ESL 094 Fall 2010 Syllabus

Class Meetings: JWLA 117 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:00-11:50

Instructor: Nancy McKeand

Office Hours: MWF 8:45- 10:45am or by appointment
Office: JWLA 208
Phone: 562-2987
Email: ude.umne|dnaeKcM.ycnaN#ude.umne|dnaeKcM.ycnaN

Required Text: Reading and Researching America by Heringer

Technology Requirements: Each student will be required to have and use their ENMU email account for all communication with me regarding this class. Students will also be expected to set up a blog at and give me the url so I can share it with the class. Instructions for how to do this can be found at Contact me at once if you are unable to set the account up.

Course Description: This class introduces students to the skills they need to write university level academic papers that require the use of outside sources of information. Students learn how to use sources to develop and support their ideas in writing.

Course Objectives: Students will work on reading articles and writing about them using a variety of common writing formats. By the end of the term, students should be able to do these things well:

  • Write a summary and/or response to a short article.
  • Write a well-organized essay that contains a thesis and supporting points with appropriate topic sentences.
  • Take notes, summarize and paraphrase ideas from sources for use in written work.
  • Synthesis information from three or more sources to support ideas within an essay.
  • Correctly document source information using APA format.
  • Write a well-organized in-class essay on an assigned topic.
  • Demonstrate an ability to correct grammatical errors when they are identified.

Attendance: Students are expected to come to class ever day and to arrive on time. If students cannot come to class, they are expected to call or email the instructor. Informing the instructor of an absence DOES NOT entitle the student to make up any missed assignment or to turn in an assignment after the due date. The instructor may make exceptions under certain circumstances.

Academic Integrity: It is assumed that students will do their own work in this and all other classes. Students who cheat, plagiarize or commit other acts of academic dishonesty will be penalized with a lowered grade and/or other disciplinary action. Additional information regarding academic honesty can be found in the Eastern New Mexico University Undergraduate Catalog.

Essays 2 @ 25 points each 50 pts
Summaries 2 at 25 points each 50 pts
Research Paper 100 points 100 pts
Multimedia Presentation 100 points 100 pts
Minor assignments 10-20 @ 5-10 pts each 100 pts

At the end of the semester, points will be added up and compared to the total possible number of points to determine the final grade in the course.

90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D

Tentative Course Schedule :

Dates History Topics Writing Topics Major Assignments Due Date
Aug 18-Sept 6 Ben Franklin paragraphs and essays Personal essay Sept 7
Sept 8-29 Frederick Douglass summaries and reference materials Summary Sept 30
Oct 1-27 Black Elk Quotations and paraphrasing Descriptive Essay Oct 28
Oct 29-Nov 15 Nannie T. Alderson Periodical and internet sources and summaries Summary Nov 16
Nov 17-Dec 8 topic of your choice Research Paper Research Paper & multimedia presentation Dec 8

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