EN105 First Yr Wrtng Seminar I: Critical Reading,Writing and Thinking Across Contexts.

for U1B 2011

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EN 105 First Yr Wrtng Seminar I:Critical Reading,Writing andThinking Across Contexts.


U1B 2011 BL


Al-Tabaa, Esther


English/ Adjunct Faculty


Double BA English and BA Communications, UTEP MA Professional Writing and Rhetoric, University of Texas at El Paso

Office Location

Assigned classroom and by appointment through e-companion

Office Hours

TBA through e-companion; and before and after class in assigned classroom

Daytime Phone

9154334668-Text me only-provide name every time



Semester Dates

May 30- July 24 (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



50 Essays: A Portable Anthology

Author: Cohen, Samuel.  Ed.  3rd Edition. (2011).Bedford St. Martins, 2007.  The ISBN is 0-312-60965-5.

TextPortfolio Keeping, 2nd Ed.,

Author: Reynolds, Nedra and Rice Rich, Bedford St. Martins, 2006.   ISBN: 0-312-41909-0.

 TextEasy Writer: A Pocket Reference, 4th Ed., 

Author: Lunsford,Andrea.  Bedford St. Martins, 2009.   ISBN: 0-312-58388-5

Text: Optional: APA Publication Manual: 6th Ed., 2010,  ISBN: 781433805615  (You will need this book for English 106)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
If you have a lap top, bring it to class.

Additional Resources:

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 helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

Course Description:
EN 105 (C) First Year Writing Seminar I: Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking Across Contexts: An introduction to the recursive processes of writing, the course will emphasize discovery and writing-as-thinking. Students will engage various personal and academics genres, with attention to analyzing the audience and purpose for different writing situations. Course readings expose students to a variety of genres and topics from a range of cultural contexts to promote critical thinking and dialogue. Peer response, reflection and revision are emphasized through a summative course portfolio. 3:0:3 @

Educational Philosophy:
In this course, my goal is to assist you to become better communicators both in writing and in verbal discussions. This course will give you the necessary tools to prepare you for not only the second half of English Composition, but also, to use these acquired skills successfully in other writing courses and in the real world. You will learn these skills through lectures, readings, writing, quizzes, class dialogues and through the use of e-companion to facilitate discussions, use of Internet sources and technology. You are encouraged to explore ideas, issues and contradictions in the subject matter. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the writing process to the creation of personal and formal essays (pre-writing, revising, editing, proof-reading, and formatting).
  2. Develop a specific theme and focus that controls and informs the paper.
  3. Develop and clarify material through the inclusion of appropriate details, examples and transitional devices.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Teach students academic style writing
  2. Teach students to use APA
  3. Teach students how to do research
  4. Teach students how to do peer-reviewing in a collaborative environment
Core Assessment:

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:

EN 105 includes the following assessments:
  • Weekly discussion assignments,
  • Five substantial writing assignments, two of which incorporate deep revision,
  • A summative "best works" portfolio including the student's two strongest essays, artifacts related to the writing process, and a reflective introductory essay,
  • peer review activities, for every essay
  • A "writer's notebook,"
  • A final reflection essay.

All graded components of the course include detailed assignment descriptions and grading criteria.


The grading scale for EN 105 maintains an “A” as 90-100%; a “B” as 80-89%, and so on. 
Assignments will be submitted through e-companion's dropbox. All will be electronic submissions. Hardcopy assignments must be typed out.




Weekly Discussions (F2F/e-companion)


25/ea = 200 pts = 20 %

Peer Reviews(F2F/e-companion) p

W5 & W6

25/ea = 50 pts = 5%



100/ea = 300 pts = 30%

Revision(ed) Essays

W5 & W6

75/ea = 150 pts = 15%



200/ea = 200 pts = 20%

Writer’s Notebook(e-companion discussions)

Weekly notes

50/ea = 50 pts = 5%

Reflection Essay


50/ea = 50 pts = 5%


1000 pts = 100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Please check the e-Companion regularly (daily) for updates, lecture notes, assignment guidelines, discussions, supplemental materials, and your grades. Check E-Companion for detailed weekly postings for class assignments and discussions. 

Work must be submitted on time to be considered for credit. There will be no late submission of course material. If you are going to miss a class, you will be responsible for emailing assignment into the appropriate drop box in E-companion before your scheduled class time.

In-class collaborative work cannot be made up.
E-companion collaborative work must be completed on time to receive credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please arrive on time and expect to stay the entire time. Please be prepared for class, and plan to actively participate in class discussions and class work. We only meet once a week, so attendance is very important to ensure successful completion of the course. Please have your texts purchased prior to beginning the course, especially 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology since we will be reading from this text the first day.

Please have cell phones turned on silent mode during class time. If you need to take a call, take it outside the class room.

The best way to contact me is through email.  Use the e-companion email function. I will respond quicker and there will be less chance of your email being sent to junk mail.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Below you will find a thumbnail sketch of the course’s major topics, readings, and assignments.  Detailed description will be provided on a weekly basis in E-companion. 



Activities, Assignments (Subject to revision)

Week 1

Active Reading, Critical Thinking, Effective Writing

: Readings from 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology additional reading located in E-companion

Write: Post introduction; begin writer’s notebook.

Week 2

Rhetorical Analysis and Persuasion

: Readings from 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology

Write: Essay #1.

Week 3

Focus on Focus

: Readings from 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology

Write: Essay #2.

Week 4

Development and Organization

: Readings from 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology

Write: Essay #3.

Week 5

All Writing is Revising

: Readings from50 Essays: A Portable Anthologyadditional readings located in E-companion

Write: Revision #1

Week 6


: Readings from 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology

Write: Revision #2

Week 7

Reflecting as a Writer

: Readings from 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology

Write: Portfolio.

Week 8

Academic Research and Writing: Looking Ahead

: Reading located in E-companion

Write: Reflection Essay and Writer’s Notebook due.

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 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.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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 .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The main point, or thesis, of the essay is not only abundantly clear to the reader, but gracefully expressed in a clear, personal voice. The main point, or thesis, of the essay is clear, although could be expressed more gracefully. The voice is personal for the most part. The essay lacks a main point and instead presents several potential theses. The voice, while personal, does not always appropriately address the topic. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The essay presents relevant and tasteful detail in a personal voice that supports the thesis and provides an appropriate sense of exploration of topic, with attention to ambiguities as well as certainties. The essay presents relevant detail, but needs further explanation. It is not always clear how the information supports the thesis. Ambiguities are not addressed, or are addressed within a rigid framework. The essay lacks appropriate and relevant detail, and emphasizes information rather than interpretation. Ambiguities are not addressed. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Details are organized logically, and with a pleasing sense of exploration. Digressions are appropriate and add to the overall argument. Details are logically organized, but are stiff and lack a natural sense of presentation. Digressions are sometimes puzzling. The organizational plan is confusing and often irrelevant to the stated purpose of the essay. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Central topic is substantial, relevant, and creatively addressed with fresh insight. Personal experiences are appropriately discussed and analyzed to make a point. Personal voice is consistently graceful and appropriate throughout. Central topic is potentially good, but could be further developed. Personal experiences are not always relevant or adequately analyzed. Personal voice is good, but prosaic. Central topic lacks clarity. Personal experiences do not support any obvious point. The voice does not match the purpose of the essay. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
Technical Skill in Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Writing employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style. Writing employs conventions of Standard Written English adequately, with only occasional gaps. Writing shows persistent problems with the use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical or incomprehensible. No portfolio is turned in or guidelines are not followed. 
Understanding Audience and Purpose                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
The purpose of the essay is abundantly clear through the use of a clearly stated thesis. The writer addresses a specific audience using an appropriate level of discourse and anticipating possible questions. The purpose of the essay is essentially clear, though the thesis could be further clarified. The writer addresses a specific audience, though does not always anticipate reader's questions. The purpose of the essay remains unclear. The writer does not consider the needs of the audience and does not include appropriate discourse. No portfolio is presented or guidelines are not followed. 
Rhetorical Strategies                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
The writing presents information skillfully and uses appropriate strategies and organization. The writing presents information adequately using appropriate strategies, although the organizational plan is not always clear. The writing does not employ appropriate rhetorical strategies and lacks a clear sense of organization. No portfolio is presented or guidelines are not followed. 


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