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Revision Date: 17-May-24

Summer 2024 | ENG-1061-VT01 - English Composition

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 09:00A - 12:30P
Semester Dates: 05-20-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Linda Lipkin
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

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 only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

In the first class meetings, we will review the responsible use of AI.


This class will focus on developing your skills in active reading, accurate writing, effective speaking and critical listening. Teaching methods to improve student writing will include:

  • In-class writing assignments: bring a notebook and a pen to class
  • Multimedia presentations and resources
  • Small group and whole group in-class discussions
  • Reading and critique of published work
  • Reading and response to peer work
  • Writing three essays; each includes a draft and final essay
  • Research Paper writing process that includes developing a research topic, thesis statement, annotated bibliography, research paper outline, library research, in-text citations and works cited page, and a draft and final research paper.

Evaluation Criteria

Grading for this course:

20% - Participation and Attendance

20% - Writing Exercises, Reading Responses, Quizzes

15% - Draft Essays, including Research Paper Draft 1

20% - Final Essays

25% - Research Paper

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


Introductions/Course Expectations

Writing Process

The Structure and Power of Narrative: Telling Stories

Developing the Narrative Essay


Personal Essays

This I Believe - audio and text

Video (TED Talk) Chiminanda Ngozi Adichie




Read and respond (in writing and discussion) to This I Believe essays and The Danger of a Single Story

Brainstorming Ideas for the Personal Narrative Essay

Academic Honesty Assignment

Exit Ticket: Getting to Know You

Narrative Essay First Draft Due TUESDAY May 28, no later than 11:59 PM



Writing Process – Revising: Understanding and Applying Feedback

Developing Your Narrative Voice: Description and Sensory Detail

How to Write an Effective Summary



Family Road Trip - Shteyngart, Lorde

Feedback Codes


Observational Essays (Renkl, Kinkenbourg)


In Class: Summarizing Exercise

In Class: Feedback Partner Exercise

Exit Ticket: Action Plan for Revision

Narrative Essay Final Draft Due no later than 11:59 PM Sunday, May 9

Reading Response



Developing the Illustration/Example Essay


Staples: Black Men and Public Space



Reading Response

Illustration/Example Essay First Draft no later than 11:59 PM Friday, June 14



Writing Process/Revision Workshop: Illustration/Example Essay

Revision Strategies

Comparing and Contrasting: Purpose, Structure, Examples


Suzanne Britt "Neat People vs Sloppy People"

Amy Tan "Mother Tongue"


Reading Response

In-class: Partner Revision Exercise

In-class: Compare/Contrast



Evaluating and Making Arguments

What Do They Say? What Do I Say?


Academic Discourse: Joining the Conversation

They Say/I Say: Templates for Constructing Academic Arguments

Op-Ed Roundtable: Homelessness in the United States


Reading Response: Op-Ed Exercises (Summary, Evidence) – The Value of a College Education

Illustration/Example Essay Final Draft Due no later than 11:59 PM TUESDAY June 30



Developing a Thesis – Arguable Claim

Using Credible Evidence


Library Resources

Evaluating Sources

Citing Evidence: MLA Style


Reading Response

Evaluating Evidence

MLA Citation Exercise



Introduction to the Researched Position Paper


Problems Worth Solving

Knowledge vs Belief

Sample Papers


Research Topic Due no later than 11:59 PM FRIDAY July 12



Creating a Research Paper Outline

Developing a Works Cited Page


Evaluating Sources: Creating an Annotated Bibiliography

Sample Outline Templates


Research Paper Outline Due no later than 11:59 PM FRIDAY July 19

Annotated Bibliography Due no later than 11:59 PM SUNDAY July 21



Research Paper Drafting


They Say/I Say

Individual Research


Research Essay First Draft Due no later than 11:59 PM FRIDAY July 26



Putting it all Together

Revision Conferences and Peer Feedback


Strategies for Revision

Giving and Getting Actionable Feedback


Research paper revising



Research Paper Revision, Round#2

Putting it all Together

Summary Slide


Summary Slide for Presentation

They Say/I Say Chapter 8


Final Research Essay due no later than 11:59 PM Friday, August 9

Summary Slide due no later than 11:59 PM Friday, August 9



Research Presentations


Final Class Reflections

Exit Ticket and Final Farewells


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

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important. You'll have the opportunity to self-assess and receive instructor feedback on each of these areas at the mid-point and the end of the semester.

  • Attend class regularly, on-time and for the full session.
  • Bring a notebook, pen, and a laptop (if you have one) to class.
  • Complete all of the week's reading and writing assignments before the start of class.
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind.
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities.
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it.
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Plan to complete and submit assignments by the deadline noted on the syllabus.
    • Usually, the deadline for FIRST DRAFTS will be 11:59 PM the FRIDAY following our Monday class.
    • Usually, the deadline for READING RESPONSES will be 11:59 PM the SUNDAY following our Monday class.
    • Usually, the deadline for FINAL DRAFTS will be 11:59 PM the SUNDAY following our Monday class.
  • You are responsible for checking Canvas and getting any notes, materials and assignments for any missed classes. Please reach out and ask questions if anything is unclear.
  • First Draft Essays are 15% and Final Essays are 20% of your grade. Together they comprise more than a third of your total course grade.

    • Draft and Final Essays will be accepted up to a week late. You will lose 10% each day your draft or final essay is late. After a week, the essay assignment will be closed, and your essay will no longer be accepted for credit. If you need extra time, let me know before the due date and we will figure out a plan that works for you.
    • If you submit only the first draft of any essay, I will grade that draft for up to 50% credit as a submission for the final draft. If you submit only the final essay with no first draft, I will grade the final draft for up to 50% credit. The first draft stage is critical for getting feedback that will develop your writing skills.
    • Extensions for longer than one week will be granted for extenuating circumstances. If a lengthy medical problem or other personal issues will result in missing weekly discussions and/or assignments, please contact me as soon as possible.

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.