Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301- Section: 12
Composition I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Zebulon Lowe
Phone(409) 984-6550
Location:Student Center - Room: 418
Hours:Monday: 7 AM - 4 PM / Wednesday: 7 AM - 2 PM
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
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 None
Learning Outcomes 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.
Core Objectives * 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.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* 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 1. Readings for Writers, 14th Edition, McCuen-Metherell & Winkler,
Publisher: Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-111-83706-8
2. MUST HAVE & BRING BOOK & USB TO CLASS. Black ink pens only.
Lecture Topics
Grammar & Punctuation Boot Camp: why and how to use these

Six Traits of Good Writing; Audience & Purpose; Standard & Non-Standard English

The Editing Booth, Part Three, page 693

Developing Good Paragraphs: Chapter 7, page 202 (Thesis, Topic Sentences, & Supporting Details)

Essay 1 Narration/Description: Chapter 8, page 233 (what, when, and how to)

Essay 2 Common Assignment (Narration/Description)

Essay 3: Process Analysis Chapter 10, page 331

Essay 4: Comparison/Contrast Chapter 13, page 456

Essay 5: Argumentation/Persuasion Chapter 16, page 609

Final: Argumentation/Persuasion
Major Assignments
Week 1: Into to course, cover syllabus. PSLO Pre-test. log on to LamarPA. Netiquette Review.
Week 2: Six Traits Good Writing, Grammar/Punctuation, Fiction, Writing
Week 3: Essay#1 Due: Narrative
Week 4: Grammar/Punctuation, Fiction, Writing
Week 5: Essay#2 Due: Descriptive
Week 6: Fiction, Writing
Week 7: Essay#3 Due: Process Analysis.
Week 8: Definition Chapter
Week 9: Essay # 4 Due: Definition
Week 10: Library Project
Week 11: Mini-Research Paper Intro & Works Cited
Week 12: Argumentation/Persuasion
Week 13: Argumentation/Persuasion/Satire
Week 14: Argumentation/Persuasion/Satire
Week 15: Review and Final (vocabulary and essay)
Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
5 essays at 15% ea.= 75%
Research/Library Project = 15%
In-Class Responses & Discussions 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies     ALL of the writing in this class must be written by the student enrolled in the class without any outside help. The essays are in-class assignments.
Link to Student Handbook section, page 30, on plagiarism:
Plagiarism means the appropriation of another person’s work or idea and the unacknowledged incorporation that work or idea into one’s own work offered for credit.
4. Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person preparing work for credit.
All essays will be submitted through Blackboard's Safe Assign link and a hard copy will also be submitted at the end of class.

Students will be asked to leave the classroom immediately if caught texting/using a phone or smart watch while working on ANY class assignment. If caught twice, they will not be allowed to return. Phones should be placed on the upper left desk corner during class. Brief glancing is acceptable; reading the screen is not. NO LATE WORK. NO MAKE-UP WORK. MUST bring flash drive & book to class EVERY TIME we meet. Yes, the book is required. This class can be a lot of fun even though your favorite activity may not be writing. Just be forewarned: we write and write and write and ... you get the picture! This IS a composition class and the only way to improve one's writing is to actually write! STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE FINAL TO PASS THE CLASS. Students will have to write IN class, during class, and write each paper by themselves with NO OUTSIDE help.
Attendance Policy Announced in class
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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.