ENC 1102 Paisey_Fall 2014

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    Miami Dade College ENC 1102, English Composition 2 Professor Florence M. Paisey Fall 2014 fpaisey@mdc.edu Credits: 3 Semester Hours Office: TBA Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Hours: 10:00 10:50 Course Catalog Description Required general education course in college-level writing. Focuses on composing informative and persuasive essays, writing responses to a variety of literary genres and/or non-fiction, and producing a document paper based on research, as well as observing the conventions of standard edited American English. Fulfills 8,000 words of the Gordon Rule requirement. Note: Must be completed with a grade of C or better Prerequisites: Placement by SAT verbal subtest score, ACT English subtest score, CPT English subtest score or ENC 0021 with a grade of S. Course Competencies This course is designed to meet competencies stated for the second required course in college-level writing. Observing the conventions of standard American English, students will compose expository and persuasive essays, write responses to a diversity of literary genres, and produce a documented research paper. The primary objective is for students to acquire a basic understanding of characteristics that shape quality writing or composition, develop a skill base in composition, and recognize that readers respond to texts differently or from varying perspectives. In addition, students are expected to observe either the MLA or APA writing guidelines. Required Textbooks Gardner, Janet, E., Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, and Peter Schakel, eds. Literature: A Portable Anthology. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013. Print. Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. The Bedford Handbook. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013. Print. Dictionary All students should have access to a dictionary and thesaurus of standard American English. I also strongly recommend obtaining an electronic dictionary as both a computer application and smart phone app.

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    Suggested Supplement Texts Modern Language Association. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. MLA, Chicago: 2009. Print. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well. 7th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. Print. Graff, Gerald and Kathy Birkenstein. They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2009. Print. Teaching Approach My teaching recognizes the potential, multiple learning styles and academic needs that each student brings to the classroom. This approach is humanistic in nature and process oriented, emphasizing the instructors role as a facilitator in a supportive environment. Teaching techniques will engage students with multiple instructional strategies including lectures, discussion, demonstration, class activities, exercises, and case studies. Successful students will take responsibility for their learning and goal-directed behavior. Such student responsibilities involve punctuality, steady attendance, class participation, timely completion of reading and writing assignments as well as sustained effort. Learning Outcomes Construct well-formatted essays and research papers applying MLA guidelines. Use grammatically accurate and well-constructed sentences with strong, diverse vocabulary, and compelling verbs. Apply pre-writing strategies such as brainstorming, clustering, listing, free writing, questioning, cubing, outlining, and journaling. Develop a focused research question. Establish a thesis sentence that allows for specificity, breadth, and depth. Understand the distinction and relationship of thesis sentences and topic sentences. Organize an essay. Distinguish and demonstrate various techniques of organizing ideas (narrative, illustration, definition, comparison and contrast, etc). Define how a research paper differs from other papers or compositions. Analyze an essay and research paper identify thesis sentences, topic sentences, transition devices, and techniques of development. Develop skill in citing and contextualizing quotations that support ones claims. Comprehend plagiarism and surrounding ethical issues. Monitor ones writing skills become self-aware learners and writers. Recognize that readers respond to texts differently or from varying perspectives. Write responses to a diversity of literary genres. Understand and apply varied interpretative or critical approaches.

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    Course Requirements

    1. Class Participation. All students are responsible for reading all of the assigned material

    before class and participating in discussion. Laptops may be used in class, but they must

    have all wireless/internet functions turned OFF. All other electronic devices, including

    cell phones, must be turned off and put away during class time. Participation will count

    as 10% of your grade and is based on your preparedness, your contribution to

    discussions, completion of case exercises among other performances.

    2. Attendance. All students are responsible for attending each class. This course will allow

    for 3 absences during the term no excuses necessary. Additional absences cost 2

    points in participation. Each class will present essential concepts and their discussion

    along with practical activities. Missing classes will prevent adequate progress in the

    course. I reserve the right to treat repeated lateness as an absence. Absences will be

    reflected as participation. We can probably accommodate conflicts with class time

    personal, work, etc.but, please talk with me in advance and please come to class. (If

    you find that you cannot attend classes and/or maintain your academic progress, please

    talk to me, so we can decide on the best course of action for your education.)

    3. Class Exercises. During each class, we will discuss and practice the craft of writing, read a

    text and discuss it based on a specific literary device or critical perspective such as

    reader response, formalism, or historicism. Students are expected to participate in and

    contribute to this conversation.

    4. Frequent Exercises. Many small exercises as well as reading and writing activities will be

    conducted in class and often finished outside of class. Such assignments might include a

    reading, demonstration of a writing technique, or explanation of a critical perspective.

    These exercises will count as 20% of your grade. While the exercises will seem small,

    forgoing these exercises could have a significant impact on your grade. It is important to

    your learning and progress in the course to take part and complete all exercises.

    5. Writing Assignments: Each student is responsible for completing four writing

    assignments (2-5 paragraphs each). Each assignment requires a thesis statement,

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    related topic sentences, unity, and demonstrated understanding of organization

    principles. These assignments will count as 30% of your grade.

    6. Weekly Quizzes: There will be, at least, a short quiz on principles of composition, writing

    skills, and reading or literary interpretation every other week. The quizzes are designed

    to facilitate your learning by focusing on core skills required for written composition and

    literary response.

    7. Research Paper: Each student is responsible for a formal research paper, completed

    according to MLA (or APA) format. Students may decide on topics that interest them;

    however, all students should consult the professor and obtain approval before beginning

    research. The research paper will count as 20% of your grade. I will furnish a clear

    definition and rubric of how research papers will be assessed.

    8. Missed Assignments. I am disinclined to accept late assignments and exercises. There is

    simply no time for catch-up work. Please talk with me or write to me, if an emergency or

    illness requires an extension.

    9. Submission of Assignments

    a. Submit all written work online through the Miami Dade College email account. I will

    not accept work submitted through Gmail, hotmail, Yahoo, AOL or any other proprietary account.

    b. Submit your work to: fpaisey@mdc.edu c. Always use MLA (or APA) format when submitting any assignment or exercise. d. Always complete your written work using a word processing program and attach the

    file to your email. Do not submit any exercise or assignment in the body of an email message.

    e. Submit ONLY one assignment or exercise per email please do not attach multiple exercises or assignments.

    f. Identify the exercise or assignment in the SUBJECT line of the email message. g. After you submit an assignment, I will reply within two days. If I have not replied, it

    is highly probable that I never received your work. It is your responsibility to resend the assignment. Please retain all assignments you have sent me in your sent folder. (We will discuss this in class.)

    h. All assignments must be submitted by the due date. Any extensions must be approved.

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    10. Extra Credit. Grades will be based exclusively on the requirements for the course. 11. Student Behavior. I expect responsible, courteous adult behavior from all

    students. This includes courteous and professional email etiquette (netiquette).

    Plagiarism, Academic Honesty, and Backup Files

    Academic honor and honesty are imperative. Miami Dade College maintains a firm policy toward

    plagiarism. Please complete your own assignments and follow policy regarding academic honor.

    We will thoroughly review what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent any

    misunderstandings. Any plagiarized exercise or assignment will not be accepted. Such unethical

    behavior will be regarded very seriously with weighty consequences. Sometime during this term,

    I may require you to start submitting assignments through Turnitin.

    Please remember that this is a course in English composition. As such, all assignments must

    be originally written in English. Any assignments completed as a translation will not be accepted.

    Remember, this is an English class (not a translation class), so any assignment that you write, but

    another person translates, constitutes plagiarism.

    It is possible that your computer with saved assignments can be damaged or lost during the

    term. It is your responsibility to backup your files, so that if your computer is lost or damaged,

    you can still access your files. One simple means of backing up files is to email your assignments

    to yourself. You may also store them in the cloud. Either of these methods will enable you to

    access your assignments from any computer or electronic device via your email account.

    What is plagiarism?


    Cornell Universitys Tutorial: https://plagiarism.arts.cornell.edu/tutorial/index.cfm

    Indiana Universitys Overview on Plagiarism: https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/overview.html

    University of Texas at Austen: Plagiarism Overview:


    Acadia Universitys Tutorial on Citing Sources: You Quote It, You Note It. http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism

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    Digital Etiquette

    Please shut down your cellphone and other devices before you enter the classroom. If your

    phone rings once, we will all have a laugh, but if your phone rings again during the term we will

    need to have a chat. While your phone connects you with the external world, it is important to

    think of the classroom as a part apart and focus on activities and lectures in class. You may use a

    laptop or other electronic device for taking notes. However, during class do not visit your

    Facebook page, play games, or engage in any online activities that diminish your participation in


    Class Blog: Inscriptions, expressing ourselves http://writingforms.wordpress.com


    10% Participation

    20% Class Exercises

    20% Class Quizzes (two quizzes will be in-class writing activities)

    30% Assignments

    20% Documented Research Paper

    Online Writing Resources Purdue Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

    University of Wyoming Research Tutorial -- http://tip.uwyo.edu

    Texas Research (Information Literacy) Tutorial: http://www.brazosport.edu/Library/TILT/intro/internet.htm University of Wisconsin Research and Writing Tips http://www.library.wisc.edu/research-tips/top-ten-list/top-ten-list.html University of California, Berkeley: Tutorial on Science Informations Life Cycle http://www.lib.uci.edu/how/tutorials/FindScienceInformation/public/index.html Hunter College MLA Tutorial (with exercises): http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/tutorials/mla/mla_tutorial.html Diana Hacker: Formatting and Documenting Materials (with sample paper) http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/index.htm

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    APA Style: http://www.apastyle.org The Five Paragraph Essay: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_paragraph_essay Class Schedule: This is a tentative schedule. Readings will be changed when appropriate for class progress and as student needs determine. Mon, Aug 25

    Introductions Textbooks Review and discuss the course syllabus

    Wed, Aug 27

    In-class writing What is writing? What is text? What is rhetoric? Review of 1101 content and principles the expository essay and organizational structures. NY Times article: When Can I Shoot A Student? Write a letter to the author of this article.

    Fri, Aug 29

    Review writing issues in class writing samples. Required homework: Read Achebes Civil Peace and answer the questions listed on the blog under Week 1. Last day to drop with refund, or register, add, or change sections.

    Mon, Sept 1

    MLA format identify resources on syllabus. What are tone, mood, and persona? What is the purpose of each? How does one create mood, voice, and persona? Discuss Achebes story. How does the author create tone? Review of 1101, continued. Genres of writing. What is critical theory or criticism? Review definitions in literature book. Read NY Times articles on criticism. Labor Day Holiday No class

    Wed, Sept 3

    Review MLA formatting and styling. Margins, spacing, font, running header, and header Read: Discuss Achebes Civil Peace. Annotations

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    Friday, Sept 5

    Quiz 1 Discuss MLA spacing and default settings on Word for PCs. What is a sentence? What is a paragraph? What is the general length? Pre-writing strategies: listing, clustering, free writing Readings of a text, how we interpret, and what we write: Critical Theory Organize annotations and responses The thesis sentence Homework: Based on the reading, write a thesis sentence and three topics.

    Mon, Sept 8

    Interpreting a text. Illustration Essay

    Wed, Sept 10

    Writing is a craft like all crafts there are tools and techniques. Read Crispin Millers essay (Handout): TV Culture. Identify thesis, topic sentences, and argument. Discuss the relationship between thesis sentences and topic sentences. How does Miller organize the essay?

    Friday, Sept 12

    Discuss poem We Real Cool What is the thesis? Reader responses MLA Styling examine sample paper Sentence Construction, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary Homework: Write a thesis sentence, and identify three topics for the poem.

    Mon, Sept 15

    Composing reader response essay. Using quotations from the text to support your thesis.

    Wed, Sept 17

    MLA Styling journal citation (one author) Sentence Construction, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary Techniques for starting an essay. Reading poetry and format to quote in text.

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    Fri, Sept 19

    Poetry basic units and citation forms. Homework: Read OHaras The Day the Lady Died. Write thesis sentence, three topics. Then, write an essay that includes quotations from the poem.

    Mon, Sept 22

    Read Pinskys essay In Pursuit of Form. MLA Styling citation for this essay. MLA Styling citing poetry book and citing one poem from a book. Homework: Respond to Pinskys essay summarize it and state your thesis: do you agree or not? Why?

    Wed, Sept 24

    Techniques of essay organization: Review Narration, Definition, Comparison and Contrast, etc. Review sample essays of each genre. Cite the essays MLA format

    Friday, Sept 26

    Quiz 2

    Mon, Sept 29

    Introduce: Illustration essay Read example Class discussion of how to illustrate a point the many ways. MLA Styling Essay and essay within a book of essays or anthology. Sentence Construction, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary

    Wed, Oct 1

    Read Faulkners Barn Burning

    Fri, Oct 3

    What is Faulkner saying? Elements of short stories. Discuss short storys basic elements with regard to Faulkners story. Homework: Formulate thesis sentence and three topics for story.

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    Mon, Oct 6

    Discuss story and thesis sentences with topics. Homework: Choose one element of Faulkners story and write an essay. Five paragraphs including narrative, descriptive, illustrative, and comparison techniques. Support your thesis with quotes from the story.

    Wed, Oct 8

    Class time for writing and questions. Sentence Construction, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary

    Fri, Oct 10

    Brief introduction to forms of fiction romantic, drama, tragedy, comedy, mystery, fantasy, crime. What form is Faulkners story? Sentence Construction, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary Homework: Write a classification essay and discuss three genres of fiction. The essay should be five paragraphs.

    Mon, Oct 13

    Writing Short story: TBA

    Wed, Oct 15

    Discuss the reading and its genre. Discuss short storys basic elements with regard to Faulkners story. Homework: Formulate thesis sentence and three topics for story.

    Fri, Oct 17

    Discuss story and thesis sentences with topics. Homework: Choose one element of Faulkners story and write an essay. Five paragraphs including narrative, descriptive, illustrative, and comparison techniques. Support your thesis with quotes from the story.

    Mon, Oct 20

    Formalism Discuss Formalism in relation to literature. Reading TBA. MLA Styling identify and correct mistakes in handout Sentence Construction, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary Homework: Define formalism. Name three pieces of literature that exemplify formalism.

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    Web, Oct 22

    Sentence Construction, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary Critical Theory: Reader Response. Read Frosts poem The Road Not Taken What are different readings of a text? What does this mean? Homework: What is a thesis for Frosts poem? Identify three lines that support your thesis.

    Fri, Oct 24

    Writing about a poem read an essay on a poem. Discuss the essays thesis, topic sentences, and how the writer quotes the poem in the essay.

    Mon, Oct 27

    Research paper topics begin thinking about them. Introduce assessment grid. All papers will be assessed based on this grid. Plagiarism discussion and documentation practice (Acadia University site: You Quote It, You Note It) Class time for research papers

    Wed, Oct 29


    Fri, Oct 31

    Quiz 3

    Mon, Nov 3

    MLA Styling emphasize that databases do not all use correct MLA styling. All research papers must use MLA styling. This includes in-text citations, works cited, and correct styling and use of quotations.

    Wed, Nov 5

    Argumentative/Persuasive Essay Read a persuasive essay. Identify thesis, topics, supporting details.

    Thurs, Nov 6

    Last day to withdraw from classes with W grades.

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    Fri, Nov 7

    What is a logical fallacy? Discuss the main fallacies. Homework: Conduct research for final paper. Library.

    Mon, Nov 10

    Reading TBA. Discuss how tone, voice, persona play into the persuasive essay. Define unity and identify elements.

    Wed, Nov 12

    Persuasive essay outline format on the board.

    Fri, Nov 14

    Discuss ideas that would be good for a persuasive essay. Why. Discuss related thesis sentences and topics. Homework: Choose a topic and write a 3 paragraph persuasive essay.

    Mon, Nov 17

    Reading: Short Story TBA

    Wed, Nov 19

    Discuss short story genre, elements, theme Homework: formulate a thesis for the story. Identify three topics (elements) to support the thesis.

    Fri, Nov 21

    Discuss all essay genres. What genre will you use to discuss the short story? Homework: Write an essay on the theme of the story and how the elements of the story support this theme.

    Mon, Nov 23

    Research paper discussion questions. Library, if needed.

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    Wed, Nov 25

    Quiz 4 Work on research papers over holiday.

    Fri, Nov 27

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Mon, Dec 1

    Introduce biographical criticism. Readings: TBA

    Wed, Dec 3

    Discuss biographies of some writers and how their work reflects their life.

    Fri, Dec 5

    Readings and discussions on critical theory (formalism, reader response, biography), genres, and elements of short stories and poetry. Homework: Discuss a specified text.

    Mon, Dec 8

    Research papers due on Wed, Dec. 10. Review and emphasis on composition issues and importance of well formed sentences, verbs, grammar, vocabulary, clutter, paragraphs, MLA. Re-emphasize the assessment grid. Review exercises.

    Wed, Dec 10

    Library and final questions relating to the research paper.

    Fri, Dec 12

    Research paper due. Review for final exam.

    Wed, Dec 17

    Final Exam

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    ENC 1102 Course Competencies Course Competencies Competency 1: The student will produce writing by a. constructing grammatically correct sentences. b. using standard American English. c. using appropriate punctuation and mechanics. d. using words appropriately in context. e. spelling and using commonly confused words correctly. Competency 2: The student will acquire and practice appropriate test taking skills by a. understanding the question formats. b. managing time. c. eliminating distracters. d. practicing with computerized tests.