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Lesson Plans Composition 1 & 2





Composition I


Instructor:  David Schwope

                     Rm. C4, Nashville High School



  1. Course Identification:

Course Number: ENGL 1113       Meeting Time: 8:05 – 9:35am Daily

Course Title: Comp. I                    Fall 2014

Credit Hours: 3                              Prerequisite: 19 on ACT in English and Reading


  1. Required Texts:

The Prentice Hall Reader, Eighth Edition. By George Miller.

 All handouts and accompanying exercises must be kept in a notebook.

Students will divide notebooks as follows:

  1. Essay handouts
  2. Notes and exercises
  3. Journal entries
  4. Daily vocabulary
  5. Tests
  6. Course Outcomes (Competencies):  Upon successful completion of this course , the student will be able to:

Outcome #1: Develop competence in academically acceptable grammar.

                Objectives to meet outcome:

  1. Review subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, object of the preposition, predicate nominative, predicate adjective, adverb.
  2. Pronoun/Antecedent agreement
  3. Subject/verb agreement
  4. Verb tense

Outcome #2: Develop competence in academically acceptable punctuation.

                Objectives to meet outcome:

  1. Commas and semicolons
  2. Correcting comma splices
  3. Correcting fused sentences
  4. Correcting sentence fragments

Outcome #3: Write simple, compound, and complex sentences.

                Objectives to meet outcome:

  1. Conjunctions and punctuation used in forming new sentences

Outcome #4: Develop analytical skills.

                Objectives to meet outcome:

  1. Read and discuss professional essays
  2. Read and discuss student essays.

Outcome #5: Write detailed and correct essays of varying rhetorical types.

                Objectives to meet outcome:

  1. In-depth knowledge of writing processes, prewriting, identifying thesis, supporting evidence, organization, writing first draft, and revision.
  2. Recognize and write different rhetorical types: description, compare/contrast, narration, cause/effect, process, division/classification, definition, argument/persuasion.
  3. Instructor Policies
  4. Attendance counts. Attendance will be a part of your final grade.  Every day you attend, I will award you two (2) points.  If you are tardy, you will receive one (1) point.  If you are absent, you will receive no points.  I understand that you may have to be absent due to illness, but missing two or three days during the 9wks will not destroy your grade.  Missing class regularly will hurt your grade significantly, and not only because of attendance points; when you miss class, you miss assignments and get behind.  This is a fast-paced class, and you could easily get bogged down if you accumulate an excessive number of absences.  If your absences are due to an extended illness, your parent or guardian should contact me as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made to keep you from getting too far behind!
  5. All essays and papers MUST be turned in on No exceptions
  6. Points will be deducted for errors in GUM (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics).
  7. Students who miss a test must make it up on their time in the library.  Tests not made up within two weeks of the original test date will not receive a grade.  The makeup test will cover similar material as the original test but may not be an identical test.
  8. Students who turn in late work will receive a deduction in points. [10% per CALENDAR day, not school day.]  For example, if an assignment is due on Monday and you turn it in on Tuesday, your grade will be penalized 10%.  If the assignment is due Friday and you turn it in on Monday, you will be penalized 30%.  Since you will be turning in all of your assignments on, you can submit essays on Saturday and Sunday. 
  9. All papers and assignments are due at the beginning of class.  Assignments turned in at the end of the class will receive a 10% penalty.
  10. Grading Scale:

A = 90-100          Please remember that “A” means outstanding, “B” is above average but not

B=80-89              outstanding, and “C” means average.  “D” means below average, and “F”

C=70-79              means failing.  To receive an outstanding grade, you must EARN an

D=60-69              outstanding grade.

  2. Evaluation
    • Grammar/language usage exercises
    • Eight (8) essays
    • Journal entries
    • Multi-genre research paper
    • Pre-test and Post-test
    • Pop quizzes
    • A final exam which will be a proctored reading and writing test.

The multi-genre research paper may be over any topic, but it must be your original work. I will provide a handout for you, and I will provide examples in class.  Failure to provide sources with your research paper earns an F for the paper. You must have at least four unique sources for the paper.  We will discuss MLA in class, so don’t panic just yet.


Essays – must be at least 600 words and will be submitted online.  Please remember than an essay is not a paragraph.  Essays must be submitted to  I will not accept any emailed work unless I specifically ask you to do so.  Late papers: I will allow you ONE late paper IF you discuss it with me BEFORE the due date or have an emergency.


Journals – I expect you to keep a journal.  Topics are listed in the syllabus.  Your journal entries should be written on regular lined notebook paper and stored in your class notebook.  You should have the notebook with you at all times and your journal entries available upon request.  I would suggest a paragraph or three, the equivalent of one handwritten page of writing, but you may make the entry shorter or longer (your average for the journal entries should be about a page).  If I cannot read your entry, you will receive no credit.


Reading – Your assignments are clearly listed.  Have the material read before coming to class.


  1. Basic skills required

Enrollment in this course assumes you have acquired certain basic grammar, punctuation, paragraphing, and essay writing skills, but your performance in any previous class has no direct bearing on your performance in this class.  If you have any questions, please ask before any major problems arise.  I do have high expectations of you, and I expect to meet those expectations.  I expect more than just fundamental or cursory thought processes when analyzing literature; I also expect you to be able to communicate those thoughts appropriately.


  1. Special needs

If you have special academic needs and are interested in requesting disability services from the college, please contact Kelli Webb in the high school office or Edie Barentine, Disability Services Counselor,  870-844-4471





  1. PLAGIARISM: Nashville High School and CCCUA take plagiarism offenses very seriously and will punish offenders accordingly.  Our policy is outlined below.


Definition of plagiarism:

  1. Buying a paper from a research service or term paper mill, or turning in a paper from a free term paper website.
  2. Turning in another student’s work without that student’s knowledge.
  3. Turning in a paper written by any person other than the student.
  4. Copying a paper from a source text without proper acknowledgement.
  5. Cutting and pasting materials from an internet source without proper acknowledgement.
  6. Copying materials from a source text, supplying proper documentation, but leaving out quotation marks.
  7. Paraphrasing materials from a source text without proper documentation.


If a student plagiarizes, his/her name will be turned in to the Nashville High School Principal and the CCCUA Dean of Academics and kept on record.  The consequences are cumulative throughout a student’s history and are not limited to one class.  If at any time a student believes that he/she was unfairly accused of plagiarism, then he/she may file a grievance or a grade appeal.


The following are the actions by Nashville High School:  See current handbook.


The following are the cumulative actions by CCCUA:


First offense: Student is required to redo the paper and receive counseling regarding plagiarism.  Points awarded are left to the discretion of the instructor.  Only students with papers qualifying as plagiarism under steps 5, 6, and 7 are eligible to meet this step.

Second offense: Student will receive a “0” on the paper, and another counseling session.  Only papers qualifying as plagiarism under steps 5, 6, and 7 are eligible to meet this step.

Third Offense: Student will receive an “F” for the course.  Third offense students with papers qualifying as plagiarism under steps 5, 6, and 7 are eligible to meet this step.  Papers meeting definitions 1 through 4 will automatically fall into this category, bypassing the first and second offense remedial steps.

Fourth offense: Student will be suspended from attending CCCUA. Fourth offense students with papers meeting definitions 5, 6, and 7 are eligible to meet this step.  Second offense students with papers meeting definitions 1 through 4 will enter this category.


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