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80354 ENGL 1101.23 MW 12:30-1:45p H/SS-124 Fall 2008 COMP 1 Dr. Gerald Lucas comp@grlucas.net http://litmuse.net/
80354 ENGL 1101.23 MW 12:30-1:45p H/SS-124
Fall 2008
COMP 1
Dr. Gerald Lucas
comp@grlucas.net
http://litmuse.net/
Office: H/SS-117
The war in Iraq and global warming will be addressed this semester.
The war in Iraq
and global warming
will be addressed this
semester.

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1

This section of ENGL 1101 will examine the politics of war and the environment through our reading, discussion, and writing. Our goals will be to learn the basics of writing and thinking at a college level.

The objectives of English Composition 1 (ENGL 1101) are to teach students how to read and write at a beginning college level. During the course, students will learn to write essays that are efficacious, succinct, and interesting; to cite proper support for suppositions; to examine and think critically; and to increase their confidence in all forms of written discourse. Through various class readings, blog en- tries, discussions, and individual guidance, stu- dents will practice and develop integral skills for the communication and inference of ideas both written and verbal. In an effort to satisfy these goals, we will examine several texts that address current po- litical and environmental issues, namely the war in Iraq and global warming.

Textbooks

Three textbooks are required for this course, two of which are available in the bookstore; the Ly- nas will need to be purchased on your own.

Hacker, Diana. A Handbook for Writers.

Lynas, Mark. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet. 2008.

Mailer, Norman. Why Are We at War? 2003.

LitMUSE

You are required to have an account on Lit- MUSE, the server that will support all of your work in this class. As a part of this requirement, you should have access to a computer with Internet capability and a current web browser, like Safari or Firefox.

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WAR IN IRAQ

WAR IN IRAQ Mailer on War “Behind the whole push to go to war with Iraq
WAR IN IRAQ Mailer on War “Behind the whole push to go to war with Iraq
WAR IN IRAQ Mailer on War “Behind the whole push to go to war with Iraq

Mailer on War

“Behind the whole push to go to war with Iraq is the desire to have a huge military presence in the Middle East as a stepping- stone to taking over the rest of the world” (Mailer

51).

Pen and Paper

You should also bring an ink interface of some sort, as well as dead trees on which to take notes. Notes should not only reflect good listen- ing skills, but individual interest in every topic discussed in class. You should not sit in class like you’re watching TV: learning requires active participation.

Electronics & Things

Materials, like cell phones, food, magazines, iPods, etc., are not needed for our class and should, therefore, not accompany you. Addi- tionally, I do not allow class discussions to be taped, so do not bring any voice recording de- vices to class. You may use laptops unless I ask you not to bring them.

Criterion

You will also need to purchase a Criterion login and password from the book store.

Rated PG-13

Finally, since class lecture and discussion will often touch on the controversial, this college classroom is not an appropriate place for chil- dren. Please leave them at home.

REQUIREMENTS

Grades are based on a point system, and stu- dents' final grades will be based on their per- centage of total points accrued. For example, if the total number of possible points is 1000, and a student has 900 (90%), she will earn an A. Remember: two aspects of composition in 1101 are critical in the grading process: mechanics and content. Always proofread and revise any writing before submission. All requirements must be fully completed for a student to pass the course.

Formal Essays

Students will complete four, formal, essays on assigned topics, including one as a final exam. Since this is a writing class, essays will be weighed most heavily in evaluation.

Blog/Forum

Students are required to keep a weekly written response on assigned topics. Each blog and initial forum entry must have a minimum of 350 words. Along with every forum entry, each stu- dent is required to comment critically on at least

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two other students' entries. We will do your initial blog set-up during the first week of class.

Daily Work/Online Activities

Regular class attendance and active participa- tion in classroom discussion and online activities are required. Additional assistance can be ob- tained from me during office hours, by appoint- ment, or by email. I encourage students to communicate with me if they have any difficul- ties with the course or the materials. It is ulti- mately your responsibility to succeed, so gaining additional assistance — especially if you are struggling — is paramount. Any work that does not explicitly fall into an above category will factor into your daily work average.

POLICIES

Assignments

Your work represents you. Therefore, I expect everything you turn into me to exemplify the very best of your professional self. Please proof- read all writing before submission.

Attendance

Attendance will be taken at every class meeting. If you come in late, it is your responsibility to inform me of your presence that day. If you fail to do so, you are absent. Two tardies count as one absence. There are no “excused absences” in my class, but you are allowed to miss one class before your grade suffers. Each additional class missed beyond the allotted one will result in your final semester’s grade being dropped one letter.

Deadlines

Late work is not acceptable and will receive a zero. Technical, computer malfunctions are not acceptable excuses for late work. Quizzes and in-class activities cannot be made up for any reason.

Email

The best and quickest way of contacting me is via email. Only use the email address that I pro- vided on this document for class business:

<comp@grlucas.net>.

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Hurricane Katrina
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WARMING

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Six Degrees

In 2001, the Intergovern- mental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report projecting average global surface temperatures to rise be- tween 1.4 degrees and 5.8 degrees Celsius (roughly 2 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this cen- tury.

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Week 10 (10/20)

Essay #2; Conferences

Weeks 11-15 (10/27-11/24)

Lynas; Forum(s); Essay #3 Draft & Workshops

Week 16 (12/1)

Research Essay #3 Due

Exam Week (12/8)

Monday, 12/8, 1-3pm

POLICIES & SCHEDULE

Grades

Letter grades are based upon a traditional ten- point scale. If you would like to know your offi- cial grade, you should see me during my office hours or make an appointment.

Materials

Course readings are an integral part of the class and should be brought daily. When readings are assigned to be discussed in class, please bring

a copy of the reading with your reading notes

ready to participate in the discussion. Do not come to class without your books and some- thing to write with and on. Everyday. Seriously.

Plagiarism

Any time you use ideas that are not your own — be they paraphrased or copied verbatim — in anything that you write, you must supply a cita-

tion in MLA format. Willful plagiarism will result

in automatic failure of this class and will be

submitted to the Dean for further potential con- sequences. See <http://litmuse.net/plagiarism/> for more information on avoiding plagiarism.

Special Needs

Any student who has special needs should con- tact Ann E. Loyd at the Counseling and Career Center (478-471-2714) and fill out the appropri- ate paperwork. You should then see me with the documentation so that the necessary accom- modations can be made.

Technology Competency

Computer competency is an integral skill in any discipline. Students should be familiar with the

general uses of a computer, par- ticularly using a web browser. Stu- dents should be willing to put forth the effort to learn what they need to in order to succeed in the course. Please see me for additional assis- tance when necessary.

Schedule

This is an outline schedule only. Please consult the web site for the most current reading and assignment schedule.

Week 1 (8/18)

Course Intro; Diagnostic Essay

Week 2 (8/25)

Intro to Writing: Subject, Purpose, Audience; First Forum: Perception

Week 3 (9/1)

No class Monday; Writing: the First Steps

Week 4 (9/8)

Body & Conclusion; Forum: Right or Wrong

Week 5 (9/15)

Editing & Revision; Forum: Hijack!

Week 6 (9/22)

Essay #1; Conferences

Weeks 7-9 (9/29-10/13)

Intro to Research; Mailer; Forum(s)

THIS SCHEDULE IS CUR- RENT AS OF AUGUST 18, 2008 9:39 AM.

DR. GERALD LUCAS

Assistant Professor of English comp@grlucas.net http://grlucas.net/ Office: H/SS-117

TURN IT IN

The professor reserves the right to use Turn It In, a plagiarism prevention service, to evaluate any written work submitted for this course. As directed by the professor, stu- dents are expected to submit or have their assignments submitted through the service in order to meet requirements for this

course. The papers may be retained by the service for the sole purpose of checking for plagiarized content in future student sub- missions.

LITMUSE

http://litmuse.net/

Be sure you make an account on LitMUSE as soon as possible.

future student sub- missions. LITMUSE http://litmuse.net/ Be sure you make an account on LitMUSE as soon

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