EN 105 First Yr Wrtng Seminar I:Critical Reading,Writing andThinking Across Contexts.
F1T 2010 DLA
McGee, Nancy J.
Ph.D., English Composition, Wayne State UniversityM.A., English Literature, University of DelawareB.S., Secondary Education English, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
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August 16, 2010 - October 10, 2010
Textbook: Text: 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology.
Cohen, Ed. 2nd Ed. Bedford St. Martins, 2007.
Text: The Craft of Revision.
Murray. 5th Ed. Thomson/Wadsworth, 2007.
Text: Portfolio Keeping, 2nd Ed.,
Reynolds and Rice, Bedford St. Martins, 2006.
Text: Easy Writer: A Pocket Reference, 4th Ed.,
Author: Lunsford, Bedford St. Martins, 2009.
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Educational Philosophy: Learning to write well is more than a means of getting good
grades: it can mean the difference in the life that the student and his or her
family will have, given the importance of good communication skills in the
workplace and as a means of protecting oneself as a consumer. I thus approach
the teaching of writing as a key component for every student's preparation.
Students will vary in the initial skills that they bring to the courses, but
everyone can always improve in his or her communication. Because I believe that
credibility is of vital importance in getting ideas accepted, I hold student
writing to high standards of correctness and organization, since these are the
elements that instructors, employers, and others will use to judge the writer.
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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:
All graded components of the course include detailed assignment descriptions and grading criteria.
Grading: The grading scale for EN 105 maintains an “A” as 90-100%; a “B” as 80-89%, and so on.
25/ea = 200 pts = 20 %
W5 & W6
25/ea = 50 pts = 5%
100/ea = 300 pts = 30%
W5 & W6
75/ea = 150 pts = 15%
200/ea = 200 pts = 20%
50/ea = 50 pts = 5%
1000 pts = 100%
Late Submission of Course Materials: I will accept essays up to one week past their original due date, with no penalty. This is meant to account for emergencies only. Papers will not be accepted even one minute past this emergency grace period regardless of reason, so plan to turn all papers in before the due date, using the emergency grace period rarely, if ever.
Discussion board postings must be submitted by midnight on Sundays. The discussion boards will close at that time, so there are no exceptions to the requirement that you participate in class during each week in order to receive participation credit for that week.
The writer's notebook assignment and final exam are due during the last week of class. These must be submitted no later than the last day of class (October 10).
Classroom Rules of Conduct: All postings must show courtesy to the
class. I ask that you refrain from flaming and from using unprofessional
language. However, you should challenge each other's ideas. Learning to
in a courteous way is part of professionalism.
Any questions regarding grades must be sent privately to me, via e-mail.
cannot discuss grades in any way in "public" such as in the
Active Reading, Critical Thinking, Effective Writing
Read/Discuss: Readings from Murray and Reynolds and Rice, additional reading located in “Document Sharing.”
Write: Post introduction; begin writer’s notebook.
Rhetorical Analysis and Persuasion
Read/Discuss: Readings from Cohen and Lunsford texts.
Write: Essay #1.
Focus on Focus
Read/Discuss: Readings from Murray and Cohen texts.
Write: Essay #2.
Development and Organization
Read/Discuss: Readings from Murray, Cohen, and Reynolds and Rice texts.
Write: Essay #3.
All Writing is Revising
Read/Discuss: Readings from Murray and Lunsford texts, additional readings located in “Document Sharing.”
Write: Revision #1
Read/Discuss: Readings from Murray text.
Write: Revision #2
Reflecting as a Writer
Read/Discuss: Readings from Reynolds and Rice text.
Academic Research and Writing: Looking Ahead
Read/Discuss: Reading located in “Document Sharing.”
Write: Final Exam (taken in-person with approved proctor) and Writer’s Notebook due.
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