Fall 2007

El Paso Community College Syllabus

I. English 1302- Research and Critical Writing-11337    Fall 2007

Instructor: Robert Tinajero

Office: Library

Office Hours: Mon. 10-12 am (or by appointment)

e-mail: rjtinajero@miners.utep.edu (this is the best way to contact me)

II. Textbooks and Materials

Lester, James D. and James D. Lester Jr. eds.  Writing Research Papers: A

Complete Guide. 11th ed.  New York, Addison, 2005.

Roberts, Edgar V. and Henry E. Jacobs. eds.  Literature: An Introduction to

Reading and Writing. 3rd Compact Edition Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2003.

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

[group work may later require materials such as a posterboard and markers]

III. Course Requirements


Critical Paper                                                         20%

Group Presentation                                                15%

Critical Paper                                                         20%

Research Paper                                                     30%

Professionalism*                                                    15%

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

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.  “Professionalism grade” counts towards 15% of final grade.

IV. Instructor’s Policies


Please turn off all cell phones at the beginning of class.  There should be no use of these unless there is an emergency.  You are expected to respect classmates and the class as a whole throughout the semester.


It is very important that you attend each class period in order to participate in discussions, group activities and in-class assignments.  If you miss more than 3 classes you will be dropped.  I make no distinctions between excused and unexcused absences.  If you miss class you are responsible for obtaining class notes and assignments from 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.  Late papers will be deducted an entire letter grade 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.

V. Weekly Calendar


20            Introduction of course, syllabus, instructor and students

27            Ch. 11 of  You can get your Slimex at the most affordable price here! Buy it only for 2.26 USD with us now! Literature… w/selected poems; paraphrase poem(s)


3              Ch. 12 of Literature… w/selected poems; write about Form of poems

10            Ch. 13 of Literature… w/selected poems; write about Diction of poems

24            Ch. 15 of Literature… w/selected poems; write about Imagery in poems


1            Ch. 16 of Literature… w/selected poems; write about Tone in poems;

discuss 1st Critical Paper

8              Assign 1st Critical Paper (analyze poem(s) using diction, imagery, tone, form and personal opinion; review of good writing techniques; [Extra Credit- write your own poem]

15            Critical Paper due; Discuss argumentative poems; Assign group presentations on poets

22            Ch. 1 and 12 of Writing Research Papers; groupwork

29            Group presentations on poets; parts of Ch. 3 and 4 of Writing Research Papers

Discuss 2nd Critical Paper (topic discussion)


5              Discuss/Assign 2nd Critical Paper; Doing Research, Ch. 12 of Writing Research Papers

12              2nd Critical Paper due; Continue discussion of rap music on society; Music/Lyrics

Assign Research

19            Bring in research on rap music and discuss; Begin discussion of Final Research Paper

26            Assign Final Research Paper; Plagiarism: Ch. 6 of Writing Research Papers; Citation


3           Paper due on day of final

–Assignments are subject to change.

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

–There will be some extra credit assigned throughout the semester.

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