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Syllabus for ENC 1102
English 1102 Syllabus/ Fall 2013 TR 11:30 – 12:45 in WC-005-229 TR 1:00 – 2:15 in WC-004-235 Instructor Dr. Dorinda Dawn Fox 407-928-1549. This is most likely voicemail. I return calls Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may email me to set up another time to return calls. I return emails Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. So that we both have a record of the question and the answer the best method of communication is email from your VCC account. Office Hours By appointment after class Required Text Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing by Kirszner and Mandell. The 6th, 7th, or 8th editions are fine. Course Objectives Requiring Students to Think, Value, Communicate, and Act 1. Develop critical reading, thinking, and writing skills related to poetry, short fiction, and drama. 2. Engage in invention, discovery, drafting, and revision as a deliberate writing process. 3. Learn a range of available choices to produce effective writing for specific audiences. 4. Gain confidence and competence as a writer engaged in academic discourse. 5. Learn to take ownership over assignments and to see them as opportunities for personal growth. 6. Learn to appreciate complexity and diversity of issues. 7. Understand that writing is a way to communicate and construct new knowledge. 8. Develop several effective styles for written communication. 9. Gain a foundation for future college-level research and formal argument. 10. Improve and practice the conventions of academic writing. Attendance and Participation and Tardies Class attendance is MANDATORY in this course. Students are expected to participate actively in writing assignments, peer editing activities, and conferences. Students MUST be in class regularly to do that. In-class assignments may NOT be made up. During class on Tuesdays and Thursdays we go over assignments and I provide instruction. Students then post that in-class work on Wednesdays and Fridays to the Blackboard. I take attendance from Blackboard posts. Students will not know what to write if they are not in class the previous day. Attendance = active participation in class activities. Mere physical presence in the classroom is not attendance. Per VCC policy students receive a failing grade after two absences. There are no excused or unexcused absences. All absences are treated equally. No medical documentation is needed. I will send an excessive absence email after one absence. Students are considered tardy five minutes after class begins. Students are considered absent if they leave class early without first consulting the teacher. I will send an excessive tardy/absence from class email if a trend of late arrival/early departure is noticed. I do not talk to parents on the phone or return emails from parents. College students 18 or older are legally considered to be adults and must communicate with their professors themselves. Participation is worth 20% of the final grades and includes: 1. Class attendance. 2. Preparation of in-class writings. 3. Serving as a discussion leader at least once during the semester to guide an in-class small group activity and reporting findings/observations to Dr. Fox at the end of class during class discussion. 4. Providing substantive review to rough drafts of another student’s paper during pair review. 5. Performing a portfolio review of papers. Grading Policies 1. I WILL NOT GRADE NOR READ NOR PRINT STUDENT PAPERS THAT ARE EMAILED TO ME. I understand that emergencies can happen. So ONE time this semester students can turn in a FINAL paper one class period late to the Blackboard. This late paper will need a formal memo explaining the syllabus rule for which the student wants an exception, the reason for the exception, and an explanation for why the syllabus rule that applies to all other classmates should not apply to the s