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You are expected to read, write, and think.  You are expected to make connections between ideas and write about them in the assigned mode.  You are expected to do your own writing without assistance, except from me in class.  You need to come prepared to class with the comletion of any homework.

Expect in class:  Classes will include lecture, discussions, library research, group work, in-class essay writing, and films.  You will write your essays using correct grammar and usage.

Syllabus | ENGL 1301

ENGL 1301:  Composition and Rhetoric

Class Meetings:
Mondays and Wednesdays | Rm SSC-109 | 8:25 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. 

Instructor's E-mail:
Instructor's Phone:  (W) 903-885-1232
Office Hours:  See me by appointment before or right after class; and other times by appointment.  Also, telephone me at 903-885-1232.  I am on campus only for your class each morning.  I will be happy to meet with you to help you to succeed in this course.

Required Textbooks:
Hacker, Diana.  A Writer's Reference.  7th ed.  Boston:  Bedford, 2011.  Print.
Kirszner, Lauries and Stephen Mandell.  Patterns for College Writing.  12th ed.  Boston:  
      Bedford, 2011.  Print.
Chevalier, Tracy.  Girl with a  Pearl Earring.  Any edition.

Used books usually are available.


All writing courses at Paris Junior College emphasize the basic skills of writing, reading, and critical thinking and analysis.  Each course in the program is designed to help students develop positive attitudes toward communication skills and toward themselves as writers.  English 1301 occupies a central place in the sequence of courses that make up the PJC writing program.  English 1301 builds upon the writing, reading, and thinking skills developed in English 0302 or in high school to further refine students' skills and abilities in writing, reading, critical thinking and analysis.

The skills learned in English 1301 will also prepare students for diverse writing tasks in other courses and in the work world.  Students will learn to develop papers around a central idea.  They can use this technique for term papers, essays, tests, or position papers that they might write for such courses as history, psychology, government, or science.  They can also apply the same technique to write a clearly focused report for a supervisor or client.  Additionally, students will learn to adjust their writing processes to various time contraints.  This skill will help them cope with essay tests and term papers, with a report that must be on a supervisor's disk the next day, and with an analysis of a  year-long project.

Goals and Requirements of the Course

Course Description:  The Paris Junior College Catalog describes this course as:  A study of grammar and composition through analysis of sentence structure, paragraph organization, and theme development; an analysis of written discourse with emphasis on the writing of class themes; individual conferences and required library work.

Prerequisite:  The Paris Junior College Catalog states:  ENGL 0302 with a grade of C or above, or placement by department (based on admission information).  Note:  Before entering ENGL 1301 all students for whom English is a second or additional language must successfully comple ENGL 0302.  Core Curriculum is satisfied for Written Curriculum.

Purpose:  The course is a composition and rhetoric course designed to improve thinking, reading, analysis, and writing skills.  It will emphasize the aims -- the "why" -- and the modes -- the "how" -- of composition as they apply to the communication process.  Assignments will include pre-writing activities, essay writing, editing, revision, oral discussion, group work, and reading of novels, as well as lectures.  Home assignments will include readings and exercises from the texts plus essay writing.  The major portion of the course will be devoted to writing and will include documented papers when appropriate.  The close of the course will focus upon reading and discussion of assigned novels.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will

  1. improve attitudes toward verbal and written communication
  2. refine writing skills
  3. increase reading and comprehension skills
  4. build analytical skills
  5. practice research skills
  6. function collaboratively

Mission of Paris Junior College

Paris Junior College is an innovative and comprehensive community college that advances the life-long educational development of students consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community.  The College provides high-quality, flexible academic transfer and career-focused educational programs and services through a commitment to teaching and learning excellence within an accessible and supportive environment.


The College will provide reasonable accommodations for students with qualified disabilities.  It is the student's responsibility to contact and disclose the nature and extent of the disability to the ADA Coordinator located in the Counseling/Advising Center at this campus.