Syllabus: English 101 Sections 1 and 2
Section 1: MWF 8 am, Hume 108
Section 2: MWF 9 am, Hume 200
Corrie Catlett Merricks
, 204 Somerville Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9 to 11 am and by appointment
The Curious Writer
by Bruce Ballenger, ISBN 0-205-53146-6
Animal, Vegetable Miracle,
by Barbara Kingsolver, 978-0060852566
Best Food Writing, 2008
, Edited by Holly Hughes, ISBN 978-0-7382-1251-7
You will also need a binder or folder in which you will keep all essays, responses, and in-class
activities. You should bring this binder and a pen to every class meeting.
All texts are available at the Ole Miss Bookstore.
English 101 is an introductory composition course designed to improve the reading, writing, and
critical thinking skills of beginning college students. Upon successful completion of English 101
students should be able:
To write effectively and enjoyably in a variety of genres
To create a working relationship between an imaginary writer and an imaginary reader,
and to channel ideas and images effectively through that relationship to an actual reader
To revise, edit, and improve their writing through a series of drafts
To engage effectively in the peer-review process with classmates
To play effectively with the conventions of standard written English (grammar,
To read analytically
To employ efficient study skills
This course requires a significant amount of reading as well as writing. We will examine assigned
essays for content but also for structure and for elements of effective presentation.
Students will write five major out-of-class essays, each about two pages long, double-spaced,
word-processed (12-point font), edited through a series of drafts. The preparation of each essay
will involve combinations of in-class peer responses and instructor evaluation to facilitate revision.
Each major assignment submission requires all notes, drafts, and responses collected
and stapled together. An assignment will be graded only if it is complete
Students will also write in-class freewrites, essays, journals, quizzes, and other assignments
as designated by the instructor.
Students may be called upon to write during any class
meeting, so students are expected to bring to each class a journal and pencils/pens as