English 101, Spring 2000

January 25, 2000

English 101 SYLLABUS



(TTH Section, 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.)



Instructor: Janice E. Smith Office: M3062

E-mail: giword@aol.com (301) 322-0582

Office Hours: Ths, 7:30 - 8 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.



REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: The Bedford Guide for College Writers and the Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers. You may be asked to supplement the assignments with additional readings, grammar and punctuation exercises.



SUPPLIES: Loose leaf notebook paper, folder, dictionary.



Week 1 Introduction to the Writing Process

1/25 Introduction to Course; Diagnostic Writing.



1/27 Sources of Information: The Spoken Word

Bedford: Tan, "Mother Tongue," pp. 496-501.

Prentice Hall: Chapter 16d, direct and indirect discourse; 22a, registers of English.

Class discussion: Questions to Start You Thinking: 1,3; Journal Prompts: 1,2 (Bedford, pp. 500-501). Where does Tan use direct and indirect discourse?



Week 2 Sources of Information: Conversation

2/1 Bedford: Chapter 3, "Writing from Conversation."

Prentice Hall: Chapter 37, quotation marks; 31c-e question marks.

Class activity: brainstorming interview sources and questions. See "For Peer Response: Interviewing" (Bedford, p. 64).



2/3 The Writing Process: Generating Ideas and Developing a Working Thesis

Bedford: Chapter 15, "Strategies for Generating Ideas" and Chapter 16, "Strategies for Planning."

Prentice Hall: Chapters 1-3. Class activity: brainstorming essay topics and subtopics; grammar refresher: sentence fragments (Prentice Hall: Chapter 12).

ESSAY 1 ASSIGNED: interview with primary sources. Choose from Other Assignments: 1,2 or 5 (Bedford, p.69). Correct attribution of sources and punctuation of direct and indirect discourse required.









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Week 3 Drafting and Revising; Developing Ideas Sufficiently

2/8 Bedford: Chapter 17, "Strategies for Drafting" and Chapter 18, "Strategies for Developing," pp. 412-421.

Grammar refresher: comma splices, run-ons (Prentice Hall: 13); Also Prentice Hall: Chapter 6 and 14 a-b.

BE SURE TO READ BEDFORD, CHAPTER 17, BEFORE DRAFTING YOUR PAPER.



2/10 Reading Critically

Bedford: Chapter 5, "Reading Critically," pp. 109-134.

Class activity: practice critical reading techniques in Will, "The 'Decent' Against the 'Street'" (Bedford: pp.110-112). WORKING DRAFT OF ESSAY 1 DUE. The draft must be at least 600 words long.



Week 4 Critical Thinking, Evaluating Reading

2/15 Bedford: "Introduction" to Chapter 5, pp. 93-108 and Wade, "How Men and Women Think," pp. 556-559; also Chapter 28, pp. 727-731.

Prentice Hall: Chapter 47d-f.

Class activity.

2/17 Analysis

Bedford: Chapter 6, "Analyzing" and pp. 102-108.

Class activity. FINAL DRAFT OF ESSAY 1 DUE. The essay must be at least 600 words.



Week 5 Writing that Compares and Contrasts

2/22 Bedford: Chambers, "The Myth of Cinderella," pp. 602-606; Chapter 7, "Comparing and Contrasting." ESSAY 2 ASSIGNED. The essay must be 600 words.



2/24 Bedford: pp. 426-428. Continued discussion of comparison and contrast.



Week 6 Writing from Multiple Sources

2/29 Bibliographic instruction. Accokeek Library. WORKING DRAFT OF ESSAY 2 DUE.



3/2 Class activity on comparison and contrast.



Week 7 Writing that Explores Causes and Effects

3/7 Bedford: Chapter 8, "Explaining Causes and Effects."

Evans Questions to Start You Thinking, 1-7 (Bedford, p. 186).

FINAL DRAFT OF ESSAY 2 DUE.

3/9 Bedford: pp. 429-431; also chapter 8, "Explaining Causes and Effects."

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Class activity; ESSAY 3 ASSIGNED - MUST BE 600 WORDS.



Week 8 Causes and Effects continued

3/14 Bedford: Coontz, "Remarriage and Stepfamilies," pp. 522-527; also Bedford, pp. 526-527.

Prentice Hall: Chapter 47c-d and Chapter 48b-c1.

WORKING DRAFT OF ESSAY 3 DUE. The essay must be at least 600 words.

3/16 Introduction to the Research Paper

Bedford, Chapter 10, "Proposing a Solution," pp. 224-237; Chapter 27, "Forming a Research Question and Finding Sources," pp. 668-679.



Week 9 Answering Research Questions

3/21 Bedford: Chapter 27, "Using Effective Research Techniques," pp. 679-716. Chapter 28, "Evaluating Sources," pp. 717-724.

Prentice Hall: Chapters 46 and 47a-d.

FINAL DRAFT OF ESSAY 3 DUE.

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3/23 Evaluating and Selecting Sources

RESEARCH PAPER ASSIGNED.

BEGINNING OF SECOND HALF OF THE SEMESTER.



Week 10 MLA Documentation Form

3/28 Bedford: "Listing Sources: MLA Style," pp. 802-811.

Prentice Hall: Chapter 48c2.

Drafting the Research Paper: Incorporating Source Material.

Bedford: Chapter 29, "Writing the Research Paper;" "Citing Sources: MLA Style," pp. 796-802.

BIBLIOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENT GIVEN.



3/30 Library research

Prentice Hall: Chapter 47e-g.

Dealing with Multiple Points of Views and Research Paper Formats.

Bedford: Completed research papers, pp. 752-777.



Week 11 Reporting on Research

4/4 Constructing an Argument, Bedford: pp. 208-216.

Prentice Hall: Chapter 7 intro-d.

FIRST DRAFT OF RESEARCH PAPER DUE.



4/6 Individual conferences





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Week 12 Research Papers

4/11 Individual conferences



4/13 NO CLASS. SPRING BREAK BEGINS.



Week 13 SPRING BREAK CONTINUES



4/18 NO CLASS.



4/20 NO CLASS.



Week 14 Revising the Research Paper

4/24 LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM CLASS WITH A "W."



4/25 Review



4/27 Evidence and Counter Evidence and Errors in Reasoning: Argumentative Fallacies

Bedford: "Planning, Drafting and Developing," pp. 216-223; also, "Recognizing Logical Fallacies, " pp. 104-108.

Prentice Hall: Chapter 7e-g.

RESEARCH PAPER DUE.



Week 15 Assessing Arguments

5/2 ARGUMENT ASSIGNMENT AND CRITERIA GIVEN.



5/4 Preliminary arguments developed



Week 16 Assessing Arguments continued

5/9 Argument review.



5/11 FINAL EXAM. IN-CLASS ARGUMENT ESSAY.



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