ENG 1213
Freshman Composition II
Sections 13, 14, 15, 16
Spring 2021

Instructor: Dr. Steve Benton
Office: Faust Hall, 155
Office Hours: T-TH 12:30-2:00; and by appointment (email to set up appointments). If I’m in my inner office, please knock loudly if the outer door is shut to keep out the cold.
Office Phone: 580.559.5877
Email: sbenton@ecok.edu

Blackboard Issues: Contact the ECU Help Desk by phone at 580.559.5884 or email at helpdesk@ecok.edu.


Textbook Required: The East Central University Guide to Writing, Third Edition (Fountainhead, 2019).

Technology Required:
You will need to have access to and be able to use the following:
• Internet access (high speed is recommended) and a Web browser (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is recommended).
• Microsoft Word
• An ECU e-mail account
For assistance, contact the help desk at helpdesk@ecok.edu or (580) 559-5884.

Class Policies:
Friday assignments may be turned in late (at any time during the semester) for half credit. If the first essay or the non-print media analysis is turned in late, it may not be revised for a higher grade. If the final assignment for the class is turned in late, it will not be graded.

Attendance and Participation
Classes will meet once a week. You will have a writing assignment due every Friday at 10 pm.

If you ever miss class, please notify me as soon as you know that you will miss!

Course Communication
All e-mail communication should be made using issued ECU e-mail addresses. Routinely check your ECU e-mail for correspondence and respond in a professional and timely manner.

Course Evaluation
70% of the final grade will be based on three essays.
The first, a 4-5 page research essay due on February 5th, is worth 20% of the final grade.
The second, a 3-4 page analysis of a non-print media text due on March 5th, is worth 15% of the final grade.
The third, a 7-8 page research essay due on April 30th, is worth 35% of the final grade.
30% of the final grade will be based on twelve formative assignments.
Each of these assignments, due on Fridays, will be worth 2.5% of the final grade.

There is no final examination in this course.

Course Outline
UNIT ONE: Research Essay #1
Weeks One and Two: Introductions and Topic Selection
Due Friday, January 22: Essay Topic #1
Week Three: Evaluating and Citing Sources
Due Friday, January 29: First Source with MLA Citation
Weeks Four and Five: Synthesizing Sources
Due Friday, February 5: Essay #1 (1000 words min.; 4-5 pages)

UNIT TWO: Non-print Media Analysis
Weeks Six-Eight: Narrative summary, aesthetic analysis, ideological analysis
Friday, March 5: Essay #2 is due (75o words min.; 3-4 pages)

UNIT THREE: Research Essay #2
Week Nine:
Due Friday, March 12: Essay Topic #3

Spring Break: March 15-19

Weeks Ten and Eleven: Annotated Bibliography
Due Friday, April 2: Annotated bibliography (5 sources minimum)

Weeks Twelve-Fifteen: The rhetorical nature of writing, writing as a social act, writing as iterative process
Friday, April 30: Essay #3 is due (1750 words min.; 7-8 pages)

Class Discussion Guide
1. Ask questions. If you find something confusing or want to know more, do not hesitate to ask questions. Make sure to ask your questions at an appropriate moment.
2. Contribute to discussions to get as much as possible from the course.
3. Do not dominate a discussion. Share your knowledge, but not to the point of excluding others. If you have something to offer, please share it, but allow everyone to contribute equally to a discussion.
4. Be intellectually rigorous. Do not excuse sloppy or illogical thinking. Challenge yourself and one another.
5. Be tactful. Be critical of ideas but remember there are other people involved. Be tactful and kind.
6. Forgive other students’ mistakes. Do not correct others, even if you follow the rules of class discussion and use good manners. Just because you do not agree with a student’s comments does not mean that he or she is wrong. Instead, offer a different perspective to encourage further discussion.
7. Listen to others before weighing in. Listen to what others have said about a topic before responding so you don’t repeat what others have already said. Try to contribute clarifying information or a new idea to a discussion.
8. Be concise. Make your point clearly and quickly.
9. Cite your sources. If you refer to a source, cite it properly. Give credit where credit is due
10. Maintain confidentiality. Respect your classmates’ privacy. Do not repeat the personal information that others share.


General Education Statement
This course participates in the General Education Assessment Program for East Central University. During this course, students produce an artifact (e.g., assignment or answers to exam essay item(s)), which will be assessed outside of the course based on the student learning outcome(s) listed below. Student grades for the artifact are not dependent upon the results of the outside assessment.

Catalog Course Description
Students apply skills developed in ENG 1113 with emphasis on longer essays, extensive source-based research, and argumentation.

Prerequisites and/or Corequisites
ENG 1113 Freshman Composition I

Content Criteria:
All East Central University general education courses which focus on written communication should address the following content criteria:
1. Students should use the various elements of the writing process.
2. Students should write effectively for their intended audience.
3. Students should write clear, coherent, organized and mechanically proficient prose.

Course Objectives
Minimum Competencies for Each Freshman Composition II Course student:
1. Demonstrate all 1113 competencies (see page 8 of the ECU Guide to Composition).
2. Use electronic databases effectively to find information appropriate for a writing assignment.
3. Analyze and evaluate nonprint media.
4. Analyze and evaluate information or a concept from multiple perspectives and within and among disciplines.
5. Synthesize information derived from multiple sources in a clear, coherent, organized text.
6. Maintain focus in an extended composition (more than 700 words).

Freshman Composition II Course Expectations
In Comp II, students writer longer essays using extensive source-based research and forms of argumentation. More specifically, this course will expect students to:
• Understand how to research topics using the library and relevant research databases including: EBSCO, JSTOR, and others.
• Understand and evaluate the difference between primary and secondary sources, as well as how different source types (news article, journal, book, etc.) should be considered.
• Properly use and integrate a diverse range of sources into research papers.
• Research and create an annotated bibliography.
• Demonstrate the ability to write and organize extended argumentative research papers.
• Implement argumentative strategies and forms.
• Understand and use the proper conventions of writing, including grammar and syntax.


General Education Program Mission Statement: As part of a liberal arts education that inducts students into an intellectual community in preparation for and enhancement to disciplinary majors, the General Education Program at East Central University provides students the integrated and thorough foundation needed to reflect critically on information, to understand and acknowledge the diversity of life and cultures, to see the relationships among concepts, and to appreciate the interrelatedness of academic areas.

General Education Learning Outcomes:
All East Central University general education courses should address the following outcomes:

Outcome 1: Communication
Students demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in multiple contexts.
Outcome 2: Intellectual Skills
Students demonstrate the ability to comprehend and process concepts, to establish relationships within and among disciplines, and to interpret and evaluate information for knowledge-building and decision-making.
Outcome 3: Information Literacy
Students demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and appropriately for any given learning situation.
Outcome 4: Intercultural Knowledge
Students demonstrate the ability to recognize the complexity of culture, their own as well as others, and see themselves as members of a global community.


Important Dates
Classwork Begins January 11
Spring Break March 15-19
Last Day to Drop with Guaranteed W April 5
Last Day to Drop this course April 26

72-Hour Transition Statement
Should on-campus instruction be suspended for any reason, ECU’s face-to-face and blended courses will transition to online/virtual delivery within 72 hours. Online courses will continue as scheduled.

Student Code of Conduct
The student code of conduct and the incorporated university policies are provided to inform the student body of the expected standards of behavior and policies fundamental to the normal activities of East Central University (ECU). The purpose of the code of conduct is to develop and maintain guidelines for a reasonable and comfortable learning environment for all ECU community members. Refer to the ECU student code of conduct for definitions, rights, responsibilities, and procedures.

ADA Statement
East Central University is committed to providing equal access to University programs and services for all students. Under university policy and federal and state laws, students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. If any member of the class has a documented disability requiring academic accommodations, he or she should report to the Office of Disability Services. A student seeking reasonable accommodations originating from a documented disability must register with the Office of Disability Services so that said accommodations may be provided. Contact the Academic Affairs Office if any assistance is needed in this process.

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is founded upon and encompasses the following five values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 2003), and is essential to the success of the university community. Deceit and misrepresentations are incompatible with the fundamental activity of East Central University (ECU) and shall not be tolerated. Failure to comply with and uphold the standards of academic integrity will constitute academic misconduct and may result in severe penalties, as listed below. Each student is individually responsible for knowing and upholding academic integrity by scrupulously avoiding any conduct that would lead to violations of the Academic Integrity Policy. Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy are not handled by the same procedures used for other Student Code of Conduct violations.

Expressive Activity Policy
ECU is committed to providing an environment where issues can be openly discussed and explored. The freedom to exchange views is essential to the mission of the university. The expressive activity policy is in place to provide a community environment in which open discussion can occur without disrupting the academic mission or daily university functions, subject to constitutional time, place, and manner limitations and without unconstitutionally interfering with the rights of other members of the university community.

Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (2000) states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” ECU is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. For more information, refer to “Title IX Resources.”

Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Stress Management Services
East Central University is committed to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of its students. As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to
learning, such as strained relationships, anxiety, high levels of stress, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down or depressed, and/or loss of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a one’s ability to participate in daily activities. ECU counseling services are free and available to assist you with addressing these and other concerns that you may be experiencing. You can learn more about the confidential mental health services available on campus via the Student Counseling Center website. In addition, Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you are encouraged to contact the ECU Police Department at (580) 559-5555 and/or the ECU Student Counseling Center at (580) 559-5714. All services are confidential, student-centered, and free for all ECU

Technology Privacy and Accessibility Policies
To access privacy policies for external tools required for your courses, please visit the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) pages: Privacy Policy Links.
To access accessibility policies for technology used in this course, please visit the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) pages: Technology ADA Links.

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