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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 29-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | ENG-1061-VO13 - English Composition

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 17 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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Christine Brooks
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Introductory Written Expression
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

In this course, students develop effective composition skills and research techniques. Students learn strategies for organizing, evaluating, and revising their work through extensive reading of a variety of essay styles and literary texts; apply writing and research techniques to their papers; and demonstrate proficiency in first-year college-level writing and information literacy.

Essential Objectives

1. Consistently apply an appropriate writing process that includes planning, drafting, revising, and editing.
2. Demonstrate in written work an awareness of the relationship among writer, subject, audience, and purpose.
3. Demonstrate writing proficiency with a range of rhetorical approaches to include narration, exposition, argument, and critical analysis and recognize the stylistic and structural strategies in the writing of others.
4. Discuss writing by authors from diverse (such as racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gender) backgrounds to explore how perspectives and experiences may shape voice in composition.
5. Focus written work around an explicit central thesis, a position statement or proposition advanced by the writer that is arguable and supportable and develop the thesis systematically, using specific details and supporting evidence.
6. Compose written work that demonstrates effective use of sentence structure, paragraphing, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in research writing skills by completing one or more papers that:
a) Develop and support an arguable thesis;
b) Locate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question;
c) Appropriately acknowledge and document sources, using standard MLA or APA styles.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ENG-1061-VO13 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


As an instructor, I would like to assist you in improving your ability to actively read, accurately write, effectively speak, and critically listen. This course will help students develop skills necessary for successful college level writing and in their chosen careers. Use the Syllabus and always check Canvas Announcements and Modules. We will use Discussions, Assignments, and the Files. You can access your Grades in Canvas too.

Evaluation Criteria

Brief Story 50 points

Email the Professor 30 points

An Introduction 50 points

Workshop & Sharing (2) 15 points

Essay #1 100 points

Brief Comparison/Contrast 40 points

Tell a Story using Quotes 50 points

Research Outline 80 points

Research Essay #2 150 points

Letter Assignment 90 points

Reading Responses 130 points

Discussions 200 points

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


September 3 - 9 - Introduction to Class


Read Chapter 1, Critical Reading pg. 9—

“Mental Illness on Television” pg. 64

"Fish Cheeks" pg. 87


Assign Email – see details on Canvas

Reading Response




September 12 - 18 - The Writing Process


Read Chapter 2, The Writing Process pg. 27—

“My Summer of Scooping Ice Cream" pg. 104

"Code Three" pg. 83


Email Assignment Due

Assignment #1 - Write a brief story about a specific incident - 300 to 350 words. See more details on Canvas.

Reading Response




- Narration: Telling a Story


Brief Story Due

Read Chapter 5 Narration: Telling a Story pg. 69—

· "Champion of the World" pg. 90

"Maya Angelou on Writing" pg. 94

“Fixing Common Errors” pg. 59-61


Brief Story Due

Assign Introduction - write an introduction telling a story - See more details on Canvas.

Reading Response




-Description: Writing with Your Senses pg. 97—


Read Chapter 6, Description: Writing with Your Senses pg. 97—

“Brad Manning on Writing” pg. 123

“Once More to the Lake” pg. 125


Introduction Due

Assign Essay #1 - see Canvas for more details.

Reading Response




- Example: Pointing to Instances


Read Chapter 7, Example: Pointing to Instances pg. 135—

“Black Men and Public Space” pg. 141

“Brent Staples on Writing” pg. 145

“Homeless” pg. 154


Workshop and Sharing for Essay #1 – on Canvas

Reading Response




- Comparison and Contrast: Setting Things Side by Side


Read Chapter 8, Comparison and Contrast: Setting Things Side by Side pg. 167—

“At Risk” pg. 175

“Remember in My Childhood on the Continent of Africa” pg. 187

“The Great Silence” pg. 180


Essay #1 Due

Assign Comparison/Contrast - 300-350 words

Reading Response




- Cause and Effect; Asking Why


Read Chapter 12, Cause and Effect; Asking Why pg. 307—

“Signing Their Lives Away” pg. 315

“Live Free and Starve” pg. 334


Comparison/Contrast Due

Assign Story - using a quote

Reading Response




- Definition


Read Chapter 13, Definition pg. 347-

“Checking My Privilege” pg. 354

“Peculiar Benefits” pg. 361

“What I Lived For" pg. 449


Assign Research Outline

Assign Research Essay #2

Reading Response




- Argument and Persuasion: Stating Opinions and Proposals


Read Chapter 14, Argument and Persuasion: Stating Opinions and Proposals pg. 404—

“I Was an Anchor Baby” pg. 408

“Eating Green” pg. 503


Workshop & Sharing for Story using a quote

Reading Response




- More on Research


“The Sacred Spell of Words” pg. 373

“Mass Shootings and the Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill” pg. 394

“The Brain That Changes” pg. 521


Story using a quote Due

Reading Response




- Research Work


No readings this week. The Research Outline is due this week, and the Research Paper is due next week. Take this time to proofread and polish your work. Feel free to use the CCV online or in person tutors. They can help and teach you so much.


Research Outline Due - see directions on Canvas



- Writing a Letter


“When Animals Attack” pg. 225


Research Essay Due

Assign Letter

Reading Response




- Writing a Letter


“Barrio Walden” pg. 458

"What PTSD Looks Like" pg. 250



Reading Response




- Finishing the Semester


“But What Do You Mean?” Pg. 285



Reading Response




- Finishing the Semester


Letter Due

Fun with Writing


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Weekly Schedule –

Tuesdays - the Reading Response is due by 11:59 pm.

Fridays – the Discussion is due by 11:59 pm.

Mondays – the Assignments are due by 11:59 pm.

Please view the Late Paper Policy for late Assignments. Reading Responses and Discussions must be turned in on time.

This course is designed to give you guidance and practice in understanding language and its uses. Skill in rhetoric is essential not only for your college work, but for your career, and as an informed and active citizen in your community. What we accomplish in this course is to become more conscious and skilled in language. Writing is a skill you can improve, not necessarily an inherent talent. You can become a better writer if you make a sincere effort in this course.

Class Participation - Please be willing to share your ideas with the class in the Discussions. Critical Thinking is highly encouraged. Participate fully. You will be commenting, in a positive way, about other students' work. A good attitude is paramount. Be ready to discuss the articles you have read.

Reading Responses - All the readings are bulleted and listed on the syllabus. Each Reading Response is worth 5 points. When you have 130 points I will email you to let you know you have completed the Reading Responses and you won’t have to do any more. This way, if you miss a few Reading Responses, you’ll still be okay. You cannot do extra Reading Responses for a higher grade. Most of you who do them won’t need extra credit. I will pose a broad question you can answer from your point of view for the Reading Responses. You will have to read in order to respond.

Discussions - Please be willing to share your ideas with the class in the Discussions. Critical Thinking is highly encouraged. Sometimes there will be a brief YouTube video for you to watch and comment on. You will also be commenting, in a positive way, about other students' work.

Makeup Policy - There are no makeup Discussions, Reading Responses or class assignments. It defeats the purpose of the assigned work; however, you can afford to miss a few Reading Responses and still earn a good grade. If you miss Discussions and class work all the time it will hurt your grade. See Attendance Policy. Discussions count as Attendance and Class Participation.

Attendance Policy - You will be graded for regular, prepared attendance and for active participation. Attendance will be taken from the Discussions and Reading Responses. More than 2 unexcused absences can lower your grade. Please do the Discussions and Reading Responses on time so you are not marked absent. Discussions and Reading Responses have deadlines. You cannot make them up once they have closed. If you are having difficulty, it’s always a good idea to let your professor know at least 48 hours before Assignments are due. Please submit a doctor’s note for an excused absence.

Academic Dishonesty - Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of information or words from someone else’s writing. This can happen intentionally, when you use someone else’s words as your own, or unintentionally, when you fail to properly cite your sources. It you have questions about how to cite a source, please ask or consult Purdue Owl. If you plagiarize, you are liable to penalties, including failing the course.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Guidelines for Essays -If using Google Docs to turn in assignments, please DO NOT continue to edit past the due date. This will result in the Late Paper Policy. If you use Google Docs change your work to Word or a PDF.Most of you will be amazing and turn your work in and on time. A few students will take advantage of Google Docs and keep editing or deny me access to their document. This cannot happen. Please review the Late Paper Policy. There is a video in the Announcements to show you how to upload Files in Canvas. Please use it. You can use Word or a PDF too.All essays are to be submitted typed and double spaced. Your name, the instructor’s name, the class, and the date should be in the upper left hand corner of page one. The title will be centered. Do not Bold, italicize, or underline your own titles. Use 12 font and Times New Roman for the entire paper. Please use MLA style. Note that your writing in this class is public and will be used for peer review, as well as faculty outside of class.

Late Papers - You will need to plan accordingly to get your paper or other work in on time. Late work can receive an “F” grade. On occasion, true emergencies do arise. Please email me in the event of an emergency at a minimum of 48 hours before the paper is due. I will decide whether you have a true emergency. Each paper is to be submitted on time in the Assignments in Canvas. A 10 point drop will be taken for the first day late. If by chance you do turn in a late paper (which I strongly discourage) and the Assignment has closed, please email with your paper as an attachment as soon as possible. Each day that you do not email your paper to me is an additional 5 point drop. Please Note: A late paper is allowed one time only. Continuous late papers are a problem and will earn an automatic 0.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.