ENL 101 Sections 06, 07

Composition 1

Fall 2013


Rick Branscomb
Alternate email: eric.branscomb@salemstate.edu
Skype Screen Name: rickbransc
Office: MH 104 Phone: 978-542-6142 (ext. 6142 on campus)
Office Hours Fall 2013: TTh 9:50 - 10:50; and 12:40 - 1:40; T 2:55 - 3:55

Home Page: http://www.salemstate.edu/~rbranscomb/

Faigley, Lester. The Brief Penguin Handbook, 4th ed. Boston: Longman, 2012
Levitt, Steven D., and Stephen J. Dubner. Freakonomics. New York: Harper-Collins, 2005

Composition I is a college level writing course which introduces you to the writing process practiced by successful writers. It is not a course in literature; it is not a course in grammar (though a certain proficiency in writing mechanics--grammar, spelling, and punctuation--is assumed). This course is based on two assumptions:

  1. You learn to write by writing and having readers respond carefully and critically.
  2. Writing is a continuous, recursive process whose ingredients are called INVENTING (or PREWRITING), DRAFTING, REVISING, EDITING, AND PROOFREADING. Since it is a process, it can be learned; it is not magic and does not depend on mood or inspiration.
  3. Academic Writing involves entering a conversation and understanding multiple points of view on an issue.

"ENL 101 COMPOSITION I 3 credits
"This course teaches students how to compose expository essays on topics of interest to the college community and to other well educated audiences. Students will learn how to draft and revise essays that express the writer's own ideas while also considering the ideas of others. Reading assignments will include nonfiction texts, and students will learn basic procedures for summarizing, analyzing, and documenting sources.
"Prerequisite: ENL100 or ENL100A or satisfactory completion of English Department placement procedure."


In general, the main requirements are that you write faithfully every week, both your assigned papers and postings to the course listserv and that you respond to your classmates' writing honestly, constructively, and conscientiously.
Specifically, your requirements are:

  1. All reading assignments.
  2. Five papers--rough drafts, peer reviews, and final drafts.
  3. Participation in reading and responding to others' writing. Responses to drafts must posted in EliReview by the time indicated on the course schedule.


This course is testing out special software from Bedford St. Martin's called Eli. It is a central place for writing and revising, but it offers the additional benefit of encouraging and facilitating the peer review process. You will do all your writing and revising in Eli, and on each draft you submit, there will be steps you take to give and receive feedback. This software is very much in the testing stage, so we may expect some blips in its operation, plus I am still learning its ins and outs myself, so we will experience some growing pains along the way.


Your final grade will be the average of three grades:
  1. 60% Final Drafts
  2. 20% Rough Drafts (on time and meeting minimum requirements)
  3. 20% Quality and Quantity of your Peer Review Comments in Eli


Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of someone else and submitting them as your own. It is both dishonest and against the law. If you plagiarize in this course you will automatically receive an F for the course and be reported to the Dean of Students for probable suspension from the college.

Salem State University is committed to providing equal access to the educational experience for all students in compliance with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act and to providing all reasonable academic accommodations, aids, and adjustments. Any student who has a documented disability requiring an accommodation, aid, or adjustment should speak with the instructor immediately. Students with disabilities who have not already done so should provide documentation to and schedule an appointment with the Office for Students with Disabilities and obtain appropriate services.