ENG 102 College Writing II
Saint Martin's University Summer 2009
1st Session, 1-2:40 p.m. MTWTH
Writing Tutors: Katie and Becky, Learning Center, OM 214, Ext. 4569
Lynn Bloom and Edward White. Inquiry: Questioning, Reading, and Writing. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.
Andrea Lunsford. The St. Martin’s Handbook. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.
Dictionary; 6 manila folders; a 3” computer disk
ENG 102 College Writing II is a one-semester course that offers you further opportunities to engage in and to examine critically that form of nonfiction called the “essay.” As with ENG 101 College Writing I, College Writing II is designed to develop reading, writing, and thinking skills you will need in many university courses. Its purpose is to augment and further refine the writing skills developed in College Writing I and to provide practice in writing various examples of argumentative essays supported by research. A fundamental assumption upon which the course is based is that, in order to write clearly, one must think clearly; therefore, the two processes, thinking and writing, are interwoven throughout all the work of the course. The readings assigned should be used to generate topics and serve as material for essays and research.
Goals: ENG 102 College Writing II is designed to enable students:
1. Attendance. You are expected to attend each class and come to class on time. Repeated absence and/or excessive lateness will affect the Daily Work grade in this course. Excessive absences (more than 4) will result in failing the course. It is important to realize that missing class will affect your course grade. A total of 30% of your grade is based on daily activities we do. If you are not in class, you have failed to do that class’s activity. I take attendance each meeting; I mark unexcused absences as a zero for the day. The easiest way to fail the course is not to attend class.
2. Class Preparation. You should come to class with all assignments carefully read and be prepared to actively engage yourself in all class activities. These activities include thinking, listening, speaking, and writing involving such projects as individual writing activities, small group work, and large group discussion.
3. Due Dates. You are expected to honor all due dates for reading and writing assignments.
4. Writing Assignments. Writing assignments will include in-class writings, pre-writing activities, drafts, revisions, and completed essays. In this class your major projects are two research-based essays (with multiple draft deadlines), an annotated bibliography, and a report on your first research project. Failure to do one or more of these assignments means failure of the course. Alongside other due dates, you will present these writing projects to me at the end of the summer session in a manila folder that I call a “portfolio.” Your final is writing an evaluation in the form of a letter on your major writing assignments inside this portfolio. To pass the course, portfolios must have the two assigned essays, the annotated bibliography, the report on the first research project, and the final. Portfolios will be turned in on the day of the final.
5. Folders. You are expected to turn in final drafts of each project in a manila folder. Additional material in the folder must also include first drafts with peer response forms attached and xeroxed copies of library sources used.
6. Essay Guidelines. Unless otherwise indicated, completed essays must be typed, double-spaced, and written in writing conventions appropriate to academic writing. Although not a requirement, first drafts of essays should also be typed. If you wish my comments on your piece prior to revision, first drafts must be typed and meet stipulated first draft due dates
7. Workshopping Essays. Several of your writing assignments will be structured around the premise that, prior to revision, your first drafts will be “workshopped” (read, with suggestions for improvement given) by class members. You are expected to participate in peer writing group workshops. Participation means that you are in attendance, have a complete draft to share, and will give feedback in the workshop to student writings. Students who do not fully participate in these writing workshops have an immediate grade reduction of one letter grade in the essay’s final evaluation.
8. Computer Classroom. This is a writing course that will spend class days in a computer-supported classroom. A requirement of this class is that, when we meet in the computer classroom for research and/or writing activities, all students will work on the computers in the room. Another requirement is that all students must have university email accounts. If any of these requirements will not work for you, you need to transfer to another class.
9. Course Texts. To be in this class, students must purchase course texts and bring these to class on the days material has been assigned for discussion.
10. Activities in the Library. You are expected to participate fully in activities and workshops scheduled during class time in the library classroom. Full participation means you are in attendance and are actively engaged in the tasks assigned during the entire class period
11. Academic Honesty. All work must be original (your own) and, when needed, properly documented. Even though you will occasionally work in groups on writing activities with other class members, I expect all essays and other written assignments to be the product of your own work, unless otherwise stated. Research sources must be properly cited following documentation criteria established in the course. This class abides with the University’s policy on plagiarism as detailed in the University’s Student Handbook. If you plagiarize, you will receive an F on the assignment, you may receive an F for the course, and the university may take disciplinary action against you.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have medical and/or safety concerns to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please see me as soon as possible.
Summer Library Hours.
Since this class requires all major assignments to be researched using a university library, you need to coordinate your research with library hours. This summer, the library’s hours are
1. Daily work (completion and discussion of reading assignments; listening, thinking, and speaking activities; writing group work; journal) = 30%.
2. Portfolio (completed essays and other major projects; see information on Portfolio Grading below for specifics) = 70%
I use portfolio grading to assess your progress in developing writing skills and to evaluate the quality of your essays during the semester. Your portfolio is a manila folder of writings you have collected during the course. Material in the portfolio will include final drafts of all four major research essays, the interview report, a portfolio letter, and several of the in-class writings you have done during the semester. To pass the course, portfolios must have the two assigned essays, the annotated bibliography, the report on the first week’s research project, and the letter. Portfolios will be turned in on the last day of the course
“A” portfolios will contain work of impressive quality that demonstrates thorough, thoughtful analysis and assignment interpretation. The quality of the ideas in the portfolio’s writings is truly outstanding and demonstrates attention to comments from peers and me. The pieces evidence an excellent command of standard academic conventions. You have been successful in meeting all due dates for drafts, including those for writing group workshops.
“B” portfolios will contain work of impressive quality that demonstrates thorough analysis and good assignment interpretation. The quality of the ideas in the portfolio’s pieces will be good. The material evidences at least a good command of standard academic conventions. You have been successful in meeting all due dates for drafts, including those for writing group workshops.
“C” portfolios will contain work that has interpreted the assignment correctly and is of adequate quality. Pieces demonstrate attention to the assignment but don’t go beyond it in any substantive way. The material evidences at least an adequate command of standard academic conventions.
“D” and “F” portfolios will contain work that evidences inadequate attention to ideas, to specifics of each assignment, and/or to standard academic conventions.
Submitting Assignments in Moodle
You are often assigned to summarize an essay or complete a specific writing task as part of daily assignments. These assignments will be submitted to me via Moodle, a course management system which also will be a place that posts the course syllabus and some other handouts. Moodle does not allow submission of summaries after the day and time they are due, which is 10 minutes before class begins on the day they are due. If you miss submitting a summary when it is due, put it in a folder (Class Materials Folder) and turn it in at the end of the semester. Such assignments do not get full credit for completion unless you have a doctor’s written excuse or if you have made prior arrangements to be absent. The class materials folder with missing summaries is due June 23.
Quizzes may be given on essays that have been assigned for reading. Quizzes can only be made up if you have a doctor’s written excuse or if you have made prior arrangements to be absent.
ENG 102 COLLEGE WRITING 2 SYLLABUS Summer 2009
Weeks 2 and 3 Finding Sources; Developing an Argumentative Thesis
Weeks 4 and 5 Finding Sources; Developing an Argument
Weeks 5 and 6 Processes and Final Products
Last Updated 07/28/2010