WRITING 121 *Tentative* Course Plan - Spring 2011
English Composition I - 4 Credits - Instructor: Cora Agatucci
WR 121 - CRN # 21341  - 4 credits
Tues. & Thurs.  8:25 - 10:05 am, Jefferson Rm. 101

See also Academic Calendar & Final Exam Schedule for 2010-11:
http://current.cocc.edu/Degrees_Classes/calendar/default.aspx
http://current.cocc.edu/UserData/Documents/current/FinalExamSchedule.pdf

NOTE:  WEEK #4 had to be REVISED (CA, 4/20/11)  - see below.


Unit 1: Course Introduction & Formal Academic Summary #1

WK #1 ASSIGNMENTS DUE & IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES PLANNED
Tues
3/29

 

IN-CLASS:  Take roll, deal with Wait List, & introduce WR 121:
--Discuss REVISED AAOT Writing Requirements (effective Fall 2010) & FAQ's . . .:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/REVAAOT_WR121_WR122.htm
--Distribute & discuss WR 121 Syllabus & Course Information (handout)
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/syllabusSP11.htm
--Distribute & discuss
WR 121 *Tentative* Course Plan (handout -installment 1) & to be updated online as needed: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/courseplanSP11.htm
--Discuss COCC Computing Information & Online Resources for Students: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/ComputingInfoSpr11.htm
--Assign WR 121 Student Entry Survey - Week #1, Spring 2011 (handout form):
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/surveyentry.htm
--Assign textbook survey & read Muller Ch. 1 "Reading and Responding to Texts in the 21st Century" pp. 2-27, which includes Lakoff's "From Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime" (pp. 7-9), Carey's "Judging Honesty by Words, Not Fidgets" (pp. 9-12), Adler's "How to Mark a Book" (pp. 13-16), and Schlesinger's "The Cult of Ethnicity" (pp. 19-21).
--Class discussion: Formal Academic Summary, What is an essay and what is critical reading?
Thurs
3/31

 

ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) DUE:
WR 121 Student Entry Survey - Week #1, Spring 2011
(2) READ & bring your questions regarding Day 1 handouts (see Tues. 3/29)
(3) READ Muller Ch. 1 pp. 2-27
IN-CLASS:  Take roll, deal with Wait List, & continue WR 121 course introduction:
--Discuss student questions re: WR 121 course and handouts.
--Collect completed
WR 121 Student Entry Survey - to be scored (NOTE: there are no "right" or "wrong" answers; points are awarded based on assignment completion)
--Discuss students' responses to survey of Muller textbook & assigned Muller textbook readings
--Introduce genre conventions of the Formal Academic Summary: distribute & discuss
Cora's Example Formal Academic Summary of Carl Rogers' essay (handout) - vs. the Essay genre and vs. Muller's "Sample Summary" of Schlesinger's essay in our textbook (Muller 25-26)
--Assign Formal Academic Summary:

    --Formal Academic Summary Directions (handout), including MLA Style Documentation Examples
   
--Formal Academic Summary Evaluation Checklist (handout),
--Discuss analyzing writing assignments; adjusting to requirements of different writing genres, purposes, audiences; MLA style documentation requirements for a Formal Academic Summary; & effective processes for critical reading and formal academic summary writing

Week #1 - FYI:  (1) Fri. 4/1/11: Last Day to Add a New Class
(2) COCC CAP Center
- Career Services, Academic Advising, Personal Counseling
Week #1 Drop-in Advising (COCC Barber Library lower level):
CAP Center Information: http://cap.cocc.edu/
CAP Center - Academic Advising:  http://cap.cocc.edu/Advising/default.aspx
(3) COCC Registration/Student Records
(Boyle Education Center):
 http://current.cocc.edu/Advising_Registration/default.aspx


Finish Unit 1 & Begin Unit 2: Essay #1 (using one Muller source) & Avoiding Plagiarism

WK #2 ASSIGNMENTS DUE & IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES PLANNED (REVISED & UPDATED)
Tues
4/5
 
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) DUE: Preliminary Draft of Formal Academic Summary #1 (2 readable paper copies)
(2) Review and Bring to class
relevant WR 121 handouts, our Muller textbook, & any questions you may have about Formal Academic Summary #1 assignment
IN-CLASS: 
--Cora will discuss scoring of Student Week #1 WR 121 Entry Survey, provide directions (as needed) to access our Blackboard course WR121-41381_FA10:EnglishComposition & encourage students to review "View Grades" in our Blackboard course
--Review WR 121 Syllabus & Course Information (handout) & WR 121 *Tentative* Course Plan (handout), and preview upcoming Unit 2 assignments
--Discuss student questions re: Formal Academic Summary #1 assignment; & discuss directions for Writer's Workshop #1 Peer Reviews & Follow-Up Author Comments (handout forms)
--In-Class Writer's Workshop #1: Read & complete Peer Reviews (handout forms) on at least 2 other students' Preliminary Drafts of Formal Academic Summary #1; to be returned to student authors for discussion & completion of Follow-Up Author Comments (on Peer Reviews)
Thurs
4/7
REV
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) DUE: Final Draft of Formal Academic Summary
(one word-processed correctly formatted & double-spaced paper copy required) - to be graded
(2) ATTACH: Preliminary Drafts
of Formal Academic Summary and Writer's Workshop #1 completed Peer Reviews with Follow-Up Author Comments (from Tues. 4/5) - to be scored
(3) READ
in Muller textbook:  Martin's "Writing Is Easy" (pp. 33-35), Murray's "The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts" (pp. 86-90), Tan's "Mother Tongue" (pp. 76-81), Hockenberry's "The Blogs of War" (pp. 91-99), and Tannen's "Sex, Lies and Conversation: Why Is It So Hard for Men and Women to Talk to Each Other?" (pp. 100-104)
IN-CLASS: 
--Exchange readings of Final Draft of Formal Academic Summary
--Collect Final Draft of Formal Academic Summary for grading, and Attachments: Preliminary Drafts of Formal Academic Summary #1 and Writer's Workshop #1 Peer Reviews with Follow-Up Author's Comments for scoring
--Discuss
assigned essays from Muller textbook, including follow-up "Comprehension" (challenges?) & "Rhetoric" (e.g. differences in purposes, targeted audiences, & writing strategies)
--Preview Muller textbook Ch. 2 "Writing Process and Communication" (esp. pp. 44-71) on Invention, thesis formation & organization, Drafting, Revising & editing as "recursive" stages in the essay writing process.
--
Assign Essay #1 (including paper handouts and Blackboard example):
  
--Essay #1 Directions (paper handout) and also available online:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/Essay1Directions.htm
   
--Essay #1 Evaluation Checklist (paper handout) and also available online:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/Essay1Directions.htm
   --Example Student Essay #1  - available under Essay #1 in our Blackboard course:
 WR121-21341_SP11:EnglishComposition
   
--Prep. for Essay #1 Worksheet  (paper handout) and also available online:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/PrepEssay1Worksheet.htm

--Discuss Essay #1 challenges of choosing your own topic, formulating your own thesis, using content idea/s and/or sentence/s from at least one essay source from Muller textbook, etc.

   See also MLA-Style Works Cited Examples (online only)
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/MLAstyleWorksCitedExamples.htm

Week #2 - FYI:  Fri., 4/8/11: Spring 2011 Tuition due
to Enrollment Services (BEC) & 100% Tuition Refund period ends.
See also COCC 2010-11 Academic Calendar: Important Dates:

http://new.cocc.edu/Degrees_Classes/CalendarRef/default.aspx


Continue Unit 2

WK #3 ASSIGNMENTS DUE & IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES PLANNED
Week #3 - FYI:  Mon., 4/11/11: Begin Late fees for Late tuition payment & Late registration
Tues.
4/12
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1)
Read Muller Ch. 2 "Writing: Process and Communication," pp. 44-71; and Read essay/s in Muller of interest to you to select at least one with content you may use in Essay #1
(2) DUE: Prep. for Essay #1 Worksheet - 1 readable paper copy
(3) Read & bring Essay #1 Directions
and Essay #1 Evaluation Checklist (handout), & any questions you have about assignment directions
(4) Read Example Student Essay #1 - available under Essay #1 in our Blackboard (Bb) course:
      WR121-21341_SP11:EnglishComposition
IN-CLASS: 
--Avoiding Plagiarism - Assign readings and Practice Plagiarism Quiz:
   --What Is Plagiarism?  (paper handout, also available in our Blackboard course)
   
--Practice Plagiarism Quiz (paper handout, also available in our Blackboard course)
   --Recommend related web resources linked in our Bb course:
     
--Academic Dishonesty (COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities)
 
     URL: http://studentlife.cocc.edu/Policies/Rights+and+Responsibilities/default.aspx
        --Self-Test - Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism: Exercises (Cornell Univ.)
  
    URL: http://plagiarism.arts.cornell.edu/tutorial/exercises.cfm
--Discuss assigned readings, the writing process, and Essay #1 assignment handouts
--Review and analyze Example Student Essay #1
(available in our Blackboard course)
--In-Class Writer's Workshop #2: Read/discuss & offer helpful comments on at least 2 other students' Prep for Essay #1 Worksheets
--In-class Work Period: Add to and Revise (as needed) Prep. for Essay #1 Worksheets
--At end of class today, Cora will Collect workshopped Prep. for Essay #1 Worksheets (for scoring & Cora's comments).
Thurs.
4/14
REV
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) Read
and bring What Is Plagiarism? (paper handout, also available in Blackboard)
(2) DUE: Practice Plagiarism Quiz (to be self-corrected in class)
(3) Bring
Muller textbook & relevant Essay #1 handouts to class
--NOTE:
if you are planning to use any outside source/s in Essay #1, bring source/s or source information to class to discuss correct MLA style documentation with Cora
IN-CLASS: 
REV--Cora plans to return and discuss graded/critiqued Formal Academic Summaries and Attachments(from Week #2), and discuss Revision Option (allowed IF "Final" Draft was submitted on deadline).
--Cora returned and discussed scored/critiqued Prep for Essay #1 Worksheets
--Discuss student questions/comments on Essay #1 assignment
--Go over answers to Practice Plagiarism Quiz (to be self-corrected in class) and discuss student questions regarding avoiding plagiarism reading/s
--Cora will then COLLECT self-corrected Practice Plagiarism Quizzes for scoring.
NOTE: Some time will be made at end of class for impromptu individual conferences with Cora regarding scored/critiqued Prep for Essay #1 Worksheets, and/or other student questions/concerns.
 

REV: Continue Unit 2 and Begin UNIT 3: Analysis, Evaluation & Research Skills

WK #4 ASSIGNMENTS DUE & IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES PLANNED REV

Tues., 4/19 REV.  Cora was sick and class had to be canceled.

Thurs.
4/21
REV
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) DUE: Preliminary Draft of Essay #1 (2 readable paper copies required)
(2) Review and Bring to class
relevant handouts, our Muller textbook, any sources you don't know how to cite, & any other questions you may have about Essay #1 assignment
IN-CLASS:  --Cora plans to return and discuss graded/critiqued Formal Academic Summaries and Attachments (from Week #2), and discuss Revision Option (allowed IF "Final" Draft was submitted on deadline).
--
Distribute Revised/Updated Course Plan (handout) & discuss upcoming assignments, including reading/review of new and previously assigned essays in Muller from approved list of Essay Choices as preparation for Week #5 In-class (Small Group) Analysis-Evaluation Exercise
URL: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/AnalysisEvaluationEx1Dir.htm
--Discuss student questions re: Essay #1 assignment
--Distribute Peer Review forms (paper handouts) and discuss directions for Writer's Workshop #3
--
In-Class Writer's Workshop #3: Read & complete Peer Reviews (handout forms) on at least 2 other students' Preliminary Drafts of Essay #1, to be returned to student authors for discussion & completion of Follow-Up Author Comments (on Peer Reviews)
NOTE: Cora will circulate during in-class Writer's Workshop and make some time at end of class to respond to student questions re: Essay #1 assignment, MLA Style Citations, and graded/critiqued Formal Academic Summary and Revision option.

Finish Unit 2, and Begin UNIT 3: Analysis, Evaluation & Research Skills

WK #5 ASSIGNMENTS DUE & IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES PLANNED REV
Tues.
4/26
REV
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) DUE: Final Draft of Essay #1
(one word-processed correctly formatted & double-spaced paper copy required) - to be graded
(2) ATTACH: Preliminary Drafts 
of Essay #1 and completed Writer's Workshop #3 Peer Reviews with Follow-Up Author Comments (from Thurs. 4/21) - to be scored
(3) Bring to class our textbook
and Essay #1 handouts
IN-CLASS: 
----Exchange readings of Final Draft of Essay #1
--Collect Final Draft of Essay #1 (for grading), and required Attachments: Preliminary Drafts of Essay #1 and Writer's Workshop #3 Peer Reviews with Follow-Up Author's Comments (for scoring)
--Discuss essay analysis methods and essay evaluation criteria: preview Muller's "Contents of Essays by Rhetorical Mode" (xxv-xxvii) and "Glossary (839-850; review previously assigned essays in our textbook, Muller's "Writing Body Paragraphs: Choosing Strategies of Development (54-65), and relevant Essay #1 handouts
--Preview
In-Class (Small Group) Analysis-Evaluation Exercise #1 (handout) of selected essay in Muller textbook from approved reading list attached to this Exercise.
URL: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/AnalysisEvaluationEx1Dir.htm
Thurs.
4/28
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) Read new and Review previously assigned essays in Muller from approved list of Essay Choices
as preparation for Week #5 In-class (Small Group) Analysis-Evaluation Exercise #1 URL: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/AnalysisEvaluationEx1Dir.htm
(2) Be sure to Bring Muller textbook to class
IN-CLASS: 
--Review
Revised/Updated Course Plan & discuss upcoming assignments
--Constitute small groups and complete In-Class (Small Group) Analysis-Evaluation Exercise #1 (handout form) - small group work completed in class today will be collected at end of class today for scoring.

Week #5 - FYI:  Fri. 4/29/11: Registration for Summer 2011 begins.


Continue Unit 3

WK #6 ASSIGNMENTS DUE & IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES PLANNED

Week #6 - FYI:  Mon. 5/2/11: Midterm Grade Reports due from all COCC instructors
(meanwhile, please check your "View Grades" in our Blackboard course)

Tues.
5/3
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1)
Read Muller Ch. 3 "Reading and Writing Effective Arguments," pp. 120-135
(2) Review previously assigned essays that Muller lists under "Argumentation and Persuasion" (xxxi-xxxii)
in Muller's "Contents of Essays by Rhetorical Mode
(3) Review COCC Library section of COCC Computing Information & Online Resources for Students, access COCC Barber Library home page & explore its online resources, including:
 
  --
COCC Home > Campus Library > COCC Barber Library home page:
      http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/default.aspx
   --
COCC Home > Campus Library > COCC Barber Library Services:
      http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Library+Services/default.aspx
   --
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools:
      http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/default.aspx
   --
COCC Home > Campus Library > Research Tools > Articles & More: Databases:
    
http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/Research+Tools/Databases/dblist/default.aspx?p1=All
   --Dr. Tina Hovekamp's
Fall 2009 LIB 127  - Course Related Materials:
      http://web.cocc.edu/thovekamp/lib127/lib127home.html
IN-CLASS: 
--Cora plans to discuss scored (Small Group) Analysis-Evaluation Exercise #1 (completed in-class on Thurs., 4/29/11), remind students to check "View Grades" in Blackboard, & discuss COCC Midterm Grade Reports (forthcoming this week, if applicable)
-Review COCC Library section of COCC Computing Information & Online Resources for Students
: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr121/ComputingInfoSpr11.htm
--Discuss WR 121 Information Literacy proficiencies
(to be posted in Blackboard?)

--Cora will demonstrate accessing and searching COCC Barber Library subscription (restricted access) databases (e.g. CQ Researcher, Academic Search Premier, Opposing Viewpoints), database search strategies, "full-text" articles/sources (including differences between .html vs. .pdf documents), & collecting bibliographical information needed to construct MLA-Style Works Cited entries
--Distribute & discuss  MLA-Style Works Cited for Common Types of Sources (handout & will be posted in Bb)
--Assign (Individual) Library Databases & WWWeb Research-Evaluation Exercise (handout form - to be linked) on topic/s of interest to you as prep. for Research-Based Essay #2
Thurs.
5/5
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) DUE:
(Individual) Library Databases & WWWeb Research-Evaluation Exercise (1 readable paper copy of your completed Exercise is required)
(2)
Read Muller Ch. 3 "Reading and Writing Effective Arguments," pp. 120-135
(3) Review previously assigned essays that Muller lists under "Argumentation and Persuasion" (xxxi-xxxii)
in Muller's "Contents of Essays by Rhetorical Mode"
IN-CLASS: 
--Cora plans to return & discuss graded Essay #1 & scored Attachments, discuss Essay #1 Revision Option directions, & remind students to check "View Grades" in Blackboard & to discuss any questions/concerns re: current course grades with Cora
--Assign
Analysis-Evaluation of your own Essay #1 (handout - to be linked)
--Exchange readings & discussion of students' Library Databases & WWWeb Research-Evaluation Exercise (to be edited, as needed, in class)
--Collect students' Library Databases & WWWeb Research-Evaluation Exercise for scoring & critique
--Discuss Muller Ch. 3 reading assignment, compare/contrast expository vs. argument essays (illustrated using previously assigned essays in Muller textbook); and discuss methods of argument analysis & criteria for argument evaluation
--Preview
In-Class (Small Group) Analysis-Evaluation Exercise #2 (handout - to be linked) of argument-persuasion essay in Muller textbook
NOTE: Some time will be made at end of class for impromptu individual conferences with Cora to discuss graded Essay #1 and Revision Option, etc.

Finish Unit 3 and Begin UNIT 4: Research-Based Essay #2

WK #7 ASSIGNMENTS DUE & IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES PLANNED
Tues.
5/10
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) DUE:
Analysis-Evaluation of your own Essay #1 (handout - to be linked) - 1 readable paper copy is required.
(2) Read new and Review previously assigned Argument-Persuasion essays in Muller as prep. for In-Class (Small Group) Analysis-Evaluation Exercise #2 (handout - to be linked)
(3) Be sure to Bring Muller textbook to class
IN-CLASS: 
--Assign and discuss Research-Based Essay #2 assignments
  
--Research-Based Essay #2  Directions (paper handout - to be linked)
   --Research-Based Essay #2 Topic Proposal & Annotated Bibliography Directions (paper handout - to be linked)
   --Example Topic Proposal and Annotated Bibliography (available ONLY in Blackboard)
--Constitute small groups and complete In-Class (Small Group) Analysis-Evaluation Exercise #2 (handout form to be linked) on an argument-persuasion essay in Muller - small group work completed in class today will be collected at end of class.
Thurs.
5/12
ASSIGNMENTS DUE:
(1) Read Research-Based Essay #2  Directions
(paper handout - to be linked),  Research-Based Essay #2 Topic Proposal & Annotated Bibliography Directions (paper handout - to be linked), and bring your questions about these assignment directions handouts to class
(2) Read Example Topic Proposal and Annotated Bibliography (available ONLY in Blackboard)
(3) Come to class prepared to discuss your Research-Based Essay #2 Topic Ideas and Exploratory Research (so far)
IN-CLASS: 
--Continue discussion of Research-Based Essay #2 Directions (handout), Essay #2 Topic Proposal and Annotated Bibliography Directions (handout), and Example Topic Proposal and Annotated Bibliography (available ONLY in Blackboard)
--Discuss students' questions about Research-Based Essay #2 assignments, Topic Ideas and Exploratory Research (so far)

Week #7 - FYI:   Fri. 5/13/10: Last Day to Drop full-term classes with NO grade
 on transcript (NOTE: Instructor's approval is NOT required)


The rest of WR 121 Course Plan will be forthcoming soon . . .

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