English 101 : Freshman Composition
|Fall 2004||Instructor: M. Jamal (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|MW: 1:30-2:45pm||Office: M3074; Hrs.: MW 9--10am|
|Classroom: M3081||Phone: (301) 322-0114|
Required Text: E. Dornan and R. Dees: Four in One, 3rd Edition, Pearson and Longman
Reference Text: Diana Hacker. Rules for Writers, 4th Ed.
"Much of what a writer learns he learns simply by imitation," John Gardner (On Moral Fiction).
Simply put, English 101 is aimed at improving your writing skills. You can do so not through plain imitation alone, but through a conscious effort devoted towards analysis and interpretation. The reading selection that follows provides you with a handful of literary works of some appeal. It is expected that an exposure to them, as well as through discussions and regular written assignments, you will ultimately develop into a conscious and skillful writer.
|Introduction. Diagnostic Essay|
|Sept. 6:||Labor Day: College Closed|
|Critical Thinking (Chapters 1 & 2) and The Persuasive Principle|
|Chapter #6: The Thesis Statement and a Formal Plan|
|Chapter #11. Description: Rendering Experience|
|Specific Details and Specific Language|
|David Brooks: Love, Internet Style, 479|
|John Steinbeck: Good Used Cars (Handout)|
|Working on an Outline and a Rough Draft|
|Descriptive Essay Due: 9/27/04|
|Chapter #12: Narration: Connecting Events|
|E.B.White: Once More to the Lake, 609|
|Langston Hughes: Salvation (Handout)|
|Student Essay p.172|
|Narration Essay Due 10/04/04|
|October 4:||Chapter #16. Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step|
|Follow Strict Chronological Order|
|Group the Steps and Anticipate Difficulties|
|Garry Trudeau: Anatomy of a Joke, 579|
|Ronni Lundy: Corn Bread With Character (Handout)|
|Kirby W. Stanat: How to Take a Job Interview? (Handout)|
|Outline for a Process Paper|
|Process Paper Due: 10/11/04|
|Chapter #14: Comparison [and Contrast]|
|Student Essay: Chick Movies and Guy Movies, (Handout)|
|T. Ebert and M. Zavarzadeh. Our American Diet Divides, 488|
|Suzanne Britt: That Lean and Hungry Look (Handout)|
|Comparison and Contrast Paper Continued|
|Comparison and Contrast Paper Due: 11/01/02|
|Chapter #15. Cause and Effect: Exploring Reasons and Results|
|Brent Staples: Black Men and Public Space, 570|
|Stephen King: Why We Crave Horror Movies, 518|
|Jeff Z. Klein. Watch My Back, 521|
|Professional Development Day (10/26/04): No Class|
|(Cause and Effect Paper Due: 11/08/02)|
|Chapter #17: Classification and Division: Analyzing & Arranging|
|Principle of Classification and a Consistent Approach|
|Student Essay, 251|
|Kenneth H. Cooper: How Fit Are You? (Handout)|
|Charlotte Latvala: Mother-In-Law (Handout)|
|William Lutz: Double Speak, 534|
|Division and Classification Due: 11/22/04|
|<<<November 24-28: Thanksgiving Vacation>>>|
|Chapter #19. Argumentation: Convincing Others|
|Student Essay, 279|
|Michael Levin: The Case for Torture, 530|
|Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal, 591|
|Rachel Jones: What's Wrong With Black English? (Handout)|
|Bernard Sloan: Old Folks At Home (Handout)|
|Final Exam Period. Final Paper Due by 12/14|
*Minor modifications/changes may be made to the syllabus during the semester
All out-of-class papers must be typed.
Regular attendance is required. Only in extreme situations, a student may be excused for missing class (usually, just once a semester). However, he/she will be assigned extra work to make up for the day’s activity. Repeated absence from class will result in loss of grade.
All assignments are due on the day they are to be handed in. No late papers will be accepted. Also, you must complete all assignments to pass the class.
Quizzes will cover all class materials from the readings, discussions, and handouts. They will be unannounced and given during class time. Sorry, no make-up quizzes!
Grades*: The following grade range will be used to evaluate your work:
|A+ (97-100)||B+ (87-89)||C+ (77-79)||D+ (67-69)|
|A (93-96)||B (83-87)||C (73-76)||D (63-66)|
|A- (90-92)||B- (80-82)||C- (70-72)||D- (60-62)|
*Final course grade will be A, B, C, D, or F, only (no + or - letter grades).
Disruptive Behavior: PGCC Policy dictates that students do not engage in disruptive behavior. As such, any action that interferes with class activity and is considered inappropriate for a college classroom will not be tolerated.