ENG 102

Orator imageEnglish 102, Section 62
Professor Thomas P. Miller
Office Hours: Wednesdays 8:30-10:30, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 in Modern Languages Building 473
Office Phone: 621-6152, leave messages at 621-1836
email: tpm@u.arizona.edu
Homepage: http://tmiller.faculty.arizona.edu
Course website: http://tmiller.faculty.arizona.edu/eng102
Mailbox: ML 445 (Turn materials in at the wire basket and sign the ledger)

Assignments  Resources

JFKRMNimagesRequired Texts
Ballenger, Bruce. The Curious Researcher. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2007.
Modarres, Andrea, et al. A Student’s Guide to First-Year Writing. 28th ed. Plymouth, MI.: Hayden-McNeil, 2007.

Instead of buying an anthology, you will be printing campaign texts off from internet sources.

Course Description

In this class you will build on the close reading, focused research, and reflective writing that you did in English 101. English 102 emphasizes the skills of rhetorical analysis, research, persuasion, reflection, and revision. It is designed to help you learn to write for varied audiences and situations. You will learn how to find and evaluate varied sources, and you will use them to develop rhetorical analyses and persuasive arguments. The focus of your research, analysis, and arguments will be the candidates and issues involved in the current presidential campaign. You will analyze debates, speeches, and campaign literature, and you will select an issue to research, write about, and debate in a panel discussion.

Written Assignments

In the first unit of the course, you will write and revise two rhetorical analyses, and then you will develop them into a longer essay. In the second unit, you will do research an issue of your choice. The second unit will culminate with an analysis of the issue, called a controversy analysis. In the third unit, you will use your research to develop an argument on a public issue in a paper called a public argument. Finally, in the fourth unit, you will revise one of your previous essays and write a reflective analysis of your revision process. In addition to these longer pieces of writing, you will write various short assignments such as reader responses, research evaluations, and peer reviews. Many of these smaller assignments will not be graded but must be submitted in order to receive full credit for the larger assignment.

Course Policies

A Student’s Guide to First-Year Composition: All first-year writing students are required to purchase the Student’s Guide. The Guide addresses the matters outlined below. Also see the Writing Program web page: http://writprog.web.arizona.edu.

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism: All UA students are responsible for upholding the Code of Academic Integrity, available through the office of the Dean of Students and online at http://dos.web.arizona.edu/uapolicies/cai1.html. Read the summary in the Student’s Guide. Submitting an item of academic work that has previously been submitted without fair citation of the original work or authorization by the faculty member supervising the work is prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct.

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. Writing classes are workshop classes that include in-class writing, peer group work, and conferences. Therefore, you should not be late and should not miss classes. The best way to contact me about an absence is through e-mail, but you may also call the English Department and leave a message. You are responsible for finding out about and making up any missed assignments. In-class writing may not be made up. If you are absent on the day a paper is due, it will be counted late. As is the policy of the Writing Program, if you miss more than two classes, you may be dropped within the first 8 weeks of the semester with a W. Each absence above the allowed number will result in a one percent (or ten points) deduction from your final grade. All religious holidays or special events will be honored if you can demonstrate affiliation with that particular religion. Note that a dean’s note justifies absences for UA functions but must be presented before hand. Doctor’s appointments and other such commitments do not count as excused absences, so use your absences wisely. If you have a legitimate conflict or an extreme emergency, you should discuss it with me as soon as possible.

Class Conduct: All UA students are responsible for upholding the Student Code of Conduct, which can be read online at http://dos.web.arizona.edu/uapolicies/index.html.
 Course Content: If any of the course materials, subject matter, or requirements in this course contain materials that are offensive to you, please speak to me about it. I work hard to anticipate such conflicts, and I will do everything possible to maintain respect for all religious, cultural, and political viewpoints. In return, you are also expected to speak respectfully about opposing viewpoints.

Students with Disabilities: If you anticipate accessibility issues related to the format or requirements of the course, you should meet with me to discuss ways to ensure your full participation. If you require formal, disability-related accommodations, it is very important that you register with Disability Resources (621-3268; drc@arizona.edu) and then notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations so that we can coordinate these accommodations.

Grades: The Student’s Guide pp. 19-23 explains grading policies, methods of responding to drafts and final copies, and the standards of assessment of the Writing Program. The instructor’s comments will consider the following aspects of writing, in the context of a particular assignment: purpose, audience, content, expression, organization, development of ideas, mechanics, and maturity of thought. Students can’t receive a passing grade in first-year writing courses unless they have submitted drafts and final versions for all major assignments and the final exam. Incompletes are awarded in case of extreme emergency if and only if 70% of the course work has been completed at the semester’s end.

Note the following requirements for writing assignments:

  • Both in-class and out-of-class writing will be assigned throughout the course. If you are not in class when writing is assigned, you are still responsible for completion of the assignment when it is due.
  • Late work will not be accepted without penalty unless you make arrangements with me for an extension before the due date. Otherwise, I will subtract one letter grade per day late from the total grade of the assignment.
  • Drafts must be turned in with all essays. Drafts should show significant changes in purpose, audience, organization, or evidence.
  • You are required to keep hard copies of all drafts and assignments to file a grade appeal after the end of the semester (see Guide Appendix A). You must also keep copies in case an assignment is misplaced.
  • Final copies should be typed and double-spaced with numbered pages and a title.

Course Grades

The following table lists all assignments and their point values. Required assignments that carry no point values must be completed in order for you to receive full credit for the unit and the course. To receive an A in this course, you must accumulate at least 900 points; for a B, 800 points; for a C, 700 points; and for a D, 600 points. Please turn in all assignments, even if you believe they are poorly done. The difference between an E grade and 0 is that E carries points toward the final points and is assigned for something turned in, while a 0 carries no points and is assigned when no assignment is submitted.
Follow the links to the upcoming assignments below, or visit the Assignments Page.


Assignments Due Dates Total Available Points/Percentages*
Unit 1: Rhetorical Analysis
2 Short Rhetorical Analyses
Expanded rhetorical analysis
Weeks 1-6
 Due 1/31, 2/12
Draft 2/19, Due 2/21
200 points (20%)
100 points
100 points
Unit 2: Controversy Analysis
Proposal with Bibliography
Controversy Analysis Essay
Weeks 7-10
Draft 3/11, Due 3/13
Draft 3/27, Due 4/1
250 points (25%)
50 points
200 points
Unit 3: Public Argument
Argumentative Essay
Panel Debate with Handout
Week 11-13
Draft 4/6, Due 4/10
Conference 4/16 & 17
250 points (25%)
50 points
100 points
Unit 4: Portfolio & Reflection
Revision of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Essay
Final Reflective Essay
Week 13-15
Draft 4/24
Draft 4/29
Due 5/1
200 points (20%)
100 points
100 points
Short Assignments—reader responses, peer reviews, in-class writing, research assignments Various due dates throughout the semester 100 points (10%)
Total Course Points   1000 points (100%)