Department of English
EN 101—Techniques of Reading and Writing

Name: Dr. Katherine J. Robinson
Phone Number: Unknown
Office Location: GB130

Rules for Writers and The Brief Bedford Reader (10th ed)
Other readings will be in the form of handouts, online readings, and library reserves
The principal text in the course will be your own writing

Other Materials
English Composition Folder
One memory stick for saving your work, a manila folder, and a spiral notebook (single subject)

General Course Information

EN 101 emphasizes the processes of critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students move from writing about personal experiences to writing for an outside, academic audience. Students write for different audiences and purposes using a variety of rhetorical strategies. Students will write in response to outside readings and will be introduced to appropriate documentation procedures.

All sections of EN101 will participate in the portfolio pilot. To pass the course, you are required to submit a final portfolio that contains at least three essays, one of which must be a reflective writing piece. The portfolio will be assessed according to the portfolio rubric and the course objectives. Instructors will provide further information and details regarding assembling and submitting the portfolio. 

Specific Outcomes In order to pass EN 101, you must gain competence in the following areas:

Writing Process
  • demonstrate the on-going writing process (pre-writing, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing)
  • generate an idea that allows an essay and each of its paragraphs to be unified
  • use thesis/idea, either clearly stated or implied, as the organizing principle for writing essays develop logical and coherent organizational patterns and paragraph structures
  • use rhetorical strategies, based on audience and purpose, to develop essays
  • develop a unified essay using personal observations, critical thought, and outside readings
  • assess their own writing progress and recognize areas for improvement
  • incorporate appropriate feedback from peers and instructors when revising essays and provide effective peer feedback
  • write essays that demonstrate an awareness of proper grammar and have few errors in mechanics
  • use computers to draft, write, edit and research papers
  • write a minimum of 4 essays of three pages or more
  • select and prepare appropriate writing assignments to be included in final portfolios
Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing
  • summarize and analyze readings
  • articulate and support a position in response to readings
  • develop own ideas in relation to words and ideas of others
Integrating Outside Words and Ideas
  • incorporate words and ideas of others
  • integrate information into your essays by quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing
  • demonstrate appropriate documentation procedures
  • recognize and avoid plagiarism
Assignment 1
Assignment 2

Assignment 3

Assignment 4
In-Class Timed Writing
Assignment 5
Argument--Research Essay 25%
Assignment 6
Reflective Cover Letter


Evaluation of major writing assignments
  • It is essential that you are able to apply to your own writing the principles, concepts, and strategies we discuss in class.
  • When I read essays, I usually make written comments in the margins. Some of these comments will be laudatory, some (constructively) critical. I make these comments because research indicates the best way for writers to improve his or her writing is to get feedback from their instructors. Please take the time to consider these comments; I will be happy to discuss any comments, as well.
  • In addition, your essays will be evaluated in each of the following five areas: Content, Organization, Development, Usage, and Style/Mechanics. Be aware that some kinds of errors are fatal—sentence fragments and run-on sentences, as well as non-standard verb forms, will most certainly damage your essay’s credibility, and thus adversely effect its grades.
  • My grading scale for the course is as follows: A = superior; B = above average; C = average; D = below average; F = unacceptable.
  • Please see the grade handout for a more detailed explanation of the grading scale.
In order to measure progress towards the course objectives, I will evaluate your performance on the following tasks: If at any time you want to discuss a paper or grade with me, schedule an appointment or stop by during my office hours. In addition, you may keep track of your grade easily by writing each paper grade on the inside of your folder. Over the semester, we will meet in individual conferences periodically regarding your progress in the course.
All students in EN101 and EN101A will submit a final portfolio. As one of the requirements for passing the course, you are required to submit a portfolio that contains at least three essays, one of which must be a reflective writing piece and one of which must contain documentation. The portfolio will be assessed according to the portfolio rubric and the course objectives. The classroom instructor will provide further information and details regarding assembling and submitting the portfolio.

Class Requirements

  • In addition to various in-class writing assignments, journal entries, quizzes/tests, and homework, you are expected to write five out of class essays—including revisions.
  • You are expected to arrive promptly and fully equipped for each class and to participate willingly and enthusiastically in all workshop activities.
  • You are expected to complete all reading assignments prior to the assigned class to facilitate class participation.
  • You will be expected to schedule individual conferences during office hours or class time to discuss your progress on the writing assignment.
  • Assignments will be typed or word-processed in MLA format (12 point Times New Roman font and double-spaced) and included in the composition folder. Most assignments will be accompanied by an outline with identified thesis statement. All notes (even those on toilet paper) must accompany the assignment. All drafts and revisions are due no later than the end of class on the assigned date.
Make-up/Late Work Policy
All drafts and revisions are due on the assigned day. You responsible for missed work. You are expected to contact classmates for missed notes and assignments. Any make-up work must be discussed with the instructor. Regardless of reason, there are no make-up tests or quizzes in this class. However, at the end of the semester, I will drop your three lowest test scores (excluding the midterm and final grammar test scores). Late papers will have 10 points deducted from the grade. Additionally, late papers will only be accepted on the class period following the scheduled due date.

Audit Policy

You may choose to audit a class at the time of your initial registration, or you may change to audit at any point prior to completion of 20% of the class. Faculty permission is not required to register for audit. However, permission is required to change to audit after classes begin.

Classroom Policies
Attendance [and Withdrawal from Class]

You are expected to attend all class sessions. The instructor may fail or drop students who are absent more than the equivalent of one week of class. If you miss a class, you are responsible for any work assigned or completed during your absence. Students should not expect the instructor to take time from the regularly scheduled class to tell you about work you’ve missed. I am available to meet with you during my office hours or by appointment. I have included a Contacts space below for you to gather the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of your fellow students. Withdrawal from Class: The last day to withdraw from this class is 11 Feb.

Academic Honesty

Regarding academic honesty, the Montgomery College Student Handbook states the following information:
“Students who engage in any act [judged] by the classroom instructor to constitute academic dishonesty or misconduct are subject to any and all sanctions deemed appropriate by the classroom instructor, [including] grade sanctions for violations of academic ethics.” <>

Student Code of Conduct

Regarding classroom behavior, the Montgomery College Student Handbook states the following information: “If a student behaves disruptively in the classroom after the instructor has explained the unacceptability of such conduct and the consequences that will result, the student may be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class time. If the student does not leave, the faculty member [will] request the assistance of Security. “The faculty member and the student are expected to meet to resolve the issue before the next class session. If, after a review of the situation and a restatement of the expected behaviors, the student refuses to comply with the stated standards of conduct required, then the faculty member should refer the issue in writing to the dean of student development (301-353-1993) for action under the Student Code of Conduct.”

Additional Codes of Conduct
The following behaviors disrupt the classroom learning community and may incur disciplinary consequences:
Arriving late to class two times
Leaving class early two times
Taking unscheduled breaks during class two times
Earning a zero during class participation
Any disruption of the positive learning environment
Any disrespectful or impolite behavior
Any use of profanity or offensive language
Any cell phone or pager activity
Any disruptive talking
Any use of electronic entertainment devices

I reserve the roght to amend this list at any time throughout the semester. You will be notified of any changes.

Support Services

See SOS Handout
The Germantown CampusWriting Center provides one-on-one tutoring for Montgomery College students on a walk-in and appointment basis to support reading, writing, and language learning. You can sign in at the front desk for tutoring. For information on hours of operation, contact the Writing Center Supervisor, Mrs. Paula Bostic, at (301) 353-1930 or refer to the Writing Center’s website at

A student who may need an accommodation due to a disability should make an appointment to see me during my office hours. A letter from Disability Support Services (DSS) authorizing your accommodation will be needed. You may contact Harry Zarin, Counselor, for more information on receiving accommodation or call (301) 353-7767.

Cancellation of Classes

Regarding emergency closing of the College, the Montgomery College Catalog states the following information: “If inclement weather forces the College or any campus or College facility to suspend classes or close, public service announcements will be provided to local radio and television stations as early as possible. [Students] can also find out the opening status by calling the College’s main information line at 301-279-5000 or by visiting our web site at”