English& 101: English Composition 1
by appointment only
do not contact me at my BCC address unless you cannot reach me on the class
All course textbooks
are on reserve in the BCC Library (you can check them out for 2 hours or
make copies of required readings) if you cannot purchase
them right away.
- Bachman, Susan and Melinda
Barth. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric, and Handbook.
- Marius, Richard. A
Writer's Companion. 4th edition.
English 101& is a completely online
class; therefore, you are not required to attend classroom sessions. However,
English 101& is not a
correspondence course, completed on your own timetable in isolation. How
much you learn will be directly proportional to how much you participate in the
online community, how well you manage your time, and how well you follow written
directions. If you are not sure whether or not an online course is right for
you, complete the following questionnaire:
Many people mistakenly believe that
writing is a talent that some people are blessed with. But academic writing is
a skill, developed with practice in reading texts, analyzing texts, thinking
through the texts and then lastly, writing the words down. Anyone with enough
effort can learn to communicate effectively
If you signed up for this course
thinking that it would involve less work than a course in the classroom, you
were mistaken. Please be advised that the workload may be very difficult for
you if work and family demands do not allow you a
minimum of two to three uninterrupted hours every weekday to work on the
assignments for this class. If you are taking this class during
summer quarter, which moves much more
quickly, you should plan on spending even more time working on class
How is English 101& different from high school
The kind of intellectual and creative work required
of students in this first-year college writing course is rigorous and
challenging; it does not duplicate the curriculum of high school language arts
classes. The course aims to build on and, more importantly, extend students'
prior knowledge and experience of writing as a vehicle for learning and critical
inquiry. In a nutshell, the course offers students instruction and practice in:
Developing a thoughtful and informed
perspective on the subject at hand.
Examining the reasons for their thinking,
and showing or explaining how or why they came to hold such a perspective.
Situating their perspective in the context
of other perspectives on the same or similar subjects.
Communicating their perspective clearly and
effectively through written texts to their designated audiences.
By the end of the quarter, each of
you should be able to:
various invention practices: brainstorming, free writing; outlining,
ability to write in various modes: personal narrative, expository,
analytical, descriptive, argument
phases of writing: draft, revision, final copy
of writing: reading, thinking, analyzing, discussion
Create a thesis
statement that suggests the focus of the paper; does not point out the
obvious, and is written as a sentence.
include enough details and examples to support the identified thesis and
various patterns of organization and
organization pattern that suits your identified purpose & audience.
concept of Audience in your writing.
Audience, Purpose, and Tone in compositions written in and outside of class
Write in a
vocabulary appropriate to your subject and identified audience.
conclude a paper effectively.
control of mechanics: paragraphing, punctuation, spelling.
between key ideas and supporting details in reading
thesis statement in reading assignments
group skills: how to give useful feedback, and how to make use of feedback
Develop self-assessment skills
Technology requirements: First and probably most important, the student
enrolled in this course MUST have a reliable computer and some attendant
software and services, including a word processor, an Internet Service
Provider, and a browser service.
Computer skills: Some critical skills you must have include: uploading
and downloading files, following written directions, attaching files to e-mail
messages, and knowing how your browser and computer system work.
Computer problems: Keep me informed if you have problems, and I will
try to find help for you. I am no computer expert, so--unless the server is malfunctioning--it is your responsibility to get any
technological problems worked out.
- Daily logins:
To be successful in an online course,
you must be self-motivated and work independently. I strongly recommend that
you login daily
(particularly during the week), check your
course mailbox and the
calendar to see
what assignments you should be working on.
"Netiquette" (Courtesy Expectations): This class is conducted entirely
online, yet I expect you to be as courteous and respectful to me and to your
classmates as you would be in person in a classroom setting. Emails and
discussion board posts cannot be taken back. So, please write all of your
correspondence with care and courtesy; don't send emails or posts that you
might later regret - in terms of content, words, and tone. A good test is,
"Would I say that in person, in exactly those words, to my professor or
classmate I don't know well? How would I react if I were on the receiving
end?" (Also keep in mind that even if you're thick-skinned, many of your
classmates are not and shouldn't have to be here.) Another good rule of thumb:
Before sending something, write it up, save it, go away for an hour or more,
then re-read it before posting.
Appropriateness: Where any type of assignment for this course is
concerned, no sexual or sexually suggestive content will be tolerated. Any
such assignments will receive a zero and be forwarded to the Dean of Students
for disciplinary action.
Communication: If you send me a message through the course mailbox or
the discussion area, you can expect me to respond within 24 hours on
weekdays. If you send a message on weekends (which begin on Fridays during
summer quarter), you can expect me to respond to you by Monday morning.
Feedback: During the opening weeks of the course, you can expect some
feedback from me for just about every assignment. I want to make sure that
you understand my expectations and the instructions. Later in the course, I
focus primarily on your papers, so I will not provide as much feedback about
discussions, peer reviews, and other assignment postings (though I will
continue to evaluate and grade them).
Deadlines: Deadlines (due dates and times) are posted on the course
calendar. You will discover early on that I am firm about them. If you try
to post assignments after the deadline listed on the course calendar, you may
find that the discussion has been locked to prevent late postings. I'm not
trying to be punitive, but I cannot grade discussions while people are
continuing to post. See below for my policy on late papers.
What assignments will be
graded for this course?
You will write three
1000-word papers in this class. The process for writing, revising and submitting
work is on a tight timeline. Don't fail to meet these deadlines. The process
will look like this for all papers except the revisions:
- You will post an original draft
of each paper to the discussion area by the date on the calendar. To post
your draft and participate in peer reviews, your rough draft must be at least
700 words in length.
Papers that are
submitted to me for a grade, but have not been previously posted for peer
review (that includes rough drafts that are shorter than 700 words), will be
- While you wait for comments on
your paper, you will give peer comments, as described below, on two other
group members' papers which have been posted.
- After giving comments, collect
your comments and revise your paper. Then, revise and edit your paper before
submitting it to me by the date and time listed on the calendar.
- Your papers will be graded based
on the standards posted under the "Grading Standards" link on the homepage.
MUST average a C- or better
the papers and revisions in order to pass this class. Points
from peer review and discussions are important, but if your papers do not
average a C- or better, you will not pass the class.
- Each paper is worth 25 points.
submitted after the deadline posted on the calendar, will be dropped 10% for
each day that they are submitted late. Papers more than 48 hours late will
not be accepted.
- For each paper you do
not submit, your final course grade will drop one letter grade.
For example, if you have earned a "B" grade in the course, but you never
turned in paper 3, your final grade will be dropped from a B to a C.
Points available for
papers: 75 points
Revisions: Please note that you are
required to substantially revise two papers this
quarter. Each revision is worth 100 points. The grades
for the two revisions will erase the original grade. Rewrites must demonstrate
substantial revision--that means rethinking ideas,
addressing my previous comments and suggestions, not
just adding a few sentences or fixing superficial errors--or the original grade
could be lowered.
Reviews: Much of what you will learn in this course will come from
participating in a peer review of others' papers. To participate successfully,
you must complete the following tasks by the deadline stated on the course
- Review two other students' papers
using the Peer Review tool . You MUST use this
assessment tool to earn full credit for comments on student papers (3 points
possible for each completed peer review).
- Post this specific feedback on
the two papers in the appropriate discussion areas. Directions for how to post
your peer comments are given.
- Determine whose reviews have been the
most thorough by assigning (dividing up) a total of 3 points to
your assigned peer group members. Send an email to me explaining whom you
have given the points to and why. You should assign these points not on whether
or not you like what the reviewer said, but based on the thoroughness and
thoughtfulness of the reviewer.
Peer review points
available: 27 points
Discussions & Seminars: Instructions and requirements for
participating in discussions are posted in the learning modules. Points vary
for each assignment.
available: up to 50