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English 101 Academic Writing
Mr. Pfarrer / Fall Semester, 2018
Texts: The Prose Reader / The Blair Reader / Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students develop and refine an effective writing process.  They develop the critical thinking skills necessary to read, write, discuss and research a variety of essay and nonfiction forms. Context for the assignments is provided by readings drawn from academic writing, journalism and a nonfiction text.  Students develop information literacy skills as they engage in the research process.
COURSE OBJECTIVES:  English 101 is designed to equip first-year college students with the essential writing skills necessary for success in their academic and vocational endeavors.  The course emphasizes reading, thinking, discussing, researching, and writing about topical and academic information.  The following skills will be stressed:
  • Critical reading, thinking and discussing
  • Analytical and interpretive responses to a variety of writing genres
  • Paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting material from sources
  • Writing with sources: research, organize, interpret, evaluate, synthesize and document
  • Information literacy (research skills)
  • Academic writing processes of prewriting, drafting, sharing, revising, and editing
  • Strengthening basic writing skills by concentrating on purpose, audience, organization, style, and mechanics
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:  Class discussion, direct instruction, group activities, individual conferences.
REQUIREMENTS:  Students are required to write a college admissions essay, two documented essays, and take a final exam includes a third, documented essay.  Unexcused late essays will be penalized 10% a day.  In-class and homework assignments from the text will include writing short pieces such as summaries, paraphrases, outlines, and responses.  There will be weekly quizzes. 
  • Drafts will not be graded, but I will give specific feedback on them; students should have an oral or written (email) conference with me before handing in their essays.
  • In-class work, quizzes, and homework must be completed during the assigned time.  If a student is legitimately absent, he/she may have one day to catch up before receiving a zero on such work.
  • Essays must be typed: hard (paper) and digital (computer) copies are required.  Failure to submit an essay or take the final guarantees failure of the course.
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION:  Regular attendance is expected.  Assigned readings will require discussion and analysis.  In addition, writers need readers, and feedback is necessary for effective revision.  A strong participatory presence is a requirement but not a guarantee of an A in English 101.  
EVALUATION:                     Informal Writing Assignments & Quizzes                     25%
                                               In-class Discussions, Participation and Engagement     25%
                                               Formal Essays                                                                 25%
                                               Final                                                                                25%
This is a college course, which will appear on students’ permanent transcripts.  Students must earn an overall grade of C (73) for three TC3 credits. It fulfills the SUNY General Education Basic Communication requirement.
STUDENT OBJECTIVES:  This is your class; you will be expected to be an active participant in it by completing assignments on time, participating in class discussions, working in groups, responding to your peers and engaging with your own writing process.  Specific objectives include:
  • evaluating your own writing as you work through the process
  • cooperating with group members as you share, agree, disagree, and defend positions
  • offering and accepting feedback concerning your writing
  • developing critical thinking skills as you read, write, and discuss ideas
  • contributing to large and small group discussions
  • respecting individual or group opinions and the individual rights of all classmates
  • conferring with the instructor frequently throughout the writing process
  • reflecting on the processes of reading, writing, learning, and thinking
  • developing personal goals for your own writing
Every student at Tompkins Cortland Community College, or enrolled in College Now concurrent course is expected to act in an academically honest fashion in all aspects of his or her academic work: in writing papers and reports, in taking examinations, in performing laboratory experiments and reporting the results, in clinical and cooperative learning experiences, and in attending to paperwork such as registration forms.
Any written work submitted by a student must be his or her own. If the student uses the words or ideas of someone else, he or she must cite the source by such means as a footnote. Our guiding principle is that any honest evaluation of a student's performance must be based on that student's work. Any action taken by a student that would result in misrepresentation of someone else's work or actions as the student's own - such as cheating on a test, submitting for credit a paper written by another person, or forging an advisor's signature - is intellectually dishonest and deserving of censure.
For                                                       Read                                                                                       
Friday, September 7                            Chapter 4, The Prose Reader, "Description"
Monday, September 10                       Chapter 4, The Prose Reader, "Notes from the Country Club"
Wednesday, September 12                  Chapter 1, Sapiens
Friday, September 14                          Chapter 5, The Prose Reader, "Narration"
Monday, September 17                       Chapter 5, The Prose Reader, "Leffingwell Elementary School"
Wednesday, September 19                  Chapter 2, Sapiens
Friday, September 21                          Chapter 6, The Prose Readerr, "Example"
Monday, September 24                       Chapter 6, The Prose Reader,  "Public and Private Language"
Wednesday, September 26                  Chapter 3, Sapiens     
Friday, September 28                       Chapter 7, The Prose Reader, "Process Analysis"
                                                            First Essay Due: Descriptive/Narrative/Example (College)\

For                                                       Read                                                                                       
Monday, October 1                             Chapter 7, The Prose Reader, "Our Schedules, Our Selves"
Wednesday, October 3                        Chapter 4, Sapiens
Friday, October 5                                Chapter 8, The Prose Reader, "Division/Classification"
Tuesday, October 9                             Chapter 8, The Prose Reader, "Second Chances for Children of.."
Thursday, October 11                         Chapter 5, Sapiens
Tuesday, October 16                           Chapter 9 The Prose Reader, "Comparison/Contrast"
Thursday, October 18                         Chapter 9, The Prose Reader, "Homeplace"             
Monday, October 22                           Chapter 6, Sapiens
Wednesday, October 24                      Chapter 10, The Prose Reader,  "Definition"
Friday, October 26                              Chapter 10, The Prose Reader, "Worry: Don’t Be Happy"
Monday, October 29                           Chapter 7, Sapiens
Wednesday, October 31                      Chapter 11, The Prose Reader, "Cause/Effect"
Friday, November 2                            Chapter 11, The Prose Reader, "Why We Crave Horror Movies"
Monday, November 5                         Chapter 8, Sapiens
Tuesday, November 6                       Second Essay Due: Process Analysis/ Division-Classification/

For                                                       Read                                                                                       
Wednesday, November 7                    Chapter 12, The Prose Reader, "Argument and Persuasion"
Friday, November 9                            Chapter 12, The Prose Reader, "How Bingeing Became…"
Tuesday, November 13                       Chapter 9, Sapiens
Thursday, November 15                     Chapter 10, Sapiens
Monday, November 19                       Chapter 12, The Prose Reader, "America Must Take Stronger.."
Tuesday, November 20                       Chapter 12, The Prose Reader, "Illegal Immigration Does Not..."
November 21-23                                 Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday, November 26                       Chapter 11, Sapiens
Wednesday, November 28                  Chapter 12, The Prose Reader, "Post conviction DNA Testing..."
Friday, November 30                          Chapter 12, The Prose Reader, "In Some Cases, DNA Clears..."
Monday, December 3                         Chapter 12 Sapiens
Wednesday, December 5                    Chapter 12, The Prose Reader, "We Are Training Our Kids..."
Friday, December 7                            Chapter 13, Sapiens
Monday, December 10                       Chapter 14, Sapiens
Wednesday, December 12                  Part 3, The Prose Reader, "Preparing to Write Your Own..."
Friday, December 14                         Chapter 15, Sapiens
                                                           Third Essay Due: Cause-Effect/Argument-Persuasion

For                                                       Read                                                                                       
Monday, December 17                       Chapter 16, Sapiens
Wednesday, December 19                  Part 3, The Prose Reader, "Finding Sources"
Friday, December 21                          Chapter 17 Sapiens
December 24-January 2                      Holiday Recess
Friday, January 4                                Chapter 18 Sapiens                            
Monday, January 7                             Part 3, The Prose Reader, "Avoiding Plagiarism"
Wednesday, January 9                        Chapter 19, Sapiens
Friday, January 11                              Part 3, The Prose Reader, "Documenting"
Monday, January 14                           Chapter 20, Sapiens
Wednesday, January 16                      Part 3, The Prose Reader, "Writing a Documented Essay"
Friday, January 18                              Afterward, Sapiens
January 22-25                                                Final Exam