Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301- Section: 71
Composition I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Caitlin James
Phone(409) 984-6415
Location:Student Center - Room: 416
Hours:M-F 9 am- 5pm, appointment by phone only.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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 Basic skills competency (TSI complete) in reading and writing required.
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.
* 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 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.

No book is required for this course, all readings are public domain on the Internet. Links, pdfs, power points, and handouts will be provided by the instructor in the Blackboard Course.
Lecture Topics
I. How to effectively write a story- the Narrative
II. Concepts of a Descriptive Essay
III. The Difference between Division and Classification
IV. Intro to Library Research and the Annotated Bibliography
V. Etymology: the study of words, their history, and origin
VI. Satire and Argumentative writing

Major Assignments
Week 1: Ice Breakers and introductions. Logging in etiquette.
Week 2: Quiz # 1 due
Week 3: Essay #1 due- The Narrative
Week 4: Quiz #2
Week 5: Essay #2 due- The Descriptive
Week 6: Quiz #3 due
Week 7: Essay #3 due- The Division/Classification
Week 8: Annotated Bibliography due
Week 9: Quiz #4 due
Week 10: Essay #4 due- The Definition/Etymology Essay, &
Quiz #5 due (over "A Modest Proposal")
Week 11:Essay #5 The Argument/Final due
Final Exam Date August 15, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  August 15, 2021 - 11:0 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Narrative- 10%
Descriptive- 15%
Division/Classification- 15%
Definition Essay- 15%
Annotated Bibliography- 10%
Argument essay- 20%
Quizzes- 15%
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.
Plagiarism can be defined as submitting another personís ideas, words, images, or data without giving that person credit or proper acknowledgment. Plagiarism, a form of academic dishonesty, is tantamount to stealing and will not be tolerated. In order to clarify what constitutes plagiarism, you should be aware that you have committed plagiarism when you:

∑ Use phrases, quotes or ideas not your own;

∑ Paraphrase the work of another even though you may have changed the wording or syntax;

∑ Use facts or data not considered common knowledge;

∑ Submit a paper written for another class (academic dishonesty);

∑ Submit a paper from an essay service or agency even though you may have paid for it (these papers are usually of low quality, so you probably did not get your moneyís worth);

∑ Submit a paper by another person even though he or she may have given you permission to use it.

Plagiarism not only encompasses written work, but also computer data, research, musical scores, video programs and visual arts. LSCPA plagiarism course of action (from Student Handbook pages 30-31):

Plagiarism is a serious issue, especially in the academic environment, and now that you are in college you are responsible for yourself and knowing what plagiarism is. Ignorance is NOT a defense. Instructors MUST be able to rely on the integrity of a studentís work in order to maintain a climate for successful learning. Plagiarism reflects on character; therefore, you should diligently avoid inadvertent plagiarism. When you are unsure if acknowledgement is needed, ask the teacher. The penalties for blatant plagiarism include loss of credit for the assignment (it will be a 0, zero) and NO opportunity to rewrite it. This may significantly lower your final grade. If plagiarism occurs again, the Instructor reserves the right to fail the student for the course. Furthermore, plagiarism, a form of cheating, can result in serious repercussions at the college level.
Attendance Policy Class "attendance" is mandatory. Attendance is taken by the instructor and determined by how often the student logs into their online course. For example, a good rule of thumb is to log in at least 3 times a week. Treat the online class as a class you attend face-to-face. Assign yourself a specific time of day to be logged in and "present." If the instructor assigns a Zoom or Collaborate meeting for the class, it will be scheduled at least a week in advance and attendance will be taken during the virtual meeting. Turning in quizzes and assignments on time also counts as good attendance.
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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Other In order to discuss your grade, you must first email the instructor and then a time can be set to have a phone meeting.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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.