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Required Texts: Unless otherwise noted, always bring all books to class. •Ensor, Lavina, Sally Smits, and Courtney Wooten, eds. Rhetorical Approaches To College Writing. Plymouth, MI: Hayden McNeil, 2013. Print ISBN: 9780738046693 •Cohen, Samuel. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology ISBN-13: 978-0312609658 •Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings ISBN-13: 978-0393912753 •Blackboard Readings – These can be found on Blackboard under Course Documents.

ALL ELECTRONIC COURSE DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRINTED AND BROUGHT TO CLASS FOR USE DURING OUR DISCUSSION EXERCISES OR YOU MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE CLASS AND RESULT IN AN ABSENCE. BUDGET TIME AND RESOURCES ACCORDINGLY.

Online/Technology Requirements:
Active I-Spartan Email Address
Blackboard Account
Daily Internet access for E-mail and Blogging purposes
Printing Access. Please make sure you budget enough money to print documents and drafts for peer editing and other assignments. I will not accept “my card ran out of money/my printer ran out of ink/etc” as an excuse for not having documents.

Course Description:

“In art there should be interpenetration and metamorphosis.” ~T.S. Eliot, London Letters, September 1921

Blogs, Facebook, twitter, and other social media utilize writing extensively. In an increasingly connected world, the use of words becomes not only a daily mode of communication but also as a factor in social influence. This English 101 is meant to empower you to build a broader foundation in your writing and argumentation skills, and to equip you with the tools that will allow you to dissect the completeness of what you are reading, writing, and analyzing as you interact with a series of different types of texts, in terms of speaker, audience, and subject.

English 101 satisfies three of the six hours of the Reasoning and Discourse (GRD) requirement at UNCG, which asserts that students “gain skills in intellectual discourse, including constructing cogent arguments, locating, synthesizing and analyzing documents, and writing and speaking clearly, coherently, and effectively” (http://web.uncg.edu/reg/Bulletin/Current/UnivReq/GECDescription.aspx).

In addition, English 101 is designed to address Learning Goal #1 (LG1) in the UNCG General Education Program. This is the ability to “think critically, communicate effectively, and develop appropriate fundamental skills in quantitative and information literacies.” (http://web.uncg.edu/reg/Bulletin/Current/UnivReq/GECProgram.aspx)

The following are English 101 Student Learning Outcomes (SLO), each of which corresponds to both the GRD goals and to LG1:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.Analyze the content and structure of complex texts (written, oral, and/or visual in nature); 2.Compose cogent, evidence-based, argumentative texts;
3.Identify and employ the rhetorical triangle, the canons, and the appeals in both formal and informal discourse; 4.Summarize, quote, paraphrase, and synthesize source material in support of an argument; 5.Employ drafting, peer review, and revision techniques in order to improve content, style, and structure of their own writing; 6.Appraise their own composing abilities and composing processes through critical reflection.

Grading:

Quizzes and In-Class Writing (SLOs 1,3,5): 5% of total grade Blogfolio (compilation revised in-class work and blog assignments) (SLOs 1-6): 10% Essay One (4-5 pages) (SLOs 1-5): 10% of total grade

Essay Two (6-7 pages) (SLOs 1-5): 10% of total grade
Essay Three (7-8 pages) (SLOs 1-5): 15% of total grade
Portfolio (includes 6-8 page Critical Essay) (SLOs 1-6): 40% of total grade Participation (SLOs 1-5): 10% (a combination of your participation as a discussant and expected preparedness)
Course Requirements and Policies

1.Attendance: Attendance: Our class, as a discussion- and workshop-based class, depends upon your...