ENG 131 English Comp. I        Instructor: Bruce Terry
Section: 05                    Office: Stotts, Room 20A; Box: 121
Day/Time: MWF 2:00-2:50pm      Telephone: 304/485-7384 ext. 179
Room: 143, North Campus        Office Hours: TWF   10:00-11:00am
EMail:                       TR    11:00-12:00am
                                             MTWRF  1:00- 2:00pm
Three classmates'   1.
  names and         2.
  phone numbers:    3.


A World of Ideas (fifth edition) edited by Lee Jacobus
an English writing/grammar handbook
a "college edition" dictionary
also needed are writing and typing paper, a folder with pockets, and highlighter pens for marking the reader

Course Description

This is a class in reading, writing, and critical thinking. Students will be asked both to read and to write extensively. Methods will be presented that will help the students analyze the material they read and invent new material to write. These methods will include a subset of Aristotle's topoi and a version of Kenneth Pike's tagmemics. The essays to be written will be "expository" in nature.

To maximize the learning experience, the class will include several types of teaching methods. Besides lectures over new material, there will be both class and small group discussions, "peer editing" sessions to help write and rewrite essays, and mandatory conferences with the teacher.

Course Objectives

  1. To acquaint the student with invention and writing techniques, with a special emphasis on thinking about the audience.
  2. To develop skill in reading works of academic significance.
  3. To help the student find his or her own best process of academic writing.
  4. To enable the student to enhance his or her critical thinking skills.

Attendance and Tardies

Attendance in class is mandatory; it will be part of the basis for the grade given. If you cannot attend for good reason, either notify me beforehand or as soon as possible afterward. This applies even if you have an excused absence. You will be expected to do all work of any classes missed, except for pop quizzes. If you do not intend to attend regularly, kindly withdraw from the class now.

Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.

Kindly try to be a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence.

If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.

Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were ill, involved in an accident, on school business, or there was a death in the immediate family. More than three hours of unexcused absences will result in your being dropped from the course. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., as many as 12 class hours, counting each class as 1 hour).

Office Hours

I will be in my office ten hours during the week as outlined above. If you have class conflicts with my office hours, you can schedule another time with me. Appointments during office hours will be given precedence over drop-ins, but if you need to see me about something and don't have an appointment, come on up to my office and I will try to squeeze you in. If you need help, please use my office hours. You may also see me both before and after class as time permits. If I am not in my office at office hours after a class, check my last classroom to see if a student has detained me there.


Your grade for the class will be based on four essay projects, daily written work for class, attendance, and a class participation grade. The written work will be graded as completed or not completed. Letter and number grades will be given on the essay projects. All the material completed in the process of writing the essay must be handed in, including the critiques which your fellow students prepared for you. The critiques will count on your fellow students' written work grade. An essay turned in alone will NOT be acceptable. The final draft of an essay must be typed or printed from a word processor. If you do not like the grade I give you on an essay project, you may keep redoing it up until the deadline date, as long as you continue to submit your next rewrite within two weeks of my having returned your graded project. I will not lower your grade on a redone paper, but if you make significant improvement I will raise it. The fourth essay will not be redone.

This class is not a class in grammar; however, you will be expected to use correct grammar and academic style in your writing. If I observe a consistent problem you are having, I may assign work from your grammar handbook designed to correct the problem, and your completion of this work will be counted in your daily written work grade. The use of incorrect grammar and style in an essay project can lower your grade on that project by as much as fifteen points (one and one-half letters). Failure to type a paper will result in the grade being lowered one letter. A massive number of grammar errors will result in a Z grade on a paper.

Class will be excused for students attending the World Missions Workshop at LCU. Students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class for each hour missed and turn in a one- page report on the class attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class missed, including those missed for illness. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect. Two grace days will be given to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.

Additional readings/quizzes/essays may be assigned.

The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:

          Attendance                                        10%
          Daily Written Work and Class Participation        30%
          Essay Project 1                                   10%
          Essay Project 2                                   10%
          Essay Project 3                                   20%
          Essay Project 4                                   20%

Your final grade will be A, B, C, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89-80, a C for 79-70, and an F for any average below 70.

All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the deadline, you must by the deadline ask my permission to turn the work in late. If you are not consistently late on your work, I will not dock your grade for being late. However, if you are consistently or excessively late on turning in work or if you turn it in late without obtaining my permission by the deadline, expect to have your grade lowered one-third letter for each class period it is late.


Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not. Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVC is explusion from the college.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own.

Essay Project Assignments

For each essay project, read the two or three articles assigned in the reader. After class discussion of each reading, write at least a one-page summary of or response to the reading (1 page typed, 27 lines, 60-72 wide; handwritten: left margin and no right margin, 1 page on college ruled paper, 1½ pages on wide ruled). Note again that one page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name) with 1" margins, or one handwritten page on narrow rule paper, or one and a half handwritten pages on wide rule paper (handwritten pages have no right margin, are complete to the bottom, and skip no lines).

If the author is listed in the encyclopaedia, you should read about him in the Britannica or Americana. For each encyclopaedia article read, list the birth and death dates and one fact about the author which interests you which is not found in the reader. From your readings, ideas, and classroom discussion, produce an outline or list of ideas for your essay project. The first three projects must be limited to topics connected with the reading section for that project; the fourth project may tie with any article in the reader. Write a draft centered around a single thesis primary claim for your fellow students to critique.

Your audience will be the teacher and your fellow students. Write in an academic style. Your paper should include references to at least one of the articles in the reader (the minimum expected is at least one quotation). You should also include references to other writings. For the first project include a minimum of one extra source, two for the second, three for the third, and four for the final project. You may have references from the dictionary and lower level encyclopaedias, such as the World Book, but they will NOT count toward the extra sources. Revise your paper and edit it to remove grammatical and stylistic errors. Expect to read your last two essays aloud to your fellow students in a small group setting for peer critique.

The first two finished essays should be two and one half to three pages long. The last two should be three to four pages long. All of them should be typed double-spaced (i.e. 27 lines per page) in the new MLA format. However, do not put your name, course, date, etc. in the upper left hand of the first page; begin the first page with the title (somewhere between the 7th to 12th lines inclusive) and put that information on a cover sheet. If your major area of study uses another format (such as APA), you may request permission to use that format on all your papers instead of MLA. But you must ASK before the first project is due. Turn in all the written material that you produced on this project: your notes, analyses, responses, lists, outlines, and all drafts. Also turn in the critique sheets which you fellow students have given you and any written notes or materials which the Tutoring Center tutors may have given you. Paperclip the finished paper together and place it in the right hand pocket of a folder; put all other material in the left hand pocket of the folder.

ESSAY PROJECT DUE DATES: Project 1 -- Monday, September 21, 1998
                         Project 2 -- Monday, October 12, 1998
                         Project 3 -- Monday, November 9, 1998
                         Project 4 -- Date of Final Exam
                           Course Plan

WEEK ONE: Introduction to the Program and English 131

 8/27/98 -- Introduction to the Course
            homework: write a one-page introduction of yourself
                        to be read in class
 8/29/98 -- The class as Audience

WEEK TWO: Reading and Writing Resources
            homework: read Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave"
                        (pp. 275-285)
                      write what kind of audience you think this
                        class is
 8/31/98 -- Class and group discussions of reading
            homework: read encyclopaedia articles on Socrates,
                        Plato and Aristotle
                      write a summary of "Allegory of the Cave"
 9/ 2/98 -- Lecture: Formal Writing and Academic Styles
            homework: read Aristotle's "Tragedy and the Emotions
                        of Fear and Pity" (pp. 681-694)
 9/ 4/98 -- Class and group discussions of reading

            homework: write a response to "Tragedy and the
                        Emotions of Fear and Pity"
 9/ 7/98 -- Lecture: The Importance of One Central Thesis
                     Library Research
            homework: read Bacon's "The Four Idols" (pp. 379-393)
 9/ 9/98 -- Class and group discussions of "The Four Idols"
            homework: write an outline of first draft of essay
 9/11/98 -- Group brainstorming on first draft

WEEK FOUR: First essay, first draft due
            homework: write first draft
 9/14/98 -- Peer editing of first draft
            homework: read in handbook about MLA Documentation
 9/16/98 -- Lecture: MLA Documentation
            homework: write second draft
 9/18/98 -- Peer editing of second draft

WEEK FIVE: First essay project due
            homework: finish project
 9/21/98 -- Lecture: Rhetorical Situation
            homework: read Smith's "Of the Principle of the
                   Commercial or Mercantile System" (pp. 193-205)
 9/23/98 -- Class and group discussions of "Of the Principle ..."
            homework: write a summary of "Of the Principle . . ."
 9/25/98 -- Lecture: Topoi

            homework: read Marx's "The Communist Manifesto"
                        (pp. 209-232)
 9/28/98 -- Class and group discussions of "Communist Manifesto"
            homework: write a response to "Communist Manifesto"
 9/30/98 -- Questions on First Project
Inman Forum -- October 1-2
            homework: write outline of first draft of essay

10/ 2/98 -- Group work on first draft

WEEK SEVEN: Second essay, first draft due
            homework: write first draft
10/ 5/98 -- Peer editing of first draft
            homework: write second draft
10/ 7/98 -- Peer editing of second draft
            homework: write final draft
10/ 9/98 -- Presidential Inauguration (class does not meet)

WEEK EIGHT: Second essay project due
            homework: finish project
10/12/98 -- Lecture: Jung/Myers-Briggs Personality Types
            homework: read Rousseau's "The Origin of Civil
                        Society" (pp. 51-70)
                      read encyclopaedia article on R
10/14/98 -- Class and group discussions of ". . . Civil Society"
            homework: read "Qualities of the Prince" (pp. 33-48)
                      read encyclopaedia article on Machiavelli
                      write a summary of ". . . Civil Society"
10/16/98 -- Class and group discussions of "Qualities . . ."
World Mission Workshop--LCU
Huffard Forum
Fall Semester Midterm Grading Period ends!

            homework: write a response to "Qualities . . ."
10/19/98 -- Questions on Second Project
            homework: write outline of first draft of essay
10/21/98 -- Group brainstorming on first draft
            homework: write first draft
10/23/98 -- Lecture: Tagmemics

WEEK TEN: Third essay, first draft due
            homework: write first draft
10/26/98 -- Peer editing of first draft
            homework: write second draft
10/28/98 -- Peer editing of first draft
            homework: write second draft
10/30/98 -- To Be Announced

WEEK ELEVEN: Third essay, second draft due
            homework: finish second draft
11/ 2/98 -- Lecture: How to do an oral evaluation
            homework: work on project
11/ 4/98 -- Oral evaluation of second draft
            homework: work on project
11/ 6/98 -- Oral evaluation of second draft

WEEK TWELVE: Third essay project due
            homework: finish project
11/ 9/98 -- Lecture: Frames and Pre-understanding
            homework: read encyclopaedia article on Benedict
                      read Benedict's "The Pueblos of New Mexico"
                        (pp. 511-524)
11/11/98 -- Class and group discussions of reading
            homework: read encyclopaedia article on Thoreau
                      write a summary of "The Pueblos of NM"
11/13/98 -- To Be Announced

            homework: read "Civil Disobedience" (pp. 123-146)
11/16/98 -- Class and group discussions of reading
            homework: write a response to "Civil Disobedience"
11/18/98 -- Questions on Second Project
            homework: write outline of first draft of essay
11/20/98 -- Group brainstorming on first draft
Last Day to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end!


WEEK FOURTEEN: Fourth essay, first draft due
            homework: write first draft
11/30/98 -- Peer editing of first draft
            homework: revise first draft
12/ 2/98 -- In-class writing for Letters to the Editor
            homework: revise first draft
12/ 4/98 -- Peer editing of first draft

WEEK FIFTEEN: Fourth essay, second draft due
            homework: write second draft
12/ 7/98 -- Oral evaluation of second draft
            homework: work on project
12/ 9/98 -- Oral evaluation of second draft
            homework: finish project
12/11/98 -- To Be Announced
            Fourth essay project accepted

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
            homework: Fourth Essay Project due by Final Exam Time
12/__/98 -- Final Exam (schedule available in November)
              English Proficiency Exam will be taken
              (it does not count toward the grade in Comp I but
               must be passed by the end of Comp II)
N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!


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