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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • English & Humanities • English

English Composition ENGL-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 47 & 49

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 07/31/2012 to 01/25/2013

  • Modified 08/27/2012

Contact Information

Cynthia Brandon-Slocum
Office: Lee-Kildow Hall 204E
Phone: (208) 665-5067
Email: cabrandon-slocum@NIC.EDU

Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Friday: 12:00 - 12:30

If these times don't work for you, please email or talk with me and we'll set something up.

Meeting Times

Section 47
LKH 202

9:00 - 11:50

Section 49
LKH 209
1:00 - 3:50


English 101 prepares students for the demands of academic and professional writing. Students will learn processes and strategies for writing clear, precise, and accurate prose and will demonstrate their abilities in a series of expository essays. Students will also learn to read, analyze, synthesize, and respond to a collection of written texts. This course is required for all degree programs. A grade of C- or above allows the student to enroll in ENGL 102. Lecture: 3 hours per week.



  • Easy Writer by Andrea A. Lunsford
  • Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
  • Experiencing the Purpose of Education

Computer Requirements

  • Regular use of NIC email account
  • Regular use of Blackboard website
  • Access to a printer

Other Materials

  • 2-pocket folder or binder (to keep course materials)
  • Stapler
  • Pencils/pens, and paper 


NIC has identified nine general education abilities that students will develop during their experience here. Composition courses address communication, critical thinking, and social responsibility as stated in the General Education Abilities.

Outcomes for English 101:
After completing English 101, students should be able to

  • Use the writing process to create essays (primarily expository) that communicate ideas to a variety of audiences
  • Write strong, clear prose
  • Use words accurately
  • Write clear and direct sentences that follow conventional structure, grammar, and punctuation
  • Develop essays that focus on a central idea, develop the idea adequately, and show organization and unity
  • Read and respond thoughtfully to peers' and published authors' essays, using them as models for good writing
  • Recognize and avoid plagiarism

Minimum Guidelines:
In order to keep English 101 courses unified, instructors will

  • Assign to read at least ten essays in a variety of styles, modes, and purposes by both student and professional writers
  • Require 4000 to 5000 words of edited prose in 6 to 7 essays



Each week you will be assigned reading from our texts and a number of online essays—most will be followed by a quiz. At the end of the semester, your lowest quiz score will be thrown out. There will also be a syllabus quiz during the first week (this will be worth ten percent of your quiz grade).  


  1. Meditative Narrative (125 points) | 500 words
  2. Review (125 points) | 600 words
  3. Article Response (150 points ) | 700 words
  4. Process/Informative Essay (150 points) | 1000 words

You may revise all six essays you write this semester. You may submit one revised essay per week until our last regular class period. You must have the original graded copy to turn in with the revised version.

Final Grades
Your course grade will consist of the following:


 Four Essays


 2 In-Class Essays


 Workshops, In-Class Work, and Homework Assignments.


 Reading Quizzes 

Grading Scale         


























**You must reveive at least a C- to receive credit for this course.

Course Policies

If you are unable to attend class, stop by my office or contact your fellow classmates to discuss what was missed. I will not respond to emails asking what was missed in class. If you miss class, you will lose any points earned that day for in-class work or quizzes. These may not be made up. If you expect to be absent on a day an assignment is due, contact me before that day to arrange a method of receiving it by the beginning of class (email, early drop off, have a classmate bring it, etc.). If you are consistently late to class, points will be deducted from your in-class work. Of course, if you have an extenuating circumstance, please discuss this with me before.

Late Work
Because homework and reading assignments are necessary for your participation in class, they will not be accepted after their due date. All of your essays must be printed and turned in at the beginning of the class they are due. If you turn in any of the four essays late, you forfeit the chance to revise them.  

In-Class Behavoir
Respectful behavior, both to your peers and your instructor, is mandatory. This means no rude comments, disrespectful body language, or distracting behavior. Most importantly, do not speak or distract others when someone is speaking. If your behavior becomes a problem, you will be asked to leave class and you will lose any quiz or in-class points and be marked absent for the day.

Laptops & Other Electronics
If I see you with open programs and/or documents that are not pertinent to immediate class content and discussion, I will ask you to leave and you will lose any in-class work points and be marked absent for that day. You will not be issued any warnings about inappropriate laptop use.

Cell phones should remain out of sight during every class period. Before the beginning of each class, please make sure your cell phone is turned off or on silent. If I see you with your cell phone, I will ask you to leave and you will lose any in-class work points and be marked absent for that day. You will not be issued any warning about cell phone use.

Throughout the semester you will be required to post assignments, locate extra reading, and participate in discussions on Blackboard. For your convenience, I will also post updated copies of our course schedule, class handouts, and other important information. You will be responsible for checking the site daily for any announcements.

Communication & Technical Difficulties
Communication is a huge part of being successful in a college course. If you have a question, concern, problem, or simply would like to talk about your writing, please feel free to send me an email, instant message, or even better, stop by my office. That’s what my office hours are for. If you are experiencing technical difficulties that disrupt your work or have a question about an assignment, contact me before the assignment is due so we can find a solution.

Another large part of writing is the use of computers. As we all know, technology can fail and work can be lost. Always make sure to back up your work; computer errors will not excuse incomplete work. BACK UP YOUR WORK.

I am interested in what you have to say, and everything you submit for this class should consist of writing and thoughts that are all your own and written specifically for that assignment. No portion of your work should use the ideas or writing of others without clear acknowledgement, nor should you have submitted it in another course. If you fail to follow this policy, you may receive a failing grade on the assignment or for the entire course.

Email Etiquette
Because this is a composition class, you are expected to compose professional emails that show you have taken time to consider, draft, and proofread what you are sending to your instructor. Each email should include a subject that includes your course section, a salutation (Dear, Hi, Hello, Good Afternoon), a properly punctuated and capitalized body that is typo-free and grammatically correct, and a closing (Thank You, Sincerely, Best) that is followed by your name. If you would like a response to your email, make sure to use these guidelines.


ENGL 101 Schedule

Week 1

Friday, August 31


Course Introduction, Writing Sample, and Cynthia tries her best to memorize names.


Week 2

Friday, September 7


Due: 1. Study syllabus

          2. Read chapters 1 & 2 of Citizen Vince

          3. Complete reading log.

In Class: Essay One Introduction, practice scene, exposition, and using specifics.

Week 3

Friday, September 14


No Class

Essay One Free-writes due on Blackboard!


Week 4

Friday, September 21


Due: 1. Read chapter 3 of Citizen Vince

         2. Complete reading log

         3. 4 copies of Essay One

In Class: Workshop Essay One, discuss revision techniques, practice picking titles.

Week 5

Friday, September 28


Due: 1. One printed copy of Essay One

         2. Read chapter 4 of Citizen Vince

         3. Complete reading log

In Class: Introduction to Essay Two, discuss introductions, summary, and evaluation.

Week 6

Friday, October 5


Due: 1. Read chapters 5, and 6 of Citizen Vince

         2. Complete reading log

In Class: Discuss and practice MLA citation and works cited.

Week 7

Friday, October 12


Due: 1. Chapters 7 and 8 of Citizen Vince

         2.  Complete reading log

         3.  4 copies of Essay Two

In Class: Workshop Essay Two, discuss and prepare for writing in-class essays.

Week 8

Friday, October 19


Due: 1. One printed copy of Essay Two

         2.  Outline for In-Class Essay

In Class: Write in-class essays, introduce essay three. 


Week 9

Friday, October 26


Due: 1. Read “Miles Thurlow” in Purpose of Education

         2. Read “Superman & Me” in Purpose of Education

         3. Read “How to Make People Feel Smaller Than They Are” in Purpose of Education

         4. Pick which one of the 3 essays above you will respond to and read it again, until you 

            are able to summarize the main points.

In Class: Practice MLA citation, using the database.  

Week 10

Friday, November 2


Due: 1. Find a database article that will add to your discussion.

       2. Write a properly formatted Works Cited entry for your source (you will turn this in).

       3. Read the article thoroughly and bring it to class.

 In Class: Outline and organize essays. Write thesis statements and paragraphs.

Week 11

Friday, November 9


Due: 3 Copies of Essay Three

In Class: Workshop Essay Three, discuss In-Class Essay 2.

Week 12

Friday, November 16


Due: 1. One printed copy of Essay Three

          2. Outline for in-class essay

In Class: write in-class essay two/ introduction to Essay Four/discuss reliable research

Week 13

Friday, November 23


No Class—Thanksgiving

Week 14

Friday, November 30


Due: 1. Read “In Bed” on Blackboard

         2. Read “Living Like Weasels” on Blackboard 

In Class: Continue working on essays and looking at examples.

Week 15

Friday, December 7


 Due: 1. One printed copy of Essay Four

          2.  Bring green reflection sheet to class.

In Class: Write end-of-the semester reflections. Complete course evaluations. Return to discussion on course outcomes.

Week 16

Friday, December 14


No Class—Individual Conferences


We will not be meeting for our exam period. I will be in my office during this time if you have one last revision you want to turn in.  


Division Policies

NIC English/Modern Languages Division


Plagiarism Policy

NIC's English Department believes strongly in the ability of its students to:

1. write works in which they use their own ideas and words

2. correctly borrow the words and ideas of others


The department's definition of plagiarism comes from the Council of Writing Programs Administrators':  In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else's language, ideas, or other original (no common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.

Behaviors considered plagiarism would include:

1. Using someone else's exact words without using direct quotes.

2. Paraphrasing or summarizing someone's words or ideas without giving credit to the source's author.

3. Submitting another's work as the student's own. This includes a purchased paper, a borrowed paper, or portions of another person's work. NIC now subscribes to a plagiarism-prevention service, called, which is integrated with our Angel course software. When you turn in your assignments to this site, whether during the drafting process or on a final due date, the software compares your work to many resources on the world wide web, coming up with an "authenticity" report. You will receive more information on this process in class. To avoid plagiarism, cite sources carefully.

Behavior not considered plagiarism but of concern is sloppy documentation of words and ideas borrowed from another source and/or submitting an old paper as new work without the instructor's permission.

In addition to helping students with their current individual writing needs, the Writing Center upholds a student-centered environment that stresses the relationship between strong written and oral communication skills and success both in and beyond college. This environment not only helps students become more critical readers and more competent writers, but also promotes their success across the curriculum and encourages life-long learning.

Click on the link below for additional information.


Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.