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Course Syllabus for English 1002
Kimberly M. Radek-Hall
A-314, 815-224-0395
Office Hours: 8:30-10 AM on MW
12:15-1:15 PM on T Th 
All Times Listed are in the Central Time Zone

Section 03
MWF 10-10:50 AM in A-212 (Oglesby)
Section 06
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM in B-213 (Oglesby)
Section 13
T Th 11 AM-12:15 PM in A-212 (Oglesby)

Division of Humanities, Fine Arts, & Social Sciences

January 10th-May 10th

Spring 2018  

Course Objectives

English Composition II continues the study and application of rhetorical principles of expository writing in developing effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays—with particular emphasis on analyzing and writing expository prose. Students’ essays will be based upon their readings of literature and other texts.  The library research writing will be developed from those readings. The course includes the use of various computer applications, including word-processing and the Internet.

These sections, specifically, introduce you to several literary genres: poetry, drama, and prose, as well as another medium: film. This course will teach you to read critically and to write clearly, logically, persuasively, and fluently about texts within these genres on the subject of science, religion, and magic.  This course assumes that by becoming better readers of literature and other kinds of writing, you should become better readers of any text(s) and that, likewise, by learning to think and write analytically about literature, you should become better at thinking and writing analytically on any subject matter.  This course will also teach you the skill most needed by everyone pursuing a college education: how to write and properly document credible research papers.

This course assumes that writing is a social action, an act of communication, and it introduces you to an academic community of discourse.  Thus, you will participate extensively in workshop activity in this course; you will write often, and you will get responses to your writing from both me and your peers.  Additionally, you will use computers, the most efficient medium for writing and communication, with me through e-mail, and with each other through e-mail and discussion posts in Blackboard. 


You must have passed English 1001 to receive credit for successfully completing this course.  Additionally, you must have passed English 1001 with a C or better to receive transfer credit for either of these courses.

This is an advanced composition class; it assumes that you have the grammatical skills necessary for this class.  If you believe you will need more help with your basic writing skills, then you can make an appointment with me or with the Peer Tutors, the Reading, Writing, Study Skills Lab, or the Writing Center—or work on your own.  Mr. Rambo's webpage contains some useful links, both from his homepage and from his ENG 1001 and 1002 sites.

General Education Credit

This course is a general education course, which fulfills a humanities requirement toward a bachelor's degree. It has been accepted by IAI as a C1 901R (second semester of the writing sequence) course, so you know that it will be accepted by all participating schools.  Additionally, this course will help you attain the following goals, deemed central to IVCC's general education program: 

1. To apply analytical and problem solving skills to personal, social, and professional issues and situations.

2. To communicate successfully, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.

3. To construct a critical awareness of and appreciation for diversity.

4. To understand and use technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.

5. To develop interpersonal capacity.

6. To recognize what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual and as a member of society.

7. To recognize what it means to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, in terms of mind, body, and spirit.

8. To connect learning to life.



Bullock, Richard. The Norton Field Guide to Writing. 4th Edition. New York: Norton, 2016. Print.
Butcher, Jim. Fool Moon. New York: ROC, 2001--and any additional you choose.
Dawkins, Richard. The Magic of Reality. New York: Free Press, 2011.
Poems, stories, novels, and films, as assigned, including The Dresden Files.

Additional Required Materials 

Notebook paper, writing utensils, a thumb/flash drive portable storage device, several differently colored highlighting markers, and your active IVCC e-mail address are other things you may need to do well in this class.

Grading Scale (%)

A: 100-90 B: 89-80 C: 79-70 D: 69-60 F: 59-0  

Desired Attitudes Toward the Course

Students will respect each other’s personal beliefs and be committed to helping each other learn more about the texts and themselves, as well as being committed to helping each other improve their written and oral communication skills. Not treating others–whether other students or the instructor–with respect will result in, first, a warning summons to the instructor’s office hours, and then, withdrawal from the course. Please note, also, that the paper topics will all be related in some way to the ideas of community and college, so if you object to that for any reason or think that you will not be able to tolerate this topic, then this may not be the class for you.

Please read the entire syllabus, as it represents a contract between instructor and students, and complete the course contract (on Blackboard) if and only if you understand and will be able to comply with the policies listed on this syllabus.

If you are a student with a documented cognitive, physical, or psychiatric disability, then you may be eligible for special services. Please see Tina Hardy (815-224-0284) for more information--or stop by the Disability Services Office, C-211.


Students must participate in discussions and complete other assigned work to be considered attending. Zero points accrued in Blackboard is the equivalent to never attending. I consider that your status in this class is your responsibility. If you realize that you haven't the time necessary to devote to the course and you feel you cannot pass it, please ask me to withdraw you in person or via e-mail before 1:45 PM on April 3rd, keeping in mind that withdrawing from a class may impact your financial aid award. If you are concerned, please speak to a financial aid representative before requesting a withdrawal from the class.

Breakdown of Grades (not including reductions for poor attendance, etc.)

Five Papers:
     Paper #1 10% Personal Position Paper
     Paper #2 10% Review of Sources Paper
     Paper #3 20% Literary Analysis Paper
     Paper #4 15% Researched Definition Paper
     Paper #5 30% Revised Researched Position Paper
Note: You must earn a D or better on this paper, per IAI requirements, to receive a D or better in the class.

Class Participation: 15%

All submitted drafts must be done on the computer, double-spaced, laser-printed, and follow MLA format.  Several of these papers require research.  Papers are due at the beginning of the class period on the date indicated on this syllabus.  Late papers may not be accepted and are graded at the discretion of the professor.  Papers are evaluated on audience, content, documentation, grammar, organization, presentation, spelling, and style, especially as described in your Style Book You are encouraged to keep your papers, either in hard copy (printed) or some other storage device like a flash drive.  Regardless of IVCC's educational support software, you are solely responsible for having and keeping copies of your work.  Papers will be evaluated on audience, content, grammar, organization, presentation, spelling, and style, especially as specified on the official syllabus.  These papers are due on the date listed here, unless other arrangements have been made.  I will accept a late paper only if you turn it in to me accompanied by a written note (e-mail) explaining why it is late and asking for an exception to the policy concerning paper deadlines; turning in a paper late without this note will result in an F on the paper. Generally, I would advise that, even if your paper isn't finished, you turn it in anyway, as there is an enormous difference mathematically between some points and no points.

Class Participation includes every assignment that is not one of the papers listed  above.  This means quizzes, assignments, discussions, peer reviews, and exams. Extra credit, should it be offered, contributes to this category, as well. 


The College’s policy on plagiarism applies in this class; read it in your Style Book and note the penalties. I will question you if your work does not appear to be your own. Keep all notes, outlines, drafts, and finished assignments so that you can demonstrate that writing you have submitted is your own work, should any question of plagiarism arise.

Expected Student Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course, a successful student will be able to:
Outcome 1: Read works of literature and other texts with understanding and appreciation
Outcome 2: Understand invention as a part of the writing process
Outcome 3: Organize and develop ideas effectively and logically in essays
Outcome 4: Develop effective, logical, and well-supported arguments
Outcome 5: Understand and use a variety of rhetorical methods for developing ideas
Outcome 6: Maintain a consistent and appropriate viewpoint, tone, and voice
Outcome 7: Strengthen essays through the revision process
Outcome 8: Write essays free of common stylistic weaknesses
Outcome 9: Write essays free of excessive errors
Outcome 10: Use word-processing software and the Internet to assist in the writing process
Outcome 11: Understand the principles of research
Outcome 12: Understand the use, citation, and documentation of sources
Outcome 13: Understand strategies for developing and writing research papers

Tentative Class Schedule

   Reading Assignments and Subjects of Study

Week One
January 10th or 11th

Assignment Sheet for Paper #1
Read Field Guide, Part 1, and Part 3: 13
The Magic of Reality, Chapter 1, 2, 11, and 12
Discussion threads in Blackboard
Begin writing Paper #1

Week Two
January 17th or 18th

Discussion threads in Blackboard
Read Field Guide, Part 2, and
The Magic of Reality, Chapter 3, 4, 8, and 9
Peer Revision of Paper #1

Week Three
January 24th or 25th

Paper #1 Due
Consideration of issues relating to the concepts
of Science, Religion, or Magic
Read Field Guide, Part 3: 14-16 and Part 6: 45-52
Choose and acquire a Dresden Files novel to begin reading
Assignment Sheet for Paper #2
Begin writing Paper #2


Week Four
January 31st or February 1st
Assignment Sheet for Paper #3
Introduction to Poetry

   Read Olds's  "Sex without Love" and others, as assigned

Read Field Guide, Part 3: 17
Discussing Poetry

Week Five
February 7th or 8th
Introduction to Fiction
Read Jim Butcher's "Restoration of Faith" and
a Dresden Files novel of your choice
   Group Projects

Read Field Guide, Part 4
Peer Review of Paper #2
Discussing Prose

Week Six
February 14th or 15th
Paper #2 Due
Continue reading a Dresden Files novel
Introduction to Drama and Film
View an episode of The Dresden Files
Group Projects
Discussing Film
Read Field Guide, Part 7
Begin writing Paper #3

Week Seven
February 21st or 22nd

Continue writing Paper #3
Group Projects

Week Eight
February 28th or March 1st
Group Projects, continued, if necessary
Peer Review of  Paper #3
Assignment Sheet for Paper #4
Paper #3 Due

Week Nine
March 7th or 8th

Begin writing
Paper #4
Group Projects
Read Field Guide, Part 5: 36-40

Week Ten
March 21st or 22nd
Continue writing Paper #4
Read Field Guide, Part 2: 18
Group Projects Due

Week Eleven
March 28th or 29th
Peer Review of Paper #4
Assignment Sheet for Paper #5
Paper #4 Due
Let me know by April 3rd via e-mail, if you'd like to withdraw from this class
(and want me to do the paperwork involved)

Review Field Guide, Part 3: 26-27


Week Twelve
April 4th or 5th
Begin writing Paper #5

Read Field Guide, Part 4: 28-33 and 38
Paper #4 Due

Week Thirteen
April 11th or 12th

Continue writing Paper #5

Week Fourteen

April 18th or 19th
Continue writing Paper #5
Note: You may submit a substantially revised revision
of a previously graded paper for consideration
for a revised grade during this week.


Week Fifteen
April 25th or 26th

Peer Review of Paper #5


Week Sixteen
May 2nd or 3rd
Paper #5 Due

Section 03:
May 7th
Section 06:
May 9th
Section 13
: May 10th

Sections 03 and 06 Section 13    
Paper #1: Personal Position January 29th January 30th  

Paper #2: Review of Sources February 21st February 22nd  
Paper #3: Literary Analysis March 5th March 6th  
Paper #4: Researched Definition April 9th April 10th  
Paper #5: Researched Position Final Exam Period Final Exam Period  

Note: Request for exceptions to any of these policies must be submitted to me in writing as close as is possible to the event that has precipitated the request. Requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Submitting a request is no guarantee that an exception will be made. All written requests must be made to me at my e-mail address, as listed at the top of this document. No others will be considered.

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