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COURSE CODE: "EN 110-15"
COURSE NAME: "Advanced Composition"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019

EMAIL: [email protected] cabot.edu
HOURS: MW 10:00 11:15 AM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement via JCU English Composition Placement Exam or completion of either EN 103 or EN 105 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

This course reinforces the skills needed to write well-organized essays, focusing specifically on argumentative essays. Elements covered include thesis development, critical reading, organizing and outlining, paraphrasing and summarizing, and citation and documentation standards. Techniques of academic research and the use of the library and other research facilities are discussed. In addition to regular in- and out-of-class reading and writing assignments, students are required to write a fully documented research paper. Students must receive a grade of C or above in this course to fulfill the University’s English Composition requirement and to be eligible to take courses in English literature. Individual students in EN 110 may be required to complete additional hours in the English Writing Center as part of their course requirements.
The course examines a range of fundamental writing strategies, starting with grammar, critical reading of sources, summarizing, paraphrasing and proper quoting; it continues with the writing of a topic proposal, selection and citation of sources, literature review, and thesis development. Research and use of library resources will also be covered. Students will be required to submit assignments through TurnitinUK.
Students will learn to write a well-organized and error-free argumentative research paper. By the end of the course students will be able to:

            Write sophisticated as well as grammatically and idiomatically correct English prose

             Read to comprehend increasingly complex material

             Read and think critically

              Expand vocabulary through reading and writing
              Develop subject specific terminology through reading and writing

             Write well-organized essays, focusing specifically on argumentative essays

             Write a strong and developed thesis statement with supporting arguments

             Think, read, write critically for an academic audience

              Write a developed outline

              Paraphrase and summarize
Cite and write using documentation
             Write a fully documented research paper

Research and sourcing (can be covered by a librarian in one or more workshops in the library)
Be familiar with research and information literacy skills including                      
                        - A reinforcement of searching skills: catalog, database, and web sourcing
                         - Source evaluation

                         - Subject searching

                         - Utilize MLA style for all aspects of a research paper

                         - Understand how to avoid plagiarism

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
They Say, I Say, 4th EditionGerald Graff and Cathy BirkensteinNorton978-0-393-63167-8 Copies of this book may be obtained at the Almost Corner Bookshop - Via del Moro 45

Note well: Late assignments or missing required assignments will lose five points for each day late  
Quiz/Worksheet/Responses 20
In Class Essays 30
Research Brainstorm Required
Annotated Bibliography and Literature Review 25
Outline Required
Rough Draft Required
Final Paper 20
Final Presentation 5

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course. (90-92 = A-; 93-100 = A)
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised. There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluate theory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture and reference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments. (80-82 = B-; 83-86 = B; 87-89 = B+)
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings. (70-72 = C-; 73-76 = C; 77-79 = C+)
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material. Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included. In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail. (60-62 = D-; 63-66 = D; 67-69 = D+)
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant. (<60) Note well: Each assignment handed in late will be subject to a loss of five points for each day it is late.

Students are required to attend all scheduled class meetings. Students are allowed 4 absences during the term (excused or unexcused). Each additional absence beyond the four allowed will result in the reduction in the final grade for the course by 5%. Students arriving to class after attendance has been taken will be counted as late. Two late arrivals will count as an absence. Please refer to the JCU catalog for the attendance and absence policies. Please note that there is homework in nearly every class, so if you are absent it is your responsibility to call a classmate for the assignment.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Policy note: Please note that all late assignments will lose points for each day it is late. Please also note the absence policy.


Week 1

Class 1 – Moodle, Welcome Walk

                Homework: Mindmapping

Class 2 – The course introduction, how to write a researched response

                Homework: They Say, I Say (TSIS) Introduction and Ch. 1, Write a Researched response to podcast episode 1


Week 2

Class 1 – Topic Sentences, Workshop, Rubric

                Homework: Listen to episode 2, Workshopping response to episode 1, Bring your computer to next class

Class 2 – Meet in Library with computer if you have one: Zotero, Burckhardt

                Homework: Read and annotate article 1, Finish Researched Response to episode 1/2


Week 3


Class 1 – article 1 discussion, TSIS Ch. 2

Homework: Listen to episode 3, Make a Mindmap, Write a Researched Response using TSIS techniques (underline where you did this). Bring the mindmap, and researched response to class to hand it. Be sure and staple it before class.

Class 2 – Hand back response A, apply lessons from Response A to Response B

Homework: Finish workshopping, email results to your partner, revise your response. Listen to episode 4. Due in next class: Researched reposts B, mind map, the workshopping worksheet that your partner filled out about your piece, final draft with different date. If your partner disappoints you, fill out a workshopping worksheet about your own piece.


Week 4

Class 1 – Article 2, Other source, email and professional register

                Homework: Read and annotate Article 2; TSIS Ch 3

Class 2 – Article 2, TSIS Ch 3, Storymapping

                Homework: Create a StorymapJS with your responses


Week 5

Class 1 – StoryMap and Essay Prep

                Homework: Prepare for in-class essay

Class 2 – In Class Essay

                Homework: Article 3, TSIS Ch 4 – Read an annotate both and bring to class


Week 6

Class 1 - References, StoryMap, TSIS 4, Zotero check

Homework: Print, Read, Annotate Article 4, Take a moment to revise StoryMaps

Class 2 – Give back essays, Article 4

Homework: Do a mindmap, write a researched response with Article 3, 4  

Week 7

Class 1 – Hand in researched response to Article 3, 4, TBA

                Homework: Read and annotate Academic Article, 

Class 2 – Discuss Academic Article

Homework: Do a mindmap, write a researched response to Academic articles


Week 8

Class 1 – Essay preparation on Academic Article

Homework: Prepare for Essay 2

Class 2 – In Class Essay 2 + Midterm course evaluations

                Homework: Finish course evals


Week 9

Class 1 – Course evals and Coggle mindmaps

                Homework: Research based on Coggle mindmaps

Class 2 – The Annotated Bibliography and Research question

                Homework: Write an Annotated Bibliography


Week 10

Class 1 – Hand back essays, research question talk, more on Annotated Bibliographies

                Homework: Finish your Annotated Bibliography

Class 2 – Hand back the Annotated Bibliography, The Literature Review

                Homework: Work on the Literature Review


Week 11 

Class 1 - Hand in Literature Review, Parts of the Paper

                Homework: Start Drafting, Read and annotate TSIS Ch 6

Class 2 – TSIS Ch 6 and Parts of the Paper

                Work on your Draft


Week 12

Class 1 - MLA and Parts of the Paper

                Homework: Draft due

Class 2 – Zotero clean up and internal citations and Parts of the Paper

                Homework: Start working on your final paper, TSIS Ch 7


Week 13

Class 1 – TSIS Ch 7, Final Paper writing 

Class 2 – Final paper due


Week 14

Class 1 – Discussion on final presentation

Class 2 – Discussion on final themes


Week 15

Final exam (do not make travel arrangements)