English 1301: Composition & Rhetoric I
Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.
Course Learning Outcomes for English 1301
- Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.
- Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.
- Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.
- Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.
- Use Edited American English in academic essays.
The Arlington Reader
L. Bloom & L. Smith
A Writer’s Reference
D. Hacker & N. Sommers
- in-class writing tools (pen/pencil & paper)
- a two-pocket folder (for submitting revised essays)
- a stapler
You should attend all of every class. Excessive Tardies and Absences will affect your grade (see “Professionalism”). Failure to attend constitutes grounds for failing the course; if you miss nine days of class or more, you will receive an “F.” I make no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences; an absence is an absence. I take role at the beginning of each class session; if you arrive after role call, check in with me at the end of class. It is your responsibility to find out, from your classmates, what you missed if you were absent.
You will write three Major Essays (a Literacy Narrative, an Analysis of Outliers, and an Informative Essay), with required Rough Drafts and Peer Reviews for each; the third essay will be in lieu of a final exam. You will also submit ten Writing Exercises, graded Excellent (+), Satisfactory (✓), or Unsatisfactory (−). You must hand in assignments to me at the beginning of class on the day they are due. Papers not submitted directly to me will not receive grades. I never assign extra credit or make-up work. I discuss grades only in private, and only forty-eight hours (at least) after I have returned an assignment.
For Major Essays, I deduct ten points from the grade for each class period after the assigned due date you submit it. Late Writing Exercises receive an Unsatisfactory (−) if late by one class period, a zero afterwards. I do not accept Rough Drafts submitted after the Peer Review Workshop. I will give no written comments or feedback on late submissions.
Academic Integrity Policy
All student work for this course must be original to the student and original to the course. If clear evidence of academic dishonesty is found for any assignment, a 0 (0 points) for the assignment will be recorded. If a second incident of academic dishonesty occurs, an F for the course grade will be recorded.
Your grade depends in part on how professionally you behave in class. You should always arrive in class on time with your assignments ready to turn in and your text books in hand; you should have completed the readings for that day and be ready to discuss them intelligently. Professionalism includes all of these as well as regular attendance and a sincere effort to improve your own writing and that of your peers through revision and peer reviews. Every Absence lowers your professionalism grade by five points, every Tardy by one point. Professionalism will often mean the difference between one grade and the next—or, in borderline cases, between passing and failing.
You may not use cell phones in class. Keep your cell phone turned off and out of sight from the moment the class starts until the moment it ends. Every time I see or hear your cell phone during class, I will deduct ten points from your Professionalism grade. (Notify me before class begins if there is an emergency situation that absolutely requires you to leave your cell phone on.)
You may use your laptop or tablet computer only for taking notes, accessing the class website, or other specifically class-related work. If you use it to IM, e-mail, play games, shop or any other such activity during class, you lose ten points from your Professionalism grade and forfeit your right to bring the device to class for the rest of the semester.
Make and keep a copy of any work turned in for grading. Print out all your assignments on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. MLA style requires one-inch margins, double spacing, and page numbers. I require you to staple pages together. I will not accept, read, or grade any unstapled papers. Use only readable typefaces (like Century Schoolbook or Palatino). Always print with a good ink cartridge to ensure legibility. I won’t grade papers I consider illegible. Edit and proofread everything you turn in; make every assignment as error-free as you can before you submit it.
I will make all course materials—including the the syllabus, assignment sheets, peer reviews, and so on—available on the class website: http://drmarkwomack.com/engl-1301/.
|Numerical Values of Letter Grades|
|A+ (100–97)||A (96–93)||A- (92–90)|
|B+ (89–87)||B (86–83)||B- (82–80)|
|C+ (79–77)||C (76–73)||C- (72–70)|
Grading Criteria for Major Essays
I consider four areas when assessing grades for your major essays: your thesis statement, your argument, your use of evidence (including quotations and proper documentation of sources), and your prose style.
The better each of those areas is, the higher your grade will be.
At least ONE of the following:
TWO or more of the following:
OR Fails to meet basic requirements for the assignment
Schedule of Readings & Assignments
|M 1/13||Review of instructions, policies, & syllabus|
|W 1/15||Assignment for Essay 1 & “Planing” & “Drafting” A Writer’s Reference [AWR] (C1–C2)||Diagnostic Paragraph|
|F 1/17||Writing Classic Prose||Two Messages|
|M 1/20||MLK Holiday|
|W 1/22||“Mother Tongue” TAR (34–38)||Mind Map|
|F 1/24||“Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood,”
|Signed Course Agreement|
|M 1/27||“On Keeping a Notebook” & “CONTEXTS,”
TAR (54–66) [Official Day of Record]
|W 1/29||“The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me,” TAR (45–47)|
|F 1/31||Peer Review Workshop||Literacy Narrative Draft|
|M 2/3||“Shooting an Elephant,” TAR (516–21)|
|W 2/5||“Politics and the English Language” (on-line)|
|F 2/7||“Active Verbs” & “Passive Verbs,”
AWR (W3 & M1–b)
|M 2/10||“Write or Die,” TAR (71–73)
“Revising” AWR (C3)
|W 2/12||“The Roseto Mystery,” Outliers (3–11)
“Evaluating Arguments” AWR (A3)
|F 2/14||Assignment for Essay 2||Literacy Narrative Revised|
|M 2/17||“The Matthew Effect,” Outliers (15–34) &
“The Relative Age Effect in Spots: It’s Complicated” (on-line)
|W 2/19||“The 10,000-Hour Rule,” Outliers (35–68) &
“Malcolm Gladwell, Eclectic Dectective” (on-line)
|F 2/21||“The Trouble With Geniuses, Part 1,”
|M 2/24||“The Trouble With Geniuses, Part 2,”
|W 2/26||“The Three Lessons of Joe Flom,”
|F 2/28||“Harlan, Kentucky,” Outliers (161–76)||Informal Outline|
|M 3/3||“The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes,”
|W 3/5||“Rice Paddies and Math Tests,” Outliers (224–49)|
|F 3/7||Peer Review Workshop||Analysis Essay Draft|
Spring Break: March 10 to March 14
|M 3/17||“Marita’s Bargin,” Outliers (250–69)|
|W 3/19||“A Jamaican Story,” Outliers (270–85)|
|F 3/21||“Supporting a Thesis” & “Integrating Sources,” AWR (MLA–1, MAL–3)||Creative Imitation|
|M 3/24||Consision: “Wordy Sentences,” AWR (W2)|
|W 3/26||Unity & Flow: “Writing Paragraphs,” AWR (C4)|
|F 3/28||Assignment for Essay 3||Analysis Essay Revised|
|M 3/31||“Why We Crave Horror Movies” (on-line)|
|W 4/2||“Documenting Sources,” AWR (MLA–4)|
|Th 4/3||Last Day to Drop & Receive a “W”|
|F 4/4||“Citing Sources” & “Quotation Marks”
AWR (MLA–2, P5)
|M 4/7||“I Have a Dream” (on-line) &
“Letter from Birmingham Jail” TAR (494–507)
|W 4/9||“Designing Documents,” AWR (C5)|
|F 4/11||“Typography in Ten Minutes” (on-line)
“Research Papers” (on-line)
|M 4/14||“The Naked Source,” TAR (320–25)|
|W 4/16||Peer Review Workshop||Informative Essay Draft|
|F 4/18||Good Friday|
|M 4/21||“Evolution as Fact and Theory,” TAR (437–43)|
|W 4/23||“Where I Lived and What I Lived For,”
|F 4/25||“Sentence Fragments” & “Run-on Sentences,” AWR (G5, G6)||Enlivened Prose|
|M 4/28||Revision Workshop|
|W 4/30||Revision Workshop|
|F 5/2||Last Day of Class||Informative Essay Revised|
ENGL 1301 Course Agreement
You must download the SYLLABUS to print out the Course Agreement.
Your instructor, Mark Womack, reserves the right to amend any policies listed here with sufficient written and verbal notice.