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1 Spring 2013 - Syllabus for First Year Composition, English 114 (Section 10) Mark Schleunes/ HUM 429. Office hours: MW 3:35 – 4:25, Fri. 2:30 - 4:10 and by appt. Office phone: 338-3102. Email: markman@sfsu.edu This syllabus is your contract with me. By continuing to attend this class, you agree to abide by the rules of this contract. If you think you may not be able to follow the rules in this contract, you should drop this class immediately. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES After completion of any one of SFSU’s three First-Year Composition options, students will be able to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. read actively and effectively and use information acquired from readings, research and other sources critically in their own writing; use writing processes and strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading their work; collaborate with others during the writing process, developing ways to offer constructive criticism and accept the criticism of others; reflect on their reading and writing processes as an avenue to achieving greater control of these processes and increased effectiveness as readers and writers; demonstrate a basic familiarity with rhetorical conventions, composing effective expository prose with regard to purpose, audience and genre; create and apply a research plan to locate, use and evaluate information from a variety of sources, including library resources; use evidence and analysis to successfully support the central purpose of their writing; demonstrate ethical conduct in their writing and the appropriate use and citation of the works of others; develop knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics; control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling; gain and use knowledge of the academic community to support their development as learners, readers and writers.

Throughout this syllabus, numbers in parentheses following an assignment's name indicate which learning outcomes are linked to that assignment. Required Texts: 1. Go to the SFSU Bookstore and buy the reader for this class. Look for the reader for Schleunes, English 114. If you are waiting to add, do not buy a reader until I have officially added you since only 20 readers are printed for each class. Readers are not returnable once you have bought them. Course Work: 1. You will write five essays for this course. Each essay must be at least 1500 words long, except the first one which must be at least 900 words long. Essays which have fewer than 1500 words will receive an automatic grade of no credit. You may use your one allowed rewrite to improve such an essay. • Essay 1 "Myself the Writer" (3,7) - You will explain your experiences and concerns as a writer up to this point in your life. (900 words minimum) Essay 2 "Group Essay" (2,3,4,) - You will identify a group you belong to (snowboarders, conservatives, diabetics, vegetarians or whatever ) and write an essay in which you explain what



2 makes them psychologically different from people who are not in the group. (1500 words minimum) • Essay 3 "Website Analysis Essay" (1,2,3,4, 6,7) - You will pick the website of some public figure you like and explain how that website appeals to you and others in its target audience. (1500 words minimum) Essay 4 "Media Essay" (1,2,3,4, 5, 6,7) - You will write an essay in which you compare two different news articles written about the same issue by two different authors. One article must be from a mainstream publication and the other must be from an alternative publication (either a left-wing or right-wing publication). (1500 words minimum) Essay 5 "Designer Babies Essay" (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) – You will write an argument essay in which you take some position about the following question: Should the United States pass a federal law prohibiting human germline engineering? (1500 words minimum)





2. At some point during the semester we will have six continuous weeks of short...
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