Syllabus, English 1, Fall 2012

Rick Dollieslager, Asst. Professor of English

Office: Templin Hall 874 Phone: 825-3543



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Contacting me: Use your official TNCC email account to email me, or stop past my office. If you leave voice mail I will call you back if you leave your cell phone number. The best bet, if you need to talk to me and I'm not in when you call, is to call back during my office hours.


Required Materials:

TNCC Catalog Description:

The purpose of Preparing for College Writing I is to aid students in improving their writing skills to an acceptable level for admission into freshman composition (ENG 111).  Writing proficiency and fluency are the main emphases of the course.

English 1 helps students discover and develop writing processes needed to bring their proficiency to the level necessary for entrance into their respective curricula. Guides students through the process of starting, composing, revising, and editing. 
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement determined by score on standardized exam.  Credit hours: 4

Instructional Methods: The course is conducted as a workshop. It will include full-class discussion of the assigned material, small-group discussion and exercises, peer evaluation, use of computer-assisted instruction, and individual student/instructor conferences. Because this course is a workshop, expect to and be prepared to work in class at every scheduled meeting.

Assignments: First, save this syllabus and all other electronic handouts to your disks or jump drives and keep in your class folder or notebook all paper handouts and assignments that you receive or do this semester. You will find them useful, in that, throughout the semester, I will refer you to the handouts I have given you and to the assignments you have completed; and your papers will be revised for inclusion in your exit portfolio. Typically, I assign four or five essays, as time and our progress towards meeting the course objectives permit. In addition to the writing assignments, you will work editing lessons on the computer, consult on-line writing resources on the Internet, study interactive computer programs on the conventions of punctuation and grammar, read handouts and Internet assignments, take readings quizzes, and work exercises from the various electronic sources. Due dates: The deadlines for papers will be posted on the class web site. I will not collect papers at their due dates; rather, I will arrange to have a conference with you on the first draft of each paper or paragraph. We will conference either during class or during my office hours or at another time, by arrangement. I will probably not collect your papers and take them with me at any point in this semester up until the final portfolios are to be turned in.

Evaluation:  On the last regular class day, December 5th, you will write an in-class essay and submit a portfolio of your writings to be evaluated by a panel of readers from the English Department. The portfolio will comprise the final drafts of all of your papers, including the in-class essay. The panel of readers will recommend your placement for the next semester. The recommendation will be to enroll in English 3 or to take English 111. Your portfolio won't be considered for evaluation at the end of the semester unless you have also successfully completed at least 80% of the assigned work on time (both in-class and outside-of-class work) including software lessons and any quizzes.

Course Rules for Success

Students’ expectations of self, colleagues, and instructor. These are the success rules developed by students and Mr. D. together and adopted by agreement.

Mr. D.’s expectations of me and my expectations of myself.

Mr. D's rule: Turn off your @#%^&*# cell phone!!  Because it is extremely disrespectful of colleagues, of Mr. D. and of the classroom environment to be interrupted by a phone call or text message, we all agree to NOT use cell phones in class. The one exception is when we are asked by Mr. D. to contact a class colleague about his or her absence from class during roll call. If your cell phone goes off, first, I will answer it and maintain it until the end of the class. If anyone is texting, or making or receiving a phone call during class, the offender will either place the offending phone on the teacher’s desk or will leave the room with it and not return, constituting an expulsion from that class. (Note: By TNCC policy, if you are asked to leave a class or are expelled from a class, you may NOT return to that class without the permission of the Division Dean.) The offending phone owner will further beg forgiveness of his or her colleagues and Mr. D. by providing a doughnut for everyone at the next meeting of the class. Here are the classroom "rules of engagement" that y'all suggested:

Expectations of my Colleagues