Comp. I / Senior English

English IV and

English Composition I Course Syllabus


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Course Number and Title: CM 101 English Composition I
Term and Year:
Fall 2018
Credit Hours and Course Description and Prerequisites: 3 credit hours

English Composition I provides instruction in writing with emphasis on grammatical correctness, acceptable usage, effective organization, expression of ideas, and rhetorical strategies.  Assigned reading, research, and expository writing are required.

Appropriate ACT/Compass score/Accuplacer score, as well as an acceptable level on the college-administered writing sample, if required.  Students who earn a C or better in Transitional English should enroll in COMP I (CM 101) and Workshop (CM 094), unless, through retesting, appropriate placement test scores are reached. 

**While a D in Comp I currently meets the pre-requisite for Comp II, transfer institutions will not accept that grade for students pursuing a Bachelor's degree (four-year degree.)  Students earning a D or lower in Comp I should work closely with their instructor and advisor to determine the benefits of retaking the course. **

Division: Humanities, Social Science and Business  Division Dean: Brent Phillips,
Department: Communications   Department Chair: Jamie Durler,


Instructor: Mary Strnad

Instructor Availability and Modes of Communication: I arrive by 7:45 a.m. each day and am available after 3:45 p.m. or by appointment; daily planning time, 9:10-9:58 a.m.

Contact information: e-mail address, (preferred) or through Cloud County Community College; Hanover High School phone: (785) 337-2281, ext. 221; or cell phone: (785) 527-0094.


Required Course Resources: 

Instructional Methods: Varied instructional strategies are implemented including a combination of lecture, discussion, group exercises, online exercises, and writing labs.
Examination Procedures:  There are two major exams in Composition I, the midterm exam and the final exam.

Exams will be given during class time, 8:15-9:07 a.m. with additional time provided after school when necessary and appropriate to the exam. Makeup exams will only be given by special arrangement with the instructor and must be completed as dictated by the instructor. Makeup exams may not be identical to those given in class. NO MAKEUP exams will be allowed without prior arrangements being made with the instructor. Proctor Form

Assignment Procedures: 

Students should compose a minimum of 5 significant essays (3+ pages) demonstrating audience awareness, focus and unity, support with specific, relevant details, and control of writing mechanics.

Students should participate in guided peer review which requires substantive commenting, reflection on the comments of others, and thoughtful revision based on the commenting process and reflection.

Students should work with research, including finding resources, evaluating the research, and ethically integrating those resources into their work.

All assignments are due on their pre-determined dates. Late work will not generally be accepted. If a student knows in advance of an assignment due date he/she may miss, the student must discuss the situation with the instructor BEFORE the assignment is due in order to make acceptable arrangements.

Grading Procedures: Your grade is completely determined by the total number of points earned during the semester. A student’s final grade will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

A = Work of exceptional quality, surpassing the expectations of the instructor (90 - 100%)

B = Superior work with few errors (80 - 89%)

C = Average, acceptable work (70 - 79%)

D = Substandard work, with unacceptable qualities (60 - 69%)

F = Unacceptable work (below 60%)

 Attendance Procedures: College Policy - Click here to view the Attendance Policy. Course Policy - Attendance, preparedness, and informed participation are expected as part of the course requirements. (See student handbook, pages 12-14.)

Conduct Procedure: Click here to view the
College ExpectationsCourse Expectations:  Your instructor will respond within 2 business days and intends to grade student submissions within a week. This grading timeline is a goal; course and grading loads vary by instructor. Interpersonal academic communication is required within the classroom setting. Classroom decorum conducive to learning is expected. Holding private conversations on topics unrelated to the issue at hand, as well as chronic lateness, sleeping, doing homework or studying for other classes, use of unauthorized technology devices, and abusive or offensive language will not be tolerated. Additional time outside of the school day will be assigned to those who fail to comply with these directives.

Because this is a college course, the time required to adequately complete assignments will be greater than assignments completed in your high school career. Although a portion of class time will involve writing, editing, and revision of assignments, additional hours of homework will be necessary each week.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Employ conventions of format, structure, voice, tone, and level of formality to produce writing for specific purposes and audiences as required by various writing situations.
  2. Practice ethical means of creating their work while integrating their own ideas with those of others.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to fulfill standards of syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling for various rhetorical contexts.
  4. Apply flexible strategies for pre-writing, developing, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading.
  5. Critique their own and others' work.

The learning outcomes detailed in this syllabus meet or exceed the learning outcomes specified in the Kansas Core Outcomes Project for this course as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Student learning is assessed every semester based on course outcomes. A formal college review of assessment results is used to improve teaching and learning.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to

write a clear, well-organized paper using documentation when appropriate.  The paper will meet the following criteria:

  • Main Idea – The paper stays on topic, is unified, clear, defines terms, and meets the requirements of the topic.
  • Organization – The paper includes the effective use of modes, has an introduction and conclusion, and uses transitions.
  • Content – The paper contains specific details, full support, and development of ideas.
  • Mechanics – The paper demonstrates proper use of sentence construction, usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. 


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Cloud County Community College Policies: For a complete explanation of college policies, refer to the college website


It is imperative that each student does his/her own work.  The following policy will apply to all students in class.

Infractions of academic integrity (honesty) shall include the following:

  • Using another student’s work without giving the student credit for the work.  In other words, taking someone else’s work and placing your name on it and claiming it is yours, using another student’s quiz, or help on a quiz/exam.
  • Giving other students your work knowing that they intend to turn it in as their own creation, giving other students your quiz, or help on a quiz/exam.

It is not an infraction of the policy to help other students understand how to do an assignment if they do the work themselves with your assistance.

Cheating: “Cheating means getting unauthorized help on an assignment, quiz or examination.”

  1. You must not receive from any other students or give to any other students any information, answers, or help during an exam.
  2. You must not use unauthorized sources for answers during an exam.  You must not take notes or books to the exam when such aids are forbidden, and you must not refer to any book or notes while you are taking the exam unless the instructor indicates it is an “open book” exam.
  3. You must not obtain exam questions illegally before an exam or tamper with an exam after it has been corrected.

Materials taken from “Academic Dishonesty in Our Classrooms.”  Instructional Exchange, 1990, 2 (2), 1-4 (Newsletter available from the Office of University Assessment and Intellectual Skills Program, Western Michigan University)

“Plagiarism” means submitting work as your own that is someone else’s.  For example, copying material from a book, the Internet, or another source without acknowledging that the words or ideas are someone else’s and not your own is plagiarism.  If you copy an author’s words exactly, treat the passage as a direct quotation and supply the appropriate citation.  If you use someone else’s ideas, even if you paraphrase the wording, appropriate credit should be given.  You have committed plagiarism if you purchase a term paper or submit a paper as your own that you did not write.

Penalties for Infractions:
Students who violate Academic Integrity Policies will face one of the following consequences, depending upon the severity of the case:

  • The student will have to re-do the assignment.
  • The student will receive an F for the assignment.
  • The student will receive an F for the class.
  • The student will be recommended for disciplinary action.


Cloud County Community College has adopted a stepwise procedure for addressing any complaint or dispute related to academic matters.  The first step is a discussion with the instructor.  If the issue is not resolved the student should contact the Division Dean.  Students must initiate the grievance procedure within 30 days of the dispute.


Course Length: Composition I will encompass the first semester of classes which begins August 15 and concludes December 19.

Composition I Course Outline

The Reading Process

        Academic Expectations

        Annotation: “What’s in a Name?” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

        Note Taking Strategies

        Notice and Note Guidelines

The Writing Process and the Power of Language

        Journaling: Language in Action

Example/Illustration—Specificity: “Being Specific” by Natalie Goldberg

        Writing for an Audience: Speak and Share/Peer Review

        Thesis Statements and Formulation

        Reverse Outline

        MLA Documentation: In-Text and Works Cited

Narration and Descriptive Reading with Q & A Analysis

        “Coming to an Awareness of Language” by Malcolm X

        “A Woman on the Street” by Jeannette Walls

        “A View from the Bridge” by Cherokee Paul McDonald

        “Once More to the Lake” by E. B. White

Descriptive Essay of a Place, Person, or Object

Resume Building with Cover Letter

Definition Reading with Q & A Analysis

        “What Does ‘Friend’ Mean Now?” By Joseph P. Kahn

        “America and the Fun Generation” by Anand Giridharadas

Definition Writing: Description of the “Soul”

Example/Illustration Reading with Q & A Analysis

        “Words Don’t Mean What They Mean” by Steven Pinker

                Video: “Linguistics, Style, and Writing in the 21st Century” By Pinker

        “You’re Wearing That!” by Deborah Tannen

        “We Are Free to Be You, Me, Stupid, and Dead” by Roger Rosenblatt

Example/Illustration Research Paper

        Preparing a Sound, Structured Outline

Mid-Term Exam

Language That Made a Difference

        Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy

        Second Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln

        Inaugural Address by Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Writing One’s Own Inaugural Address: Presentation

Writing an Argumentation Research Paper

Process/Analysis Reading and Q & A Analysis

        “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer Adler

        “Be All You Can Be” by Frank Luntz

        “Eating Industrial Meat” by Michael Pollan

Directional Process/Analysis Project (TBD)

Writing an Informational or Evaluative Process Analysis

Cause and Effect Non-Fiction Articles: Group Activity

        “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson

        “The Bigotry Behind the Word ‘Retard’” by Timothy Shriver

        “Spread the Word to End the Word” by John C. McGinley

Writing a Cause and Effect Essay

End of Term Exam

Variety of punctuation, semantic, structural, and grammatical instruction will be held throughout the term.


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