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Freshman Composition101-10 MWF 1:00-2:00
Spring 2019

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.

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 book, Rule 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
RW=Rules for Writers

D2L (Discussion Forum) Link: This Forum, which is for students in the course, gives you the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas about the reading and writing we are reading as well as ask questions that other students can answer. Participation is voluntary, but it's a great way to communicate outside of class in an informal manner. It's like Facebook, only better!

Readings and assignments should be finished for the day assigned. For example, chapter 1 from TSGW should be read (completed) by January 28, when we will discuss it. Check each class period to see what book you need to bring.

January
Monday Wednesday Friday
21MLK Day 23 Course Introduction: Reading, Discussing, Writing

Pre-semester quiz

Course Website/Syllabus
25 Review Course Website

Preview: Essay 1, Personal Narrative--Choosing topics
TSGW, 40-41
28 Class cancelled because of weather 30 Class cancelled because of weather 01 February
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February
Monday Wednesday Friday
28January
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30 January
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01 TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy & Ch 13: Cueing the Reader

Essay 1, Personal Narrative--Choosing topics, TSGW, 40-41  
04 TSGW - Chpts 1 & 13: Final Thoughts

Essay 1 - Introduction: Personal Narrative

TSGW, Chpts 2, 14

Preview Audience Sheet--Course Notes

Bring Topic List to class--in notebook
06 Essay 1 - Planning

Finish PPt Slides (2/4)

**Have topic selected
**Scratch outline (TSGW, p 491)


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

 


08 Essay 1 Planning

Bring to class:
**Topic list + notes
**Scratch outline (TSGW, p 491)
**Draft of audience sheet--Course Notes

TSGW, Chpts 2 (sample essay "Calling Home," p 18) & 14

RW, Ch 14: Coord/Subord
11 Essay 1 - Planning

TSGW, Chpts 2 (sample essay "Calling Home," p 18) & 14

RW, Ch 14: Coord/Subord

Bring
**scratch outline
**aud sheet draft 


Begin drafting outside of class: Complete your first two pages by Wed
13 Meet in Computer Lab 323 CCC
Bring your own laptop.  This is a laptop lab, so it has laptops (10-12) you can use if you don't have your own or don't bring yours


Essay 1 - Drafting

You should have two pages completed; today you will work on
the final two pages in the lab.  Be sure you have a way to access your draft in the lab

Bring
**scratch outline
**aud sheet draft
**TSGW Chpts 2 (sample essay "Calling Home," p 18) & 14
**RW, Ch 14 (coord/subord, p 158, ex. b, c, e)
15 Essay 1 - Peer Review--Must Attend
(See peer review policy on the syllabus)

Bring all books

TSGW, pp 48-49 (preview peer review questions)

1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed)
2. Copy of completed draft (typed), minimum 3.5/max 4.5 pages

Electronic or handwritten copies of your audience sheet or draft are NOT acceptable for peer review
 
18 Essay 1 - Return Peer Review Materials

Revision Chart (Handout)
TSGW, pp 50-51//Chpts 2 & 14

Revision
**Resolution/Reflection

Editing
**RW, Ch 16 (Wordiness)
**TSGW, pp 52-54
20 Essay 1 - Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring "clean" copies of draft and audience sheet--NOT peer review copies

Discuss audience sheet revisions
Bring revision chart/scratch outline/PPt notes

TSGW, Ch 2 (sample essay "Tupac and My Non-thug Life," p 27)

Revision
**Resolution/Reflection
**Conflict

Editing
RW, Chpts 14 & 16
**TSGW, pp 52-54
22 Essay 1 - Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring draft and audience sheet from Wed
Bring revision chart/scratch outline/PPt notes

TSGW, Ch 2 (sample essay "Tupac and My Non-thug Life," p 27)
look at pp 30-32

Revision
**Conflict
**Vivid Description

Editing
**RW, Chpt 32, Commas (32a & b)/Chpts 14 & 16
**TSGW, pp 52-54
25 Peer Review Docs for Essay 1 Due (Aud Sheet Draft + Narrative Draft + Responses on notebook paper).  Paper clip these (do not staple)

Essay 1 - Revision, Editing, Proofreading



TSGW, Ch 2
**Finish discussion of Tupac narrative--rising action (2/22)
**Sample essay, "An American Childhood," p 22)

TSGW, Ch 2/Ch 14


Revision
**Introduction
**Feelings, Thoughts

Editing
**
RW, Chpts 14, 15, 32--Review as time allows

Proofreading
**Spell Check
**Formatting
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Preliminary Info for Essay 2: Notetaking for live performance of Macbeth
27 Due: Essay 1 + Audience Sheet + Scratch Outline + Revision chartPaper clip essay and all docs

Macbeth (Performances March 1-3; 7-9, at NCFA)
Preliminary Info for Essay 2: Notetaking for live performance of Macbeth

Essay 2 - Introduction: Evaluation Essay, PPt Notes
Audience Sheet--Course Notes

TSGW, Ch 8:  Note key pages/strategies
01March
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March
Monday Wednesday Friday
25February
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27February
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01  Essay 2 - Planning

Criteria for an evaluation

TSGW, Ch 8 (Scott Pilgrim review, p 341-46. Also, pp 338-41; 349-51)

In-class group work--card due at the end of class

TSGW, pp 368-73

04 Essay 2 - Sophie McIntosh, Dramaturg for Macbeth, will talk to our class! 06 Essay 2 - Planning

TSGW, Ch 8 (Game of Thrones review, p 346-49. Also, pp 338-41; 349-51)

TSGW: Invention Strategy--Clustering, pp 488-89
08 Essay 2 - Planning

TSGW, Ch 8 (The Flight from Conversation review, p 358-60. Also, pp 361-63)

TSGW: Invention Strategy--Clustering/Plot Summary

11  Essay 2: Planning

Discuss Macbeth:  1.5, 1.7, 5.1 (Use Course Notes links to access
play--text--and study these scenes)

TSGW: Ch 8: Bring notes + plot summary + clustering in progress + audience sheet in progress

Outside of class
Finish clustering & audience sheet draft and begin drafting: Intro/Judgment + plot summary

13 Meet in Computer Lab 323 CCC.  Bring your own laptop.  This is a laptop lab, so it has laptops (10-12) you can use if you don't have your own or don't bring yours.

Macbeth: Discuss Lady Macbeth, 1.5 & 5.1 (Notes I gave you in class)

Essay 2 - Drafting:  Have your draft in progress: intro + plot summary.

Bring completed cluster, plot summary (draft in notebook), audience sheet in progress.  Be clear about your criteria for reviewing a play

TWGW, Ch 8

RW, Ch 15 (Sentence Variety)

Outside of class
Continue to work on draft: intro/judgment & plot sum or reasons
15 Meet in Computer Lab 323 CCC.  Bring your own laptop.  This is a laptop lab, so it has laptops (10-12) you can use if you don't have your own or don't bring yours

Essay 2 - Drafting:  Have your draft in progress: reasons

Discuss introduction/judgment

Bring completed cluster, plot summary (draft in notebook), audience sheet in progress.  Be clear about your criteria for reviewing a play

TSGW, Ch 8

RW, Ch 15 (in-class quiz)

After today, your draft should be ready/almost ready for peer review when we return from break.  Be sure to review it Sunday night (3/24) and print off a copy of your audience sheet and draft--see 3/25
18 Spring Break 20Spring Break

22 Spring Break

25 Essay 2: Peer Review--Must Attend

Macbeth
**Brief discussion of set design

Bring all books--TSGW, pp 376-77 (preview peer review questions)

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

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

27 Essay 2: Return Peer Review Materials

Revision Chart (Handout)
TSGW, Ch 8/pp 378-79

Macbeth (Bring your performance notes)
**
1.7 (Course Notes)
**Concept of catharsis

Editing
**RW, Ch 8 (Active Verbs)
**TSGW, pp 380-81
29 Essay 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring
"clean" copies of draft and audience sheet--NOT peer review copies

Add heading with rating

Macbeth (Bring performance notes/program)
**Themes (e.g., power, ambition/competition, war, ruling (kingship), family/children, gender, justice, time)

Revision Chart
TSGW, Ch 8/pp 378-79

Revision
**Judgment
**Plot Summary
**Reasons

Editing
**RW, Ch 8/Review of all grammar concepts
**TSGW, pp 380-81
April
Monday Wednesday Friday
01Essay 2 Peer Review Materials Due.  Paper clip these.
(Be sure to take info you need from peer review docs before turning them in.)

Bring
"clean" copies of draft and audience sheet--NOT peer review copies--from 3/29

Macbeth (Bring performance notes/program)
**Themes (e.g., power, ambition/competition, war, ruling (kingship), family/children, gender, justice, time)

Final thoughts: Revision (Conclusion/Aud Sheet), Editing (Ch 8, Review of concepts), Proofreading
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Assign 1 - Collaborative Essay: Analyzing a comic strip: Girls & Sports

**Intro: PPt sldes
**Group Assigns
**Choose strip by Wed
**Planning Schedule

Begin reading stories for essay 3: Take notes
03 Due: Essay 2 + Audience Sheet  + Planning Cluster + Revision Chrt + theater ticket.  Paper clip essay and all docs together
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Assign 1 - Planning (Bring laptops if desired)

Writing Collaboratively, TSGW, Ch 31
Planning Schedule

**Intro: PPt slides
**Begin working on summary/description and analysis
**Consider organization--headings (PPt slide notes)
**Research
05 Assign 1 - Planning (Bring laptops if desired)

Writing Collaboratively, TSGW, Ch 31

Continue adding to/revising your Planning Schedules

**Begin working on summary/description and analysis
**Consider organization--headings (PPt slide notes)
**Research
08 Meet in Computer Lab 307 CCC (You can bring your own laptop if you wish)

Assign 1: Drafting in class

Bring comic strips sheet, planning chart, notes, books--everything you need to draft

Organization: Use of headings


Continue reading stories for essay 3: Take notes
10 Assign 1 - Peer Review--Must Attend

Each group must bring TWO typed copies of the draft, 1.5 pages each

Bring all books

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

RW-Citing Sources
12 Assign 1: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring peer review materials
Bring "clean" copy of drafts

Bring both books

RW, Ch 20 (Run-ons)/Citations for sources, Ch 56b (pages in class)
15 Assign 1 Due: One essay each group.  Submit via email as Word doc attachment by midnight.  Turn in peer review materials + planning schedules in class--paper clip these

Bring
draft of comics essay--final thoughts/notes
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Essay 3 - Introduction: Literary Analysis
PowerPt Slides

You must read all stories (handouts), but you will choose one to write about. Preview all stories for class

"Babylon Revisited"
"Brokeback Mountain"
"56 - 0"
 "Slinkers"

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

Preview Course Notes--All links for Essay 3

Planning: TSGW - Ch 10
17 Essay 3: Planning

Reading & Writing about Literature/TSGW, pp 457-460

TSGW, Ch 10

**Detailed Scratch Outline - Ch 11, p 491
**Thesis, pp 443, 461-62
**Reasons, p 444

**Audience Sheet
19 Essay 3: Planning

Story Choice Assign Due

Reading & Writing about Literature (finish lecture)/TSGW, pp 457-460

RW: Quotations (See PPt notes)

Audience Sheet

Set up stories for discussion as time allows

Outside of class: Work on detailed scratch outline and audience sheet
22 Meet in 240 CCC

Essay 3: Planning

Discuss stories: Bring reading notes

"56-0"  & "Slinkers"


Outside of class: Work on detailed scratch outline and audience sheet
24 Meet in 240 CCC

Essay 3: Planning

Bring to class: Detailed Scratch Outline and Aud Sheet drafts--in progress

Discusss stories: Bring reading notes

"Brokeback Mtn" & "Babylon Revisited"

Outside of class: Work on detailed scratch outline and audience sheet
26 Essay 3: Drafting

Quiz: All four short stories are in play

Bring to class: Detailed Scratch Outline and Aud Sheet drafts--in progress

Review audience sheet
Review detailed scratch outline (with modifications made in class--see your notes)

Quick draft intro/thesis in class

Revise intro/thesis: Continue drafting outside of class
29 Essay 3 - Drafting

Review draft of intro/thesis (from Friday, 4/26)

TSGW, Chpts 10, 13
**Sample essays
**
RW, quotations, see PPt notes

(
Audience Sheet)

Detailed Scratch Outline
**
Thesis - Templates in TSGW, Ch 10, pp 461-62
**
Reasons, pp. 444
**Topic Sentences, see sample essays in Ch 10/Ch 13

Continue drafting outside of class
01May
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03May
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May
Monday Wednesday Friday
29April
Look Above
01 Meet in Computer Lab 323 CCC

Essay 3 - Drafting

Work on detailed scratch outline/thesis statement
TSGW, Ch 11, p 491 (outline with modifications--our class discussion)/Ch 10 (pp 443, 461-2; sample essays)



03 Essay 3 - Peer Review--Must Attend

Bring all books--TSGW, pp 466-67 (preview peer review questions)

1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed)
2. Copy of outline (typed or handwritten)
3. Copy of completed draft, including quotations (typed): 4 pages min; 5 1/2 pages max

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

 

06 Essay 3 - Return Peer Review Materials

Revision Chklist (handout)
Bring books

Revision
**Intro/Thesis
**Body Paragraph/Quotations

Editing
**RW, Ch 12 Modification
**Review: Chpts 14, 15, 16, 32 (pp 294-303), 8, 20
(Also, review for grammar competition during our final class meeting)

Proofreading:  Essay formatting/print quality/spelling


08 No Class: Revision and Editing Day - Essay 3
You might visit the Writing Lab

10 No Class: Revision and Editing Day - Essay 3
You might visit the Writing Lab
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We will meet during our final exam meeting time--May 13--in our usual classroom,  See below

Essay 3 due date--See Blue Boxes Below

Bring all books

**Course Evaluations
**Course Review
**Bring updated draft of essay 3 + audience sheet
**Turn in peer review--essay 3
**Organize assignments I've returned and bring to class
**Bring quiz from first day of class
**Grammar "competition" -- for extra points!

Finals Week: May 13 - May 17
Office Hrs during Finals Week: See website home page and all page footers

Final Class Meeting: May 13, Mon, 10:15am-12:15pm, in our usual classroom
Essay 3 due Wed during office hours: 2-4pm
What's Due:  Draft + Aud Sheet +Detailed Scratch Outline+Revision Chklist
Peer Review Docs (3) Due Monday during our final class meeting

Course Grades posted online: May 23 or 24

The General Education Program--Written Communication

Introductory writing classes provide an essential foundation of communication skills on which students can build throughout the rest of their university careers and beyond. They develop students' skills in analyzing audience, structuring written documents, and understanding and applying the conventions of effective writing. Subsequent writing courses build upon these skills by helping students learn to locate sources, critically analyze information, and synthesize their ideas with those of others to write well-supported academic arguments. They also provide an essential starting point for the more specialized writing students will be expected to do in the future within their fields of study.

Course Description and Learning Outcomes

Freshman Composition 101 is a writing-intensive course that will 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 will return to the questions of why and how we write, which are important questions to think about as you choose topics, develop ideas, and reflect on what you write.  In addition to thinking carefully about each writing subject, we will examine the relationship between the writer and his/her subject as well as the issues outside of the classroom that shape the writer's thinking and connect him/her to communities and society.  You will also participate in peer editing sessions in which you will evaluate the essays of others as a way of helping your classmates and of improving your own evaluative skills.  Integrating computer technology into the study of writing, in the form of planning and drafting, editing, or research, will also be an important goal of the course. Along with these goals, you will need to develop your own writing goals as a means of assessing your progress throughout the semester.

  • 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 and conventions that shape various genres 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

Text Rental

The St. Martin's Guide to Writing. Axelrod and Cooper. 11th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2016.

Purchase at Bookstore

Rules for Writers. Hacker and Sommers. 8th. ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2016.
**You will use this handbook for English 202 and throughout your university education.

**You will also be required to purchase a ticket (student rate) for the play Macbeth for essay 2.
See the syllabus.

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 - Personal Narrative 15%
Essay 2 - Evaluation (Macbeth) 25%
Essay 3 - Literary Analysis 25%
Assign 1 10%
** Will be determined by point values: A=10; A- =9; B=8; C=7; D=6; F=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, 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 can 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/assignments, it is best to stop by during office hours or make an appointment to see me. You can email me about missed information/assignments, but I may not be able to respond before our next class meeting.

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.