Ordinary Characters Committing Extraordinary Perseverance”



ENGL 1101-04 Reading and Composition II/Spring Semester 2011

Instructor: Dorothy P. Byrom

 Office:  Pafford  #316

Office Phone:  678/839-4890

Email: mailto:dbyrom@westga.edu 

URL:  http://www.westga.edu/~dbyrom

Office Hours: T/R-10:45-12:00, also available by appointment and email

Required Texts:

Native Guard (poetry collection): Wit (film); Autobiography of a Face (novel);  A Writer's Resource, 3rd customized edition (handbook); **students will also be using ConnectComp (available with the handbook purchase)

ConnectCompURL:  http://www.mhconnectenglish.com/

English Portal:


Other Material: Flash drive or some other portable electronic storage for independent computer use (all students are responsible for producing and retaining copies of their work); paper and blue or black pens as necessary for class work.

Course Description and Learning Outcomes: This is a composition course focusing on skills required for various situations and critical reading of texts.  In writing, students must demonstrate competency in argumentation, and writing that is strengthened by the use of multiple textual sources.  For additional information visit the English Department and pick the English 1101 Course Description.

Course Policies/Statements (General): Oral and written communication will be characterized by clarity, critical analysis, logic, coherence, precision, and rhetorical awareness.

Plagiarism and Excessive Collaboration Policy: (if a student violates this policy, he/she may receive and "F" for the assignment or an "F" for the course at my discretion)

Plagiarism & Academic Honesty: The Department of English and Philosophy defines plagiarism as taking personal credit for the words and ideas of others as they are presented in electronic, print, and verbal sources. The Department expects that students will accurately credit all sources in all assignments.  An equally dishonest practice is fabricating sources or facts; it is another form of misrepresenting the truth.  Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course.  (See also, Excessive Collaboration)

The University Policies for handling Academic Dishonesty are found in the following documents: The Faculty Handbook, sections 207 and 208.0401 (http://www.westga.edu/~vpaa/handrev/); Student Uncatalogue: "Rights and Responsibilities"; Appendix J. (http://www.westga.edu/handbook/)

Excessive Collaboration: By the end of the term in both ENGL 1101 and 1102, students should demonstrate the ability to produce independent writing (writing without collaborative assistance of peers, writing tutors, or professionals in the field) that shows an acceptable level of competence.  Although classroom activities and out-of-class assignments may highlight collaborative learning and collaborative research, excessive collaboration (collaboration that results in the loss of a student's voice/style and original claims to course related work) is considered another form of academic dishonesty and therefore will not be permitted.

Disability Pledge:  I pledge to do my best to work with the University to provide all students with equal access to my classes and materials, regardless of special needs, temporary or permanent disability, special needs related to pregnancy, etc.  If you have any special learning needs, particularly (but not limited to) needs defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and require specific accommodations, please do not hesitate to make these known to me, either you or through Disability Services in 272 Parker Hall at 678-839-6428. Students with documented special needs may expect accommodation in relation to classroom accessibility, modification of testing, special test administration, etc.  This is not only my personal commitment:  it is your right, and it is the law.  For more information, contact Disability Services.

 Attendance Requirements:  Students will be administratively withdrawn from class based on the following attendance policy.  For classes that meet three times a week, a student is allowed four absences. Upon the fifth absence, the student will be withdrawn.  For classes that meet twice a week, a student is allowed three absences.  Upon the fourth absence, the student will be withdrawn.  Be aware that no distinction exists between excused and unexcused absences. If the withdrawal occurs prior to the withdrawal date (June 29), the student will receive a grade of W.  If the withdrawal occurs after the withdrawal date, the student will receive a grade of WF. **Note:  Tardies will also be counted as part of the attendance requirements.  A student is considered tardy if he/she is 5 minutes or more late.  Two tardies will equal one absence.**

 Disruptive Behavior: Students will be dismissed from any class meeting at which they exhibit behavior that disrupts the learning environment of others.  Such behavior includes—but is not limited to—arriving late for class, allowing cell phones to ring, speaking disrespectfully to the instructor and/or to other students, checking email or surfing the web, and using personal audio or video devices. Each dismissal of this kind will count as an absence and will be applied toward the attendance requirements policy above.

 The Writing Center: The role of the Writing Center is to offer consultation in which tutors question, respond to, offer choices, and encourage revision in student essays.  Tutors do not evaluate or prescribe solutions to problematic areas to student essays, and tutors are specifically trained to avoid appropriating the student's work.  For more information, visit the Writing Center online at http://www.westga.edu/~writing.

Participation: Your active participation is REQUIRED for the learning experience in the classroom to enrich the outside reading and writing experiences.  Therefore, PLEASE come to class having completed the reading and writing assignments.  Come prepared to intellectually add to the discussions.  Do NOT come to class without the proper text.  You will be counted absent since you will be unprepared for classroom participation.  You will earn from zero to five points on your final grade based on your classroom participation.

General Information:

Library Instruction Sessions:  Students enrolled in 1/2000 level courses, inexperienced researchers, and students needing refresher classes in basic research are strongly encouraged to sign-up for the basic library instruction sessions and online research sessions. Please see the links below for further information and scheduling:

Online Research:  http://www.usg.edu/galileo/skills/

Basic Library Instruction (LIBR1101): 


Department Paperless Policy: As of Fall 2006, the English Department implemented a "paperless" policy in its classrooms.  Therefore, most materials (handouts, assignment sheets, notes, etc.) will be made available online if possible.  Students may print these necessary course documents, including the syllabus, on their home computers or in the computer labs for individual use.

Severe Weather Guidelines for Department of English and Philosophy:

The University of West Georgia is committed to the personal safety of its students, faculty, and staff in the event of severe weather. University policy regarding severe weather and emergency closings is posted at http://www.westga.edu/police/index_2277.php and official announcements about class and/or examination cancellations will be made only by the President and/or the Department of Public Relations. Although it is not possible to develop a policy to address every weather-related emergency, these guidelines are intended to provide some general direction about such situations.

For immediate severe weather situations, especially when classes are in session, faculty, staff and students are advised to follow the emergency procedures identified below:

1. Direct occupants to remain in the building and to seek shelter immediately on the lowest level of the building in interior rooms (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.

2. Instruct occupants to not leave the building.

3. Evacuate all offices, rooms or hallways with windows and glass or with exterior walls.

4. Provide assistance to persons with disabilities.

5. Accompany occupants to the nearest designated shelter area in the building.

6. Comply with departmental severe weather policies/procedures.

7. Wait for an “all clear signal” before resuming activity.

8. Occupants will: a) proceed to the nearest designated shelter area in the building by the closest route; b) move quickly but in an orderly manner so that all will arrive safely; c) will not attempt to vacate the premises, drive or seek shelter in cars; d) take a seat in the shelter area; e) remain cooperative with those in charge; and f) wait for an “all clear” signal before resuming activity.

In the event that classes are cancelled or disrupted for less than one calendar week, each professor, at his or her discretion, will make adjustments as needed to cover material missed during those cancelled sessions. This may or may not involve the use of rescheduled or online classes. If the closures exceed a single calendar week, students should contact the Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy at 678-839-6512 or the professor of the class for updated information regarding changes to the schedule in the Department. It is the intention of the Department of English and Philosophy to handle every concern seriously and as effectively as possible.  If I have to cancel my classes, please check Course Den for your alternate assignment. 

Course Policies: (Specific)

Paper Format:  All out-of-class essays should be submitted according to MLA format.  Please see A Writer's Resource and the UWC website for additional information.

Revision Policy: Students have many opportunities for revision before the final draft of each paper is due.  We will workshop each paper during class, and students should also work on revisions outside of class and make use of assistance from the Writing Center and from my scheduled office hours.  Once a student receives a final grade for his/her essay, NO revisions will be accepted.

Late Work: No late work will be accepted

Extra Credit: No extra credit will be assigned or accepted in this course.  In addition, work completed for another course will NOT be accepted in this course.

Office Consultations:  An office consultation, whether it is conducted during scheduled office hours or during a scheduled appointment, is a time for you to meet with me to discuss very specific issues, i.e., a specific essay, a specific in-class or out-of-class assignment, a specific grade, a specific concern as it relates to your writing, etc.  If an office consultation is scheduled to discuss a final grade on one of the out-of-class essays, you must wait 24 hours from the time I return the essay to you to meet with me.  This will give you the opportunity to review my comments.  When you schedule an office consultation, you should come prepared.  Please do not come, for example, with an essay and say you only want to "go over it" (I will also NOT review/proofread entire drafts that are emailed to me.  You MUST schedule an appointment during office hours). In order for me to be able to give you the help you need, you need to be specific.  For example, if you have an essay you are concerned about, write down EXACTLY what concerns you, i.e., thesis statement, paragraph development, comma splices, proper MLA format, etc.  This will give us some guidelines during our consultation and help to generate discussion. Be aware that an email asking questions about an essay CANNOT replace an actual meeting with me during office hours.  It is very difficult to respond to your questions and your needs by only responding to an email, especially if your questions are general. I welcome any email correspondence you wish to have with me; however, this type of correspondence is best used only when you have a very SPECIFIC question that doesn't require discussion. **Please Note: The official email communication method will be through campus e-mail (MyUWG).  You are also NOT allowed to meet with me about an essay on the day it is due.  All office consultations must occur prior to the essay due date.

Writing Center Requirements: You are required to visit the Writing Center during the writing of your first paper.  If you earn a grade of 86 or higher on your paper, then you are not required to visit the Writing Center for the next paper.  Should your next paper’s grade drop below 86, then you MUST visit the Writing Center for any subsequent papers with a grade of 85 or lower.  Regardless of your skill level, you will benefit from having an extra pair of “eyes” viewing your work; those in the Center are professionals who offer knowledgeable and valuable advice.

 Course Evaluation/Grading Procedures:  Over the course of the semester, each student will be responsible for completing at least 4,000 words of formal writing.  This requirement will take the form of three out-of-class essays and one in-class essay.  Please see the above links or A Writer’s Resource for grading criteria for both out-of-class and in-class essays.

 ***A Note About Averages***Because you are aware at the beginning of the semester the percentage each assignment counts and you will also have the grade for each assignment when the assignment is returned, it is your responsibility to keep track of your average during the course of the semester. 

Essays: (Out-of-class): 75% (Essay 1=20%; Essay 2=25%; Essay 3=30%) See Out of Class Grading Rubric for more information.

      Essay: (In-class): 15% See In Class Grading Rubric for more information.

      Class work/Homework: 5% [a combination of in-class and out-of-class assignments] 

      Participation: 5%         

**NOTE: A grade of “C” or better is required to exit the course.  Unless this grade requirement is met, this course will not be credited toward graduation.   In addition, in order to pass this class with a grade of “C” or better, the student must turn in all out-of-class assignments and have at least a “C” average (70%) on those assignments.

***NOTE:  The following chart will be used when calculating your numerical grade at the end of the semester with regard to letter grades received on out-of-class essays:

F=1-59                  D=60=69              C=70-79                B=80-89                A=90-100

Schedule of Classes:


While this reading schedule is carefully planned, changes may be made throughout the semester to accommodate the needs and interests of the class. While you should have all readings/assignments prepared prior to class, you should also be prepared to note any changes as necessary. Changes will be conveyed to you in writing via Course Den.


Week One- T 7-   Introductions, Explanations, Expectations: website, syllabus basics, schedule, reading list, “Elements of Fiction” Interpretation: “The Role of Good Reading “(WAL 2-10 Handout) Creative Writing Assignment.

7-Drop/Add ends

R 9   Plagiarism; FYW rubric; (Read Tab 5, Section 23, "Plagiarism, Copyright, and Intellectual Property" in AWR in preparation for this quiz) “Elements of Poetry” in WAL, pp. 82-87 (handout)Bio info on Natasha Tretheway,  Begin Discussion of Native Guard: “Theories of Time and Space” (1), “The Southern Crescent” (5), Genus Narcissus” (7).

Week Two-T14- Poetry Explication: “Graveyard Blues” (8), “Photograph: Ice Storm 1971” (10), “what is Evidence” (11), “After Your Death” (13).  Assign Guidelines for Essay One

R16 Conclude Native Guard: “Pastoral”, “Miscegenation” (36), “Southern History” (38), “Blond” (39), “Incident” (41), “South”, (45).  Sign, Thesis construction, and Drafting Driving Theoretical Questions.  Review Introductions/Conclusions; for Tuesday, bring at least two body paragraphs with you to class.  Over the weekend, read “Using Quotations Effectively” (online handout).  Bring a blank Thesis worksheet with you to class. 

Week Three- T 21- Markup/peer critique using template “Paragraph Construction.”  On your own time, review “Awesome Verbs!” *** Note: Before leaving class today, select a partner, and conduct a full peer review of your essays prior to Thursday.  Introduction to Wit.

R 23- Essay One due at the beginning of class. Wit continued

Week Four- T28- Conclude Wit Begin discussion of Essay Two assignment.

W-29- Last Day to withdraw with a W grade

R30- In-Class review of Sign and Driving Theoretical Questions.  Thesis workshop.  Review How to Write a Literary Analysis on thesis construction, topic sentence construction, and paragraph development, 3-Ied Monster Format for Paragraphs.  Bring a blank Thesis Worksheet with you to class.


Week Five- T 5- In-Class Essay #1 (Bring a large blue book and two blue or black pens with you to class)

R7- Workshop- Thesis construction/Topic sentence and Paragraph Construction Handouts (Bring completed assignments to class) Discussion- How to incorporate film elements into essays.  Bring a blank Thesis Worksheet with you to class.

Week Six- T12- Peer Review for Essay 2- (You must bring a complete rough draft to participate:  otherwise you will be dismissed and counted absent for this day); Begin Autobiography of a Face (C.1-6, pgs. 1-117)

R 14- Essay Two due at the beginning of class. Finish discussion of Autobiography of a Face (C. 7-Afterward/ pgs. 118-236)

Week Seven- T19- Workshop for Essay Three- Bring a blank Thesis worksheet with you to class.

R21- Peer Review: Bring a complete rough draft to class; otherwise, you will be dismissed and counted absent for this day.

Week Eight- T-26- Course evaluations; Revision discussion OR Third Essay due.

R-28- Third Essay due at the beginning of class. Final Exam- (Second in-class essay/ optional)