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

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


S1RR 2011 MT


Thomas, Peter F.


Adjunct Faculty


MA  Boise State University
BA  University of Southern California

Office Location

By appointment

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Jan 10 – Mar 06, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Cohn, Samuel.  50 Essays:  A Portable Anthology.  3rd ed. Boston:  Bedford, 2010.
ISBN: 0-312-60965-5                                  

Murray, Donald. The Craft of Revision. 5th ed. Boston: Heinle, 2003. ISBN: 0838407153.

Reynolds, Nedra, and Rich Rice. Portfolio Keeping: A Guide For Students. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford, 2006.  ISBN: 0-312-41909-0

Lunsford, Andrea.  Easy Writer:  A Pocket Reference.  4th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2010.  

ISBN: 0-312-58388-5

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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:

No matter where people's interests in reading lie, being able to read and critically evaluate and interpret text is crucial to success in today's society.  In order to facilitate students' critical thinking, I will engage students in classroom discussion and encourage them to consider varying opinions and styles of writing.   In addition to being able to read and think critically, it is also important for students to know how to communicate their ideas effectively.  I will use guided practice, writing models, and the internet to demonstrate effective writing.

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.

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:

Grading Policies
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 writer. Each student is responsible for the following:

· Completing weekly reading assignments from the assigned texts and lectures

· Fulfilling weekly Close Reading log requirements (double-entry log)

· Completing three substantial writing assignments, referred to as essays or essay drafts

· Completing two substantial revisions of essays or essay drafts

· Compile a portfolio including the student's two strongest essays and a reflective introduction

· Completing responses to classmates' essays during deep revision

· Completing a final examination


Essays 40%
Portfolio 20%

Close Reading Log 10%

Invention 6%                        

Introductions 1%         

Peer Response 8%

Final Exam 15%     

Paper format, discussion points, and portfolio requirements will be discussed in class and hand outs will be provided.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If you must be absent, please call or email me as soon as possible.  If you miss something, make arrangements with me to get your assignments in at the earliest possible time.  If you miss assignments due to an unexcused absence, you will receive a 50% grade deduction on the late work. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please leave your cell phones/blackberries/raspberries, etc. at home or in your car. Bring your textbooks to class each day. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
01/11/11 Day #1

Course Introduction
Discuss Momaday (291-297)                 
Writing Workshop

01/13/11 Day #2

Writing Workshop
Discuss Murray Ch-1 & 2

Discuss Paper 1                                   
Discuss Orwell (302-309)                       

01/18/11 Day #3

Writing Workshop
Peer Critique of Paper 1

Discuss Murray Ch-3
Discuss Walker (441-449)                      

01/20/11 Day #4

Writing Workshop
Paper 1 due
Paper 1 due on eCompanion
Discuss Paper 2                                     
Discuss White (450-456)                       
Discuss Murray Ch-4

01/25/11 Day #5

Discuss Dillard (139-143)                      
Writing Workshop
Peer Critique of Paper 2

01/27/11 Day #6

Writing Workshop
Discuss “The Monster”              
Paper 2 due
Paper 2 due on eCompanion
Discuss Paper 3          
Discuss Murray Ch-5

02/1/11 Day #7

Discuss Mukherjee (298-301)                 
Writing Workshop

02/3/11 Day #8 

 Writing Workshop
Discuss Thoreau (424-430)                    
Peer Critique Paper 3
Discuss Murray Ch-6

02/8/11 Day #9

Discuss Barry (82-84)                           
Writing Workshop
Paper 3 due
Paper 3 due on eCompanion
Discuss paper 4
Discuss Murray Ch-7

02/10/11 Day #10

Discuss Mairs (267)  
Writing Workshop
Discuss Murray Ch-8
02/15/11 Day #11

”Lou’s Place” (Course docs)     
Writing Workshop
Peer Critique Paper 4
Discuss Murray Ch-9
02/17/11 Day #12

Writing Workshop         
Paper 4 due
Paper 4 due on eCompanion
Discuss paper 5    
Discuss “Revenge Has Deep Roots”
Discuss Murray Ch-10

02/22/11 Day #13

Discuss Eighner (161-173)      
Writing Workshop
Discuss Murray Ch-11

02/24/11 Day #14

Discuss “Neat People vs. Sloppy People”
Writing Workshop
Peer Critique Paper 5
03/1/11 Day #15

Discuss Swift (408)     
Writing Workshop
 Paper 5 Due
03/03/11 Day #16

Portfolio due
Final Exam

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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