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Dr. Jesse Peters
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: 910.521.6635

Location: Dial 260 A
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English 0104 Fall 2012 TR 2:00-3:15

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Peters
Office:  Dial 260 A
Office Phone:  521-6635
Office Hours: TR 10:00-11:00; W 2:15-3:15; MW 8:00-9:00 (online) And by Appointment/Email
Links to assignments and groups are at the end of this syllabus.

Course Objectives

ENG 0104 situates students in the academy and offers them tools for navigating texts. Students cultivate reading and writing strategies in order to understand, paraphrase, and summarize texts.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

• practice reading and writing as recursive processes.

• recognize genre differences.

• use tools to understand texts (dictionary, index, table of contents).

• pose relevant questions about a text’s purpose, audience, genre, and context.

• demonstrate academic ways of thinking by writing for multiple purposes, which will include annotation, note-taking, paraphrase, and summary.

• produce coherent sentences and paragraphs and follow most conventions of standard American English.

Students must receive a grade of C or better to progress into ENG 1050

Required Texts:

50 Essays, Cohen
The Little Brown Compact Handbook ,  Aaron

General Information

This is a writing intensive course, so we will be doing a lot of it. It is up to you to keep up and come to class prepared each day. We will also be using your writing as a means of entering into discussion about the readings and about how to improve your writing abilities. Your writing will be talked about openly in a workshop format, so you have a responsibility, not only to yourself, but to your classmates as well, to explore and explain your thoughts to the best of your ability. Composition is not a way to answer questions; it is a way to ask them, to enter into them, to look at them, and, hopefully, to move forward toward other questions. The best writing reflects difficulty and frustration and acknowledges the fact that answers are neither steadfast nor universal. Writing is using language to create and understand.

Throughout the semester, we will be discussing several issues including: literacy and writing, education, and social justice. Part of your task will be to examine your own positions and start to develop ideas about those positions. We will work on academic writing skills as you write to explain your ideas.

During the first eight weeks or so of the semester, we will be working towards producing three essays in response to the readings we will discuss. The last part of the semester will be devoted to revising two of these essays to be included in a final portfolio.

Take heed of the following:

1. Attendance is mandatory. If you miss class, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the material you missed. If you miss more than 4 classes, I can fail  you--no questions asked. I suggest saving your absences for when you are sick or have an emergency; that's what they are for.
2. I do not accept late papers or assignments of any kind without my previous consent. See me ahead of time if  you have problems with assigned due dates. Also, be sure to talk to me if you are  having trouble with assignments.
3. You will be assigned to work with a group throughout the semester; groups may be  changed at mid-semester. Sometimes you will be meeting with me and sometimes on your own. Individual conferences may also be scheduled. Attending all meetings  is mandatory. Missing meetings or group sessions will count as absences.
4. All work done outside of class should be typed, double-spaced. The longer essays and all work included in the portfolio must be typed and submitted electronically through Safe Assign in Blackboard.
5. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated (talking while others are talking, coming in late, cell phones ringing, rude comments, etc.). If behavior like this persists, you will be asked to leave the class and receive a grade of F for the course.

Note: Please refer to the ETL department’s website for departmental guidelines and plagiarism policy If you are caught plagiarizing, you may fail the course and could be reported to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The usual penalty is a grade of "F" in the course.

Note: This course fulfills some requirements for the General Education Curriculum at UNCP. The goals and objectives can be found at

Note: Any student with a documented learning, physical, chronic health, psychological, visual or hearing disability needing academic adjustments is requested to speak directly to Disability Support Services (DF Lowry Building, Room 107, 521-6695) and the instructor, as early in the semester (preferably within the first week) as possible. All discussions will remain confidential.

Statement on First-Year Composition Program Assessment:

Committed to improving the quality of educational services offered to students, the first-year composition program seeks to assess student achievement of course learning outcomes. Student work from this class may be randomly selected and used anonymously for program assessment. Copies of your coursework including any submitted papers and/or portfolios may be kept on file for assessment and accreditation purposes. The assessment process will not affect your grade in this class or require you to complete additional work.


Informal Writing 100 pts. 10%
Participation 50 pts. 5%
Peer Review 1 50 pts. 5%
Peer Review 2 50 pts. 5%
Peer Review 3 50 pts. 5%
Portfolio 700 pts. 70%
Total 1000 pts. 100%

I use a thousand point grading system. All grades will be given as numbers with final grades computed as follows: A=933-1000; A-=900-932; B+=866-899; B=833-865; B-=800-832; C+=766-799; C=733-765; C-=700-732; D+=666-699; D=633-665; D-=600-632; F=<600.


Portfolio (700 pts.)

During the last week of class, you will turn in to me a portfolio which contains the following:

1) Two revised papers (4-6 pages each) developed from sequenced assignments that demonstrate:
 >the writer’s ability to analyze, interpret, summarize, and evaluate another writer’s text
 >the writer’s ability to coherent sentences and paragraphs using standard edited American english
>the writer's ability to articulate a coherent overall point within the structure of an essay

> Note: all drafts of these essays must be included, so don't lose your work.

2) A cover letter written by the student
 In this letter, students should discuss what they were trying to accomplish in each  essay, offer an analysis of their writing strengths and weaknesses, and  acknowledge any outside tutoring they have received (from the writing center,  friends, family, etc.)

3 Short Essays

Each short essay will be three to five pages in length, typed double-spaced with one inch margins on all sides. Do not use a title page; put your name, ID, and title on the top of the first page.  Number all pages. These papers will be commented on extensively and will receive a mark of P (pass), NP (no pass), or P- (borderline). I believe that composition students should have the opportunity to be rewarded for improving their writing. Therefore, these essays will not be "graded" in the traditional way. The goal is to make the papers the absolute best that they can be by the time they go into the portfolio. All essays must be completed, and all deadlines met in order to pass the course. If you do not turn in an essay on time, you may fail.

Workshops and Peer Reviews (150 pts.)

Each student will be assigned to a group of three or four other students. These groups will work together as you help each other improve your essays. Sometimes the groups will meet with me in a workshop format, and other times the groups will work individually. On some occasions, you will be asked to fill out peer review sheets which will be graded. The peer reviews and conferences are a significant part of your grade, and I expect everyone to take it seriously and to put effort into making your papers better and helping others. If you miss a conference with me or a peer review session, you will be counted absent. It is also up to each group to make sure that your peer review sessions run smoothly. If a member of your group shows up unprepared (without a quality draft) tell them to come and see me. Don't allow your grade to suffer because of someone else. A schedule of conference and peer review dates and times with more detail is available at the bottom of this page.

Sometimes the schedule may call for you to log into the Blackboard Course Site rather than meeting in the classroom. There we will use the Discussion Board and/or other features to complete assignments. Being late for these meetings is the same as being late for class. The same goes for absences.

Informal Writing (100 pts.)

Periodically, you will be asked to write short assignments which I will take up and grade. These assignments will usually be worth 5 or 10 points each, but you should take them very seriously. I expect good writing at all times, not just on the long essays. It is up to you to put in the effort required for improving your writing.

Participation (50 pts.)

You have the chance to earn up to 50 participation points in the course. I expect you to be alert and engaged during all class meetings. You should expect to contribute openly and actively in class discussions. It is up to you to remain engaged and conduct yourself in a professional manner. Missing classes will result in a lower participation grade.

Detailed assignment sequences will be posted on the web throughout the semester.

All reading and writing assignments are due on the date they are described.

50 means 50 Essays
LB mean The Little Brown (handbook)


Sequence 1
Sequence 2
Sequence 3
Syllabus for the Rest of the Semester

Portfolio Requirements

Clarity Handout
Structure Handout

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Mary Helen Walker, Disability Support Services, DF Lowry Building, Room 107, 521-6695.

UNCP Religious Holiday Policy Statement

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has a legal and moral obligation to accommodate all students who must be absent from classes or miss scheduled exams in order to observe religious holidays; we must be careful not to inhibit or penalize these students for exercising their rights to religious observance. To accommodate students’ religious holidays, each student will be allowed two excused absences each semester with the following conditions:

1. Students, who submit written notification to their instructors within two weeks of the beginning of the semester, shall be excused from class or other scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith. Excused absences are limited to two class sessions (days) per semester.

2. Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for a religious observance.

3. Students should not be penalized due to absence from class or other scheduled academic activity because of religious observances.

A student who is to be excused from class for a religious observance is not required to provide a second-party certification of the reason for the absence. Furthermore, a student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an education benefit due to religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student grievance procedure.


Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2012

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