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CCBC, Fall 2013

Liberal Arts

College Composition I, ENGL 101


Course Description:

ENGL 101 – 3 Credits - College Composition I provides instruction in a writing process that will enable students to develop a topic, organize their ideas, write a draft, revise, edit, and proofread; to access, evaluate, incorporate, and document outside material as a means to develop a topic; and to continue to improve use of grammar, and language. Placement is based on assessment and/or successful completion of (ENGL 052 or LVE 2) and (RDNG 052 or LVR 2) or ESOL 052.

I. Basic Course Information

A. Instructor’s name: Elaine MacDougall

B. Instructor’s office room number: COMM 235, Dundalk Campus

Instructor’s Contact Information: emacdougall@ccbcmd.edu

C. Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. or by appointment
D. Department Phone Number: 443-840-3375

E. Class Meeting Days and Times:

ENGL 101-DKA 20109 8:00 am-9:20 am D.STAT 209

ENGL 101-DXE 22673 8:00 am-9:20 am D.STAT 209

F. This is a three credit course. You are expected to complete at least six hours of work per week outside of the class including reading, class preparation, homework, studying, etc.

G. Materials:

Required Texts:

  • 80 Readings for Composition: Second Edition. Ed. David Munger. Pearson Education, 2006.

  • Bullock, Richard and Francine Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook. W.W. Norton and Company, New York. 2011.

II. Course Goals
A. Overall course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  1. employ a recursive writing process that includes invention, planning, drafting, revising, proofreading and editing;

  2. work collaboratively with peers to plan, develop, and carry out writing projects and provide constructive feedback;

  3. write well-organized, unified, coherent essays with clear and complete thesis statements that express a purpose;

  4. think critically and support the thesis with details, examples, reasons, and other evidence;

  5. employ a variety of rhetorical strategies and modes to express complex ideas;

  6. vary sentence structure and length;

  7. use language in a manner appropriate to a given audience;

  8. conduct research; access and choose appropriate sources from standard library resources which may be in a variety of formats both print and electronic;

  9. evaluate sources (which may be print or electronic) by examining authenticity, currency, validity, and reliability;

  10. incorporate outside material into essays by summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing correctly;

  11. provide documentation for sources with a Works Cited page and parenthetical citations, using the MLA format; and

  12. conform to the grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules of standard written English with a minimum of errors.

B. Major topics

I. Audience awareness

II. Writing as a recursive process

III. Essay organization and development

IV. Unity, coherence and clarity in written language

V. Rhetorical strategies

VI. Sentence variety

VII. Grammar, punctuation and usage review

VIII. Summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting

IX. Documenting and citing both print and electronic sources in MLA format

X. Writing the research paper that employs a variety of print and electronic sources

XI. Revising

XII. Editing and proofreading

XIII. The impact of technology on writing

III. Evaluation


  1. Essays/Writing Assignments

You will be required to produce three essays, a reflection paper, and a resume during the semester. As drafting is a key element to writing, and first drafts are rarely the best, you may do revisions on all essays, which will be considered for a new grade to replace the old one. This is your choice, it is not mandatory, but your grade will be based on the best of the drafts. You will also receive a grade for participation in the peer review sessions for each essay. Failure to bring a rough draft to class will result in a loss of those points.

  1. Classwork

This includes various group and independent activities during the semester.

  1. Service Learning

Each of you is required to do five hours of service learning over the course of the semester. I will help you facilitate this experience, which you will write about in a reflection paper.

  1. Portfolio

At the end of the semester, you will submit all of your work, including all drafts (all drafts), in your portfolio. While you will receive a grade on each individual essay throughout the semester, you will also receive a grade for the portfolio as a whole at the end of the semester.

  1. Participation

I expect each of you to participate fully in all aspects of the class, whether it is in Discussion Board posts in Blackboard, discussions, editing sessions or in any in-class activities. Each paper will have a peer editing session. Please do not miss these classes so that you may reach the highest scores on your work and also help your partner to achieve his or hers.


Grading: 1000 points total

Essay #1: Social Issues in Baltimore (Exploratory Essay)

Rough draft: 50 points

Final draft: 100 points

In-class writing: The Art of Being Still: 100 points


Essay #2: The Dhamma Brothers (Argument analysis): 100 points

Research Essay: Happy

Rough draft: 50 points

Final draft: 100 points

Final Portfolio: 50 points
Reflection Essay (Moveable Feast): 100 points

Resume assignment: 100 points
First week in-class writing: 50 points

Chapter Summaries: 100 points

Service Learning Project: 100 points


Students are expected to attend all classes. More than four absences will result in an F for the course, and there is no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences. If absent, the student is responsible to find out what was covered and assigned in class. Two latenesses equal an absence. Lateness is defined as arriving any time after the start time, because it’s important to be present at the start of class.

In cases of emergency or other unavoidable extended absence, the student should contact the instructor immediately and be prepared to share supporting documentation regarding the absence, so that a request for an exception to the attendance policy can be considered. The instructor will determine the type of documentation that will be appropriate. Providing documentation is not a guarantee that an exception will be made, only that it will be considered.


For college wide syllabus policies such as the Code of Conduct related to Academic Integrity and Classroom Behavior or the Audit/Withdrawal policy, please go to the Syllabus Tab on the MyCCBC page.


If a student elects to audit (AU) the class, the student MUST complete and submit to the Records Office the “Drop/Add/Withdrawal Form”. Failure to do so will result in the earning of the letter grade based on the amount of work completed by the end of the semester. In addition, the student MUST continue to attend all regularly scheduled classes. The student is to arrive on time and leave at the conclusion of class. The student WOULD NOT be responsible for completing ANY graded assignments. Completing assigned homework is optional. Should the student fail to attend the requisite classes, the AU would be converted to Withdrawal (W). Please note that the deadline for converting to AU or W is November 4, 2011.


To earn credit for the participation/preparation portion of the grade, students must arrive in class prepared and up to date on reading and other assignments, and make regular, thoughtful contributions to class discussion, but must also observe other requirements: attentive listening, bringing the assigned books and course materials to class, no use of phones or other unapproved devices, no off-task behavior, no work for other classes, no sleeping, no leaving class except in rare, necessary instances.

IV. Course Procedures
A. Course-related policies and procedures

DUE DATES Assignments are due at the BEGINNING of class on the scheduled due date. Late assignments WILL NOT be accepted WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL of the instructor (contact me in advance) and are subject to a reduction of points in relation to the degree of lateness.

CELL PHONES Please turn them off and put them away. It is not acceptable to leave class to take or to make a call. It is also not acceptable to text during class time. (Please inform me before class begins if you have an emergency situation.)


Take an active speaking role; Listen attentively; Examine all sides of an issue; Suspend judgment; Avoid abusive or insulting language; Be prepared.

WRITING CENTER The Writing Center is located in the Student Success Center (next to the Bookstore) on the Dundalk Campus. I HIGHLY recommend all students utilize this resource. Most students raise their grades significantly when visiting a tutor in the Writing Center before handing in a final paper. Appointments are in half-hour increments, so you will be in and out fairly quickly. HOURS: Monday-Thursday 10:00a.m.-7:00p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. LOCATION: L137 (inside Student Success Center) CONTACT: 443-840-3666

  1. College wide syllabus policies:

“For college wide syllabus policies such as the Code of Conduct related to Academic Integrity and Classroom Behavior or the Audit/ Withdrawal policy, please go to the Syllabus Tab on the MyCCBC page.”


C. Contact information for course-related concerns:
**Students should first attempt to take concerns to the faculty member. If students are unable to resolve course-related concerns with the instructor they should contact David Truscello at 443-840-3901 and/or dtruscello@ccbcmd.edu.
V. Course calendar


  • Course Explanation, Review of syllabus


  • Read article: “Make Me Worry You’re Not Okay” (handout)


  • In-Class Writing: Students will write a response to article.


  • Bring textbook 80 Readings to class with you

  • Begin looking at first chapter “Writers on Writing”

    • John O’Hayre “A First Look at Gobbledygook”

    • Kurt Vonnegut “How to Write with Style”

    • Donald M. Murray “The Maker’s Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscript”


  • Assign and discuss Essay #1: Social Issues affecting Baltimore (Exploratory essay)

    • Discuss Service Learning assignment: Moveable Feast

  • Typed Summary #1: Chapter W-1 due (Little Seagull)


  • Present information you find about local charitable organizations in Baltimore

  • Read “Mandatory AIDS Testing for Job Applicants” by Eileen Williams

    • Discuss ideas for Essay #1


  • Typed Summary #2: Chapter W-2 due (Little Seagull)

  • Rough draft due: Essay #1 (50 points)

  • What you need:

    • Two typed, double spaced pages (stapled)

    • A red, purple, green (any color besides black) pen for peer review


  • Present summaries of articles on HIV or breast cancer (Moveable Feast project)


  • Final draft Essay #1 due

  • Begin discussing essays in Chapter 7: Coming of Age (Narrative; Using Sensory Details)

    • Richard Wright “The Library Card”

    • Aaliyah El-Amin “Milestones”

    • Russell Baker from Growing Up

    • Jonathan Muir “Bottom of the Ninth”


  • Finish discussing Chapter 7 essays

    • Group discussion of each essay


  • Reading for Short, In-class writing assignment

    • “The Art of Being Still”


  • In-class writing: The Art of Being Still

  • Typed Summary #3: Chapter W-3 due (Little Seagull)

    • Discuss chapter: “Developing Paragraphs”


  • Discuss in-class writing

  • Discuss Chapter W-3: “Developing Paragraphs”


  • Watch film: The Dhamma Brothers

  • Discuss writing assignment responding to film (Analyzing Argument; p. 65 Little Seagull)



  • Begin discussing essay in Chapter 6 “Rights and Obligations”

    • Frederick Douglass “The Meaning of the 4th of July for the Negro”

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail”


  • Effective argumentation

    • Finding your voice


  • Finding reliable sources; Library databases


  • Typed Summary #4: Chapter R-1 due (Little Seagull p. 68)

    • Discuss Chapter: “Doing Research”


  • Watch film: Happy

    • Discuss and assign research essay


  • Initial Rough draft research essay due

    • Peer review


  • Look over examples of research essays

  • Discuss annotated bibliography


  • Annotated bibliography due


  • Second Rough draft research essay due


  • Discuss Portfolio assignment


  • Writing Portfolios due

  • Assign resume project


  • Draft of resume due


  • No class


  • Wrap up any unfinished assignments


  • Final draft research essay due (last day of class)

FINALS WEEK: Dec. 9th-13th

**Helpful Web site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/673/01/

This syllabus may be changed at any time with notification.

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