English 100: Assignments

Assignments

This course uses a combination of in-class and take-home assignments. In-class assignments happen during regular class hours, and you must be present to complete them. Take-home assignments are due at the beginning of class. Some of them require that you bring a physical copy to class, and some require that you send a computer file by email. I will give you specific instructions for all assignments as we proceed through the course.

  • Essay 1: Plagiarism (take-home) 5%paper pile
  • Essay 2: Example (in-class) 10%
  • Essay 3: Comparison (in-class) 10%
  • Annotated Bibliography (take-home) 10%
  • Essay 4: Research (take-home) 15%
  • Final Exam (in-class) 30%
  • Grammar Quizzes (in-class) 5%
  • Reading Quizzes (in-class) 5%
  • Participation/Attendance (in-class) 5%

 

Grammar Quizzes: This grade reflects how many quizzes you attend. Grammar quizzes happen on Thursdays.

Reading Quizzes: There will be a series of unannounced quizzes that test whether you read and understood the assigned texts.

Essays: The Example, Comparison, and Research essays all happen in two parts. You must complete both parts to get a grade for the essay.

 

Essay #1: Plagiarism Essay
Length: min. 250 words, max. 1 page (take-home)

Use the brainstorming session you had in class to write a short essay that describes two practical things you can do to avoid plagiarism.

 

Essay #2, pt1: Outline
Length: 50 minutes (in-class)

Write an outline for your example essay that interprets either Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” or Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.” Use the format we discussed in class.

 

Essay #2, pt 2: Example Essay
Length: 2 hours (in-class)

Expand your outline into a complete essay using the format we discussed in class.

 

Essay #3, pt1: Opening Paragraph
Length: 50 minutes (in-class)

Write an opening paragraph for your comparison essay using the format we discussed in class.

 

Essay #3, pt2: Comparison Essay
Length: 2 hours (in-class)

Complete your comparison essay using your opening paragraph.

 

Annotated Bibliography
Length: 10 entries (take-home)

Write up ten (10) sources in MLA formatting and annotate them by describing (a) their main claim/support, and (b) how the source is appropriate for the Research Paper. (A more detailed description will be available in class closer to the due date.)

 

Essay #4, pt 1: Research, Rough Draft
Length: 1000 – 1500 words

Write a rough draft for an essay that makes an argument using research (e.g., the sources you found for the Annotated Bibliography). It must be a complete essay: all five paragraphs. (A more detailed description will be available in class closer to the due date.)

 

Essay #4, pt 1: Research, Final Draft
Length: 1400 – 1500 words

Revise your rough draft and, if necessary, expand to fit the minimum word count. (A more detailed description will be available in class closer to the due date.)

 

Final Exam
Length: 3 hours

The exam will consist of a Comprehension section (short answers to targeted questions) worth approximately 1/4 of the grade, and an essay worth approximately 3/4 of the grade. (We will go over these details in class.)

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