Academic Writing and Reading
Instructor: Dr. Jim Schwartz
Office: Dwyer 258
Phone: (419) 586-0356
Office Hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon M-W-F (and by appointment)
Conlin, Mary Lou. Patterns Plus: A Short Prose Reader with Argumentation. 10th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2011. Print.
Be sure to put enough money on your Wright 1 Card to cover printing this course’s numerous writing assignment (estimate $5 for the semester). Also, it would be wise to purchase a USB flash drive on which to store your written efforts.
English 1100, an Element 1 Core Course, introduces you to the fundamentals of college-level expository writing and of critical thinking. In class you will be “exposed to” a variety of topics and to rhetorical approaches to them, including but not limited to classification and division, description, instruction, process analysis, narration, and argumentation. English 1100 stresses inventing, drafting, revising, editing, and self-assessing along with effective critiquing and collaborating. By the semester’s conclusion you will have composed your own expository specimens as well as reaffirmed your cherished belief in proper grammar and mechanics as necessary components of intelligent, engaging written communication.
WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES: COMMUNICATION
The foundational skills students need in academic discourse, research, and documentation in an electronic environment.
a. Adapt rhetorical processes and strategies for audience, purpose, and type of task.
b. Organize and produce texts that meet the demands of specific genres, purposes, audiences, and stances.
c. Employ appropriate mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling conventions.
d. Find, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and synthesize appropriate source material from both print and electronic environments.
e. Present focused, logical arguments that support a thesis.
f. Use reliable and varied evidence to support claims, incorporate ideas from sources appropriately, and acknowledge and document the work of others appropriately.
g. Use electronic environments to draft, revise, edit, and share or publish texts.
You are expected to attend all regularly scheduled classes. Do not show up ill prepared for the day’s assignment, since you may be called on at any time to answer questions about the day’s assigned readings. Attendance will be taken at every class meeting. After the fourth (4th) class missed (for any reason), a one-half letter grade deduction will be made to your final grade. All graded work must be submitted by you during class on the day it is due. I maintain sole discretion in determining whether or not late work will be accepted and if so, any percentage deduction to be applied. Because this is a seated class, not an online one, no unsolicited email submissions of your work will be accepted.
GRADING & ASSIGNMENTS
You are expected to complete answers to assigned questions only about the day’s readings before coming to class. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to complete numerous computer-generated writing assignments in class, some of which will require you to have a rudimentary grasp of online search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.). All collected assignments will be weighted equally and will be marked using a traditional A through F grading scale. Refer to the “Grading Standards” menu option on this Website’s Navbar for more specifics about a specific letter grade’s value. A final examination covering the terms in our course textbook also is scheduled. See the end of the course syllabus for the respective day and time your final is scheduled. All final examinations will be held in the course’s classroom.
Office of Disabilities Services
If a student has a disability that will require special accommodations, it is essential that he or she discuss it with the instructor and/or The Office of Disability Services (ODS) before or during the first week of the semester. ODS will work with these students on an individual basis to determine what services, equipment, and accommodations would be appropriate regarding their documented needs. Students who may qualify for these types of service should initiate contact with the instructor and/ or ODS as soon as possible to enable the university to meet their needs.
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center offers FREE services to help students meet their full potential. Tutoring in any subject, study groups, one-on-one technology workshops, feedback on writing assignments, and general academic skills coaching available. We offer in-person and online appointments.
Library & Technology Center
The Library & Technology Center provides free access to scholarly resources in all formats, supports teaching, learning, and research in an intellectually open environment, and provides instruction in the use of traditional and new information resources and technologies. WSU students can also visit the LTC for assistance with creating or editing multimedia projects i.e. PowerPoint, Voiceovers, Website development, etc., free of charge. The LTC is temporarily housed in the modular located in the back of the school. For additional information about the LTC and the services we provide contact Jamon Flowers via email at jamon.flowers@wright .edu or by phone at (419) 586-0360 or Christine Junker firstname.lastname@example.org. The LTC is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 6pm and on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. No appointment is necessary.
It is the policy of Wright State University to uphold and support standards of personal honesty and integrity for all students consistent with the goals of a community of scholars and students seeking knowledge and truth. Furthermore, it is the policy of the university to enforce these standards through fair and objective procedures governing instances of alleged dishonesty, cheating, and other academic misconduct. For more information on the Academic Integrity Policy, please see: http://www.wright.edu/community-standards-and-student-conduct/code-of-student-conduct/academic-integrity.
COURSE CALENDAR (M-W)
M 08/28 — FIRST DAY OF CLASS — Course Introduction
W 08/30 — Computer Checkup & Password/Printing Trials
F 09/01 — Diagnostic Writing Sample
M 09/04 — NO CLASS — Labor Day Holiday
W 09/06 — Glossary Definitions (300-307)
F 09/08 — “The Basics of Writing: Processes and Strategies” (1-12)
M 09/11 — “Narration” (13-20)
W 09/13 — “Narration” (21-28)
F 09/15 — “Narration” (29-44)
M 09/18 — “Description” (45-56)
W 09/20 — “Description” (57-64)
F 09/22 — “Description” (65-76)
M 09/25 — “Examples” (77-86)
W 09/27 — “Examples” (87-97)
F 09/29 — “Examples” (98-106)
M 10/02 — “Classification and Division” (107-118)
W 10/04 — “Classification and Division” (119-129)
F 10/06 — “Classification and Division” (130-140)
M 10/09 — “Comparison and Contrast” (141-150)
W 10/11 — “Comparison and Contrast” (151-162)
F 10/13 — “Comparison and Contrast” (163-168)
M 10/16 — “Process” (169-175)
W 10/18 — “Process” (176-181)
F 10/20 — “Process” (182-188)
M 10/23 — “Cause and Effect” (189-196)
W 10/25 — “Cause and Effect” (197-209)
F 10/27 — “Cause and Effect” (210-224)
M 10/30 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
W 11/01 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
F 11/03 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
M 11/06 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
W 11/08 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
F 11/10 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
M 11/13 — “Definition” (225-248)
W 11/15 — “Definition” (225-248)
F 11/17 — “Definition” (225-248)
M 11/20 — Glossary Review In-Class
W 11/22 & F 11/24 — No Class (Thanksgiving Vacation)
M 11/27 — “Argument and Persuasion” (249-255)
W 11/29 — “Argument and Persuasion” (256-261)
F 12/01 — “Argument and Persuasion” (262-270)
M 12/04 — “Argument and Persuasion” (271-277)
W 12/06 — “Argument and Persuasion” (278-286)
W 08/30 — CONCLUDING COMMENTS
FINAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULE (IN CLASSROOM)
9:00 CLASS (Section WO2) meets on Wednesday, 12/13 @ 8:00 am until 10:00 am
10:00 CLASS (Section WO3) meets on Monday, 12/11 @ 10:15 am until 12:15 pm
12:00 CLASS (Section WO4) meets on Monday, 12/11 @ 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm