EN 106 First Yr Wrtng Seminar II:Academic Research & Writing
SP 2011 HOF
Associate Professor of English
B.A. English, University of KansasM.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Iowa
MW 11-12 and 3-4; T/Th 10-1
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Greene, Stuart and April
Lidinsky. From Inquiry to Academic
Writing: A Text and Reader. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s,
Lunsford, Andrea. Easy Writer: A Pocket Reference. 4th
Ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010.
Reynolds, Nedra, and Rich Rice.
Portfolio Keeping: A Guide for
Students. 2nd Ed. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2006.
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Educational Philosophy: EN106, along with EN105, is
one of the most important courses you will take in college. That’s because it
will help you refine a set of skills that offers rewards in the short-term
(virtually all your future classes will require you to write) and in the long
term (prospective employers prioritize writing and critical thinking skills
above all others). The class will underscore the importance of thinking
critically, researching thoroughly, and revising extensively if you want to
craft effective, persuasive writing. In doing this, it will require you to keep
an open mind as you interact with voices besides your own, and to participate
actively in our readings and discussions.
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: Your class grade will be
based on a 1000-point system, in which you will earn points from a variety of
sources. These sources include journal exercises and writing assignments;
quizzes on reading assignments; participation in class discussions (attendance
is just one aspect of this grade); formal essays; and a cumulative
portfolio that contains revised versions of every essay you wrote in class, plus
a reflective essay on your evolution as a writer.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
The policy for turning in
work is pretty straightforward. All homework assignments (journals, essays,
portfolios, etc.) are to be handed in to me in hard copy form at the beginning
of class on the day of the announced deadline. If you don’t have a hard copy at
that time, you cannot get full credit for the assignment. You may turn the
assignment in to me anytime within 48 hours of the deadline for half credit. For
example, if an assignment is due on Monday, January 24th, and you
bring it to my office on Tuesday, January 25th, it will be graded
just as every other assignment is, but only half the points will be entered into
the book. If you bring me the assignment on Thursday, January 27th,
you cannot get points for it.
One last thing: I’d say that more than half the late
work I receive is a result of students waiting until ten minutes before class to
print out their work in the computer lab, then encountering some technical
problem. All I can say is, if your work is not given to me when I call for it at
the beginning of class (if you run in twenty minutes late, breathlessly
clutching the just-printed papers, for example), then it is late. THINK AHEAD,
AND PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In a class that depends on sharing our personal thoughts, opinions, and writing samples, it’s very important for everyone to exhibit a high degree of respect for their peers, their instructor, and their material. I encourage you to think for yourself in this class (in fact, it’s a requirement), but this doesn’t just mean spouting your opinion. True critical thinkers and writers must be open-minded, mature, and generous. No matter what we’re doing in class, you will be expected to
-Be honest but considerate when you respond to the work of others
-Share your own thoughts and opinions in a reflective, sophisticated way
-Display an interest in becoming a better writer, even when that process seems challenging or confusing
-Ask questions when you don’t understand something
An important word on technology: Any electronic device that is brought into the classroom must be turned off before class begins (class begins when I walk into the room, not when I ask you to turn off your phones). If you need to have a device on for the reasons of disability or health, or if you need to have your phone available because you’re expecting an urgent call, please discuss it with me outside of class. In other words, no laptops, ipods, cell phones, etc.
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 One, 1/10-1/12
Introduction to the subject,
overview of syllabus, exercises
Week Two, 1/19
Critical Reading—assignments from
Greene/Lidinsky, first essay assignment
continued—exercises, first essay draft work
Week Four, 1/31-2/2
Peer review, readings from
Greene/Lidinsky, Easy Writer in-class work
Week Five, 2/7-2/9
First Essay Due, Green/Lidinsky
readings and discussion
Week Six, 2/14-2/16
Research and Citation—exercises
Week Seven, 2/23
Research and Citation
continued—readings and exercises from Green/Lidinsky
Second Essay Due, proofreading
exercises, annotated bibliography discussion
Week Nine, 3/7-3/11
NO CLASS—Spring Break
Week Ten, 3/14-3/16
Exploring methods of argument,
Greene/Lidinsky readings and exercises
Week Eleven, 3/21-3/23
Green/Lidinsky readings and
exercises, portfolio discussion
Week Twelve, 3/28-3/30
Organization—readings and exercises
Third Essay Due, proofreading and
Portfolio preparation, peer review,
readings and discussion from Portfolio Keeping
Week Fifteen, 4/18-4/20
Portfolios Due, final discussion,
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 95-96Additional notes on absences:
You can miss two class periods without having your participation grade affected. After that, each absence will take ten points off your total participation grade (out of a possible one hundred points). After your seventh absence, you are no longer eligible to pass, regardless of your point totals in other areas. Students who are chronically late to class will also lose participation points.
You are marked absent if you are not in class when I take attendance, which usually happens about a minute or two after the hour begins. If you arrive after attendance has been taken, it is your responsibility to come up to me after class and ask me to mark you as tardy, rather than absent. If you do not do this, you will be counted as absent.
Excused 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.
When you miss a class, you have to find out how you should prepare for the next class (don't rely on the course outline--it will probably change). Ideally, you'll be able to contact a class member who can fill you in. If you need to contact me to ask, please make your questions very specific (“Could you tell me what book to bring, and what story I should read for Wednesday's class?” rather than “So what did I miss?”). Also, keep in mind that I may not answer right away—I generally will respond to e-mails within 18 hours.
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 .
A few notes about e-mail
-Please do not e-mail me to ask
what we did in class. If you ask me specifically what materials or homework you
should bring for the next class, I can tell you. However, I simply don’t have
time to give you a run-down on what originally took fifty minutes to explain to
-Please do not e-mail me
assignments unless you’ve received permission to do it ahead of time.
-Please keep the tone and style of
your e-mails appropriate for an academic environment. This means beginning with
a proper salutation (not “Hey there Prof,” but “Hello Professor,”), using
grammatical English, and avoiding the abbreviations and emoticons of
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