ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing

Instructor: Cathlena Martin Email: cathlena@ufl.edu

Section: 0221 MWF Period 2 (8:30-9:20am) Office: 501 Rolfs (392-0664)

Office Hours: W3 also W4 by appointment only Mailbox: 4301 Turlington

Classroom: Turlington 1101

URL: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/cmartin

ENC 1101 Course Objective:

ENC 1101 is a course in which students study how texts work and how to employ similar conventions in their own academic and public writing. While each section of the course will approach such study differently, all will provide opportunities for students to learn how to introduce a topic or issue, articulate a thesis, support and develop a thesis and subordinate claims, work with secondary sources, and organize an argument.

Section 0221:

In this course, we will begin a study of texts, how they operate and what purposes they convey. We will also expand our view of what constitutes a "text" by including analysis of advertising, film, and even conversation to our discussion of essays and poems. We will learn to create expository and argumentative writing about the texts that we critically analyze as well as learn skills to let our own voice show in the writing. To help develop personal voice, class time centers largely on discussion, which means you are expected to do two things: complete the reading assignments and respect your classmates opinions.

The subtext of this section will be fairy tale within popular culture.


Departmental Policies
Plagiarism and Collusion:

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged borrowing of someone else’s work and is a serious offense with serious consequences. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the paper in question and can possibly result in a failure for the course. Please consult the University of Florida’s Honor Code for a thorough description (www.dso.ufl.edu/stg/code_of_conduct.html).

Academic honesty requires that all work presented in this class be the student’s own work. Evidence of collusion (working with another student or tutor) or plagiarism (use of another’s ideas, data and statement without acknowledgment and/or extensive use of another’s ideas, data and statements with only minimal acknowledgment) will lead to the procedures set up by the university for academic dishonesty. There is a clear distinction between learning new ideas and presenting them as facts or as answers, and presenting them as one’s own idea

Departmental Procedures for Complaints about Grades:

Complaints about separate assignments should be discussed with the instructor. Complaints about the final grade can be expressed on a form in the English office, 4008 Turlington Hall. The form must be accompanied with copies of every assignment and the instructor’s instructions. The form and accompanying course material will be given to the Director of Freshmen English for further action. Please note that the Department does not review a complaint about a separate assignment, nor will it review a complaint about final grades unless all assignments are submitted along with the instructor's instructions for the assignments. The review committee may decide the grade should remain as is or raised or lowered; its decision is final.

The Gordon Rule:

This course meets the Gordon Rule requirement of 6000 words written work that will receive feedback and a grade. All work must be completed to satisfy the Gordon Rule.

Absence policy:

Absence from class is highly discouraged because of the discussion base of this course. Your opinion will be missed when you are not present. Any more than six classes missed out of the semester will result in your final grade being lowered by one full letter grade. You are responsible for making up missed work, whether it is an excused or unexcused absence. Because this is an early morning class, you will be counted tardy if you come into class after we have already begun. This is rude and disrespectful. Three tardies count as one absence.

Required Texts and Materials:

Required texts are available at Goering’s Bookstore located on NW 1st Avenue

Lunsford, Andrea, John Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything’s an argument: with readings. 2nd ed.

Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2001.

Lunsford, Andrea. The New St. Martin’s Handbook. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 1999.

one pocket folder

one large manila envelope and postage

any color pen but no pencil

a notebook or a journal

a college level dictionary is highly recommended


· three 1,000 word essays

· one 2,000 word research paper

· grammar group presentation

· weekly journal – 250 words per entry

· talking points on reading – 500 words per point

· workshop and peer evaluating classmate writing


You will be given more detailed instructions and expectations of each assignment.

Grammar Panels:

In pairs, you will be responsible for presenting to the class an assigned grammar topic. Read the assigned material and then create a handout that organizes and condenses the given topic. Make twenty copies of your handout and distribute them to the class on the date of presentation. A good presentation should be both highly informative and interesting. We will discuss writing handouts, oral presentations, and research before the first presentation. A sign-up sheet will be passed around the class in the second week of class.

Talking points:

Talking points are a way of summarizing the reading and making the leap from summarizing to thinking critically about a text. Consider them abstracts or ideas for a longer paper that you do not have time to write. They will be discussion starters and can be used as a springboard for in class discussion and should be approximately one page (250 words). Inluded under the heading of talking points are peer review critiques. We will do two critiques per essay to help you become better editors of other student's work and of your own work. These critiques are not just summaries but analysis of another student's essay and ideas on how to improve their paper. They will aid in your dialogue for peer review workshops.

Weekly journal:

Each Monday, I will post a poem/cartoon/essay either on the listserve or WebCT. You are responsible for reading that text, printing it out, and attaching into your journal. Paste the text on the left side of the page and begin your response writing on the right hand side. A criteria and prompt for responses will be handed out with the first poem. Each response should be two pages (500 words) handwritten in the journal. Bring the journal to class everyday for occasional in class quick writes. This journal will help you see the progression of your response and in class writing over the course of the semester.

Compare/Contrast Essay:

A comparison shows how two or more items are similar, and a contrast shows how they are different. In this situation, the compare/contrast essay must consider both the similarities and the differences found in a fairy tale of your choice. This can be achieved through either a subject-by-subject comparison or a point-by-point comparison. Our class model will be various versions of Cinderella. Your essay should be 1,000 words and comply with standard MLA format.

Film Essay:

In this essay, you will nominate a film of your choosing—as long as the film conforms to the criteria set by the Library of Congress—to be included on the 2002/2003 National Film Registry. This particular essay will require aspects of an evaluation and a proposal essay and must comply with the stipulations set out by the Film Registry (http://lcweb.loc.gov/film/vote.html). You are required to submit your essay to the National Film Registry (http://lcweb.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html). Your essay should be 1,000 words and comply with standard MLA format.

Advertisement Essay:

You will need to select a print advertisement to read and interpret. Consider what argument the advertisement makes and to what audience. Think of gender, race, class, and age. Also, consider what medium (magazine, newspaper, or web page) the advertisement came from and how this helps you interpret the ad. You will want to find at least one secondary source on your product or the outlet that advertises your product. Attach the advertisement to your paper and avoid simply summarizing the images – your audience will be looking at the ad in conjunction with your essay. Your essay should be 1,000 words and comply with standard MLA format.

Research Paper:

This paper will build on your strongest of the three short essays and should be the culmination of your writing, revision and research for this class. You will need to double the original essay length so that your final research paper is 2,000 words (8-10 pages). This paper should also include 6 outside sources, not including your primary text(s).

Grade Policy:


Point Value

U of Florida Grade Scale

Advertisement Essay


A = 100-90

Compare/Contrast Essay


B+ = 89-87

Film Essay


B = 86-80

Research Paper


C+ = 79-77

Grammar Presentation


C = 76 – 70

Writing Journal


D+ = 69-67

In-class Assignments, quizzes and talking points


D = 66-63



E = 63 and below







Abbreviations: EA= Everything’s an argument

This schedule is subject to change.

Additional reading will be added as class progresses.

Every Monday, unless class is cancelled, expect to receive a poem/cartoon/essay for your writing journal. This will be an ongoing task throughout the semester.

Week 1
M 8/26: First day of class - syllabus and Anne Fadiman essay

W 8/28:
In class: basics of MLA and organization overview, intro to handbook and expectations of academic writing
Assignment: make sure that you have activated your Gator 1 card in the library

F 8/30:
In class: Monty Python skit on Argument http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/smc/ml/montypythonargument.html and discussion of what is an argument
Sign up for Grammar panels
Assignment: EA Chapter 1, 2

Week 2
M 9/2: Labor Day - no class

W 9/4:
In class: Discuss journal assignment and hand out first cartoon from "The New Yorker" Sept 2, 2001.
Assignment: EA Chapter 15

F 9/6:
In class: Library Visit - Make sure you have activated your Gator one card in the library before you arrive. We will meet at the front doors of Library West (on plaza of the Americas).
Assignment: EA Chapter 17

Week 3
M 9/9:
In class: Discuss EA Chapters 15 and 17
Assignment: EA Chapter 4,5
Look for bumper stickers with strong arguments- copy them down to bring to class for discussion.

Don't forget to bring your advertisement to class Wednesday that you are going to write your essay on. If you are having trouble finding one, check out http://www.adcritique.com/

Journal Entry for week 3

W 9/11:
In class: Grammar 1 presentation - Kyendal and Warren
Example of advertisement for critique
Assignment: work on essay -- bring two typed copies of your rough draft to class Friday.

Also, look for interesting bumper stickers to bring to class for discussion

F 9/13:Advertisement Essay draft due
Assignment: Peer edit advertisement essay and work on your own essay. Having trouble with the critique? Look at my helpful hints.

Week 4
M 9/16:
In class: Peer workshop
Sign up for conference time
Assignment: Polish essay

Journal Entry for week 4

Tired of working on your advertisement essay? Check out Ad Busters http://adbusters.org/spoofads/ for hilarious spoof advertisements.

W 9/18:
Journal quick writes and feedback. Discuss helpful hints for writing a peer review critique.
Assignment: bring bumper sticker to class Friday

F 9/20:
Advertisement Essay due
In class: discuss Bumper sticker argument (p451-453) - make sure to bring in a bumper sticker
Assignment: Read Part 1 Section 3 (pages 32-49) in the St. Martin's Handbook

Sign up for the class listserve. Email f02-0221-request@clas.ufl.edu and write subscribe in the body of your email.

Week 5
M 9/23:
In class: Lecture on formal academic writing and hints to improve student writing for the next essay
Assignment: EA Chapter 8 and start researching topic for essay #2

Don't forget to sign up for the listserve! Email f02-0221-request@clas.ufl.edu and write subscribe in the body of your email.

Journal Entry for week 5

W 9/25:
Mandatory Individual Conferences during class time
Assignment: Read Part 1 Section 5 (pages 70-101) in the St. Martin's Handbook. Also, continue researching topic for essay #2

F 9/27:
In class: Grammar 2 presentation - semicolons with Joanna and Danielle
Comparison/Contrast discussion with Cinderella as an example

Assignment: Research your topic for essay #2 and Monday bring in a one page outline/description/proposal of what you are comparing and contrasting with at least one outside resource in correct MLA format. Also, if you have not signed up for the listserve then you need to do so today.
Mandatory Individual Conferences

Week 6
M 9/30: Assignment: Read Part 1 Section 4 (pages 50-69) in the St. Martin's Handbook.
No Journal Entry for week 6

W 10/2:Grammar 3 presentation - end punctuation with Tiffany and Aimee

F 10/4:Compare/Contrast Essay draft due - helpful hints for peer critique

Week 7
M 10/7:Peer workshop

Journal Entry for week 7

W 10/9:Compare/Contrast Essay due

Assignment: Read EA Chapter 10

F 10/11:No class
Assignment: Read EA Chapter 12

Week 8

M 10/14: Take class time to watch "What Dreams May Come" starring Robin Williams (i.e. there is no class Monday). While watching the movie, consider how you would evaluate the film and what topics you would discuss in a paper on this film. After previewing the film, find one critical resource dealing with some aspect of the movie. It can be a film review, an article in a film journal, or a book concerning the director or a particular character/actor. Once you find this source, write a one page talking point on how that article comments on the movie and how you could incorporate a similar source into your film essay. Also critique the resource on the level of its argument using the same questions you do for your journal. Bring both the research or a copy of the research with your one page talking point Wednesday. These will be used in building our in-class sample film essay #3.

Journal Entry for Week 8

W 10/16:Grammar 4 presentation - subject/verb agreement with Uy and Phuong
Assignment: Read "Guidelines for film criticism" from Anatomy of Film

Email the film of your choice (that fits the national film registery guidelines) to f02-0221@clas.ufl.edu

F 10/18: Grammar 5 presentation - parallel sentences with Rico and Ada
Assignment: Read two critical movie analyses and email your chosen film by Monday morning before class

Week 9
M 10/21: Discuss movie analyses
Assignment: Read sample student paper from Anatomy of Film

Journal Week 9: Read the movie analyses and answer questions 1, 2, and 3.

W 10/23:Grammar 6 presentation - style with Ashleigh and David

F 10/25:Film Essay draft due - helpful hints for critique

Week 10
M 10/28: Peer workshop
For those of you who forgot to reset your clocks last night, get together with the members of your group outside of class to review your paper.

W 10/30:Film Essay due - Be sure to bring a manila envelope and postage for me to mail one copy of your essay to the National Film Registry. The manila envelope should be big enough so that your paper does not have to be folded to mail it.

F 11/1: Assignment: pick one out of three essays to continue working with for the final research paper. Write a one page proposal for Monday on how you plan on extending that paper to the required research paper length (8-10 pages). If you do not feel any of them could be turned into a research paper, write a one page proposal outlining what you would like to research. Over the weekend research your topic more thoroughly so that you can have the required number of sources (6 outside sources not including your primary texts).

Week 11

M 11/4: Assignment: EA Chapter 7

W 11/6:In class writing assignment/journal entry

Assignment: Read EA Chapter 21 and bring two copies of your essay that you are basing your research paper off of. If you are starting from scratch, bring a three page rough draft of your new topic.

F 11/8: peer review

Week 12

Journal entry for week 12 - Seeing that we are missing two days of class for Veteran's Day and Homecoming, your journal entry is in two parts. First, discuss your idea of Veteran's Day (do you know any Veteran's, do you think it is just a day for getting out of class, does our country need to support its Veterans with a national holiday) and then discuss the idea of school spirit as opposed to national pride (do we care more about a football team then our country's soilders, how valuable is school spirit, what influence does it have on your life and the moral of the school)

M 11/11: Veteran’s Day – No class

W 11/13:Grammar 7 presentation - creating memorable prose with Calvin and Maria

F 11/15:Homecoming – No class

Week 13

Journal entry for week 13 - Discuss your process of research for this final paper (what steps did you have to go through, where did you search for your material, what aspects of the library were helpful/unhelpful...and anything else you want to discuss in regards to the research paper)

M 11/18: Research paper draft due - have at least six pages of your rough draft due for today

W 11/20:Peer editing workshop(bring two copies of your 8+ page draft) - Grammar 8 presentation - attending to spelling with Jeanny and Bernard

F 11/22:Peer editing workshop

Week 14

M 11/25:Research Paper Due

Journal entry for week 14 - Discribe your Thanksgiving traditions and your view on the holidays. Make an argument that the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) have either become too commercialized or are still a patriotic and religious holiday. How do you think Americans view both of these holidays.

W 11/27:Thanksgiving Break

F 11/29: Thanksgiving Holiday – No class

Week 15

M 12/2: Catch up on journal entries outside of class - schedule a time to see Santaland Diaries at the Hippodrome before Monday the ninth. Read Chapter 13 in EA

Journal entry for week 15 - make a final evaluation of the class. This will not affect your grade, so please be honest. Do a general evaluation and then tell me what was your favorite part of the semester, what was your favorite assignment, what was your least favorite part, what was your least favorite assignment, what did I do well, and what can I improve on/change for my next ENC 1101 class.

W 12/4:look at Dave Barry and David Sedaris - Grammar 9 presentation - varied sentence structure with Zach and Tami?

Turn in Journals Wednesday the fourth, including the journal entry for week 15

F 12/6: Hippodrome – Santaland Diaries $11-15 for students. Turn in a copy of your ticket with a one page look at the humour in the play. Did you find the play humorous? What made the play funny? What kind of humour was it? Are their certain types of people that it was targeting.

Week 16

M 12/9: Discuss play and humorous arguments

W 12/11:Last day of class – evaluations and final papers and journals will be handed back.

Have a wonderful Christmas break!