English 110-  Composition II.  Writing about Issues and Ideas. 

Dr. Anne Mills King                         

This is a generic syllabus, without dates, to show you what to expect.

A second-semester composition course that includes reading, analyzing, and writing about contemporary issues, demonstrating clear reasoning and persuasive writing skills.  Prerequisite: EGL 101.


TEXTBOOK: Nancy V. Wood, Perspectives on Argument. Third edition.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.


MY OFFICE:  M3056, 301-322‑0594,  Office Hours: posted on the door, and by appointment.

E‑Mail: aking@pgcc.edu

FAX 301-808-0549

This syllabus and other information on my web page:  http://academic.pgcc.edu/~aking


ONLINE GUIDE:  The publishers of your textbook provide an online study guide for this book.



You can log on as a student: I will provide the password in class.

Your syllabus is still under construction on that site, but the site contains a great deal of information that will help you really benefit by (Aace@) the course. 


WHAT TO EXPECT:  You are expected to attend class, be on time, and turn in assignments on time.  Call or send me an e-mail if you have a problem, and I will return your call.  When deadlines are announced, they will be firm.  Tests cannot be made up, unless by special arrangement before the test is given. You are responsible for much of the research, using the library facilities and the internet.  I will tie it all together with videos, handouts, and other materials to make your arguments sharper.  You will be amazed at how the ideas we study mesh with what you have learned in literature, history, psychology, and sociology courses.

In class, expect to have a relaxed, informal atmosphere with much student participation.

I expect mature, responsible behavior‑‑like arriving in class on time and being respectful to others at all times. All papers must be typed. 



<                    Your five best papers (out of seven short papers) 50%

<                    one documented paper on an issue connected with the courseC30%

<                    attendance (10%)  participation, 10%

Here's how I figure grades: A= 3.6‑4.; B= 2.6‑3.5; C= 1.6‑2.5;

D= .8‑1.5; F= 0.

You will receive separate handouts on the paper and reports.

During the semester, at the check points after papers are due, you will receive something like this:


ENGLISH 110-3416   SPRING 2003--------------DR. KING

GRADES and comments on papers and class activities

Your Name

Papers 1, 2, etc (up to 10% each)

Checks on research progress:

PAPER (30%): 




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TURNITINBwhat is it?

For all my English and Women=s Studies classes from Dr. Anne M. King:

I know that most of my students do their work honestly, originally, and well. I expect that in this course you will continue to do so.   Occasionally, though, sometimes inadvertently, students copy material from a source without acknowledging it, hand in someone else=s work as if it is their own, or otherwise act academically dishonestly.  If you follow the MLA style directions, you are unlikely to have this problem.  Just in case, though, I have a solution.

Turnitin is a service I plan to use this year to check on researched papers and other papers to make sure your work is original with you.  I successfully used it last year. 

Here=s what you do: you submit your revised papers to me either on a disk or by email.aking@pgcc.edu   I insist that you paste the paper in rather than put in an attachment to an email.  Some computers are not compatible with each other.

I send these papers electronically to the turnitin address, and within a very short time they send back to me a report on the sources of your paper.  You can find out about this service and how it works from http://turnitin.com You will see that they have a big database of sources. Please check out this website and look at the Astudent@ link for information. 

Since you will know ahead of time that I will be checking your papers for originality, if I find that the report indicates plagiarism on your part, you will receive a zero for that paper without any chance of re-writing it.  This will lower your grade for the course considerably. This is a serious offense in this college and elsewhere;  if it is repeated you are in danger of being expelled from the college.




List of papers


1.                  Issue Proposal

2.                  Argument Style paper

3.                  Analysis/Response/solution

4.                  Exploratory

5.                  Toulmin analysis

6.                  Position paper

7.                  Researched Position paper (counts 30%)

8.                  Rogerian argument

SYLLABUSCpages are from Perspectives on Argument





IntroductionBstudents, instructor, book, syllabus.. Buy the book!

In class: p. 22, Argument. Exercise A & C; discuss pages xiv-xix




Read: Chapters 102 to page 47 on Issue Proposals;   Due in class: page 25, exercise F;    In-class activity: read  issue proposals, example page 27




Read: Chapter 3 Argument Style      Due in class: page 46, ex. B;  In-class activity: Page 48, exercise  E        




Read: Chapter 4: analysis/response     Due in class: page 87, exercise E           In-class activity: draw maps!




Read: Chapter 5: Toulmin analysis.     Due in class: page 119, exercise D;          In-class activity: page 143, exercise C




Read: Chapter 6: Toulmin      Due in class: page 148, exercise E;     In-class activity: page 157




Read: Chapter 7  Position Paper     Due in class: page 189-190, D or E;       In-class activity: choose your issue.    page 228, exercise E      




Read: Chapter 8      Due in class: Your position paper           In-class activity: Library visit to learn more about library and online sources

Choose articles from AThe Reader@ for your paper=s annotated list, to add to library sources




Read: Chapter 9      Due in class: resources for your project, annotated list of resources.      In-class activity: Conferences on your research project




Read: Chapter 10 and appendix for reference      In-class activity: checks and conferences on research





:Read Rogerian analysis 344 ff.   Due in class: page 365 exercise C , Rogerian argument/response

No class: Spring Break




Responses to Rogerian argument.  Revise all papers as necessary.




Last day to withdraw




Conferences to choose your five best papers from papers 1-6 and 8; share and respond to others= research projects and their positions in argument




Study Summary Charts pages 419-430 for review.  Revise final researched position paper.




Final draft of researched position paper and all materials due.  Please submit this electronically as well as on paper.  This is our final day!