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prerequisites: good standing and pass on TASP
required texts: Clements, Frindle (Aladdin); Pinker, The Language Instinct (Perennial); Dunn, Ella Minnow Pea (Anchor). You must also purchase, somewhere, a packet of 4x6 notecards.
syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/1301f04/1301index.html
course description: This course is an introduction to academic writing. We will study language and read academic and literary texts about language.
course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have been introduced to academic discourse about language, an interdisciplinary field that can serve as a model for future study. They will have studied how ideas are presented in literary texts. They will have practiced summary and response to academic expository writing, and they will have begun to learn how to research an academic topic.
drop policy: UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason. You may choose to drop with a W until 12 November.
assignments: daily notecards, four essays. No quizzes, no midterms, no final exam. All work may be handwritten.
grading: Grading is on a point basis, with 200 total points possible for the semester. If you make 180-200 points for the semester, you will make an A for the course; 160-179 is a B; 140-159 is a C; 139 or lower but with all assignments completed is a Z; 139 or lower with assignments missing is an F.
academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]
disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.
student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.
library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 7428, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp
schedule of assignments and readings:
Tues 24 Aug: introductions, syllabus
Thurs 26 Aug: the history of the English language
Tues 31 Aug: some review of English grammar
Thurs 2 Sept: some review of citation style
Tues 7 Sept: Frindle 1-38; notecard
Thurs 9 Sept: Frindle 39-105; notecard
Tues 14 Sept: Pinker ch 1; notecard
Thurs 16 Sept: Essay #1 due
Tues 21 Sept: Pinker ch 2 12-28; notecard
Thurs 23 Sept: Pinker ch 2 28-43; notecard
Tues 28 Sept: Pinker ch 3 44-57; notecard
Thurs 30 Sept: Pinker ch 3 57-73; notecard
Tues 5 Oct: Pinker ch 4; notecard
Thurs 7 Oct: Pinker ch 5; notecard
Tues 12 Oct: Pinker ch 6; notecard
Thurs 14 Oct: Essay #2 due
Tues 19 Oct: Pinker ch 7; notecard
Thurs 21 Oct: Pinker ch 8; notecard
Tues 26 Oct: Pinker ch 9; notecard
Thurs 28 Oct: Pinker ch 10; notecard
Tues 2 Nov: no class meeting
Thurs 4 Nov: Pinker ch 11; notecard
Tues 9 Nov: Pinker ch 12; notecard
Thurs 11 Nov: Essay #3 due
Fri 12 Nov: last date to drop
Tues 16 Nov: Ella Minnow Pea 1-28; notecard
Thurs 18 Nov: Ella Minnow Pea 29-70; notecard
Tues 23 Nov: Ella Minnow Pea 71-144; notecard
Thurs 25 Nov: Thanksgiving
Tues 30 Nov: Ella Minnow Pea 145-208; notecard
Thurs 2 Dec: Essay #4 due, course evaluations
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