• Instructor: Ms. Maryellen Bova
    • Course: English 101, Fall 2019


      • Meetings Times: Daily, John Jay High School, Room 242
      • Google Classroom Code: l9w3ev (for students only)
      • Remind: On your cell enter this number 81010 and text this message @msmbova (for students only) Please use this source first to text me assignment questions or personal issues. I will NOT give grades out except in class.
      • Email: Maryellen.Bova@wcsdny.org
      • Contact: (845) 897-6700 x 30080
      • Office Hours: Periods 2, 4 or 8 by appointment only


    • Course Objectives (upon successful completion of this course, students will):


        • Use the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing;
        • Employ specific and focused thesis statements and topic sentences;
        • Develop body paragraphs with full and detailed support;
        • Use language clearly and precisely and with a level of formality appropriate to academic writing;
        • Integrate source material into a text and document it correctly, according to MLA style;
        • Edit writing for grammar, mechanics, sentence structure, and usage;
        • Write unified and coherent essays in a variety of rhetorical forms.
        • Read critically and respond analytically to readings in discussion and writing;
        • Expand vocabulary through reading and the use of a dictionary;
        • Consider audience when writing essays;        
        • Engage in and analyze oral discourse effectively.


    • Areas of Study Include:


      •    Principles of college writing
      •    Narrative and Expository Writing
      •    Argumentative Writing
      •    Traditional rhetorical modes
      •    Effective composing, revising, and editing strategies
      •    MLA conventions
      •    Critical reading skills
      •    Critical thinking skills
      •    Using language purposefully and imaginatively
    • Required Texts and Materials: Prose Reader Essays for Thinking, Reading and Writing, MLA Update (11th Edition)

    ISBN-13: 978-0134678856

    ISBN-10: 0134678850

    Edition: 11   Do not buy any other edition than 11!


    • Materials: 


                * A notebook dedicated to English 101 only

    • * Folder for class notes and handouts

    * Pens: red, black, blue, green, purple, and multiple-colored highlighters

      • * Pencils
      • * A double-pocket folder is necessary to turn in essays – so get a few!
      • * Post-it notes – multiple colors
      • * Multi-colored index cards, preferably spiral bound OR a marble composition book college-ruled — these will be used for vocabulary units


    • Class Policies:


        • Be here, be on time; absences and lates adversely affect your grade.
        • Be considerate, be constructive, be open-minded, and be vocal.
        • Read directions, listen to directions, follow directions.
        • Be authentic and responsible for assignments, work, etc.


    • Nothing is allowed to be turned in late and a zero will result in failure.


        • Do NOT text in class when using allowed technology.
        • This class is a privilege and you have to work very hard to remain.


    • Class Expectations:


      • Tolerance. Recognizing that other people have different values, beliefs, appearance, and desires is a hallmark of maturity. The most important expectation in my class is that all students are treated with respect, that all ideas are considered, and that each student makes his/her best effort to make a meaningful contribution to the work of his/her education. By virtue of your placement in this class, you have demonstrated the ability to excel in English; my goal is to challenge you to become a stronger writer and more critical thinker. I will not tolerate language or actions that exclude or demean. Respect for all: classmates, teachers, administrators, substitutes, and self. This is an absolute requirement.
      • Plagiarism is submitting someone else’s work as your own and/or not citing the source of ideas that are not yours. If you are caught plagiarizing (intentionally OR NOT), you will receive a ZERO on the assignment and be reported to the Principal’s office and the DCC Academic Dean’s office. You may even fail the course or be asked to leave. Your honor, your integrity, your character are your most valuable assets--protect and cherish them accordingly.


    • Grade Determination:
    • Essays, major papers, and projects:  40 %


    All deadlines must be met and NO late essays, papers, or projects will be accepted.


    • Participation, classwork, homework, tests, and quizzes: 40 %


      • Participation means being active in class discussions, grammar and revision sessions, and consistently completing essay outlines and rough drafts. Participation also means attending class regularly and being prepared for discussion. I will give a ZERO participation grade to students with excessive absences or who do not have materials (papers, revisions, articles read, etc.) needed for workshop. We will have tests or quizzes (unannounced as well) for works completed. Homework will NOT be accepted late.


    • Final Exam: 20 %


    Dutchess Community College Grading System: 

    • A (100 – 93); A – (92 – 90); 
    • B + (89 – 87); B (86 – 83); B – (82 – 80); 
    • C + (79 – 77); C (76- 70); 
    • D (69 – 60); F (59 – 0)
    • You must receive a C or above for college credit and a 65 and above for 12th grade credit.
    • Essay Requirements: This is a writing course and writing is a process, not just a singular event; therefore, there are several steps that go into the final essay grade.
      • All essays must be in standard MLA format: Uniformly double-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins, proper MLA headers and heading. You may (and will) use outside sources; however, you must document properly and create a Works Cited page, even if it is for only one source.
      • LABEL your essays in the heading. (For example: English 101 plus the title or subject of your paper). Check with me for proper MLA heading!
      • There are no late papers. Being absent does not excuse you from deadlines; when you are absent, it is your responsibility to keep up with assignments and get those assignments to me even if you cannot attend class. Inability to follow essay deadlines WILL RESULT IN FAILURE.
    • Attendance Policy: English 101 REQUIRES your attendance. Excessive absences will result in a ZERO participation grade and this could fail you. Please note that this is a workshop and discussion-based class (not a lecture-based class). You cannot pass if you do not attend regularly! 
    • Passing: A grade of 75 or better is needed for entrance into English 102.Academic Accommodations



    ASSIGNMENTS (Dates subject to change):

    Week#1 - September 5 & 6

    • Review course requirements and syllabus
    • Return course registration forms
    • Get class materials
    • Join Google Classroom and Remind 
    • Sign up for Wappingers Computer Agreement
    • 5-6 Summer Reading Quotes - bring quotes and/or book Due Monday

    Week # 2 — September 9-13

    • Registration form & homeroom materials due Monday
    • Discuss Syllabus
    • Summer Reading Quotes - paragraph & poem - the importance of words and their impact
    • Memoir passages - GUTS and Recovery from Our Addictions
    • Set up groups
    • Read Chapters 1, 2, 3 for Wednesday’s class—always expect a READING QUIZ


    1. Thinking Critically
    2. Reading Critically
    3. Writing Critically


    • Group Quiz chapters 1, 2, & 3


    • Complete vocabulary unit#1A on index cards
    1. Vocabulary word and part of speech(s) on one side
    2. Definitions and synonyms on other
    3. Quiz #1A  - 9/17/19

    Week # 3 - September 16-20

    • Chapter 4 due Monday - expect a reading quiz always!
    • Vocabulary 1A Test - Tuesday
    • Weekly discussion & group work chapter 4. Description: Exploring Through the Senses

    RAY BRADBURY “Summer Rituals”  

    KIMBERLY WOZENCRAFT “Notes from the Country Club”  

    GARRISON KEILLOR “Hoppers”  

    MALCOLM COWLEY “The View from 80” 

    NASA “Mars”  

    Writing Assignment: Descriptive 

    Workshop: September 20 & 23 Due Date: September 24th - hard copy only

    Week # 4 - September  23 - 27

    • Laptops 9/23 continue descriptive essay - hard copy due Tuesday 9/24
    • Complete vocabulary # 1B - test 10/1
    • Weekly discussion & group work -  Narration: Telling a Story - Reading quiz 9/24

    Defining Narration  

    LEWIS SAWAQUAT “For My Indian Daughter”  

    MAYA ANGELOU “New Direction” 

    KENNETH MILLER “Class Act”

    SANDRA CISNEROS “Only Daughter”

    RUSSELL BAKER “The Saturday Evening Post”

    • Review common application topics and your college requirements
    • Workshop sample college essays - focus on description & narration     

      Writing Assignments: 1st draft college essay HARD COPY  Due: 10/1

    Week # 5 - September 30 - October 4th

    • Monday - no school
    • Tuesday - vocabulary 1B test & hard copy of college draft due 10/1
    • Wednesday - Friday - Writing Workshop & individual conferences

    Writing Assignments: 2nd draft college essay HARD COPY  Due Date: 10/7

    Week # 6 - October 7 - 11

    • Monday - hard copy of 2nd draft college essay due/writing workshop
    • Tuesday - writing workshop & complete vocabulary 2A
    • Wednesday - no school
    • Thursday - chapter 6 reading quiz & discussion 10/10

    Example: Illustrating Ideas  

    Defining Examples  

    CHRISTOPHER NELSON “Why We Are Looking at the “Value” of College All Wrong”

    RICHARD RODRIGUEZ “Public and Private Language” 

    HAROLD KRENTS “Darkness at Noon”  

    RONI JACOBSON “A Digital Safety Net”

    BRENT STAPLES “ A Brother’s Murder”

    • Friday - DCC speaker in room 128

    Writing Assignments: final college essay HARD COPY Due Date: 10/15 and turn in ALL drafts

     Week # 7 - October 14-18

      • Monday - school closed


    • Tuesday -  Chapter 7 Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step due  - reading quiz 10/15 & vocabulary 2A test


    Defining Process Analysis  

    JAY WALLJASPER “Our Schedules, Our Selves”

    JESSICA MITFORD “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain” 

    CAROLE KANCHIER “Dare to Change Your Job and Your Life in 7 Steps” 

    BARBARA EHRENREICH “ Nickel and Dimed”

    STEPHANIE VOZZA “How to Make Friends as an Adult”

    • Wednesday & Thursday & Friday - “How-to” videos/project presentations

    Week # 8 - October 21 - 25


    • Monday reading quiz & discussion chapter 8 Division/Classification: 


    Defining Division/Classification   

    KAREN LACHTANSKI “Match the Right Communication Type to the Occasion” 

    SARA GILBERT “The Different Ways of Being Smart” 

    SARAH TOLER “Understanding the Birth Order Relationship” 

    AMY TAN “Mother Tongue” 



    • Tuesday - Friday - writing workshop choices 1-8 & set up Turnitin/MLA format & parenthetical citations - resource: Owl-Purdue website


    • By Friday - Complete vocabulary 2B

    Chapter Writing Assignment Due Date: 11/26 by 11PM to turnitin

    Week #9 - October 28 -November 1


    • Monday reading quiz & discussion chapter 9 Comparison/Contrast: Discovering Similarities and Differences  


    Defining Comparison/Contrast   

    AMY CHUA “Excerpt from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” 

    ADAM GOPNIK “How Lincoln and Darwin Shaped the Modern World”

    MOTOKO RICH “Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?” 

    GLORIA STEINEM “The Politics of Muscle”

    JOHN TIERNEY “A Generation’s Vanity, Heard Through Lyrics”

    Writing Assignments Due Date: November 4th to turnitin.com by 7AM Topic TBA

    Week #10 - November 4-8


    • Chapter 10. Definition: Limiting the Frame of Reference - reading quiz 11/4  


    Defining Definition  

    WAYNE NORMAN “When Is a Sport Not a Sport?”  

    ROBERT RAMIREZ “The Barrio”

    ELIZABETH SVOBODA “Virtual Assault”

    MARY PIPHER “Beliefs About Families”

    DAVID HANSON “Binge Drinking”


    • Tuesday, November 5 - school closed for students only - SC
    • Wednesday - Friday 
    • Review Rhetorical Strategies


      • Review Parenthetical Citations & proper MLA research format
      • Writing workshop

    Chapter Writing Assignments Due Date: Friday 11/8 

    What do you define as …handwritten in class

    Week #11 - November 11-15


    • School closed - Monday
    • Chapter 11. Cause/Effect: Tracing Reasons and Results  - Quiz Tuesday 11/12 & Weekly Discussion


    Defining Cause/Effect  

    STEPHEN KING “Why We Crave Horror Movies”

    MICHAEL DORRIS “The Broken Cord”

    DANA GIOIA “On the Importance of Reading” 

    JOE KEOHANE “How Facts Backfire”

    ART MARKMAN “Can Video Games Make You Smart (Or At Least More Flexible)?”

    • Project Workshops: Thursday & Friday - Cause & Effect Application Group Presentation Assignment Due Date: November 18 - Monday 

    Week # 12 - November 18-22 


    • Monday & Tuesday - Group Presentations from chapter 11
    • Chapter 12. Argument and Persuasion: Inciting People to Thought or Action 
    • Reading Quiz -  Wednesday 11/20
    • Discussion - pro & con - Wednesday - Friday
    • Defining Argument and Persuasion  


    FRANK FUREDI “Our Unhealthy Obsession with Sickness” 

    NICHOLAS CARR “How the Internet Is Making Us Stupid” 

    DAVE GROSSMAN “We Are Training Our Kids to Kill”

    SAMANTHA PUGSLEY “How Language Impacts the Stigma Against Mental Health (And What We Must Do to Change It)”

    Opposing Viewpoints: Social Media  

    JOSH ROSE “How Social Media Is Having a Positive Impact on Our Culture”  

    SUSAN TARDANICO “Is Social Media Sabotaging Real Communication?”

    Opposing Viewpoints: Postconviction DNA Testing  

    TIM O’BRIEN “Postconviction DNA Testing Should Be Encouraged”

    JAMES DAO “In Same Case, DNA Clears Convict and Finds Suspect”  

    PETER ROFF “Postconviction DNA Testing Should Not Be Encouraged” 


    Week # 13 - November 25-29


    • Monday & Tuesday:


        • Review Rhetorical Strategies
        • Discuss Research Papers and topics
        • Review sample research papers


    • Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: no school


    Week # 14 - December 2 - 6


    • All week: Research paper workshop - library for resources


    Week # 15 - December 9-13


    • All week: Research paper writing workshop/drafts and peer editing
    • Research paper due date:  Tuesday, December 17 to turnitin by 7 AM


    Week # 16 - December 16-20


    • Monday - final research paper workshop - bring HARD COPY paper to edit
    • Tuesday - send final paper to turnitin.com by 7 AM
    • Tuesday - Friday: Research paper presentations


    Week # 17 - December 23 - 27 - school closed

    Week # 18 - December 30 - January 3


    • Monday - Wednesday - school closed
    • Thursday - Reading quiz  & Friday - weekly discussion - fiction vs. nonfiction


      • Chapter 13. Writing in Different Genres: Combining Rhetorical Modes  
      • RICHARD WRIGHT “The Library Card”
      • EMMA WATSON “ Gender Equality Is Your Issue Too”
      • BILLY COLLINS “Marginalia”
      • WILLIAM STAFFORD “When I Met My Muse”
      • JESSICA ANYA BLAU “Red-Headed”
      • JIM BRYANT “The Gate”

    Week # 19 - January 6 -10


    • Monday & Tuesday: Discuss final exam and potential essay topics


        • Use several rhetorical strategies


    • Wednesday - Friday: Library research & computer lab printing
    • Bring all resources to class on Monday!!!


    Week # 20 - January - January 13 - 17


    January 20 - Discuss class averages

    January 27-31 - TBA





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    • Academic Honesty
    • Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • 1.  Cheating on examinations
    • 2.  Plagiarism, the representation of another’s ideas or writing as one’s own, including but not limited to:
    • a.   presenting all or part of another person’s published work as something one has written;
    • b.  paraphrasing or summarizing another’s writing without proper acknowledgement;
    • c.   representing another’s artistic or technical work or creation as one’s own.
    • 3.  Willingly collaborating with others in any of the above actions which result(s) in work being submitted which is not the student’s own.
    • 4.  Stealing examinations, falsifying academic records and other such offenses.
    • 5.  Submitting work previously presented in another course without permission of instructor.
    • 6.  Unauthorized duplication of computer software.
    • 7.  Unauthorized use of copyrighted or published material.

    If, based on substantial evidence, an instructor deems that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty, the instructor may initiate disciplinary action.

    • 1. The instructor may require that the student repeat the assignment or examination, or
    • 2. The instructor may give the student a failing grade for the assignment or examination, or
    • 3. The instructor may give the student a failing grade for the course.
    • 4. Additionally, the instructor may require that the student receive counseling on academic honesty through the Office of the Dean of Student Services.