Advanced Composition, Fall 2014, O'Donnell
last update: August 19, 2014
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Course and Instructor
English 3130 Advanced Composition, sec. 201, W 5:30-8:20pm, Burleson 303
Instructor: Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, http://faculty.etsu.edu/odonnell/
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Office: Burleson Hall 313
Fall 2014 Office Hours: TR 11am-12:30pm and 3:45-4:30pm; W 11am-2pm
- Michael Harvey. The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing. Hackett Pub Co, 2003. ISBN: 0872205738 $4.95
- A grammar handbook of your choice.
- Highly recommended: a 9-3/4" x 7-1/2", 100-sheet, lined, stitch-bound notebook (the traditional "composition notebook" available for a couple of dollars in every drugstore, grocery store, and bookstore in America).
- Internet and printer access: We will read numerous articles on the web, and you will print up to a few dozen pages of text.
Five Major Essays
Essay 1: Narrative/ Personal Experience
Essay 2: Tech Writing ("How-to"-- Expository/ Explanatory)
Essay 3: Review/ Criticism
Essay 4: Academic Writing--Writing from Sources
Essay 5: Writing in the nonfiction genre of your choice
Final Grade Breakdown
1. Five major essays of 1250-2000 wds each (the lowest
grade, excluding Fs, will be dropped): 40% *
2. Best essay, revised for the web: 35%
3. Miscellaneous, ungraded, short memos (proposals, Wikipedia
exercise, etc.): 10%
4. Final exam: 5%
5. Participation in draft workshops: 10% **
* You will submit a rough draft, a week prior to the essay due date, for each major essay. I will not grade drafts. However, I must have a copy of a rough draft before I can grade a revised essay.
** We will conduct five workshops throughout the semester. A week before each of the five major essays is due, you will bring to class a rough draft, along with 2 extra copies. You and two classmates, working as a group of 3, will then review each other's drafts, in class, applying a workshop method that you learn in class. If you show up for a workshop, on time and prepared, with legible copies -- and if, during the workshop, you read, write about, and respond to your classmates' work, in an engaged, exhuberant fashion -- then you get two participation points. After all five workshops are done, at the end of the semester, you'll then have a total of 10 draft workshop participation points.
Attendance, Due Dates
Attendance: The official English department attendance policy says that if you have more than 3 absences you fail the course.
Due Dates: In general, I do not accept late work. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, talk to me. I can make reasonable accomodations. If you must miss a class during which a major essay is due, email me the essay ahead of time, then bring a hard copy to the following class period.