MW 11-12:20, Marcil 121

Prof. Cathrine O. Frank
Department of English
Office: Marcil 109
Office tel: 602-2709
Office Hours: MW 2-3, F 1-2, & by appt.
Mailbox: Marcil 112

Course Description

This course introduces students to writing as a conscious and developmental activity. Students learn to read, think, and write in response to a variety of texts, to integrate their ideas with those of others, and to treat writing as a recursive process. Through this work with texts, students are exposed to a range of reading and writing techniques they can employ in other courses and are introduced to fundamental skills of information literacy. Students work individually and collaboratively, participate in peer review, and learn to take more responsibility for their writing development. Placement into this course is determined by entering SAT (or ACT) writing scores or by successful completion of LAC 010. 4.000 Credit hours.

Successful completion of English 110 fulfills the writing requirement in CAS Core Curriculum or the CHP Common Curriculum.

Section I Course Description: Privacy and Publicity

What is privacy: a civil right? a commodity to be bought, sold or exchanged? A way of thinking about relationships between people or between individuals and the state? What sort of information or behavior should be kept private? What ought to be disclosed ? How have our cultural, legal, political, and social institutions answered this question and what values have guided our thinking? What’s guiding it now? In this section, we will focus on developing skills in textual analysis and argument, first, by thinking of academic writing as a conversation and, second, by approaching writing as a process of entering that conversation. The units are organized by the increasing complexity of the kinds of writing you will be doing. While the writing assignments focus on developing skills, the readings focus on one of the longest-standing and most hotly debated, “rights”, the right to privacy.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete English 110 should

  • Demonstrate the ability to approach writing as a recursive process that requires substantial revision of drafts for content, organization, and clarity (global revision), as well as editing and proofreading (local revision).
  • Be able to integrate their ideas with those of others using summary, paraphrase, quotation, analysis, and synthesis of relevant sources.
  • Employ techniques of active reading, critical reading, and informal reading response for inquiry, learning, and thinking.
  • Be able to critique their own and others’ work by emphasizing global revision early in the writing process and local revision later in the process.
  • Be able to find, evaluate, and use material located through the library’s online catalog, through subscription databases, and through internet search.
  • Document their work using appropriate conventions (MLA).
  •  Control sentence-level error (grammar, punctuation, spelling).

Writing Portfolio

All students will create and populate an electronic folder of their formal writing that includes peer reviewed drafts and final drafts of each of their four essays. This folder will be stored on the Google drive and “shared” with me to facilitate commenting and maintain privacy.

Required Texts

Barrios, Emerging. 2nd ed. (Bedford/St. Martin’s 2013)
Graff, Birkenstein, and Durst. They Say, I Say. (Norton 2009)
Hacker, Pocket Style Manual. (Norton)


  • Attendance and Participation = 10%
  • Homework = 10%
  • Research Project = 10%
  • 4 Essays: Essay 1 (10%) + Essay 2 (15%) + Essay 3 (20%) + Essay 4 (25%) = 70%
  • Exit Exam = This exam is for administrative purposes only. It will be graded on a pass/fail basis, but it must be completed in order for you to pass the course.

UNE does not award A+, D+, or D- final grades. The following letter grade conversions will be used:
A = 93-100
A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79
C = 73-76
C- = 70-72
D = 60-69
F = <60
I = Nearly all work completed; fewer than 5 absences
WP = Withdrawal while passing during first two-thirds of the term
WF = Withdrawal while failing during first two-thirds of the term
W = Withdrawal during final one-third of the term

Comments on Essays

I will provide written, individualized feedback on final drafts of your essays. You will also receive a rubric that identifies more general areas for you to work on when revising and/or drafting new essays. Detailed guidelines for using these comments are available in a separate document.

Please note that the grading scale for your essays includes the letter R for “revise.” If I do not think that your draft meets ENG 110 standards, in other words if it would receive less than a C- if I were to grade it, I will mark it with an R to indicate that you will need to revise further before I will give a grade. If you not do complete or successfully complete a revision ,it will receive a failing grade.


Please list below the names and email addresses of two other members of the class. It is your responsibility to remain up-to-date and informed of our daily activities and of any changes made to the readings or assignments. If you have missed a class, you should consult the syllabus and/or your contacts to find out what you need to do.

1.______________________________________ 2.______________________________________

Course Policies


Participation is different from your physical presence in class. Participation means that you engage in class discussion by raising questions and/or responding to them, and that your contributions to class demonstrate your thoughtful consideration of the readings. These contributions presuppose regular attendance. University policy states that a student may fail a course if he or she misses more than the equivalent of one week of classes. In this class, students who miss more than the equivalent of two weeks (that’s four absences in a MW section) should not expect to pass the course. Students who miss more than two may expect a reduction in their final course grade.


We will be reading a variety of essays and articles, which either will be found in your text or handed out in class (some are available through the university’s on-line journal subscriptions). These readings are generally short, but they are usually quite complex. You will need to take notes as you read and to review them before class. If you do not keep up with the readings, your own participation will suffer but so will the experience of the class itself, since you will be unable to advance other students’ thinking. Readings are listed by their author’s name.


All writing assignments are due on the day indicated in the syllabus. No late assignments will be accepted without penalty. All should be typed and follow MLA format for page set-up and citation (a template will be available in Google Docs). Rules for citation are available in the Hacker handbook and/or from the university library’s homepage. Additional handouts will be provided to outline the goals and requirements of your essays.

How to Contact Me

My office hours and telephone number are listed at the top of the syllabus. Please feel free to stop by during those hours to discuss assignments, drafts of papers, class discussions, etc. If you want to be certain that I will be available, however, it never hurts to schedule an appointment. It is generally easiest to reach me by email, but please do not expect me to be “on call”. I usually do not check email after 5 pm, so please do not expect a response until the next day. Note that I will not comment on drafts of papers the night before they are due.

Email Etiquette

When you send an email, you should provide a clear subject line, a salutation, and a signature that includes you name. The tone of your writing should be as respectful as the tone you are expected to use in class, both towards your fellow students and me.

University Policies and Resources

Academic Integrity

All students should familiarize themselves with the University’s policies on Academic Integrity and procedures for judging violations, both of which are outlined in the Student Handbook. All the essays you will write this semester will involve using sources. Any time you use a source, whether to paraphrase or to quote directly from it, you must supply the appropriate documentation. Students enrolled in English 110 are strongly encouraged to take a few minutes to complete the nationally recognized Academic Integrity Self Test  to familiarize themselves with the issue.

Accessibility and Documented Disabilities

The University of New England will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Any student eligible for and needing academic adjustments because of a disability are requested to speak with the professor at the beginning of the semester. Registration with Disability Services, located in Stella Maris 128 (ext. 2815) on the Biddeford Campus and the Lower Level of Ginn Hall (ext. 4418) on the Portland Campus, is required before accommodation requests can be granted.

Student Academic Success Center

Tutoring, writing support, and learning strategies consultations are available, free of charge, in the Student Academic Success Center. Students are encouraged to use these services early and often to promote academic success. More information about the SASC is available by calling the Center at 207-602-2443 or following the link above.

Midterm Academic Progress Reports

The University of New England is committed to the academic success of its students. At the midterm of each semester, instructors will report the performance of each student as SATISFACTORY (S) or UNSATISFACTORY (U). Instructors will announce when these midterm academic progress reports will be available for viewing via U-Online. This early alert system gives all students important information about progress in their courses. Students who receive an UNSATISFACTORY midterm report should take immediate action by speaking with their instructor to discuss suggestions for improvement such as utilizing the services of academic advising, the Student Academic Success Center, Counseling Services, and Residential Education.

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