ENGL 1301-016

Tim Morris

Expository Writing Fall 2008

10-1050 AM MWF 207 Preston Hall

office hours: 211 Carlisle Hall 9am-10am & 11am-noon MWF and 9am-noon TR

tmorris at uta dot edu

office phone: 817.272.2739

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

prerequisites: THEA language pass or exemption

required texts: The Blair Reader, Sixth Edition (eds Kirszner & Mandell); A Writer's Reference, Sixth Edition (Hacker); The History of Love (Krauss)

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/1301f08/1301main.html

course description: This course introduces college students to important rhetorical modes and techniques and gives practice in academic composition.

course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have written several academic papers in different modes, and gained insight into the process of composition for academic audiences.

assignments: Two short preparatory writing assignments in class; three short Summary exercises; in-class Response paper; Synthesis draft, two Literacy Autobiography drafts, four Reading Journal sections; two History of Love drafts; AMA Description paper; Synthesis paper; Literacy Autobiography paper; History of Love paper.

grading: The grading system uses a 1,000-point basis. The thousand points are divided into two types: 300 "Process" points, and 700 "Portfolio" points. The main distinction is that you earn process points as you go, without the possibility of revision. Portfolio points are earned for work due at various points during the semester, but are only finally recorded at the end of the semester, with opportunities for revision between initial and final due dates.

All work except for in-class writing must be submitted in MLA style; see the MLA section of Hacker for format. This includes even the three short "summary" papers: they must include a Work Cited giving MLA citation for the summarized piece. If a "process" assignment is submitted but it's not in MLA style, it will earn zero points. If a "portfolio" paper is submitted but it's not in MLA style, it will be returned to you as late and lose five possible points for each day till you return it in MLA style.


No "Process" work will be accepted late; late work in this section simply receives zero points. You must come to class and participate in all activities on the due date to earn points for "Process" assignments.


"Semifinal" drafts of these papers are due on the dates indicated in the schedule below. You will lose 5 possible points on each assignment for each calendar day it is late. "Semifinal" drafts will be returned to you without grades, but with suggestions for improvement.

Portfolio points are not finally earned or recorded till the end of the semester. On or before Friday 5 December, you must turn in a final portfolio that includes all draft versions of all four of these portfolio papers. You may revise any or all of your "Semifinal" drafts, or you may submit unedited "Semifinal" drafts for a final grade. Final portfolios will not be accepted late. A final portfolio submitted early is indeed a final submission and may not be further revised.

academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

Writing Center: The Writing Center, Room 411 in the Central Library, will assist you with any writing assignment while you are a student at UT-Arlington. During Fall 2008, the Writing Centerís hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday; and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. You may schedule appointments online by following directions available at www.uta.edu/owl/appointments, by calling 817 272-2601, or by visiting the Writing Center. If you come to the Writing Center without an appointment, you will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis as tutors become available. Writing Center tutors are carefully chosen and trained, and they can assist you with any aspect of your writing, from understanding an assignment to revising an early draft to polishing a final draft. However, the Writing Center is not an editing service; tutors will not correct your grammar or rewrite your assignment for you, but they will help you learn to solve your grammatical and organizational problems. I encourage each of you to use the Writing Center.

student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

schedule of assignments and readings:

Mon 25 August: introductions, syllabus

Wed 27 August: what is writing?

Fri 29 August: what is reading?


Wed 3 Sept: AMA Description paper due. Visit the Arlington Museum of Art on Main Street just north of UTA campus. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and will be open on the weekend of 30-31 August; check their hours on the linked website.

Observe the artworks installed on the mezzanine of the museum. They are by UT Arlington's MFA candidates, from our Art Department. Your assignment is to describe one artwork by one of the MFA candidates. Take good notes while you are at the museum. The exhibit comes down on 14 September and will not be repeated. In a paper that is 5 pages (DS, 12-point font) maximum, make the reader see the artwork and the context of its installation. You may not include any pictures or other images, just words. Reflect briefly on the meaning and the affect of the artwork (the emotional response the art produces in you), or on its lack of meaning or affect. Make the paper coherent as a descriptive account of the piece, as if you were writing for a college magazine of art criticism, aimed at an audience of your peers who had not themselves seen the exhibit but were interested in learning more about it before seeing it.


Mon 8 Sept: Read Foner, BR 784-786. Summarize Foner's piece in one sentence, then again in one paragraph. Bring your summary with you to turn in at the start of the class.

Wed 10 Sept (census date): Read McCullagh, BR 786-789. Summarize McCullagh's piece in one sentence, then again in one paragraph. Bring your summary with you to turn in at the start of the class.

Fri 12 Sept: Read Tolson, BR 790-794. Summarize Tolson's piece in one sentence, then again in one paragraph. Bring your summary with you to turn in at the start of the class.

Mon 15 Sept: In-Class Response essay. Arrive ready to write, with all books and notes you might need. This is an open-book, open-note essay. You will be prompted to consider all three of the pieces we read and summarized in the previous week, plus some additional short reading passage, and respond to the readings.

Wed 17 Sept: Read the Media & Society unit of BR (221-294) and arrive ready to discuss the readings.

Fri 19 Sept: Synthesis process work.

Mon 22 Sept: Synthesis draft due. Workshop.



Mon 29 Sept: Synthesis "semifinal" draft due. Read Rodriguez, BR 139-145 and Tan, BR 170-175; come ready to discuss the readings.

Wed 1 Oct: Read Erdrich, BR 146-149 and Eighner, BR 454-464; come ready to discuss the readings.

Fri 3 Oct: LA Brainstorming and Freewriting

Mon 6 Oct: LA Inventional Schema

Wed 8 Oct: Literacy Autobiography first draft due. Workshop.

Fri 10 Oct: LA discussion and development of "values" aspect of paper prompt.

Mon 13 Oct: Literacy Autobiography second draft due. Workshop.



Mon 20 Oct: Literacy Autobiography semifinal draft due. Read HoL 3-34 and come ready to discuss. Reading Journal Section 1 due.

Link to History of Love Course Guide

Wed 22 Oct: Read HoL 35-64 and come ready to discuss.

Fri 24 Oct: Read HoL 65-92 and come ready to discuss.

Mon 27 Oct: Read HoL 93-118 and come ready to discuss. Reading Journal Section 2 due.

Wed 29 Oct: Read HoL 118-159 and come ready to discuss.

Fri 31 Oct (final drop date): Read HoL 160-191 and come ready to discuss.

Mon 3 Nov: Read HoL 192-218 and come ready to discuss. Reading Journal Section 3 due.

Wed 5 Nov: Read HoL 219-252 and come ready to discuss.

Fri 7 Nov: LIBRARY DAY (Meet in B20, Central Library)

Mon 10 Nov: Reading Journal Section 4 due. Discuss entire novel.

Wed 12 Nov: Process 1 (Invention)

Fri 14 Nov: Process 2 (Developing a Thesis)

Mon 17 Nov: History of Love first draft due. Bring two copies of a draft, in rough form (including notes to yourself, bullets, outlines, whatever it takes) of the entire paper. One you'll turn in to me; the other will be used for a "Revision Exercise."

Wed 19 Nov: Process 3 (textual evidence)

Fri 21 Nov: History of Love second draft due. Workshop.

Mon 24 Nov: History of Love semifinal draft due.



Mon 1 Dec: History of Love semifinal drafts returned.

Wed 3 Dec: course evaluations

Fri 5 Dec: final portfolios due

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