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English 100 section A – 3 credits

Fall 2021

Course Number & Title: ENG 100, College Writing Improvement
Department: English
Term: Fall 2021
Prerequisites: Placement
Fees & Charges: $25 course fee (Writing Center)
Credits: 3

Instructor Name: Curtis Allen
Section Number: A
Class Time and Location: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9 to 9:50 AM in Bixler 301
Office Hours & Location: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 1 PM to 3 PM in Bixler 125
Instructor Email: callen@ashland.edu.
My ordinary working hours are 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. If you e-mail me outside of those hours (middle of the night or Sunday morning, for example) you probably will not get a response from me until my next working hours.
Instructor Telephone: (419) 289‑5643
Please note that I am only near this phone during my office hours.
Instructor mailbox: in Bixler 217

Catalog Description

This course focuses on fundamentals of grammatical form and compositional structure in order to improve writing skills required for college-level papers. Students are placed in the course by ACT/SAT scores and high school records. This course is graded S/U; a grade of U requires that the course be repeated until the student achieves an S. It does not satisfy the Core composition requirement and is not open to students with credit in ENG 101 or 102. One section is designated for international students.

Student learning outcomes for this course

  1. Read actively, in order to comprehend and summarize readings.
  2. Read critically, in order to analyze, evaluate and synthesize college readings. Students will also explain how the context of both the reader and the text influence their meaning-making process.
  3. Write expository essays which integrate and synthesize course readings and are clearly focused, fully developed, and logically organized.
  4. Compose essays with sentences which display a developing syntactical maturity and whose meaning is not impaired by excessive grammar, usage and proofreading errors.
  5. Articulate an awareness of their own reading, thinking, and writing processes.

Core Composition Outcomes

  1. Compose and communicate effectively for a variety of rhetorical purposes.
  2. In writing, frame and analyze a problem using relevant information.
  3. Write an appropriate argument, report, application, or other expressions of such inquiry.

Student Assessment Criteria

Major papers for this course will be graded holistically. Holistic grading is an attempt to move beyond a “counting errors” approach to writing; it is an attempt to deal with a piece of writing the way real-world readers would respond. Essentially, the question is “Did this piece of writing work?”

Here is what this means for our course:

  1. When the instructor reads your paper, he will write comments (both the positive and the negative) concerning the success of the paper.
  2. Holistic grading means that a paper with great spelling and grammar, but no content is not really a good paper. Neither is a paper with great content but poor spelling and grammar. Holistic grading also means that fixing a comma or two is not likely to change the grade very much.
  3. Failing grades: The “F” is usually reserved for papers which, for one reason or another, just do not succeed. Perhaps the paper is nowhere near the assignment or perhaps it simply cannot communicate its point at all due to confusing grammar or logic.
  4. Effort is impossible to grade. Some people do an excellent job of writing with little effort, while others struggle for every word. Effort cannot be graded; only results can be graded.

Plagiarism Policy

Accessibility Resources and Accommodations

It is Ashland University’s goal that learning experiences be as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on a disability, please contact the Student Accessibility Center at (419) 289‑5904, or send an email to au-sac@ashland.edu. The Student Accessibility Center and the course instructor will work together in order to establish accommodations, and to meet your learning needs.

Required Course Materials

Grading Policies

Course Assignments
Essay #1 50 points
Essay #2 75 points
Essay #3 75 points
Essay #4 100 points
Essay #5 75 points
Final in-class essay 25 points
Quizzes & Peer Editing 50 points
Attendance 50 points
Total 500 points
Assignment Grading Scale (%)
A = 100 B = 84 C = 74 D = 64
A– = 91 B– = 81 C– = 71 D– = 61
B+ = 88 C+ = 78 D+ = 68 F = 50*
*Papers which receive a failing grade because of plagiarism receive a zero.
Course Grading Scale (%)
A = 93-100B– = 80-82.9
A– = 90-92.9C+ = 76-79.9
B+ = 86-89.9C = 73-75.9
B = 83-85.9C– = 70-72.9
U = 69.9 and below

Submitting Papers

To facilitate English Department evaluations, we are asking you to upload your essays as electronic copies to the Blackboard drop box. If the only copy available for grading is blank or otherwise unreadable, you will get a zero for the assignment. If you submit a copy that cannot be read, you will be notified and given a chance to load a readable copy, but there is no way a grade can be assigned to a blank page or a page of gibberish.

Revisions

You may rewrite two of your first four major essays and submit them for an improved grade. Here are the rules:

  1. Papers that received a C (74%) or better will not be regraded.
  2. You will submit the original paper with its grade sheet along with the revised paper and a memo discussing the changes you made and the reasons for the changes.

Note that simply typing in corrections suggested by the instructor (punctuation, spelling, etc.) will not generally result in an improved grade.

Late Work Policy

Each assignment has a due date printed on the assignment sheet.

Incompletes

The Incomplete is a temporary grade given to a student who has completed most of the course and has a passing grade but is unable to complete the course for major reasons beyond his/her control (such as a serious medical problem). The Incomplete is not intended for students who simply did not get around to doing all the work during the semester. The University academic calendar lists the final deadline for making up Incompletes each semester.

Grade Appeals

Composition students with any questions or concerns about their class should first contact their instructor directly. Any questions that are not addressed can be sent to the Director of Composition, Dr. Maura Grady mgrady3@ashland.edu.

Attendance Policy

Your primary job is “student,” and you are expected to take that job seriously. You are expected to show up at the beginning of class, participate, and stay until the end of class. You get three (3) “personal day” absences during the semester which do not count against you.

You will lose attendance credit for:

Excused absences: You must ask me personally (not by e-mail) for an excused absence. The distinction between excused and unexcused absences is at the discretion of the instructor, but you would be wise to document requests for excused absences (note from your doctor, for example).

Athletes: When your participation in scheduled University events conflicts with class, you receive an excused absence. Here are the rules:

Students are required to participate in a course related activity within the first three days of the start date of the course. Students may be administratively withdrawn from the course and/or may lose financial aid benefits if a qualifying activity has not occurred between the student and the course work or faculty within the first three days of the course. Simply logging into a course online via the Learning Management System (LMS) is not considered a qualifying activity.

Student non-participation during the first 8 days of a course may initiate the administrative course withdrawal process. Student non-participation, mid-course, for 14 consecutive days may also initiate the administrative course withdrawal process.

According to policies and procedures set forth by Ashland University’s Department for Veterans’ Services, AU will grant any service member requiring more than a 30-day leave a release from coursework. Contact the Office of Veterans’ Services for more information regarding this process.

Additional Information

Academic Support Services

The Undergraduate Center for Academic Support is designed to be a central location that provides students with resources such as professional academic advising and peer tutoring. The staff emphasizes social, personal, and academic success and advisors assist students with degree planning, course registration, campus resources, academic success strategies, and understanding University policies and procedures. The Center for Academic Support is located on the seventh floor of the library. For more information, visit their website at https://www.ashland.edu/academicsupport. Other academic support services include:

Tutoring Services

The Tutoring Programs Office is a part of the Academic Support Center on the seventh floor of the Library. We provide academic support for undergraduate students with free peer tutoring in any of the undergraduate courses and soft skills: time management, study skills, note taking, and test taking strategies. We can assist you through one-on-one tutoring, small study groups, or in a drop-in help session. For more information, go to the Ashland University Tutoring Programs Page. Several options are available in the grey menu on the left. Any questions: Denisia Stoops, Coordinator, dstoops@ashland.edu or (419) 207‑6779.

You can also use the QR below to request a tutor:

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Ashland Multiliteracy Center (AMuLit Center)

The writing center has expanded services to become the Ashland Multiliteracy Center for Writing, Speaking, and Digital Communication, or AMuLit Center for short.

The AU Counseling Services and Healthy Minds App

At Ashland University, there is a place on campus that will help you pursue your academic and personal goals. Personal counseling services are FREE to all students and are designed to enhance the quality of your university experience. Ashland University provides personal, social, academic or career counseling related services to address a variety of students’ needs. Students are also encouraged to get the Ashland Healthy Mind app, available on Android and Apple devices. This app provides tips and tools for stress prevention and management, health services, meditation, calming media, anxiety reduction, and highlights the Ashland University and Community mental health related services. To contact Counseling Services at AU call (419) 289‑5307.

 


English 100-A Reading and Writing Assignments

Fall 2021

In the following calendar:

PLEASE NOTE:

This schedule is tentative and may change to support student learning. In the event of extended disruptions of normal classroom activities due to the pandemic, the format for this course may also be modified.


Week 1

Writing you are working on:
Essay #1: My Own Road to Writing (2 pages), due Friday, September 10. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 1.

Week 2

Writing you are working on:
Essay #1: My Own Road to Writing (2 pages), due Friday, September 10. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 1.

Week 3

Writing you are working on:
Essay #2: A Memorable Person (3 pages), due Friday, October 1. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 3.

Week 4

Writing you are working on:
Essay #2: A Memorable Person (3 pages), due Friday, October 1. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 3.

Week 5

Writing you are working on:
Essay #2: A Memorable Person (3 pages), due Friday, October 1. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 3.

Week 6

Writing you are working on:
Essay #3: A Cause of Plagiarism (3 pages), due Friday, October 22. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 6.

Week 7

Writing you are working on:
Essay #3: A Cause of Plagiarism (3 pages), due Friday, October 22. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 6.

Week 8

Writing you are working on:
Essay #3: A Cause of Plagiarism (3 pages), due Friday, October 22. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 6.

Week 9

Writing you are working on:
Essay #4: Response to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4 pages), due Friday, November 19. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 9.

Week 10

Writing you are working on:
Essay #4: Response to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4 pages), due Friday, November 19. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 9.

Week 11

Writing you are working on:
Essay #4: Response to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4 pages), due Friday, November 19. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 9.

Week 12

Writing you are working on:
Essay #4: Response to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4 pages), due Friday, November 19. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 9.

Week 13

Writing you are working on:
Essay #5: Argument: Does Spelling Matter? (3 pages), due Friday, December 10. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 13.

Week 14

Writing you are working on:
Essay #5: Argument: Does Spelling Matter? (3 pages), due Friday, December 10. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 13.

Week 15

Writing you are working on:
Essay #5: Argument: Does Spelling Matter? (3 pages), due Friday, December 10. You will find the assignment in the folder for Week 13.

Exam Week

Class schedules during Exam Week are not the same as the schedule during the semester! Check your exam schedule!