Mr. Jesse V. McClain III, BS, MS, NBCT
Course Code 0916 (6:35-7:50 and 8:05-9:20) M—DeBartolo
250, W—DeBartolo 252
Office hours: Tuesday, 5:35-6:35,
English Department, DeBartolo or by appointment
Contact: 330-726-8343 (home)
(YSU English Department)
English 1540 is open to students
based on composition and reading test results (CRPT). This is also a computer
course to a large extent. A fee for this course purchases and maintains
computer hardware, software, supplies, and support services.
You must have passed high school English or taken equivalent courses. If you
are not sure if you are in the right class, check with your teacher.
In Introduction to College Writing, students practice adapting college-level
conventions, organizational strategies, and revision and editing techniques to
a variety of writing tasks. The course focuses on responding to written texts
to demonstrate expressive, analytical, and evaluative thinking. Students will
divide time between the classroom and the writing lab where they are given the
opportunity to acquire and develop basic word-processing and electronic
skills. The course does not count toward the graduation requirement in
composition. Grading for this course is ABC/NC.
General Education Requirements: (Material describing the general
education requirements and goals are taken directly from the Introduction to
College English general syllabus.)
Introduction to College English
fulfills YSU’s General Education Writing Requirement and fulfills GER goals 1,
2, and 3:
Goal 1: Write and speak effectively. Students demonstrate communication
skills necessary to function in society and to compete in the global
Goal 2: Acquire, process, and present quantitative and qualitative
information using the most appropriate technologies, including computers.
Students demonstrate the ability to select and use effectively the most
appropriate technologies for gathering, analyzing and manipulating,
transmitting, storing and presenting information.
Goal 3: Reason critically both individually and collaboratively, draw
sound conclusions from information, ideas, and interpretations gathered from
various sources and disciplines, and apply those conclusions to one’s life and
society. Students will demonstrate the ability to reason critically, to
distinguish among forms of argumentation, and to derive justified conclusions.
For further information about GER and GER goals, consult the YSU Bulletin,
your advisor, or the University’s website at www.ysu.edu.
This course will help you to
extend the critical reading and thinking skills and abilities you
developed in Writing I.
Critical thinking is required at
every step of the writing process. It is particularly important when
collecting data through research, analyzing its validity and usefulness, and
presenting it to a discerning audience, as you will in Writing II.
continue practicing the writing process that you learned in Writing I.
Writing is a complex activity
that involves several steps: generating ideas, drafting, revising, getting
feedback, and editing. Writing II adds the element of original research, which
must also be incorporated into the writing process.
locate a variety of research sources through the library and the World
We live in an electronic age,
and computer technology has affected the entire communication process,
including the writing process. Your Writing II class will frequently meet in a
computer lab, and you will have the opportunity to learn to use the World Wide
Web as a research tool. In addition, you will have access to the resources of
a modern library (Maag) with its traditional print sources, as well as the
resources of OhioLINK, electronic databases, and online journals.
evaluate the reliability, importance, and relevance of research sources.
Evaluation of the reliability,
importance, and relevance of sources is an important exercise of critical
reading and thinking. This process has become especially important in the
electronic information age, when we have witnessed a proliferation of
information unsanctioned by the usual channels of traditional print
shape an argument to appeal to a specific audience for a specific
Information, carefully gathered,
evaluated, and selected, becomes useful when marshaled to persuade an audience
to accept the given thesis. Questions about which information should be
gathered, which information is most persuasive, and which presentation style
is most effective will be addressed.
select and use an appropriate document style (e.g. APA, CBE, MLA,
You must not merely avoid
plagiarism, as important as that is. You must also learn to credit the source
of information you present by observing rules of documentation carefully,
thoroughly, and correctly. This is an important scholarly duty.
Books and Materials:
Fowler, H. Ramsey and Jane Aaron. Little, Brown Handbook. New
York: Longman, 2005. 6th ed.
Eschholz and Rosa. Outlooks and Insights. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martins, 1995. 4th ed.
1 flash drive with at least 256 memory
Portfolio folder with two pockets.
(2) 1 inch binders
A Magg Library bar code
An active email account to access information and receive notes from
instructor and access Turnitin.com.
As you will see from the assignment sheet, you are responsible for in-class
exercises and writing; out-of-class reading, computer work, and research; and
out-of-class writing of all sorts. ALL ASSIGNMENTS MUST
BE TURNED IN ON THE ASSIGNED DUE DATE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THE
PAPER. IF A PROBLEM ARISES, YOU MUST CONTACT ME IN ADVANCE OF THE DUE DATE.
You have a variety of reading assignments. Make sure that you have the reading
done on time and thoroughly. Bring the relevant books to class—we will be
moving from between the traditional classroom and the computer lab.
You will have many in-class projects and assignments, many of which will
include the Internet of more traditional research sources (such as the
library). You have to keep up!
Rewrites: If you are not satisfied with your final essay’s
grade, you have the opportunity to rewrite it until the date and time on
turnitin.com is locked.
Since the written assignments will be made and discussed in class, and since a
significant amount of writing will be done in class, regular class attendance
and participation in class discussion and activities are absolutely necessary
to pass this course. If you miss class, find out from your colleagues what you
missed. Your grade will be lowered one third grade if you have more than three
unexcused absences. A formal record of attendance will be kept.
Tardiness: Excessive tardiness will affect your grade. If
you are habitually late to class, you will be counted as absent.
Individual conferences will be required in order to discuss various aspects of
your longer investigative essay. Failure to attend any of these scheduled
conferences may result in your receiving a No Credit grade for the course.
If a problem arises, please contact me as soon as possible in order
to reschedule the conference.
You must satisfy the course requirements and receive at least a C- average in
order to receive credit for the course.
Portfolio #1….1st Essay
Portfolio #2….2nd Essay
Portfolio #3….3rd Essay
Final Paper…..4th Essay
Short Essays, Assignments and Class Participation
This means copying another person’s writing word-for-word, paraphrasing or
summarizing without citing your sources. This is a serious offense and may
result in a variety of consequences from a failing mark on an individual paper
to failing the course and keeping a record in your file noting the infraction.
If in doubt, ask for help.
The YSU policy states that you must be passing the course with a C and the
problem must be out of your control. The teacher determines whether an
incomplete is warranted in the situation. All incomplete grades must be
completed within a year or the grade reverts to an F on your transcripts.
Last day for withdrawing with a grade of W: Fri.,
Nov. 2nd, noon.
(subject to change)
get to know each other. Syllabus review, course goals, explanation of
portfolio, journal, handouts. Diagnostic essay.
W— Introduction to word processing. Diagnostic Essay.
Thinking and Writing Critically; Discuss chapters 1 (Introduction) in Outlooks
and Insights; Assign reading for Portfolio #1. Private
M— Labor Day…no class
W----Short essay assignment due in class. Discuss essays for Section #1.
*For each reading that is assigned in class, you are expected to write
a 1-page, typed response that shows you have read, understood, and thought
about the material. Your responses should include a brief summary (no more
than ½ of a page) and a reaction that includes your thoughts/opinions on the
piece. You are also to include two discussion questions at the end of each
Library Class…Maag..Discuss how to compose using the computer.
W— Workshop on the first draft of Paper #1 in class. Discuss
response of Portfolio #1.
M— Workshop on the first draft of Paper #1 in class.
W— Peer response of Portfolio #1.
Section 3---Men and Women
M—Discuss Section 3
discussion of section 3
Section 4…Teaching and Learning
Continue Section 4 discussion
M—Peer Review of paper 2
W—Paper 2 Due
Section 5…Language in America
W--- Continue Section 5 discussion
Section 6…Cultural Encounters
Section 6 discussion
M—Assign Section 7 & 8 Contemporary Issues and the Individual and Society
W— Discuss final paper’s parameters and requirements
M—Presentations of papers in class (5-10 minutes) with class discussion of the
W- Presentations of papers in class (5-10 minutes) with class discussion of
Portfolio Due….Paper 4 and Assigned Writings…..30%
Monday, Dec. 11th