ENC 1102 Paisey_Fall 2014

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<ul><li><p> 1 </p><p>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. </p></li><li><p> 2 </p><p>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. </p></li><li><p> 3 </p><p>Course Requirements </p><p>1. Class Participation. All students are responsible for reading all of the assigned material </p><p>before class and participating in discussion. Laptops may be used in class, but they must </p><p>have all wireless/internet functions turned OFF. All other electronic devices, including </p><p>cell phones, must be turned off and put away during class time. Participation will count </p><p>as 10% of your grade and is based on your preparedness, your contribution to </p><p>discussions, completion of case exercises among other performances. </p><p>2. Attendance. All students are responsible for attending each class. This course will allow </p><p>for 3 absences during the term no excuses necessary. Additional absences cost 2 </p><p>points in participation. Each class will present essential concepts and their discussion </p><p>along with practical activities. Missing classes will prevent adequate progress in the </p><p>course. I reserve the right to treat repeated lateness as an absence. Absences will be </p><p>reflected as participation. We can probably accommodate conflicts with class time </p><p>personal, work, etc.but, please talk with me in advance and please come to class. (If </p><p>you find that you cannot attend classes and/or maintain your academic progress, please </p><p>talk to me, so we can decide on the best course of action for your education.) </p><p>3. Class Exercises. During each class, we will discuss and practice the craft of writing, read a </p><p>text and discuss it based on a specific literary device or critical perspective such as </p><p>reader response, formalism, or historicism. Students are expected to participate in and </p><p>contribute to this conversation. </p><p>4. Frequent Exercises. Many small exercises as well as reading and writing activities will be </p><p>conducted in class and often finished outside of class. Such assignments might include a </p><p>reading, demonstration of a writing technique, or explanation of a critical perspective. </p><p>These exercises will count as 20% of your grade. While the exercises will seem small, </p><p>forgoing these exercises could have a significant impact on your grade. It is important to </p><p>your learning and progress in the course to take part and complete all exercises. </p><p>5. Writing Assignments: Each student is responsible for completing four writing </p><p>assignments (2-5 paragraphs each). Each assignment requires a thesis statement, </p></li><li><p> 4 </p><p>related topic sentences, unity, and demonstrated understanding of organization </p><p>principles. These assignments will count as 30% of your grade. </p><p>6. Weekly Quizzes: There will be, at least, a short quiz on principles of composition, writing </p><p>skills, and reading or literary interpretation every other week. The quizzes are designed </p><p>to facilitate your learning by focusing on core skills required for written composition and </p><p>literary response. </p><p> 7. Research Paper: Each student is responsible for a formal research paper, completed </p><p> according to MLA (or APA) format. Students may decide on topics that interest them; </p><p> however, all students should consult the professor and obtain approval before beginning </p><p> research. The research paper will count as 20% of your grade. I will furnish a clear </p><p> definition and rubric of how research papers will be assessed. </p><p> 8. Missed Assignments. I am disinclined to accept late assignments and exercises. There is </p><p> simply no time for catch-up work. Please talk with me or write to me, if an emergency or </p><p> illness requires an extension. </p><p> 9. Submission of Assignments </p><p> a. Submit all written work online through the Miami Dade College email account. I will </p><p>not accept work submitted through Gmail, hotmail, Yahoo, AOL or any other proprietary account. </p><p>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 </p><p>file to your email. Do not submit any exercise or assignment in the body of an email message. </p><p>e. Submit ONLY one assignment or exercise per email please do not attach multiple exercises or assignments. </p><p>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 </p><p>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.) </p><p> h. All assignments must be submitted by the due date. Any extensions must be approved. </p></li><li><p> 5 </p><p> 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 </p><p> students. This includes courteous and professional email etiquette (netiquette). </p><p>Plagiarism, Academic Honesty, and Backup Files </p><p>Academic honor and honesty are imperative. Miami Dade College maintains a firm policy toward </p><p>plagiarism. Please complete your own assignments and follow policy regarding academic honor. </p><p>We will thoroughly review what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent any </p><p>misunderstandings. Any plagiarized exercise or assignment will not be accepted. Such unethical </p><p>behavior will be regarded very seriously with weighty consequences. Sometime during this term, </p><p>I may require you to start submitting assignments through Turnitin. </p><p> Please remember that this is a course in English composition. As such, all assignments must </p><p>be originally written in English. Any assignments completed as a translation will not be accepted. </p><p>Remember, this is an English class (not a translation class), so any assignment that you write, but </p><p>another person translates, constitutes plagiarism. </p><p> It is possible that your computer with saved assignments can be damaged or lost during the </p><p>term. It is your responsibility to backup your files, so that if your computer is lost or damaged, </p><p>you can still access your files. One simple means of backing up files is to email your assignments </p><p>to yourself. You may also store them in the cloud. Either of these methods will enable you to </p><p>access your assignments from any computer or electronic device via your email account. </p><p>What is plagiarism? </p><p>Resources: </p><p>Cornell Universitys Tutorial: https://plagiarism.arts.cornell.edu/tutorial/index.cfm </p><p>Indiana Universitys Overview on Plagiarism: https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/overview.html </p><p>University of Texas at Austen: Plagiarism Overview: </p><p>http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/instruction/learningmodules/plagiarism/ </p><p>Acadia Universitys Tutorial on Citing Sources: You Quote It, You Note It. http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism </p></li><li><p> 6 </p><p>Digital Etiquette </p><p> Please shut down your cellphone and other devices before you enter the classroom. If your </p><p>phone rings once, we will all have a laugh, but if your phone rings again during the term we will </p><p>need to have a chat. While your phone connects you with the external world, it is important to </p><p>think of the classroom as a part apart and focus on activities and lectures in class. You may use a </p><p>laptop or other electronic device for taking notes. However, during class do not visit your </p><p>Facebook page, play games, or engage in any online activities that diminish your participation in </p><p>class. </p><p>Class Blog: Inscriptions, expressing ourselves http://writingforms.wordpress.com </p><p>Grading </p><p>10% Participation </p><p>20% Class Exercises </p><p>20% Class Quizzes (two quizzes will be in-class writing activities) </p><p>30% Assignments </p><p>20% Documented Research Paper </p><p>Online Writing Resources Purdue Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ </p><p>University of Wyoming Research Tutorial -- http://tip.uwyo.edu </p><p>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 </p></li><li><p> 7 </p><p>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 </p><p> Introductions Textbooks Review and discuss the course syllabus </p><p> Wed, Aug 27 </p><p> 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. </p><p> Fri, Aug 29 </p><p> 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. </p><p> Mon, Sept 1 </p><p> 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 </p><p> Wed, Sept 3 </p><p> Review MLA formatting and styling. Margins, spacing, font, running header, and header Read: Discuss Achebes Civil Peace. Annotations </p></li><li><p> 8 </p><p> Friday, Sept 5 </p><p> 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. </p><p> Mon, Sept 8 </p><p> Interpreting a text. Illustration Essay </p><p> Wed, Sept 10 </p><p> Writing is a craft like all crafts there are tools and techniques. Read Crispin Millers essay...</p></li></ul>