English 2010.012 & .014: Intermediate College Writing

012: MWF 0900-0950 LA027

014: MWF 1000-1050 LA027

Stephen D. Gibson

CB 407 F (MTWTF 1:00 & by appointment), 863-6287 stephen(dot)gibson(at)uvu(dot)edu


Required Texts and Materials

Lunsford, Andrea, et al. Everyone’s an Author with Readings. 2ndedition, Norton, 2017. 978-0-393-61746-7

Access to Canvas and MetaphorByMetaphor.com


Course Prerequisites: Completion of English 1010 with a grade of C- or better. (Given these prerequisites, you should argue using thesis statements, examples and specifics, and document your work using either the MLA or APA documentation system.)


Course Description: “Emphasizes academic inquiry and research in the humanities and social sciences. Explores issues from multiple perspectives. Teaches careful reasoning, argumentation, and rhetorical awareness of purpose, audience, and genre. Focuses on critically evaluating, effectively integrating, and properly documenting sources. In addition to major essay assignments, may include in-class writing and collaboration, an annotated bibliography, oral presentations, and portfolios.”

— Utah Valley University Catalog


Course Outcomes: Upon successful completion of English 2010, students should be able to:

  • Identify audience, purpose, and genre in research-focused writing projects.
  • Use reading and writing for inquiry.
  • Evaluate and integrate source materials into writing projects.
  • Apply knowledge of college-level, academic writing and research.

This course is designed to prepare students for writing projects in academia and other workplaces. Together we will strive to refine critical thinking, research, reading, writing, and argumentation skills. The class helps students contribute to the academic and cultural conversations around them.


Assignments: Students will write in class almost each time the class meets. This writing will usually be collected by email. Subject lines of the emails should include the name of the student, the name and section number of the class, and the name of the assignment. In-class writing is due in class. Grades given in-class writing assignments include a zero (not completed), a three (completed poorly), and a five (successfully completed). By the end of the semester, the total value of these assignments will equal approximately one hundred points. In-class writing may serve as material from which the major assignments of the course will be composed and may motivate the completion of reading assignments. Since in-class writing will often grow out of in-class events, it can’t be made up. It will only be collected in the classroom as we meet. My record of completed in-class writing exercises serves as the record of your punctuality, participation, and attendance.


The four writing projects required in the class are each worth one hundred points. Watch the attached schedule for due dates; read the pages assigned from the textbook, attend class, and ask questions for help completing these projects.


I may allow the revision of complete writing projects turned in on time that earn less than 70% of the total points possible. Mandatory meetings with me are required for you to take advantage of this revision option. I will not grade revised papers that are not the result of meetings with me. In order for the grade to improve, the revision must be substantial as I define that term. Substantial revision includes changes at both the sentence and global level. Revisions that are not substantial may receive worse grades than the original. A due date for the revised assignment will be determined together with each student, but the latest deadline for any and all revisions will be two weeks before the last class meeting. The last essay, because its due date is so close to the end of the semester, can’t be revised.


This semester, students are responsible for their own paper topics. Consider a problem that interests you. Students will propose a solution to a problem. Essays should follow the conventions of academic prose, which include addressing opposing views fairly and civilly. Students should not write about problems they cannot address in a civil way.


The writing assignments are worth a total of four hundred points, the in-class writing is worth about one hundred points, and the final exam will be worth fifteen points. The final exam will consist of actually sending the student’s proposal to an audience that can enact it. Students will share their proposed solutions with the actual community member who they think can use the solution. The final is due by email to stephen(dot)gibson(at)uvu(dot)edu at the end of our final exam period.


Approximately five hundred and fifteen points are possible in the course. Earning more than 93% of the total points possible in the class will result in an “A” grade, 90%-92.9% an “A-,” 86%-89.9% a “B+,” 83%-85.9% a “B,” and so on. As the UVU Catalog indicates, “The letter grade ‘A’ is an honor grade indicating superior achievement; ‘B’ is a grade indicating commendable mastery; ‘C’ indicates satisfactory mastery and is considered an average grade; ‘D’ indicates substandard progress and insufficient evidence of ability to succeed in sequential courses; ‘E’ (failing) indicates inadequate mastery of pertinent skills or repeated absences from class.” In accordance with UVU policy, if students miss class more than nine times without documenting those absences with me, they will fail the course.


The only extra credit that will be offered in the course is for completing SRIs at the end of the semester.


Office Hours: In order to protect their privacy, students must come to see me privately in my office if they wish to discuss a grade on an assignment or for the course. It is your responsibility to periodically check your grades on Canvas.


Please visit during office hours to gain a more thorough understanding of any of the assignments, have questions answered, or receive feedback on any part of any writing project.


Late Paper Policy: If for some good reason you won’t be able to turn something in when it is due, contact me (preferably in advance). Students should turn papers in by emailing attached copies of their papers, not links to their papers, to me. In order to discourage procrastination, for each day (not class period) an assignment is late I’ll take ten points away from the total points it earns. For example, a paper due on Friday but not turned in until Monday would have thirty points deducted from the points it receives. A paper is turned in on the day when I feel I have personally received it, not when it is left in my box, office, or in the English department. I do not grade papers faxed to me, and I encourage you to always make and keep a copy of all the work you turn in.


Classroom Behavior and Grievance Criteria: The “Student Rights and Responsibilities Code,” section VI A-X is the guide for your classroom behavior, and section XVI C is the guide for registering a formal grievance or requesting a grade change. The “Student Rights and Responsibilities Code” is available online at http:www.uvu.edu.


If you prefer to use a name other than the name the University officially uses, please let me know. Likewise, if you have a preferred personal pronoun, please let me know.


Students with Disabilities: If you have any disability that may impair your ability to successfully complete this course, please contact the Accessibility Services Department (LC 312; 863-8747; http://www.uvu.edu/asd/). Academic accommodations are granted for all students who have qualified disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the Accessibility Services Department.


Academic Honesty: “Plagiarism, or the use of others’ words or ideas without proper attribution, is an impediment to your education and to the educational mission of Utah Valley University. Under the policy of the English and Literature Department of UVU, work that has been plagiarized must receive a failing grade. A distinction is made between unintentionally plagiarized work, which must be corrected in order to be considered for a passing grade, and intentional plagiarism, which will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Student Life as a disciplinary matter in accordance with UVU’s statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities. Evidence of intentional plagiarism will cause you to fail this course. Please read the department’s full statement on plagiarism, and speak to your instructor if you have any questions about avoiding plagiarism.”

–Utah Valley University English and Literature Department Homepage


Waitlist and Add Policy: It is against the policy of Utah Valley University for students who are not registered and enrolled in a class to attend it. Students who are on a class waitlist, even if they are the first on the list, are not enrolled. There is absolutely no guarantee any student on the waitlist will ever be enrolled. Students on a waitlist must wait for and respond appropriately to email notifications that allow registration and enrollment in the course. All adds and enrollments into a course from a waitlist are through the online system. Instructors cannot add students. Department administrative staff and academic advisors cannot add students.



Tentative Schedule


Reading should be completed before class starts on the dates listed below. Come to class ready to ask questions about and discuss your reading of the pages listed.



Aug 19 Introducing the course, thinking about a problem

Aug 21 xxix-xxxiv, “Project Proposals” 356-360

Aug 23 “Starting Your Research” 445-454


Aug 26 Starting your research continued

Aug 28 “Thinking Rhetorically” 5-10

Aug 30 “Thinking Rhetorically” continued 10-17


Sep 2 Holiday

Sep 4 “Rhetorical Situations” 18-24

Sep 6 “Meeting the Demands of Academic Writing” 40-52


Sep 9 Peer-review draft due, “Giving Credit, Avoiding Plagiarism” 527-534

Sep 11 Peer-review draft due

Sep 13 Project Proposal due, “Annotating a Bibliography” 500-504


Sep 16 “Keeping Track: Managing Information Overload” 485-490

Sep 18 “Finding Sources” 455-465

Sep 20 Meet in Library Instruction Room 206


Sep 23 “Finding Sources” 465-475

Sep 25 “Evaluating Sources” 491-499, “Problems with the Reasoning” 400-405

Sep 27 “Summarizing” 520-524


Sep 30 Summarizing continued

Oct 2 “Quoting and Paraphrasing” 512-520

Oct 4 Quoting and paraphrasing continued


Oct 7 Peer-review draft due

Oct 9 Peer-review draft due

Oct 11 Annotated Bibliography due, “Writing Analytically” 219-220


Oct 14 “Representing Yourself in Your Writing,” “Establishing an Appropriate Tone,” and “Connecting to Audiences” 657-661

Oct 16 “Means of Persuasion” 389-400, Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Oct 18 Holiday


Oct 21 Audience analysis example

Oct 23 “What’s Your Style” 641-651

Oct 25 “Opening [and closing] Sentences” 678-683


Oct 28 Peer-review draft due

Oct 30 Peer-review draft due

Nov 1 Audience Analysis due, “Writing a Proposal” 361-365, “Making a Proposal” 340-351


Nov 4 Proposal example: “How Junk Food Can End Obesity” 931-955

Nov 6 “Analyzing and Constructing Arguments” 379-389

Nov 8 Synthesizing Sources 505-511


Nov 11 Synthesizing Sources continued

Nov 13 “Strategies for Supporting an Argument” 419-427

Nov 15 “Strategies for Supporting an Argument” continued 428-435


Nov 18 “Strategies for Supporting an Argument” continued 436-441

Nov 20 Peer-review draft due

Nov 22 Peer-review draft due


Nov 25 Holiday

Nov 27 Holiday

Nov 29 Holiday


Dec 2 Proposal due

Dec 4 Preparing for the final exam


Final exams are due by:

2010 012 Wednesday, the 11thof December, at 10:50 am

2010 014 Monday, the 9thof December, at 10:50 am