Composition I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ENGL-1301-DC010 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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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information


Amarillo College English Dept., eds. A Rhetorical Handbook for English 1301, 1302 and 2311, 4th ed., Hayden-McNeil, 2019.

The Little Seagull, 4th Edition, W.W. Norton


Computer and internet access

Student Performance

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 writing processes.

2.     Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.

3.     Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.

4.     Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.

5.     Use Edited American English in academic essays

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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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

Please be respectful of the Amarillo College students and instructors. 

English Department Plagiarism Policy (Revised Spring, 2013):

The English Department takes plagiarism seriously.


Plagiarism is defined as the following:  the use of someone else’s exact words that are neither quoted nor cited; paraphrasing someone else’s words without citing them; or using someone else’s research without citing it.


Student plagiarism in the Amarillo College English Department is internally tracked.  To clarify, records will be kept in the Department of those students who have plagiarized.  At the beginning of each new semester, the names of students who plagiarized the previous semester will be sent to all English Department faculty. 


Plagiarism may receive a penalty of a zero.  A subsequent infraction will be deemed a reason for expulsion from the class. At this point, the case will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs.



Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria

50% Essays and Annotated Bibliography

30% Minor Assignments (Peer Reviews, Discussions, Journals, Quizzes)

20% Midterm and Semester Final Capstone Project



A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-79

F 0-59




No late work will be accepted.  Please anticipate problems and work responsibly so that your work will be submitted on time.



Assignments Readings and Lectures
Week 1 (Aug. 29-Sept. 4) College Application/Scholarship Essay
Quizzes Week 1 Due Rhetoric Handbook: English Dept Plagiarism Policy (RH 3-4) 
Journal 1 Due “The Basic Structure of an Essay” (RH 35-36), “What Can I put in My Three Part Essay” (RH 37-38)
Discussion 1 Due  Little Seagull: W1  Writing Contexts & W2 Academic Contexts 
"The Sisterhood of Roller Derby" by Erin Blakemore - Blackboard
Lecture: "Academic Writing" and Handout:  "Strong Paragraphs
Week 2 (Sept. 5-11) College Application/Scholarship Essay
College Application Essay  Due 9/11 Rhetoric Handbook: "MLA Manuscript Preparation" (RH 6-7),  "Narrative" (RH 50-51)
Quizzes Week 2 Due Little Seagull: W-3 Writing Processes and W-4 Developing Paragraphs 
Journal 2 Due "My Name is Margaret" by Maya Angelou - Blackboard
DIscussion 2 Due Lecture: "Thesis and Support Essays" - Blackboard
Week 3 (Sept. 12-18) Rhetorical Analysis
Quizzes Week 3 Due Rhetoric Handbook: "Rhetoric, Rhetorical Appeals, and Academic Argument" (RH22-33)
Journal 3 "What is Rhetorical Analysis" (RH36-39),  "The Rhetorical Situation" (RH 34-35)
Discussion 3 Due Little Seagull: W-8 Rhetorical Analysis
ICE Handout and Annotation Handout
"Letter From a Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  - Blackboard
Lecture: "The Rhetorical Situation" - Blackboard
Watch - How to Annotate a Text
Week 4 (Sept. 19-25) Rhetorical Analysis
Quizzes Week 4 Due "The Rhetorical Analysis Essay (RH 70-73),  "Identifying Rhetorical Appeals" (RH 39-40)
Journal 4 Rhetorical Appeals Handout
Discussion 4 Due Watch Video: How to use rhetoric to get what you want - Camille A. Langston
Lecture: Ethos, Pathos, Logos, Kairos
Week 5 (Sept. 26-Oct. 2) Rhetorical Analysis
Peer Review 1 Due 10/2 "Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Kairos" (RH 76-85),
Quizzes Week 5 Due "Freakonomics of Crack Cocaine" TEDTalk
Journal 5 Due "Why Do Drug Dealers Live With Their Mothers"
Discussion 5 Due Lecture: "The Purpose of Rhetorical Analysis"
Week 6 (Oct. 3-9) Rhetorical Analysis
Rhetorical Analysis Due 10/9 Little Seagull: W-16 "Reading Strategies"
Quizzes Week 6 Due "Why Do We Crave Horror Movies" by Stephen KIng
Journal 6 Due Lecture:  "In-Class Writing"
Discussion 6 Due Rhetoric Handbook: “Words and Phrases to Avoid in College-Level Academic Writing”
“An Introduction to Grammar”
Week 7 (Oct. 10-16) Midterm
Midterm Due by Instructor "The Allegory of the Cave" by Plato
Quizzes Week 7 Due
Journal 7 Due
Discussion 7 Due
Week 8 (Oct. 24-30 ) Research Essay
Quizzes Week 8 Due Intext Citation Handout, Works Cited Handout
Journal 8 Due Little Seagull: R1 "Doing Research"
Discussion 8 Due "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Thesis Due 10/30 Lecture “Writing a Good Research Argument Thesis”
Week 9 (Oct. 31-Nov 6 ) Research Essay
Quizzes Week 9 Due Rhetoric Handbook: R 2 "How to Find and Document Sources Using MLA Style,”
Journal 9  Due Little Seagull: LS:  "Evaluating Sources"
Discussion 9 Due "Body Ritual among the Nacirema" by Horace Miner
Lecture "Strong  Evidence"
Week 10 (Nov 7-13) Research Essay
Quizzes Week 10 Due Little Seagull: "R-3 "Synthesizing Sources" 
Journal 10 Due "Is Google Making Us Stupid" by Nicholas Carr
Discussion 10 Due Lecture 10 "Reliable Sources"
Outline Due 11/13
Week 11 (Nov. 14-20) Research Essay
Quizzes Week 11 Due Rhetoric Handbook: "MLA Parenthetical Citations" 
Journal 11 Due Little Seagull: "W- 14 Annotated Bibliographies"
Discussion 11 Due "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift
Annotated Bibliography Due Lecture "Argument"
Week 12 (Nov 21-23-THANKSGIVING) Research Essay
Rhetoric Handbook: "How to Paraphrase"
Little Seagull: R-4 "Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism"
"Do Schools Kill Creativity?" TEDTalk by Sir Ken Robinson
Peer Review Due Lecture "Documentation"
Week 13 (Nov. 24-Dec 4) Research Essay
Quizzes Week 13 Due "Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale" by Kate Bernheimer
Discussion 13 Due Lecture " The Importance of Revising"
Research Argument Due Dec. 4
Week 14 (Dec. 5-11) Final Essay
FINAL EXAM "5 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset Using Grit and Resilience"
Lecture: Writing Exams
Week 15 (Dec. 12-13) Capstone Project
Capstone Project Due 12/13

Additional Information


Please be advised that this is a college level course and may include adult subject matter.

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