jankens fall 2015 eng 1020 syllabus

ENG 1020: Introductory College Writing

Wayne State University

Fall 2015 

Instructor: Dr. Adrienne Jankens                 Office: 9205.3, 5057 Woodward

Time and Location:

Section 022, 11:45-1:10, State Hall 216

Section 030, 1:25-2:50, State Hall 335           

Office Hours: Tuesday 3-4 p.m.,   Thursday 10-11 a.m., or by appointment


Department of English Description

Building upon students’ diverse skills, English 1020 prepares students for reading, research, and writing in college classes. The main goals of the course are (1) to teach students to consider the rhetorical situation of any piece of writing; (2) to have students integrate reading, research, and writing in the academic genres of analysis and argument; and (3) to teach students to develop analyses and arguments using research-based content, effective organization, and appropriate expression and mechanics.

To achieve these goals, the course places considerable emphasis upon the relationship between reading and writing, the development and evaluation of information and ideas through research, the genres of analysis and argumentation, and the use of multiple technologies for research and writing.

WSU Undergraduate Bulletin Description

Cr 3. Prereq: placement through ACT score, English Qualifying Examina­tion, or passing grade in ENG 1010. A course in reading, research, and writing skills that prepares students to write successfully in col­lege classes.

Course Placement for ENG 1020

Students are placed into ENG 1020 by different means (see the ENG 1010-1020 Placement Rules handout at <>). Most students are placed via ACT scores: students with an ACT English score of 21 or above are placed into ENG 1020. Students can also be placed into ENG 1020 via the English Qualifying Examination (see the EQE Information handout at <>).

Students also may enroll in ENG 1020 if they received an S grade in ENG 1010.

General Education Designation

With a grade of C or better, ENG 1020 fulfills the General Education Basic Composition (BC) graduation requirement. Successful completion of Basic Composition is a prerequisite to enrolling in courses that fulfill the General Education IC (Intermediate Composition) requirement for graduation (e.g., ENG 3010, 3020, 3050, Literature & Writing courses).

Learning Outcomes


  • Use reading strategies in order to identify, analyze, evaluate, and respond to arguments, rhetorical elements, and genre conventions in college-level texts and other media.


  • Compose persuasive academic genres, including argument and analysis, using rhetorical and genre awareness.
  • Use a flexible writing process that includes brainstorming/inventing ideas, planning, drafting, giving and receiving feedback, revising, editing, and publishing.


  • Use a flexible research process to find, evaluate, and use information from secondary sources to support and formulate new ideas and arguments.


  • Use written reflection to plan, monitor, and evaluate one’s own learning and writing.

Required Text

The Wayne Writer. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2015. ISBN: 9781323136492.


Students are required to write a minimum of 32 pages (approximately 8,000 words) in ENG 1020 (including drafts and informal writing). This course will feature 5 major projects along with less formal writing for in-class activities and homework

1.     Rhetorical Analysis (2,500-3,000 words)

2.     I-Search Essay (1,500-2,000 words)

3.     Researched Argument Essay (2,300-3,000 words)

4.     Infographic Argument (500-1,000 words)

5.     Reflective Letter (and online portfolio) (1,000-1,500 words)

In addition to these projects, students will compose weekly posts as they develop ideas for writing. Posts will be published on students’ blogs—these WordPress sites will allow students to easily share their work, to practice writing for a public audience, and to reflect on how they are developing a writerly, rhetorical identity in their college courses.

Students in this Composition Learning Community section will also participate in an end-of-semester “showcase”, presenting elements of the work of one of their projects with a team. This showcase, presented to other composition students and members of the English department, is an opportunity to practice presentation skills and to share developing knowledge about writing, writing scholarship, research practices, etc.

Project Formats and Submission

  • Assignments must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman typeface, with one-inch margins.
  • MLA format must be used for citations.
  • Assignments must be submitted electronically through Blackboard.
  • Page numbers must be inserted in the top, right-hand corner of your assignments.


In a college course, the syllabus acts as a contract between instructor and student, stating that students will complete a certain amount of work, to a certain level of quality, to receive a particular grade.  We will be using a contract grading system this semester. The following learning behaviors are intended to focus and support your efforts toward becoming a better writer:

  1. attend class regularly—not missing more than four class sessions (after four absences, the course grade will be lowered one letter grade);
  2. meet due dates and writing criteria for all major assignments;
  3. participate in all in-class exercises and activities (i.e. ask questions, take notes, listen to and respond to others, etc.);
  4. complete all posts and reflection writing, with a “plus” or “check” on at least 12 of the 15 homework posts and reflections;
  5. demonstrate reflective and responsible rhetorical choices in developing writing projects, class discussion, public forums, peer feedback, and collaborative writing
  6. attend conferences with the teacher to discuss drafts
  7. Maintain a portfolio with written evidence of
  8. sustained effort and investment on each draft of all papers;
  9. substantive revisions when the assignment is to revise—extending or changing the thinking or organization—not just editing or touching up;
  10. copy-edited final revisions of main assignments that conform to the conventions of edited, revised English.

Completion of all assignments, full participation in all class activities, and demonstration of the behaviors listed above will result in a grade of “B” (“above average”).

Your end-of-semester portfolio will be presented on the blog you develop for class. Your major writing assignments will be included in this portfolio, and one of these (Project 1, 2, or 3) will be revised for the final project and for re-evaluation.

Grades higher than B  (B+, A-, A) may be achieved by producing writing of excellent quality. Your projects and portfolios will be your opportunity to demonstrate this. Rubrics for each assignment outline the qualities of “excellent” writing. If you have met the “B” contract criteria for the course, and the average of your project is a B+, A-, or A, that average project grade marks your grade for the course. However, the contract criteria must be met to achieve a grade higher than a B.

Grades lower than a B (B-, C+, C, C-, D, F) may result if students do not fulfill the terms of the contract (e.g. miss more than four classes, fail to complete some assignments, do not revise writing, fail to participate in peer review sessions, etc.). A “C” is a passing grade for the course.

**Final grades will not be reconsidered or revised. Do your best work all semester.

Students will be provided with hard copies of the grade contract to sign and return during the first week of class, signifying their understanding of and agreement with these learning values. An annotated version of the grade contract is also available on the course website.

Feedback on assignments can be found in the Blackboard Grade Center.

WSU Grading Scale:

A         94-100%

A-        90-93%

B+       87-89%

B         84-86%

B-        80-83%

C+       77-79%

C         74-76%                       A grade of C or better fulfills the

C-        70-73%                       General Education IC requirement

D+       67-69%                       and the prerequisite for General

D         64-66%                       Education WI courses.

D-        60-63%

F          59% or less

Post Grading

You may earn one of the following scores on your posts:

A “check” denotes completion of the assignment with attention to all elements of content and with minimal error. A “check” is a passing grade on a response/post/reflection assignment.

A “plus” denotes completion of the assignment with attention to all elements of content, minimal error, and especially insightful or well-written moments that demonstrate command of the material.

A “minus” denotes missing content components, significantly short responses, or distracting errors. A “minus” is a reminder to spend more time reading and responding to texts.

You need to earn a “check” or “plus” on 12 of the 15 homework posts to meet the grade contract. ALL posts and reflections must be completed, however, to fulfill the contract, though you may use a homework pass on one (see below).

“Homework Pass”

 College is a complex balancing act. You’ll be working through several courses, reading, writing, taking tests, attending lectures and labs, working other jobs, taking care of family, etc. You will get ONE homework pass that may be used on any of the assigned posts. The only catch is that you must tell me before the assignment is due that you will be using your pass.

To do this, email me the following (you may copy and paste this and fill in the blank):

Dear Dr. Jankens,

I will be using my homework pass on Post _____.

Thank you,

(Your name)

Attendance Policy

Enrollment in ENG 1020 is capped at 24 students. Students must attend one of the first two class days to stay enrolled in the course. Students who do not attend of the first two class meetings may be asked to drop to avoid a failing grade.

You are expected to attend each class. Please contact me ahead of time if you will be absent from class so I can plan accordingly–an email will be sufficient. Assignments need to be turned in prior to the absence, and may be submitted on Blackboard. Work missed in class, including writing and peer response sessions, may not be made up. It is to your advantage to attend every class.

THERE ARE NO EXCUSED ABSENCES FROM CLASS. You are allotted these four absences to allow for illness, family emergencies, etc.

Partial absences count toward your total. Arriving more than ten minutes late counts as a partial absence. It is courteous to arrive on time to class. I will not repeat material missed if you are late, so it is a good idea to find a buddy in class who can fill you in on anything we did.

After four absences, your semester grade may be lowered one letter grade, per the grading contract (above). This grade deduction reflects missed class participation, discussion, etc.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the act of copying work from books, articles, and websites without citing and documenting the source. Plagiarism includes copying language, texts, and visuals without citation (e.g., cutting and pasting from websites). Plagiarism also includes submitting papers (or sections of papers) that were written by another person, including another student, or downloaded from the Internet. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. It may result in a failing grade for the assignment or a failing grade for the course. Instructors are required to report all cases of plagiarism to the English Department. Information on plagiarism procedures is available in the Department.

Other Course Policies

  • You will be asked to share writing and make photocopies for others in class.
  • CheckWSU email and the class website regularly for updates on class meetings, tips on homework assignments, etc.
  • Late work is not accepted in this course. I have planned the schedule thoughtfully so that you will have enough time to complete assignments, and so that I have enough time to respond to your work. If you have concerns about completing an assignment on time, please talk to me as soon as possible, so that I can help you work through any issues you’re having with it.
  • Ensure that all pagers, cell phones, watches, etc., won’t sound during class time. Students should not take or make calls, text message, or otherwise use electronic devices during class, except to access course-related materials.
  • Use computers and tablets for class work, not personal emailing, social networking, surfing for fun, playing games, etc.
  • Be courteous regarding the classroom space. Clean up after yourself, and help leave the room better than you find it.
  • If a student misses the first two class sessions, s/he will be asked to drop the course to avoid a failing grade. Students may add the course during the first week of classes but not after that.
  • A grade of Incomplete will be issued only if the student has attended nearly all of the class sessions, submitted an Incomplete Contract (using the English Department’s recommended form) sign, and obtained the instructor’s signature on it.
  • Additional resources include the Academic Success Center <>and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) <>.

The Composition Learning Community and Peer Mentors

Students are encouraged to use the support of peer mentors in the Composition Learning Community program. These peer mentors will visit during selected class periods and conference days, and will be available via email to talk with students about the experience of working on writing projects in composition courses. More information about peer mentoring can be found on the class website.

Warrior Writing, Research, and Technology (WRT) Zone

The WRT Zone is a one stop resource center for writing, research, and technology. The WRT Zone provides individual tutoring consultations, research assistance from librarians, and technology consultations, all free of charge for graduate and undergraduate students at WSU. Tutoring sessions are run by undergraduate and graduate tutors and can last up to 50 minutes. Tutors can work with writing from all disciplines.

Tutoring sessions focus on a range of activities in the writing process – understanding the assignment, considering the audience, brainstorming, writing drafts, revising, editing, and preparing documentation.  The WRT Zone is not an editing or proofreading service; rather, tutors work collaboratively with students to support them in developing relevant skills and knowledge, from developing an idea to editing for grammar and mechanics.

Librarian and technology support is a walk-in service. Consultants will work with students on a first come-first serve basis. Consultants provide support with the library database system, finding and evaluating sources, developing research strategies, organizing sources, and citations. Consultants will also provide technology support including, but not limited to: video editing, graphics creation, presentation building, audio recording, MS Office support, and dissertation formatting. The WRT Zone has several computers with the Adobe Creative Suite for students who want to work on multimedia projects. Our location is also equipped with two Whisper Rooms where students can work on multimedia projects in a more private and sound isolated environment.

To make a face-to-face or online appointment, consult the WRT Zone website: <;.

For more information about the WRT Zone, please contact the Director, Jule Wallis (email:

Student Disability Services

Students who may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss specific needs.  Additionally, the Student Disabilities Services Office coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The office is located in 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library and can be reached by phone at 313-577-1851. Please consult the SDS website for further information:

7 thoughts on “Syllabus

  1. […] of the course. With every class I take or action I do, I’m always searching for purpose. The purpose I took away from this class was the ability to take any rhetorical situation and integrate writing, […]

    • There is assigned reading from the textbook throughout the semester, templates we will use for Projects 3 and 4, and a couple of homework assignments we will complete. It’s probably easier to do that if you’re not trying to share the textbook with anyone else.

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