College Composition I
This material is not intended to duplicate or replace the textbooks or
It is a constantly changing supplement to the materials provided or required in class.
Go to the Frequently Asked Questions
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Books and Materials
Basic College Writing. 2nd edition. Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell. Norton.
Any appropriate college level Handbook of English
Be sure it has a section detailing the use of MLA style parenthetical documentation.
Any appropriate college level dictionary
Any Appropriate college level thesaurus
Any two pens with the same black or blue ink
A computer diskette
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class. Students who arrive late must wait
until after class to inform me that they were late. If I am not told, the recorded absence
There will be a variety of writing assignments exercises, outlines and 6 essays, one
of which will require documentation.
All work done outside of class must be typed. You are strongly encouraged to use the
computers in the Writing Center or other computer lab to do your work. The Writing Center
is in the center of the Red Area on the first level.
All assignments must be completed and submitted by the assigned due date. Late papers
may not be accepted unless an acceptable explanation is offered. If a late paper is
accepted, the grade may be lowered.
Your final grade will reflect all aspects of your work: attendance, tardiness,
attentiveness, class participation, written assignments and examinations. The grade of
"D" is not given. You must pass the departmental final to receive a passing
grade of "A," "B" or "C."
The Mid-Term Examination
The Mid-Term will be an in-class essay. It i designed to assess your progress in
writing essays as well as serve as practice for the all important Final Essay described
below. You will be given something to read -- an essay an article or possibly an excerpt
from a book -- one week before the exam. The exam itself will be an essay in response to a
focused question about the material you were asked to read. It will be graded Pass or Fail
using standards similar to those used by the Testing Committee for the Final.
The Final Examination in ENG 101 has two
The first is a full period essay examination. You will be given something to read --
an essay an article or possibly an excerpt -- a week before the exam. The exam itself will
be an essay in response to a focused question about the material you were asked to read.
It will be submitted to the English Department's Testing Committee and graded Pass or
Fail. This is the same committee that graded your initial Placement Examination. Students
who do not receive a Passing grade on this essay cannot receive a passing grade for the
course and must repeat it.
The second part of the exam on a subsequent day will be a short answer test. To
prepare, students should review all important definitions and terms used throughout the
Week 1 Diagnostic Essay
Introduction to course
Week 2 The Whole Essay BCW Chap. 1
Week 3 Topic to Controlling Idea BCW Chap. 2
Week 4 Structuring Your Essay BCW Chap. 3
Week 5 Common Structuring Patterns BCW Chap. 3
Week 6 Revising Your Essay BCW Chap. 4
Week 7 Introductory Paragraphs BCW Chap. 5
Week 8 Body Paragraphs BCW Chap. 6
Week 9 Concluding Paragraphs BCW Chap. 7
Week 10 Revising Your Paragraphs BCW Chap. 8
Week 11 Research and Documentation
Week 12 Citing sources and MLA Style
Week 13 Incorrect Sentence Patterns BCW Chap. 11
Week 14 Sentence Style BCW Chap. 10
Week 15 FINAL EXAMINATION
And finally, do not hesitate to send Email if you have any questions.
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Dr. Lawrence Knapp