English 110: English Composition

Fall 2009


T/Th 9:30-10:45am                                                      Email:

Preble 109                                                                   Phone: 741-5891

Instructor: Amy Havel                                                   Office: 202 Harborview

Office hours: T/Th 12:30-2


English Composition is the introduction to college writing across the curriculum. In addition to any necessary review of grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph composition, this course covers the writing of personal essays in several rhetorical modes, academic papers, and research analysis. Emphasis will be placed upon writing multiple drafts with an eye toward revising, rewriting and editing, as well as the utilization of close reading and critical thinking as literacy tools.


Prerequisite:      Test placement or successful completion of English 090


Texts:                         Fort Preble Reader

                                    The Writer’s Reference Handbook, Hacker

Other materials:         Three-ring notebook with dividers



Course Objectives:   

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

1.                  Write effectively with a specific purpose and to a specific audience, using appropriate strategies for varying contexts.

2.                  Organize essays using thesis statements, logical and academic formats, and standard English conventions.

3.                  Write rough, exploratory drafts of papers, then practice revision methods to achieve polished final drafts.

4.                  Locate and evaluate legitimate research sources, electronic, print, and other.

5.                  Show ability to use proper MLA documentation and an awareness of plagiarism issues.

6.                  Use writing as a critical thinking tool for learning.



Coursework Requirements:

At the end of the semester, students will be expected to have completed a portfolio of written work which should include between 15-25 pages of material, including but not limited to the following:


 1.        Four essays of at least 750-1000 words in (single) rhetorical modes. 

Description/Narration  Persuasive/Argument

Process Analysis                       Comparison/Contrast



2.         One paper of at least 1000 words that uses multiple rhetorical modes.


3.         Multiple drafts (2 or 3) of any of the above papers.


4.         Display of proper research documentation (MLA and/or APA) and sources.


5.         A critical introduction to the portfolio (250+ words)



Grades:                       Short essays (4)                                    60%

                                    Longer essay                                       20%

                                    Notebook project:                                10%

Grammar quizzes                                  5%

                                    Homework & participation                   5%


Notebook Project:

In addition to writing papers, the class will work together to create our own textbook of readings, which will include contributions from the entire class and inclusion of your own finished papers.  More information is forthcoming.


Participation Policy:

Students are expected to come to class prepared, having worked with the material assigned and ready to discuss it. If a lack of participation or readiness is evident, I’ll meet once with a student for warning/explanation. Further lack of work will result in an administrative withdrawal.


Attendance Policy:    

Success in this class requires your constant attendance, so you should make every effort to be here. You are allowed three unexcused absences, after that your grade will begin to drop one full grade with each additional absence. Also, two instances of tardiness will count as one missed class. If you have to be absent, check the syllabus to catch up and call/email other students. (This also means that being absent for one class doesn’t excuse you from being prepared for the next class.)


Late Policy:

Any late assignments are frowned upon; however, students have the option of passing in one paper one week late. Other than that, no late assignments are accepted. Quizzes are taken in class and there are no make-ups. One extra credit assignment will be given at the end of the semester to replace one missing homework or one missed quiz.



Southern Maine Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer. For more information, please call 207-741-5798. If you have a disabling condition and wish to request accommodations in order to have reasonable access to the programs and services offered by SMCC, you must register with the disability services coordinator, Mark Krogman, who can be reached at 741-5629 (TTD 207-741-5667). Further information about services for students with disabilities and the accommodation process is available upon request at this number.


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