(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Laura Hoebing

High School English Teacher

Composition I/II

COURSE TITLE:  English Composition I 1101

SEMESTER: Fall 2019

CREDITS:  3                                                          

INSTRUCTOR:  Mrs. Laura Hoebing                            

ROOM: 25    

PHONE: (507) 671-1580                                                                 

E-MAIL:  lhoebing@hayfield.k12.mn.us


COURSE DESCRIPTION: (from the course catalog)

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work. Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays. Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.


MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect., 0 lab)


TEXTBOOK:  None, selected readings will be provided via Moodle



The student will:

  • Rhetorical Modes
    • Argument and persuasion
    • Illustration and exemplification
    • Cause and effect
    • Classification
    • Comparison and contrast
    • Description
    • Process analysis
    • Narration
  • Thesis Statements
    • Inclusion of value claim or argument
    • Specificity
    • Succinct suggestion of organization or plan
  • Essay Construction
    • Introduction paragraphs
    • Body paragraphs
    • Conclusion paragraphs
  • Transitions
    • Organization
  • Analysis
    • Sustained focus on a variety of texts (including written, visual, and aural texts)
    • Concise reinforcement
  • Grammar and Sentence Structure
  • Documentation
    • Proper use of sources
    • Basic documenting skills
    • Paraphrasing
    • Summarizing
    • Quoting
    • Understanding plagiarism

ASSESSMENTS: (Summative Assessments – 75% of course grade)

  • Essay #1 – Personal Narrative
  • Essay #2 – Descriptive Essay
  • Essay #3 – Critical Essay
  • Essay #4 – Informative Essay
  • Essay #5 – Argument Essay

Formative assignments (25% of course grade)

  • Drafts
  • Peer editing
  • Writer’s workshop tasks
  • Grammar exercises
  • Informal writing assignments
  • Reflections
  • Skill quizzes



Attendance is mandatory and will be taken at the beginning of each class.  Excessive absences will affect your final grade in the course. Absence from class does not preclude you from due dates, nor do computer problems. Excused absences must be discussed with the instructor beforehand so arrangements can be made.



100% – 94% = A
93% – 90% = A-
89% – 87% = B+
86% – 84% = B
83% – 80% = B-
79% – 77% = C+
76% – 74% = C
73% – 70% = C-
69% – 67% = D+
66% – 64% = D
63% – 60% = D-
59% or less = F


Late/Incomplete Work

This policy is different than the HHS Grading for Learning policy because it is a college course. Formative assessments turned in after the due date but prior to the related summative assessment will be given a 10% deduction.  Formative assessments will not be accepted after the related summative assessment. Summative assessments will lose 10% of their credit for each school day they are late for up to five school days. Summative assessments will not be accepted more than five days after the due date. Extenuating circumstances must be discussed with the instructor well before the due date.



This policy is different than the HHS Grading for Learning policy because it is a college course.

Students may choose one summative assessment to redo per quarter. Retake scores will replace original scores. Students have five calendar days to take the retake and must have all related assignments completed and turned in. For papers, the original rubric and paper should be turned in as well as a new copy with changes noted using the “Track Changes” function of Word. Redone papers should be thoroughly revised and improved beyond simple grammar and spelling errors.



This course may require use of the Internet, the submission of electronically prepared documents and the use of a course management software program. Students who have a disability and need accommodations should contact the instructor or the Student Success Center at the beginning of the semester. This information will be made available in alternative format, such as Braille, large print, or current media, upon request. Riverland Community College, a proud member of the Minnesota State, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. This information will be made available in alternative formats such as braille, large print, or audio upon advanced request by calling 507-433-0600 (TDD 800-627-3529).



This policy is different than the HHS policy in accordance with Riverland Community College expectations. Plagiarism is theft of intellectual material of others, whether their words or their ideas, without giving proper credit to the author(s).  Plagiarism will result in a 0 for that assignment, will be reported to the principal and Riverland faculty liaison and may lead to further disciplinary measures, depending on the severity of the incident.  A more thorough discussion of plagiarism will take place when we begin the major papers that require research.


Plagiarism will include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. Submitting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, including but not limited to homework assignments, papers, research reports, group projects, artistic works, tests, or class presentations.
  2. Submitting someone else’s electronic work as your own, including but not limited to video clips, audio clips, electronic files, electronic programs, and any other copied electronic page, document, article, review, etc.
  3. Submitting someone else’s work as your own with minor alterations. Paraphrasing without proper citation is also plagiarism.
  4. Submitting someone else’s work without appropriate use of quotations, paraphrases, footnotes, or references.


Academic Honesty:

The aim of the academic honesty policy is to maintain the academic integrity of Riverland Community College and promote an intellectual climate of honesty and integrity. To maintain an environment of academic integrity, all students are required to accept personal responsibility for their work at Riverland Community College. Any offense against the academic honesty policy compromises the educational integrity of Riverland Community College and will be considered a grave offense. Plagiarism and other academic or student misconduct will result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, receiving a score of ‘0’ on the plagiarized assignment or being expelled from the course. See the Student Handbook for the Riverland Academic Honesty Policy: http://www.riverland.edu/studenthandbook/


Course material, testing requirements and grading subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.





Students will be able to:


The student will successfully:

MnTC Goal 1a understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation. 1.       compose clearly focused essays and oral responses or presentations based on draft work which displays invention, organization, drafting, revision, and editing.
MnTC Goal 1d select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences. 1.       identify both the audience and purpose for essays and choose dictions and styles to successfully persuade, inform, or entertain.
MnTC Goal 1f use authority, point-of view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking. 1.       provide evidence-based ideas in discussions with peer-review groups or the instructor which explain the manner in which the writing displays authority, point of view, and individual voice and style.
MnTC Goal 1g employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world. 1.       proofread all final drafts and edit to academic and professional standards.
MnTC Goal 2a gather factual information and apply it to a given problem in a manner that is relevant, clear, comprehensive, and conscious of possible bias in the information selected. 1.       employ prewriting strategies to explore and discover original topics and relevant content for each writing assignment.
MnTC Goal 2b imagine and seek out a variety of possible goals, assumptions, interpretations, or perspectives which can give alternative meanings or solutions to given situations or problems. 1.       adapt several rhetorical modes, e.g., argumentation, illustration and exemplification, and cause and effect, to multiple purposes and audiences.
MnTC Goal 2c analyze the logical connections among the facts, goals, and implicit assumptions relevant to a problem or claim; generate and evaluate implications that follow from them. 1.       compose clear, concise, coherent, and unified essays that include theses that are supported with adequate and relevant examples, illustrations, and other details.
CS understand the writing process through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation. 1.       compose clearly focused essays that are evaluated based on draft work which displays invention, organization, drafting, revision, and editing.
CS challenge and encourage their writing voice. 1.       provide evidence-based ideas in discussions with peer-review groups or the instructor which explain the manner in which the writing displays authority, point of view, and individual voice and style.
CS demonstrate academic integrity. 1.        demonstrate basic documentation skills while paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting essays, other written work, and presentations.




Paper expectations

All drafts of papers must be word-processed and follow MLA guidelines. You must complete all of the major papers to pass the course. Papers must be printed or electronically shared with the instructor before class on the due date.


Classroom Behavior Expectations

You are expected to be fully present and engaged during class, prepared, and willing to work collaboratively in a positive manner with your classmates.   We will workshop all of our major papers for this class.  Being a critical reader helps all of you to create the best possible final version of your paper projects, benefitting everyone.  Negative comments and/or attitudes toward one another are not productive, will not be tolerated, and may affect your grade for the course.


Technology in the classroom

Cell phones and other technology should not interrupt class.  Cell phones should be silenced and placed in the phone caddy prior to the beginning of class.  Photos/video should not be taken unless you have written permission and instructor has been informed beforehand. Laptops should be used only for coursework.


Course communication

I will make class announcements via email, particularly in the event of a weather-related closing or changes to lesson plans or due dates. Students are expected to check their email regularly. I will also respond to student questions via email between the hours of 7:30 am and 8 p.m.



Harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation is prohibited.  See page 43 of your Student Handbook for further information.  The instructor reserves the right to ask students in violation of this policy to leave the class.  Repeated offenses may result (at minimum) in failing the course.


Course Coding Information: Course Code H/Class Maximum 30; Letter Grade
Revision date: 04/05/16AASC
Approval date: 04/20/16


*Riverland Community College Disciplines MnTC Goal Number
Communication (CM) 1
Natural Sciences (NS) 3
Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (MA) 4
History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences (SS) 5
Humanities and Fine Arts (HU) 6


**Riverland Community College Core Themes MnTC Goal Number
Critical Thinking (CT) 2
Human Diversity (HD) 7
Global Perspective (GP) 8
Ethical and Civic Responsibility (EC) 9
People and the Environment (PE) 10