ENC 1101 – Fall 2008-1                                            Professor: Dr. Ivonne Lamazares

                                                                                    Dept.: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Office: 1413-4

                                                                                    Phone: (305) 237-8764

                                                                                    Email: ilamaza1@mdc.edu

                                                                                    Office Hrs.:  TR 1 PM – 2:30 PM

                                                                                                M, F  12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

                                                                                                or by appointment.                                         


                 TEXTBOOK AND MATERIALS:


·         A Pocketful of Essays, volume 1, by David Madden;

·         Criterion, an editing program

·         The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway;

·         A packet of Scantron forms for quizzes;

·         A three-hole duotang folder with pockets, paper, highlighter,

                                    pencil, stapler.  All major papers must be typed.  You may

visit the Computer Courtyard in room 1409 to type your papers.


                 REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS:


·         Four typed 5-7 ¶ essays (last two essays using outside sources)

·         Reading comprehension quizzes

·         In-class writing – reaction essays, journals, exercises

·         Group Presentation on one author/ reading

·         Homework/ participation in writing and discussion groups

·         Service Learning activity and on-line journal




ENC 1101 is a course in reading, writing and critical thinking.  It emphasizes composing college-level informative and personal essays.  The course will be conducted partly through lecture/discussion, partly through small group workshops and individual conferences to give you maximum practice and feedback in developing your critical thinking, reading and writing skills. 




This course fulfills the Gordon Rule requirement.  Writing assignments in this class will be graded using a rubric based on the Gordon Rule criteria, which states that a college-level essay will:

·         have a clearly defined central idea or thesis;

·         provide adequate support for that idea;

·         be organized clearly and logically;

·         utilize the conventions of standard edited American English;

·         be presented in a format appropriate to the assignment.


Students needing further practice with Standard English are strongly encouraged to attend tutoring sessions in the Academic Center, or to come to my office for additional one-on-one assistance and materials.  Revisions of essays should be turned in stapled to the original essay a week after the graded essay is returned. 




Class attendance is mandatory.  More than three unexcused absences will result in failure of the course.  This includes the first day of class.  Absences due to illness (accompanied with a doctor’s note or health center appointment/ receipt), legal concern (court citation required), or College business (MDC letter required) will be excused.  If you miss more than 3 class periods without a documented excuse – even if you have a passing average in the class—you will not be eligible to receive a passing grade.




                        Essays -------------------------------------------------------------        60%

                        Quizzes------------------------------------------------------------        20%

                        Group Presentation, homework, class participation----------   10%

                        Service Learning activity and on-line journal----------------     10%




·         Our class is a community of working writers and readers, where everyone is treated with respect and consideration, and where everyone’s contributions are valued.  We believe in one another, and we provide one another specific, constructive feedback that can help us grow as writers, readers, and learners.  In return, we expect you to come prepared to class, ready to learn, participate, and contribute to our class community.


·         Attendance is very important.  If you miss class, it is your responsibility to find out about work missed and make it up promptly.  You may email me to receive accurate information regarding deadlines and assignments.  T/F reading comprehension quizzes can only be made up in cases of documented, excused absences due to illness or accident.  Make-ups can also be scheduled in advance of the day you will be absent or before the quiz is given to the whole class.  You will receive an alternate version of the quiz.


·         Tardiness disrupts our class.  Please arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire class.  Late work will be penalized regardless of printer, email, or other non-emergency, non-medical problem.  If you must be tardy, please come in quietly and take the first available seat.


·         You have a week to make up missed homework assignments.  It is your responsibility to show me the work when you complete it.  Email homework submissions are acceptable in case of illness.


·         Save all work-- classroom writing, graded essays, journals, drafts, handouts, homework-- for inclusion in your final portfolio and for your assessment of your own progress. 


·         Courteous communication (with both your other classmates and the professor) is expected in this classroom at all times.  Appropriate behavior and demeanor in college (such as raising your hand to be acknowledged, not interrupting or talking while others are talking, holding your questions until the professor is finished explaining, etc.) will be enforced.  No I-pods, web surfing, text messaging, private conversations, or sleeping are allowed in class.  Please turn off all cell phones when you come to class.


·         It is important to remember that you are a college student, and that as such you are responsible for your own learning.  Do your best and take pride in your work.  Ask questions in class.  Make appointments to conference with me about your writing or about any material you are confused about.  Act positively and promptly to clear up any concerns or difficulties you are having with the course.  I am here to help and to be a resource to you. 


·         A note on plagiarism and academic dishonesty:  The Modern Language Association states, “Using someone else’s ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism.”  Penalties for plagiarism may be slight (i.e., failing the paper) or more serious (i.e., failing the course or being expelled from the College.)  Be conscious of your use of others’ ideas and wording and give them credit. (See your handbook for more information, p. 265).  Never copy the work of a student who took this class previously.  I remember (believe it or not) ALL the work I read from students. Besides copying or not giving credit to sources, academic dishonesty also includes submitting research papers obtained on the web, papers written by you for previous or other current courses, or papers written by anyone other than you.  I reserve the right to use TurnItIn.com to ascertain the originality of your work.




Catalog Description of ENC 1101:
This is the first required general core course in college-level writing. Students will compose essays and other works using various methods of development.

Note: This course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. 3 Credits
Prerequisites: Placement by Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) verbal subtest score; American College Testing (ACT) English subtest score; Computerized Placement Test (CPT) English subtest score; or ENC 0021 with a grade of “S.”




Course Competencies





Competency 1

The student will produce writing by


a. choosing and limiting a subject that can be sufficiently developed within a given
    time, for a specific purpose and audience.
b. developing and refining pre-writing and planning skills.
c.  formulating the main point to reflect the subject and purpose of the writing.
d. supporting the main point with specific details and arranging them logically.
e. using appropriate transitional devices.
f. writing an effective conclusion.

Competency 2

The student will write well-developed essays by


a. writing an introductory paragraph.
b. constructing a thesis statement.
c. developing the thesis by

• providing adequate support that reflects the ability to distinguish between generalized and concrete evidence.

• arranging the ideas and supporting details in a logical pattern appropriate to the
  purpose and focus. Patterns may include descriptive, narrative, and evaluative writing,
  process analysis, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, exemplification, and others.

• writing unified prose in which all supporting material is relevant to the thesis.
• writing coherent prose and providing effective transitional devices.

d. writing a concluding paragraph.

Competency 3:

The student will proofread, edit, and revise by


a. recognizing and correcting errors in clarity.
b. recognizing and correcting errors in unity and coherence.
c. using conventional sentence structure and correcting sentence errors such as fragments, run-ons, comma splices, misplaced modifiers, and faulty parallelism.
d. recognizing and correcting errors in utilizing the conventions of standard edited
   American English including:
• using standard verb forms and consistent tense.
• maintaining agreement between subject and verb, and between pronoun and 
• using correct subjective, objective, and possessive case pronouns.
• maintaining consistency in point of view.
• using standard spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
• selecting vocabulary appropriate to audience, purpose, and occasion.

Competency 4

The student will read and respond to selections by


a. identifying main ideas, purpose, overall organizational patterns, supporting details, 
    and elements of coherence in assigned readings.
b. distinguishing fact from opinion.
c. summarizing and/or paraphrasing passages.

Competency 5:

The student will conduct research by


a. assembling sources on a designated subject.
b. taking effective notes from sources.
c. recognizing when and how to document sources.




Through the academic disciplines and co-curricular activities, General Education provides multiple, varied, and intentional learning experiences to facilitate your acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills, and the development of attitudes that foster effective citizenship and life-long learning.


Through our reading, writing, and class learning activities, our course directly addresses nine of the ten Miami-Dade College General Education outcomes:



Learning Outcome

Course Content & Activity


Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Writing assignments; oral presentations; group discussions; readings; comprehension quizzes.


Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.

Discussion of ethical problems and logical reasoning fallacies; argument essays; case studies; class debates; specific and logical written support for ideas.


Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.

Research for writing assignments and oral presentations.


Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.

Multicultural and global reading selections; analysis of literature using historical timelines and research; direct discussion of cultural diversity and human/ civil rights around the world.


Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.

Discussion and writing on social issues, including race, ethnicity, class, and gender. 


Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.

Readings; class debates; writing on ethical dilemmas and on civil rights and civil disobedience.


Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.

Group presentation using Powerpoint; instruction on online research tools and documentation/ evaluation of electronic sources; production of research paper.


Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.

Reading literature and analyzing it as creative, aesthetic expression; creative writing assignments.


Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.

Reading unit on nature and the environment; class discussion and writing assignment.






 ENC 1101 – Fall 2008-1                   COURSE OUTLINE                       Lamazares



Please note:  The dates and assignments appearing on this course outline are only approximate and subject to change.  If absent, please contact me to receive accurate information regarding homework assignments and deadlines.  Email communication is preferred:  ilamaza1@mdc.edu.  Please note the number 1 in my email address.



Week 1:  August 28                                        Orientation/ Course syllabus


                                                                        HW: Read 4 essays (handout)


Week 2:  Sept. 2-5                                          Sept. 1st:  Holiday

Diagnostic essays

                                                                        Essay Structure Review

                                                                        Discussion of essays read

                                                                        HW:     Hughes, “Salvation” p. 19-21

                                                                                    Dillard, “A Chase,” p. 13-17

                                                                                    Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays”



Week 3:  Sept. 8-12                                        Unit I:  Family/ Hialeah Stories/ Narration

Introductions and Conclusions

                                                                        Quiz on readings/ Discussion

                                                                        HW:     Write a family story

                                                                                    Erdrich, “The Shawl”

                                                                                    Hegi, “Acts of Violence”



Week 4:  Sept. 15-19                                      Quiz on readings/ Discussion

                                                                        Group Presentations

                                                                        Workshops on family story

                                                                        HW:     Interview family member

                                                                                    Draft essay

                                                                                    Mamaday, “The Way to Rainy Mtn”

                                                                                                p. 31,

                                                                                    Forster, p. 107, Woolf p. 39


Week 5:  Sept. 22-26                                      Unit II:  The Environment/ Description

Quiz on readings/ Discussion

                                                                        Workshop essay draft

                                                                        HW:     Final draft of Narration essay

                                     Bettelheim, “The Holocaust,”

p. 151,

Ehrenreich, “Cultural Baggage,”

p. 155,  Rodriguez, “Growing up Old,” p. 159                                 


Week 6:  Sept. 29- Oct. 3                               Essay 1 due (Narration)

                                                                        Visit to Garden/ Description draft

                                                                        Quiz on readings/ Discussion

                                                                        HW:  Description draft


Week 7:  October 6-10                                    Discussion continued

                                                                        Workshop essay drafts

                                                                        HW:  Tannen, “Talk in the Intimate

Relationship:  His and Hers” (handout)

Brady, “I Want a Wife,” (handout)


Week 8:  October 13-17                                  Unit III:  Race and Gender Relations

Comparison/ Contrast Overview

Essay 2 due (Description)

                                                                        Quiz on readings/ Discussion

                                                                        Group Presentations

                                                                        HW:  Staples, “Just Walk On By,” p. 1

                                                                                    Hughes, “Harlem”  (handout)

                                                                                    Cullen, “Incident” (handout)


Week 9:  October 20-24                                  Quiz on readings/ Discussion

                                                                        Group Presentations

                                                                        HW:    Research on American dream

                                                                                    M L King, “I Have a Dream,” p. 167


Week 10:  October 27-31                                Presentations on research

                                                                        HW:     Draft Essay 3

                                                                                    Online grammar exercises


Week 11:  Nov. 3-7                                         Workshops on essay drafts

                                                                        Grammar Review

                                                                        HW:     Grammar exercises, Handbook

                                                                                    Final draft of Essay 3


Week 12:  Nov. 10-14                                     Grammar Review continued

                                                                        Essay 3 due

                                                                        HW:     The Old Man and the Sea (1st part)


Week 13:  Nov. 17-21                                     Grammar Quiz

                                                                        Group Presentation

                                                                        Hemingway 1st Quiz

                                                                        HW:     The Old Man and the Sea (2nd part)


Week 14:  Nov. 25                                          Thanksgiving Holiday

Discussion of The Old Man and the Sea

                                                                        Hemingway 2nd Quiz

                                                                        HW:  Draft of Essay 4


Week 15:  Dec. 1-5                                         Workshops of Essay 4

                                                                        Preparing the Portfolio

                                                                        HW:     Portfolios and Essay 4


Week 16:  Dec. 8-12                                       Essay 4 due

                                                                        Service Learning online journal due


Week 17:  Dec. 15-19                                     Essays returned/ Final grades