Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 101.13
Fall 2016
Office: Holmes Hall 228 
      Office Phone:  (443) 885-4032 
Email Address: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Class Home page: l-adam-mekler.com/101links.htm

** Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our class page. **

Students MUST visit the class home page regularly in order to remain current with assignments. All announcements posted on the web site are officially binding for all students, whether they attend class or not.  This is especially important for snow days or other unexpected cancellations of class.   Students are also responsible for all information posted on the web page, including, but not limited to, the attendance policy and the plagiarism policy, as well as all information transmitted during classroom discussion.

Go To Assignments For:
August/September October November  December 

Required Texts:

Course Description:
All of us have stories in our lives—our own stories, our mother’s stories, the stories of our siblings, and grandparents, and cousins, and friends.  Stories represent one of the most basic learning strategies: we participate in a story in the making, or we listen to our family stories, and thereby learn our history, and our lessons.

We all tend to take our stories seriously, even if we do not write them down.  In this English 101 course, we will learn and practice academic writing by using stories as a foundation for the academic writing process.  We will read texts from literature and popular culture that involve and use as examples some of the kinds of stories that writers like our group might tell.  Using these readings as text and as example, we will study and practice expository writing, using the stories we have read, and the stories we know from our own lives. 

This course will engage students in identifying how their stories relate to academic disciplines, and will encourage students to match their interests and experiences to disciplines, while developing communication and writing skills.

Course Requirements:
Attendance/Participation. Because writing can be a troublesome task, it is useful to discuss it with other people who may be having similar problems or who may have helpful advice to share. Therefore, attendance is required. In addition to everyday attendance, it is especially necessary for you to be present for peer group discussion and to be an active participant.
Because of the importance of regular attendance, excessive unexcused class absences will result in a failing grade for the course. Excessive lates will also lower your grade. (See Official Policy )

Reading Assignments. It is important to be prepared for class discussions. For this reason, you must complete all reading assignments before class and you will be expected to submit written responses to any assigned discussion questions for the readings at the beginning of class.

Writing Assignments. There will be four (4) papers (800 word minimum each), demonstrating the four principles of writing as discussed in class: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Student Conferences will be held at two times during the semester to address needs specific to each student regarding assigned papers.

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Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Aug 22
Course Introduction
For Wednesday: Print out departmental syllabus here
and complete a receipt form .

Reading Assignment Due: LSH: W-1 and W-2, pp. 2-8

Reading Assignment Due: LSH: Personal Narrative, 58-61

Writing Sample

Homework Assignment: Upload "Personal Narrative Example" (song, book, etc.. that tells a story to which you can relate)
Grammar Review Exercise
Sept 2
Discussion of Personal Narrative examples

Last Day to Drop Classes with Grade of "W"

Labor Day: No Class

Discussion of Grammar Review Exercise

Matriculation Convocation

Walker, "Everyday Use"
Submit Responses to Homework Q's

12 Fragments, Comma Splices, and Fused Sentences: LSH: 255-59

14 Four Principles of Writing
Writing Processes: LSH: 9-16

Verbs: LSH: 260-72

Discussion of Paper One (Personal Narrative Essay): Outlines
Argument, LSH: 43-48

Agreement and Pronouns: LSH: 272-82
Complete Exercise 2 on pge. 375
Complete Exercise S-6b on pge. 377

Developing Paragraphs: LSH:17-29
Paper One Outline Due (Bring in Three Copies)

26 Discussion of Sample Paper One
Parallelism, Coordination, Subordination: LSH: 282-87
Complete Exercise S-7 on pge. 380

Paper One Due
Peer Editing Session
(Bring in Three Copies)

Conferences: No Class
Oct 3
Conferences: No Class

Frederick Douglass, "Learning to Read and Write"
Complete "For Discussion and Writing" Q's 1-2

Performing Arts Convocation

Prepositions: LSH: 304-5
Complete Exercise L-5 on pge. 390

Malcolm X, "Literacy Behind Bars"
Complete "Engaging with the Text" Q's 1-4

Unnecessary Words and Modifiers: LSH: 306-11
Complete Exercise L-6 on pge. 391
Complete Exercise L-7c on pp. 395-96
Revised Paper One Due

14 Walker, "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens"

Punctuation: LSH: 324-46
Complete Exercise P-1a-b on pge. 404
Complete Exercise P-1j on pge. 408

Punctuation, cont.
Complete Exercise P-4f on pge. 414
Complete Exercise P-6a on pge. 417
 Deadline to submit corrected Grammar Review Exercise

Rhetorical Analysis: LSH: 49-53
Discussion of Essay Two (Rhetorical Analysis Essay)
Practice Grammar Examination

Discussion of Paper Two
Read Sample Outline and Essay
Please bring a Printed Copy with you to class

Paper Two Due
Peer-Editing Session

Discussion of Student Sample Essay Two
Please bring a Printed Copy with you to class
Last Day to Drop Classes

Literary Analysis: LSH: 62-65
Dunbar, "Sympathy" and
Submit responses to Discussion Questions
Nov 2
Angelou, from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, pp.1-9
Submit responses to Discussion Questions

Discussion of Taking Essay Exams, (FG): 367-72

In-Class Essay
Revised Paper Two Due

In-Class Essay (cont.)

Founders Day Convocation

11 Sample Essay Reading
Complete an Editing Sheet
and bring it to class.

Paper Three (Literary Analysis) Due

Discussion of Paper Three

Sample Essay Reading (Handout)
Revised Paper Three Due

Discussion of Paper Four

23 Paper Four Due

25 Thanksgiving Break-No Class

Conferences: No Class

Conferences: No Class
Dec 1
Bill of Rights/TransAfrica Day Convocation

Conferences: No Class

Final Exam Review
Revised Paper Four Due

Final Review (cont.)
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates

Final Exam:  Place TBA, Date Subject to Change

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