Welcome to ENGL 1301: Essentials of College Rhetoric Mr. Labriola [email protected] Office - 417 About Me From Commack, New York (On Long Island) Got my Bachelor’s at State University of New York at Cortland Double Majored in English and Professional Writing Getting my Master’s in Technical Communication at TTU Contacting Me Office Hours (Room 417) Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm Thursdays from 9:00am-11:00am Office meetings by appointment are also an option, email me or speak to me after class to schedule one Email: [email protected] Monday-Thursday I will respond within 24 hours. Weekends, I will try to get back to you within 48 hours. Class Blog/Website 1301-fa14.jacklabriola.com FAQ’s, Office hours, announcements, website links You will be asked to create an account, post online for homework Take roll Required Materials Texas Tech’s English 1301/1302 Textbook (Custom Edition 2014-2015) The St. Martin’s Handbook (TTU E-Custom Edition) e-handbook – need the online copy, NOT the hard copy Electronic storage media to hold copies of all work completed and submitted for the course Flash drive, Google Docs, Dropbox, etc. Access to a computer with Internet capabilities Due Dates and Late Penalties All assignments (EXCEPT HOMEWORK) must be turned in online by 11:59.59pm (CST) on the date stipulated by the online syllabus. After you turn in an assignment, confirm that is has been received by checking your list of submitted assignments. Be sure you keep an electronic copy of your work. If you have trouble submitting your work online for any reason, email your instructor and include a copy of your completed assignment, along with an explanation of the technical problem prior to the deadline of the assignment. 1-3 days late = 5 points off per day late 4 or more days late = 10 points off per day late Attendance We only have class once a week. It is expected that you will arrive on time and attend all scheduled classes. If you must miss class because of an official university activity, you must notify your instructor at least one week in advance, provide proper documentation in the form of a letter from the sponsoring department or unit, and arrange to turn in work either before your departure or immediately upon your return. After your second absence, 5% of your final grade may be deducted for each additional absence. Course Policies Class syllabus is in your First-Year Writing Textbook (starts on page xv) Electronics: No cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc in the classroom unless I ask prior to class that you can/need to bring them in. We only meet once a week, and our time is extremely valuable, so please pay attention during class. If you are caught texting during class, you get one warning. If I have to ask you to stop a second time, you will lose your participation points for the day Course Overview By the end of the course, students will be able to: Identify, discuss, and analyze various rhetorical strategies and elements of the writing process Analyze text and visuals, and compose summaries and paraphrases of those works Synthesize ideas presented in a variety of works and present those ideas in a coherent essay Demonstrate a competency with conventions of Standard English RaiderWriter http://raiderwriter.engl.ttu.edu/ This is where you will turn in all of your BA, Essay, and other assignments Assignment descriptions and due dates are also available on RaiderWriter Get to know this site, it is extremely important Assignments Brief Assignments Essay Drafts Smaller assignments done almost every week. These assignments will help focus and develop particular skills that will help you write your major essay assignments. You will submit two major essay drafts this semester (One for your midterm, and a revised essay for your Final). Peer Critiques You will read a fellow student’s draft and respond to a series of questions about that draft. Like a peer review. Writing Reviews Grammar Activities What is Rhetoric? Take out a piece of paper and a pen and answer the following questions: What do you think Rhetoric is? How do you think you’re going to use it in your college career? How about your Professional Career? Classroom Contract What do you expect from me? What do you expect to learn? What do you expect of your peers and classmates? Brief Assignment #1 Objective: To enable you to discuss your prior academic writing experiences and gain practice in some of the reading and writing skills covered in the course. Purpose: BA1 has two parts. Part one is designed to give you an opportunity to tell your instructor about your prior writing experiences and discuss what you see as your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Part two gives you an opportunity to “get your feet wet” as you practice the type of critical reading and writing expected in college. BA #1 (continued) Description: To complete Part one, answer each of the following questions in paragraph form, being as specific as possible as you discuss each topic: What is your experience with academic writing? What types of writing have you done in the last few years—you might discuss high school, college-level, or workplace writing, for example. What do you think your strengths are as a writer? Your weaknesses? (Note that your e-handbook provides descriptions of many writing strengths and problems—refer to it if you need to in discussing your particular abilities). What are your goals for this class? BA #1 (continued) Part two consists of three different letters written by a college student. Depending on the first letter of your last name, read one of the three .pdf files linked to this assignment. If your last name begins with A – I, read “Letter One” If your last name begins with J – O, read “Letter Two” If your last name begins with P – Z, read “Letter Three” After reading the letter, write a paragraph in which you explain the purpose and audience for the letter. Be sure to identify some of the choices the writer made and explain how her choices allowed her to effectively communicate her message to her intended audience. Your response to this assignment should be 400-600 words in length. This will be submitted to RAIDERWRITER 8/29 Homework Go to the class website: 1301-fa14.jacklabriola.com Go to the “sign-up” tab on the navigation bar. Create a profile and add a picture of you (this will help me put names to faces) Go to the post titled “Class Contract” – This will be the one that we discussed in class and click on the link for your class. Click “leave a comment” and comment saying “I agree to this contract.” Next, go to the top of your screen where you will see a “+ New” and create a new post. Make the title your name, and write a quick blurb that says where you are from, your major (or undeclared) and give me a quick one or two sentence bio about you. (ex: interests, extra-curricular activities, etc). This will help everybody in the class to get to know each other.