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English 101: College Composition
| Bradley Bleck
Required Text from bookstore (or wherever you prefer to shop): Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong, translated by Moss Roberts
- To ease the portfolio process, review the Portfolio Preview handbook. It has examples that show the college's, the department's, and my expectations for your writing (which are all pretty much the same!). Online Portfolio Preview Handbook
- Either the Rhetoric and Composition Wiki Handbook or the Wadsworth (or any other) Handbook. We won't use the handbook in class; instead, you'll use it as a resource.
Official Course Description:This course develops and sharpens the basic principles of writing college-level essays. Students work on a series of essays to improve their ability to write clear, detailed prose and to use texts to support their claims. Competence in mechanics and standard English usage is assumed of all students taking ENG 101. A grade at or above a 2.0 requires successful completion of the portfolio process.
Unofficial Course Description: This course has been designed with a focus on international awareness funded in part by a grant from the Pacific Northwest International Education Association. As part of the course design, I spent a month in China teaching English at the Harbin Institute of Technology. We are going to read and respond to materials that provide some insight on China while reading, thinking, talking and writing about how writing and thinking are used to inform and persuade. We'll include the analysis of texts and how they make meeting using words, images, sounds and more. We are going to approach the reading and writing in this class to see how reading, thinking and writing can help us as we search out understanding and/or awareness in our own lives while also gaining some new insights on China.
On Being Successful: One of the most important behaviors promoting student learning and success in college, aside from doing what directed when directed to do so, is a student making the time to sit down and visit with their instructor, professor or teacher, call them (and me) what you will. Along with actually visiting me in my office, this means emailing or blogging questions when you are unsure of things, even if you think you are being a "pest." Better a "pest" (and I rarely think of students in this way) than stumbling blindly along and doing less well than you otherwise would had you asked questions and run ideas by me. Doing this is no guarantee you will excel. What it means is you will do better than you would otherwise. How much better cannot be predicted, but it will depend on how willing and able you are to take and follow advice. Don't come in (or email) the day before or after something is due hoping we can turn the inadequate into the excellent; come by the moment you find yourself in need of help. Be willing to avail yourself of other help as well, such as the peer tutoring services provided by the college. (Both online and in-person are available.) Doing so is a sign of strength, not weakness. This is the sort of thing that will pave your avenue to success in this and all other classes.
In this class, you will need internet access (campus, home or work), an open mind (but not so open everything might fall out). Because this is a hybrid class, we will do a good bit of our work online, so you will need an open mind (but not so open everything might fall out), the ability to make the time to get work done, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure. In a typical quarter, it's expected you'll allot 15 hours a week to a five credit class. Because this is a hybrid, that means about 2.5 hours a week in class and 12.5 doing homework. The class workload is predicated on this expectation though workload will vary from week to week. All work is directly related to the essays you must complete to succeed and to future academic success.
Portfolio DatesMidterm: May 7
Final: June 11 and/or 12
The submitted portfolios have been read and the results are in. Check your email (but not until at least 30 minutes after this message has been posted) to see your individual results. For those who "passed" and those who received a "no pass," along with those who did not submit a portfolio, you will receive a form letter via blind carbon copy, meaning you won't know who else received that email. What each of you needs to do is the same. For those who need to revise an essay, I'll be providing some individual feedback and suggestions.
I am leaving for a conference at 6:00 tomorrow morning and won't be back until Sunday afternoon, and will be busy the whole time, probably not checking email much and being dead tired when I do, so don't write a long email in hopes of a long answer. It won't happen. I will be in my office around 9:00 Monday morning and will be happy to meet and/or accept final revisions.
You can pick up your portfolio from the box outside my door at any time.
Cover sheets for your final portfolio submission are attached. Below are directions for your submission.
- Any student who PASSed at midterm should include that essay and the rating sheet in the portfolio. (The reader of the portfolio then looks at only two documents, saving time and energy.)
- All essays should be submitted in an 8 1/2" x 11" manila file folder (NOT a legal –sized folder) with no decorations; that folder should have the instructor's prefix and the student's complete SID # on the tab.
- Clean copies--without instructor or peer comments--of both essays and the reflective cover letter should be submitted in that manila folder.
- On all essays, the instructor’s prefix and the student’s complete SID should be the only identifying heading. Students should lightly pencil in their first names on the back side of the last pages. The instructor's name appears nowhere on students’ work.
- Each essay—including the cover sheet with the assignment—should be stapled in the upper left corner.
- Students should fill out the final rating sheet with the instructor prefix and their own student ID numbers and put it inside the folder. The rating sheet should not be stapled to any paper for the final portfolio.
No Class Thursday! I'll be out of town at a conference.
Essay Three and Four revisions, with revisions highlighted, due in my office, 5-157, Monday, March 18
Cover Letter should address three of the following Course Learning Outcomes:
- recognize that writing is a process requiring thoughtful reconsideration and revision
- discern and record details accurately as part of the composing process
- generate varied ideas as part of the composing process
- evaluate details and ideas in light of particular audiences and rhetorical purposes
- organize ideas in a coherent manner
- use specific details to support claims
- gather, use, and document information to develop an argument
- communicate with an academic audience to describe, analyze, and persuade
- observe the conventions of standard edited American English
- meet deadlines and complete requirements
- write independently
- provide feedback for other writers
- use instructor and peer feedback to improve prose
The fourth essay is due via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight tomorrow. We will NOT have class on Thursday as we will be holding conferences to prepare for the portfolio readings next week. If you have not done so already, stop by my office and sign up for a conference. The sign up sheet is on my door.
I need to read and respond to your fourth essay before we meet, so please get it to me by the assignment deadline of Midnight, Tuesday. When you come, bring your revision of essay three and your draft cover letter. If I have read, responded to and returned your fourth essay, bring that as well. Otherwise, I'll return the fourth essay at our conference.
If you have any questions, let me know.
This weekend the schedule calls for submitting a draft of your argument for feedback and responding to two essays of your classmates, using this criteria, to help them (and you!) come up with a better argument and essay.
Bring a printed copy of your essay to class on Monday with all the revisions you have time to make. We'll give it one last in-class looking over before you complete the final revisions before submitting it by midnight Tuesday it for my formal response.
I'll be happy to answer any questions you have over the weekend, but I won't read your essay from start to finish and provide the sort of feedback I'll provide over the next week. Ask me targeted questions (Is my thesis making a clear argument? Do I have effective evidence in my third paragraph to support the claim? Is my opposing view clear?) and I'll get back to you in as helpful a manner as possible as quickly as possible.
We'll be back in room 211 in the library on Thursday. See you there.
Also, there is a presentation at 10:30 in the Student Union building on the history of China and/or Chinese novels. I've seen two different advertisements, so I don't know which. However, if you are still looking for a way to focus your final essay, this might help. If it's focused on history, you could ask how the history of China, as seen in the romance the Three Kingdoms, might inform America today. I bet that will get some good answers. Hope to see you there.
Think Tank Website: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/library/research/guides/think-tanks-directory...
One of the librarians put together this guide to books we have on China. You will recall (I hope) that I said you need not use books, but instead would do well to focus on what can be found in the databases, but you may still want to give these e-texts a look.
We will meet in Building 24-Room 204 Thursday the 21st. See you there.
Although we have a three-day weekend, I think we are both going to be busy. Here's what's coming down the pike:
- Post a draft of essay three by midnight Friday (that's tonight). If you miss that deadline, get it posted ASAP.
- Respond to at least two drafts by the end of the weekend, using the provided response rubric, giving the writer time enough to get some revising done before the essay is due to me for a formal response. Because everyone needs responses, if someone already has two, please find an essay that doesn't.
- Submit an essay for a formal response by midnight Tuesday and get reading and annotating the final fourth of Three Kingdoms once you are done with that.
- As always, give me an email if you are having troubles. Be sure to explain what it is you think you are to be doing and what you have done and where you got stuck. That way I can better help.