ENGLISH 1102: Composition IIDr. Lori Wilson Snaithhttps://lsnaith.wikispaces.com/Snaith+home+page
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Course Description
ENGL 1102 is the second of a two-semester program focusing on skills required for both effective writing for various rhetorical situations, and critical reading of texts. In writing, students must demonstrate competency in argumentation, and writing that is strengthened by citations of multiple textual sources.
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Required Texts and Materials

1) Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual St. Martins Binding Spiral. ISBN 1-4576-4232-8
Amazon used: $13.22; University Bookstore $39.75
Hard copy required: You can purchase it at the University Book Store, or (less expensively) here at Amazon.com
You'll need this text right away...no later than the beginning of Week Three


2) Edson, Margaret. Wit. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (March 29, 1999). ISBN-10: 0571198775
Amazon used: $6.47; University Bookstore $12.oo

Hard copy required: everyone MUST have the same edition, which you can find here at Amazon.com


3) Green, Tamra. Greek & Latin Roots of English. Rowman Edition, ISBN 1442233273
Amazon new: $49.00; University Bookstore $64.20--you need a clean, unused copy.

Hard copy required: everyone MUST have the same edition, which you can find here at Amazon.com


4) King, Stephen. Different Seasons: Four Novellas

Amazon: $4.00 used; University Bookstore $13.00
Hard copy required: everyone MUST have the same edition, which you can find here at Amazon.com


5) Carroll, Andrew et. al., eds. 101 Great American Poems. Dover Thrift Edition, ISBN 978-0486401584
S2.00 used at Amazon; $3.60 at University Bookstore
Hard copy required: everyone MUST have the same edition, which you can find here at Amazon.com


Approximate semester cost:
$75.00 Amazon.com+ printing;
$132.55 University Bookstore + printing


6) You'll be responsible for printing out a few reading selections; each student MUST have his or her own hard copy for class.

I always ask students who come to class without their requiredmaterials to leave class and retrieve the materials I've required for that day.So, please...save us both the trouble, and come to class prepared, and with your books and/or printed articles at hand.
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Learning Objectives
Students who pass this course will have demonstrated mastery over the following college-level writing skills:

  • To read, understand, and interpret a broad range of written and visual texts from a variety of genres
  • To understand literary principles and use basic terms important to critical writing and reading.
  • To develop skills in all the tools necessary for effective argumentation.
  • To develop facility with the whole writing process from invention through revision.
  • To understand and employ a variety of rhetorical modes and techniques of persuasion.
  • To acquire mastery of conventions of college-level prose writing.
  • To incorporate and document additional textual materials to strengthen and support argument.


Course Requirements and Grading
Students must complete 4000 words of graded—final draft—writing in three essays formatted in flawless MLA style (figure approximately 250 words per full page of typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman text). You must complete all assignments in order to pass this course.

STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING ASSIGNMENTS IN ORDER TO PASS THIS COURSE:

  • Homework assignments, quizzes, class discussion participation: 20%
  • Argument Analyses: Three PragerU brief summaries and analysis of arguments: 5% each = 15%
  • Essay #1: 15%
  • Essay #2: 20%
  • Essay #3: 30%

I will grade all of your formal papers strictly according to the Essay Rubrics that correspond with your assignment (see the syllabus for links to these rubrics). I'll assign both a numerical grade and its corresponding letter grade to each of your papers (for example, a B ≈ 85; a D+/C- ≈ 70; A- ≈ 92; A+ ≈ 98, an F ≈ 50, etc.). Please note: A grade of C or higher in English 1101 is a prerequisite for English 1102.


Quizzes, Homework, Discussions, and Participation--20%
I will assess this portion of your semester grade according to evidence of your preparation for each week's readings, the quality of your completed assignments, and your on-going participation in our discussions.



Argumentation Analyses (three at 5% each)--15% cumulative

The more well-supported argumentation you encounter and analyze, the better of an essay-writer you'll become; therefore, in this component of your semester grade, you will visit Prager University's website and watch five video courses of your choice (each is around five minutes in length), each from a different category (you have ten from which to choose). You must submit a typed (proofread and spell-checked) analysis of the topic (download and follow this template--type your responses on this document--full sentences and paragraphs , DOUBLE-SPACED), the Instructor's argument, evidence, his or her credentials, along with your own response to the course.

I will assess these analyses with a simple A/C/F rubric:
A = thorough answers, thought-provoking, insightful observations, clearly proofread and free of spelling/grammar errors.
C = minimal answers, surface-level observations, and/or spelling and grammar problems.
F = incoherent answers, incoherent sentences.

I will not set due dates for any of these analyses; do them at your own pace...BUT you may only submit one per week beginning in Week Three and ending in Week Twelve.


Have you noticed that your Homework/Participation and Quiz gradesare worth 20% of your semester grade? I take your sustained, careful,on-going preparation very seriously, and hope you will, too.

Format for All Papers

You must submit all out-of-class papers typed and formatted in MLA style. Staple your pages together in the top left corner, and include a Works Cited page.


Revisions
I will require you to revise Essay #1, and give you the option to revise #2, due no later than one week after I return it to you graded (in all cases, you must include the original with your rewrite). I’ll calculate the paper’s final grade by weighing the original score as 2/3, and the revised score 1/3; if your original grade is 78, and your revision grade is 90, then the paper’s final grade would be 82: 78 + 78 + 90 = 246, divided by 3 = 82.

In order to receive credit for revisions, please thoroughly follow my instructions for revising: English Comp Revision Instructions




Late Work

I will not accept late work. I know this policy is challenging, but I really do mean it, and I don't make exceptions. Being late with assignments hinders your progress—and often, that of the entire class. A late paper is one that a student doesn't place in my hands at the beginning of class...if you arrive late to class on the day an essay is due, your paper will be late, too.


Academic Dishonesty:
Plagiarism or other means of cheating are grounds for failure in the course; in addition, I will report any instance of plagiarism to the Provost for disciplinary action. Plagiarism is the use of another’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own; published works are considered intellectual property belonging to the author. Therefore, if you borrow either words or an idea, either:

  • express it in language entirely your own and acknowledge your borrowing with a parenthetical reference or footnote, OR
  • acknowledge the exact extent of your debt to the actual words of the source by enclosing them in quotation marks and documenting the source according to MLA conventions.

If you are unsure that your use of a secondary source is correct, please feel free to consult me. Please see the department website for a definition of plagiarism and a discussion on means to avoid it.

Further, submitting the same paper in multiple classes—no matter whether those courses are taken in the same or different semesters—is a form of academic dishonesty and will result in a failing grade for the course.



Excessive Collaboration

By the end of the term in both ENGL 1101 and 1102, students should demonstrate the ability to produce independent writing (writing without collaborative assistance of peers, writing tutors, or professionals in the field) that shows an acceptable level of competence. Although classroom activities and out-of-class assignments may highlight collaborative learning and collaborative research, excessive collaboration (collaboration that results in the loss of a student's voice/style and original claims to course-related work) is considered another form of academic dishonesty and therefore will not be permitted.

In order to be crystal clear on what I, the English Department, and the University expect of you in regard to academic honesty AND classroom deportment, please review the link below--I hold each of my students responsible for having read and understood these policies:

I will give an automatic "F" in this course to any student who plagiarizes or excessively collaborates on any assignment (quizzes, out-of-class essays, and journals). . . no exceptions. In order to be crystal clear on what I, the English Department, and the University expect of you in regard to academic honesty, please review all the links below--I hold each of my students responsible for having read and understood these policies:

In order to be crystal clear on what I, the English Department, and the University expect of you in regard to academic honesty AND classroom deportment, please review the link below--I hold each of my students responsible for having read and understood these policies:

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estga.edu/%7Eengdept/FirstYearWriting/ENGL1101and1102/GeneralPolicies.htm//**


Special Needs

I will do my best to work with the University in order to provide all students with equal access to my classes and materials, regardless of special needs, temporary or permanent disability, special needs related to pregnancy, etc. If you have a registered disability that will require accommodation, please notify me at the beginning of the semester. If you have a disability that you have not yet registered through the Disabled Student Services Office, please contact that office at (678) 839-6428.

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And Finally...
Please **click on this link** to a document that the University of West Georgia has asked all professors to add to every syllabus; do read it over carefully, as it touches upon matters that will affect your college career.

Non-EngagementThe USG and UWG have become concerned with “Non-Engaged” students –those whose level of interest and engagement in the learning process is not optimal,and thus setting them up for failure.In order to help students perform to the utmost of their abilities, professors must identify and reportnon-engaged students to Student Services and other appropriate university offices, in order to assure timely interventionand support. I hope I won't have to report anyone in this class as “non-engaged”;let's work together to assure your success in this course!