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Freshman Composition 101-6 TTH 11:00-12:15
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 24, when we will discuss it. Check each class period to see what book you need to bring.

Tuesday Thursday
22 Course Introduction: Reading, Discussing, Writing

Pre-semester quiz

Course Website/Syllabus
24 Review Course Website

Preview: Essay 1, Personal Narrative--Choosing topics
TSGW, 40-41 (Begin thinking about possible topics)

TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy
29 TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy - Final Thoughts

TSGW - Ch 13: Cueing the Reader

Final Thoughts, Chpts 1 & 13

Essay 1 - Introduction: Personal Narrative
**PowerPt Slides


31 Class cancelled due to weather

Work outside of class--for Tuesday (2/5)

Essay 1 - Personal Narrative

**TSGW, Chpts 2, 14
**Planning: Choose topic (TSGW, pp 40-41) and scratch outline (TSGW, p 491)
Tuesday Thursday
05 Essay 1 - Introduction: Personal Narrative

TSGW, Chpts 2, 14

Preview Audience Sheet--Course Notes

Bring to class in notebook: Topic list and scratch outline--in progress (1/31)

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

07 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

**Begin drafting outside of class--pages 1 & 2
12 Class cancelled today due to weather.  Follow today's syllabus on your own.
We will peer review as scheduled on TH, 2/14, so prepare accordingly

Meet in Computer Lab 307 CCC
(You can still work here on your own)

Bring your own laptop; otherwise, this is a PC lab, so you can use a desktop

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

**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, d )
14 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 full pages/max 4.5 full pages

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

Also Bring
**scratch outline
**TSGW , Chpts 2 (sample essay "Calling Home," p 18) & 14
**RW, Ch 14 (coord/subord, p 158, ex. b, c, e )
19 Essay 1 - Return Peer Review Materials

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

Discuss audience sheet--revisions


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

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

Scratch outline/PPt notes/Revision chart

**Vivid Description

**RW, Chpts 14 & 16
**TSGW, pp 52-54

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

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

26 Peer Review Docs for Essay 1 Due (Aud Sheet + Draft + Responses on notebook paper).  Paper clip these (do not staple)

Essay 1 - Revision, Editing, Proofreading

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

Finish discussion from groups--Tupac narrative (2/21)
ample essay: "An American Childhood," p 22

**Feelings, Thoughts

**RW, Chpt 32, Commas (32a & b)/Chpts 14 & 16
**TSGW, pp 52-54

Preliminary Info for Essay 2: Notetaking for live performance of Macbeth
28 Due: Essay 1 + Aud Sheet + Scratch Outline + Revision Chart Paper 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

** Criteria for an evaluation

Tuesday Thursday
05 Essay 2 - Planning

TSGW, Ch 8 (Scott Pilgrim review, pp 341-46; Game of Thrones review, pp  346-49. Also, pp 338-41; 349-51)

TSGW: Invention Strategy--Clustering, pp 488-89

TSGW, pp 368-73
07 Essay 2 - Sophie McIntosh, Dramaturg for Macbeth, will talk to our class!

TSGW: Invention Strategy--Clustering
12 Essay 2 - Planning

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

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

RW, Ch 15 (Sentence Variety)

Outside of class
Finish clustering & aud sheet draft and begin drafting: Intro/Judgment + plot summary
14 Meet in Computer Lab 107 CPS

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

Essay 2: Drafting: Your intro with judgment + plot summary should be done. Continue with reasons.

After today, your draft should be ready for peer review when we return from break.  Be sure to review it Monday (3/25) as you prepare for peer review Tuesday

RW, Ch 15
19Spring Break 21Spring Break
26 Essay 2: Peer Review--Must Attend

**Set design
**1.7 (Course Notes)

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

28 Essay 2: Return Peer Review Materials

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

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

**Plot Summary

**RW, Ch 8 (Active Verbs)
**TSGW, pp 380-81

Tuesday Thursday
02Essay 2 Peer Review Materials Due. Paper clip these. (Be sure to take info you need from peer review docs before turning them in.)

"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 (Conclusion, Aud Sheet), Editing (RW, Ch 8, Review of concepts),

Assign 1 - Collaborative Essay: Analyzing a comic strip: Girls & Sports

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

Begin reading stories for essay 3: Take notes
04 Due: Essay 2 + Audience Sheet  + Planning Cluster + Revision Chrt + theater ticket.
Paper clip essay, then all docs together

Assign 1 - Planning (bring laptops if desired)

**Intro: PPt sldes
Writing Collaboratively, TSGW, Ch 31

Planning Schedule

**Begin working on summary/description and analysis
**Consider organization--headings (PPt slide notes)
09 Bring your laptops to class

Assign 1: Drafting in class

Update planning chart
Consider collaboration Strategies

**RW-Citing Sources

**Planning--Invention Docs/Reading notes
**Organization--use headings (PPt notes)

TSGW, Chpts 11, 31
11 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 draft are NOT acceptable for peer review

Revision, Editing, Proofreading

RW, review concepts/citations for sources, Ch 56b (pages in class)

16  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

Essay 3 - Introduction: Literary Analysis
PowerPt Slides - Notes

TSGW - Ch 10

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

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

(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

TSGW, p. 491: Detailed scratch outline--discuss modifications (notes on board)
18 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

23 Essay 3: Planning

Story Choice Assignment Due (typed)

Discuss stories: Bring reading notes

1. "BrokeBack Mtn" and "Slinkers"

2. "Babylon Revisited" and "56-0"

Outside of class
: work on audience sheet and detailed scratch outline

25 Essay 3: Planning/Drafting

Quiz:  All four short stories are in play

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

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

Detailed Scratch Outline (with modifications--our class discussion)
Thesis - Templates in TSGW, Ch 10, pp 461-62
Reasons, pp. 444
Topic Sentences, see sample essays in Ch 10/Ch 13

Begin drafting outside of class: Complete your intro/thesis by Tues., more if you can
30 Meet in Computer Lab 107 CPS

Essay 3: Drafting
Intro/Thesis should be finished, so continue with draft

aud sheet draft + detailed scratch outline (with modifications--our class discussion)
stories and all books, notes, etc
02 May
Look Below

Tuesday Thursday
30 April
Look Above 

02 Essay 3 - Peer Review--Must Attend

Bring all books--TSGW, pp 466-67 (preview peer review questions)
RW--pages on quotations (PPt notes)

1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed)
2. Your 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
07  Essay 3 - Return Peer Review Materials

Revision Chklist (handout)
Bring books

**Body Paragraph/Quotations

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

Proofreading:  Essay formatting/print quality/spelling

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

We will meet during our final exam meeting time--May 15--in our usual classroom,  See below.

Essay 3 due date--See Blue Box 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 15, Wed, 8:30-10am, in our usual classroom
Essay 3 due during our final class meeting--or 1.) by 4pm on Wed or 2.) by noon on TH (Office Hrs)
What's Due: Draft + Aud Sheet +Detailed Scratch Outline+Revision Chklist
Peer Review Docs (3) Due Wed morning 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 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
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.


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 a missed peer review class.


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.