College of DuPage
English 1101 Composition I (1101-120)
Class Meeting Time and Location:
February 7, 2014 – May 12, 2014
Mondays 12:30pm-1:45pm in SRC- 3031
Wednesday/Fridays 12:30pm – 1:45pm in CHC-1022
*Final class Monday May 12, 2013 Noon- 1:50pm
Instructor: Theresa Gant-Misher
Office: BIC- 2406
Office Hours: By appointment
Texts and Required Materials:
Roen, Duane, Gregory R. Glau, and Barry M. Maid. The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life. 3nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. ISBN 978-0-07-340592-6 Writing Journal (any spiral notebook/composition book)
Pocket folder—used to turn in work for each essay
My COD username and password (mailed to your home by the College) Flash drive for saving and transferring electronic documents COD library card
You are expected to come prepared to work each day with the appropriate materials and assignments completed. Bring both textbooks to class every day unless instructed otherwise.
The first of two courses in the one-year composition sequence. Introduces students to college-level writing as a process of developing and supporting a thesis in an organized essay. Requires students to read and think critically. Emphasizes using appropriate style and voice as well as the conventions of standard English and citation. Prior to enrollment, student must have a satisfactory score, as determined by the English faculty, on an English Composition entrance test, and evidence of having met the Reading Competency Requirement (3 lecture hours)
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:
1. Apply a process approach to writing
2. Develop and support a thesis
3. Apply strategies for organizing texts
4. Analyze and respond critically and creatively to the ideas and strategies in the writing of others through reading a variety of texts, including academic discourse 5. Construct effective prose
6. Develop the writing process to include other writers’ discourse 7. Use methods of research and citation at the introductory level
In order to do your best, it is generally accepted that you spend approximately 6-9 hours per week outside of class for a three-credit hour course. Please consider your other obligations, such as the number and difficulty of the other courses you are taking, your job, your family commitments, etc. so that you are able to devote the time needed to be successful in this course.
If, at any time during the term, you find yourself having difficulty with the reading or writing assignments, please feel free to discuss this with me in person or via email. You can also get assistance in the Reading and Writing Center located in the Learning Commons in SRC 2102.
I will use your COD email address to contact you, so please check this account for messages. Also, I check email regularly and try to respond within one business day. If you send me an email and do not receive a response from me within 24 hours, it probably means that I have not received the message, so please check the address and try again or contact me by voicemail.
There will be six graded essays in this course, as well as in-class and out-of class writing assignments. Each of your assignments will count as follows:
Essay 1: Writing to Share Experiences
Essay 2: Writing to Explore (3 pages)
Essay 3: Writing to Analyze (3 pages)
Essay 4: Writing to Convince (3-4 pages)
Essay 5: Writing to Evaluate (3-4 pages)
Essay 6: Final Reflection (in-class)
Homework, in-class writing, drafts, peer reviews, journal writings, etc.
20% Your final grade will be computed on the following percentage scale:
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