relationship between the writer and his and her audience as well as the contexts that shape the writing about sport as well as other types of writing
  • Integrate reading, planning, drafting, peer review, editing, revision, and proofreading into the writing process with an emphasis on grammatical correctness as a means of effective communication
  • Express an understanding of the ways in which sport is a microcosm of society.
Text Rental

The St. Martin's Guide to Writing. Axelrod and Cooper. 12th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2019.

Sports in Literature. Bruce Emra. 2nd. ed., National Textbook Co., 2000.

Purchase at Bookstore

Rules for Writers at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Hacker and Sommers. 9th. ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2019.
**You will use this handbook for English 202 and throughout your university education.

Requirements

During the semester, you will complete weekly and longer-term writing assignments dealing with the topic of sports. Class discussions will be the most informative and helpful if the reading assignments have been carefully thought over and all students participate and share ideas. To prepare for class discussions, it will be helpful to take notes. Note key passages or language that points to central concerns or ideas in the reading assignments. Write out key ideas and concepts along with your thoughts and questions that you have. Throughout the semester you will be required to complete planning assignments and rough drafts. Please be prepared to bring these to class to share with classmates so that we can discuss them and make suggestions for improving them.

During the semester, there will be weekly writing assignments, some quizzes (announced and possibly unannounced), peer review assignments, and three essays. The course grade will be determined mathematically using the percentages below. Please remember that your course grade will be based on the work that you submit, not simply the effort you make or my subjective opinion.

Course Grade %
Weekly Writing/Quizzes** 15%
Peer Review 10%
Essay 1 - Game Story 30%
Essay 2 - Literary Analysis 30%
Assign 1 05%
Assign 2 10%
** Will be determined by point values: A=10; A- =9; B=8.5; C=7.5; D=6.5; F=5-0//5pts: A=5; B- =4; C- =3.5; D- = 3; F=2.5-0

All work must be completed on time. It is your responsibility to keep copies of all of your planning work, assignments, and quizzes. Some assignments may be submitted via email, and email communication will be required throughout the semester.

Late Assignment Policy: Assignments due on a given day must be submitted at the beginning of the class period. An assignment that is finished but not printed out and ready to hand in is late. Late assignments will be accepted one day after the original due date (not the next class), but will lose one letter grade or the point equivalent. After that, they will not be accepted. (Assignments due on Friday that are late must be turned in by 5pm.) Assignments due electronically must be received by the day and time specified. Late email assignments will be accepted 24hrs from the original due date. For any special circumstances, please contact me ahead of time. No incompletes will given in the course.

Essays submitted late will lose 1/3 of a letter grade each day they are late, including weekends (e.g., original grade B. Two days late, C+). For any special circumstances, please contact me ahead of time. It may not be possible to make up some quizzes or assignments.

Peer review: Peer review days are very important because you will receive specific, targeted feedback about your essays and, in turn, provide feedback for a writing partner. This process will help you become a more effective writer. Peer review days are mandatory. If you miss them, you will lose all peer review points. If you do not have all of the required documents, properly prepared, you will lose all points for peer review and your essay grade may be lowered too.

For any special circumstances, please contact me ahead of time. It may not be possible to make up some quizzes or assignments.

Attendance

Regular attendance is your responsibility and is essential for success in the course. As stated in the online UWSP Course Catalog (UWSP Course Catalog pgs 25-26), you cannot "cut" classes. There are no excused or unexcused absences. You have personal days to use and manage as needed.

If you miss a total of two weeks of class (six days for classes meeting three times a week; four days for classes meeting twice a week), you may fail the course. You may be able to make up missed assignments/quizzes with my approval; therefore, it is your responsibility to determine work that needs to be completed and to follow up with all logistical requirements. It may not be possible, however, to make up some assignments or quizzes.

If you are absent, you do not need to email me to explain your absence. If you would like to find out about missed information, it is best to stop by during office hours or make an appointment to see me. You can email me about missed information, but I may not be able to respond before our next class meeting. 

However, if an assignment is due or there is a quiz, then you do need to email me before or the day of the assignment due date or quiz.  And you must have a legitimate reason for your absence. You cannot just expect to be able to turn in a missed assignment or make up a quiz.

Classroom Etiquette

During class meetings, we will discuss and debate issues about writing and literature. It is fine to express your views passionately and debate others in class, but do so in a civil, constructive manner.

Please do not use phones and mobile devices during class, even if you believe you are doing so quietly. Not only is this rude, but also it distracts other students as well as your ablity to focus on and follow class instruction and discussion. It is English Department policy that students cannot and should not record class lectures and discussion without permission from the intstructor. Also, please get drinks of water or use the washroom before or after class, not during class, so that our classroom does not become a bus station. Please see me if you need special accomodations.

Plagiarism (from the Latin "to Kidnap")/Cheating

You will be expected to do your own work throughout the course. Intentionally or unintentionally passing off the ideas, words, or sentences of others (e.g., published authors, website authors, other students) as your own is plagiarism, which will result in failing the plagiarized assignment and possibly the course. Please review the University policy regarding plagiarism.

Anyone caught cheating during quizzes or exams (e.g., looking at someone else's paper or using a cell phone) will fail the quiz or exam and be reported to the Dean of Students Office.