ENC 1102 – Fall 2008-1                                            Professor: Dr. Ivonne Lamazares

                                                                                    Dept.:  Liberal Arts and Sciences

Office: 1413-4

                                                                                    Phone: (305) 237- 8764

                                                                                    E-mail:  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 Poems: Vintage Verse, Vol. 1, by David Madden;

·         A Pocketful of Prose: Vintage Fiction, Vol. 2, by David Madden;

·         Criterion, Editing Program;

·         The Thief and the Dogs, by Naguib Mahfouz (book provided in class, courtesy of The Big Read Program, sponsored by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts);

·         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 papers.


                 REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS:


·         Three typed 5-7 ¶ essays based on unit readings

·         One 5-7 page research paper (Grades given on thesis, outline, bibliography, notes, rough, and final draft)

·         Reading comprehension quizzes

·         In-class writing, journals, exercises

·         Group Presentation on one author/ reading

·         Homework/ participation in writing and discussion groups

·         Service Learning activity





ENC 1102 is the second required English core course for students pursuing an AA degree. The course emphasizes composing informative and persuasive essays, responding to a variety of literary works, and producing a documented paper based on research. Through oral and written assignments, we will study fiction, plays, essays, and poems as a socio-cultural response by writers to the world in which they live.  We will also become familiar with those literary terms and conventions necessary to write critical analysis essays about readings.  The class will be conducted partly through lecture/ discussion, partly through small group workshops and individual conferences to give you maximum practice 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 and Research Paper -------------------------------------      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.  Please email me at ilamaza1@mdc.edu 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.  You will receive an alternate version of the quiz during my office hours.


·         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 (one grade per class period).  If you must be tardy, please come in quietly and take the first available seat by the door.


·         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 review 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.)  Please refer to your Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Handbook))  Be conscious of your use of others’ ideas and wording and give them credit.  Besides lack of credit to sources, academic dishonesty includes submitting research papers obtained on the web, papers written for previous or other current courses, or papers written by someone other than you.  I reserve the right to use TurnItIn.com to ascertain the originality of your work.  No research paper will receive credit without evidence of an original outline, research notes, and rough draft









Catalog Description:
This is the second required general core course in college-level writing. Observing the conventions of standard edited American English, students will compose informative and persuasive essays, write responses to a variety of literary genres and/or non-fiction, and produce a documented paper based on research. 3 Credits
Note: This course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Prerequisites: ENC 1101 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.




Course Competencies





Competency 1

The student will compose essays that explain an idea, belief or attitude by


choosing and limiting a subject that can be sufficiently developed within a given time, for a specific purpose and audience.
b. formulating a thesis reflecting the subject and purpose of the essay.
c. supporting the thesis with specific details and arranging them logically.
d. using appropriate transitional devices.
e. writing an effective conclusion.


Competency 2

The student will present writing that seeks to persuade an audience to accept a belief, attitude, value or course of action by


a. using logical, ethical, and/or emotional appeals appropriate to audience and purpose.
b. demonstrating logical reasoning.
c. providing sufficient evidence to support the thesis.
d. clearly acknowledging any sources by using a standard form of documentation.

Competency 3:

The student will write responses to a variety of literary genres and/or non-fiction by


a. reflecting a literal and critical comprehension of the reading.
b. providing suitable support and organization.
c. articulating the author’s point of view.

Competency 4

The student will write a documented research paper by


a. limiting a topic.
b. using library and electronic resources to fulfill research objectives.
c. taking notes, paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting sources.
d. articulating a thesis that demonstrates a logical connection between research and argumentative techniques.
e. organizing the text to be congruent with the subject and purpose of the paper.
f. using sources in the text to substantiate the thesis.
g. using a standard form of documentation (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).














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 synopses; 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.  Service learning activity and journal.


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 Power Point; 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.

Readings on nature and the environment; class discussion and writing assignment.



ENC 1102 – 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 the email address.



Week 1:  August 28                                        Orientation/ Course syllabus


                                                                        HW:     “The Story of an Hour” p. 233

                                                                                    “Considerations as You Read &

Review Questions,” p. 339-342


Week 2:  Sept. 2-5                                          Quiz/ Discussion/ Story of an Hour

                                                                        Intro. to literary terms

                                                                        Group Presentation designation

                                                                        HW:     “Richard Cory” p. 170,

Annotations, p. xv,

Thesis and Outline


Week 3:  Sept. 8-12                                        Discussion of Literary Analysis paper

                                                                        Workshops on thesis and outlines

                                                                        HW:     Essay 1 draft

                                                                        Mahfouz, chaps. 1-6


Week 4:  Sept. 15-19                                      Quiz/ Discussion of Mahfouz

                                                                        Workshop on Essay 1 drafts

                                                                         HW:   Mahfouz, chaps. 7-12


Week 5:  Sept. 22-26                                      Unit I:  The Politics of Revenge

Film:  Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

Discussion of Hamlet

Quiz/ Mahfouz

Essay 1 due

                                                                       HW:     Mahfouz, chaps. 13-18


Week 6:  Sept. 29 – Oct. 3                              Quiz/ Discussion of Mahfouz

                                                                        Dr. El Khouly’s Presentation on Mahfouz

Blog assignment

                                                                        HW:  Research assignment for groups


Week 7:  Oct. 6-10                                          Presentations on group research

Library Orientation

Comparison/ Contrast of Shakespeare

and Mahfouz

HW:     Research paper thesis,

tentative bibliography;

Cade Bambara & Diaz, handout


Week 8:  Oct. 13-17                                        Unit II:  Family/ Parent-Child


                                                                        Quiz/ Discussion:  Bambara, Diaz

                                                                        MLA Style/ Note taking for Research Paper

                                                                        HW:     Olsen, p. 69; Roethke, p. 171

                                                                                    Hayden, p. 79; Plath, p. 140


Week 9:  Oct. 20-24                                        Olsen, Roethke: Group Presentations

                                                                       Hayden, Plath: Group Presentations

Quiz/ Debate on Roethke’s poem                                                                        

                                                                        HW:     Family/ Hialeah Story assignment

                                                                                    Outline, Research Paper

                                                                                    Hemingway, handout


Week 10:  October 27-31                                Unit II:  Individual vs. Society

Share Family/ Hialeah stories

                                                                        Workshop Research Paper Outlines

                                                                        Hemingway:  Group Presentation

                                                                        HW:  Melville, p. 125; Jackson, p. I


Week 11:  Nov. 3-7                                         Draft of Research paper due

                                                                        Melville:  Group Presentation

                                                                        Quiz/ Discussion of Melville, Jackson


Week 12:  Nov. 10-14                                     Presentations/ Research Paper due

                                                                        HW:  Essay 2 draft


Week 13:  Nov. 17-21                                     Workshops on Essay 2

                                                                        HW HW:  A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen


Week 14:  Nov. 25                                          Thanksgiving Holiday  

                                                                        Film: A Doll’s House


Week 15:  Dec. 1-5                                         Discussion of play

Research on Henrik Ibsen’s biography

HW:  Essay 3/ Reaction to Ibsen’s play due


Week 16:  Dec. 8-12                                      Essay 3: Reaction to Ibsen’s play due                                                                                                

                                                                        Service Learning on-line journals due


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