College of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences                                Spring 2011

ENGL 111- 011, 012: First Year Composition II  (3,0)                         3 Credits

 

 

Prerequisites:    A grade of C or higher in ENGL110.

 

Instructor(s): 

 Class Meeting Times:  

   Office Hours:   By appointment, and ... 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

12:45 - 1:45

5:00 - 6:00

 

12:45 - 1:45

5:00 - 6:00

 

Required Texts:      Ballenger, R.  The Curious Researcher.  6/E  Boston: Pearson, 2000.

                   Recommended Texts:  Hacker, D.  A Writer's Reference.  2011 or any edition.

              A good Dictionary

Course Description:

           "First Year Composition II prepares students for the complex demands of academic literacy and research.  These require the students to be able to critically observe personal and public knowledge; ask questions of reading and research; formulate hypotheses; design and conduct research projects, both in the library  and in the field; and identify further avenues of inquiry.  To help students develop these abilities the course also teaches students the basic skills of analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and documentation.  Required course work includes completion of an extended research project.   

Course Objectives

Upon completion of EN111 students should be able to produce research essays and reports that are free of grammatical, mechanical, and syntactical errors, that are well researched organized, interesting, and appropriate in style and format for academic and professional writing.

ENGL111 Outcomes

Rhetorical Knowledge
By the end of ENGL111, students should be able to do the following:

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing
By the end of ENGL111, students should be able to do the following:

Processes
By the end of ENGL111, students should be able to do the following:

 

Knowledge of Conventions
By the end of ENGL111, students should be able to do the following:

         Incorporate patterns of organization (e.g. process, compare/contrast, cause/effect) within a research project, understanding how structure and form shape data and information.

         Practice the methods of inquiry and citation expected of university-level writing; understand how to use those methods within specific disciplines, fields, or occupations.

         Develop their understanding of the functions of syntax, grammar, punctuation and spelling; build upon a rule-based understanding of grammar to develop a meaning-based understanding of how mechanics contribute to expression and style.

 

General Education Objectives:

ENGL110 and ENGL111 together fulfill the English portion of the General Education Outcome for "Communication."  The English portion of that outcome is as follows:

Upon graduation, LSSU students will be able to analyze, develop, and produce rhetorically complex texts.

 

Grading Scale and Policies:

Point Values: 

         Assignments             30%

         Attendance               05%

         Participation              05%

         Major Essays            40%

         Exam                          20%

 

Grading Scale Please note that a grade of 60% is required to successfully complete this class.

%age

Letter

%age

Letter

98-100

A+

70-77

C

92-97

A

68-69

C-

90-91

A-

66-67

D+

88-89

B+

62-25

D-

82-87

B

0-59

F

80-81

B-

 

 

78-79

C+

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground Rules:

 

1.    Completing assignments on time and keeping up with the class material is important for success in this course and in college.  Late assignments will not be accepted except for legitimate pre-approved reasons as determined by the instructor.  Examples of legitimate reasons are:  severe illness, death in family, etc.

2.    Students are expected to perform all assigned work themselves.  Any form of cheating or plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the Honor Code Procedures.  Violations of the Honor Code may result in an F for the course grade.

3.    Use of head phones, cell phones and hats during exams is prohibited.

4.    Cell phones must be turned off for all class and lab sessions.  If the cell phone is on and rings, the student will be asked to leave the class for the day and this will count as an absence.

5.    Attend all classroom sessions.

6.    Complete all reading and assignments before class.

7.    Ask questions if you do not understand anything.

8.    Attend all classroom sessions. 

 

University Policies and Statements:

            The Americans with Disabilities Act & Accommodations

 In compliance with Lake Superior State University policies and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available to students with documented disabilities.

 If you are a student with a disability and you think you may require accommodations you must register with Disability Services (DS), which is located in the KJS Library, Room 130, (906) 635-2355 or x2355 on campus.  DS will provide you with a letter of confirmation of your verified disability and authorize recommended accommodations.  This authorization must be presented to your instructor before any accommodations can be made.

 Students who desire such services should meet with instructors in a timely manner, preferably during the first week of class, to discuss individual disability related needs. Any student who feels that an accommodation is needed based on the impact of a disability should meet with instructors privately to discuss specific needs.

 IPASS (Individual Plan for Academic Student Success)

 If at mid-term your grades reflect that you are at risk for failing some or all of your classes, you will be contacted by a representative of IPASS. The IPASS program is designed to help you gain control over your learning through pro-active communication and goal-setting, the development of intentional learning skills and study habits, and personal accountability. You may contact 635-2887 or email ipass@lssu.edu if you would like to sign up early in the semester or if you have any questions or concerns.

 HONOR PLEDGE

 As a student of Lake Superior State University, you have pledged to support the Student Honor Code of the College of Engineering & Technology.  You will refrain from any form of academic dishonesty or deception such as cheating, stealing, plagiarism or lying on take‑home assignments, homework, computer programs, lab reports, quizzes, tests or exams which are Honor Code violations.  Furthermore, you understand and accept the potential consequences of punishable behavior.  

 


            Writing Lab Services

Take charge and learn to express yourself by visiting the Writing Lab in the Learning Centre, located on the lower floor of the Library. The Writing Lab instructor will work with you on a one-to-one basis, helping you work through all writing-related issues in a variety of disciplines. The goal is to help students generate, organize, revise and improve their writing. The Writing Lab instructor will look at work at any stage of the writing process. You can go to the Lab to talk out ideas for a paper, or to clarify a thesis statement, or to restructure an essay, or to help identify awkward sentence structure and word choice.

            

 

 

 

 

 

Tentative Course Outline - ENGL111

              Note that the order and length of course content will vary depending on the perceived need of the students.    

Session Number

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Reading Assignment

Assignment Due

1

1

T

01/11

Introduction, Pretest, Survey

 

 

2

1

R

01/13

New Research Paper 

Introduction

 

3

2

T

10/18

Grounded Theory  Research Proposal

Ch.1.

 

4

2

R

01/20

Research Strategies     Topic Search

 

Reaction Questions

5

3

T

01/25

Library Research

 

Proposal

6

3

R

01/27

Annotated Bibliographies

 

Library Exercise

7

4

T

02/01

Website Evaluation

 

Annotated Bibliography

8

4

R

02/03

Note-taking

Ch. 2.

 

9

5

T

02/08

Plagiarism

Ch. 3.

Website Evaluation

10

5

R

02/10

Summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing

Ch. 4.

 

11

6

T

02/15

Outlines

 

 

12

6

R

02/17

Groupwork  -  outlines

Ch.5.

Working Outline

13

7

T

02/22

Citations and Bibliographies

Appendix  A and B

 

14

7

R

02/24

Peer Review

 

Draft Research #1

 

Break

 

03/01

Spring Break

 

 

 

Break

 

03/03

Spring Break

 

 

15

8

T

03/08

Interviewing

92 - 105

Research Paper #1

16

8

R

03/10

Interviewing continued

 

 

17

9

T

03/15

Groupwork - Proposal #2

 

Proposal #2 Draft

18

9

R

03/17

 

 

Proposal for Essay #2

19

10

T

03/22

Structures of Argument

 

Handouts

20

10

R

03/24

Structures of Argument

 

 

21

11

T

03/29

In Search of the Edge

 

 

22

11

R

03/31

Declaration of Independence

 

 

23

12

T

04/05

 

 

Analysis of Declaration

24

12

R

04/07

Peer Review

 

Draft Research #2

25

13

T

04/12

Powerpoints Expectations

 

 

26

13

R

04/14

Review

 

 

27

14

T

04/19

Research Conference

 

Presentations

28

14

R

04/21

Research Conference

 

Presentations

 

Exam

 

04/25-29

Exam

 

 

      

        

 

Topical Outline for ENGL111         (3 credits)     % of time spent

        Research Theory                                                    11

         Topic and Question                                                13

         Researching                                                           16

         Reading Instruction                                                 01

         Interviewing/Surveying                                            04

         Using Sources                                                        14

         Writing Instruction                                                   07

         Revising Instruction and Practice                            07

         Formatting                                                               01

         Thinking Skills, Epistemology                                  14

         Student Presentations                                             07

         Testing                                                                     05

                                                                 Total                      100%