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Revision Date: 07-May-23

Summer 2023 | 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: 05-22-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Emma Schneider
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
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 is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

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


  • Engaged discussions
  • Small group and partner discussions
  • Writing workshops
  • In-class writing exercises
  • Oral presentations
  • Instructor demonstrations
  • Guest presenters
  • One-on-one meetings
  • Independent projects

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




Prep: None!


DUE: “The Place Where You Live” Draft



How We Observe


Prep: BRING your draft to class!

  • “Walk the Earth” TED Talk, John Francis
  • “The New You,” Anthony Doerr

DUE:“The Place Where You Live” Final



Rhetorical Tools


Prep: Sample Op-Eds TBD


DUE: Op-Ed Topic Proposal (1+ sources)



What Makes Us Care



  • “Slow Violence and Environmental Storytelling,” Rob Nixon
  • “Learning the Grammar of Animacy,” Robin Wall Kimmerer

DUE: Self-Reflection #1

DUE: Op-Ed Rough Draft and Bibliography (3+ sources)



How Scope Influences Story


Prep: Bring Printed Op-Ed Rough Draft to Class

  • “As Tree Falls, …,” Howard Weiss-Tisman
  • “History Space: Creation of Vermont Interstates,” Brent Curtis
  • “History of the Federal Use of Eminent Domain,” Department of Justice

DUE: Op-Ed Final (5+ sources)



Archived Silence



  • “The Danger of a Single Story,” TED Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Archival Silences (https://lib.guides.umbc.edu/c.php?g=24920&p=7361816)

DUE: Local Spot Topic Proposal (1+ source)



Local Stories, Local Sources


Prep: Local examples TBD


DUE: Local Spot Images (5+ historic or contemporary with captions) and Bibliography



Explaining the Context


Prep: Bring printed images to class (black and white is okay)

  • “Black Women in the Wilderness,” Evelyn C. White
  • “Going it Alone,” Rahawa Haile

DUE: Self-reflection #2

DUE: Rough Draft



Brattleboro Walking Tour


Prep: Wear comfortable walking shoes!


DUE: Local Spot Final



Brattleboro Walking Tour, Cont.


Prep: Wear comfortable walking shoes!

  • “History Project,” Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
  • “Marshall Islands,” Atomic Heritage Foundation

DUE: Close Analysis Topic Proposal



Polishing Your Work



  • Janelle Monáe, "Dirty Computer" excerpts
  • "(Miss) Representation..."


DUE: Close Analysis Rough Draft



Digging into the Details


DUE: Self-reflection #3

DUE: Close Analysis Final


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

Active engagement in class discussions and activities is essential to success in this course. Successful class participation includes:

· Demonstrating engaged listening to peers through body language, clarifying questions, note-taking, and helpful responses

· Contributing verbally to every class discussion in a way that furthers the conversation

· Preparing for every class by completing assigned readings and activities

· Asking questions and reaching out for help from peers, the instructor, Hartness librarians, and other student support services as needed

Missing & Late Work Policy

Assignments for in-class writing workshop must be brought to class printed and ready to edit.

Late submissions will lose 10% if no communication was given in advance. Rough drafts will not be accepted more than 1 week late without prior communication. Final essay submissions more than a week beyond the deadline will be accepted at the discretion of the faculty. Students should contact the faculty immediately upon knowing that their submission will be delayed.

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.