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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ENGL 1213 Summer Syllabus

University of ArkansasFort Smith

5210 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72913

 General Syllabus

English 1213: Comp 2

Credit Hours: 3
Pre-Requisite: ENGL 1203     

Instructor: Dr. Kelly Jennings
Office: Vines 139     
Office Hours: Office Hours:    MTWR 7.00-8:00 a.m., 12.30-1.30 p.m.
                                                Or by appointment
Phone: 788-7907

You can also friend me on Facebook – my FB is the Kelly Jennings in Fort Smith with this picture:

You will need to access to the class blog, on which I will post the class assignments. The blog address is -- if you have trouble finding this blog, email me, and I’ll send you a link.

Text:      Little Seagull Handbook and a dictionary ( will do)
               Mammoths of the Great Plains, Eleanor Arnason, ISBN 1604860758
               Reliable access to the internet
1213 Course Description
Provides instruction in rhetoric, academic research, and critical reading

Curricular Requirements
·         Students use recursive writing processes (invention, drafting, peer review, instructor feedback, revision, and editing) to produce 3 to 4 writing assignments requiring research and the incorporation of source material (one of which is an analysis of a book-length work).
·         Students produce at least 15-20 pages of polished writing over the course of the semester.
·         Students write a final exam (may be the final writing assignment turned in on the scheduled day of the final exam or an in-class final chosen by the instructor).
Major Course Topics
·         Recursive processes of writing;
·         Analysis of the rhetorical situation in reading and writing: audience/purpose/text/context;
·         Aiming writing at specific, and differing, audiences;
·         Use of rhetorical strategies such as appeals to logos, ethos, and pathos;
·         Use of narrative, analytic, and argumentative structures appropriate for the rhetorical situation;
·         Editing for conventions of usage and style;
·         Use of research tools and methods, including library databases;
·         Evaluation of sources for audience/purpose;
·         Integration of source material in writing;
·         Use of MLA style/documentation or APA style/documentation

Student Learning Outcomes—Subject Matter
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
·         Use available library databases and other research tools to locate sources;
·         Analyze and evaluate sources for audience/purpose;
·         Summarize and synthesize source material;
·         Make claims and support them using source material;
·         Document sources using proper MLA or APA format.                                                           

Assessment Measures
·         Instructors’ portfolio of syllabi/assignments/reflection; and
·         Students’ final essays.

Requirements for this class:

(1)   Essays: Students will submit three typed essays to me this semester. Initial submissions will be evaluated, but not graded. Only when students have turned in a final draft to me, via the portfolio, will I grade the work. Students do, however, receive 10% of their grade for turning in the essays on time, in the proper format.

(2)   Conference and quiz grade: Students are responsible for meeting with me three times this semester. I will also be giving daily reading quizzes, which cannot be made up. 25% of the final grade is based on the conference/quiz grade.

(3)   The Portfolio: 65% of the final grade is based on Portfolio work. The portfolio consists of the final drafts submitted to me as ready to be graded. The very latest students can turn final drafts in is the last day of class: students may, however, turn work in earlier.

We will be writing three essays in this class:

Paper 1 will be a summary/evaluation of a source. This will be a source that you can use for the topic of that you choose to write about in Paper 2.

Paper 2 will be an expository essay, in which you explain the causes/effects and possibly the results of some problem which matters to you personally. This paper will require at least three sources.

Paper 3 will be a literary analysis paper, based on Mammoths of the Great Plains.

Attendance: I require students to attend class regularly. Note that regularly means missing no more than three sessions for whatever reason. After two classes have been missed the final average will be dropped 3 points for every absence. On the other hand: Bonus points! Any student who attends all classes without fail will receive a 5 point bonus at the end of the semester.

Grading scale: 100-90 = A; 89-80; 79-70=C; 69-60=D; 59 & below =F.

Late Work: If you know you will have trouble getting your essay to me on time, contact me via email or Facebook. We can work something out. You will probably lose the 10% credit listed under point (1) above; but I do generally accept late work if you have a valid reason for needing an extension.

Extra Credit: From time to time, I will make available extra credit opportunities. These are due by the last day of class, and the credit will be added to your quiz grade average.

Electronic Devices: Turn off your phone when you come into the classroom. If you need to have it on for an emergency situation, switch it to silent and sit near the door so that you can leave quietly if it rings. If you need to use a laptop to take notes, use it only to take notes. Playing games or the use of social media is distracting to other students, and readily apparent to your professor, who tries very hard not to let such things enter into her evaluation of you at semester’s end, but is not always successful.

Music, Chatting, Sleeping in Class: Don’t play your iPod, don’t talk to your neighbor, try to stay awake. Again, you’re distracting people who want to pay attention, and you’re lowering my opinion of you as a student. It’s not your best move. Everyone gets tired sometimes, and sometimes you’ve got something crucial you’ve got to say – maybe there’s a spider on your neighbor’s head! But otherwise, not cool.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. If someone plagiarizes in my class, on any assignment whatsoever, that person will fail the class.

What is plagiarism? It is any time you turn in work you did not do with your name on it: any time that you present work you have not written as though it were your work.

  • If you get an essay off the net, that’s plagiarism.
  • If you patch together half a dozen pieces from various web sites without citing them, and turn the result in as your own work, that’s plagiarism.
  • If you use an essay your roommate wrote in high school, that’s plagiarism.
  • If your mama, brother, girlfriend, roommate writes your essay for you, that’s plagiarism.
  • If you take part of an essay off the net, change a few words, and add it to your paper without citing it, that’s plagiarism.

Additional Course Policies

Americans with Disabilities Act

Our university provides appropriate accommodations to students with physical or learning disabilities. Students who may need such accommodations should contact Roger Young at 788-7577. Once a student’s need has been verified and assessed, a list of accommodations for which the student qualifies will be sent to the student’s instructors. However, it is then the student’s responsibility to speak with each instructor to discuss how these needs will be met. If the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to you, please come talk to me right away so that I can be sure to provide the proper accommodations.

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, you have certain rights with respect to your educational records, including the right to inspect your own educational records, to request an amendment if you believe them to be in error, and the right to consent to disclosure of your records (with certain exceptions). Please refer to the UA-Fort Smith catalogue for more information.


The Gordon E. Kelley Academic Success Center (ASC) provides programs designed to meet individual student needs not met through the general curriculum. Currently, the ASC is located in Room 202 of the Vines Building. Students may contact ASC staff at (479) 788-7675.


Students who have questions or concerns about their grades, the course, or an assignment are encouraged to see their instructor as soon as possible. If not satisfied with that discussion, students may see the Chair of the department. If not satisfied with that discussion, students may see the appropriate Dean. If not satisfied with that discussion, or to dispute an official course grade, students should contact the Academic Integrity Committee.


The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus and/or schedule when necessary to meet learning objectives, to compensate for missed classes, or for similar reasons.

Further Advice: I’ve hit the obvious things—don’t cheat, come to class, be on time. For further advice, I would add: come to my office for help. It’s why I’m there. Feel free to email me, also. I love email. 

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