English 1101: English Composition I, Fall 2009 Section 15 (80174), mw 5: 30-6: 45pm arts & Sciences 138A

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English 1101: English Composition I, Fall 2009

Section 15 (80174), MW 5:30-6:45PM Arts & Sciences 138A

Professor: Joshua Ruffin

Office & Mailbox: Arts and Sciences 3-30

Office Phone: 478-445-2013

Office Hours: MWF 10:00-Noon or by appointment

Email: josh.ruffin@gcsu.edu

Course Description

The undergraduate course catalog describes English 1101 as "a composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on the personal essay and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills." This particular section of 1101 will use informal writing and peer responses to draft and revise four formal papers, including a personal analysis, a summary evaluation, a comparison/contrast, and a research essay. This course's Academic Assessment page describes our topics:

  • Strategies for college-level writing, including vocabulary, grammar, style, purpose and audience;

  • Revision;

  • Basic research methods for college-level work, including an introduction to library resources;

  • Analysis of texts orally (class discussion) and in writing.

as well as course outcomes:

  • To acquire an ability to write organized, clear, correct, and purposeful prose;

  • To understand the principles and strategies of argumentation and analysis;

  • To acquire sensitivity to written and oral language as a means of understanding how we relate as individuals to the larger community;

  • To grasp the essential nature of research and how to synthesize research in writing so that the insights and documentation are logical and clear;

  • To understand through the use of textual models how writing and reading are means for connecting the writer to contemporary culture and its diverse problems and conditions.

All students, regardless of their degree program, must earn a grade of C or better in English 1101, as it, along with English 1102, fulfills the Area A. Essential Skills requirement in the Core Curriculum.

Course Materials

You should already have these; but, if you don’t, they may be obtained either through the GCSU bookstore, or through such online retailers as Amazon. I will also likely introduce additional texts and media for both our in-class writing assignments and to give you a wider spectrum of material from which you may draw for your formal papers.

EasyWriter: Pocket Reference (2009 MLA upd)

Acting Out Culture & Writing & Revising (not a misprint; two volumes in one)

Woman At Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi


Assignments and Grade Distribution

Informal Writing and Peer Response, 15%

Throughout the semester, you will write brief informal responses to essays in our textbook that encourage you to practice aspects of the formal writing process. You will also respond to the first drafts of peers' formal papers in order to help them write better drafts and to help yourself become a better writer.

personal narrative, 20%

In this four page personal narrative, you will select one of the issues or themes from El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero and reflect on your own experience.

summary and evaluation, 20%

In this four to six page, drafted and revised essay, you will summarize the key argument of one of the texts from Acting Out Culture and then analyze and evaluate it.

comparison and contrast, 20%

In this four to six page, drafted and revised essay, you will compare and contrast how one issue is treated in two texts from Acting Out Culture.

research paper, 25%

In this six to eight page research paper, you will select any topic broached by the course texts and analyze it more deeply with the support of scholarly sources found outside the class.

Take note: I do not accept electronically submitted assignments. Not only are hard copies preferable, but it saves me the hassle of printing out document after document; use your personal printer or one in the library.

Course Policies

Class Preparation & Participation. I expect you to come to class having read, and given serious thought to, the assigned materials for that day. Moreover, I encourage you to prepare questions and comments regarding the reading; hopefully, this will stave off any awkward silences. These are challenging texts, and we could all, myself included, benefit from lively discussion. This is not high school. I’m not going to make you learn, but if I sense that there is a general slack-off, I’ll administer a pop quiz. A hard one.

Office Hours and Professor Email. Because I don’t like being cooped up in an office any more than you like being cooped up in a classroom, I’ll generally hold my office hours at the Blackbird Café downtown, only a couple minutes’ walk from campus; if circumstances force me to change time or location for that week, I will let you know. Please don’t hesitate to come to me with any questions about the class, assignments, or life and the universe in general. Minor questions (due dates, etc.) may certainly be handled over email, but I prefer in-person conversations regarding more serious topics (exams, papers, etc.). Please observe passable email etiquette; use capital letters and so forth. And may God have mercy on your soul if you use emoticons, “lol,” “omg,” or anything like it.

MLA Style. Formal assignments should adhere to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Formal papers and take-home exams require MLA style while in-class exams; discussion board responses, informal writing, and peer review may be informally formatted. I will try not to be a Nazi about this, but MLA style is generally pretty easy to adhere to; if you’re not clear on the format, consult the MLA style guide. You probably already have one in print, but there are also numerous online sources you may consult.

Attendance. There will be a one letter final grade deduction for every absence beyond three days. Therefore, missing four class periods will result in a one letter final grade deduction and missing seven classes will result in automatic failure of the course. I suggest you use your three days both cautiously and wisely. Habitual tardies or consistently leaving class early will be treated as absences. Excuses like work, family, and scheduled doctor's appointment will be declined. The only acceptabled excuses are death in one's immediate family and one's own medical emergency. If you participate in an extracurricular activity that you anticipate will cause you to miss class, I suggest you switch sections now.

Late Assignments. There will be a one letter assignment grade deduction per day (not class period) for any assignment that is turned in late. I sparingly give short extensions if you request one for a valid need; however you must make the request at least one day before the assignment is due. I neither read nor grade assignments that are turned in more than five days late for whatever reason. Failing to submit (or resubmit) an assignment that is worth 15% or more of the course grade within five days (not class periods) of its due date will result in automatic failure of the course. Failing to submit (or resubmit) a final exam or final paper within two days of its due date will result in automatic failure of the course.

Plagiarism. This one should be easy: don’t do it. Ever. The Honor Code defines plagiarism as "presenting as one's own work the words or ideas of an author or fellow student. Students should document quotes through quotation marks and footnotes or other accepted citation methods. Ignorance of these rules concerning plagiarism is not an excuse. When in doubt, students should seek clarification from the professor who made the assignment." Section 3.01 of the Academic Affairs Handbook elaborates other examples of academic dishonesty and outlines disciplinary procedures and appeals for academic misconduct. As plagiarism is not tolerated at GCSU, any student found guilty of willful plagiarism will fail the assignment and the course. Do not try to fool me, or any other professor. We are neither stupid, nor un-resourceful.

Failure of the Course. There are three ways to fail the course: 1) failing to regularly attend class, 2) plagiarizing, 3) failing an assignment that is worth 15% or more of the course grade, be it from poor quality, lateness of submission, or a combination of poor quality and lateness. By contrast, students who regularly attend class, complete their work with academic integrity, and submit assignments on time will pass the course.

Withdrawal. The last day to add a course is August 22. The last day to drop a course without fee penalty is August 26. The last day to withdraw without academic penalty (unless previously assigned an F by professor for absences) is October 16.

Disability Services. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and GCSU's Policy For Students with Disabilities that Affect Learning, if there is a student in this class who has a disability that may affect her learning and progress, please meet with me so we can discuss your particular needs. Notification will be kept confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Mike Chambers, mike.chambers@gcsu.edu or 445-5931, at Disability Services in Maxwell Student Union 133.

The Writing Center. The Writing Center is a free service available to all members of the university community. Consultants assist writers in the writing process, from conception and organization of compositions to revision to documentation of research. Located in Lanier Hall 209, the Center is open Monday through Friday. Call 445-3370 or email writingcr@gcsu.edu for more information.

A note about the Writing Center. Some professors offer extra credit for proof of a student’s visiting the WC. I will not, nor will I require you to go. I do, however, strongly encourage you to do so; the consultants are very knowledgeable, and will give you advice that could significantly improve the quality of your paper. This service, again, is free. Take advantage of it.

Special Notice to Students in the Arts & Sciences Building. In the event of a fire alarm signal students should exit the building in a quick and orderly manner through the nearest hallway exit.  First and Second floor classes should exit through ground level exits; Third floor classes through nearest stairwell to a ground level exit.  Do not use the elevator.  Third floor stairwells are areas where disabled people may communicate with rescue workers.  Be familiar with the floorplan and exits of this building.

Regents’ Writing & Reading Skills Requirement. Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree must complete the Regents' Writing and Reading Skills Requirement as a requirement for graduation. Check your reading and writing test status. Regents' Test dates for Fall semester are Friday, October 31, Monday, November 3, and Tuesday, November 4. More information such as qualifying test scores and the registration process can be found on the Regents' Testing Program webpage.

Classroom Proceedings, Etc.

General Etiquette. You’re all adults and, at least for 75 minutes twice a week, should act like it. Enlivened debate is one of our goals, but I will not tolerate disrespect towards myself or any of your fellow students. I most certainly encourage a general atmosphere of open-mindedness, but you will convey your opinions in a mature fashion.

Seating Chart. I don’t use one…yet. If you have friends in the class, I have no problem with you sitting near one another. If, however, you become disruptive, I will separate you.

Food/Drinks. Coffee, bottled water, and soft drinks, etc. are perfectly fine, as are small snacks and chewing gum; I’ll likely have a coffee cup in my hand for the entire class period. Enjoy your food quietly, however, and do not lay out a picnic on your desk.

Cell Phones. Hoo-boy…okay, cell phones. Keep them off, or at least on silent. If you want to use it as a clock/watch, that’s perfectly fine. No accepting calls or texting under any circumstances.

Course Schedule

You’ll notice that the readings beyond a certain point are unlisted. I can only think so far ahead; not to worry, though, our pace should remain the same, and I’ll provide the readings with plenty of advance. Feel free, however, to read ahead in Woman at Point Zero, or to read anything in Acting Out Culture; those can only improve the scope of your knowledge. This schedule IS subject to change.

We’ll also spend a few minutes each period on a short in-class writing exercise. I’ll collect these periodically, without warning, to make sure you’re putting some effort into them. As with the reading assignments, if I feel that the class is, in general, slacking off, I’ll begin grading them.

Week 1

M, 8-17

Introductions, Syllabus

W, 8-19

James Twitchell, “Two Cheers for Materialism” (AOC 28)

Ian Frazier, “All Consuming Patriotism” (AOC 39)

Writing/Revising (1-9)

Week 2

M, 8-24

Naomi Klein, “Patriarchy Gets Funky” (AOC 114)

Ariel Levy, “Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture” (AOC 144)

Writing/Revising (11-19)

W, 8-26

Rule Maker/Rule Breaker, “Whole Foods vs. Michael Pollan” (AOC 172)

Michael Pollan, “Big Organic”

Writing/Revising (26-37)

Week 3

M, 8-31

Loretta Schwartz-Nobel, “America’s Wandering Families” (AOC 249)

Nick Flynn, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Excerpt, handout)

Writing/Revising (41-58)

W, 9-2

Christopher Byron, “Let’s Party Like It’s 1999” (AOC 290)

Robert Sullivan, “How to Choose a Career That Will Not Get You Rich No Matter What Anyone Tells You” (AOC 326)

Writing/Revising (60-73)

Week 4

M, 9-7

 Labor Day; no class

W, 9-9

Kathy Dobie, “AWOL in America: When Desertion is the Only Option” (AOC 358)

“Then and Now: From Gangster to Gangsta” (AOC 398)

Writing/Revising (83-99)

Essay 1 (Summary/Evaluation) Due

Week 5

M, 9-14

Gerard Jones, “Being Strong” (AOC 400)

Sasha Abramsky, “Return of the Madhouse” (AOC 419)

W, 9-16

John Sinclair, “Guitar Army” (Excerpt, handout)

Allen Ginsberg, “Howl” (Handout)

Essay 1 Revision due (optional)

Week 6

M, 9-21

Comp/Cont Essay Discussion

CENSORED articles (handouts)

W, 9-23

John Taylor Gatto, “Against School) (AOC 506)

Bell Hooks, “Learning in the Shadow of Race and Class” (AOC 515)

Week 7

M, 9-28

 Geoffrey Nunberg, “Trashing the L-Word” (AOC 607)

Jeff Sharlet, “Big World: How Clear Channel Programs America (AOC 628)

W, 9-30

El Saadawi (1-30; also read Preface and Foreword)

Essay 2 (Comp/Cont) Due

Week 8

M, 10-5

 El Saadawi (30-65)

Essay 2 Peer Response

W, 10-7

 El Saadawi (65-96)

Essay 2 Final Draft Due

Week 9

M, 10-12

 Fall Break; no class

W, 10-14

 El Sadaawi (Finish it)

Week 10

M, 10-19

(Spillover day)

W, 10-21

 CENSORED articles (handouts)

Week 11

M, 10-26

(Students’ choice readings)

W, 10-28

(Students’ choice readings)

Week 12

M, 11-2

Essay 3 (Personal Narrative) Due

W, 11-4

 Essay 3 Peer Response

Week 13

M, 11-9

Essay 3 Final Draft Due

W, 11-11


Week 14

M, 11-16


W, 11-18

 Research Paper Conferences (I)

Week 15

M, 11-23

W, 11-25

Thanksgiving Break; no class

Week 16

M, 11-30

 Final Research Paper Conferences

W, 12-2



R, 12-11

Research Paper Due

Final Exam Schedule 2:00-4:45PM

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