EN 106 First Yr Wrtng Seminar II:Academic Research & Writing
S2A 2011 BE
M.A. English (Rhetoric & Composition) - Western Kentucky UniversityB.S. Social Psychology - Park University
March 14 - May 8, 2011
5:10 - 7:50 PM
EN105 or equivalent
From Inquiry to
Academic Writing: A Text and Reader,
Greene and Lidinsky, Eds., Bedford St. Martins, 2008, ISBN: 0312451652.
Portfolio Keeping: A
Guide For Students, Reynolds and
Rice. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford, 2006, ISBN: 0312419097.
Easy Writer: A Pocket Reference, Lunsford. 4th ed. Boston:
Bedford/Martins, 2010, ISBN: 9780312650315.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
A pocket folder
Access to a collegiate
dictionary and thesaurus.
Resource Room – The Austin
Campus offers a selection of resources in various disciplines, including
periodicals, textbooks, and computers for student use.
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Educational Philosophy: Course Overview and Goals:
English 106 focuses on
those writing and research tasks common to all collegiate courses, regardless
of discipline. We will cover such topics as engaging in academic inquiry,
developing an argumentative thesis, organizing an academic essay, documenting
sources, and editing your prose.
Throughout the course we
will practice what Greene and Lidinsky, the authors of our textbook, call the
"habits of mind" of academic writers. Academic writers:
Drawing from the readings
included in our textbooks and from scholarly research you will locate via
the Park University McAfee Library online, you will compose five academic
essays, two of which will be significant revisions of earlier essays. Your work
will culminate with a portfolio due in the seventh week of the course, followed
by a final exam in the eighth week.
The pattern and import of your
work--establishing and articulating your position in relationship to other,
textually defined positions, joining in conversation with ideas--is reflected
in and supported throughout our primary text, From Inquiry to Academic
Writing. It is also the very sort of work you will continue to do as you
pursue a field of study, establishing your own experience and expertise for
your vocational and intellectual future.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Every course has a Core Assessment, which is one assignment given in all sections of the course. For En 106 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:
EN 106 includes the
You will be able to
track your average exactly throughout the course. The grading scale is as
follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. You will know
in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt,
clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better, more thoughtful
Essay Four (revision)
Essay Five (revision)
Portfolio & Core Assessment
Late Submission of Course Materials: All assignments are due at
the beginning of the class period on which they are noted as due on the
syllabus. Generally speaking, I do not accept late work except under extreme
circumstances (i.e., serious illness or traffic accident, death in the
family, etc.). Documentation must be provided for such cases. However, you may
make a request in advance to submit late work for other
legitimate situations that arise (I will determine the legitimacy on a case by
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All electronic devices, including cellular and
handheld devices and laptops, must be shut off or silenced and stowed away
throughout our class meeting. However, I will allow laptop use for some in-class work.
of Mind of Academic Writers
Greene & Lidinsky, Ch. 1 & Ch. 2. Portfolio preview. Easy Writer/MLA Workshop. Introduction to
Park University online library and the Writing Competency Test (WCT).
Begin brainstorming for essay one.
Read/Discuss: In Greene & Lidinsky, Ch. 7; and Loewen,
From “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got
Wrong.” In Lunsford, “MLA Manuscript Format,” “In-text Citations,” and
“Taking Notes” and “Integrating Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries."
Essay one, due Tuesday, March 29
Issues, Forming Questions, and Developing a Thesis
Read/Discuss: In Greene & Lidinsky, Ch. 4 & Ch. 5;
and Giroux, “Children’s Culture and Disney’s Animated Films.” Easy Writer/MLA workshop.
Essay two, due Tuesday, April 5
and Evaluating Sources
Read/Discuss: In Greene & Lidinsky, Ch. 6. In Lunsford,
“Research” and “MLA Style." WCT WORKSHOP.
Essay three, due Tuesday, April 12
and Organizing Arguments
Read/Discuss: In Greene & Lidinsky, Ch. 9; Appiah, “Moral
Disagreement,” and Foer, “How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory
of Globalization.” In Lunsford, “Language.” WCT WORKSHOP. Portfolio review.
(revision to previously written essay), due Tuesday, April 19
to and Revising Arguments
Greene & Lidinsky, Ch. 8 & Ch. 10. Easy Writer/MLA workshop. WCT WORKSHOP.
Essay five (revision
to previously written essay), due Tuesday, April 26, and portfolio.
Reynolds & Rice, “Putting it Together” and “Preparing to Write the
Write: Portfolio, due Thursday, April 28
WCT: Thursday, April 28
Students will read one self-selected essay from the following two (in Greene
& Lidinsky): duCille, “Dyes and Dolls: Multicultural Barbie and the
Merchandising of Difference,” or Ignatiev, “Immigrants and Whites."
EXAMINATION, Thursday, May 5
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 95-96
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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