Fall 2013 Course Calendar

English 1101-103 & 144

English Composition I



 Students are required to have all textbooks and materials before the second class session, and all readings must be completed prior to coming to class on the date they are noted on this calendar.  Books must be brought to class every day—no exceptions.


Although this calendar has been meticulously planned, I may deem it necessary to tweak or modify it sometime during the semester to accommodate the needs of our class. 

In short, check the calendar daily!


Techniques of College Writing:  TCW

A Writer’s Handbook:  AWH

Owning it All:  OIA


Grading Rubrics

Professor McRae's Awesome Verb List





Chapters and/or Readings


Assignments and/or

In-class activities (ICA)

Due Date




Week One:  Introduction & Assessment


T 8/27


Introduction to course, syllabus, etc.




R 8/29




ICA:  Diagnostic essay


Drop add:  8/26 – 9/2







Part I:  Thinking Through the Thesis Statement


Week Two:  Defining the Thesis Statement and the Academic Essay



T 9/3



TCW:  Chapter 1



R 9/5








Week Three:  Understanding the Thesis Statement Through its Three Parts



T 9/10



TCW: Chapter 2



R 9/12









Week Four:  Using Critical Thinking to Develop a Thesis Statement


T 9/17



TCW:  Chapter 3

Essay I topic


R 9/19









Week Five:  Supporting the Thesis Statement:  The Burdens of Proof



T 9/24



TCW:  Chapter 4



R 9/26




In-class workshop




Week Six:  Drafting and Revising the Essay:  Supporting the Thesis Statement

T 10/1



TCW:  Chapter 5



R 10/3





Essay I due




Part II:  Thinking Through Your Writing Assignment


Week Seven:  Developing a Thesis Statement from a Writing Assignment & Using the Seven Steps to Develop a Thesis Statement

T 10/8



TCW:  Chapter Six



R 10/10












Part III:  Literature & Applicatioin

Week Eight:  Creative Non-Fiction

Owning it All


T 10/15






R 10/17


OIA:  “Home”  







F 10/18

Last day to withdraw & receive a grade of “W”






III.  Writing beyond the Composition Classroom

Week Nine:  Interdisciplinary & Literature



T 10/22



 OIA:  “Buckaroos”

Essay II topics


R 10/24



OIA:  “Owning it All”














Week Ten:  Owning it All

T 10/29




 Essay II Workshop


R 10/31




Essay II Workshop





Week Eleven:  Owning it All

T 11/5



TCW:  Chapter Seven & TCW:  Chapter Eight (through page 186 only)




 Essay II due

R 11/7



OIA:  “Raven Brought the Light”






Week Twelve:  Owning it All

T 11/12



OIA:  “Leaving” & "Natural Causes"




R 11/14


OIA:  “Redneck Secrets”

Essay III topics

 Film Literacy




Week Thirteen:  Owning it All

T 11/19



OIA:  “Grizzly,” “Yellowstone in Winter,” & “Silver Bullets”



R 11/21







M 11/25 – F 11/29

Thanksgiving Break:  No classes




Week Fourteen:  Putting it All Together


T 12/3




Essay III Workshop


R 12/5




Preparation for final exam

Essay III due




Final Examination Week







T 12/10

Section 103

Pafford 307


Bring a large Blue Book with you to class today

Final Exam: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

R 12/12

Section 144

Pafford 305


Bring a large Blue Book with you to class today

Final Exam:  2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.