English 1101-12
Spring 2001
TR 11:00-12:15, Pafford 212

Dr. Randy Hendricks
Humanities 214

Message:  Please note new office hours below.

Spring Semester Office Hours
MTR 1:30-3:30; W 1:30-5:30
Also Available by Appointment
Spring Semester Research Hours
Daily 8:00-11:00 
(Generally not available)

 What is this course all about?  Is it concerned with commas and figures of speech and participial phrases?  Does it have to do with outlining themes, constructing topic sentences, and working to achieve unity, coherence, and emphasis?  These questions obviously have to be answered with a yes; but there is a larger sense in which the proper answer has to be no, for the essential purpose of this course goes far beyond the mere technicalities of grammar and rhetoric.  Ultimately, this course engages your deepest needs and interests, your thinking, your feelings, your relationships with other people.  These last assertions will not seem too sweeping when you realize that language is an indispensable instrument in the functioning of the human mind and personality and that rhetoric is the art of using language effectively.
                                                                                            Cleanth Brooks
                                                                                            Robert Penn Warren
                                                                                          Modern Rhetoric

Syllabus and Assignments

Course Objectives

The Department of English has established four main objectives for this course.  At the conclusion of English 1101, successful students will (1) use the whole writing process, (2) be rhetorically aware, (3) think critically about reading and writing, and (4) exercise consistent technical accuracy writing.  To meet these objectives in this particular section of the course, we will use the texts, assignments, policies, and activities outlined below.

Required Texts and Other Materials:
The Longwood Guide to Writing
The New Century Handbook (with accompanying CD-Rom)
Access to a college-level dictionary
A three-ring binder for the writing portfolio

Overview of writing assignments:            Percentage of Grade:
1. Interest Inventory
2. Letter to the instructor
3. Course Prospectus
4. Timed Essays (2)                                                10
5. Essay 1:  expository                                              5
6. Essay 2:  expository                                              5
7. Writing Inventory 1
8. Essay 3                                                              10
9. Essay 4                                                              20
10. Writing Inventory 2
11. Essay 5                                                            20
12. Portfolio                                                           30


All students will have to meet a minimum skill level in order to receive a passing grade for the course.  This level is characterized by

Therefore a D paper would demonstrate at least a minimum competency in these four areas.  Important Note:  Students cannot advance to English 1102 until they have earned at least a C in 1101.  Therefore, though a grade of D is technically a passing grade (you get points toward your GPA) students who earn a D or an F will have to repeat 1101.
A C paper demonstrates an adequate competency in the four areas and is usually distinguished from a D paper by a clearer goal and fuller development.
A B paper is distinguished from a C paper primarily by its unusually strong support and organization.
An A paper is distinguished from a B paper usually by a superior command of language.

There are, of course, degrees of success between each of these marks, and to better communicate to you the overall effectiveness of your papers the following letter grades (shown with their numerical equivalents) will be used:

A+  100
A 95
A- 92
A/B 90
B+ 88
B 85
B- 82
B/C 80
C+ 78
C 75
C- 72
C/D 70
D+ 68
D 65
D- 62
D/F 60
F 50


In assigning grades, a certain amount of subjectivity, that is, judgment, is inevitable, but the judgment is applied with knowledge gained from formal training and many years of experience.  It is not arbitrary; it is not personal.  Important note:  My job, and for that matter the job of the staff in the Writing Center, is never to help you get a good grade on a paper.  It is rather to help you teach yourself the skills you need to write well so you can carry those major academic and professional skills with you when you leave this course.

Policy Statements:

Attendance:  For years I taught without an attendance policy, assuming that college students were adults and even if they werenít needed the experience of learning valuable lessons from their own mistakes.  By and large I was right.  However, I have learned from experience that those students who are ready for college work are never affected by an attendance policy because missing class seldom even occurs to them and those who arenít ready and find a variety of reasons to miss class donít do well anyway.  An attendance policy I discovered is very useful for it keeps me from wasting my own and in many cases the classís valuable time.  Therefore the following policy will be strictly enforced.  Students who miss more than two classes for reasons that do not seem to me satisfactory reasons to miss a class will have their final grade lowered by one letter.  Students who miss more than three classes for reasons that do not seem to me satisfactory reasons to miss a class will fail the course.  Tardies will count as portions of an absence, depending on the degree of tardiness.  IN ALL CASES I WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY IN WHAT IS AND IS NOT A SATISFACTORY REASON TO MISS CLASS.

Due Dates:  Written assignments are due at the beginning of the class periods on the date assigned.  Given our tight schedule, late work is unacceptable.  You should assume that any work turned in late (that is, after the beginning of the class period on the date assigned) will receive a grade of F.  As with the attendance policy I will in all cases have the final say in what is and what is not a satisfactory reason for turning an assignment in late.

Food and Drink:  Because we meet in a computer classroom, absolutely no food or drink will be allowed.


                                    Reading Assignments
       Date                        & Class Activities        Writing Assignments     Other Information
Jan. 9 Introductions  Assignment for Interest Inventory

Assignment for Letter to the Instructor Explaining your Subject

Jan 11 Longwood, Chapter 1, pp.7-31

Suggested Additional Study:  The New Century Handbook, Chapters 2 & 3

Discussion of purpose and strategy in essays

Interest Inventory Due (see Longwood pp.8-9)  Assignment for Course Prospectus
Jan. 16 Longwood, Chapter 2, pp. 33-64

Suggested Additional Study:  The New Century Handbook, Chapter 4

Discussion of parts of an essay

Longwood, Exercise 2.5, pp. 61-63

Letter to instructor due  Assignment for Essay 1
Jan. 18 Longwood, Chapter 6, pp. 166-84

Visit to the Writing Center.

Course Prospectus Due
Jan. 23 Longwood, Chapter 6,
pp. 185-210

Using the Handbook CD-Rom


Essay 1 Draft Due
Jan. 25 Longwood, Chapter 3, pp. 65-88

Required additional study:
The New Century Handbook, Chapter 6

Exercises on Paragraph Construction


Suggested Additional Study:  The New Century Handbook, Chapter 5

Jan. 30 Longwood, Chapter 7, pp. 212-244.

Longwood, Questions for Review, p. 223.

Longwood, Questions for Review, p. 225

Essay 1 Due  Assignment for Essay 2
Feb. 1 Longwood, Chapter 9, pp. 309-324

Suggested Additional Study:  The New Century Handbook, Chapter 7

Longwood, Questions for Review, p. 321 &323-24

Feb. 6 Longwood, Chapter 9, pp. 324-362

Use the Checklist on page 362 to critique a peer's draft of Essay 2

Draft of Essay 2
Feb. 8 Longwood, Chapter 10, pp. 363-87

 Evaluation Essay 

Longwood, Questions for Review, pp. 381-87

Feb. 13 Longwood, Chapter 10, pp. 387-407

Discussion of Emotional, Ethical, and Rational appeals

Essay 2 Due
Feb. 15 No class
Feb. 20 Timed Writing on topic given in class  Assignment for Essay 3
Feb. 22 Writing Inventory
Feb. 27 Longwood, Chapter 11, pp. 409-425

Longwood, Questions for Review, p. 425

Writing Inventory Report Due
Mar. 1 Longwood, Chapter 11, pp. 426-446

Exercise 11.5

Mar. 6 Use Checklist on page 446 to critique a peer's draft of Essay 3 Draft of Essay 3 Due   Conference
Mar. 8 Longwood, Chapter 12, pp 449-71

Suggested Additional Study:  The New Century Handbook, Chapters 8-13

You should be working on areas identified in your Writing Inventory and Conference with me through the remainder of the semester.
Mar. 13 Longwood, Chapter 12, pp. 471-96 Essay 3 Due  Assignment for Essay 4
Mar. 15 Create a Research Plan for Essay 4
Mar. 20 Spring Break
Mar. 22 Spring Break
Mar. 27 Longwood, Chapter 15, pp. 535-70

Stylistic Analysis of Selected Essays

Mar. 29 Longwood, Chapter 16, pp. 571-94

Sentence Analysis of Passages from Selected Essays

Draft of Essay 4 Due  Assignment for Essay 5
Apr. 3 Longwood, Chapter 14, pp. 525-34
Portfolio Assignment
Apr. 5 Essay 4 Due
Apr. 10 Portfolio
Apr. 12 Timed Writing on Topic Given in Class
Apr. 17 Portfolio Essay 5 Due
Apr. 19 Portfolio
Apr. 24 Portfolio
Apr. 26 Portfolio Portfolio Due
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Assignment for Interest Inventory

See Longwood, pp.8-9.

Assignment for Letter to the Instructor

In this assignment, you will write a letter to me in which you explain what subject you want to pursue through writing and why you want to write about that subject.  Your goal is to convince me that this is the subject for you.  You will determine this subject after completing the Interest Inventory in the text.

Assignment for course prospectus

In this assignment you will write a one page projection of the five essays you think you want to write on your subject, concentrating on the purpose, approach, and audience you intend for each.
This will be a difficult assignment to complete.  It is necessary, however, for you to put this kind of thinking into the course early.  You are not obligated to stay with the plan you set for yourself here.  If the learning you do over the course of the next few weeks does not lead you to revise your plans, you're probably not doing the work you need to be doing.

Assignment for Essay 1

Informative EssayAfter careful study of chapter 6, write an informative essay on a topic related to your chosen subject.  The essay should be three pages in length, typed, double spaced.  For this essay, and for all others unless otherwise directed, follow the format of the sample student essay on pages 325-332 of The New Century Handbook.  However, you may ignore the Works Cited page (p. 332) for now.

Assignment for Essay 2

Evaluations Essay. After careful study of chapter 7, write an evaluation essay on a topic related to your chosen subject.  The essay should be three pages in length, typed, double spaced.

Assignment for Essay 3

Position, Persuasion, or Problem/Solution Essay:  After careful study of chapters 9, 10, and 11, write either a position, a persuasion, or a problem/solution essay on a topic related to your chosen subject.  The essay should be three pages in length, typed, double spaced.

Assignment for Essay 4
Open Research Essay.  After careful study of Chapter 12, write an informative, evaluation, position, persuasion, or problem/solution essay that incorporates ideas of others gather in research.  Use proper documentation format described in Longwood, chapter 12 and The New Century Handbook, chapter 13.  The essay should be five pages in length, typed doubled spaced and include an additional page for your Works Cited.

Assignment for Essay 5
Open Essay.  An essay of any type you choose generated completely on your own.  The paper should be three pages in length, typed, double spaced.

Portfolio Assignment
Your portfolio will contain three of the essays you have produced over the semester, rewritten and arranged as an example of your best writing.  You will write a brief head note for each of the essays, italicized and placed between the title and the beginning of your essay.  You will also write a one-page introduction for you portfolio, reflecting on your semester's work and preparing readers for the essays they are about to encounter.  Present your portfolio in a ring binder.


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