English 101, Section 15

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English 101, Section 15

English Composition I

TR 2:00-3:15, BRYN 110

Lauren Moseley


Office: McIver 213

Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:00
Required Texts

E-Reserves (http://blackboard.uncg.edu/). When assigned, you are required to print these

out and bring them to class.

Roorbach, Bill. The Art of Truth: Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. Oxford University

Press: New York, 2001. ISBN 0-19-513556-3.
Course Description and Overview

English 101 is designed to help you become a better writer. This course will utilize your already existing skills of reading, writing, listening, and discussing to aid in the process of using language to express, communicate, and persuade. These skills should yield a classroom setting where individual diversity is acknowledged and appreciated. The writing assignments will be just as diverse as the reading assignments on the syllabus, but all of these works develop argument through tailored rhetoric. Through your readings and writings, both in and outside of class, you will learn that focus, development, support, organization, stylistic force, and editorial correctness are standards by which writing is evaluated. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this course gives you the opportunity to become more aware of yourself as a writer.

Course Objectives

1. To help students develop the ability to analyze texts, construct cogent arguments, and provide evidence for their ideas in writing;

2. To provide students with multiple examples of argumentative and analytical discourse as illustrated via student and professional/published texts;

3. To introduce students to rhetorical concepts of audience, writer, message and context, and how to employ these in both formal and informal writing situations;

4. To help students develop the ability to summarize, paraphrase, and use direct quotations in writing;

5. To promote to student writers the value of writing-to-learn through sequenced assignments.

6. To introduce students to the act of writing as a public and community-based process through the activities of drafting, peer review, and revision.
Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, you, the student, will gain skills in intellectual discourse. You will be able to construct cogent arguments, locate, synthesize, and analyze documents, and write and speak clearly, coherently, and effectively.

Course Requirements

Weekly required readings are listed in the course calendar below. Updates and/or changes to the reading list will be posted on Blackboard. We will read many essays in The Art of Truth, the only book I’m requiring you to purchase, but readings accessed through Blackboard are no less important. As you are required to bring The Art of Truth to class every day we discuss an essay from this text, you are also required to print out and bring required readings on Blackboard. Thus, $10 for printing costs is another requirement for this course. I am very serious about this, because I’m using e-Reserves and other postings on Blackboard as a way to enrich the course AND save you all the expense of buying another $50-$60 text. Failure to read and bring required texts to class will severely hurt your participation grade, which is worth more than a paper. Note: in addition to printing e-Reserves, the aforementioned $10 will also go towards the possible expense of printing assignment sheets, printing your own papers and revisions, and binding your portfolio.
Students will also be responsible for class participation, three essays, and a final portfolio. If I sense that class discussion is suffering because many students aren’t completing the reading, I will give pop quizzes, which will factor into your participation grade, to inspire more diligent reading. The best way to prevent this is to read carefully and participate in class discussion!
Essay assignments and the portfolio project will be thoroughly covered in class, in addition to being posted on Blackboard. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to check Blackboard (“Announcements,” “Assignments,” and “Course Documents”) for these assignments and for changes in the course calendar. Here’s a general idea of what sort of essays you’ll be writing in this class:
For your first essay, you will have to compare two different pieces of literary journalism and argue which reporting style is more effective. For your second essay, you will analyze an aspect of a cultural or social group that you identify with. You will analyze a stereotype or generalization that is held about this social group and argue how valid or invalid this generalization is by conducting outside research and reflecting on your own experience. Your third essay will be a personal essay, but even this assignment will require you to argue a point and support it with evidence throughout the paper. You will revise all three essays throughout the semester. The final revision of each will appear in your portfolio. No single essay will be longer than ten pages or shorter than four pages.

I will meet with you one-on-one twice over the course of the semester to discuss your first two essays after their due dates. You will have the opportunity to apply my comments to your final versions of the essays. Revisions will appear in your portfolio.


Participation and Quizzes: 20%

First Essay: 10%

Second Essay: 15%

Third Essay: 15%

Portfolio: 40%

Academic Integrity

“Academic integrity is founded upon and encompasses the following five values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Violations include, for example, cheating, plagiarism, misuse of academic resources, falsification, and facilitating academic dishonesty. If knowledge is to be gained and properly evaluated, it must be pursued under conditions free from dishonesty. Deceit and misrepresentations are incompatible with the fundamental activity of this academic institution and shall not be tolerated” (from UNCG’s Academic Integrity Policy). To ensure that you understand the university’s policy on academic integrity, review the guidelines and list of violations at . I expect you to abide by the Academic Integrity Policy.


It is crucial that you attend all class meetings. However, I realize that things happen, so you will be allowed two absences this semester. Only in the most extreme cases (severe illness, death in the family, and very few others) will I excuse any absence after the first two. In such a case, you must supply me with the appropriate documentation (doctor’s note, etc.), or, if documentation is not applicable to your situation, set up a brief conference with me within one week of the absence. Simply sending me an e-mail will never excuse an absence. You will lose three points off your final grade for each unexcused absence after the first two, but if you have more than four absences, then you will fail the course. Bottom line: DON’T CUT CLASS. Save your two absences for unfortunate circumstances.

The Meaning of “Present”

Just being physically present in my class does not guarantee you a good participation grade. To be considered “present” in my 101 course, you must bring paper and a pen or a pencil and the day’s reading to class. It is mandatory that you try to engage with the material and participate in class discussion. If you answer your phone or text-message during class, I will ask you to leave and you will be counted absent. Sleeping in class and other displays of a severe lack of engagement will drastically hurt your participation grade.

Late Work Policy

If a paper of yours is late, I will deduct ten points for every day it’s late, which includes weekdays we don’t meet as a class but does not include weekends or holidays. If you turn it in late on the day it’s due, I will deduct five points. If you need to turn in a paper on a day we don’t meet as a class, put it in my mailbox in 3114 MHRA. Look for “Moseley” on the right side of the boxes. This room will be open from 8am-5pm on Monday through Thursday and from 8am-4pm on Friday. Always e-mail me immediately after turning in your late paper, or I may assume you turned it in later than you did.

Final Notes

Please contact the Office of Disability Services (http://ods.dept.uncg.edu) if you have a disability that may impact your performance or participation in this or any class. Students with documentation of special needs should arrange to see me about accommodations as soon as possible. If you believe you could benefit from such accommodations, you must first register with the Office of Disability Services on campus before such accommodations can be made. The office is located on the second floor of the Elliott University Center (EUC) in Suite 215, and the office is open 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Telephone: 334-5440; e-mail: ods@uncg.edu.

Laptops may be used in class only by students who have a special need for purposes of note-taking or other classroom activities (Note: less than perfect handwriting does not count as a special need). Students with such a need must make specific arrangements with me. All students are allowed to bring laptops on two days designated on the syllabus, but otherwise, no student may use a laptop in class without a prior arrangement with me.
The Writing Center (3211 MHRA; http://www.uncg.edu/eng/writingcenter) is free and available to all UNCG students. Its experienced staff can help you draft and/or improve your papers if you make an appointment or walk in well before the paper is due. Call 336-334-3125 for an appointment or drop by during the Writing Center’s hours, beginning February 2nd:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm

Friday: 9am-3pm

Sunday: 5pm-8pm

ENG 101-15 Calendar

As it is crucial that you attend class, it is also mandatory that you complete the readings assigned for each class before that class meets. I assure you that neglecting to do the reading will make for a very boring experience for both you and for me (and may result in a pop quiz for you). I realize that you have responsibilities outside of English 101, so I’ve kept the reading assignments reasonable, but some students will tackle certain readings more easily by spreading them out over more than one day. Unless otherwise noted, readings will come from The Art of Truth. NOTE: This calendar is subject to change. Many important activities (such as quizzes, in-class writing assignments, and grammar exercises) do not appear on the below calendar but will be discussed and/or administered in class.

Tues., Jan. 20th: Introductions/Syllabus
Thurs., Jan. 22nd: In-class writing exercise.

Section 1: Introduction to Rhetoric, Argument, and Stylistic Variance

Tues., Jan. 27th: Literary Journalism, pp. 303-5

“The Fire” by John Hersey. pp. 305-17

Thurs., Jan. 29th: “Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich, pp.

370-89. First Essay assigned.

Tues., Feb. 3rd: From In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, pp. 317-326
Thurs., Feb 5th: “Last Words” by Mikal Gilmore, pp. 351-363
Tues., Feb. 10th: Discuss Portfolio Guidelines. Portfolios are due April 30th and are 40% of your

grade. You need to work on this project regularly throughout the semester.

Thurs., Feb 12th: First Essay due. Schedule conferences.
Tues., Feb. 17th: Individual conferences (no class).
Thurs., Feb. 19th: Individual conferences (no class).
Section 2: Cultural and Social Identity
Tues., Feb. 24th: “No Name Woman” by Maxine Hong-Kingston. pp. 106-12

“The Language of Discretion” by Amy Tan, E-Reserve

Thurs., Feb. 26th: “From Outside In” by Barbara Mellix. E-Reserve.

Second essay assigned. Topic proposals are due on Tuesday (our next class).

Your topic proposal is a quiz grade.
Tues., Mar. 3rd: Topic proposals due.

Today is Revision and Writing Day. Bring your laptop and the first draft of your

First Essay (the one I marked up) to class so you can work on your revision during

class. If you’ve finished your revision, you may work on your second essay.

Thurs., Mar. 5th: “Equal in Paris” by James Baldwin, pp. 197-206

Revision of First Essay due.

Topic proposals returned.
Tues., Mar. 10th and Thurs., Mar. 12th: Spring Break. No class.
Tues., Mar. 17th: “The Singer” by David Madden, E-Reserve (25 pages)

Today is the last day to drop a class without academic penalty.
Thurs., Mar. 19th: Second Essay due. Start watching Born into Brothels in class.
Tues., Mar. 24th: Individual conferences (no class).
Thurs., Mar. 26th: Individual conferences (no class).
Tues., Mar. 31st: Revision of Second Essay due.

Finish Born into Brothels in class.

Section 3: Making it Personal but Universal
Thurs., April 2nd: The Personal Essay, pp. 191-3

“Once More to the Lake” by E. B. White, pp. 193-7

Third Essay assigned.
Tues., April 7th: “Tracks and Ties” by Andre Dubus III, pp. 118-22
Thurs., April 9th: “Music is My Bag” by Meghan Daum, pp. 517-524
Tues., April 14th: Third Essay due for in-class peer review.

The peer-review exercise counts as a quiz grade.

Thurs., April 16th: Revision of Third Essay due. Turn in your original and the peer-review

worksheet as well. Please paper-clip it all together.

Portfolio Q&A.

Tues., April 21st: “Argument and Persuasion” by Donald Hall, E-Reserve

Thurs., April 23rd: Third Essays returned.

Tues., April 28th: Revision and Writing Day. Bring your laptop and everything you have to finish for

your portfolio (there shouldn’t be much left!).

Thurs., April 30th: Portfolios due.
Thurs., May 7th (Exam day): Portfolios returned.

We will meet in our regular classroom at 3:30 pm.

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