Dual Enrollment English Syllabus & Materials

Dual English Syllabus

University of Memphis

Fall 2018

ENGL 1010––English Composition Syllabus

Writing is not only something that we do: it is also something we study. This course is designed to provide you with guided practice to help you develop into a more effective college writer and reader. This course is also designed to provide you with an introduction to writing studies, which is the academic inquiry into the ways we write and the ways writing works in the world. You will read and respond to an array of writing research that will help you better understand your own writing as well as that done in––and beyond––the university. You will analyze your own literacy practices and those of others, and you will conduct original research into aspects of writing that interest you.

Learning Outcomes
The work assigned in ENGL 1010 is designed to develop in first-year college writers a deeper understanding of the complexities of writing through instruction and guided practice in the skills, processes, and strategies necessary for effective, successful writing.

Students should develop and demonstrate the abilities to do the following:

A) Identify how an author’s purpose, audience, genre, and context determine effective writing
B) Discover, develop, and explain ideas through writing processes that include generating, planning, revising, editing, and proofreading multiple drafts of a text
C) Compose an effectively organized essay that focuses on a clear purpose and that develops major points that support its main idea(s) in reasonable and effective ways
D) Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality
E) Critique their own and others’ writing
F) Control features such as sentence structure, grammar punctuation, spelling, and appropriate documentation (MLA)

All students enrolled in English 1010 must have met one of the following prerequisites:

  • 19 composite score on the ACT
  • ACT English sub-score of at least 18;
  • SAT verbal score of at least 450;
  • DSPW 0800 with a grade of “C” or better;   
  • A satisfactory score on a placement test administered by U of M Testing Center.
  • Further, this course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before students can count credit for English 1020.
  • In order to qualify for the Tennessee Lottery Dual Enrollment grant, students must earn a grade of 84 (B) or higher in English 1010.

Required Texts

Wardle, Elizabeth and Doug Downs. Writing about Writing: A College Reader. Third       Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017. (ISBN-13: 9781319062316)

Ball, Cheryl E., and Drew M. Lewe, eds.  Bad Ideas about Writing.  Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Libraries Digital Publishing Institute, 2017.  Available for FREE at https://textbooks.lib.wvu.edu/badideas/index.html

Policy on Absences
Your regular, punctual attendance is expected. Three absences will be considered excessive and may lower your final grade by a full letter grade. If you miss more than six classes, you may fail the course. Coming to class late or leaving early disrupts everyone and should be avoided. Arriving more than fifteen minutes late for class, or departing more than fifteen minutes early, may be marked as an absence. You are accountable for submitting work on its assigned due date to receive full credit whether you are in class or not. It is your responsibility to see the instructor about handouts or changes to the class schedule you missed due to absence. 

Policy on Late Papers
Due dates for assigned work are clearly noted on the course schedule. It is expected that you will comply with those due dates. Should there be circumstances that prevent you from submitting an assignment on its due date, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor to discuss a mutually acceptable alternative. Otherwise, a late final draft of a major writing assignment will be accepted only one class period after the posted due date and will be marked down one full letter grade. No homework assignments will be accepted late for credit.

Policy on Academic Honesty 
The University of Memphis Code of Student Conduct identifies cheating, plagiarism, forgery, and falsification as acts of academic misconduct. The guiding principle of academic honesty is that your submitted work is your own with accurate attributions to, and citations of, others' work where appropriate. Academic misconduct will result in failure on the assignment or other consequences as per university policy, which can include failure in the course, suspension, and/or expulsion from the university. See the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs website for full descriptions of academic misconduct and its consequences.

Your written work may be submitted to Turnitin.com, or a similar electronic detection method, for an evaluation of the originality of your ideas and proper use and attribution of sources. As part of this process, you may be required to submit electronic as well as hard copies of your written work, or be given other instructions to follow. By taking this course, you agree that all assignments may undergo this review process and that the assignment may be included as a source document in Turnitin.com's restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. Any assignment not submitted according to the procedures given by the instructor may be penalized or may not be accepted at all.

Format for Assignments
Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments should be submitted typed, double-spaced, in a standard 12-point font, with one-inch margins and numbered pages. Documentation and citations should conform to MLA specifications. Assignments submitted electronically should be similarly formatted and submitted as either a Microsoft Word file or in rich text format (RTF). Assignments submitted in other formats will be considered late (see policy above). Name your electronic submissions as follows: Yourlastname_Onewordassignmentname (e.g., Smith_Narrative).

A separate handout and/or verbal explanation that describes the purpose and process for each major assignment, as well as its grading criteria, will be presented and discussed in class.


            Assignment                                          Final Grade %

            Literacy Narrative                                           10%

            Discourse Community Analysis                     20%

            Revision Assignment                                      20%

            Autoethnography                                             20%

            Drafts                                                              10%

            Homework and In-class Assignments            20%

                                                                        Total    100%

Semester Grade Percentages

A+ (98 – 100)

A (94 – 97)

A- (90 – 93)

B+ (88 – 89)

B (84 – 87)

B- (80 – 83)

C+ (78 – 79)

C (74 – 77)

C- (70 – 73)

D+ (68 – 69)

D (64 – 67)

D- (60 – 63)


F (0 – 59)



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