Room: GTM 217
Time: 12:00-1:50 TR


Room: GTM 215
Time: 2:00-3:50 MW


GTM 222
257-5494
10:30-2:00 MW
10:00-12:00 TR

or by appointment


School of Literature and Language

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Course Description

ENGL 101: Freshman Composition I. 0-3-3.

Standard course for first-year college students; the three stages of writing (prewriting, writing, and rewriting); writing essays in various modes; grammar review.

Textbooks:

  • Muller, Gilbert H. The McGraw-Hill Reader, 11th edition (2011). ISBN: 9780077554590.
  • A "good" dictionary.
  • Magee 101 Packet
  • Tech's Freshman Composition Packet.


Objectives:

  • English 101 is an introductory writing course; the course will cover all fundamental principles of writing, and will stress the three stages of the writing process (prewriting, writing, and rewriting).
  • Grammar exercises will supplement writing instruction to provide you a review of current usage.
  • We will use essays for two purposes: to generate topics for your writing and to study as models for structure and style in composition.

General Requirements

  • Five essays, including a final, will be assigned during the quarter. You should turn in your paper in class on time. A paper not submitted in class on the due date is late. SUBMIT YOUR ESSAYS ON TIME. YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL FIVE ESSAYS AND TAKE THE FINAL.
  • COMPLETE ANY MAKE-UP WORK BEFORE FINALS WEEK.

Attendance Requirements

  • Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as a privilege, and all students are expected to attend regularly and punctually all classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance is worth 10% of your total grade.
  • I shall keep a permanent attendance record for this class. This record is subject to inspection by appropriate college or university officials.
  • Regular attendance will help you understand your assignments and complete them on schedule. I encourage you to attend unless you absolutely cannot avoid being absent.
  • Bring a 9" x 12" manilla folder to class for me to file your work in.

Conferences

  • Conferences are encouraged during the quarter. They will be used to discuss specific writing strengths and/or weaknesses.



Grading Criteria
Grades
Description or Narration (500 words)
20% 
Classification (In Class)    20%
Proposal Essay [Group] (850 words; 2 sources)   20%
Final (300-400 words)   15% 
75%
Web Project
Louisiana Anthology project[Group]
Anthology Home page
 
10%
Attendance  
15/888%
Total 100%

The grading scale is A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F:0-59%.


Turning in Your Work
In face-to-face classes, I want a paper copy of your assignments AND an electronic copy submitted to the TurnItIn link on Moodle.  In online classes, submit your paper through Moodle to TurnItIn.  If you have trouble uploading it Moodle, you may email it to me at bmagee@latech.edu.  You may also bring a paper copy by my office.  You are still responsible for turning in the assignment by the due date, so plan ahead.

Late Work
Your paper is due ON or BEFORE the due date. You can turn it in any time until the due date.  After that, the grade drops 5 points per period.

Attendence
In a face-to-face class, I'll take role every period.  Your attendance grade is a straight percentage of how much you attended class.  For example, if you attend 17 times out of 20 periods, your grade will be 17÷20=85%.  An absence may be excused with proper documentation.

Graded Material
In the event of a question regarding an exam grade or final grade, it will be the responsibility of the student to retain and present graded materials which have been returned for student possession during the quarter. 

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Students needing testing or classroom accommodations based on a disability are encouraged to discuss those needs with me as soon as possible. 

Honor Code
"In accordance with the Academic Honor Code, students pledge the following: Being a student of a higher standard, I pledge to embody the principles of academic integrity."  If I determine that you have violated the Honor Code or the English Department plagiarism policy, you'll receive a '0' on the assignment, and I may refer you to the Honor Council if I think it appropriate.

The Emergency Notification System
All Louisiana Tech students are strongly encouraged to enroll and update their contact information in the Emergency Notification System. It takes just a few seconds to ensure you're able to receive important text and voice alerts in the event of a campus emergency.  For more information on the Emergency Notification System, please visit: http://www.latech.edu/ administration/ ens.shtml.

Graduate Requirements
In addition to meeting the above requirements, graduate students enrolled in the course for graduate credit:
  • must write a substantially longer research paper than undergraduates. (12-15 pages for graduate students, 8-9 pages for undergraduates.)
  • may be asked to give presentations to the class.
  • should show leadership in class discussion.






Hoc opus, hic labor est.


Registration Week (September 3-5)

Period 1

  • Reading:  Begin looking over your Louisiana Anthology assignment.
  • Writing:  Turn in a 12" manilla folder with your name, course, and section number on the tab.


Week 1 (September 8-12)

Period 1

  • Reading: Packet 1-3.
  • Writing:
    • Packet exercises 1 & 2 (pp. 1-2) 
      • paragraphs (p. 3). 

Period 2


Week 2 (September 15-19)

Period 1

Period 2


Week 3 (September 22-26)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Reading: 
  • Writing: NARRATION ESSAY rough draft


Week 4 (September 29 - October 3)

Period 1

  • Reading: 
  • Writing: 

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing: DESCRIPTIVE OR NARRATION ESSAY DUE. Remember to keep a copy of the final version in your file.


Week 5 (October 6-10)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing:  PACKET 30: DOING THIS EXERCISE WILL GREATLY IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES FOR DOING WELL ON THE CLASSIFICATION ESSAY.


Week 6 (October 13-17)

Period 1

  • Reading:
  • Writing: CLASSIFICATION ESSAY (In Class). BRING DICTIONARY & HANDBOOK.

Period 2


Week 7 (October 20-24)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing:


Week 8 (October 27-31)

Period 1

  • Reading: 
  • Writing:  PROPOSAL ESSAY DUE. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.

Period 2

  • Reading: 
  • Writing:


Week 9 (November 3-7)

Period 1

  • Reading:
  • Writing: IN-CLASS ESSAY. BRING DICTIONARY & HANDBOOK.

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing: 


Week 10 (November 10-13)

Period 1

  • Reading: ANTHOLOGY ASSIGNMENT DUE.
  • Writing: 

Period 2

  • Reading:
  • Writing: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN FRESHMAN COMPOSITION



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