ENG 101 T/Th classes — Syllabus update (October-Dec 2013)

10/1      Formal Paper #1 is due in class today; late papers will not be accepted. Please also submit you peer critiques. Then go on to read “Ponds” by Lewis Thomas (pp. 107-111) and “Basin and Range” by John McPhee (111-117). We will discuss the readings in class.

10/3      Please read “A Very Warm Mountain” by Ursula Le Guin (117-125). Before coming to class, please answer (from “Considerations…”) either question #1 or #2.

10/8     View from the four-part series by Ken Burns, The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea (PBS documentary).  Revised! Please be ON TIME!  The documentary will take the full class period.  Please also take notes.

10/10   Please read “Two Creation Stories” — Genesis 1-3 and “Marumda and Kuksu Make the World” (343-352) in Writing Nature. What are the major differences in each culture’s creation story? Do you notice any similarities in symbols or themes? Take notes; we will discuss the readings in class today

10/17–Professor McGovern was sick.  Please continue w/assignments as directed below.

10/22     Please read Henry Bibb’s Section XI from Narrative of the Life and Adventure of Henry Bibb, An American Slave (210-217). Take notes about the many plot details and events in the life of Mr. Bibb and his family; how does his portrait of nature differ from the Pomo Creation myth?

10/24    Please read Silko’s “Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination” (381-393). The reading is a bit longer than average, so allow yourself extra time; then also answer “Considerations” question EITHER #1 OR #4 on p. 393.  Enjoy!  Leslie M. Silko is a wonderful writer of Pueblo-Laguna and Navajo origin.

10/29  Please read Noel Perrin’s “Forever Virgin: American Views of America” (369-381).  Please also answer question #2 (“Considerations”) or #2 in “Possibilities for Writing.” Looking back upon the other essays by men and women of color, how does the Anglo-American understanding of nature differ? Does it?  Is there a noticeable philosophical divide? What are they and the consequences? We will discuss in clas

10/31 — All classes except 11 AM should have completed peer critique; due to my inability to attend class, I ask all students in ENG 101 to BRING the drafts and theses back to class this TUESDAY:  November 5.  The new due date for all of the ENG 101 classes for FP #2 is now Thursday, 11/7

11/5  REPEAT of peer critique for FP #2 — please bring your 400-500 word typed draft to class today; we will complete peer critique in class.  Students may write FP #2 about any one essay in the month of October (from 10/3 to 10/29).  Please also bring your thesis written on a separate piece of paper.  Bear in mind, the thesis should NOT BE:   a fact, a fragment, or a question.

11/7   FP #2 is DUE at the start of class today; please be sure to submit your peer critiques as well. Then please go on to read Alice Walker’s essay, “Am I Blue?” (242-247). Since FP #2 is DUE today, please just look at the question’s following Ms. Walker’s essay.

11/12     Please read Peter Mathiessen’s excerpt from The Snow Leopard (46-57).  Then go on to read “May’s Lion” by Ursula K. LeGuin (pp. 306-314).  Discussion to follow.

11/14    Please read “The Face of a Spider” (235-241) and “Animal Rights and Beyond…” (548-555).

11/19   Please read “When Are Animal Experiments Justifiable” by Peter Singer (541-548).  Examine #1 & 2 (“Considerations”) at the top of p. 547 (you do not have to write out the questions, but be prepared to discuss them).  Obviously, writers writing about animals in a natural setting will be the theme for FP #3.  Students may write about any one essay from between 11/7-11/19 for FP #3.  Peer critique due next class.

11/21:     Peer critique for Formal Paper #3 (FP #3 can be about any reading we completed between 11/5 and 11/19).  If any student has a 90% average or above, the paper will be optional.  All other students must write FP #3 w/the intention to improve previous grades.  Good luck!  Also remember to use the Writing Center (Rm. 8349) as a resource for additional help.

11/26:   FP #3 is due today; we will also begin the discussion for your final research papers; as such, this is a very important class.  SUNY (in general) and RCC (specifically) both require all ENG 101 students to complete the research essay with a C or better in order to pass ENG 101. Do take notes, and pay careful attention. Review of MLA rules; please read Ideas & Details: Chapter 15, pp. 337-389. This may be the most important chapter in Bauman’s book; students should rely upon Chapter 15 (inIdeas and Details) whenever they have questions about research techniques and how to write entries for the Works Cited page.

11/28      No classes — Happy Thanksgiving!

12/3      Notecards and outline for documented essay are due today; bring work to class w/you. Together, they are worth 10 prewriting points.  Individual conferences will also be scheduled today; please come to class on time w/the work that is due.

12/5      Draft #1 (first 2 pages, 500 words) of your documented essay is due; students who fail to use citations will receive ZERO prewriting points. Be sure to have roughly the right length and your citations in place. (Worth 15 prewriting points.)

12/10     Individual conferences–as needed; these may also spill over into my office hours if necessary.

12/12      Individual conferences (see above)

12/17      Final peer critique of ENTIRE research essay: 4-6 pages, citations included, Works Cited on a separate, final page.  All of these are required today for students to earn the maximum prewriting points (worth final 15 points of 40 total).  Please do not lose points:  they are meant to be an incentive to complete this project successfully.

12/19      Final research essay is due ON TIME; final class. No late work will be accepted.   RCC faculty must submit grades quickly, so I need the time to read each essay.  Plagiarism:   a lack of citations, quotation marks (even for a few words or one sentence) AND/OR a missing Works Cited page is grounds for FAILURE. Do be careful  to research and cite ethically.  

 

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