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First-Year Composition101-16 (Sports Theme)  MWF 11:00-11:50
Spring 2021
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This is a "real time" syllabus that will be regularly 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 reading schedule and the course policies, which are in effect from the first day of class. Please read them carefully (and review them throughout the semester). Please see me if you have any questions.

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 and quizzes are listed at the beginning of the semester; some will be added throughout the semester. It may also be necessary to finish some readings/writing assignments 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.

Our main vehicle this semester will be the course website, but we will use Canvas for some things, such as discussion posts or for accessing video. We will not use the Canvas Gradebook; instead, the Grade Sheet on our Course Notes page (on the course website) will help you track assignments and grades.

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 unnecessary expense or burden 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 29, when we will discuss it. Check each class period to see what book(s) you need to bring.

JANUARY
Monday Wednesday Friday
25 Course Introduction: Why Write about Sports?

Pre-semester quiz

Review Course Website (Syllabus, Course Notes)/Canvas site
27 Go over presemester quiz

Review Course Website (Syllabus, Course Notes)/Canvas site
29 TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy

 Discuss Hank Aaron article (1/25 email)

FEBRUARY
Monday Wednesday Friday
01 TSGW - Finish Ch 1

Introduce Sports Poetry Analysis: Choose ONE poem (below) to analyze  (See Course Notes)

SL--Sports poetry (Read these poems--"In the Pocket" (p 24); "The Sprinters" (p 121); "The Pitcher" (pp 19-20)


Planning:  See cluster diagram, TSGW, 420-21.  Try this for the poem you wish to write about 






03  Sports Poetry Analysis (see Feb 1) (see Course Notes)

Discuss poems - SL

Bring your cluster diagram (TSGW) to class--for the poem you will write about. (see Feb 1)

Drafting strategies/Have draft for Friday's class












05 TSGW - Ch 13 Cueing the Reader

SL - Sports Poetry Analysis (see Course Notes)

Bring the following to class for discussion:
**Cluster diagram
**Draft (Bring a hard copy or your laptop/tablet.  Even if you bring your laptop, you might bring a hard copy too.)  Focus on thesis statement, formatting, paragraphing (topic sentences)











08 TSGW -Finish Ch 13

SL - Sports Poetry Analysis

Bring the following to class:
**Cluster diagram
**Draft (Bring a hard copy or your laptop/tablet.  Even if you bring your laptop, you might bring a hard copy too.)  Focus on supporting points: examples/quotations--analysis

RW - Ch 14 Coordination & Subordination: (Preview this chapter/Concept: What is Coordination? Subordination?)



10 Final questions/review: Sports Poetry Analysis
Final Thoughts Chpts 1 & 13
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Taking notes for a movie

Essay 1 - Introduction: Evaluation Essay (Movie Review) of movie The Way Back

PPt Notes--Course Notes (Discuss in class)
Audience Sheet--Course Notes (Preview this)
TSGW - Ch 8: Preview/skim to get a sense of key ideas/strtegies

Watch The Way Back by 2/16 (Access on Canvas)

Take notes during and after watching the movie.  Do not look up reviews online to avoid plagiarism
12 Essay 1 - Planning

Taking notes for a movie

Developing criteria

TSGW - Invention Strategy--Scratch Outline, pp 422-23
Audience Sheet--Course Notes

TSGW - Ch 8, p 320 (Organizing an evaluation)

Sports Poetry Analysis Due at the beginning of class--print copy
(Only fully online students submit via Canvas before class begins.)





15 Essay 1 - Planning

Discuss these reviews
TSGW - Ch 8: Scott Pilgrim review, pp 292-97; Moana (Disney) review, pp  297-300. Also, pp 289-291; 300-301; 305-306 

Have notes on Ch 8

**Judgment, p 316
**Reasons, p 317
**Organization, p 320

Review Scratch Outline & Audience Sheet

Outside of Class
**
Once you screen the movie, begin working on your scratch outline and aud sheet


17 Essay 1 - Planning

Discuss these reviews
TSGW - Ch 8: Scott Pilgrim review, pp 292-97; Moana (Disney) review, pp  297-300. Also, pp 289-291; 300-301; 305-306

Begin discussion of The Way Back (Bring movie notes to class)

**Judgment, p 316
**Reasons, p 317
**Organization, p 320

 Outside of Class
**
Work on your scratch outline and audience sheet



19 Essay 1 - Planning

Discuss The Way Back (Bring movie notes to class)

**Bring to your scratch outline (plot summary can be on a separate sheet)  & aud sheet
**I will go around class and look at your movie notes

Review TSGW, Ch 8 as needed

Outside of class
For Monday, you might begin drafting your review over the weekend: intro paragraph.  See TSGW for advice





22 Essay 1 - Drafting in class: Bring your laptop to class 

**
Audience sheet & scratch outline should be completed 

Work on drafting pgs 1-1.5 of your review.  Focus on judgment, plot summary, and reasons 

Bring movie/class notes, scratch outline, audience sheet, TSGW (pp 315-22/sample reviews)

RW - Ch 14 (Coordination and Subordination)












24 Essay 1 - Drafting in class: Bring your laptop to class

You'll continue your draft in progress.  You should have completed at least 1.5 pages of your draft.  Focus on judgment and reasons; conclusion 

**I will check scratch outlines + audience sheets

Work on pgs 1.5-3 of your review.  Focus on judgment and reasons; conclusion 

Bring notes, scratch outline, audience sheet, TSGW (pp 315-22/sample reviews)

As time allows
**RW - Ch 14
**Discuss movie



 











26 Essay 1: Peer Review--Must Attend In Person

Review Peer Review Policy (see syllabus)

TSGW, pp 322-24 (preview peer review questions)

1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed)
2. Copy of completed draft, (typed): three pages minimum/3.5 max
3. Bring TSGW & RW

Electronic or handwritten copies of your audience sheet or draft are NOT acceptable for peer review






MARCH
Monday Wednesday Friday
01 Essay 1: Return Peer Review Materials

Discuss assessment with partner

Revision/Editing Chart (Handout); TSGW, pp 324-27

Formatting final copy of review - in class


















03 Essay 1: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring a "clean" copies of your essay & aud sheet (do not revise and edit on your peer review drafts--but you can still bring these).  Try formatting your draft in columns as we discussed in class on Monday and bring it to class

Bring
completed revision/editing chart & scratch outline 

Check format of final copy of review (see PPt slides)

TSGW - Scott Pilgrim revision notes: pp 327-28 (Writer at Work).
Ch 8/pp 324-327 (Improving the Draft)/315-22

Revision
**Judgment (TSGW, p 316)

Editing
**RW - Ch 15 (Sentence Variety);
Ch 8 (Active Verbs)








05 Essay 1: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring drafts from Wed (3/3) or latest copies.  Bring a copy of your draft formatted in columns

Discuss sports poetry analysis essay

Finish discussing The Way Back (themes/minor characters)

Revision
**Audience Sheet
**Reasons (TSGW, p 317)


Essay 1: Peer Review Materials Due: Essay Draft + Aud Sheet Draft + Partner's Responses (Notebook Paper).  Paper clip these (do not staple)



08 Final Thoughts - Essay 1: Evaluation (Movie Review)
(Bring all three books)

Bring drafts from Fri (3/5) or latest copies.  Bring a copy of your draft formatted in columns

Briefly discuss "Birds of Prey" review (handout)

Revision (TSGW, Ch 8)
** Plot Summary
**Conclusion
**Topic Sentences

Editing
**RW - Ch 8 (Active Verbs)/Chpts 14, 15

Proofreading
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Assign 1: Personal Sports Narratives

TSGW, Ch 2 (12; 15, 38-48).  Note key pages/strategies

Readings from SL: Preview these personal sports narratives.  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. "In the Swim" - 56





10 Assign 1: Discuss SL readings. See study questions on Course Notes page for Assign 1

**Discussion of "In the Swim" & "Finding Myself"

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

**Finalize your choice of the ONE narrative you will write about--by Friday before class

Essay 1 Due:  Scratch Outline (Handwritten OR Typed) + Revision/Editing Chart + Aud Sheet (Final Copy) + Essay (Final Copy). Paper clip these (do not staple)
12Assign 1: Discuss SL readings. See study questions on Course Notes page for Assign 1

Discussion of narratives:
**Finish "In the Swim"; "Finding Myself" (Consider the first three pars.)

TSGW, Ch 2 (pp 12; 15, 38-48); Ch 11 (pp 420-21 cluster diagram).  Bring cluster diagram of the narrative you are writing about to class in notebook

RW - Ch 23: Pronoun Clarity

**Begin previewing/reading short stories for Essay 2--see 3/29. You should be reading stories and taking notes on all stories--have an organized system of taking notes for each story

15 Assign 1: Drafting

SL - Discussion: Finish "Finding Myself" (pp 14-16); "Four-Minute Mile"/Review of all three personal sports narratives.  (For "Four-Minute Mile," watch the video of the actual race--see Course Notes)

Begin drafting--bring laptop to class.  As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., cluster diagram, discussion notes, Course Notes study questions, TSGW: Ch 2.

**I'll come around to check cluster maps 

Use of quotations (RW: 37e, 298-300)

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

RW - Ch 23: Pronoun Clarity
17 Assign 1: Drafting

Continue drafting--bring laptop to class.  As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., completed cluster diagram, discussion notes, Course Notes study questions, TSGW: Ch 2

Use of quotations (RW: 37e, 298-300)

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

RW - Ch 32: Commas (32a-e)

**Begin previewing/reading short stories for Essay 2--see 3/29. You should be reading stories and taking notes on all stories--have an organized system of taking notes for each story

19 Assign 1: Revision, Editing, Formatting

Continuing drafting/review draft: bring laptop to class or hard copy of your draft.  Consult planning work, e.g., completed cluster diagram, discussion notes, Course Notes study questions, TSGW: Ch 2

SL: Personal Sports Narratives
**Final questions/thoughts about drafts

Use of quotations (RW: 37e, 298-300)

RW - Ch 32: Commas (32a-e)

Formatting - email




22 SPRING BREAK

24 SPRING BREAK
26 SPRING BREAK
29 Review of Assign 1

Bring
draft (print copy) to class along with laptop if desired
Bring SL (review narratives), cluster map, notes
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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 4/2.  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.  Note key pages/strategies

Formal Outline: RW pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25   
31 Essay 2 - Planning

PPt Notes (Course Notes)

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--Course Notes)


Assign 1 Due TH (4/1) via email (not through Canvas) by 5pm.  Essay should be in the body of the email as we discussed in class.  Do not send as an attachment or Google Docs link
 












02 April

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APRIL
Monday Wednesday Friday
29March

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31 March

See Above

02 Essay 2 - Planning (Bring your laptop to class)

Story Choice Assignment Due (Must be typed)

Finish 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

Focused Freewriting, TSGW, p 428

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



05 Essay 2: Planning

Quiz - short stories (all 5 are in play).  Fully online folks will take the quiz on Canvas after class--not during class.  Directions on Canvas.

Discuss sample Essays, TSGW, pp 382 & 386


Begin working on formal sent outline + audience sheet. Audience sheet must be typed. Work on these all of next week

**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)

07 Essay 2: Planning

Discuss sample Essays, TSGW, pp 382 & 386

Discussion of Short Stories

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

We will discuss "The 7-10 Split" & "Raymond's Run"

Continue working on formal sent outline + audience sheet.  Audience sheet must be typed. Work on these all of next week




 


09 Essay 2: Planning

Bring your formal sent outline and audience sheet to class--drafts in progress.  I will check these.

Discussion of Stories

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

Finish "Raymond's Run" & "The 7-10 Split."  We will then begin discuss "Doe Season."  If time allows, we'll begin "Tennis."


Continue working on formal outline and audience sheet 

**You might begin drafting your essay--introduction (including thesis statement)




12 Essay 2: Planning
(Bring your formal sent outline to class--in progress)

Discussion of Stories

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

Continue with "Tennis." Then we will discuss "56-0."
As time allows, go back to other stories (Answer the questions from Friday's class about "R's R" and "DS")

Continue working on formal outline and audience sheet. 

**Ahead of Wed, you might begin drafting your essay--introduction (including thesis statement)












14 Essay 2: Drafting

Use reading notes + all stories (SL + handouts)

Finish discussing stories--as needed

Draft 1-2 pgs: Bring your laptop

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

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

Resources for drafting

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 (RW); also TSGW, pp 546-51
16 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 evaluation essay)

Resources for drafting

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 (RW); also TSGW, pp 546-51









19 Essay 2: Peer Review--Must Attend

Review Peer Review Policy (see syllabus)

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

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

Have your formal outline available in case your partner wants to see it.

On a separate sheet of paper/doc

1. You will assess the audience sheet
2. You will answer prompts in blue, green, and purple boxes
3. You will assess grammar and mechanics

I will review directions in class before you begin
21 Essay 2: Return Peer Review Docs to Partner

Fully online folks will return peer review docs before class begins

Revision Chklist (handout)

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

Editing
**RW, Ch 12 Modification
23 Essay 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Use a "new" draft of your audience sheet and literary analysis; do not use your peer review drafts.  If you bring a laptop, you might bring a print copy of the essay for use in class

Bring completed Revision Chklist, Formal Sent Outline, Audience Sheet
You might bring peer review docs

Discuss stories as time allows (SL + handouts)Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Sample Stories)
**Audience Sheet (Q1: profile your audience)
**Intro/Thesis
**Reasons (Support)/Quotations

Editing
RW, Ch 12/All concepts we've studied: Coord/Subord; Sent Variety, Commas, Active Verbs
26 Essay 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

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

Bring completed Revision Chklist, Formal Sent Outline, Audience Sheet
You might bring peer review docs

Discuss stories as time allows (SL + handouts)

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Sample Stories)
**Reasons (Support)/Quotations

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

Essay 2: Peer Review Materials Due: Essay Draft + Aud Sheet Draft + Partner's Responses (Notebook Paper).  Paper clip these (do not staple)



28 Essay 2--Final Thoughts
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Assign 2 - Introduction

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

You should choose one strip to write about

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: see PPt Notes
(See Course Notes--Examples of text using headings)








30 Due: Final copies of Essay 2 + Aud Sheet + Formal Outline + Revision Checklist
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Assign 2 - Planning

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

You should choose one strip to write about

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: see PPt Notes
(See Course Notes--Examples of text using headings)
MAY
Monday Wednesday Friday
03 Assign 2 - Planning/Drafting

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

**Invention docs/Audience Assumptions

Drafting in class: Strip Analysis

Research on strip

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

05 Assign 2 - Planning/Drafting

Discuss soccer and homophobia article

Discuss Sources & Introduction sections
**be ready to share your analysis section (do this Friday)
**organization

Research on strip: character names?

Citing sources: RW
**Websites, parts of websites: pp 450-53
**Comic Strip: p 460
**Article from a database: pp 438-41

Quoting from comic strips?

As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention docs, PPt notes
07 Assign 2 - Drafting

Drafting in class

**Evaluation section
**Strip Analysis/Introduction sections--share your draft?

Citing sources: RW
**Websites, parts of websites: pp 450-53
**Comic Strip: p 460
**Article from a database: pp 438-41

Quoting from comic strips?

As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention docs, PPt notes (organization/formatting)


10 Assign 2: Peer-Review--Must Attend

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Assign 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Discuss The Last Dance article

**Completed Self-Review Sheet

**Strip Analysis: Sports & Culture
**Sources: Quoting from strips/other sources
**Research

Editing: RW
**Review: Chpts 14, 15, 23, 32 (pp 268-76), 8, 12

Proofreading:  Essay formatting (TSGW, essay on p. 112)/print quality/spelling

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Assign 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

**Completed Self-Review Sheet

Revision:
**Strip Analysis: Sports & Culture

As time allows
**Summary & Description, Evaluation, Introduction
**Sources: Quoting from strips/other sources/parenthetical, in-text citations (RW: 427--for a website)
**Research

Editing: RW
**Review: Chpts 14, 15, 23, 32 (pp 268-76), 8, 12

other sources/parenthetical, in-text citations (RW: 427--for a website)

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

Assign 2 + Self-Review Sheet (No Draft): Submit via email
See below. 
Do not submit before Monday, 5/17

Finals Week: May 17 - 21
Office Hrs during Finals Week: See website home page

Assign 2 + Self-Review Sheet (no draft) Due: TBA

Course Grades Available on AccessPoint: TBA

Face Covering Policy

Because we are in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, at all UW-Stevens Point campus locations the wearing of face coverings is mandatory in all buildings, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, and other instructional spaces. Any student with a condition that impacts his or her use of a face covering should contact the Disability and Assistive Technology Center to discuss accommodations in classes. Please note that unless everyone is wearing a face covering, in-person classes cannot take place. This is university policy and not up to the discretion of individual instructors. Failure to adhere to this requirement could result in formal withdrawal from the course.

Learning Outcomes and Course Description/Objectives

The General Education Program Learning Outcomes for Written Communication (Foundational Skills and Dispositions 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.

English 101

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, 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 that 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 attention to 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. Mark 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 several 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 - Movie Review: The Way Back 25%
Essay 2 - Literary Analysis 30%
Assign 1 - Personal Sports Narrative** 10%
Assign 2 - Comic Strip: Girls & Sports** 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.  They will not be accepted on Monday.) 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 some points for peer review and your essay grade may be lowered too.

Depending on logistics, we may have to conduct peer review online, but the process will be the same.

For any special circumstances, please contact me ahead of time. It may not be possible to make up peer review.

Attendance
Since this is an in-person class, you need to attend class regularly.

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: For three-days-a-week classes: 5/For two-days-a-week classes: 3

 If you miss a total of two weeks of class (six class meetings for classes meeting three times a week; four class meetings for classes meeting twice a week), you may fail the course.  However, if you have to quarrantine, then we will adjust your absence limit. 

Zooming into class (if an option) is not a substitue for being in class (in person).  If you are not in class, you will be marked absent.

For any students who are fully online, you need to attend class synchronously--in real time.  Watching recordings (if available) is not a substitute for real-time participation.  The same attendance requirements
for in-person students applies to you.

It may be possible to make up missed assignments/quizzes with my approval; therefore, it is your responsibility to contact me to determine work that needs to be completed and to follow up with all logistical requirements.  However, it may not be possible 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 or assignments, it is best to stop by during office hours or make an appointment to see me. You can also email me, but I may not be able to respond before our next class meeting. However, you should email about an absence if an assignment is due.

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 who is 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.  For quizzes and exams taken online, you are on your honor to follow established guidelines:  No books, notes, printed or online materials, sharing information with others.