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English 1301: Composition I


Ed Tober, Assistant Professor
Department of English and Languages

Office: OAG 335           Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9:30-10:30
Phone: 254.968.9285   

Fall 2017 Sections: 420 @ 8:00 MWF, OAG 114 & 430 @ 12:00 MWF, OAG 114

Course Description

ENGLISH 1301 aims primarily at helping students develop skills necessary for effective academic writing by introducing them to and rehearsing them in strategies to effectively purpose, organize, support, and edit, based on an understanding of academic writing as a recursive process (preliminary study, close prompt reading, planning, drafting, revising, editing) and of its rhetorical structure. Therefore, upon completion of English 1301, students will be experienced at organizing interpretive-level ideas into paragraphs that effectively develop key points and organizing paragraphs into academic essays that are rhetorically coherent from thesis to organization to support and that are formally correct.

Course Requirements

Daily Average: 40% (All Daily Assignments)
Daily assignments must be concluded on time and IN CLASS for full credit--period, so attendance is imperative. Grades on daily assignments are, for the most part, quantitative; that is, a grade of  means that all aspects of the assignment were completed with a reasonable level of relevance and detail. A grade other than  reflects a relative level of incompleteness, and a zero means you were not present for that day's classwork. Your daily average will be computed using the following rubric: From the 100 at which your daily average begins, each 0 subtracts 6 points, each ½ subtracts 4 points, each - subtracts 2 points, and each  subtracts 0 points.

Two Formal Academic Essays: 20% each
A late formal essay will be penalized one letter grade per day, beginning at the time due, but will not be accepted more than three calendar days late. If you do not submit one by that time, you will fail the course.

Essay Exam (Final): 20%
You must take the final exam to pass the course.

In Fall 2015, Tarleton began differentiating between a failed grade in a class because a student never attended (F0 grade), stopped attending or stopped regularly submitting assignments at some point in the semester (FX grade), or because the student did not pass the course (F) but attended and submitted assignments the entire semester. These grades will be noted on the official transcript. Stopping or never attending class or submitting assignments can result in the student having to return aid monies received.  For more information see the Tarleton Financial Aid website.

Students are expected to be familiar with Tarleton's Academic Integrity and Academic Conduct policies on the Judicial Affairs website and should be aware that academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and will be punished severely. If I suspect that academic misconduct has occurred (plagiarism, copying from an unauthorized source, copying with another student, etc.), I reserve the right to examine a student on the content or any other facet of submitted work. Moreover, since there are no collaborative assignments in this course, I expect all submitted work to be done independently, especially draft-level assignments.

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact the Center for Access and Academic Testing at 254.968.9400 or The office is located in Math 201. More information can be found at, in the University Catalog, or at Students are instructed to deliver their letters of accommodation during office hours or by appointment, not before or after class, to allow time for a conversation about the request.

The following breaches of academic decorum will not be tolerated: sleeping in class, rudeness to another student, private conversations, leaving class without notice (unless physically ill, of course), playing with/listening to electronic devices (cell phones must be out of sight), etc. Frankly, these are just common courtesy, and failure to comply will result in a zero for that day's assignment.

Tarleton State University provides an academically challenging education where learning is grounded in real-world experiences and effective teaching, research, scholarship, and service. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is rich in history and tradition while being committed to student success and diversity. Tarleton strives to develop moral and ethical thinkers, scholars, and leaders who demonstrate civility and integrity, while contributing meaningfully and responsibly to a global society.

There are no books to buy for Professor Tober's sections of English 1301. Course materials will either be handed out or linked below to be printed by the student.

Amper, Susan. "Untold Story: The Lying Narrator in 'The Black Cat'." Studies in Short Fiction, vol. 29, no. 4, 1992, pp. 475-485. 

Bliss, Ann. "Household Horror: Domestic Masculinity in Poe's 'The Black Cat'." Explicator, vol. 67, no. 2, 2009, pp. 96-99.  

Gargano, James W. "'The Black Cat': Perverseness Reconsidered." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 2, no. 2, 1960, pp. 172-178.

Siegel, Reva B. "'The Rule of Love': Wife Beating as Prerogative and Privacy." Yale Law Journal, vol. 105, no. 8, 1996, pp. 2117-2207. 

Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Black Cat." 1843. Project Gutenberg. 25 August 2015

Purdue OWL. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." (No need to print this out.)

Course Calendar
08-28 Hand out  and Discuss Syllabus

08-30 First Year-First Semester Writing Sample--In Class
09-01 Documentary Notes over The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe; Hand out Siegel excerpt and KISO--In Class
09-06 Siegel KISO Due; Hand out "The Black Cat" Reading Preview and story text 
09-08 Revised Siegel KISO Due
09-11 "The Black Cat" Reading Preview #1-5 Due
09-13 Finish "The Black Cat" Reading Preview Discussion; Hand out Gargano article and KISO--In Class
09-15 "The Black Cat" Reading Preview #6-9 Due
09-18 Finish "The Black Cat" Reading Preview Discussion--In Class
09-20 Gargano KISO Due; Hand out Bliss article and KISO; Discuss Gargano KISO re the Rhetorical Structure of Academic Reading
09-22 Finish Gargano KISO Discussion--In Class
09-25 Bliss KISO Due
09-27 Hand out Purdue OWL re (Formal) Paper Format (manuscript style)
09-29 Finish Bliss Formal Summary Discussion; Hand out Amper article and KISO--In Class
10-02 Bliss Formal Summary Due
10-04 Amper KISO Due
10-06 Finish Amper KISO Discussion--In Class
10-09 Amper Formal Summary Due; Hand out Writing Process Packet for FAE #1 (Prompt, CPR, Prospectus, Rhetorical Analysis)
10-11 Review KISOs and Reading Previews from Preliminary Study; Lecture notes re Principles of Academic Writing: Criteria, Structure, Process--In Class
10-13 Close Prompt Reading (CPR) Workshop for Formal Academic Essay #1 (FAE 1)--In Class
10-16 Prospectus Workshop for FAE 1--In Class
10-18 Prospectus for FAE  Due
10-20 Revised Prospectus Due for Workshop: From Prospectus to (Formal) Organization-level Draft for FAE 1
10-23 TWO printouts of Organization-level Draft Due for Drafting Workshop: Adding Introductory Backgrounding and Concluding Inference
10-25 Preliminary Draft for FAE 1 Due--PRINTED OUT (or no credit)--for Rhetorical Analysis
10-27 Finish Rhetorical Analysis of Preliminary Draft--In Class
10-30 FINAL DRAFT (with ancillaries) for FAE 1 Due; Hand out Writing Process Packet for FAE 2
11-01 CPR Workshop for FAE 2--In class
11-03 Optional Conference Period--Professor Tober's Office
11-06 Prospectus for FAE 2 Due (for Workshop)
11-08 Revised Prospectus Due for Organization-level Draft Workshop for FAE 2
11-10 TWO printouts of Organization-level Draft for FAE 2 Due for Drafting Workshop: Adding Introductory Backgrounding and Concluding Inference
11-13 Discuss Process Review--In Class
11-15 Return FAE 1; Preliminary Draft Q & A--In Class
11-17 Preliminary Draft for FAE2 Due for Rhetorical Analysis
11-20 FINAL DRAFT (with ancillaries) Due for FAE 2; Hand out Writing Process Packet for Academic Essay (Final) Exam (AEE)
11-27 CPR for AEE Due
11-29 Prospectus for AEE Due for Organizaton-level Draft Workshop
12-01 Organizaton-level Draft for AEE Due for Rhetorical Analysis
12-04 AEE Workshop and Daily Grades
12-06 Return FAE 2 and Final Exam (AEE) logistics
12-07 FINAL EXAM, 3:00-5:30, Science 111