Composition I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Ordway, Room 103F

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday:

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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ENGL-1301-LC2 Composition I


Corequisite: INRW 0303 Prerequisite: Scores on a state-approved test indicating college-level reading and writing skills

Course Description

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating and critical analysis.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
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You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type


Syllabus Information


A Rhetoric Handbook for English 1301, 1302, and 2311

The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises, 4th edition


Regular computer access with Internet

Paper and pen

Student Performance

Grade Categories and Weights

Quizzes  10%   

Minor Assignments (Journals, Outlines, Rough Drafts, and Peer Reviews)  15%

Narrative Essay 15% 

Analysis Essay 15%

Researched Argument Essay 25%

Final Exam Essay 20%

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  • Due to the short, intense nature of this course, students are expected to be in class and on time every day.
  • Late work is not accepted.
  • If a student is struggling with any aspect of the course, immediate contact with the instructor is a must.
  • Each student is expected to come to class prepared every day.
  • Plagiarism may result in a zero on an assignment, which may fail the student for the course. See your instructor for help in avoiding plagiarism.
  • If a student scores below 70% on an exam or writing assignment, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per the instructor’s directions before being allowed to complete the next assigned work.

Grading Criteria

89.5-100 = A

79.5-89.4 = B

69.5-79.4 = C

59.5-69.4 = D

0-59.4 = F


Excessive absences may result in the administrative withdrawal of a student or failure.


  Class Topics & Readings Quizzes Minor Assignments Major Essays Tests
Week 1:          Introductions, Syllabus, Remind, and Textbooks Fragments Week 1 Journals Narrative Assigned  
July 4-10 "English Dept. Plagiarism Policy" & "Steps in Avoiding Plagiarism" (RH 3-4) Comma Splices & Fused Sent.    
(7/4: No Class) "MLA Manuscript Prepartion" (RH 6-7)      
  "How Purpose Determines the Structure of an Essay" (RH 20-22)        
  "The Basic Structure..." & "What Can I Put in My Three-Part Essay" (RH 45-8)        
  "Narrative Writing" (RH 50)        
  "Rhetorical Contexts" & "Academic Contexts" (LSH: W-1 & W-2)        
  "Writing Processes" & "Personal Narratives" (LSH: W-4 & W-11)        
  "Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset: What's the Difference..." (Bb-Rdng 1)        
Week 2:          "The Rhetorical Situation," "What Is Rhetorical Analysis?" and "Identifying Rhetorical Appeals in Written and Visual Arguments" (RH 34-40) Commas Week 2 Journals Narrative       Final Draft;  
July 11-17 Quotation Marks Narrative Rough Draft  
  "Ethos," "Pathos," "Logos," and "Kairos" (RH 76-85)   Narrative Peer Review Analysis Assigned  
  MLA Information (Bb)   Analysis Outline  
  "The Most Important Factor in a College Student's Success" (Bb-Rdng 2)        
  "The Lottery" (Bb-Rdng 3)        
Week 3:          "Rhetoric, The Rhetorical Appeals, and the Academic Argument" (RH 22-7) Semicolons Week 3 Journals Analysis      Final Draft  
July 18-24 "Developing Paragraphs" & "Rhetorical Analyses" (LSH: W-5 & W-9)  Apostrophes Analysis Rough Draft  
  "Arguments" (LSH: W-8) Words Confused Analysis Peer Review    
  "Factors That Influence a Student's Success in College" (Bb-Rdng 4)        
Week 4:          "How to Find and Document Sources Using MLA Style" (RH 12-14) Subj-Verb Agree. Week 4 Journals Researched Argument Assigned  
July 25-31 "Incorporating Quotations" & "MLA Parenthetical Citations" (RH 14-18) Verbs Researched Argument Outline  
  "How to Paraphrase" (RH 18-20)      
  "Doing Research," "Eval. Sources," & Synthezing Ideas (LSH: R-1, R-2, & R-3)        
  "The 5 Most Common Barriers for Community College Students"(Bb-Rdng 5)        
Week 5:          MLA Information (Bb) Plagiarism Week 5 Journals Researched Argument Final Draft  
August 1-7   MLA: In-Text Rsch. Argument Rough Draft  
    Works Cited Rsch. Argument Peer Review  
Week 6:          Final Exam Review         Final Exam
August 8-11      
                                  Scheduled dates are subject to change.                                                    AC Connect Login:      

Additional Information

*Be advised that this is a college class with subject matter that some may find intellectually and psychologically challenging.  

Syllabus Created on:

07/01/22 12:41 PM

Last Edited on:

07/04/22 3:40 PM