English 1301 (MW 930-11) (ENGL 1301.54579)

Instructor: James Wright

English 1301

Fall 2011

Dr. James Wright

Email Address:  [email protected]

Voicemail:  713.718.2223, ext. 35921.  Whereas I check email at least once a day, I check voicemail on average twice a week; therefore, in order to expedite a response from me, I advise you to reach me via email.

HCC Learning Web:  http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/james.wright

Office Hours:  I will be happy to meet with you before and after class and by appointment.  Regularly scheduled meeting times:  MW 8-930am (Stafford Campus, Learning Hub); TTH 730-8am; 1230-130 pm (West Loop Campus)



English 1301 is a course devoted to improving the student’s writing and critical reading.  The course involves writing essays for a variety of purposes.  The course introduces the student to argumentation, critical analysis, rhetoric, researching a topic or issue, and the use of sources.  Prerequisite:  A satisfactory assessment score, completion of ENGL 0310, or (for non-native speakers) ENGL 0349.



English 1301 is designed to help students write multi-paragraph expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that have the following qualities:  clarity in purpose and expression; appropriate and sensible organization; sound content, including applications of concepts from class lecture and references to assigned readings; completeness in development; unity and coherence; appropriate strategies of development; and sensitivity to target audience and writing situation (context).



  • Fowler and Aaron.  The Little, Brown Handbook.  11th ed., 2010.
  • A college-level dictionary.



Attendance:  Mandatory.  The structure of this course requires active participation in class discussion and the various workshops; therefore, your attendance is needed and subsequently expected.  I may drop you at any time after four (4) absences.


Tardiness:  Arriving late on a regular basis is unfair both to your fellow students and me, so arrive on time each and every class.


Academic Honesty:  According to college and departmental policy, plagiarism (broadly defined as passing off somebody else’s work as your own) constitutes ground for failure of the assignment in question (in this class, you will receive a zero (0) on any essay that shows evidence of plagiarism), possible failure of the course, or even suspension from the college.  Protect yourself by keeping all drafts of your essay and by being aware of your writing process.  If you use an outside source, cite it appropriately.  If you have any questions about whether you should or how to cite an outside source, consult with me before turning in your essay.  For information on plagiarism, please review pages 626-635 in LBH.


Course Withdrawal

If you do not withdraw from the class before the deadline (Nov. 3rd), you will receive the grade that you are making as the final grade rather than a “W.”  This grade (due to missing classes and missing work) will generally be an “F.”



ESSAY 1                                                                                                     20%

ESSAY 2                                                                                                     25%

ESSAY 3                                                                                                     25%


Students are required to complete and submit all of the above essays in order to pass the course.  You will receive written prompts for each of the essay assignments.  Turn in both the Rough Draft and the Revision when the Final Essay is due.  (Any Final Essay lacking a Rough Draft will receive a zero [0].)  Grades on late papers will drop one letter grade for each class period beyond the due date.  Any paper more than two (2) classes late will receive a zero (0).  Also, any in-class work dedicated to the completion of your essays will be turned in and graded.  This includes, but is not limited to: freewriting, peer editing and critiquing, invention activities, and specific goal-oriented assignments.



OTHER ASSIGNMENTS:                                                                             10%

Expect both pop and scheduled quizzes throughout the course of the term. In general, quizzes test reading comprehension and knowledge of important concepts presented both in the assigned readings and lectures.  If you miss a quiz, you receive a zero (0).


ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                                    10%

This exercise serves as an introduction to independent research, source evaluation, and MLA documentation style.  You will be guided through the assignment via a written prompt for and model of the assignment and various class exercises.  Review pages 557-561 in LBH for additional material on the form and purpose of annotated bibliographies.


FINAL EXAM                                                                                                 10%

The final exam will be an in-class essay.  We will discuss the final exam during the penultimate week of the semester.


Free English Tutoring

The Southwest College offers free tutoring at our tutoring centers where you will receive individual attention with any of your writing concerns.  Make certain to bring your books and assignments with you when you go to the tutoring lab.  Partial list of locations:  Alief Center—Rm. 154; Greenbriar Annex (Stafford Campus)—Rm. 106; Scarcella Stafford Campus—Rm. E113; and West Loop Center—Rm. 168.


Open Computer Lab

You have free access to the Internet and word processing in the open computer lab in the Scarcella Science Center (Stafford Campus), the Alief Campus, and the West Loop Campus.  Check the door of the open computer labs for hours of operation.  All HCCS students are encouraged to utilize this resource.  A fee is charged for printed work (per page).


Student Organizations

Three organizations of interest to students taking English classes are 1) Southwest Writers, a group of students who write and read their works (in a public forum as well as on the Internet) and receive peer support and constructive criticism.  Students in this group create a supportive network to create poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction prose.  Contact advisor Dr. Chris Dunn @ [email protected];  2) Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges.  Students must earn a 3.5 grade point average and accumulate 9 credit hours in order to be admitted.  HCCS has a very active chapter:  Omega Sigma.  Ms. Eunice Kalarackal, [email protected], is the contact advisor for Omega Sigma; and 3) the Women and Gender Studies Club.  Ms. Marie Dybala, [email protected], and Dr. Amy Tan, [email protected], are the club sponsors.

Special Conditions
HCC policy states that any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Disability Services Office at the respective college at the beginning of each semester. Faculty members are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the Disability Support Services Office. If you have any questions, please contact the disability counselor at your college or Donna Price at 713-718-5165.  That being said, I urge you to let me and the Support Services know if you have any special conditions, extenuating circumstances, or needs that may affect your progress in this course or other courses.  I'm happy to work with you in any way I can.


Texas Law Regarding Course Withdrawal

Students who repeat a course more than twice face significant tuition/fee increases at HCC ($50 per course hour) and other Texas public colleges and universities. Please ask your instructor or counselor about opportunities for tutoring and/or other assistance prior to considering course withdrawal or if you are not receiving passing grades.


International Students

Receiving a “W” in this class may affect the status of your student visa.  Once a “W” is given for the course, it will not be changed to an “F” because of the visa consideration.  Please contact the International Student Office at 713.718.8520 if you have any questions about your visa status and any other transfer issues.


Use of Cameras and Recording Devices

Use of recording devices, including camera phones and tape recorders, is prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and other locations where instruction, tutoring, or testing occurs.  These devices are also not allowed to be used in campus restrooms.  Students with disabilities who need to use a recording device as a reasonable accommodation should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities for information regarding reasonable accommodations.


EGLS3—Evaluation for Greater Learning Student Survey System

At HCC, professors believe that thoughtful student feedback is necessary to improve teaching and learning.  During a designated time, you will be asked to answer a short online survey of research-based questions related to instruction.  The anonymous results of the survey will be made available to your professors and division chairs for continual improvement of instruction.  Look for the survey as part of the HCC Student System online near the end of the term.


Mission Statement of the English Department

The purpose of the English department is to prepare students to write clear, well-organized, detailed, and cogent prose; develop students’ reading, writing, and analytical skills; introduce students to literature from diverse traditions; and provide courses that transfer to four-year colleges.




  • Demonstrate knowledge of writing as process;
  • Apply basic principles of critical thinking in analyzing reading selections, developing expository essays, and writing argumentative essays;
  • Analyze elements such as purpose, audience, tone, style, strategy in essays and/or literature by professional writers;
  • Write essays in appropriate academic writing style using varied rhetorical strategies;
  • Synthesize concepts from and use references to assigned readings in their own academic writing.





1)       Compose the draft on a computer or word processor.  I will not read any handwritten drafts.  Always double-space to allow room for revision, comments and overall easier reading.  Use 12 point Times New Roman Font and standard margins (1 inch top and bottom and 1.25 inch left and right).  Always title your essays, using original titles.  Staple your essays.  Save all work on a disk or your computer’s hard-drive.

2)       Bring two (2) photocopies of your essay to class when Rough Drafts are due.  The additional copies are used for the peer workshop sessions.


Syllabus: http://learning.hccs.edu/faculty/james.wright

Class Schedule

English 1301.54579 (MW 930-11am)

Fall 2011

(Subject to Revision)


Monday           29th Cover syllabus.

Wednesday      31st Write diagnostic essay.



Monday           5th No Class (Labor Day Holiday)

Unit I:  Making and Marking Identity

Wednesday      7th Rodriguez, “The Chinese in All of Us.”  LBH, 25-26; 128-136.

Monday           12th Baldwin, “Stranger in the Village.”  Du Bois, “The ‘Veil’ of

Self-Consciousness.”  LBH, 138-152.

Wednesday      14th LBH, 865-881.

Monday           19th Allison, “Steal Away.”  Supplemental reading provided by instructor:

Allison, “What Did You Expect?”

Wednesday      21st Essay # 1 assigned.  Exercises related to Essay # 1:  Prewriting work.

LBH, 2-25.

Monday           26th Liu, “Notes of a Native Speaker.”  Munoz, “Leave Your Name at

the Border.”  Alexie, “Superman and Me.”  LBH, 103-110.

Wednesday      28th Exercises related to essay # 1:  Source Incorporation Strategies and

MLA In-Text Citation Style; Paragraph Development.  LBH, 459-467;

611-625; 644-655.


Monday           3rd Rough Drafts due, workshop the drafts. LBH, 65-71.

Unit II:  Negotiating Identity (in Popular Culture)

Wednesday      5th Plato, “The Allegory of the Cave.”  LBH, 72-102.  Essay # 1 due.

Monday           10th Shirky, “Gin, Television, and Social Surplus.”  Caldwell, “Fantasy Politics.”

Wednesday     12th Orenstein, “Think about Pink” and “The Empowerment Mystique.”

Essay # 2 assigned.

Monday           17th Supplemental reading:  Lasn, “The Cult You’re In.” Supplemental

reading:  Sethi, “Facebook: Editing Myself.”  LBH, 230-242.

Wednesday      19th Exercises related to Essay # 2:  Prewriting work.

Monday           24th Fussell, “A Thing about Uniforms.”  E-How, “How to Dress.”

LBH, 298-300.

Wednesday     26th Havrilesky, “The Year in Celebrity Scandal.”  LBH, 398-404.

Monday           31st Rough Drafts due, workshop the drafts.  LBH, 272-298.


Unit III:  Introduction to Outside Research:  The Annotated Bibliography

Wednesday      2nd Introduction to library databases.  Annotated bibliography

assigned. LBH, 557-561. Essay # 2 due.

Monday           7th Group exercises involving source citation and usage guidelines.

LBH, 653-689.

Wednesday      9th Finalize work on the annotated bibliographies.

Unit IV:  Textual Analysis:  The Rhetorical Strategies of Advertising

Monday           14th Begin coverage of magazine advertisements.  Annotated bibliography due.

Wednesday      16th Continue w/ advertisements. Bring an advertisement to class.

Essay # 3 assigned.

Monday           21st Continue working w/ advertisements.  LBH, 153-161.

Wednesday     23rd Group work involving advertisements.

Monday           28th Wrap up work with advertisements.  Supplemental reading:

Roderick Hart, “from Modern Rhetorical Criticism.”

Wednesday      30th Rough Drafts due, workshop the drafts.  LBH, 422-443; 523-530.


Monday           5th Essay # 3 due.

Wednesday     7th Class wrap up.  Discussion of final exam.

Monday           12th Final Exam (9-11am)

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