Week 1:

Unit 1


-Classes start @ 4pm


JAN 10

-Introduction to class, peers, syllabus

-Hand out Syllabus/Book/Blog Quiz


JAN 12

-Sides of the Room activity

-TBA: Video?

Week 2:

Unit 1

JAN 15

-No Class (Martin Luther King Jr Day)


JAN 17

-TBA: Video?

-Hand out ThinkWave Gradesheets


JAN 19

-Go over Syllabus/Book/Blog Quiz

-Assign first batch of My Words

[Last Day to Add a Class for Semester]

Week 3:

Unit 1

JAN 22

-Process: Brainstorming

-Genre: To-Do-Lists, Top Ten Lists, “I believe…” ?

-Introduce “All About You” Packet


JAN 24

-Process: Drafting

-Genre: Blogs/Journals?

-AAY Packet: River of Life Map Assigned?


JAN 26

-Scavenger Hunt for Genres (bring to class Monday); this activity will be explained in class or on the instructor’s blog or on her office door

Week 4:

Unit 1

JAN 29

-Process: Revision versus Editing/Proofreading

-Genre: Email? Personal Letters?

-AAY Packet: Write a letter to your future self (put in AAY packet)


JAN 31

-Process: Intros & Conclusions

-Genre: ?

-Share AAY Packets in small groups and then write an Intro/Prologue for your Packet



-Speed Peer Review/Roundtable Discuss

-Genre: ?

-My Words (2) – Collage Activity

-AAY Packets Due

Week 5:

End of Unit 1


-Writing Conferences for P1



-Writing Conferences for P1





-Introduce Paper 2/Find ex for Monday

Week 6:

Unit 2


FEB 12

-Discuss found profiles

-Start reading Rule of the Bone



FEB 14

-Quiz on Rule of the Bone

-Discussion and/or Activity


FEB 16

-My Words (3)

-Continue reading Rule of the Bone

Week 7:

Unit 2


FEB 19

-No Class (President’s Day)


FEB 21

-Character profile w/Rule of the Bone


FEB 23

-Quiz on Rule of the Bone?

Week 8


-Hand back P1

FEB 26

-Final Test on Rule of the Bone?


FEB 28

-Speed Peer Review/Roundtable Discuss

-Sign up for Writing Conferences



-My Words (4)


Week 9:

End of Unit 2


-Writing Conferences for P2




-Writing Conferences for P2




-Minute Paper of Corrections for P1 Due

Week 10:

Spring Break


-No Class (Spring Break)



-No Class (Spring Break)



-No Class (Spring Break)

Week 11:

Unit 3



-Introduce the PPT Project

-Samples shown of Possible Projects



-Quick Lesson on PowerPoint

-Work Day



-Storyboards DUE

-Work Day & My Words (5)

Week 12:

Unit 3


-Work Day

-Project Conferences w/Instructor



-Work Day

-Project Conferences w/Instructor



-Work Day/Test Your PPTs Day

-Project Conferences w/Instructor

Week 13:

End of Unit 3

-Hand back P2


-Presentations of PPT Projects



-Presentations of PPT Projects



-No Class (Easter Break)

Week 14:

Unit 4


-No Class (Easter Break)




-Dana’s Survey

-Leftover PPT Projects??

-Discussion of PPT Project?

-Introduce Paper 3 (the last one!!)

-Show examples of Paper 3

-Brainstorm in groups if time allows?



-Continue looking at genres (for use in Paper 3, learn how to cite, etc.)

-Basic ones: Dictionary entries, charts, diagrams, etc.

-Paper 3 requires a Works Cited page = activity on citations on each day

-MPC for Paper 2 DUE

Week 15:

Unit 4



-Genres: Dialogue/Conversations (IM, chat, text), Comic strips, Quotes

-My Words (6) [Find all 5 from Famous Quotes]



-Genres: Lyrics & Poetry

-Activity using lyrics from 3 songs (please bring scissors to class)



-Introduction to Team-Teaching Activity (every group will present April 25)

-Library Field Day? Work Day for Team-Teaching Activity

Week 16:

Unit 4


-More argumentative genres: reviews, commentaries, statistics, rules & regulations

-I’ll bring in a clip of something to be reviewed by groups of students??



-Team-Teaching Activity (assigned & introduced April 13)



-Peer Review Day for Paper 3

-My Words (7)

Week 17:

Unit 4



-Writing Conferences for Paper 3



-Writing Conferences for Paper 3



-FINAL PAPER 3 DUE (may not be able to pick up until fall)

-Final Test Assigned (due during Final Exam time)

-Work Day for Final Test (attach “old” My Words sheets to Final Test!)

Week 18:

Finals Week


-FINAL TEST DUE no later than Final Exam Time this week

-Final In-Class Essay Assigned

-Take Final Survey of Course via by May 11 @ midnight










10am class

final: 10-11:50


MAY 11

-Check ThinkWave for Final Grade

-Email me with questions (

*The Daily Schedule above is not set in stone. Updates will be in given in class and on the instructor’s teaching blog. Attending class regularly will keep you up-to-date on assignment changes, due date changes, and other announcements.

A Breakdown of Units


*As you can see in the very left column of the daily schedule, this semester is broken up into units. Essentially, each unit builds on the previous one, but each one covers something a little different too.


Unit 1: January 10 – February 9


Unit 1 focuses on a few things:

a)       The introduction to the process of writing (by looking very closely at each step as students write Paper 1).

b)      The introduction of various genres that will be used in many of the course’s assignments (including major Papers).

c)       The “All About You” Packet (a.k.a. AAY Packet) will be created so that students can discover what does interest them & what they are experts at writing about.

d)      The Scavenger Hunt for Genres will allow students to find genres in their everyday life as well as identify what genres they found.


Unit 2: February 12 – March 9


Unit 2 focuses on:

a)       The genre of profile.,

b)      How profile (and other genres like memoir and journal entries, etc) are working in the novel, Rule of the Bone.

c)       The writing of their own profile for Paper 2.

d)      More examples of genres although probably not as many as Unit 1.


Unit 3: March 19 – April 4


Unit 3 focuses exclusively on the PowerPoint Project (a.k.a. the PPT MusicVideo or the PPT Story).


Unit 4: April 11 – May 11


Unit 4 wraps up the semester by focusing on:

a)       The last paper, Paper 3 which combines many of the genres learned/tried/tested throughout the semester. This makes it a multi-genre paper.

b)      A bit of poetry for two days.

c)       An interesting Final Test where students utilize their My Words knowledge gained over the course of the entire semester.






These are genres you may use in your Multi-Genre Paper (P3), and these are also some genres that will be covered in this class and used in Papers 1 & 2 as well. [There may be more genres beyond this list… just so you know.]



Journal Entries

Personal Letters, Correspondence, Greeting Cards

Business Letters or Correspondence

Persuasive or Advocacy Letter

Schedule, Things to Do, or Future Goals List

Narrative Essay or Memoir

Short scene from a Play with Notes for Camera shots

Dialogue of a conversation among two more people

IM Conversations

Chat Room Conversations

Inner Monologue representing internal conflict

Short Story

Adventure Magazine Story

Ghost Story

Myth, Tall Tale, or Fairy Tale

Picture Book

Biographical Summary or Profile

Newspaper or Magazine Feature Story

Newspaper or Magazine Human Interest Story

Home or Hobby Magazine Story

Future News Story

Letter to the Editor

Classified Ad or Personal Ad

Obituary and Eulogy or Tribute

Critique of a Published Source

Speech, Diatribe, or Debate

Personal Essay or Philosophical Questions

Chart or Diagram with Explanation and Analysis

Timeline, Chain of Events, or Map with Explanation and Analysis

Top Ten List

Textbook Article

News Program Story or Announcement

Talk Show Interview or Panel





Magazine or TV Ad or Infomercial

Glossary or Dictionary entry

Recipe and Description of Traditional Holiday Events

Restaurant Description and Menu

How To or Directions Booklet

Travel Brochure Description

Science Article or Report

Business Article or Technical Report

Company or Organization Publication

Receipts, Applications, Deeds, Budgets

Wedding or Graduation Invitation

Birth Certificate

Yearbook or School Newspaper or Newsletter

Classroom Discussion

Class Blog entries

Award Nomination

Contest Entry Application

Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, Nurse, Employer Records or Notes

Character Analysis or Case Study

Review for a Movie, Book, or TV Program

Board Game or Trivial Pursuit with Answers and Rules

Comedy Routine or Parody

Comic Strip

Tabloid Article

Puzzle, Witticisms, or Aphorisms, Famous Quotes


Favorite Inspirational Quotation with a Journal Entry

Lyrics for a song or ballad


PowerPoint Presentation

Web Site


Blog Entries











*A genre, as one can see by looking at the list above, is a type of writing/composition that has its own particular style or form or content. The following questions, for example, make one think about genres: How is a web site different from a weblog in form? How is a debate different from a talk show in style? How does form come into play when looking at a picture book versus a journal entry?


English Composition 110 – Spring 2007


a) the basics.

Instructor’s Name- Sybil Priebe

Instructor’s Email-

Instructor’s Website-          

Instructor’s Weblog-

Office- Haverty 223                    

Office Phone- (701) 671-2346              

Office Hours-

*IM Hours [ihaveabug]-

*for emergencies only


b) what’s this course all about, anyway?

An introduction to college-level writing as a process of drafting, revising, and editing.  This course emphasizes critical reading, writing, thinking, and research skills as students write for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students will receive guided instruction in the writing process as they begin writing based on personal experiences. An introduction to proper crediting of source material and research will occur toward the end of the course.

A rough guideline for finished product is 3-4 major essay assignments (10+ pages of completed work).  Depending on the instructor, this may vary, depending on what the instructor considers a major assignment, the type of assignments, the amount of in-class writing, etc. 


c) what you need.

>Book- The College Writer, Houghton Mifflin, Copyright 2004, ISBN: 0-618-40541-0

>Book- Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks, HarperCollins Publishers, Copyright 1995, ISBN: 0-06-092724-0

>An Email address (the school’s, Yahoo!, AOL, or Hotmail, etc)… (see end of syllabus for details)

>A reliable storage device: USB preferred



Students will not be allowed to use computer problems as an excuse as to why their work is late.

They are responsible for saving work to a disk/device AND sending it to their email as backup.



d) those are the 7 rules, man.

1. Respect: If you are talking, I will listen (as will the rest of the class). If I am talking, I’d like all of you to listen. Also, respect each others’ writing, opinions, responses, and property.

2. When you ask me, “Did we do anything in class?” I will not repeat everything. Ask a reliable classmate. [p.s. Please do not ask, “When are we going to get our papers back?” There are many of you and only one of me. Please be patient.]

3. Slang, swearing, and vernacular language are okay in essays and in class discussions as long as the words are used to express one’s self and not put anyone down.

4. Come to class prepared and on time. Late students will miss important directions/announcements. I will not repeat myself to late students or to students who skipped class without an excuse absence.

5. Please do not email assignments to me. It is not my responsibility to print off your stuff. Emailed work will be considered late, and, therefore, will receive no credit.

6. Worrying about your grade at the last minute will frustrate you and me. Keep up with the grades online. We’ll be using an online program called ThinkWave; Directions on how to use ThinkWave will be handed out at the beginning of the semester.

7. If you do email me about something, please use correct spelling, grammar, capitalization, etc. Unfortunately, I will not reply to emails with many, many mistakes.


e) get to class!

>Attendance is crucial to understanding all of the course materials and to earning a passing grade.

>Students with excused absences (must have proof: illness with a doctor’s note, school-sponsored activities, military duty, or family emergencies) have two weeks to make up missed assignments.

>If a student misses 5 class periods due to unexcused absences, 100 points will be deducted from his/her final points. If a student misses 7 class periods, 200 points will be deducted from his/her total points. If a student were to miss 9 or more class periods, he/she will receive an F for the course.


f) is that late?

Late work will not be accepted; late work will receive no credit. If you are going to be gone on a deadline date that you chose, arrange to hand in the assignment earlier or talk to me about other arrangements. Also, the excuse that your disk died or that you lost your USB won’t work – back up your work using your email; see the end of the syllabus for details.


g) students with disabilities?

Any student with disabilities or special needs, who requires special accommodations in this course, is invited to share concerns or requests with me, the instructor, as soon as possible.


h) don’t copy and paste! please, paraphrase or summarize or quote.

Essentially, if any amount of plagiarism is found in a student’s paper (copying from the internet without quotations or parenthetical citations, copying parts or whole pages from another student, or any other sign of plagiarism), that student will be subject to disciplinary action which could result in no credit for the paper or a complete revision of the paper with a large reduction in points. If a student repeatedly plagiarizes, more severe actions will take place.


i) points, points, points. give me some points.

300 points = 3 Individual Papers [100 points each]

100 points = PowerPoint Project

100 points = Minute Papers of Corrections [To be completed after getting Paper 1 & Paper 2 returned, 50pts each]

200 points = Other Minute Papers and Daily Assignments [The AAY Packet, Scavenger Hunt, Syllabus Quiz, etc]

140 points = The My Words Activity [20 pts x 7 times = 140 pts]

100 points = Final Test/Final Essay

  60 points = Participation on Speed Peer Review/Roundtable Discussion Days [20 pts x 3 times = 60 pts]


j) um, what’s that mean?

Paper 1 [Memoir]: A memoir not only looks back in time (like a biography), but it adds the element of reflection. Students will be asked to reflect back on a particular memory. They will give details, tell a story, and reflect on what the memory meant to them then and what the memory means now.


Paper 2 [Profile]: Profiles are found everywhere. The E! channel has shows about people called the E! True Hollywood Story. That is, essentially, a televised profile with interviews of the people, etc. VH1 used to have Behind The Music documentaries which were basically profiles of musicians and/or bands. For this paper, students will write up a profile of someone they know. They should try to use interviews with others about that person as well as stories & dialogue to show the other students in the classroom who this person really is. After reading these papers, we (the audience: fellow students & instructor) should feel like we know the person written about in the profile. Images may be used, but will not be considered part of the length of the paper.


PowerPoint MusicVideo: Students will tell a story through text, images, & sound. Essentially, this type of project is a paper in a more visual format. Some instructors and professors call it multi-modality (look it up online for more info). Students will show their final projects during an in-class presentation. An assessment letter accompanies this project as well.


Paper 3 [Multi-Genre]: Sick of boring formats for papers? Want to break some rules of what a normal paper should look like and sound like? A multi-genre paper takes five or more genres and mixes them together using one topic or subject (e.g. “Who am I?”) as the connecting theme. This paper needs to be organized a little differently than regular papers because use of different genres will cause a disruption in the flow. Nevertheless, this paper can be fun and challenging.


Minute Paper of Corrections: As I (the instructor) look through students’ papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2, specifically), I will circle any mistakes. When I return the papers to you, you will have to research why certain items were circled. Was it a misspelling? Was there a comma missing or out of place? You will then write up a Minute Paper of Corrections correcting at least 5 of your mistakes. You will explain in detail what the mistake was and how you discovered how to correct it (whether it was through our book, online, through a friend, etc). Students who hand in papers with less than 5 mistakes will not have to write up a Minute Paper of Corrections; they will be exempt.


Other Minute Papers & Daily Assignments: There are other assignments not found on the daily chart. These may include looking at other genres of personal writing outside of the memoir or profile. This way, too, students will have content for Paper 3 which mixes genres. The AAY Packet & Scavenger Hunt fall under this category.


The My Words Activity: For this activity, students, individually, will need to determine 5 words for which he/she does not know the meanings.  These words may be found on t.v. or in a lecture or online or in a book.  My Words will probably be assigned every two weeks or so. The due dates are listed in the syllabus, but they may change – attending class will keep students up-to-date on those changes. [More details on this activity are at the end of the syllabus.]


Final Test & Final Essay: Students should simply attend class to find out more about these final activities.


Participation: Students who show up consistently on days where we’ll be conducting Speed Peer Review and/or Roundtable Discussions of each others’ papers will receive the full 60 pts (20 pts for each major Paper) allotted to this category. *Students must do more than just come to class to receive these points. Duh.



Papers: 3+ pages; MLA format (doubled-spaced, 1” margins, 12-pt font, etc) unless otherwise noted

Minute Papers: No more than a page, single-spaced, 10 or 12pt font

My Words: Try to fit your words onto one page to save trees, 10 or 12 or 14pt font will be okay



90 - 100 = A

80 - 89 = B

70 - 79 = C

60 - 69 = D

59 and below = F


k) back it up, yo!

In order to back-up your work, you should save the document to a disk and send it to your email account. This ensures that it won’t get lost. To save a document to your email inbox, simply:

·         Save the document to the desktop of the computer you are working on.

·         Open up Internet Explorer (or Netscape, etc) and go to your email account.

·         Compose a new email addressed to yourself.

·         Click on “Attach” and attach your file/document/image, etc.

·         Find your way back to the original email, and click Send.

·         After a few moments have passed, go to your Inbox to make sure the document is there before you delete it from the desktop of the computer.

Rarely does an email provider like Hotmail or Yahoo lose documents, so this will take care of the excuse that your disk, etc has busted and your work has vanished. That excuse won’t be necessary to use in this class. *If you feel unsure about just sending the document to yourself, send it to a friend as well. *If Hotmail is unable to download your document, set up an account with Yahoo. I haven’t had difficulties downloading documents from my Yahoo email account, yet. [Knock on wood.]

l) notes: