ENGL 099 – Heartland Community College

Composition I Companion: Writing, Reading, and Reasoning

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Meeting Times

Section 037

MW 2:00PM – 3:15PM

ICB 2302

Instructor: Ryan Edel, Ph.D.

Office Hours

MW 1:00PM – 2:00PM

and By Appointment

Heartland Campus Library

Contact the Instructor

E-mail me via Heartland: ryan.edel

E-mail me via 12Writing

CREDIT HOURS:  3

CONTACT HOURS: 3

LECTURE HOURS:  3        LABORATORY HOURS:  0

ENGL 099 Quick Links

Schedule

Week 1 – First Quarter

Week 4 – Second Quarter

Week 8 – Third Quarter

Week 12 – Fourth Quarter

Learning Journals

Journal #1

Jounral #2

Journal #3

Journal #4

Journal #5

Policies

Attendance

Deadlines

Transferability

Learning Outcomes

Textbooks

The majority of assigned texts will be hyperlinked from the online syllabus, and these readings may be supplemented with handouts.  I will also be adding grammar modules and other guides to writing style to help you each individually with your writing.  The following online textbooks will be regularly referenced:

Attendance

Daily Attendance

Daily attendance is a major requirement for success in this course.  I will take attendance each day.  Each student is permitted two “sick day” absences – you are however still responsible for completing any missed assignments, and I will mark zeros on assignments missed due to absence.  For each absence after two, I will subtract 5% from your final grade.

Exceptions to this policy include illness, family emergency, and Heartland-sanctioned student activities (e.g. marching band, athletics.)  In these cases, please contact me as soon as possible to let me know, and then we will discuss appropriate make-up work.  In the event that you do have excused absences, the excused absences will automatically count toward your “sick day” absences.

Please note that employment hours will not count as excused absences.  Please notify your employer of your class schedule.  If your supervisor schedules you for class time, please let me know.  You may also feel free to provide your supervisor with my cell phone number.  If I don’t hear from them, I’ll be happy to call them myself.

Midterm Withdrawal Policy

If a student is failing this class at midterm and any of the following situations apply, the student will be automatically withdrawn by the end of week 8:

•        was absent for any 2 consecutive weeks without appropriate notice

•        has more than 5 unexcused absences

•        Did not complete at least 60% of assignments

Assignment Deadlines

Learning Journal Deadlines

For English 099, many of our assignments will directly complement your work from English 101.  In addition, you’ll complete five Learning Journals of 750 words each, and these will each be due on a Wednesday by midnight.  If you require additional time, please request an extension via e-mail by the day before (Tuesday).  If no work is submitted and no extension is requested, I may subtract up to 5% from your Learning Journal for each day late.  In cases of emergency (such as illness or family emergency) I will not impose a grade penalty – instead, we will work out a new deadline based on circumstances.

Regular Assignments

For the readings and “regular” assignments, those are to be read or completed before class time on the date listed.  In general, I don’t accept late assignments unless there’s an extenuating circumstances (such as illness or a family emergency.)  Most days, we will have classroom activities directly tied to the reading assignments – if you don’t complete the reading in time for these activities, then you will have missed an opportunity that makeup work cannot replace.  

RELATIONSHIP TO ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND TRANSFERABILITY:

ENGL 099 is designed to enhance students' academic performance for other college courses.  Credit earned from successful completion of this course (or other developmental courses) is not calculated into students' HCC GPA, will not apply toward degree or certificate requirements, nor will it transfer to other colleges or universities. However, some institutions calculate admissions GPA using grades from all courses, including developmental courses.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Course Outcomes

 

Essential Competencies

Range of Assessment Methods

  1. Identify strengths and weaknesses in their use of language conventions (LC) including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and MLA documentation and formatting.

PS 1

  • LC quizzes
  • Learning Management Systems exercises
  • Individualized study plans
  • NoodleBib assignments
  • Learning journal
  • In-class activities
  • In-class participation
  • Class discussion and activities
  • Pre- and Post-Surveys of students’ opinions and knowledge about writing
  • Tutoring Services and/or Writing Lab participation
  • Group activities including peer response
  • Conferences with instructor, advisors, librarians

 

  1. Effectively manage writing projects including understanding requirements; setting and revising goals; thinking critically; and solving rhetorical problems.

CT 1

  1. Demonstrate responsibility for their own learning including attending class; completing required work; identifying what they do not know; and framing useful questions to help them move forward.

 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and application of multiple reading and writing strategies.

CO 1

  1. Work interdependently with others to support their writing and learning goals.

DI 1

CO 1 (Communications Outcome 1): “Students compose a message and provide ideas and information suitable to the topic, purpose, and audience.”

DI 1 (Diversity Outcome 1): “Students are receptive to beliefs and values that differ from their own.

PS 1 (Problem Solving Outcome 1): “Students solve problems based on examples and frameworks provided by instructor.”

CT 1 (Critical Thinking Outcome 1): “Students gather knowledge, apply it to a new situation, and draw reasonable conclusions in ways that demonstrate comprehension.”

COURSE/LAB OUTLINE:

·             Language conventions including grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, mechanics, and documentation

·             Read, write, and discuss texts

·             Practice writing strategies

·             Managing writing projects

·             Accepting personal responsibility

·             Developing interdependent skills

·             Support ENGL 101 assignments

·             Advising and enrollment support

METHOD OF EVALUATION (Tests/Exams, Grading System):

Assessment Method

% of final grade

Learning Journals (5 total)

40 %

In-class Activities including those related to language conventions, participation, etc

60%

TOTAL

100 %

The final grade for this course will be a P (pass) upon successful completion of 75% of the above listed course outcomes based on their associated assessment methods. Otherwise, a grade of NP (no pass) will be given.  A grade of I (Incomplete) may be given under extenuating circumstances only.

 REQUIRED WRITING AND READING:

Students are required to complete at least five written, reflective assignments called Learning Journals.  These are designed to help you reflect on your learning in English 099 and 101, and I encourage you to draw on materials from both courses as you write these.  You will be assigned about six hours of work per week in addition to class time hours.

 

First Quarter

Week

1

Introduction

What Is “Rhetoric”?

8/21/2017

to

8/26/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

No Homework due today.  It’s only the first day.  The first readings are for Wednesday.  Assignments listed in this column are due before class time on the date listed.

Welcome to Heartland!

Mondays will typically be our “review the project” days.  Whatever large assignment was due for ENGL 101 the Friday before, we’ll talk about it on Mondays.

Wednesday

Read for Today: Navigating Genres by Kerry Dirk

Most of your Learning Journals will be due on Wednesday before class time.  This way, we can discuss what you wrote and what you’ve learned.  ENGL 101 is structured so that longer readings are for Mondays, and larger assignments are due Fridays – ENGL 099’s big writing deadlines are Wednesdays.

Friday

No Class on Fridays.  Assignments listed here are due to Google Drive.  Many of our major projects for ENGL 101 are due on Fridays.  In case you need an extension, please ask in-class on Wednesday.

Week

2

Understanding Unit “Zero”

Social Media Habits

8/28/2017

to

9/2/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Video: The Writing Process

Collaborating Online: Digital Strategies for Group Work by Anthony T. Atkins

Our own social media habits.  Social being Facebook, conversations over coffee, teacher comments on papers, and so on.

Wednesday

Clear Narrative: Character and Action, Williams and Colomb (PowerPoint Version)

Learning Journal #1

What have you been taught about writing before ENGL 099/101? (500 words)

How do we tell stories to our friends?  How can this help us with writing for the classroom?

Friday

Week

3

Products of Writing

9/4/2017

to

9/9/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Labor Day: No Class

Wednesday

Video: Writing Skills – The Paragraph

Problem Statements, Introductions, and Issues of Audience, Williams and Colomb.

Discussing how to write a paragraph for Project 0.

Friday

Second Quarter

Week

4

Reflections on Process

9/11/2017

to

9/16/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Video: Writing an Effective Introduction.  Take notes on this video.

What does it take to write a good introduction?

Wednesday

Learning Journal #2

How do you revise your work for a class?  What are your proofreading strategies? (750 words)

Friday

Week

5

Collaboration, Communication

Reaching an Audience

9/18/2017

to

9/23/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Barton and Klint: A Student’s Guide to Collaborative Writing Technologies

Wednesday

Selections of your Project 0 materials from ENGL 101.

Workshopping your Project 0 materials.  Reflecting on the collaborative process.

Friday

Week

6

Reading Scholarly Sources

9/25/2017

to

9/30/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Krause: The Annotated Bibliography Exercise

Preparing for Project 1 research cards.

Wednesday

Three secondary sources for your Project 1, plus 50-word annotation for each one.

Evaluating sources, writing research vs content research.

Friday

Week

7

Finding Sources

10/2/2017

to

10/7/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Krause: Chapter Two – Understanding and Using the Library and Internet for Research

Bring 5 books from Heartland campus library to class.  They should be related to your Project 1.

Scanning Books for Relevant chapters.

Wednesday

Purdue OWL Video: In-Text Citations

Choose five of your quotes.  Write paragraphs for these quotes using in-text citations.  Bring to class.

Friday

Third Quarter

Week

8

Reading Scholarly Sources

10/9/2017

to

10/14/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Reflective Writing and the Revision Process: What Were You Thinking? by Sandra Giles

Reflecting on P0.

Wednesday

Learning Journal #3

What did you learn about CHAT and Rhetoric from Project 0?  How will you apply this to Project 1? (750 words)

Project 1 Bubble Maps.

Friday

Week

9

Citing Sources

10/16/2017

to

10/21/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Janice Walker: Everything Changes, or Why MLA Isn’t (Always) Right

Write the MLA citations for all your sources using Purdue OWL.

Wednesday

Bring 1,000-word “sloppy draft” of P1 to class.

Group discussions about P1 progress.

Friday

Week

10

Workshops

10/23/2017

to

10/28/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Alex Reid: Why Blog?  Searching for Writing on the Web

Wednesday

Krause: Chapter Five – Working Thesis Exercise

Question: Have you progressed beyond the “working” thesis?

Friday

Week

11

Revising Your Work

10/30/2017

to

11/4/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Gitanjali, Dasbender: Critical Thinking in College Writing

Wednesday

Friday

Fourth Quarter

Week

12

Working with Social Media

11/6/2017

to

11/11/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Video: Composing for Different Types of Media

Oda Faremo: TEDx – How the media affects youth

Wednesday

Learning Journal #4

Explain your Project 2 genre example.  Are you happy with it?  Is it as “good” as you want it to be?  If not, what have you learned for the future? (750 words)

Friday

Week

13

Going Multimodal

11/13/2017

to

11/18/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Find five online sources explaining how to create a multimodal presentation.

Researching how to “how to.”

Wednesday

Have the rough draft of your P2 “how to” ready to share in class.

Usability Testing

Friday

Week

14

Reflections

11/20/2017

to

11/25/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

“Catch-up” Day – TBA

Wednesday

Thanksgiving Break: No Class

Friday

Week

15

Proof of Learning

11/27/2017

to

12/2/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Nathalie Singh-Corcoran: Composition as a Write of Passage

We are never done “learning” writing.

Wednesday

Research the genres in your field of study.  Bring a list of five Heartland library sources that show genres in your field.

Friday

Week

16

12/4/2017

to

12/9/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Learning Journal #5 (a little early)

Describe how you went through and chose materials for your portfolio.  How did your organize your materials?  Did it work?  Did you find any materials that you’d forgotten writing? (750 words)

Wednesday

Final Day of the Semester

Friday

Week

17

12/11/2017

to

12/16/2017

Readings/Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

Finals Week

Wednesday

Friday