English 1110: English Composition 1(A)
Welcome to English 1110: This document provides an overview of the requirements and responsibilities I expect from my students. My Best wishes for a successful semester.
Instructor: Annie Brust
Email: email@example.com phone: 440.840.4949 ext. 3032
Website: www.kenstonlocal.org/brust Class time: M-F 12:44-2:15
This course focuses on the writing process and on the composition of expository writing assignments, including personal, informational, and critical essays. You will read and analyze expository and imaginative texts from fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. In addition, the course reviews the principles of writing and use of effective sentences/ paragraphs. Because of duplication in course content, students who have taken ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) should not take this course.
You are in a college level English Composition class. You will be held to the standards set forth by Lakeland. I expect that you will put forth your best effort at all times.
This class will include lecture, discussion, peer editing, reading assignments, writing assignments, short films, research, library use, drafting, revisions, classroom activities, and a variety of other methods to fully help you grow in the areas of literature and composition as well as prepare you for the next class.
**Expect to spend 2-3 hours, minimally, outside of the classroom/lab performing course related work such as readings, research, homework and other academic work for every hour of credit spent in the classroom/lab.
Students with Documented Disabilities
***Lakeland Community College is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities. The Student Accommodation Center works with students with documented disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations. If you have a disability (e.g. learning, attention, psychiatric, vision, hearing, physical, or systemic) and feel it may create a barrier to your education, contact the Student Accommodation Center at 440-525-7020 or stop by the office in the Learning Center, Room A-1042.
Bullock, Richard. The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings. 3rd Edition. WW Norton & Co., 2013. Print. ISBN: 978039328372
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. Penguin Books, 1992. Print. ISBN: 9780140281620
1. Pen, composition notebook (college ruled)
2. Binder or folder with all class materials (handouts, etc.)
3. Variety of post it notes – color, shapes, etc.
4. Blackboard account, email
The instructor will order the required texts from Lakeland. They will be delivered to the students the first week of class. The texts will be collected at the end of the course and returned to Lakeland by the instructor. This is per Lakeland.
Withdrawals: Students may withdraw from Lakeland until September 5, 2017 for a full refund, or by November 13 but grade will result in an F. After the withdrawal deadline no withdrawal is permitted unless you have documentation which indicates that attendance is not possible for medical or employment reasons. I will not sign late withdrawals without this documentation.
** Grades: Each student will be evaluated for their performance on written work as well as their cooperation and participation in class and on assignments.
90-100% A Excellent Work
80-89.9 B Good Work
70-79.9 C Average Work
60-69.9 D Marginal Work
0-59.9 F Very Poor Work
Tentative Grade Distribution: At my discretion, there may be more or fewer points available (usually in the form of more or fewer quizzes or homework assignments). You will be notified of any changes.
Concepts—approximately 30% of grade
- Quizzes 25 points
- Homework 5-10 points
- In-Class Writing Up to 50 points
- Peer Review 10 points
Writing—approximately 70% of grade
- Paper 1: Memoir 100 points
- Paper 2: Analysis 100 points
- Paper 3: Research 100 points
- Paper 4: Redesign 100 points
Assignments (paper, homework, journal, etc.): I expect a full, well-developed response for your work, not merely basic answers. Consider homework and journals as writing practice. To earn credit, follow directions, explain and support your answers with evidence from the text and/or research, as well as with your own reasoning. Include proper in-text citations where needed and include a proper Works cited page (a page number and author name in parenthesis after summary, paraphrase, quote, or idea from textbook). Only fully-developed and complete assignments will receive credit. All assignments should adhere to MLA format and attached essay rubric. Be sure to refer to MLA reference guide for additional help or Purdue OWL in classroom references on my webpage.
Revisions: For Papers 1, 2, and 3, you have the option to revise your work after your graded paper is returned to you. Any revision not following the steps below will be returned ungraded.
*When revising consider visiting Lakeland Writing Center or arrange time to meet with me to discuss your revisions. Revise your paper based on comments provided and on your own new thinking.
- Write a 1-2 paragraph “Revision Memo” explaining the major (global and substantive) changes you made to your essay.
- Upload your revised essay, with revision memo, to Blackboard before class. Turn in your revised essay, revision memo, and your original graded paper in class.
- Revising can improve your grade by up to 20 points; a revision cannot lower your grade, nor does it automatically improve your grade. Late papers aren’t eligible for revision.
**If the changes to your paper are primarily copy-editing or proofreading, you will not likely see a change in your grade.
Peer Reviews: Several times throughout the semester, we will complete online Peer Review Workshops. These are a great chance to read what your peers are writing, to see other approaches to assignments, and to practice the critical skills of accepting and offering useful feedback. You are expected to participate and engage fully in these workshops. To receive the 10 available Peer Review Points, you must complete all of the following:
- Submit your complete draft in the appropriate file format on time with required Questions
- Respond fully to the required peers on time following guidelines
- Peer Review is not something to blow off or to put off to the last minute; take it seriously. Additionally, not adequately completing peer review will result in a 10 point deduction of the associated paper’s grade (in addition to losing points for the peer review itself).
Save Your Work: You are responsible for backing up all work for our course. You should save every document in multiple places. For example, as you are writing, save one copy to the computer, and one copy to the cloud and one copy to a turnitin.com. Technological failure happens. Computers die, files disappear, flash drives are lost, and printers run out of ink. Be prepared to navigate these problems as they arise; they should be expected and are not an excuse for late, lost, incomplete, or missing work. Do not rely on being able to print right before class. The printers do not always work.
Classroom Etiquette: The classroom a place for all students to learn. The rules below apply to all students. The Student Code of Conduct is available in the Student Handbooks for both institutions @ www.lakelandcc.edu/handbook and www.kenstonlocal.org.
- Put your phones away and silence them prior to the start of class. Do not check your phone or text during class–it is inappropriate in the classroom setting and those tiny screens distract the people around you.
- Be prepared for class at all times. I expect you to be alert, on time and paying attention. Be sure to have all required materials: pen/pencil, books, paper, folder, journal, handouts, reading materials, etc.
- Class is in session the entire 85 minutes – do not pack up until the bell rings and please remain in your seats until class ends.
- You may have a laptop or tablet open for notes, but avoid distracting others (or yourself) with your use of technology. I reserve the right to ask you to turn off the laptop or tablet at any time.
- No food or drink of any kind in the classroom at any time – food is only allowed in the cafeteria.
- Respect yourself, your peers, the contents of the room and me at all times. You may not always agree with other’s opinions or view points, but I expect you be respectful. Please respect all facets of the classroom.
- Each student is expected to attend class daily. You must be on time and in your seat by the start of class when the bell rings. Attendance policy adhere to KHS school policy, three (3) tardies will result in a disciplinary referral.
- Due to the breadth of material missing classes will be detrimental to your grade; attendance is very important. If you are absent the day an assignment is due you must submit assignment to blackboard or email me by the start of class on the day the assignment is due, otherwise the assignment will be marked late.
- Class participation is part of your grade. Therefore if you do not attend class you will miss out on opportunity earn credit for participation.
Make-up Work: In the event of an excused absence, you will need to arrange to make-up quizzes or classwork with me before or after school or during homeroom – there will be no work made up during instruction class time. If you know you will be absent, you may contact me via email or in person to obtain assignments before the start of the class session for credit or for partial credit, depending on the assignment (no credit will be given if the work is turned in after class time). Students need to arrange make up work with me (as stated in the student handbook) and/or check blackboard/web page for assignments. All assignments will be available upon request but it is the responsibility of the student to obtain assignments. Work that students neglect to turn in will result in a “0”.
- Late Work: Late work is accepted if the student has an excused absence from class and will be completed within a week of the absence(s) otherwise the assignment will result in a “0”.
- Homework: I do not accept late homework. If you know you will be absent, you may email me homework assignments or papers before the start of the class session for credit – please send as a .doc or .rtf file attachment, via Lakeland email or kenstonapps.org email. If you send the email after the beginning of the class start time, the work will be considered late and result in a zero.
- Papers: Papers receive a 10 point deduction for each day late. All papers are uploaded to Blackboard, therefore you do not need to email me a paper if you will not be in class when a paper is due. Papers not uploaded to Blackboard by the start of class time will be considered one day late. You should never wait until the last minute (or hour) to print or submit assignments. Back up all work through email, a flash drive, or online file storage (such as Dropbox).
- Quizzes: If you arrive late and the quiz is in progress, you can start the quiz but are required to turn it in at the same time as the rest of the class. If you arrive late and the quiz is being collected or has been collected, you cannot complete it.
****For Paper 4, you cannot make up Peer Review or earn points for peer review if you miss the class. For all other papers, you must complete Peer Review by the deadline to earn credit.
Academic Integrity: Honesty, as the basic component of trust, is essential to both individual and institutional integrity. With this premise in mind, Lakeland Community College has set forth certain behaviors as violations of academic honesty, and thus potentially diminishing Lakeland’s integrity, reputation for academic quality and ability to function as an academic community. The institution’s faculty and administration, therefore, regard academic dishonesty as a serious offense. Established as violations of academic honesty at Lakeland Community College, these offenses include cheating and facilitating cheating, plagiarism and falsification in academic research. Policies dealing with academic misconduct are in your student handbook (www.lakelandcc.edu/handbook). In our class, all work must be new, produced specifically for our class. You must ethically and accurately document all summaries, paraphrases, quotes, information, images, and ideas from outside sources. You must use quotation marks to show exact words from a source, and you must make it clear when and where you are using information, ideas, images, words, facts, etc. borrowed from an outside source. You do this through signal phrases and in-text citations. You must provide an accurate works cited page to identify every source you use in a paper. Failing to properly cite sources (whether intentional or accidental) is plagiarism. Using online sources such as reviews or “note” sites (such as Spark Notes) is also considered cheating in our class if they are used while completing assignments, particularly if they are used in place of careful, critical reading and annotation of the texts. If in doubt, ask me if use of a source is acceptable. You are responsible for documenting all sources accurately throughout the semester, whether or not we have discussed it thoroughly in class. You should ask me, consult the Writing Center, or read about using sources in our textbook if you have any questions. Failure to document all summaries, paraphrases, quotes, information, and ideas from outside sources, even once, will be considered plagiarism. Any cases of plagiarism will warrant a Student Conduct Code report and will be turned over to the Dean of Students.
How to get the most out of this class: Like most things in life, you will get out of this class what you put into it. While I will sometimes need to deliver information, this is not a lecture based class. You will be actively engaged in critical thinking and hands-on activities during every class period. Our class is based on shared course readings and discussions.
- Participate and contribute to the class period – including questions about a current assignment or ideas/insights regarding the class reading, depending on the course schedule. There are high expectations in our class. You’re going to have to work, but I am going to be available every step of the way to support you if you’re putting in the time and effort.
- Show up to every class. But do more than just show up. Bring your books to class. Review course readings before class and come prepared with questions, connections, and observations.
- Annotate your readings. If you cannot write in your book, you should use notecards and sticky notes to annotate. Not reading, skimming readings, or not completing homework or writing assignments is a really bad idea. If you seem unprepared for class, you may be counted absent.
- You should always be prepared for a quiz or in-class writing over the homework for the class, even on days with no quiz listed on the syllabus. More importantly, if you are not prepared, you are not likely to learn very much.
- This is a writing course. You are expected to work on your writing every week, and to bring works-in-progress, to work on your writing mostly on your own time, and to bring good drafts of your writing as required. Learning this way might be new for you. Take advantage of the new style and ask questions along the way. Finally, review the syllabus each day before class to ensure you have completed all assignments, but also pay attention in class for anything that might be added or subtracted from the schedule.
Adherence to these requirements makes this course enjoyable and a true learning environment. However, failure to comply with these conditions will result in disciplinary action as well as possible grade reduction. Your cooperation is encouraged and expected.
Resources Available to students:
Writing Center: The Writing Center offers free thirty minute sessions (you can schedule two thirty minute sessions per week). The Writing Center can help you with any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to revising. You can sign up for a session through MyLakeland on the student tab.
You can also call (440-525-7019) or stop in (A 1044f). When you go to your appointment, bring your assignment sheet and the draft you’re working on.
Monday and Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
If you struggle with English and writing, or have received less than a B in a previous English course, please consider making regular appointments with the writing center to help strengthen your writing skills. English tutors are also available. Tutoring is free; you can schedule appointments through MyLakeland’s Student Tab.
Library Services: http://library.lakelandcc.edu/
M-Th 8 am – 9 pm
Fri 8 am – 5 pm
Sat 9 am – 1 pm,
The Reference Desk provides assistance with research, off-campus access, instructions on using OhioLink databases, and help with internet sources. You can reach a librarian in-person, on the phone, and via email during library hours. (C-3051, 440.525.7425, firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can also call or email the library to schedule a one-on-one personal research assistance appointment. You can meet with a librarian for a 20, 30, or 40 minute session for personalized guidance researching your topic. I highly recommend you meet with a librarian for one of these sessions at least one time during your research process for the Research Paper.
Open Lab Hours: The main PC open lab is located in A-1046.
Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am to 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 am to 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm
There is also an open computer lab on the first floor of Holden University Center, which is open during building hours.
Email/Blackboard: I will contact you through Lakeland email. If you haven’t set up your email account, contact the Help Desk (440-525-7570) to do so. Check your email regularly—this is where all official college communication will happen. When you email me, please do so from your Lakeland account. Otherwise, I may not open your email.
When you email me, you can generally expect a response within 12-24 hours, but it may be longer at certain times. I will not read or respond to email between 9:00pm and 7:00am. You are free to email during those times, but do not expect a reply until later in the day. The same goes for times when I am in class or in meetings. You may also email me directly from our Blackboard course site. If you need help navigating the site, feel free to stop by my room or explore the “BB Help” tab in Blackboard.
To upload to Blackboard:
- Login to our Blackboard site. Do NOT use Internet Explorer.
- Select the “Paper Submission” button (on the left)
- Click on View/Complete for the relevant assignment.
- Scroll to the box that lets you browse to select a file. Select your file.
- Decide whether to check the Global Database box (you don’t need to).
- Click “submit.”
- Go to your Grade book. Look for the green and white “needs grading” icon below. If you see it, your paper uploaded correctly. If not, your paper did not upload successfully. Try again. If you have repeated difficulty, check your browser and internet connection, and your file type. If you continue to have problems, contact the Help Desk # 525-7570.
Literature 1 – Literature of the Western World
The same criteria apply to the Literature portion as to the Composition class however the required materials change for this section. **The following details the literature and materials we will be covering this semester. The time we spend on various subjects will depend on class proficiency and is subject to change to best-fit instruction and skill mastery.
Texts – provided
Hamilton, Sharon. Essential Literary Terms: A brief Norton Guide with Exercises. New York: Norton, 2007. Print. ISBN: 9780393928732
Norton Anthology: The Western World and Essential Literary Terms. Ed. Martin Puchner. Volume 1, 9th ed. Norton, 2014. Print. ISBN: 9780393933642
Ovid. Metamorphoses. Trans. A.D Melville. Ed. E.J. Kinney. Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.
Stoppard, Tom. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Grove Atlantic, 1967. Print. ISBN: 9780802132758
1. Pen, composition notebook (college ruled)
2. Binder or folder with all class materials (handouts, etc.)
3. Variety of post it notes – color, shapes, etc.
4. WordPress, OneDrive, Meriam Webster’s online
Tests/Essays/Journals 100 points
Homework 10 points
Quizzes/Vocab quizzes 30 points
Reflections/blogs 50 points
Essays 100 points
Projects/Presentations 150- 200 points
* Tests, essays and projects comprise the vast majority of points for this class. Missing major assignments is detrimental to your grade. Journals/reflection/blogs are a key aspect of your grade.
Weekly Syllabus *subject to change at instructors discretion
Week one ___________________________
Overview on class
Summary reading essay
Essential Literary Terms – Drama, Tropes, Schemes, Structure,
Read and discuss Babylonian Creation epic, Gilgamesh, and Lucretius
Quiz on readings
Introduction to Theory
Week two ___________________________
Introduction to Roman expansion – Concepts of an Epic and fable
Aesop’s Fables, Create original fable
Read and discuss Sappho and ancient Greek theater
Essential Literary Terms – Poetry, Tropes, Schemes, Structure, Prosody
Europe and the Islamic world
Concepts of poetry and heroic journey
Read and discuss – Apuleius, Ovid, and Horace
Blog/reflection – theoretic analysis of literature
Intro to Anglo-Saxon Literature/history – Medieval lit, Epic poetry
Concepts of discussion – Journey of the Hero
Poetic terms and conventions – caesura, nekuia, alliteration and musical device, cog/wheel
Readings: Bede and Caedmon’s Hymn, The Seafarer and The Wanderer, Cuchulainn’s Boyhood Deeds
Quiz on readings
Read and discuss Beowulf – lineage of the Danes, The Coming of Beowulf and Grendel (lines 1-1250)
Essential Literary Terms – Poetry, Poetic form, Tropes, Schemes, Structure, Prosody
Quiz on Beowulf
Read and discuss Grendel’s mother, Beowulf a King and the Dragon (lines 1251-3182) of Beowulf
Read and discuss Chrétien de Troyes and Hildegard
What is magic? blog/reflection
Week four ___________________________
Essential Literary Terms – Poetry, poetic form, Tropes, Schemes, Structure, Prosody, narration
In class essay on Italian Renaissance
Read and discuss The Divine Comedy – Inferno, The Thousand and One Knights and Boccaccio
Introduction to The General Prologue and Troilus and Criseyde, Geoffrey Chaucer
Notes on companion tales and Chaucerian criteria – Order of the Garter
Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
Excerpt from Gilote and Johane – Harley poet
Week five ___________________________
Essential Literary Terms – Poetry, poetic form, Tropes, Schemes, Structure, Prosody, narration
Excerpt from Sword of the Valiant
Simon Armitage’s Journey of the Gawain poet – video
Quiz on nature/pastoral imagery
History of the Anthology – Development of language by the common people in Brittany
Mystery Plays and Margery Kempe (excerpts)
Week six ___________________________
Essential Literary Terms – Narration and figures of Speech, Tropes, Schemes, Structure, Prosody, narration
History of Arthurian legend
Several video clips on Arthur through media
King Arthur family tree
Knight of the round table epic tale
Week seven ___________________________
Essential Literary Terms – Drama, Poetry, figures of Speech, Tropes, Schemes, Structure, Prosody
Intro to 16th century/Elizabethan England – plight of the Tudor reign
Edmund Spenser – Spenserian sonnets 1, 34, 64, 67, 75
Book 1 of the Fairie Queen – Quiz
Selected poetry from Sir Philip Sidney and Christopher Marlowe
Week Eight ___________________________
Essential Literary Terms – Drama, Poetry, Poetic form, figures of Speech, Tropes, Schemes, Structure, Prosody
Introduction to Shakespeare/ The Dark Lady
Sonnets 1, 20, 33, 73, 130
Read and Discuss Theory on Shakespeare
Selected poems – John Donne, Andrew Marvel
Criticism of Shakespeare – Ben Johnson, Samuel Johnson
Week nine ___________________________
Review for final
Midterm comprehensive exam
Compostition 1 (A)
Weekly Schedule *subject to change at instructor’s discretion
The syllabus is a general guideline for this class. Dates and assignments are subject to change based on school assemblies, testing, early releases, and other unforeseeable events. Any changes will be clearly communicated to the students in a timely manner.
Monday – Introduction to class, familiarize class with text and syllabus, library – how to navigate Blackboard
Tuesday – Part 1, Chapter 1 The Norton Field Guide to Writing, pg. 3-11. Class discussion on prewriting techniques
Hand out excerpt, Eveline – homework
Wednesday – Part 1, Chapter 4-6 The Norton Field Guide to Writing, pgs.12-24. Prewriting. Thesis for Paper #1
due. Discuss concepts of introduction. HW – introduction for paper #1
Thursday – Introduction for Paper #1, due. Read and discuss handout by Joyce Carol Oates
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”
Friday – Journal: Reflection on Oates’ story. Read and discuss handout: Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Discussion on
the function of a narrative.
Monday – read and discuss handout A Good Man Is Hard To Find by O’Connor
The Norton Field Guide to Writing:
Tuesday – Paper #1: Rough Draft due on Eveline by end of class
Wednesday – Individual Teacher Meetings with student on rough draft. The Norton Field Guide to Writing: Student
Choice of a short story
Thursday – Group meetings with teacher
Friday – Presentations due on short stories. Quiz on elements of short story (notes). Paper #1: Final draft due
Monday – Proofreading/Revision/Mechanics & Usage workshop (based on need per student essays)
Tuesday – Read and discuss Grapes of Wrath chapters 1-5. Character sketch chapters 1-5
Wednesday – Analysis of form and content (stylistic analysis) in Grapes of Wrath. Reflection on journey
Thursday – Read and discuss Grapes of Wrath chapters 6-10. Norton Field Guide part 2 chapter 10 exercises
Friday- Quiz on chapters 1-10 GW. Character choice approval due
Week four (progress)
Monday – Marked passages in chapters 1-20 relating to approved character. Journal: Growth or stagnancy of
character related to issues in novel
Tuesday – Read and discuss Grapes of Wrath Chapter 20
Wednesday – Critical interpretation of Grapes of Wrath from 1930’s-present
Thursday – Read and discuss Grapes of Wrath Chapters 21-26. Choose three passages from novel marked relating to
importance of plot
Friday – read and discuss Grapes of Wrath chapters 26-30. Norton Field Guide part 2 chapter 8 Analyzing text
Monday – Grapes of Wrath Final Thesis for Paper #2. Grapes of Wrath Chart of complete development of character
Tuesday – Paper #2: Rough Draft on Grapes of Wrath
Wednesday – Conferences and film of Grapes of Wrath
Thursday – The Norton Field guide part 3 chapter 27 Revising. Individual meetings with teacher – rough drafts
Friday – Models of revision. Assign Paper #2: Final Draft Due Grapes of Wrath.
Literature and the Writing Process Chapter 12
Monday – Poetry terms due. Journal Entry: Personal thoughts on poetry and meaning
Tuesday – Sample Exercises The Norton Field guide part 4 chapter 36 Defining. Read and discuss Literature and the
Writing Process Chapter 13
Wednesday – Literature and the Writing Process Chapter 14 pages 511-518. Sample poetry.
Thursday – Literature and the Writing Process Pages 564-578: Choose one poem and complete corresponding
questions Literature and the Writing Process Poem choices due from book
Friday – Literature and the Writing Process: Essay: page 520 One from Ideas for Responsive Writing
and one from Ideas for Critical Thinking. Paper #3: Poetry Paper – Thesis due for teacher approval
Monday – The Norton Field Guide to Writing Poems chosen by classmates must be read prior to class
Poetic elements identified in chosen poems and marked in text for class discussion
Tuesday – Paper #3: Poetry Paper Rough Draft Due. Individual meetings with teacher about rough drafts
Wednesday – Norton Field Guide part 4 Chapter 41 Reading Strategies. Notes and discussion.
Thursday – Read and discuss Antigone scenes i and ii pg. 725 in Literature and the writing process
Friday – Quiz. Read and discuss Antigone scenes iii, iv, v pg. 738 in Literature and the Writing Process
Journal: Identifying with setting
Monday – Paper #3: Poetry Paper Final Paper Due. Quiz on Antigone
Tuesday – Essay: Connection of Events to Plot. In-class reflection on Antigone
Wednesday – reflection on structure of a play and critical quotes
Thursday – scene reflections and topic due for final paper on Antigone
Friday – Thesis Due for final paper. Parsing of speeches.
Monday – sample exercises The Norton Field Guide chapter 1 Rhetorical strategies
Tuesday – Paper #4 Rough Draft Antigone
Wednesday – Revision/peer edits
Thursday – Paper #4 Final Draft Antigone
Friday – Wrap-up/Evaluation. Final Portfolio due