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ENG 100 Writing I
Rowan County Senior High School
Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Morehead State University
Instructor: Kay M. Hedrick
Office: RCSHS, Room #91
Office Hours: Vary by trimester term.
(Each terms hours will be posted on the teacher page noted below and on BlackBoard.)
Phone: 606-784-8965, ext. 2691
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Webpage URL: http://www.rowan.k12.ky.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=960
COURSE MATERIALS/TEXTBOOKS:
Lunsford, Andrea A., John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything’s An Argument. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St.
Martin’s, 2010. ISBN (with readings): 978-0-312-53861-3/ISBN (without readings): 978-0-312 -53862-6
Davidson, Cathy. Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way we Live, Work, and
Learn. New York, Viking Adult, 2011. ISBN: 978-0670022823
PURPOSE OF COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
Prerequisite: 18 ACT/PLAN English subscore and 3.0 GPA or successful completion of ENG 099 at MSU. The course is
designed to develop students’ skills in reading introductory college-level texts with comprehension and critical awareness;
writing effective academic prose; making use of current technologies to locate information relevant to select topics; and
making effective and appropriate use of a modest number of sources in expository and persuasive/argumentative essays.
This course satisfies the Core Writing I for general education.
APPROVED UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION STUDENT LEARNER OUTCOMES
1. Read college-level critical, creative and technical texts for comprehension (1b).
2. Write effectively for a variety of target audiences using conventions associated with standard English (1c).
3. Employ current technologies to locate, analyze, evaluate and use information in multiple contexts and for a variety of
purposes (2a).
4. Thoughtfully analyze and evaluate diverse points of view (2c).
LEARNER OUTCOMES: Students will be assessed according to their ability to produce papers that
1. synthesize information from two or more sources dealing with a common topic;
2. demonstrate critical thinking in analyzing and constructing arguments;
3. demonstrate facility with information literacy skills, including library research methods; Internet
research techniques, or field research techniques;
4. make fair and appropriate use of work of others in illustrating and supporting claims;
5. document their use of sources according to MLA conventions;
6. demonstrate an understanding of the rhetorical skills related to discovery, arrangement, and style;
7. demonstrate awareness of audience and employ appropriate tone, diction, vocabulary according to the
targeted audience and purpose;
8. adhere to the conventions appropriate to academic discourse, including standard grammar, mechanics,
and usage;
9. demonstrate the ability to produce a coherent piece of writing shaped by a controlling idea; and
12. demonstrate the ability to write for different purposes, target different audiences, and employ a range of
tactics (including appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos).
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CLASSROOM POLICIES:
Attendance/Participation Policy:
Excused absences:
A maximum of four (4) accumulated day’s absences for the year may be excused by a note from the student’s
parent/guardian. A student MUST bring in a parent note with the date the student was absent from school. Parent
and medical notes must be brought in to the attendance clerk within five (5) school days of the absence or it
will be counted as an unexcused absence. When each student uses their allotted four (4) parent notes per year, all
excused absences (either full or partial day) will require a medical excuse, court excuse or must be approved by the
principal/designee. When a student has been out of school ten (10) medically excused days or tardies, the
parent will be required to provide the school with a District Medical Excuse form filled out by the attending
physician. Forms can be obtained by the Attendance Clerk. Please be aware that the Principal does have the
right to approve or deny any request.
Absences exceeding four (4) days per year may be excused by a physician’s statement.
However, if a student is absent from school for a consecutive five (5) day period or longer
with a doctor’s note, parents of such students should contact the Rowan County Director of
Pupil Personnel for consideration for homebound instruction.
Unexcused Absences:
Absences beyond four (4) days per year without a doctor’s statement and which are not excused by the
Principal/Designee shall be unexcused. Remember that all parent notes submitted to the attendance clerks
must be received within five (5) school days of the absence or it will be considered an unexcused absence.
Tardy Policy:
If students enter the room after the tardy bell sounds, they are considered tardy to class.
The students must print and sign their name on the teacher’s tardy record. The first time students are tardy for a class, they
will receive a warning. Students will receive afterschooldetention (30 minutes) for every tardy following the warning in
that class. Failure tocomplete detention within five (5) school days following the assignment will result in additional
disciplinary action.There will be no opportunity to make up work missed as a result of tardiness.
Late/Makeup Work:
All late work will be penalized one letter grade for each class day it is late. If you feel you need an extension talk to the
instructor at least one(1) week prior to the final due date. Extensions will not automatically be granted. If an assignment
is more than five (5) class periods late, without being granted an extension, it will not be accepted.
Students with excused absences, upon return, have five (5) school days to schedule and make up work for excused
absences. Students must make work up in ESS, a school supervised study program or at the discretion of the teacher.
Cell Phone Policy:
Use of cellular phones or any other electronic communication devices for any purpose during a class or exam session is
prohibited, unless expressly permitted by the instructor.
1. Cell phones are to be place face down on the corner of your desk at the beginning of each class.
2. Cell phones should never be heard ringing or vibrating during class. Please turn your phone off at the
beginning of the class, unless otherwise advised.
3. Do not send or read text messages during class.
4. If, as a result of a family emergency, you are expecting a truly important call during a class, inform the
instructor of this fact in advance, set the cell phone to the vibrate mode. If a call does come in, excuse
yourself as unobtrusively as possible to take the call. Bear in mind that taking calls during class must not
become routine; it is acceptable only during legitimate emergencies.
5. The instructor will advise students as to the placement of cell phones during summative assessments.
6. Violation of stated policy are as follows:
a. First Incident – Verbal Warning
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b. Second Incident - The phone will be confiscated for the remainder of the class period to be returned
to the student at the dismissal of class. The student will be required to stay after class to complete
c. Third Incident – The phone will be confiscated and sent to the administrative office. The student will
be required to complete an Action Plan in which he or she will determine how they intend to correct
the problem. A parent will be required to retrieve the student’s phone from the office after school
hours.
d. Fourth and Consequent Incidences – The phone will be confiscated and sent to the administrative
office. A parent/guardian will be required to retrieve the student’s phone from the Rowan County
Board of Education.
ADA Compliance Statement: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): In compliance with the ADA, all students with a
documented disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations and services to support their academic success and
safety. Though a request for services may be made at any time, services are best applied when they are requested at or
before the start of the semester. To receive accommodations and services the student should immediately contact the
Disability Services Coordinator in the Office of Academic and Career Services, 223 Allie Young Hall, 606-783-5188,
www.moreheadstate.edu/acs/. [NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of any special needs before
the end of the second week of classes and to provide appropriate documentation.]
Campus Safety Statement:
Emergency response information will be discussed in class. Students should familiarize themselves with the nearest exit
routes in the event evacuation becomes necessary. You should notify your instructor at the beginning of the semester if
you have special needs or will require assistance during an emergency evacuation. Students should familiarize themselves
with emergency response protocols at http://www.moreheadstate.edu/emergency.
PLAGIARISM: Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism or helping others to commit these acts will not be tolerated. Academic
dishonesty will result in severe disciplinary action including, but not limited to, failure of the student assessment item or
course, and/or dismissal from MSU. If you are not sure what constitutes academic dishonesty, read The Eagle: Student
Handbook or ask your instructor. The policy is located at
http://www.moreheadstate.edu/files/units/dsl/eaglehandbook/studenthandbook2008-09.pdf [pgs.11 & 39]. For example:
Copying information from the Internet is plagiarism if appropriate credit is not given. Rowan County Schools attendance
policy will also be adhered to. This policy can be found in the Rowan County Student Discipline Code Book.
ASSESSMENT:
(More details regarding each assignment will be provided in class and on Blackboard when each assignment is given.)
Essay #1 (Rhetorical Analysis): 15% (150 points)
Essay #2 (Critical Analysis of Book): 15% (150 points)
Essay #3 (Persuasive): 20% (200 points)
Drafts/Reflections/Peer Review: 15% or 5% per essay (150 points)
Library Assessment: 5% (50 points)
Homework/In-Class Exercises and Assignments: 10% (100 points)
You are expected to come to class and fully participate in each class session. This means (when applicable)
reading all assignments; participating in class discussions; participating in Blackboard discussions; posting
discussion questions to Blackboard; participating in peer-review workshops by both having a draft, and reading
and providing comments on other students’ drafts; participating in in-class writing; etc.
Quizzes: 10% (100 points)
From time to time unannounced quizzes will be given to encourage attendance and active reading of all
assignments. These cannot be made up if you miss class, but your one lowest score will be dropped.
Final Exam: 10% (100 points)
Required Components for General Education Assessment Across All Sections:
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Students will produce an essay shaped by a controlling claim that integrates matter from a range of
credible sources (1c, 2a)―To be weighted no less than 10% and no more than 30% of the final grade.
Students will complete a final examination consisting of a reading comprehension quiz administered on
Blackboard and a response to an in-class prompt, both based on a common reading across all sections
(1c)―To be weighted no less than 10% of the final grade.
Students will complete a timed library research quiz to be administered on Blackboard during the three
full weeks before Thanksgiving (2a)—To be weighted 5% of the final grade.
Additional Required Components
 Students must complete a minimum of 3 other distinct essays or papers (for a minimum of 3000 words or 12
pages).
 At least 75% of the course grade must be based primarily upon writing assignments (including the final).
 No single essay or paper will be weighted less than 10% or more than 30% of the course grade.
 Quizzes, exercises, and assignments other than essays can total no more than 10% of the course grade.
 Class participation can total no more than 10% of the course grade..
GRADING POLICIES: Final papers and other assignments will be evaluated on a numerical basis.
Letter grades will be assigned according to the percentage of total points earned
(90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69%=D, 59 and lower=E)
SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS:
This schedule is tentative and should be used as an outline/guide. Check Blackboard and/or the Rowan County Senior
High School Teacher Page, and expect changes to be announced in-class.
Week 1: Aug. 9-10
Introduction to course, overview of class, Class Procedure,Reading Journal and Class Texts
Week 2: Aug. 13-17
Adler, “How to Mark a Book” (http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/adler.html)
“Critical Reading Towards Critical Writing
(http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/reading-and-researching/critical-reading)
Timed reading to evaluate reading speed – time management discussion.
How Good a Student are You? (Handout and Discussion)
How to Take Notes
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Review of Basic Essay Format and Thesis Statements
Chapter 18 “Intellectual Property, Academic Integrity, and Avoiding Plagiarism,” (pg. 536 – 547).
Chapter 19 “Evaluating and Using Sources” (pages 549-564).
Week 3: Aug. 20 -24
Chapter 19 “Evaluating and Using Sources” (pages 549-564).
“Don’t Mourn Brown v. Board of Education” by Juan Williams
“Critical Reading” (handout taken from Elements of Argument, pp. 35 -75). ).
Chapter 1 “Everything is an Argument” (pages 3-35).
Week 4: Aug. 27 - 31
Chapter 1 “Everything is an Argument” (pages 3-35).
Chapter 2 “ Arguments Based on Emotion: Pathos” (pages 38-50).
Chapter 3 “Arguments Based on Character: Ethos” (pages 52-67).
Trimester 1 Progress Report 1
Week 5: Sept. 3 - 7
M 09/03 NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
Chapter 3 “Arguments Based on Character: Ethos” (pages 52-67).
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Chapter 4 “Arguments Based on Facts and Reason: Logos” (pages 69-93).
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Week 6: Sept. 10 -14
Chapter 4 “Arguments Based on Facts and Reason: Logos” (pages 69-93).
Chapter 17 “Fallacies of Argument” (pages 515-534).
“Propaganda: How Not to Be Bamboozled,” (pg. 123-133) by Doona Woolfolk Cross
Week 7: Sept 17 -21
“The World of Doublespeak,” (pg. 152-163) by William Lutz.
“The Language Police,” (pg. 276-287) by Diane Ravitch
Case Study: Political Correctness and Speech Codes article “Big Brother is Listening,” (pg. 260-267)
by Ethan Bronner.
“Politics and the English Language,” (pg. 138-149) by George Orwell.
“Who Said PC is Passe?” (pg. 268-272) by John Leo.
Week 8: Sept. 24 - 28
Chapter 5 “Rhetorical Analysis” (pages 95-130).
Rhetorical Analysis assignment introduction.
“First Drafts” (pg. 93-95) by Anne Lamott.
Writing a thesis statement.
Basic Comma and Punctuation Rules
Trimester 1 Progress Report 2
Week 9: Oct. 1-5
Sentence Fragments
Editing Practice – Review of Grammatical Rules (Practice on editing for comma usage, apostrophes, semi-colons, colons,
dashes, parentheses, quotes, titles, abbreviations, numbers, spelling)
Week 10: Oct. 8-12
Topic and Thesis Statement for Rhetorical Analysis Paper due.
Presentation and discussion of topics/thesis statements. In-class writing/conferencing time.
Week 11: Oct. 15 - 19
The Peer Review Process – Editing Practice
Chapter 20 “Documenting Sources,” (page 566-598). Mark the text and/or take notes.
How to Format a Paper and MLA Citation.
Drafts due.
Week 12: Oct. 22 - 26
Rhetorical Analysis paper due.
Chapter 6, “Academic Arguments,” (pg. 133-146, 150-169).
Chapter 13 “Style in Arguments” (pages 417-439).
Week 13: Oct. 29 – Nov. 2
Chapter 13 “Style in Arguments” (pages 417-439).
Trimester 1 FINAL EXAM
Trimester 1 Ends
Week 14: Nov. 5 - 9
M 11/05
Trimester 2 Begins
T 11/06 NO SCHOOL – Election Day
Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, andLearn.
Trimester 1 Report Cards
Week 15: Nov. 12 - 16
MSU Library Field Trip (1/2 Early College Students)
Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, andLearn.
Quiz- Blackboard
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Library Research
Week 16: Nov. 19 - 23
Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, andLearn.
Thanksgiving Break
Week 17: Nov. 26-30
Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, andLearn.
Week 18: Dec. 3 - 7
Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, andLearn.
Trimester 2 Progress Report 1
Week 19: Dec. 12 – 14
MSU Finals Week.
On-line reading assessment.
Begin Essay for Now You See It . . .
Now You See It . . .Drafts Due.
Now You See It . . .Rhetorical Analysis Workshops – Peer Review, writing and reflection.
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Week 20: Dec. 17 - 21
Now You See It . . . Rhetorical Analysis Workshops – Peer Review, writing and reflection.
Now You See It . . . Papers Due.
Week 21: Dec. 31 – Jan. 4
Review of Argumentation
Week 22: Jan. 7 - 11
Review of rubric. Assessing sample essays.
Final Persuasive Essay – Assignment Introduction and Topic.
Chapter 16 “What Counts as Evidence,” (page 493-513).
Week 23: Jan. 14 - 18
Persuasive Essay Topics Due.
In-class writing/conferencing time.
Grammar / Editing Workshop
Week 24: Jan. 21 - 25
Persuasive Essay Drafts Due.
Rhetorical Analysis Workshops – Peer Review, writing and reflection
Grammar/Editing Workshop
Week 25: Jan. 28 – Feb. 1
Final Persuasive Essays Due.
Chapter 21 “How Does Popular Culture Sterotype You?” (pages 603-641).
Chapter 22 “How Many Friends Have You Made Today?” (page 651-715)
Week 26: Feb. 4 - 8
Final Exam Review
Final Exam
Trimester 2 Ends
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