English 1302 – Comp II – Fall 2011

Composition II (with Rhetoric
and Writing Studies-RWS) Spring 2011

English 1302 – Composition, Literature,
Rhetoric and Writing Studies

 

Description: 

A
continuation of ENGL 1301 and an introduction to literature, research, and
rhetoric.

 

 

Robert Tinajero, Ph.D.                                                         Information on Writing and RWS:

roberto.tinajero@my.tccd.edu                                                               www.blueletters.com

Office: SFOC 1305 817.515.4616 (e-mailing me is best)

Office Hours:     Mon/Wed/Fri                    10:15-12:15

Tue.
and Thur.                   8:55-9:25                                               My Twitter Username:

12:25-1:55                                                    TCCDEnglish

 

Required Texts:

 

English 1302:
Composition II
edited by Robert Tinajero, Ph.D.

(this textbook is only available in the TCC-South
Bookstore and is a soft cover booklet)

 

Essays, Documents, videos, podcasts; posted on Campus
Cruiser (my.tccd.edu) throughout the semester

 

Course Objectives*:

 

-become more complex thinkers and writers

-become aware of different methods used in “good” writing

-become better writers of academic essays

-review citation and citation styles, especially MLA

-learn aspects of writing about Literature

-write a literary analysis paper

-discuss foundational concepts in the field of Rhetoric
and Writing Studies

-work in groups to achieve a common persuasive purpose

-complete a Public Writing Project that impacts society

-*TCCD’s official
course objectives are on the final two pages of this syllabus

 

Materials:

 

Loose-leaf binder with plenty of loose-leaf paper (keep
everything we write all semester in this binder)

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

 

You should always
save your work
on your computer and a disk/flashdrive and online if
possible

Attendance:

 

It is very important that you attend each class period in
order to participate in discussions, group activities and in-class assignments.   Being
late to class twice, or leaving early twice, counts as an absence.  Be especially careful with your absences
during group projects because your absence will affect your group mates.   I make no distinction between excused and
unexcused absences.
  The ONLY way you
can get an excused absence is for an official school function.  If you miss class you are responsible for
obtaining class notes and assignments from fellow students.  Being absent the day something was assigned
is not an excuse for turning the work in late.
Absences affect your
participation which impacts your Professionalism grade.

 

 

Guidelines for
Papers and Quizzes:

 

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 10 points for
each class period they are late.
  If
you miss a quiz, you must take it the
following class but 10 points will be deducted
.  Students are responsible for assignments
regardless of whether they were present when work was assigned.

 

Professionalism*:

 

Part of your grade this semester will be a
“professionalism” grade.  Being a
professional means:  participate in class
discussions; participate in small group discussions; respond to e-mail from me
or other students promptly; respect other students when they are talking;
respect me when I’m talking; do not text message; do not answer your phone; do
not come to class late; do not leave class early; do not leave class more than
once or twice during the semester to use the bathroom.

 

Plagiarism:

 

Do not turn in someone else’s work and remember to cite
everything that you get from an outside source. We will discuss plagiarism and
citation this semester.  The basic rule:
if you use information that is not yours, you must tell me where you got it
from.  See plagiarism.org and
blueletters.com.

 

Grades:

 

Paper I
(Argumentative Paper)  (MyGrade and
Professor Grade average)                                                                                            16%

MLA
Citation Exam                                                                                                                 16%

Paper II
(Response to Literature)                                                                                              16%

Average of
Quizzes                                                                                                                         20%

Public Writing
Project                                                                                                                     16%

Professionalism
Grade*                                                                                                                                16%

 

 

Final Grade
Distribution:

 

A = 89.5-100  B =
79.5-89.4  C = 69.5-79.4  D = 59.5-69.4 F = 59.4-0 (no exceptions)

 

Group Assignments/Public
Writing Project:

 

Group assignments can sometimes create tricky
situations.  Some students don’t always
“pull their weight” and this upsets group members that are doing their work and
being good contributors to the group.
Despite this, I believe group assignments are valuable because they help
students work together for a common goal.
Group work is a “real life” reality and learning how to work in a group
will be central to one of the projects in this class.  Students
who are not doing their group work can be voted off of their groups and will
have to complete the entire work of a group on their own.
  Further group instructions will be discussed
when we begin the Public Writing Project.

 

 

Weekly Semester
Calendar:

 

Week of…                                                                                                                                           The
Traditional Essay

Aug 29                  Intro.:
professor, students, class, Campus Cruiser, blueletters.com, Twitter

Five
Parts of Good College Writing

Sep 5                     Five
Parts of Good Writing

Read/Discuss Student Essays

Assign Paper 1: Argumentative Paper

 

Sep 12                   Final Draft (without research) Due (print out and bring to class)

Peer
Review/Grading

Creating more
complex papers (transitions, introductions, conclusions, research, etc.)

Importance of
Research

 

Sep 19                   Research
(p109ff and other materials) and MLA Citation (online materials)

Citation Exam (with focus on MLA Citation)

Sep 26                   Paper 1 (with research) Due

One-On-One
discussion and grading of papers

Showing/Discussion
of “A” paper

Reading/Response
of various essays from handouts                       Short
Answer Writing

 

 

Oct 3                      Writing
about Literature (p30ff)                                                                                Writing about Literature

Discuss various
pieces of Literature

Assign Paper 2: Response to Literature
Essay

 

Oct 10                   Final
discussion of average writing vs. good writing vs. great writing

Paper 2 Due

 

Oct 17                   Discussion of “English Studies/The Field of
English”
                          Rhetorical
Studies

A short history of
English/Composition Classes (1900-Present)

Quiz

 

Oct 24                   Rhetoric and Everyday Situations (Rhetoric
is Epistemic)

Read
and discuss various readings; “Writing is Not Just a

Basic
Skill”; “Escape Plans” from Men’s Health Magazine

Quiz (Multiple Choice and Short Answer)

 

Oct 31                   Rhetoric and Race

“Genealogy
of Modern Racism” West: “Everyday Racism” by Philomena Essed

                                Quiz (Multiple Choice and Short Answer)

 

Nov 7                    Rhetoric and Sports

LPGA
English rule; Achievement Metrics: Foxsports.com

Quiz

 

Nov 14                  Rhetoric and Healthcare/Science

“Just
Breathe Normally”; “The Aggressive Egg”

Quiz

 

Nov 21                  Rhetoric and Technology

Wikipedia;
Social networking; Texting (and sexting); Twitter; Podcasts; Skype, etc.

Quiz

 

 

Discussion, Explanation
and Theory of Public Writing Project

 

Nov 28                  Beginning
Your Project                   
                                                Public Writing Project

Create
Groups

Choose
Topic

Brainstorm
project details

Get
organized

Begin
work on project

 

Dec 5                     Complete
Project

Complete documents, websites,
activities, etc.

 

Dec 12                   Turn in All
Materials and Final Presentation

All
materials turned in during the time of Finals Exam

Short
presentation on group project

 

 

Useful Websites:

www.my.tccd.edu (Campus Cruiser)

 

www.blueletters.com (my website: see “helpful links” and
Writing Shop)

 

www.twitter.com

 

www.bubbl.us (e-brain mapping site)

 

www.diigo.com (keep track of research; tag and
sticky-note websites)

 

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/default.aspx
(video tutorials for Microsoft Office)

 

www.iwantsandy.com (personal assistant)

 

http://rhetoric.eserver.org/ (some information on Rhetoric)

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/index2.html
(information/handouts on writing)

 

www.zamzar.com (converts files from one type to another
for free; also converts YouTube videos to files)

Students With
Disabilities

 

In order to
provide accommodations for eligible students, the instructor must receive an
Instructor Notification Form from the Disability Services Office. If you have a
disability for which you would like to receive academic accommodations, please
contact the Disability Services office at (817) 515-4554. They are located in
the Student Center (SSTU), room 1211A.

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