SELDEN, NEW YORK


                                                                        Course Outline


Catalog Number: EG 11 (ENG 101)                                                         Title: Standard Freshman Composition


Instructor:  Dr Donald Gilzinger Jr                                                                                     Semester: Spring 2007


My Office: Islip 2-M                                                                                       Office Hours: M,T,Th,F 8:00-9:30

Phone: 451.4460 [leave message]                                                                               Other hours by appointment

           or Dept. Office: 451.4159                                                                                                                     



Email:  (I prefer messages by email.)         Web page:



Objectives of the course: 



1. show proficiency in basic writing skills;**

2. choose and narrow topics;

3. write thesis statements;

4. write topic outlines and sentence outlines;

5. write introductory and concluding paragraphs;

6. write essays developed using various rhetorical modes, for example: argumentation and persuasion, comparison
and contrast, cause-effect, and description/narration;

7. research a topic in the library;

8. write a research project, with works cited and parenthetical documentation according to the MLA format as set
forth in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and in our handbook;

9. revise and rewrite to:

a. add specific details and facts as needed;

b. change passive verbs to active;

c. improve sentence variety through sentence combining;

d. eliminate wordiness;

e. achieve a smooth flow of ideas through transitional paragraphs;

f. eliminate shifts in verb tense and pronoun person;

g. edit diction considering denotation/connotation, level of usage, precision, and

figurative language;

h. correct the punctuation;

10. proofread and correct drafts, prepare legible final copies in accord with manuscript requirements;

11. read critically and discuss intelligently expository prose essays.


** We assume that you have already acquired the skills to: type or use a word processor; capitalize correctly;
spell homonyms and contractions correctly; punctuate with comma, colon, semi-colon, and end marks; write
sentences with correct subject/verb agreement and pronoun reference; write complete sentences, eliminating
run-ons and fragments; indent for new paragraphs; and write paragraphs with topic sentences.





Your requirements for completion of the course:

1.  Write all assigned essays, submit them when due, and revise/correct them as assigned. ALL writing assignments
must be WORD-PROCESSED (or TYPED) double-spaced using MLA guidelines. I
hand in all writing assignments, you will FAIL this course.

2.  Complete satisfactorily all reading assignments on time.

3.  Complete satisfactorily all assigned exercises, quizzes, and tests.

(IMPORTANT: If you are absent and miss a quiz or exercise, you must make it up before the next class.)

4.  Participate actively in class discussions.


Procedure for grading:

Your final grade will be determined by my evaluation of your entire semester's work, with special emphasis on your
completion of the course objectives, following the approximate ratio: essays 30%, quizzes/exercises 30%, and research
paper 40%


Regarding plagiarism:

Plagiarism is pretending that an idea is yours when in fact you found it in a source. You are guilty of plagiarism
even if you thoroughly re-write the source’s words. One of the goals of education is to help you work with and credit
the ideas of others. When you use someone else’s ideas, whether from a book, a lecture, the internet, a friend’s paper,
or any other source, and whether you quote words or restate the idea in your own words, you must give that person/source
 credit with a citation
. If you have any doubts whether or how to cite a source, you should consult with me or with the
staff in the Writing Center, Islip 101.

Keep all material, including notes and drafts, that leads you to the final draft of your paper. If I request a copy of
one of your essays on disk, you must provide me with one. Be aware that proof of authorship is your responsibility. If there
is ever a situation wherein I suspect plagiarism, the burden is yours to prove otherwise: that means guilty until proven innocent.
Your plagiarism will result in your automatic failing of this course and your being reported to the Dean of Students.


Concerning your attendance and courtesy:

Attendance is mandatory. You may be absent three (3) times. I will drop you from the course after four (4) absences
(regardless of excuses) and give you a grade of W or F according to my discretion. There are no exceptions, so please plan
If you have perfect attendance, you will earn the right to an A grade, which will be used to replace your lowest
grade in the course (except for any ZEROS).

            If you are late, you must assume personal responsibility to ensure that I alter the attendance record at the end of class.
I will not change the record at a later date. A pattern of lateness will result in a lower final grade.

YOU MAY NOT LEAVE CLASS BEFORE THE END OF THE SESSION. Other disruptions such as chatting, eating,
and sleeping are unacceptable. TURN OFF all your electronics before class begins.

responsibility to acquire class notes and assignments when you miss a class.


Textbooks and materials:


a. [Required] Troyka and Hesse. Quick Access: Reference for Writers 5/e (2007)

b. [Required] Peterson and Brereton. The Norton Reader 11/e (2004)

c. [Suggested] a hard-cover college dictionary (e.g.: Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11/e)

d. [Required] black ink ball point pens (all other colors and styles are unacceptable)

e. [Suggested] a disk or minidrive for saving your work at home, in the Writing Center, or in the library computer lab




Semester outline (subject to change as necessary):


1:                      introduction; MLA style; how to use the handbook

2:                      Norton: Eighner 22; description and personal essays

3:                      Norton: Orwell 851; Troyka 6 a,b,c; narration and point-of-view; [dist. Essay #1]

4:                      Norton: Abbey 589; Troyka 6 d,e,f,g; MLA style handout

5:                      Norton: Erhlich 575; Troyka 7; drafting

6:                      Troyka 23: Research and Writing; ESSAY #1 due

7:                      Norton: Walker 68; editorial symbols; revision process; [dist. Essay #2]

8:                      Norton: Mernissi 162; Troyka 9 a,b,c,d,e,g; introductions and conclusions

9:                      Norton: Tuchman 759; review Troyka 8; formal writing style

10:                    Troyka 27: Plagiarism; ESSAY #2 due

11:                    Norton: Williams 636; Troyka 9 f; methods of development; [dist. Essay #3]

12:                    Norton: Anzaldúa 510; Troyka 10; taking a stand & making a claim

13:                    Norton: Fussell 724; Troyka 11; persuasion and argument

14:                    Norton: King 889; Troyka 23; summarize King paragraph on 892-93 that starts: “We have

                                    waited . . .”; begin research writing; research paper assignments

15:                    Troyka 24-25: Research in the Library; ESSAY #3 due

16:                    LIBRARY WORKSHOP: find five sources for your research paper

17:                    Troyka 30; MLA Works Cited page; the Citation Machine <>

18:                    Troyka 6 h; thesis statements; Works Cited page due

19:                    Troyka 26: Using Web/Internet Resources; Revised ESSAY #4 due; [Last day for all revisions]

20:                    Troyka 6 i: Formal outlines; Thesis statement due

21:                    Troyka 28: Drafting and Revising a Research paper

22:                    Troyka 29: MLA In-Text Citations; Research paper outline due

23:                    Troyka 31: Review MLA Style Research Papers; [dist. Summary Assignment]

24:                    Research Paper Draft due: first half (alphabetically) of class

25:                    Research Paper Draft due: second half (alphabetically) of class   

26:                    Summary of Research Paper due

27:                    RESEARCH PAPER due

28:                    Conferences