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College Composition I Spring 2014, Burlington County College Course Number: ENG 101-803 Hours : M/W, 2:00 p.m.

. - 3:20 p.m. Location: M: Willingboro Center. Rm. 220, W: Willingboro Center. Rm. 217 Instructor: Mr. Christopher Hornyak E-mail : chornyak@bcc.edu Tumblr: http://thatwri tinginstructor.tumblr.com/ Office Hours : By appointment (usually before or after class) -- Texts: Maimon, Elaine P., Janice H. Peritz, and Kathleen Blake Yancey. Writing Intensive , 2 ed . New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. Muller, Gilbert H., ed. The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines . New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. Print. -- Course Overview: The purpose of English 101 is to increase the students skills both as a writer and as a critical thinker. The course combines several teaching techniques: lecture, seminar, verbal communication, research, and student collaboration. It will incorporate reading and discussing texts and writing papers based on class discussions and exercises. Readings and written assignments will demonstrate specific rhetorical strategies, but all will require application of critical thought. Several approaches to the writing process will be discussed. The student should find the writing strategies that serve him or her best and apply them to course work both in and out of this class. -- Course Objectives: Demonstrate competence in writing expository compositions, expressing thoughts logically, clearly, and coherently with minimal errors of grammar, mechanics , and spelling; Communicate meaningfully with your chosen audience while implementing critical thought; Read and critically respond to selected essays which demonstrate a particular mode of writing; Critically revise and edit personal compositions; Compose and submit an argumentative research essay which demonstrates originality, depth of thought, and mastery of MLA format for source documentation; Cooperate within collaborative writing environments; Compose a competent, meaningful argumentative essay within a designated timeframe.

-- Class Policies Attendance: Students must not only attend every class, but also be on time, be prepared (all reading and/or writing assignments complete), and take an active part in class. Entering class late or leaving class early (without prior notification) is considered disrespectful and will not be tolerated. Students unable to attend class should notify the instructor by e-mail prior to or within 24 hours of the missed class. Plagiarism and Cheating : Plagiarism will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Plagiarism includes copying or paraphrasing anothers words, ideas, or facts without crediting the source; submitting a paper written by someone else, either in whole or in part, as ones own work; or submitting work previously submitted for another course or instructor. Academic honesty is taken very seriously in this course. Be advised of the automatic consequences for plagiarism: 1. 2. 3. You will receive a zero for the assignment. No exceptions. This grade cannot be changed. You will potentially (at the instructors discretion) fail the course. You will face possible suspension or expulsion from Burlington County College.

Please refer to the BCC Student Handbook for more information about plagiarism. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus as needed.

Class Courtesies : Students are expected to remain attentive until the end of class. This means no wrapping up early and/or leaving until the class is finished. (Once again, if you need to leave early, please let me know prior to class begins). Also, please turn off all cell-phones, mobile devices, and pagers and keep them out of sight during class. Computer/laptop/tablet/etc. use is acceptable during class but only for class-designated activities. Discipline and attitude problems will not be tolerated and offenders will be asked to leave the class without prior warning. In addition, they may be subject to additional academic punishment. Finally, please be respectful of your classmates and the viewpoints expressed during this course its entirely possible to strongly disagree with someone elses stated position without making your re ply an inappropriate personal attack. As a note: I do not tolerate homophobic, misogynistic, transphobic, ableist, or racist language in the classroom. Making Up Assignments/Late Work : The syllabus in the class is quite detailed regarding due dates of assignments, so there should never be an excuse for late work even in the case of absences. Late work is only accepted in extreme, documented cases. Remember, a certain level of maturity is expected at the college level it is up to you to remember when work is due and plan accordingly. Note Partners : During the first day of class, all students are required to find at least two (but preferably more) students in the class to act as note partners . Should a student be absent for any reason, contacting a note partner allows them to catch up quickly on what they have missed. It is not the instructors responsibility to give you notes for a missed class; please refer to your note partner with such questions. A Note on E-mail : Please only use your BCC-assigned e-mail in this class. E-mail spam filters tend to be finicky, so if you send an e-mail from another account I may not get it. Likewise, students are expected to routinely check their BCC e-mail while they are enrolled in this class. I typically send grades, class up dates, and other information via email. Questions : Please feel free to ask questions! Ask your questions early and frequently it is always better to make sure you understand something sooner rather than later. When not in class, please e -mail me your questions. College policy dictates I must respond to all e-mails within 48 hours, however I try to respond much quicker than that. -- Assignment Explanati ons Essays : Students will complete a number of well-developed, coherent, and thoughtful expository essay s during the semester, in a variety of rhetorical modes: narration, comparison-contrast, casual analysis, and divisionclassification. Essays must be at least five paragraphs, but not more than five pages. All essays should be typed (in 12-point Times New Roman font), double-spaced, and e-mailed directly to the instructor. Essays also must have an appropriate, original title (titling something Essay #1 is boring likewise, if your essay title is longer than a Tweet, youre probably bein g a tad obnoxious). Every essay is expected to have a well-defined introduction, body, and conclusion. In addition, every essay should have a clear, explicit, assertive, objectively -worded thesis statement. Reader Responses : Students are expected to submit regular reader responses during the course. Reader responses are short (1 2 pages) reactions to a particular piece, chosen by the student. Responses shouldnt be plot summary instead, they should be a reaction to a piece. By response, I mean not just I loved it, or I hated it, but also the specifics to why you liked or disliked a certain reading. I also encourage students to connect readings to outside media. Does a piece remind you of something? Why? Have you read or seen another piece of media th at acts as a response? Share it. While reading responses should be e-mailed to me, students should also bring a copy to class, as they may be referred to during our daily discussions. In-Class Writing : Students will complete various in-class writing assignments during the semester. These writings could focus on personal anecdotes, readings, or just about anything else relevant to the class. Specifications for individual assignments will be given when they are handed out. Research Paper : Students are required to complete and submit a research paper of 1250 words of text. This is not a five-paragraph essay; rather, think of it is a five-part document, with three big sections in the body that are sandwiched between an introduction and conclusion. A research paper is, essentially, a long document that defends a central thesis. Unlike the other essays in this class, however, a large part of your paper will be quoting from external sources, defending your thesis with evidence. Research papers must adhere to strict MLA guidelines, which will be The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus as needed.

explained within class (this includes a Works Cited page). Papers must be typed (12-point Times New Roman font), double spaced, and submitted via e-mail. Students are also asked to include a word count in their heading . Without successful completion of the research paper, students cannot pass English 101. If you do not submit a paper even if you submit all your other work you shall not pass! Research Presentation: Students are also required to complete a research presentation in this class. This is a flexible assignment, so try not to panic! More information on this assignment can be found at the end of this document. -- Work Submission Guidelines All work submitted in this class should be error free. You are expected to proofread for spelling, mechanics, and grammar. I will mark down for these errors on all assignments, so please read and proofread often. All papers must be typed (in 12-point Times New Roman font), titled, double-spaced, and given page numbers. All papers (and other work) must be submitted to me by e-mail before class on the date that they are due. I do not accept print copies of papers. Documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word-friendly formats (.doc, .rtf, .docx). If you use a Mac, understand that I cannot read .pages documents, and so I will not accept them. For my convenience and yours, please submit e-mails to me with your name in the subject line along with the name of the assignment. So, for example, if David Tennant was submitting his narrative essay to me, his subject line would look like this: David Tennant (Narrative Essay). Likewise, please follow the same formatting for file names. After receiving an assignment, I will always reply within 24 48 hours. If you do not receive a reply, then I probably have not received your document. It is your responsibility to make sure I receive your papers on time . -- Grades Assignment grades will be determined as follows: Final Percentage 90 - 100 87 - 89 80 - 86 77 - 79 70 - 76 60 69 59 or below Final Grade A B+ B C+ C D F

The standards for the above numerical/letter grades are as follows: A: Meeting course goals by demonstrating perceptive understanding of readings and course concepts; excellence and originality in compositions; superior scores on exams and other assigned work; active participation in class discussion and small groups; and compliance with attendance and assignment requirements. B: Meeting course goals by demonstrating mastery of subject and concepts; above average quality in compositions and exams; good participation in class and small groups; and compliance with attendance and assignment requirements. C: Meeting course goals by demonstrating a satisfactory level of understanding of subject material and concepts; acceptable quality in compositions and exams; adequate participation in class and small groups; and compliance with attendance and assignment requirements. D: Not meeting all of the course goals; minimal knowledge of subject material and concepts; marginal quality in compositions (poor quality of development, support, or grammar); poor performance in exams; passivity in class and small groups; non-compliance with attendance and assignment requirements. F: Not meeting course goals; unsatisfactory progress in understanding and applying subject material and concepts; incomplete or unacceptable work in compositions (gross grammatical, developmental, and structural errors); failure of exams; non-compliance of attendance and assignment requirements. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus as needed.

Grading Percentage Breakdown: Cold Writings/Quizzes Homework & Participation Narrative/Descriptive Essay Comparison-Contrast Essay Cause & Effect Essay Definition Essay Presentation Final Paper -- Assignment Schedule and Guidelines for Spring 2014 Homework readings and assignments are due the day they are listed. Work that is received after that point will be marked late and graded accordingly. Lateness penalties increase with time. Turn in work promptly to avoid a sharply reduced grade. There is a chance that I will not accept late work. Be prepared to discuss readings, especially essays, short stories, and poems. That means not just reading them, but giving yourself enough time to think about such topics as what meanings might be gained from the reading, why that particular piece was chosen in the first place, how it connects to what youve learned so far, and more. Remember, participation is a significant part of your grade, so dont hesitate to speak up! Written homework should always be typed. Please make sure your name is on all of the work you e-mail to me. Pace yourself! A lot of the reading isnt nearly as scary as it might look at first most readings are quite short. If you pace yourself and do a little bit of reading each night, you should get everything done just fine. 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 30%

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Introduction to the course Syllabus & textbook overview Narration Introductory writing exercise What am I looking for? Send me an e-mail using your BCC e-mail account. Read David Foster Wallaces 2005 commencement address, This is Water. (http://goo.gl/3U97uC) (Alternatively, watch it here: http://youtu.be/OfY3Ydfs7_A) On Research Topics Read Hazing Culture (http://goo.gl/0erBkd) Read Take the Data Out of Dating (p. 165) Read The Money: Starting Out (p. 384) Reading response due Description Read Once More to the Lake (p. 232) Read Salvation (p. 548) Exemplificat ion Read p. 2 7 in Writing Intensive Read Americas Oh Shit Moment (p. 291) Read How to Mark a Book (p. 16)

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Cold Writing #1 Read Supersaturation (p. 463) Essay #1 (Narrative Descriptive Essay) due Research paper topic due Process Analysis Read Anybody Out There (p. 742) Read Learning to Read and Write (p. 184) In class writing Read p. 8 19 in Writing Intensive Read Freewriting (p. 105) Watch Gaming Can Make a Better World: (http://goo.gl/Z65FuK) Reading response Due Comparison-Contrast Read Im So, Totally, Digitally, Close to You (p. 168) Read The Broken Contract (p. 53) Reading response due In class writing Read The Makers Eye: Revising (p. 109) Read Merchants of Meth (http://goo.gl/jOU2de) Cause-and-Effect Analysis Read Does the Internet (p. 21) Read The Globalization of Eating Disorders (p. 639) Cold Writing #2 Read Mother Tongue (p. 99) Research paper thesis due Classification and Division Read Wrong Ism (p. 282) Read A World Not Neatly Divided (p. 318) In class writing Read I Type (http://goo.gl/vEsKmd) Read The Last Americans (p. 684) Essay #2 (Comparison-Contrast Essay) due Definitions Read Sex Ed (p. 198) Read The Gangster as Tragic Hero (p. 430) In class writing Read Understanding Comics (p. 503) Read For the Love of Money (http://goo.gl/ANCLrN) Reading response due On Presenting Refer to p. 57 70 in Writing Intensive Read Escape from Wonderland (p. 471) Essay #3 (Cause and Effect) due

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Research paper discussion (or in-class writing) Read Between a Woman and Her Doctor (p. 624) Read Regarding the Torture of Others (p. 524) Reading response due Argumentation Read From Ancient Greece to Iraq (p. 14) Read Why Gay Marriage is Good for America (p. 252) Cold Writing #3 Read Politics and the English Language (p. 123) Research paper annotated source summary due Research paper Q&A Read Whats God Got to Do with It? (p. 565) Reading response due Essay #4 (Definition Essay) due Paper conferences Paper conferences Research presentations Research presentations Ad exercise Read TBA Bring 1 3 ads to class (more about this on the handout) Type up an ad summary Where do we go from here? ABSOLUTE FINAL DAY I WILL ACCEPT LATE WORK

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-- Research Presentation (Additional Guidelines) In addition to the research paper, you are required to create a research presentation. The research presentation is designed to be an assignment that you work on alongside your research paper, as they will both share the same topic. The exact nature of this assignment, however, depends on which sort of presentation you d like to create. In this class, there are two options: NOTE: YOU MUST TELL ME WHAT TYPE OF PRESENTATION YOU ARE DOING WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY TOPIC (2/10). Traditional presentation: o Traditional presentations are 8 10 minutes long, and require you to present your paper. This does not mean I want you to simply read your paper quite the contrary: for this assignment, I want you to teach the class about your topic (and, of course, to convince them that your position is the correct one). In addition, you will also be required to have a handout for each student that outlines the details of your presentation. In order to get an A, your presentation must be between 8 10 minutes long. If you go over (or under) this target, you will lose points. It is okay to use PowerPoint, Presi, YouTube, Wordpress, etc. just let me know beforehand so I can make sure our class has the relevant technology in order for your presentation to go smoothly. You should both teach and argue : Teach: Introduce the class to the subject you are trying to present on. Argue: What is your thesis? What are you arguing? Make sure your colleagues know and make sure you actually argue your point! You may or may not be expected to field questions about your topic. Your performance will be judged by your fellow students (in addition to the instructor). Your handout should have a brief overview of your presentation . It should not, however, be a copy of your PowerPoint slides (if you are using PowerPoint), nor should it be a copy of your essay. Your handout should have your name on it, your topic on it, and your thesis . Digital presentation: o Students that decide to do a digital presentation will be required to create a Tumblr page that documents their research progress. If you choose to present digitally, you will not be required to give a presentation to the rest of the class . With that said, you should expect your colleagues to see your work, as your page will be shared with the rest of the class. See below for more info. By 2/12 you will be required to have set up a Tumblr account/page, which you will then e-mail me. Every week you will be required to repost (reblog) at least one article on your page. Your repost should be relevant to your project somehow. For example, if you are doing a project on marijuana legalization, you might want to reblog content from NORMLs Tumblr. You should reblog content from various sources don t just rely on the same one or two pages. You will be required to post THREE specific content posts during the semester : Topic introduction o A topic introduction should introduce your page s visitors with the topic at hand. Personal statement o Why are you interested in the topic? What does it mean to you? Argument summary o Summarize your argument in a concise, clear manner.

The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus as needed.

Additional Notes

You ll notice the above is vague that is intentional. You are expected to be creative with this assignment. Use whatever pieces of internet content you can get your hands on in order to make your point: memes, YouTube clips, songs, music videos, song lyrics, links to other sites, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The goal is to design a Tumblr page that could potentially change someone s mind about your topic. Every piece of content posted on your page should further the goal of your thesis. Think of it like a digital essay you are making an argument through digital media. Keep in mind that you can always add more than I ve asked for. These requirements are the minimum, not the maximu m.

Once you decide on a presentation type, you are stuck in that format. In both cases, your fellow colleagues opinion of your work will have an impact on your grade. Keep in mind that you are expected to know how to use any technology that you decide to use: this includes Tumblr . It is not my responsibility to teach you how to use the Internet, Tumblr, Word, etc. that is on you. I will not hold your hand through either assignment it is up to you to stick to deadlines.

The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus as needed.