English 1 – Summer 2009
: by appointment
M-TH Bundy 212 8:00-10:05 AM
l: email@example.com (best way to reach me)
Required Texts and Materials:
The Brief Bedford Reader
Edition, ed. Kennedy, Kennedy and Aaron (
A Writer’s Reference
Edition, ed. Diana Hacker
, Centennial Edition, George Orwell, May 2003
Two pocket folder to hold all of your work;
DO NOT THROW ANYTHING AWAY
You will need it for your portfolio.
Two blue books required:
BRING TO SECOND CLASS MEETING
Disc or drive media to store your work
Email account and internet access
Notebook for your
recommended: A college thesaurus and a college dictionary.
This course is designed to help you improve your writing skills in order to prepare you for the type of reading
and writing that you will need for your college career.
You will explore ideas, convey information and think
critically about the ideas found in the readings we examine over the course of the semester.
This class is meant
to help you use logical reasoning to formulate arguments that are convincing using adequate factual support,
and adopt a thoughtful position on substantive topics.
You will also develop skills in organizing an essay,
developing a logical thesis, and expressing your ideas clearly by choosing appropriate language and adopting an
appropriate tone for academic writing.
Beyond this, this class will also assist you in developing a degree of
grace and style, which will make your writing interesting and readable.
Course Requirements/ Grading:
One Diagnostic Essay (usually during 2
Three Formal essays:
4-6 pages in length; all essays will be in response to specific prompts, reading
and discussions in class.
You will be submitting drafts of these papers before you submit the final
polished essay and are required to submit all drafts with your final version in a packet.
One Final/Research Paper:
A formal argumentative research paper (2000-3000 words, or 8-12 pages
of text) will be based on reference sources and is due on the last day we meet. The essay topic will be
assigned or pre-approved.
It must use a minimum of ten (10) secondary sources (portions of books and
articles) to support your argument. At least five (5) sources must be from printed works; others may be
from electronic sources (CD ROM, Internet, and films). I may ask to see samples of bibliography cards,
note cards, formal outlines, and Works Cited pages through the second half of the semester. All early
drafts and note cards must be turned in with the final essay.
You will keep a journal that analytically responds to passages in material assigned. These
entries should be written on 8 ½” x 11” lined, loose-leaf paper and kept in a two-pocket folder (see
Portfolios, below). These will be handed in and will sometimes serve as the basis of class discussions, or