Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301 (Section: 18B, CRN: 92906)
Composition I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Lanna Eaves
Email eaveslf@lamarpa.edu
Phone 4099846330
Office Hours none
Additional Contact Information lanna.eaves@bobhopeschool.org
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.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Rules for Writers with 2016 MLA update, 8th Ed., by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers 
Successful College Writing with 2016 MLA Update, 6th Ed., by Kathleen T. McWhorter 
Additional Materials/Resources
Black or blue ink pens (All work to be turned in must be in ink! Essays should be typed!) 
Sticky notes for taking notes in textbook (You may NOT write in the textbooks.) 
Folder and notepaper for taking notes, completing class work, preparing daily assignments, and storing all handouts.  
  • ENGL-0302 College Reading Skills
  • ENGL-0317 Developmental Writing II
  • ENGL-0327 Integrated Reading and Writing
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.
  • Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.
  • Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.
  • Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.
  • Use Edited American English in academic essays.
Core Objectives
  • Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or 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.
Lecture Topics Outline
A. Writing: A First Look  
a. The Purpose of Writing  
b. The Audience for Your Writing  
c. The Qualities of Good Writing  
B. Planning and Drafting Your Paper  
C. Revising and Editing Your Paper  
D. Paragraphs  
a. Characteristics of Effective Paragraphs  
b. Paragraphs with Special Functions  
E. Effective Sentences  
a. Sentence Strategies  
F. Diction, Tone, Style  
a. Toward Clear Diction  
b. Toward Rhetorical Effect  
c. Special Stylistic Techniques  
d. Eliminating Flawed Diction  
G. Process Analysis: Explaining How  
H. Description: Presenting Impressions  
I. Narration: Relating Events  
J. Comparison: Showing Relationships  
K. Cause and Effect: Explaining Why  
L. Argument: Convincing Others  
a. The Rational Appeal  
b. Reasoning Strategies  
c. The Emotional Appeal  
d. The Ethical Appeal  
e. Ferreting Out Fallacies  
f. Ethical Issues  
g. Writing an Argument  
M. The Research Paper  
a. Learning About Your Library  
b. Choosing a Topic  
c. Assembling a Working Bibliography  
d. Taking Notes  
e. Organizing and Outlining  
f. Ethical Issues  
g. Writing Your Research Paper  
N. Documenting Sources  
a. Preparing Proper MLA Bibliographic References  
b. Handling in-Text Citations  
c. Handling Quotations  
d. Avoiding Plagiarism  
Major Assignments Schedule
The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the assignments and due dates as needed. All changes will be provided to the students orally or in writing before the implementation of the change. 
Week 1:  Aug 28 -Sept. 1 
Greetings and Introductions; Why is Writing Important?; Diagnostic Quiz and Essay 
The Writing Process, pgs. 2-26 
Week 2:  Sept. 4-8 
No Class on September 4. Holiday 
Descriptive Essay, pg. 20 (Handout: Reading Sample) 
Figurative Language, pg. 266 
Adjectives and Adverbs, pgs. 273-277 
Identify Fragments, pgs. 234-235 
Fused Sentences (Run-Ons), Comma Splices, pgs.230-237 
Week 3:  Sept. 11-15: 
Continue Comma Splices and Fused Sentences 
Verb Tenses and Subject-Verb Agreement, pgs. 237-250 
Descriptive Essay due September 11 
Week 4:  Sept. 18-22: 
Continue Subject-Verb Agreement 
Process Analysis Essays (Reading Sample from Text) 
Transitional Phrases 
Week 5:  Sept. 25-29: 
Pronouns, pgs. 250-256 
Commas and Semi-Colons, pgs. 282-289   
Process Analysis Essay due September 29 
Week 6:  Oct.2-6: 
Continue Commas and Semi-Colons (worksheet) 
Cause and Effect Essay (Reading Sample from Text) 
(you will be assigned the novel “Fahrenheit 451” to read for this) 
Week 7: Oct. 9-13: 
Other Punctuation (end, quotation marks, apostrophes, colons, etc.), pgs. 289-304 
Week 8:  Oct. 16-20: 
Cause and Effect Essay due October 20 
The Research Paper:  Argument and Persuasion, pgs. 32-37 (Reading Sample from Text) 
Library Research 
Works Cited and MLA Format, pgs. 93-135 
Week 9:  Oct. 23-27: 
Compare and Contrast Essay Activity:  Watch a film and Reading Sample from Text 
Week 10: Oct. 30-Nov. 3: 
Library Research, pgs.80-92 
Annotated Bibliographies (Due Nov. 10) Week 11:  Nov. 6-10 
Capitalization, pgs. 304-306 
Spelling and Words Often Confused, pgs. 267-271 
Just for Fun: A fun poetry assignment
Week 12:  Nov. 13-17: 
Research Papers Conference
Week 13:  Nov. 20-24: 
No School this Week Thanksgiving Break 
Week 14:  Nov. 27-Dec. 1: 
Narrative Essay, pgs. 21-22 (Reading Sample from Text) 
Write in-class a Narrative Essay (daily grade) 
Week 15:  Dec. 4-8:   
Research Papers Due December 4 
Review for Finals 
**Week 16:  December 11-15: FINAL EXAM (objective and essay portion)** 
Final Exam Date December 11, 2023 - 8:0 AM   Through  December 12, 2023 - 4:45 PM
Grading Scale
Grading Scale: 
100-90 = A 
89-80 = B 
79-70 = C 
69-60 = D 
Below 60 = F 
Determination of
Final Grade
Essay #1  10%  
Essay #2  15%  
Essay #3  15%  
Research Essay  20%  
Daily Grades  20%  
Final Examination  20%   
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
PROCEDURE FOR REVIEW OF GRADES: Any student who has an issue about his/her grade must contact the instructor no later than the next class meeting after receiving the grade. 
Any out-of-class assignments are due by 11:59pm on the date the assignment is due. You have up to  four days to turn in any assignments, but fifteen points will be deducted. After those four days, it is a zero. If you are ill, you should turn it in that day of by 11:59pm. If there are any extenuating circumstances as to why an assignment is late beyond when the assignment is due and after the four day late turn in time will be up to the instructor’s discretion. The only thing that will not be accepted late will be your final paper, no exceptions. 
Students, whether they are present or not, are responsible for completing and turning in all assignments and for finding out what they missed. Students should check to see if any changes were made to the course outline. 
If the absence is excused, quizzes, tests, or graded daily assignments may be made up with the student's initiative and at the instructor's convenience. 
CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE: No food or drinks may be used during class. Disruptive behavior and profanity will not be tolerated. Students should not talk when someone else is talking. All pagers and cell phones should be turned off and placed out of sight during class. Students are to be alert and pay attention at all times. Reading anything other than the course texts or doing work for another class will not be permitted. Students who are disruptive will be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted as absent. Disruptions include cell phones or other electronic devices that ring/beep during class. Students who sleep –or appear to be sleeping--during class will be counted as absent and may be asked to leave the classroom. NO TEXTING!!!!! 
CRITERIA FOR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: The writer should apply his or her own critical thinking to the text by questioning it, analyzing it, evaluating it, arguing for or against a particular idea, or extending its argument. 
• Student's name and the date should be in the upper left corner of the page in MLA style 
• Title is centered, not emphasized, and reflects the writer’s main point 
• Limit the composition to a single main idea, question, topic, or line of thought--preferably in one single paragraph. 
• Rely on your interpretation and information from class discussions to substantiate that idea or to answer/explore that question, but DO NOT merely summarize. In addition, on occasion and if appropriate, use your own experience to reflect on your particular topic. 
• Anchor the composition to the text but extend the discussion by adding to it the writer’s own conclusions. 
• Check your paper for organization, grammar, and mechanics. 
Attendance Policy
Attendance is mandatory and attendance records of every class will be kept by the instructor.  Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up assignments or quizzes from the day of the absence. Students with two unexcused absences may have their final average lowered one letter grade. Students with three unexcused absences may have their final average lowered two letter grades. Students with more than three unexcused absences may have their final average lowered three letter grades.  
Students are expected to be on time for each class. A record will be kept of students who are tardy or who leave before class is dismissed. Any significant tardy or any early departure from class will be figured as a half absence. Otherwise, three tardies will count as one absence. 
In order for an absence to be considered excused, you will need to provide the instructor with documentation from your physician. Parent notes will not be accepted to excuse absences. School activities are not counted as absences. 
The student, whether he/she is present or not, is responsible for material and assignments covered in class. You should not return after an absence and ask me what you missed. You need to find out from your course outline or another student before class. The conscientious student will confer in person, by phone, or by e-mail with the instructor on or before the day of an absence. 
If you are on your phone for long periods of time, I will be marking you absent. You must be present in class not on your phone. 
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student 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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431