All students should conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the college classroom. Anyone engaging in side conversations or other disruptive behavior will be asked to leave. If you continue to engage in what I deem disruptive behavior, I will drop you from the course. We will periodically cover issues suggested by the text—such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and a host of other subjects—that may make you feel uncomfortable during our discussions. All viewpoints are welcome in this class; I do, however, caution you to be sensitive to your peers in all of your comments.
ENB 224 is an advanced composition course designed to help you develop the writing and reasoning skills you practiced in ENB 110 and ENB 111. This course differs from your previous composition courses in that the expectations and standards I have for your work are significantly higher. For instance, your writing will need to show greater development, sophistication, maturity, and proficiency. In addition, I will stress critical analysis, prewriting, revision, editing, and workshop activities as key factors in writing effective papers. If you had trouble in your previous English courses—say, paper or final grades below a C—you may have difficulty in this class.
The theme of the course is life writing; specifically, most of your papers will deal in some fashion with how you came to be who you are. You will therefore focus not only on your sense of self and the role of personal experience in shaping selfhood, but also on those outside factors that have shaped your identity: family, lovers, possessions, culture, and so on. I believe that our sense of self is partially shaped by outside forces and that we frequently need to consider the roles they play in our lives. This is not to argue that we are mere products or our environment, however. We also construct our identities as we move through life. This class will explore the interactions between the self and the environment in the construction of identity.
You will read, analyze, and write a variety of texts to develop writing skills; to understand relationships between reading and writing; to understand the importance of purpose, audience, and context; and to become more aware of the power of language. Much of this course is taught as a writing workshop, which means that you will spend a fair amount of class time working on your papers. You will also read and comment on each other’s work. The requirements for this course consist of a minimum of six graded compositions, class participation, quizzes, peer reviews, and conferences.
In this course, you will increase your ability:
Your paper grades will reflect several factors:
You may turn in one late paper this semester without penalty as long as I have it in hand within three calendar days of the due date. This policy includes work you hand in after class on the due date.
All other papers, including rough drafts, are due at the beginning of the class period. I accept late papers, but they will be penalized five points for each calendar day they are overdue. For example, a B paper (85 points) due on Monday and turned in on Tuesday will automatically become a B-/C+ paper (80 points). This policy includes papers that are not turned in at the beginning of class. Do not wait until the last minute to write or print your final draft. I will not accept computer, disk, or printer problems as excuses for late work. If you cannot make it to class the day a paper is due, then you should have a friend or classmate bring that paper in.
NOTE: please do not take class time to print your papers on their due dates (including rough drafts). There are plenty of printers available on campus. Papers not ready at the beginning of class will be considered late.
Please turn in tall of your graded work at the end of the semester in a writing portfolio. Do not throw your papers away.
Class Participation and Attendance
Regular attendance and participation is important to your success. Your input will determine not only your participation grade, but it will also have an impact on the success of the class as a whole. As a writing workshop, ENB 224 provides continuous practice and coaching. You are expected to participate actively in both class activities and homework, whether you are reading, brainstorming, drafting, or critiquing a fellow student’s draft. Although you will often work on your writing assignments in class, class time will also involve discussions, lectures, and quizzes.
During individual computer work, quiet is essential. If you talk to your neighbor or if you do not have your computer disk, you will be asked to leave and you will be counted absent. Moreover, I will drop you from the course if you are consistently unprepared or disruptive.
I take attendance at every meeting. I follow the Hillyer policy: you may have no more than three (3) absences for a TR class. Please use your absences when you are ill or when you have a family emergency; no distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences. Please keep track of your absences. Students who make a habit of missing the class (more than four) will be dropped from the course. Absence from a previous class is no excuse for failure to complete assignments on time.
Please bring your books and your computer disks to class everyday unless I tell you otherwise. Failure to do so will lower your class participation grade.
You may have several announced and unannounced quizzes throughout the semester. These quizzes will cover lectures and readings. If you are absent on the day of a quiz, you will not be allowed to take the quiz. There are no make-up quizzes.
Unless you have a medical condition or an emergency, you may not use the bathroom or get a drink during class. Please take care of your needs before class begins. However, there are those occasions when nature must be satisfied, and I never quarrel with nature. Students who make a habit of leaving class to use the restroom will be penalized on their class participation grade.
No food or beverages are allowed in H317 at any time.
I encourage you to stop by my office during office hours to discuss your work at anytime throughout the semester. If my office hours are inconvenient, please make an appointment to talk with me at another time. Individual work in conferences is often one of the most helpful ways to improve your writing.
Excessive tardiness is disruptive behavior. Students who arrive after I have taken roll should remind me after class so they are not counted absent. Any student tardy for more than three classes will be counted absent for each day late. Any student who arrives in class more than 10 minutes late will be counted absent. No extra time will be allotted for quizzes.
Plagiarism is the theft of someone else’s work or ideas. Credit to the source must be given in an appropriate format. If you plagiarize, you will receive a 0 on the paper and you may fail the course.