Prince George's Community College

EN 101 Ref.# 3312

Summer I- 2000

Instructor: Dr. B. Miller

PH# (301) 322-0562 or 322-0950. Please leave your message or see me after class.)

Meeting Time: M-TH. 1:30-3:30

Meeting Place: Rm. M 3082

Office Hours: M-Th 12:30- 1:30(additional office hours by appointment).


· The Bedford Guide for College Writers with Reader and Research Manual. Kennedy,

Kennedy & Holladay. 5th ed.

· Kramer, Leggett, and Mead. Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers, 12th ed. Prentice

Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 1995.

· A Pocket folder and loose-leaf paper for journal entries and grammar work.

· A College Dictionary.

· A Computer diskette for library work on grammar, paper writing, revising & editing .


This course is designed to help the student become a better writer by focusing on the fundamental principles for good writing. The course helps the students, to understand the writing situation, organize the material, process and learn the format and style of various papers. The course enables the students to learn the mechanics of good writing such as grammar, punctuation, and paragraphing. Finally, this course also helps the student conduct some library research and use the MLA style of source citation.


· Attend all classes - attendance will be taken at every class meeting and will help to improve your grade.

· Read all assignments prior to attending class and hand in all papers on time.

· Take part in class discussions - this will be a part of your grade.

· Take part in your group's discussions for your journal entries. This will be a part of your grade. (I will address this further in class.)

· Three late attendance or early departure of 15 mins. each will equal to 1 unexcused absence. After 2 unexcused absences accrued in any form you maybe dropped from the course.

Policies Regarding Late Work and Make-Up Exams

· If you must miss the final exam, please inform me before hand and present a well documented note such as a court summons or a doctor's note. Be prepared to take the exam the next day or take an incomplete for the course. This rule applies to turning in your term papers and journals.

· PLEASE NOTE: There is no additional make-up work to improve your grade. I rather have you do the assigned work and do it well.

· Rule for academic integrity are as per the P.G. Community College requirement.

· You must complete all assignments to pass the course. Essays should be completed

and turned in on the due date. Unless you discuss an extension with me PRIOR TO

THE DUE DATE, a whole letter grade will be deducted from the essay grade for

each working day (Mon.-Fri.) that the essay is late. Extension will be granted at

my discretion.


Plagiarism, in any form, is a serious academic offense and will not be tolerated. Any student who knowingly plagiarizes will fail EN 101 and maybe subject to dismissal

from P.G. Community College.

Student Conduct:

Each and every student is expected to behave in ways which promote a teaching and learning atmosphere. Students have the right to learn; however, they do not have the right to interfere with the freedom of the of the faculty to teach or the rights of other students to learn. Students will be treated respectfully in return for respectful behavior.

Reading Assignments:

The course text book has been chosen to provide you with topics, ideas, and models for your writing assignments. You will be reading both student and professional essays that address the requirements of your course assignments. For class discussion of course readings, you will need to read the selections as well as be prepared to discuss comprehension questions at the end of each reading. There will be occasional quizzes to check your comprehension of this material.

Format For Papers And Assignments:

All out-of-class assignments (except for journal work) must be typed or word- processed and double-spaced. Use clean medium -weigh paper. Hand in all originals, but keep a Xerox or back up disk of all your work for your own files.

Writing Skills and Assignments:

Students enrolled in En 101 often need additional help with writing

skills, including sentence structure, punctuation and grammar. To assist you with your individual needs, you will be assigned a series of assignments in your Handbook that

addresses the area where you need most practice. Due dates for additional assignment

in grammar will be announced. Also, the college has a writing center service for students who need help with their English composition and grammar. Please make use of this opportunity. I will provide you with more information on this in class.

Grading Policy: The breakdown of your final grade will be as follows:

Narrative Essay ……………………………………………………..10%

Evaluation, Compare/Contrast Essay …..…………………………...20% MLA style

Argument, Cause/Effect Research Paper…………………………….25% MLA style

Final Exam (In-Class)…………………………………….……… 25%

Journal Work/ Grammar/ Attendance………..…………………… . 20%


Specific reading and writing assignments from the text and in-class assignments will be announced throughout the course. You should expect to have an assignment for each class period. The course will consist of five major units according to this rough scheme:

· Unit I: Introduction to College Writing - course introduction, the writing process and the writing situation, introduction to using word processors, invention, writing from recall, the NARRATIVE essay.

· Unit I1: Writing Strategies - thesis statement, description, observation, summarizing, using examples, comparison/contrast, establishing criteria, sentence structures, collaborative writing, the EVALUATION essay. MLA citation required.

· Unit III: Argumentation/ Investigation Topics - speculating about causes, using library sources, research strategies, using citation formats, cause/effect, integrating sources, revising for clarity, the CAUSAL ANALYSIS essay. MLA citation required.

· Unit IV: In-class timed essay which may also include a summary - FINAL EXAM.

· Unit V: Grammar, logic in thought progression in your writing, including fallacies. Work in Unit V will be done throughout the semester as journal work., and will include analysis of articles, interviews and synopsis writing.

CLASS SCHEDULE: Summer/ 2000

Week I .

June, 5. Introduction to class and textbooks. Syllabus and course requirement.

Grammar: simple sentences, placement of subject/verb/adjectives /adverbs

and how to avoid non-coherent sentences.

June 6 Diagnostic essay and analysis for organization, logic, order and coherence.

READ: In Bedford Guide hereafter (Bedford) Introduction: "A Writing Process," pp. 3-10 and "Writing from Recall," pp. 15-25. Pay special attention to "The Art of Eating Spaghetti," p.15 and question on "What is a Hunter," p.17.

June 7 READ: Bedford, "Once More to the Lake," by E.B. White, pp. 490-495

and "Strategies on Generating Ideas," pp. 360-369.

Narrative writing 4 part structure and format. Narrative writing hand-out.

Grammar: connectors for sentences, hand-out (memorize).

June 8 Grammar: Prentice Hall Handbook. S/V agreement, indefinite PN/ and

collective PN. (See grammar hand-out for exercise details).

Choose a topic and write a paragraph on your narrative essay for in class


Week II

June 12 Turn in narrative formal paper (A MUST).

S/V grammar quiz 1

Read Bedford Guide: " Writing from Recall", pp.29-31 and W.H.

Lewis,"Shades", pp.505-510 (This essay can also be used for you

observation writing).

June 13 Read Bedford Guide: Steve Olson, "The Year of the Blue-Collar Guy"


J.E work: Write a two paragraph out line on assigned observation for

in class workshop.

June 14 Read Bedford Guide: Organization of essay pp. 380-384,395-396 and

topic sentences and paragraphs pp. 396-399

Read in Hand book: Grammar: Coordinating and subordinating

conjunctions, (see grammar handout for exercise details).

June 15 Read Bedford Guide: "Writing from Conversation" pp.51-64 and

Earl, "Black like Shirley Temple", pp.502-504

J.E workshop in class "interview". Complete this assignment with a

1 page outline of your interview based on observation and conversation


Week III

June 19 Read Bedford Guide: Comparing and Contrasting pp.159-182, and

Grant and Lee essay on pp.160-162

Grammar: Fallacies.

June 20 Read Bedford Guide: Evaluating pp. 245-265

Grammar-Handbook, Pronoun reference, pronoun antecedent (see

grammar hand out for exercise details).

June21 Grammar quiz II, PN ref. and PN antecedent.

Handbook: MLA in text citation and work cite format begin.


June 22 Read Bedford Guide: Ellen Goodman, "How to Zap Violence on T.V"

pp.613-615 and Mike Males, "Public Enemy Number One", pp.616-621

J.E in class debate on the above two essays, come prepared.

Choose 2 items or persons to compare and contrast and write 2-4

paragraphs for class workshop for your evaluation/comparison and

contrast paper.

Week IV

June 26 Evaluation/comparison and contrast formal paper due (A Must).

Read Bedford Guide: "Explaining Cause and Effect" pp.183-193,

Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue" pp.496-501

Cause/effect strategy and diagram hand-out.

June27 Bed Bedford Guide: "Stating and using a thesis, pp.378-379 and

"achieving coherence" pp.407-411

Handbook: placement of topic sentence and paragraphs. (All the

above readings and strategies are very important for your argument

cause/effect paper, also known as the research paper).

June 28 MLA style for in text citation and work cite page review (Handbook

pp. 516-523) Updated hand out on online citation.

Read Bedford Guide: Steven King, "Why we crave Horror Movies"


June 29 Grammar: Handbook, shift in voice (see grammar hand out for exercise


Read Bedford Guide: " Division and Classification, Comparison and

contrast and analagy,pp.421-428 )These strategies are important for

your research paper).

Week V

July 3 Grammar quiz III

Bring the out line of your research paper with at least 6 references

for in class work shop.

July 4 Holiday- Independence day, Enjoy!

July 5 Turn in research paper (A MUST).

Turn in your Journals (A Must).

Review for the final exam.

July 6 Final Exam, in-class written essay using the strategy of analysis

and cause/effect argumentation as we have learned in class.

NOTE: Based on how fast we progress, the need for in-class workshop and J.E work some assignments and their dates may vary. (I will address this issue and paper topics and the turning in of assignments dates in class.) Also note that grammar and other assignments from the Handbook will be frequent. Some new grammar work may be added, depending on the need of the class. Please bring all your books to class so you are prepared for the work.