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Pierce College

Military Program
Course Syllabus

English Composition I


ENGL& 101



Cindy Spano


INSTRUCTOR INTRODUCTION: I have 26+ years experience as a professional librarian: four years as a
law librarian, six years as an editorial librarian at a daily newspaper, sixteen years as the academic librarian
for the colleges and universities at McChord Education Center, and one year in my current position as the
lead reference librarian for the JBLM Library System. I obtained my BA degree in English with a minor in
Journalism. I earned my MS in Library Science. I have taught English Composition for Pierce College for 2
years. I also teach a course in Research Essentials for Pierce.
COMMUNICATIONS: Through Conversations via the course inbox.
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Writing and analyzing unified, coherent expository essays that support and
develop a thesis, using the modes of development (the rhetorical devices) appropriately in compositions; to
recognize writing as a process, incorporating secondary sources in essays using the MLA style of

REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS: 1) The Bedford Reader, 11 Edition, X. J. Kennedy, Bedford/St.
Martins, 2011; 2) The Hodges Harbrace Handbook, 18 Edition, Wadsworth, 2012.
Textbooks are available at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/piercemilitary.htm
1. Course Expectations: As a student, you can expect that I will respond to your e-mail within 48 hours
and will grade assignments/tests/quizzes within four (4) days. Please contact me immediately if you have
not heard from me within these timelines.
2. Introductions: Students are expected to post a short (one paragraph) introduction to the course
Discussions Area during the first week of the course. Your instructor will have guidelines within the
course for the introduction.
3. Discussions: This course may have discussions as part of the curriculum. Students may also desire to
discuss topics with other students in an unscheduled manner. Your instructor, as part of the course, may
publish discussion questions/topics and require your input. Should you desire to hold a discussion with
other students enrolled in your course, you may be authorized to create your own discussion topics.
4. Course Extensions are not automatic and must be requested from your instructor. Extension must be
approved and arranged with your instructor.
5. Student Responsibilities: Please remember that it is the students responsibility to notify faculty of
major changes in your circumstances (e.g. deployment) that affect your ability to complete all coursework
within the course timeline.
6. Plagiarism software may be in use during your course.
7. Etiquette for classroom and online courses are the same. Treat others as you would like to be treated,
respectfully and compassionately.
STUDENT OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Apply the writing process (outlining, drafting, revising) to writing coherent, college-level essays (3,500
words minimum of formal writing, not including revisions) that logically support and develop thesis
2. Write a research essay that effectively integrates (e.g. signal phrases, transitions) outside sources when
quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.
3. Demonstrate writing ability in an effective in-class essay.
4. Demonstrate a competence with regard to the conventions of standard academic written American English

and be able to edit/revise papers to allow for such demonstration.

5. Determine how and when to quote, to paraphrase, and to summarize sources to avoid plagiarism and
establish credibility.
6. Using the techniques and tools of research, locate outside sources appropriate for college-level essays
(e.g. Library catalog and databases such as ProQuest and CQ Researcher).
7. Follow MLA format guidelines, be able to generate parenthetical citations and works cited entries for a
variety of sources.
8. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate readings as effective compositions, reflective of a wide diversity of
voices and rhetorical strategies.
9. Discuss reading and writing as products of social identity (such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students have 10 weeks to complete this course. There are 1000 points
possible in this course:
Discussion Assignments (4)
Essays (4)
Quizzes (3)
Research & Documentation Assignment (1)

75 points ea. = 300

3 x 125 points ea. = 375
1 x 150 points ea. = 150
25 points ea. = 75
100 points
= 100
1000 points

CLASS SCHEDULE: Go to course home page and click on COURSE CONTENT for further instructions and
guidelines within each Learning Module. Assess instructor feedback through MY GRADES.






Read: In The Bedford Reader

Chapter 1: Critical Reading, pp. 9-31 (this
chapter is full of great info read carefully)
Chapter 4: Narration, pp. 97-109

Week 1

Week 2

Module 1


Read: In The Bedford Reader

Examples of narrative essays (learn from
the pros):
1) Champion of the World, pp. 110- Please introduce yourself to your
113 (I guarantee this essay will hold classmates and instructor!
your attention)
2) Fish Cheeks, pp. 116-117 (Odd
title, but great essay)
3) Good, pp. 127-129 (Mans and
womans best friend)
4) Mary Ellens Story, pp. 133-136
(Heartbreaking and still universal)

Watch: Sentence Fragments Video and/or

Modules 1-2
Read: In Harbrace Handbook Chap. 2:
Sentence Fragments, pp. 45-51

1) Complete Sentence Fragments Quiz

(25 points)


Read: In The Bedford Reader

Chapter 7: Comparison and Contrast, pp.

2) Narrative Discussion Questions pick one of the narrative essays you

read in Week 1 to examine from a
narrative perspective (75 points)

Read: In The Bedford Reader

Examples of comparison/contrast essays
(learn from the pros):
1) Neat People vs. Sloppy People, pp.
255-257 (I bet youve never looked
at the issue quite this way)
2) Batting Clean-up and Striking Out,
pp. 261-263 (If this doesnt make
you laugh, nothing will)
3) Grant and Lee: A study in
contrasts, pp. 267-270 (War
involves all kinds of people with all
kinds of values and beliefs)
4) Remembering My Childhood on
the Continent of Africa, pp. 274279 (Pythons and monkeys and
sultansOh My!)
5) Size 6: The Western Womens
Harem, pp. 282-287 (Cultural
differences on a grand scale)

Week 3

Module 2

Watch: Comma Video and/or Read: In

Harbrace Handbook Chap. 12: The
Comma, pp. 156-170

Turn in Narrative Essay (125 points)



1) Complete Comma Quiz (25 points)

2) Compare & Contrast Discussion
Questions - pick one of the
compare/contrast essays you read in
Week 2 to examine from a
comparison/contrast perspective (75

Week 4

Module 2

Week 5

Watch: Plagiarism video and/or Read: In

Harbrace Handbook Chapter 38:
Modules 2-3
Integrating Sources and Avoiding
Plagiarism pgs. 479-501

Week 6

Module 3-4

Read: In The Bedford Reader

Chapter 8: Process Analysis: Explaining
Step by Step, pp. 299-307
Chapter 9: Division or Analysis: Slicing into
Parts, pp. 351-359


Turn in Compare & Contrast Essay (125


Complete Research & Documentation

Exercise (100 points)
NOTE: this is NOT a writing assignment.
You do not have to write an essay.
Follow the directions carefully and


complete all the steps.

Week 7

Module 4

Read: In The Bedford Reader

Examples of analysis essays (learn from the
1) How to Poison the Earth, pp. 308310 (A college student wrote this!)
2) Sweet, Sour, and Resentful, pp.
320-323 (mouthwatering &
3) Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain,
Complete Sentence Variety Quiz (25
pp. 326-333 (Amazing and a little
4) I Want a Wife, pp. 360-362 (Great
5) Vampires Never Die, pp. 372-375
(Dripping fangs will always be hot)


Watch: Sentence Variety Video AND Read:

In Harbrace Handbook Chap. 30:
Variety, pp. 295-301

Week 8

1) Analysis discussion questions - pick

one of the analysis essays you read in
Week 7 to examine from an analysis
perspective (75 points)

Module 4


2) Turn in Analysis Essay (125 points)


Read: In The Bedford Reader

Chapter 13: Argument and Persuasion:
Stating Opinions and Proposals, pp. 547563

Week 9

Module 5

Read: In The Bedford Reader

Examples of persuasive essays (learn from
the pros):
1) Too Much Pressure, pp. 564-568
(Wow! The final paragraph sums it all
up in a nutshell)
2) The Designer Player, pp. 586-589
(Heres a different side to the
standard argument)
3) Whats Wrong with Gay Marriage?,
pp. 570-572 (You cant beat a good
4) Supporting Family Values, pp. 605607 (Is it? You decide)

1) Persuasive discussion questions examine the essay The Designer

Player from a persuasive perspective
(75 points)

1) Turn in Persuasive Essay (150 points) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Week 10

Module 5

2) Please complete course survey in

Module 5. Its not required, but your
feedback is very helpful and

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