El Paso Community College Syllabus
I. English 1302- Research and Critical Writing-11337 Fall 2007
Instructor: Robert Tinajero
Office Hours: Mon. 10-12 am (or by appointment)
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (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%
*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 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
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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