Composition I

I. English 1301 – 11212; 11439; 11221; 11307

English Composition I  TCCD-South  Fall 2008

Instructor: Robert Tinajero

Room: SFOA 1120A


Phone: 817-515-4616

Office Hours:  Mon.  11:10-12:10 and 2:00-3:30

Tues.  10:00-12:00

Wed.  11:10-12:10 and 2:00-3:30

Thurs. 10:00-12:00

Fri.      11:10-12:10

Persuasive Essay                                                 15%

Research and Citation Essay                              15%

Analysis Paper                                                     20%

Group Presentation                                             15%

Final Argumentative Paper                                   20%

Professionalism*                                                  15%

*the professionalism grade takes in to account tardiness, class participation, in-class assignments, and overall conduct

II. Textbooks and Materials

Kirszner, Laurie and Stephen Mandell. Eds. Patterns for College Writing. 10th Edition. Boston:

Bedford/St.Martin’s,  2007.                              (referred to as PCW in syllabus)

Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007.

(referred to as WR in syllabus)

Students must purchase both textbooks and get the correct “edition.”

Loose-leaf binder with plenty of loose-leaf paper.

Group work may later require materials such as a poster board,  markers, etc.

III. Course Requirements

All work must be completed in order to receive a passing grade.  Late papers will be deducted an entire letter grade for each class period they are late.  The “Professionalism grade” counts towards 15% of final grade.

Your graded work this semester will consist of four papers, a group presentation, and the professionalism grade.  There will also be in-class work and readings that will directly affect your performance on each graded assignment and opportunities for extra credit.

IV. Instructor’s Policies


It is very important that you attend each class period in order to participate in discussions, group activities, and in-class assignments.  Repeated absences will adversely affect your grade in the course.  I make no distinctions between excused and unexcused absences, which means limit unnecessary absences.  If you miss class you are responsible for obtaining class notes and assignments from me or fellow students.

Guidelines for Papers:

All papers must be double-spaced in 12-point font with one-inch margins all the way around.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period and are due in class.  Only hard copies (printed out) will be accepted.  E-mailed papers are not accepted.  Late papers will be deducted an entire letter grade (10 points) for each class period they are late.  Students are responsible for assignments regardless of whether they were present when work was assigned.


Do not turn in someone else’s work and remember to cite everything that you get from an outside source.  Plagiarism can lead to failure and/or expulsion from the class.  Citation/Plagiarism/Intellectual property will be discussed during the semester.

V. Weekly Calendar


Because of the varying time it takes to go over concepts and the varying length of class discussions my class calendar is presented in a weekly format.  My plan is to go over all of the concepts listed for each week within the span of one week.  Because of this format it is very important to be in class to know exactly what is being covered on any particular day, and to keep up with work if you are absent.   Pay special attention to the items in bold.

1                     * Introduction * Syllabus * Importance of Writing * Writing/Rhetoric as moving beyond grammar * Rhetorical Situation * Academic Writing as Only       One Type of Writing * (PCW 15-19)

2                     * 5 Pieces to “good” Writing (Formatting; Organization; Ideas/Arguments; Research/Citation; Grammar/Spelling/Punctuation) * Formatting: A Basic of Writing *Critical Readings * Create and Pass Out Spelling/Common Errors Sheet (SCES)* Organization in Writing (PCW 25-30; 37-48) * In-Class Organization Exercise * Discuss and Assign Persuasive Essay

3                     * Persuasive Essay Due * Discussion of Persuasive Essay writing * Peer-review of Essays * Revise Essays * Revision of Persuasive Essays Due

4                     * Importance of Doing Research * Thinking Critically About Research * Where to find Research * (WR 317-350) * Adding Research to Your Paper     (quoting and paraphrasing) * (WR 356-364) * Begin finding Research to Add to Persuasive Essay

5                     * Intellectual Property * Citation * MLA Citation * (WR 370-407) * Reading of Sample Essays * Continue Research for Persuasive Essay

6                     * MLA Citation Continued * Practice MLA Citation * Research/Citation Assignment given

7                     * Persuasive Paper with Research/Citation Due * Discussion of Problems with MLA Citation * Citation “shortcuts”

8                     * One-on-One student meetings with me to discuss your writing/performance in the class (specific time of your individual meeting will be given to you)

9                     * Quiz Game on Research, Citation, and VSCE * Analysis and Critical Reading Introduction * (PCW 1-7) * Critical Reading Practice

10                   * Analyzing Texts * Reading of Sample Analysis Paper * Constructing Arguments/Counterarguments  * Ethos, Pathos, Logos * Assign O’Reilly Analysis Paper

11                   * Discussion of Rap Music and Society and O’Reilly’s Commentary * Continue Working on Analysis Paper * Analysis Paper Due

12 * Post-Discussion of O’Reilly Analysis Papers * Larger Discussion of Rap Music and Society (race, gender, materialism, social commentary, etc.) * Discussion of songs, lyrics, videos, and websites *Assign groups and group                               presentations

13                   * Group-work Preparation for Presentations * Discuss Researchable Sources for Presentations/Final Paper * Good Presenting Tips Discussed *Group In-Class Meetings with Me

14                   *Group Presentations/Debate * Discuss Final Paper * Adding Complexity to Your Writing (stronger introductions, conclusions, research, ideas/arguments) * Various Readings Assigned * Assign Final Paper If you are still looking for your at a lower price than on the most of the market, you’ve found it! Buy only for $0.52 right here!

15                  * Final Paper Due at Time of Final * Quiz Game on Research, Citation, Writing, and VCES


–Assignments are subject to change.

–It is important for you to attend class so you know what the exact assigned readings are.

–Those of you struggling with grammar may be asked to visit and review Ch. 5 of PCW

–Helpful links for research, grammar, and ESL can be found in the “links” section at www.blueletters.com – The most popular 2017 spy software applications for the mobile phones.