BASIC COURSE INFORMATION
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Dr. Natasha Cole-Leonard
Office: Essex, E-317
Office hours: WF 9-10am, MWF 12:15-1:15pm
Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 101
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to
- Apply a variety of strategies for planning, writing, and revising academic essays.
- Work collaboratively with peers to develop and carryout writing projects.
- Apply the critical thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation to a variety of texts.
- Develop an academic research project from topic identification to final draft.
- Formulate a thesis with adequate and pertinent evidence.
- Conduct library and Internet research.
- Evaluate print and electronic research sources.
- Incorporate direct quotation, summary, and paraphrase in their writing.
- Use parenthetical documentation and provide documentation for sources on a Works Cited page.
- Analyze a variety of complex texts, including a significant number of works by women and people of color.
- Demonstrate an awareness of how an author’s gender, class, culture, and/or race may shape an individual work.
- Identify the voice or voices in a complex text.
- Review of writing as a recursive process
- Using summary, paraphrase, and direct and indirect quotes
- Documenting print and electronic sources
- Analyzing major forms and structures in complex texts
- Analyzing tone and voice in complex texts
- Writing the research paper
Building on the basic skills you learned in English 101, you will develop advanced writing skills and methods for conducting research, writing longer assignments and analyzing complex texts. In this course, you will learn to work with more sophisticated content and employ more sophisticated research and writing methods in completing your assignments. In addition, you will learn to analyze and evaluate sources for research in the library and on the Internet. The longer, more complex assignments in this course will require you to refine your collaboration skills in developing and completing your writing assignments. While these skills and methods are essential for your success in academic programs, they are just as important for your success in life-work situations where written communication is required.
- Participate actively in class discussions. Regular and informed participation in class discussion is expected of each student. Participation is worth 10% of the final grade.
- Write three essays of approximately 1500-2000 words. Each paper’s focus must be necessarily narrow in order to develop and support effectively a thesis. A typical essay might examine a single work or metaphor, analyze the beginnings and/or endings of a text, explore characterization, or refute some point made in a critical piece. Each essay should reflect serious thought, good organization, thorough development, and excellent mechanics. Of the three essays, one must be a research paper. Although at least two reference sources must be cited in the research paper, the major purpose of the paper is to reveal the student’s own grappling with the text, not to paraphrase the ideas of other scholars. Each essay must be typed and follow the MLA Style manual for form. Each essay is worth 25% of the final grade.
- Complete and post weekly Reader Response Exercises. Each student is expected to provide a concise and coherent critical response of about 350 words for at least one of the assigned readings each week. Each response will relate to a given question or topic (assigned by the instructor). The response should reflect the student’s own attempt to understand and analyze the work read, and may include ruminations on critical questions about content and narrative techniques, or comparisons and contrasts of a work to other literary and critical texts. The Reader Response assignment will be posted each Monday. Each student is expected to post the response by Wednesday and reply to the postings of at least two classmates by Friday each week. The assignment will be graded according to its fulfillment of the above requirements and will constitute 15% of the final grade.
90-100: A 80-89: B 70-79: C 60-69: D 0-59: F
Barnet, Sylvan, et al., eds. Literature for Composition, 8th edition. NY: Pearson Longman, 2007.
SUGGESTED BOOKS AND MATERIALS
A writing handbook, such as the The Little, Brown Handbook or QA Compact.
A standard dictionary of American English, such as The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
A standard thesaurus, such as the most recent edition of Roget’s Thesaurus, or that provided with word processing programs.
- You are responsible for knowledge of your computer’s functions and its efficiency in producing your work. You therefore have no excuse if either you, the computer, or related components “malfunction.” You also are responsible for the availability of facilities for all parts of the production process of assigned work.
- If you have a serious problem that interferes with your timely completion of course work, contact the instructor.
- Plagiarized papers will be assigned a grade of “0.” As indicated in CCBC’s Code of Academic Integrity, students found guilty of plagiarism will experience sanctions, including a written reprimand, failure of the assignment, failure of the course, and/or dismissal from the program. For repeat and extreme offenses, the College reserves the right to suspend or expel students. In this course, papers found to have plagiarized material (intentional or unintentional) will be given a zero and the student will fail the course. Please consult your instructor if you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism.
- All course work must be completed (including the rewrite if required of you); if any course work is missing, you will fail the class. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a record of all graded assignments.
- All essays should be produced using MS Word. Essays should be double-spaced, using standard font styles and sizes (10 to 12 pt.), as well as standard margins (1 to 1 ½ in.). If you have questions about the standards governing the presentation of assignments, please contact me.
- If you need help, you may confer with me during office hours, during another mutually agreeable time, or via email correspondence. You are also advised to seek assistance at the department’s Writing Center.
- By participating in any class session after the first week of classes, or by performing any of the course work, you have thereby admitted that you have read, understood, and made yourself aware of all terms of this syllabus and have thereby agreed to each.
2/12 Writing Center Orientation (tentative)
3/2 Essay #1 due
Various dates Performance: Walls, CCBC Essex Bldg B
Theatre, Mar. 22, 23, 24 @ 8pm,
Mar. 23, 26 @ 2pm, Mar. 27 @ 10am,
$4 student admission
3/26 Library Orientation (tentative)
4/6-4/15 SPRING BREAK
4/20 Essay #2 due
5/14 Essay #3 due
HINTS FOR SUCCESS
Here are some tips you should follow which will help you to succeed in this course:
- Set aside a specific time each week to work on this course. The estimated amount of time you should spend is 4 hours/week, more in summer/winter condensed semesters.
- Keep in touch with me and your classmates by frequently checking your course e-mail, bulletin board, and calendar. This will help build a sense of community among us. Using the various communications tools provided in this course effectively is the same as "raising your hand" and participating in class discussions.
- Be aware of the time lag that is inherent in most on-line courses. Although the communications tools make it appear that the transfer of information such as assignments is "instantaneous", it does not mean that the reply will be instantaneous. One of the hardest things about an on-line course is becoming comfortable with its asynchronous nature. In general, expect assignments to be returned within one week .
- Familiarize yourself with published deadlines.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Remember that there are traditional ways for keeping in touch. Use the telephone, a fax, or make an appointment to meet with me on campus.
- Work off-line and save your assignments on your computer before submitting them electronically. You can use the saved version of your work to copy and paste to an on-line assignment or you can attach the saved file to an e-mail or bulletin board message. This will prevent a lot of frustration should your Internet connection or your system "fail".