Composition II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Ordway Hall 100-C

Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:00 - 7:30 am and 10:30 - 11:30 am (and by appointment)

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

Disability Statement

If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact Disability Services at (806) 345-5639 . Our offices are located in the Student Service Center office 112. More information may be found at www.actx.edu/disability.
Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.

Amarillo College Web Accessibility Policy Statement

Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities. This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law. Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.

If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.

Statement for Mental Health and Advocacy & Resource Center:

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is https://www.actx.edu/counseling/ . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is https://www.actx.edu/arc

Amarillo College Tutoring for Success Policy:

The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Administrative Drop Policy

Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

Student Withdrawal Procedures

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

Privacy Statement

The Amarillo College Privacy Policy is found at https://www.actx.edu/-amarillo-college-privacy-notice , and applies to all Amarillo College students.  If you have questions about this privacy statement or you believe that your personal information has been released without your consent, send email to humanresources@actx.edu .

Course

ENGL-1302-003 Composition II

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: ENGL 1301

Course Description

Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

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
mgraves24@actx.edu
806-371-5995
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

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.

Hours

(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Hybrid

Syllabus Information

Textbooks

REQUIRED TEXTS: 

Reading selections will be posted in the "Content" section of the class's website.

Supplies

You will need to have money on your account in order to print on campus printers.  To add money to your account, go to https://acprinthub.actx.edu/myprintcenter/.

Student Performance

STUDENT PERFORMANCE/LEARNING OUTCOMES (minimum competencies):

After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative research processes.
  2. Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays.
  3. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the ethical and logical uses of evidence.
  4. Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief or action.
  5. Apply the conventions of style manuals for specific academic disciplines (e.g., APA, CMS, MLA, etc.)

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 https://acconnect.actx.edu .

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

CELL PHONES, PAGERS, and OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
The use of cell phones, pagers, laptops, and other electronic devices is prohibited in the class room. Please do not turn on cell phones or other electronic devices in class.  If you must have them on, use the vibrate feature.  

CLASS CONDUCT:
Please do not to be disruptive or rude in class.  Be on time.  Be courteous and respectful to your professor and fellow students.  Do not get up and leave the class unless it is an absolute emergency.  Take care of business (going to the restroom, making phone calls, etc.) before class.   Watch your language:  the “f-word” and other such language might be okay in a Scorsese or Tarantino film, but not in Ordway Hall 106.  During class discussion, it’s fine to disagree, but do so with respect to others.

CLASS CONTENT:
In the college experience, students will encounter diverse views and new subject matter, which expand their knowledge and perspective.  In this college English class, we might read and discuss some works with subject matter that could include (but not be limited to) death, violence, sexuality, potentially offensive language, and political or religious viewpoints different from your own.  If this is a concern for you, please meet with me.

Grading Criteria

GRADING CRITERIA/GRADE SCALE:

Students will write two essays, one analytical writing assignment, and take one essay exam: four grades, each counting 25% of the overall grade.  The grades given on essays and the essay part of exams reflect the extent to which the writing meets the stated objectives, which will be covered in class, and conforms to the standards of research documentation.

90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, Below 60=F

Attendance

ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. Students are expected to attend every class on time, participate in class discussions, and complete all assignments.  NOTE: Attendance is especially important for a condensed 8-week class. 

If you must stop attending class, you must withdraw officially by the deadline; otherwise, you will receive an F for the semester.  If you feel you need to drop, please check with me first for an alternate plan that protects your investment in the course and gives you an opportunity to complete it.  The last day to drop this semester is Aug. 4, 2022.

STUDENT WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURES: Students who need to withdraw from a class must:

  • consult with their instructor to obtain a signed academic withdrawal request form to submit to the AskAC department for processing
  • consult with the financial aid office if receiving financial aid
  • consult with the Veterans Benefit Coordinator if receiving veteran benefits
  • consult with their academic advisor to determine how withdrawing may affect their enrollment in future semesters
    • NOTE:  The Texas Education Code stipulates that students attending Texas institutions of higher education for the first time fall 2007 and later may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career, including courses from which transfer students have withdrawn at other Texas institutions of higher education. (Senate Bill 1231) Rule 4.10.

ADMINISTRATIVE DROP POLICYStudents who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016.

Calendar

ENGLISH 1302: SUMMER II 2022—DAILY SCHEDULE and ASSIGNMENTS

(Still Subject to Change on Short Notice)

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Tues., July 5                Introduction to Class: Syllabus and Recognizing Bias in Articles. Introduction to Assignment 1: “Allsides.com—Recognition of Bias Paper” (due by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 17).

Wed., July 6                 Work on Assignment 1: “Allsides.com—Recognition of Bias Paper.”

Thurs., July 7              Introduction to “Assignment 2: Short Story Analysis.”

Vocabulary and Writing about Fiction.

Citing sources and MLA documentation.

Weekend:                    Read John Updike’s “A & P,” Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,”

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Charles Baxter’s “Gryphon.”

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Mon., July 11               Census Day. Work on “Assignment 1: Allsides.com—Recognition of Bias Paper” (due by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 17).

Tues., July 12              Writing about Fiction. Discuss John Updike’s “A & P” and read the sample essay.

Wed., July 13               Read John Updike’s “A & P,” Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Charles Baxter’s “Gryphon.”

Thurs., July 14            Watch the film version of Charles Baxter’s “Gryphon” and discuss the short story and film.

Sunday, July 17       Online: “Assignment 1: Allsides.com—Recognition of Bias Paper” (due by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 17). Submit your essay, using the “Dropbox” in the Content section of Blackboard.

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Mon., July 18               Read stories for “Assignment 2: Short Story Essay.”

Tues., July 19              Discuss Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use.” 
Discuss Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

Wed., July 20               Work on “Assignment 2: Short Story Essay.”

• Sentence outline due in class Thursday, July 21.

• Completed draft due in class Tuesday, July 26.

• Finished essay submitted through Blackboard, Sunday, July 31.

Thurs., July 21          Sentence outline for “Assignment 2: Short Story Essay” due in class Thursday, July 21.

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Mon., July 25               Work on “Assignment 2: Short Story Essay.”

• Completed draft due in class Tuesday, July 26.

• Finished essay submitted through Blackboard, Sunday, July 31.

Tues., July 26            Completed draft for “Assignment 2: Short Story Essay” due in class Tuesday, July 26, for Dr. Netherton’s inspection.

Wed., July 27               Work on “Assignment 2: Short Story Essay.”

• Finished essay submitted through Blackboard, Sunday, July 31.

Thurs., July 28            Intro to “Assignment 3: A Man for All Seasons Essay.”
(Essay to be written in class Tuesday, August 9.)

Sun., July 31             Online: “Assignment 2: Short Story Essay” due by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, August 4. Submit your essay, using the “Dropbox” in the Content section of Blackboard.

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Mon., Aug. 1                Read information and watch video for “Assignment 3: A Man for All Seasons Essay.” (Essay to be written in class Tuesday, August 9.)

Tues., Aug. 2               Watch A Man for All Seasons.
 

Wed., Aug. 3                Read A Man for All Seasons.

Thurs., Aug. 4             (Last day to withdraw.) Watch A Man for All Seasons.

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Mon., Aug. 8                Prepare for In-Class Writing on A Man for All Seasons:

Read A Man for All Seasons.
Watch videos of Dr. Netherton discussing
A Man for All Seasons.

Tues., Aug. 9             “Assignment 3: In-Class Writing on A Man for All Seasons” to be written in class.
 

Aug. 10-11                  Conferences, if necessary.

Additional Information

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES and the ADVOCACY & RESOURCE CENTER:

Amarillo College offers free services to assist students with personal issues, such as anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down or depression, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student’s ability to participate in daily activities. If you or someone you know is suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5191.  The AC Counseling Center website is https://www.actx.edu/counseling/.  


Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is www.actx.edu/arc.

Syllabus Created on:

07/04/22 11:10 AM

Last Edited on:

07/04/22 11:12 AM