English 105: 14, Intellectual Prose: Selves and Society

Tanya Pollard

MTh 10-11:15 Speech Hall 231; Mth 1-2:15, Bohn 493/ Dickson 274
Office: Dickson 352

Office phone: 655-5141

Office hours: Th 2:30-5:30 and by appointment

e-mail: pollardt@mail.montclair.edu

my web page: http://chss.montclair.edu/~pollardt/

English department web page: http://english.montclair.edu

What makes you an individual? What kinds of factors constitute any individual? What group affiliations do you have, and how do they affect your sense of identity? How does being a member of a group or groups change individuals, and how do individuals change the communities to which they belong? How do groups, and the individuals in them, change when they move from one country or city to another? This class will consider questions such as these in the course of working rigorously to improve your writing and self-expression.
Week Date In-Class Reading Assignment Due
1 9-4 course overview;

choosing individual topics; in-class interviews

2 9-8 peer-review editing Unit 1; pp 7-48* 1st draft paper 1 (2pp)
9-11 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 1, continued 2nd draft paper 1 (2 pp)
3 9-15 discuss reading; peer-review editing; grammar workshop Unit 2; pp. 51-103
9-17 discuss reading Unit 2, continued final draft paper 1 (2 pp)
4 9-22 discuss reading Unit 2; continued
9-25 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 3, 107-162 1st draft paper 2 (4-5 pp)
5 9-29 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 3, continued 2nd draft paper2 (4-5 pp)
10-2 discuss reading; peer-review editing; grammar workshop Unit 3, continued
6 10-6 No Class: Yom Kippur
10-9 discuss reading Unit 4; pp 165-199 final draft paper 2 (4-5 pp)
7 10-13 discuss reading Unit 4, continued
10-16 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 5, 203-240 1st draft paper 3 (4-5 pp)
8 10-20 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 5, continued 2nd draft paper 3 (4-5 pp)
10-23 discuss reading; peer-review editing; grammar workshop Unit 6; pp 243-268
9 10-27 discuss reading Unit 6, continued final draft paper 3 (4-5 pp)
10-30 discuss reading Unit 7, pp 270-300
10 11-3 discuss reading Unit 7, continued proposal paper 4 (1 par.)
11-6 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 8; pp 305-367 1st draft paper 4 (6-8 pp)
11 11-10 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 8, continued 2nd draft paper 4 (6-8 pp)
11-13 discuss reading; peer-review editing; grammar workshop Unit 8, continued
12 11-17 discuss reading Unit 9; pp 371-414 final draft paper 4 (6-8 pp)
11-20 discuss reading Unit 9, continued
13 11-24 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 9, continued 1st draft paper 5 (2-3 pp)
11-27 No Class: Thanksgiving
14 12-1 discuss reading;

peer-review editing

Unit 10; pp 417-455 2nd draft paper 5 (2-3 pp)
12-4 discuss reading; peer-review editing; grammar workshop Unit 10
15 12-8 discuss reading Unit 10 final draft paper 5 (2-3 pp)
12-11 review
exam Portfolio Due

* all readings refer to the anthology Ten on Ten, ed. Robert Atwan
Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance is required. If you miss more than three classes, your overall grade will drop; after seven absences, you will fail the class. Arriving late to class will also count against your grade, with three latenesses counting as one absence.


Learning is a collaborative process, and it is crucial that each of you engage fully with the texts and with each other. To this end, you will be required to participate actively in class discussions and peer-review editing sessions, and your contributions will determine a significant portion of the semester's grade. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with others' learning will not be tolerated. Arriving late to class will be counted as one-third of an absence; after a certain point in the class, it may be counted as a half or full absence. Disruptive behavior, including rudeness, interruptions, and noise from cell-phones, pagers, watches, etc, may result in your being asked to leave class, and can be counted as an absence against your grade.


Written work should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported with evidence. It should demonstrate analytical thought, organization, development, and a sense of craftsmanship. On a logistical level, papers should be typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides; they should include a title, your name, the class, and the date you submit it. Late drafts will not be accepted; you will not receive comments, and your overall grade will be marked down. Late papers will be marked down one-third of a grade per day (that is, from an A- to B+, B+ to B, B to B-, etc). Any use of others' ideas must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; speak to me if you are unsure about what this means. Plagiarism is extremely serious, and will result in failing the class and being reported to the Dean's Office, with potentially more serious consequences as well.


The primary assignments for this class will be writing and revising essays. At the end of term, you will submit a final portfolio consisting of additionally revised versions of your best essays. In order to ensure that everyone is actively engaged in reading the anthology and editing each other's essays, short written responses and quizzes will occasionally be required as well.

Course Materials

You are required to purchase two books for this course: the anthology Ten on Ten, ed. Robert Atwan, and the handbook A Writer's Reference, by Diana Hacker. Please bring the anthology to every class session that is marked "discuss reading," and bring the handbook to every session that is marked "peer-review editing." It is recommended that you purchase a good college dictionary, and keep it at your side when you are writing and revising.


attendance, participation in class discussion, homework assignments, quizzes