INSTRUCTOR: Steve Wilper
OFFICE: PB 3408
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday 1:45-3:00
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SYLLABUS/COURSE
SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
TEXTS AND MATERIALS:
- Inquiry: Questioning, Reading, Writing.
Bloom and White. (QRW in course schedule).
- Seeing and Writing 2. McQuade
& McQuade. 2003 (listed as SW in course schedule).
- The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing
. Rammage,Bean and Johnson. 4th ed. 2006 (listed as
AB in course schedule).
- Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers.
Hairston, Ruszkiewicz and Friend. 7th ed. 2002
(listed as SF in course schedule).
TEACHING METHOD: This class
will consist of a combination of lecture, in-class exercises,
and, hopefully, a lot of class participation.
You will be assigned readings from the rental, purchase texts,
and handouts, and will be expected to have read them prior to the
particular class for which they were assigned.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: This class
is about analyzing problems, reading assignments, and class
discussions, and then writing well developed, well organized, grammatically
correct essays of your analysis and conclusions. We will
accomplish this by generating ideas from your experiences, from
outside readings of various topics, from the world around you, from
electronic media and from discussions in class; we will then turn
these ideas into good writing. Most of your assignments will
ask you to make an argument of some sort and to support this argument
with facts, examples, etc. Gone are the days when you could simply
write the personal narrative and gone are the days when your opinion,
unsubstantiated, is enough. Because you “feel” strongly about
something is just the starting point. You must, in writing your
papers and expressing your points of view, give ample logical reasons
for your opinions and develop your arguments thoroughly.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: The following
point system will be used to determine your final grade.
Your total points will be 1000 with 900-1000 being an “A,” 800-899
being a “B,” 720-799 being a “C," 620-719 being a "D," and
below 620 is an "F."
- 1 in-class writing with revision:
- 3 out-of-class essays: 700 pts. (200,250,250).
- Writing exercises: 200 pts
If you have an average below a "C" (for example, you have
written several "D" or "F" papers and your point total is below
720), you will receive a D, a "PR" or an "F." A "PR" means
"progress" and is given when a student turns in the assignments and
genuinely tries, but is not yet ready to move on to 102. HOWEVER,
THIS STUDENT MUST SHOW PROGRESS. A "PR" is not factored into
the student's GPA, but he or she must take 101 again. STUDENTS
CAN RECEIVE ONLY ONE “PR” IN ENGLISH DURING THEIR STAY AT SIUE.
IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS GRADE BEFORE, YOU NEED TO WORK HARD, BECAUSE
YOU WILL BE ASSIGNED A LETTER GRADE THAT DOES COUNT TOWARDS YOUR G.P.A.
If assignments are incomplete or the student does consistent "D" or
"F" work, he or she will be given that letter grade, which is factored
into the student's GPA. A grade of "D" IS NOT PASSING. YOU
WILL STILL HAVE TO TAKE THE CLASS AGAIN. HOWEVER, THIS CAN BE AFFECTED
BY THE PORTFOLIO.
THE PORTFOLIO: I will explain this in detail in class, but you
will be required to keep a portfolio for departmental evaluation. At
this point, I do not have the information about how this will work, so I
will give you a handout as soon as I know more about it.
PLACEMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTS:
During the first few classes, you will take a grammar diagnostic
test and write an in-class essay. Based on these evaluations,
you may be moved to another section of 101 or placed in an Academic
Development course. This is not punitive, but rather a method
by which particular writing problems or strengths can be addressed.
If you have further questions, please ask me or see the Student's
Handbook on the English Department’s web site (which can be accessed
from my web site).
IN-CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT: There
will be one in-class essay/writing assignment aside from the diagnostic
essay. This will be written in response to questions asked
regarding previous reading assignments and will be written during
one class period. This will gain you 100 points. The essay
will then be incorporated into a revision exercise and you can receive a
higher grade for your revision.
OUT-OF-CLASS ESSAYS: There will
be (3) three assigned essays that will involve writing
as a process. You will first write a rough draft for
peer group evaluation. The drafts will not be graded, but
will act as a guide in the process towards a final graded paper.
Though the drafts will not be separately graded, presenting
them on the date due in peer group sessions will count towards
your final grade (see “Peer Groups” below). After the draft
is reviewed in peer groups you will revise and work on your paper. This
is your first revision. Then, you will meet with me in a private
conference to look at your paper, which should have been heavily revised
since the draft you presented to your peer group. During the weeks of
conferences, class will not meet. This is not a week off, but a
time to work on the paper. During this time I will be in my office
and you can come by for a personal conference (I will pass around a
sign-up sheet the day of peer groups). However, you must have
a draft of your essay ready for me to look at if you sign up for a conference.
After this, you will do the necessary revisions and then bring your
revised copy to the next class and turn it in for a grade. This
is your second revision. The out-of-class essays will be worth 700 pts
(200, 250, 250).
READINGS: During the semester,
you will be assigned various readings. Some are listed
on the schedule below and some I will give to you during class.
You will read these for the next class. These readings are for
the purpose of class discussion and may be used as prompts for either
reading responses, in-class essays, or quizzes.
WRITING EXERCISES: Writing exercises will usually be in
conjunction with something not traditionally thought of as "formal" writing.
We might look at blogs, web pages, e-mail, even cover letters and
resumes and critique and then create our own versions. In addition,
your letters of reflection for both portfolios will count towareds the writing
PEER GROUP/DRAFTS: You are expected
to participate in all group activities with an open mind and willingness
to work. On days that we meet in peer groups, you will
bring 3 typed copies of the draft being worked on (or, if in a
computer room a disk with your essay on it and one printed draft),
unless told otherwise. Drafts will not be graded, but presenting
them to your peer group will figure in your final grade of the paper
being edited. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A DRAFT FOR PEER GROUPS, YOU WILL
LOSE 10% OF OF THE FINAL GRADE OF THE PAPER. Do not bring
hastily hand-written drafts. You will hand in one copy of your
draft to me and you will have to sign a list to show you were in class
and did peer work. If your draft is incomplete or hastily written, I
will not give you credit for that peer group session and your final
draft will begin minus 10% (I.E., I GRADE THAT PAPER AND THEN TAKE OFF
A FULL GRADE AFTER MY EVALUATION).
ESSAY FORMAT: All drafts and assignments
(with the exception of in-class reading responses and in-class
essays if you are not in a computer lab) are to be typed, double-spaced,
have a title, and contain your name and the course on the front
page. Essays not following this form will not be accepted.
OVERALL CLASS PARTICIPATION: As
I stated, this will be considered in your final grade.
CLASS ATTENDANCE: I take signed
attendance at the beginning of class. If you are late,
it is your responsibility to come and see me after class in order
that I don't count you absent. Further, it is your responsibility
to come to me for any handouts you miss because of absence.
I will abide by the 10% policy discussed in the Student's Handbook--that
is, if you miss more than ten percent of the classes (3 classes),
you will not pass the course. Also, if you
are over 15 minutes late, this will be recorded as an absence. And
if you are late 3 times (under 15 minutes), this will count as an absence.
Since students sometimes forget, you will sign an attendance sheet
at the beginning of every class. During the first week, you will sign
a paper that states that you understand the attendance policy. Students
who get 3 quick absences and then try to remain in the class must understand
that it doesn't matter when you get the fourth. You will fail.
FURTHER, MISSING A CONFERENCE WILL COUNT AS TWO ABSENCES. conference
LATE PAPERS: WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT
A VALID EXCUSE . If you have a medical emergency
or other similar excuse, I will consider this. Bring me
PLAGIARISM: The policy on plagiarism
(presenting another person's work as your own) is simple:
if you do it, you flunk the course (see the Student's Handbook).
In addition, you may face further action from the university.
DISCUSSING A GRADE: We all
make mistakes. If you wish to discuss a grade, set
up an appointment with me. Do not crowd around my desk
after class in order that you can dispute a grade. Take the paper
home, look at it and compose a well reasoned argument that you
can present to me at our appointment.
*Realize that I will usually assign things
from one handbook or the other, but there are sections in the
other handbooks that cover the same areas. ALWAYS BRING
YOUR SCOTT FORESMAN HANDBOOK TO CLASS.
WEEK 1 (1/15
- Introduction to class/class protocol.
- Fill out information sheet/sign policy
- Handouts (library, computer labs,
- About writing exercises
- Grammar diagnostic
- Discuss in-class writing.
- Writing Diagnostic.
- Read Assigned SF pages
for the next class (comma splices, fragments, run-ons, pages 594-605).
- Reading assignment from text (QRW)
or handout (for issue discussion).
WEEK 2 (1/22
- Grammar: Comma Splices, Fragments,
and Run-on Sentences.
- What is “good” writing (sample in-class
and out-of-class essays).
- Written response to essays from reading
assignment and class discussion (writing exercise).
- Readings for narrative discussion assigned
for the next class.
- Read AB assignment.
- Discuss the writing process (invention stratagies--from text
readings and handout).
- Thesis statements (handouts and assigned readings).
- Discuss narrative angle of vision and assign readings from SW
- Look over assigned text in SF for the next class (word agreement,
pages 448-461; 494-508).
- Assign angle of vision writing exercise.
- Narrative event (writing exercise)
- Review narrative example (handout).
WEEK 3 (1/29 and 1/31)
- Discuss word agreement (Subject/Verb
and Pronoun agreement).
- Audience (handouts, exercise).
- The thesis statement—Discuss readings
- Handout on introductions.
- Work on introductions.
- Paragraph building.
- Summary of article (writing exercise).
- Group work on angle of vision assignment: bring disks
with work on it and 2 copies of the assignment.
- Compare-contrast readings: to be
- Read AB pages 16-21 for the next class.
- Read discussion reading from QRW for next class.
WEEK 4 (2/5
- ANGLE OF VISION EXERCISE IS DUE
- Contemplation on assignmed readings.
- Discuss Compare-Contrast readings.
- Idea generation--freewriting and
brainstorming for second out-of-class essay.
- Coming up with a working thesis for
- Go over student’s compare-contrast
papers (handouts and reading response).
- Readings from text or handouts in
preparation for class discussion during the next class (readings
to be a announced).
- Complex paragraph
building (in-class handouts and exercise) .
- Discuss readings for in-class writing
exercise: brainstorm, draft a plan for practice questions (Reread
essays before next Tuesday's in-class essay).
- Writing the in-class essay.
- ASSIGN FORMAL OUT-OF-CLASS ESSAY
- Discuss letter of reflection.
WEEK 5 (2/12 and 2/14)
- IN-CLASS ESSAY 1
- Handout on transitions.
- Assign readings from SW or other texts.
- Angle of vision exercise
- LETTER OF REFLECTION WRITING EXERCISE ASSIGNED (40 POINTS).
- SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCES.
- Introductions (handout and exercise for sketchbook--creating
- Discuss last classe's assigned readings.
- Constructing the compare/and contrast
essay: using modes to argue (handout).
WEEK 6 (2/19 and
- Peer work on Formal Out-of-class essay
1: Bring 3 copies of printed paper.
- Assign readings (handout or from SW).
- Bring letter of reflection for quick perusal by me.
- Make sure you have signed up for a
- Class discussion on previously assigned
readings (sketchbook or reading response).
- Portfolio preperation--revision stratagies of your letter of
WEEK 7 (2/26 and 2/28)
- Tuesday and Thursday: You
do not show up for class, but meet me in my office for a personal
conference regarding OC 1. Bring a clean, revised copy
of this essay to the conference. Readings regarding your
next assignment will be handed out at this time. Further, bring
your revised letter of reflection to this conference.
WEEK 8 (3/4 and
- OUT-OF-CLASS ESSAY
1 DUE .
- ASSIGN OUT-OF-CLASS ESSAY 2.
- Discuss analysis and assigned readings.
- Discuss reading/picture in SW for analysis in
- Sketchbook--cause and effect (effect or cause
of something you've observed).
- Collaborative idea generation exercise for
- Effective, concise sentences--"Mature
Writing" (Class exercise).
- Introduction and outline construction
for Out-of-Class Essay 2.
discuss in-class writing strategies.
- Final portfolio preperation..
- LETTER OF REFLECTION WRITING EXERCISE DUE (THIS WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL
COPY BESIDES THE ONE YOU HAVE PUT IN YOUR PORTFOLIO).
WEEK 9 (3/11 and 3/13) SPRING BREAK--NO
WEEK 10 (3/18 and 3/20)
- IN-CLASS REVISIION OF PORTFOLIO
- Sign up for conferences for Out-of-class
- Peer groups for Out-of-class essay
2. Bring 3 printed versions of your essay to class.
- PORTFOLIO WORK POSSIBLE.
WEEK 11 (3/25 and 3/27)
- Tuesday, and Thursday: We will not
meet in this classroom this week. Bring a revised and clean
copy of your paper to my office for conference at the time you signed
up for the previous week. Further, you will be assigned readings
from your text regarding the next assignment at this meeting.
WEEK 12 (4/1 and 4/3)
- OUT-OF-CLASS ESSAY 2 DUE: NO EXCEPTIONS
- Argument: to win or convince?
- Handouts on argument.
- Argumentative Fallacies (In-class
exercise: find fallacies in article).
- Argumentative essay outline (handout).
- Reading handouts for the next class
- Readings from textbooks assigned.
- Exploratory writing: why argue and
what do I want to explore?
- Discuss readings from texts.
- Discuss reading handouts.
- Reading Response:
- ASSIGN OUT-OF-CLASS ESSAY 3
: Argumentative paper using all of the developmental
tools we have discussed up to this point. For this
assignment, we will be doing some web browsing in search of
a couple of sources that you might use in your paper. This
will be the final element of paragraph development that we will
discuss. This is not a research paper, but is an argumentative,
topic based essay (as discussed in the 101 AB text) in which you will
use a couple of sources. The most important aspect of this paper
is that you learn the nuances of classical argumentation.
- Outline handout.
- Passive/active voice.
- Classical argument in current newspapers and
WEEK 13 (4/8 and 4/10)
- SEARCHING FOR SOURCES--TUTORIAL:
IF YOU ARE IN A COMPUTER CLASSROOM, YOU WILL MEET IN
OUR REGULAR COMPUTER CLASSROOM. IF YOU ARE IN A TRADITIONAL
CLASSROOM, YOU WILL MEET AT THE LOVEJOY LIBRARY. WE
WILL FOCUS ON HOW TO SEARCH ELECTRONIC SOURCES FOR IDEAS,
TOPICS OF DISCUSSION, AND LEAST IMPORTANTLY, FOR YOUR
- Have an outline of Essay 3 done and
ready to hand in. This will include a rough draft introduction
- Go over student essays on argumentation
- Using outside sources in writing final
essay: how to document; avoiding plagiarism; citing sources;
- REFLECTION LETTER WRITING EXERCISE ASSIGNED.
WEEK 14 (4/15 and 4/17)
- Electronic searches for ideas and sources.
More on using and citing sources. Bring your papers and
problems to this class.
- SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCE.
- Questions about letters of reflection.
- Draft of out-of-class essay 3 due
for peer groups: Bring 3 copies of your paper to class.
- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR
- Bring in letters of reflection for quick perusal by me. I
will give them back by the end of class and you need to make the necessary
WEEK 15 (4/22 and 4/24)
WEEK 16 (4/29 and 5/1)
- NO CLASS: CONFERENCES ON OC3
. You must have a complete draft of your final paper
for this conference. FURTHER, YOU WILL TURN IN YOUR LETTERS
OF REFLECTION AT THIS POINT.
- Letters of reflection returned.
- Discussion of portfolio and revisions.
- Class work on portfolio.
- FINAL PORTFOLIOS DUE: NO EXCEPTIONS. IF YOUR PORTFOLIO
IS NOT TURNED IN, YOU CANNOT BE GRADED AND CANNOT PASS THE CLASS.
- FINAL ESSAY DUE.