ENGL 1010-004 Syllabus

ENGL 1010-004 Syllabus - English 1010-043 Composition...

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English 1010-043 Composition Spring 2008 Julie L. Lester, Instructor Office: PT 110 Office Hours: MWF, 11:30-12:30, or by appt. Course Description: This course explores a key question: How does language make meaning? Of course this is a very complicated question that we’ll only begin to explore, but it will guide our careful reading and consideration of how texts—our own and those of others— are composed and constructed. As a means of exploring our key question, you will engage in an array of challenging, college-level reading and writing tasks. The aim is for you to become a more skilled user and consumer of language. You should also be prepared to engage in thoughtful, civil discussion with classmates regarding your own ideas and written work. Learning Outcomes: You will develop and demonstrate the abilities to: 1. Comprehend complex, college-level texts; 2. Identify central themes and arguments in texts while forming your own; 3. Discern, analyze, and critique an author’s purpose and stylistic/rhetorical choices; 4. Express ideas clearly and effectively; 5. Explore, discover, and develop your own ideas as they intersect with ideas of others by effectively quoting, summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing; 6. Engage writing rhetorically through the awareness of how purpose, audience, persona, and context, all intersect in the processes and production of a text; 7. Organize and write coherent essays through processes that include multiple drafts, peer response, and flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing and proof- reading; 8. Recognize and employ standard academic grammar and syntax as well as appropriate means of documenting your work (MLA); 9. Explore a range of media and literacies, including computer literacy and visual/graphic literacy. Pre-Requisites: All students enrolled in English 1010 must have met one of the following criteria: DSPW 0800 with a grade of C or better; ACT English sub-score of at least 460; A satisfactory score on a placement test administered by the U of M Testing Center. Further, this course must be completed with a grade of C or better before students can count credit for English 1020.
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Required Texts: Eschholz, Paul, Alfred Rosa, and Virginia Clark. Language Awareness: Readings for College Writers . 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005. Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say, I Say . New York: W. W. Norton, 2006. Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers . 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. Policy on Absences: Your regular, punctual attendance is expected. More than six, unexcused absences will lower your final grade by at least one full letter grade. If you miss six classes, you will likely fail the course. Coming to class late or leaving early is disruptive and should be avoided. If you are late up to five minutes three times successively, I will mark this as an absence.
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