English 1002 Course Syllabus
Professor Kimberly M. Radek
Office: Building A, Room 314
"The 'origins' of writing is shrouded in a cloud of darkness and is as hard to interpret as the 'origins' of art, architecture, religion, and social institutions, to name only a few of the important aspects of our culture." I. J. Gelb, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago, 1974
|Texts | Attendance | Grades | Papers | Class Schedule | Due Dates||
This course introduces you to several literary genres: poetry, drama, and the novel. This course will teach you to read critically and to write clearly, logically, and fluently about texts within these genres. 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 anyone who will be pursuing a college education: how to write and properly document 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 you will learn how writing processes change in relation to an electronic
medium. You will communicate with me through e-mail, as well as
through the more traditional means of communication. If you do not currently have an
e-mail address, then you may sign up for a free school e-mail address in the
Computer Resource Center, LRC-D.
You must have passed English
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 Centeror work on your own. Mr. Rambo's webpage contains some useful web sites.
Dan. The Da Vinci Code. New York: Doubleday, 2003.
Bullock, Richard. The Norton Field Guide to Writing. New York: Norton, 2006.
Glenn, Cheryl, et al. The Writer's Harbrace Handbook. Brief Second
Edition. United States:
Thompson Wadsworth, 2005.
Lynch, Rose Marie and Kimberly M. Radek. Style Book. 2002.
A college dictionary (hardcover
recommended), notebook paper, writing utensils, 3.5" computer micro disks
or rewritable CDs or a flash drive/memory stick,
large manilla pocket folder, colored highlighting markers, and six-nine hours of
study/writing time a week.
You cannot learn or help others learn in a workshop classroom unless you are there. Each student is allowed three absences. After three absences your final semester grade will be lowered by one letter grade for each absence. Thus, seven or more absences will guarantee a grade of "F" for the semester. If you are no longer attending, you need to notify me that you want to withdraw, as I will not automatically withdraw you from the course. Keep in mind that withdrawing could cause complications in your financial aid or scholarship monies. If your work, sports, or family schedule will prevent you from attending three or more classes, you should probably not be in this section, as your grade will be negatively affected. You will not receive credit for any work you miss or fail to turn in to me while or because you are out of class. Late work is accepted and graded at my discretion.
Note: The only absences I
consider excused are school-sponsored trips. If you will be attending one of these,
I must be notified in writing by your instructor in advance of the trip and your
workpapers, homework, etc.must be turned in to me in advance of the trip.
Grading Scale (%)
A: 100-90 B: 89-80 C: 79-70 D: 69-60 F: 59-0
Breakdown of Grades (not including reductions for poor attendance, etc.)
|Paper #1||5%||Position Paper|
|Paper #2||10%||Review of Sources Paper|
|Paper #3||15%||Literary Analysis Paper|
|Paper #4||15%||Researched Definition Paper|
|Paper #5||20%||Researched Position Paper|
|Paper #6||20%||Revised Researched Position Paper|
Class Participation: 15%
The Papers: 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. At the end of the semester all papers and their drafts must be turned into me in a manilla pocket folder; failure to do so will lower your final grade by one letter.
quizzes, computer assignments, oral presentations, and examsin short, anything not a
paperwill be graded and make up part of your class participation grade.
Additionally, preparation for class, participation in peer groups,
(if any), and tardiness
contribute to this category of evaluation.
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 orally and in writing, socially and interpersonally.
3. To develop an awareness of the contributions made to civilization by the diverse cultures of the world, including those within our own society.
4. To understand and use contemporary technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.
5. To work and study effectively both individually and in collaboration with others.
6. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual in ones career and as a member of society.
7. To develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally, and spiritually.
8. To appreciate the ongoing value of learning, self-improvement, and career planning.
The College's policy on plagiarism
applies in this class; read it in your IVCC catalogue and note the penalties. I
will feel free to 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:
1. read a text with understanding and appreciation.
2. react to and analyze what he or she has read.
3. demonstrate the ability to organize, develop, and express ideas about the text or some aspect of it, addressing them clearly, accurately, and thoughtfully to a particular audience.
4. work collaboratively and cooperatively with peers and the instructor in writing and reading, responding about texts of poetry, drama, and long fiction, relating them to current issues in our culture.
5. integrate and cite accurately information of other writers, using other writers' opinions, beliefs, and/or observations to support his or her own opinions, beliefs, and/or observations.
6. write often: inventing, editing, and revising.
7. comment critically, constructively, and respectfully upon his or her own work, as well as upon the work of his or her peers.
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. This course will cover controversial issues, so you will need to be respectful of others' opinions, even if you do not support or agree with those opinions.
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.
If you need support or assistance because of a disability, you may be eligible for academic accommodations through the Special Needs Educational Support Services office. Stop by office B-204 or call (815) 224-0284.
Tentative Class Schedule
Reading Assignments and Subjects of Study
Introduction, Explanation of Syllabus
Explanation of Paper #1
Please send me an e-mail introducing yourself
Read Field Guide, Part 1
Introduction to issues relating to the concept of Evolution
Read Field Guide, Part 5: 45
Peer Revision of Paper #1
Paper #1 Due
Consideration of more issues relating to the concept of Evolution
Read Evolution Debate page
Read Field Guide, Part 2: 7-12 and 19
Explanation of Paper #2
Introduction to Poetry
Read Olds's "Sex without Love" and Chapters 1-3, from Genesis
Documentation of Poetry in MLA
Documentation of Prose in MLA
Read Field Guide, Part 2: 14
Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!
Introduction to Fiction
Read The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code Group Projects
Read Field Guide, Part 5: 39-45
Read The Da Vinci Code
Peer Review of Paper #2
The Da Vinci Code Group Projects Introduced
Paper #2 Due
Read Field Guide, Part 6
Explanation of Paper #3
Group work on The Da Vinci Code projects
Group work on The Da Vinci Code projects
Paper #3 Preparation
Paper #3 Due, Explanation of Paper #4
Introduction to Drama and Film
Documentation of Drama in MLA
PowerPoint Notes on Documenting a Film in MLA
PowerPoint Notes on the Research Paper
Documentation of Secondary Sources in MLA
Discussion of The Da Vinci Code
Read Field Guide, Part 3: 21-23
Group Projects Due
No School from March 23rd-27th, Spring Break for Faculty and Students
Viewing Jurassic Park or Deep Blue Sea
Read Field Guide, Part 3: 24-26
Let me know by April 10th, if you'd like to withdraw from this class
Paper #4 Due, Explanation of Papers #5 and #6
Read Field Guide, Part 4: 28-33 and 38
The last date the Registration will process a withdraw is 4/15/09.
Please see or e-mail me by noon on Friday, April the 10th, if you wish to withdraw.
Preparation of Paper #5
Paper #5 Due
Preparation of Paper #6
Paper #6 Due
Take Final Exam Online by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, May12th
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