Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301- Section: 10
|Description||Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.|
|Prerequisites||Intensive study and practice in the basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.|
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes. (PSLO 1) Measured by essay rubric.
2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.(PSLO 1 & 4) Measured by class discussion, team work, and essay rubric.
3. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose. (PSLO 2) Meaured by essay rubric.
4. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.
(PSLO Alpha, 1,4,6) Measured by pre-test/post-test, class discussion and essay rubric.
5. Use Edited American English in academic essays. (PSLO 2) Measured by essay rubric.
* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills- Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills � Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills � Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
|Textbooks||TBA on the first day of class.|
I. Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure
II. Literary devices
III. Expository writing
IV. Short stories, poems, and their authors
V. Literary analysis and beginning to analyze literature
VI. Developing an argument/persuasive essay
VII. Research and databases
Week 1: Intro to course, cover syllabus. PSLO Pre-test. Log on to LamarPA and email. Netiquette Review, Six Traits Good Writing, Grammar/Punctuation, TED talk diagnostic writing.
Week 2: Grammar/Punctuation, Fiction, Writing
Week 3: Essay#1 Due: Narrative, Grammar/Punctuation
Week 4: Fiction, Writing
Week 5: Essay#2 Due: Descriptive
Week 6: Fiction, Writing
Week 7: Essay#3 Due: Process Analysis
Week 8: Intro to Library Research and Annotated Bibliography
Week 9: Research & Anno Bibs, Intro to Etymology/Definition
Week 10: Anno-Bibs due, Etymology, Intro to Group Projects
Week 11: Group Projects, Group Presentations due
Week 12: Essay #4 Due: Etymology/Definition
Week 13: Argumentation/Persuasion Workshop, Writing
Week 14: Argumentation/Persuasion, Intro to Satire
Week 15: Essay #5 Due, Review for Final
Week 16: Final Exam
|Final Exam Date||December 7, 2018 - 8:00 AM Through December 7, 2018 - 10:00 AM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
3 essays at 10% ea.= 30%
1 Definition Essay 15%
1 Argument essay 15%
1 Anno-bib project 10%
Response Papers and Quizzes- 15%
Binder Notes 5%
Final (m/c) 10%
|Instructor Policies||DO NOT email me to ask what was missed during your absence. Ask another student and check Blackboard. No texting during lectures. No food. No phones out during class unless I specify you may use them.|
|Attendance Policy||Class attendance is mandatory. However, for either illness or emergencies, I will allow three absences for this course without penalty. Please note: for each subsequent absence, a letter grade will be deducted from your semester average. If you are an athlete and have to miss class due to an off-campus game, proper paperwork MUST be submitted to the instructor before the date of absence, if not, this will count as an absence. If you are absent (for any reason), you are still responsible for material that was covered during your absence and for assignments given during your absence. If you get up and leave before I dismiss class, you will be marked absent for the day. It is discourteous to leave while class is in session, but if you really must leave the classroom during class (even for just a couple of minutes), you are still responsible for whatever was covered during your absence.|
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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|Other||I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.|
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|