EN 105 First Yr Wrtng Seminar I:Critical Reading,Writing andThinking Across Contexts.
U1RR 2011 MT
Thomas, Peter F.
MA in English from Boise State UniversityBA in Communications from University of Southern California
Before or after class or by appointment
May 30 – July 24, 2011
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Textbook: Cohn, Samuel. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford, 2010.
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.
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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
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: 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
· Participation including attendance, participation, and positive contributions to class activities
Grading: Essays 40%
Close Reading Log 10%
Peer Response 8%
Final Exam 10%
Close Reading Log 10%
Peer Response 8%
Final Exam 10%
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. Do not use them in class at all. Any issues will adversely affect your participation grade. Bring your textbooks to class each day.
05/31/11 Day #1
Discuss Momaday (273)
06/2/11 Day #2
Discuss Murray Ch-1 & 2
Discuss Paper 1
Discuss Orwell (284)
06/7/11 Day #3
Peer Critique of Paper 1
Discuss Murray Ch-3
Discuss “Lug Nuts” Doc Sharing
06/9/11 Day #4
Paper 1 due
Paper 1 due on eCompanion
Discuss Paper 2
Discuss White (431)
Discuss Murray Ch-4
06/14/11 Day #5
Peer Critique of Paper 2
06/16/11 Day #6
Discuss “The Monster” Doc Sharing
Paper 2 due
Paper 2 due on eCompanion
Discuss Paper 3
Discuss Murray Ch-5
06/21/11 Day #7
Discuss Mukherjee (280)
06/23/11 Day #8
Discuss Thoreau (403)
Peer Critique Paper 3
Discuss Murray Ch-6
06/28/11 Day #9
Discuss Barry (72)
Paper 3 due
Paper 3 due on eCompanion
Discuss Murray Ch-7
06/30/11 Day #10
Discuss Mairs (244)
Discuss Murray Ch-8
07/5/11 Day #11
”Lou’s Place” (Doc Sharing)
Peer Critique Paper 4
Discuss Murray Ch-9
07/7/11 Day #12
Paper 4 due
Paper 4 due on eCompanion
Discuss “Revenge Has Deep Roots”
Discuss Murray Ch-10
07/12/11 Day #13
Discuss Eighner (146)
Discuss Murray Ch-11
07/14/11 Day #14
Discuss “Neat People vs. Sloppy People”
Peer Critique Paper 5
07/19/11 Day #15
Discuss Swift (387)
Paper 5 Due
07/21/11 Day #16
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