EN 105 First Yr Wrtng Seminar I:Critical Reading,Writing andThinking Across Contexts.
FA 2010 HOH
Associate Professor of English
M.F.A., Creative Writing-Fiction, University of IowaB.A., English, University of Kansas
MWF 10-12; TR 1-2
8/16 to 12/10
2:25 - 3:40 PM
Samuel, ed. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. 2nd edition. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007.
Lunsford, Andrea. Easy Writer: A Pocket Reference. 4th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.
Murray, Donald. The Craft of Revision. 5th
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I believe that improving your ability to write is the most important thing you will do in college. Strong writing skills offer their rewards quickly (if you can write a good essay, you will have a large advantage in almost all your other classes) and in the long-term (surveys indicate that employers prioritize candidates who write well). But most importantly, becoming a competent writer is a moral imperative; it speaks to a person’s desire to offer coherence, clarity, and elegance to his/her fellow human beings, and it signifies the belief that one’s own thoughts are significant enough to treat with respect.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Every course has a Core Assessment, which is one assignment given in all sections of the course. For En 105 the Core Assessment consists of one final-draft essay from each student’s portfolio, chosen by the student, plus a Reflective Essay. Written at the end of term, the Reflective Essay must describe in significant detail the student’s strengths and a discussion of opportunities for improvement as revealed in the complete portfolio. The reflective essay must also analyze the student’s overall development as a writer over the duration of the semester/term.
Although all students in all sections will present a portfolio that includes evidence of prewriting and multiple drafts, the Core Assessment will consist only of one final-draft essay and the Reflective Essay.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
in this class will be comprised of the following elements:
Participation--This includes active involvement in class discussion, regular attendance and punctuality,
consistent preparation, and general engagement with the course.
occasionally be asked to write responses to prompts about the reading
assignments. These may take the form either of short take-home essays or
unannounced in-class quizzes.
Journal--Students will keep a
journal throughout the semester in which they record all their assigned
exercises, brainstorming activities, reading responses, et cetera.
Essays--Students will write three
essays throughout the semester.
Portfolio--The final portfolio
will include revised versions of three essays, plus a reflective essay, as
discussed under "Core Assessment."
semester grade will be based on your score out of a possible 1000 points. The
specific grading chart is as follows:
Below 59.4 F
Here are the possible point values
for each assignment:
(100 points each)
(100 points per revised essay, 100 points for reflective essay)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Here is the policy on make-up work:
In-class quizzes cannot be made up at all. If you miss a
class during which a quiz was given, you get a zero on the quiz. If you have an
excused absence, the quiz will simply be removed from the record.
If you are going to miss a class during which a writing
assignment (either an essay, a take-home quiz, or a journal assignment) is due,
you have the option of turning the assignment in ahead of time. To do this, you
must turn in a hard copy (no e-mailed assignments) either to me or my mailbox
at least two hours before class. If you don’t do this, you can still get some
points for the assignment by bringing a hard copy to the class period following
your absence. Your score, however, will be cut in half—a paper that would have
earned a 94 will get a 47. No work will be accepted later than that.
The portfolio may not be turned in ahead of time. If you
are not in class when it is due, your only option to get credit is to hand it
to me personally during my office hours the calendar day after it is due; if
you do this, you'll get half credit. If it's any later than that, you can't get
points for it.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Here are a few basic rules of conduct for the classroom,
although I may think of other ones to add later:
1. Please do not bring food into the classroom.
2. If you carry an electronic device with you, please turn
it off before you enter the classroom (excepting, of course, devices that are
necessary for health or disability reasons). This includes laptop computers,
ipods, cell phones, pretty much anything that has a battery. If you have to
have your phone on because you’re expecting a call, please let me know ahead of
3. Please raise your hand if you want to speak—we don’t
want things to be too formal, but we need to keep the discussion organized.
4. Please do not do other work when you’re in our class—you
may think you’re being surreptitious, but it’s pretty noticeable and
distracting when a student keeps looking at an algebra textbook in her
5. Please exhibit respect for the class materials, the
university, your fellow students, and your instructor. This involves many
things, but three in particular are punctuality, generosity of tone, and
positive body language.
I consider these general guidelines for appropriate
behavior at the university level, and I hope you’ll feel obliged to follow them
simply because you're a mature, considerate person. However, violations of any
of these will also result in the loss of participation points.
This is a rough outline of what we’ll be doing throughout the semester. It is very likely to change, depending on the pace we establish, so don’t refer to it as the ultimately authority regarding what to read or bring to class.
Week 1: Introduction to course and subject, discussion of rubric and goals, traditional writing process, discovery draft, Murray readings in-class
Weeks 2-3: Discussion of approaches—autobiographical, argument-driven, analytical; Discussion of Focus; development of first essay; Murray Chapter 4; readings from 50 Essays
Weeks 4-5: Discussion of Development; Murray Chapter 8; readings from 50 Essays; first essay due (week 4)
Weeks 6-7: Discussion of Organization; Murray Chapter 6; readings from 50 Essays; second essay assignment exercises and peer review discussions
Weeks 8-9: Discussion of Clarity and Voice; Murray Chapters 9 and 10; readings from 50 Essays; second essay due (week 8)
Week 10: Meetings to discuss first two essays and portfolio plans
Week 11: General topics; Readings from 50 Essays; third essay assignment and portfolio specifics
Week 12: Make-up day (Veterans Day week—just one class period)
Weeks 13-14: Final preparation of portfolios, general revision issues and techniques, Murray Chapters 7 and 11
Week 15: Portfolios due, final discussions and formatting issues
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96Excused absences will be determined on a case-by-case basis. They are rare, however, and usually involve things like hospital stays, funerals, et cetera, and they require documentation and advanced notice when possible.
You can have two unexcused absences without having your participation grade affected. After that, each unexcused absence will take ten points off your total participation grade (out of a possible one hundred points). Once you miss your seventh class, you are no longer eligible to pass, regardless of your point totals in other areas.
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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