EN 106 First Yr Wrtng Seminar II: Academic Research & Writing
SP 2011 HOG
Adjunct Faculty, English
B.A. Emporia State University; M.A. Emporia State University
(816) 607-1613 (voicemail only)
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
EN105 or equivalent
Greene, Stuart and April Lidinsky. From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008. (ISBN: 0312451652)
Reynolds, Nedra and Rich Rice. Portfolio Keeping: A Guide for Students. 2nd Ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006.(ISBN: 0-312-41909-0)
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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Writing rarely occurs in a vacuum; often when we write, we are responding/relating to the world around us. Furthermore, writing is a craft that uses a particular set of skills. This course (EN 106) will provide you the opportunity to further develop your skills as a writer through informal and formal writing assignments for a variety of audiences.
The majority of our time this semester will be spent writing and responding to the writing of others (either peers or "professionals"). Because this is a participation-based course, you will be expected to engage in discussions, writing activities, and workshops.
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:
Attendance/Participation:We will have a number of in-class activities including discussions of reading assignments, short reaction responses to readings based on discussion questions/prompts, and in-class writing exercises to generate ideas. Both in-class and out-of-class activities will make up your attendance/participation grade. You will be required to maintain a "learning journal"; this will act as a repository for all of your in-class work, homework, and brainstorming (I recommend using a 3-ring binder.) All entries for your learning journal are expected to be typed if you wish to receive credit for your work. In certain instances, I will indicate on the Tentative Schedule that a handwritten worksheet is acceptable. It is your responsibility to keep up-to-date on your learning journal, and bring your learning journal with you to every class. I will collect the learning journals at random intervals throughout the semester to evaluate its contents. If you are absent on the day learning journals are collected, then the work is considered late and will earn a zero.Missing work cannot be "made up." For instance if I collect learning journals during Week 3 and you have missing assignments, these will earn zero points. If these missing assignments are present when I collect learning journals during Week 5, these assignments are considered late and still earn zero points. It is in your best interest to complete work as it is assigned.
Essays: During this course, you will compose 4 major writing assignments in addition to your semester portfolio (see below). Because writing is a process, a portion of your grade for each essay will be based on invention, peer response, and revising. You will be required to submit copies of any source material you used in your essays. Your essays also will be evaluated on their focus, development, organization, and mechanics (word choice, grammar, and format). It is my goal to have graded essays returned to you within two weeks from the date of submission. At times, circumstances may arise that delay this turnaround. If I anticipate such a delay, I will let you know.
Peer Response Workshops: Peer Response Workshops provide you an opportunity to receive feedback on your work prior to the due date of your essays. You are expected to have two printed drafts ready on days scheduled for peer review. Do not wait until before class to print drafts of your essay. Invariably the computer lab will be full, the printer will run out of ink or paper, or some other technological issue will arise. Print your drafts at least the night before a workshop or due date. If you do not bring a printed draft for peer review days, you will be asked to leave class and will be counted absent. In addition, you will lose your attendance/participation points for that day. Note that you also receive points on the "final" draft of your essay for completing Peer Response. Failure to participate in Peer Response will result in a 10% deduction on your graded "final" essay.
Portfolio: Throughout this course, you will receive a lot of feedback – from me and from your classmates – on each paper. You will earn a grade for each essay because writing on deadlines is a reality of writing in college and in the workforce. However, the final course portfolio provides you the opportunity to revise and reflect on your writing. This portfolio will allow you to showcase your progress as a writer and demonstrate your writing process.
Quizzes:Quizzes will be unannounced. Any information covered in class discussions, reading assignments, or handouts are fair game for quiz material. Generally speaking, quizzes will be given within the first five minutes of class. If you are tardy and a quiz already has been distributed, you will miss the opportunity to take that quiz.
Final Exam: You will have a final exam modeled after the Writing Competency Test.
Grades are not "given" in this course; you earn your grade based on the work you produce and the progress you make as a scholar during this semester. A final grade in this course will be based on the following elements (NOTE: Extra credit is not provided in this course):
Quizzes: 75 points
Essay 1: 100 points
Annotated Bibliography: 100 points
Research Essay: 100 points
Essay 4: 100 points
Attendance/Participation: 125 points
Final Exam: 100 points
Portfolio & Core Assessment: 300 points
Total 1000 points
The final grade calculation will correspond to the following letter grades:
A: 1000 – 900 points
B: 899 – 800 points
C: 799 – 700 points
D: 699 – 600 points
F: 599 and below
Final grades will be posted using the University's MyPark system. Because e-mail is easily hacked and compromised, requests for grades to be e-mailed to you will not be granted. This is an effort to protect your rights under FERPA.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Due dates for each essay are included on the tentative schedule. Essays are to be turned in on the due date at the beginning of class. Late papers will be dropped a letter grade for each class period it is late. I understand that life happens, and there may arise certain circumstances where a late paper may be exempt from the dropped grade policy. If you believe you have such a circumstance, speak to me about it when you turn in the paper.
I will not print your assignments or papers for you; do not e-mail me your assignments or papers unless you have made previous arrangements with me. Late homework/learning journals will not be accepted.
Note: Technology is not always reliable. Invariably, computers will crash; printers will quit working or run out of ink. Computer/printer failure is not an acceptable excuse for submitting late assignments. I suggest you save often; and either e-mail a completed copy of the assignment to yourself or invest in a flash drive on which to save your work (better yet, do both).
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
We are a community of learners in this class; as such, we will have a respectful learning environment conducive to an open exchange of ideas so long as those ideas do not violate university policies. As a part of our respectful learning environment, it is your responsibility to come to class prepared, which includes having completed reading and writing assignments on the due dates. Likewise, you are expected to arrive on time for class. If you are more than 10 minutes late to class, you will be considered absent.
You are expected to type all learning journal assignments unless otherwise indicated in class or on the Tentative Schedule. As such, no handwrittenlearning journal assignments will be accepted. It is your responsibility to have your learning journal prepared for class each day and ready to turn in to me in the event I collect them on any given day.
Each essay will be graded according to the criteria sheets for each respective essay and a general rubric. The criteria sheets will be provided at the beginning of each "unit", and I will provide you with the general rubric at a later date.
All drafts and essays will be typed with 12-point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced lines, and one-inch margins on all sides of the pages. We will use proper MLA documentation and format guidelines.
Cell phones, PDAs, pagers, mp3 players, and other electronic devices will be turned off or placed on silent mode for the duration of the class period. Because so much of this course depends on in-class activities and discussion, you may be marked absent at my discretion if you are more engaged with these electronic devices or side conversations than with the class.
** A Note on Papers: I will not discuss grades on papers the day I hand them back. You are welcome to discuss a grade the next day once you've taken the opportunity to review any comments or suggestions I've made on the essay.
**A Note on Grades: I will figure grades twice a semester (at midterms and at the conclusion of the semester). I will not figure grades at any other point in the semester except under very rare circumstances. If you are in an organization or other student activity that requires "progress" reports, I will provide you with a rough estimate of your grade. I have provided you with the breakdown of points in this syllabus. Furthermore, I return your graded work to you. Your grade is not "kept a secret" from you. You are expected to be responsible for your own education. As such, you should track your own progress in this course with the graded work returned to you and the breakdown of points provided in this syllabus.
A hardcopy of the Tentative Schedule will be provided on the first day of class.
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 92Additionally, all work completed for this class must be original to EN106. Essays found to be previously submitted to another class or another instructor as fulfillment of that course's requirements will be subject to the plagiarism penalties outlined below.
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 92-93A student who submits a plagiarized paper or who allows another person to copy his or her work is subject to receiving a 0 grade for the paper/quiz/assignment.
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 95-96Because so much of the work done in composition courses is done in class, it is mandatory for all students to attend regularly and be on time. You will be marked absent if you arrive to class more than 10 minutes late. Because there are legitimate reasons for missing class, you are allowed ten absences before failing this course; however, any absence can affect your grade in this course. I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. In the event of an absence, it is your responsibility to obtain any missed notes either by speaking to me or to a classmate. You will not be able to recoup missed participation/homework points for the day(s) missed.
Furthermore, failure to bring rough drafts to Peer Response Workshops will result in an absence.
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 .
Last Updated:1/4/2011 12:57:18 PM