ENG 100: Enhanced Composition I, Spring 2017
Section M1:  Monday/Wednesday 2:00–3:15 pm, G 235;
                   Wednesday 3:30-4:20 pm, L 233-A (Lab)
The Norton Field Guide to Writing, 4 ed.

Brian T. Murphy

Bradley Hall, Y-16
516-572-7185, ext. 25686

e-mail: brian.murphy@ncc.edu

Schedule and Office Hours


See also, Main Schedule


Note: All readings below are required, and must be completed by the session indicated; the only exceptions are those indicated with an asterisk (*), which are recommended additional readings or resources.

Readings from The Norton Field Guide to Writing (Bullock) are identified below by page number or by author and title as well as page numbers, e.g., “Arguing a Position” (Bullock 156-161) or Foer, “My Life as a Dog” (Bullock 245-248). Readings from the Norton Online Handbook are identified below by title and section number; e.g., “Sentence Fragments” (Norton S-2).  Additional readings, including handouts or online texts, will also be assigned.

Red text indicates due dates or links to assignments; Blue text indicates links to assignments, resources, or online versions of texts. (Note: While every effort is made to verify the accuracy and usefulness of these links and their contents, no guarantees are made. Please notify me of any broken or outdated links at brian.murphy@ncc.edu.)

Note: This schedule and the main schedule and the  are subject to revision according to the instructor’s discretion, the academic calendar for the semester, school closings due to inclement weather or other reasons, and the progress of the class. Additions or changes will be announced in class, and they will also be posted here as well as on the class Announcements page.


Note: Most links on this page have been checked and verified.
However, some have not been checked since last semester.
This page will be updated on a continuing basis throughout the semester.




 Readings and Assignments:


 General lab introduction, class pages, Norton Online Handbook


 In-Class Online Survey

 “Beginning and Ending” (Bullock 331-343);  Homework: Introductions and Conclusions

 “Fragments” (Norton S-2), “Comma Splices and Fused Sentences” (Norton S-3)

 Online Exercises:

*Optional: Sentence Elements, Clauses, Phrases

Required: Identifying Fragments, Editing Fragments, Comma Splices and Fused Sentences, Editing Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

*Additional online exercises:
Subjects and Predicates, Classifying Sentences Sentence Fragments 1, Sentence Fragments 2;
 Comma Splices and Run-ons (Fused Sentences) 1Comma Splices and Run-ons (Fused Sentences) 2

 Note: Do not attempt online exercises or the in-class work until we have discussed both assignments in class.


  “Subject-Verb Agreement” (Norton S-5), “Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement” (Norton S-6a)

 Online Exercises:

S-V Agreement Review, S-V Separated, Compound Subjects, Subject after Verb, Collective Nouns, Indefinite Pronouns, Who, That, Which

Pronoun Review, Pronoun Agreement

*Additional online exercises:
Subject-Verb Agreement 1, Subject-Verb Agreement 2; Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement 1, Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement 2Subject-Verb Agreement


 “Adjectives and Adverbs” (Norton W-5)

 Online Exercises:

Adjectives and Adverbs - 1, Adjectives and Adverbs - 2, Modifier Placement

 *Additional online exercises:
Misplaced modifiers: Unclear placement, Misplaced modifiers: Awkward placement, Dangling modifiers

 In-Class Writing Exercise: Process

 *See also, Vamos, “How I'll Become and American


 In-Class Writing: Process: Drafting and revising

“Pronoun Reference (Norton S-6b), “Pronoun Case (Norton S-6c), “Verbs (Norton S-4)

 Online Exercises:

Pronoun Reference, Pronoun Case

Verb Tenses, Verb Forms, Active and Passive, Mood

*Additional online exercises:
Pronoun Reference 1, Pronoun Reference 2; Verbs, Tense Sequence


  In-class writing: Compare-Contrast


 Conferences/Catch-up day


 In-Class Writing Exercise: Diction (dictionary and/or thesaurus required)

 “Audience,” “Genre” (Bullock 57-63); “Words” (Norton W)
 (especially “Appropriate Words” (W-1), “Precise Words” (W-2), and “Unnecessary Words” (W-4))

 Online Exercises:

Appropriate Words - 1, Appropriate Words - 2, Precise Words

Commonly Confused Words - 1, Commonly Confused Words - 2, Commonly Confused Words - 3

Empty Words and Expletives, Wordy Phrases and Redundancies

 *Additional online exercises:
Connotation, Standard English, Unbiased and Gender-Neutral Language, Empty Words and Repetition.
Choosing the Correct Word (Spelling) 1, Choosing the Correct Word (Spelling) 2

 *See also,  Spelling Demons
                    What Are the Most Often Misspelled Words?
                    Frequently Misspelled Words,  “Spell Check Poem” and The Spell Checker Poem
                    “Garbage In, Garbage Out: Errors Caused by Spell-Checking
                    “Don’t Computers Make Spelling Instruction Unnecessary?” (in Malatesha Joshi, R., Rebecca Treiman, Suzanne Carreker,
                          and Louisa C. Moats.  “How Words Cast Their Spell: Spelling Is an Integral Part of Learning the Language, Not a Matter
                          of Memorization.” American Educator: A  Quarterly Journal of Educational Research  and Ideas 32.4  (Winter 2008-09):
                          6-16, 42. http://www.aft.org/pubs-reports/american_educator/issues/winter08_09/joshi.pdf. 


In-Class Writing Exercise: Finding and Evaluating Sources

 “Doing Research”: Finding and Evaluating Sources (Bullock 445-472)

 Electronic Databases, CARS Checklist for Evaluating Sources 

*See also,  DHMO.org
                    Penn and  Teller Get Hippies to Sign a Petition


 In-Class Writing Exercise: Documenting Sources

“Doing Research” continued: “Documentation” and “MLA Style” (Bullock 496-548), “MLA format

 *See also,  MLA Formatting and Style Guide. Purdue Online Writing Lab
                    Works Cited page (Instructions & Sample) (MS Word document: OLD format) 


  In-Class Writing Exercise: Documenting Sources/Conducting Research

 “Punctuation” and “Mechanics” (Norton P-1 through P-11)

  *Online Exercises: ALL OPTIONAL

Commas: Review
*Commas: Independent Clauses, Commas: Introductory Words, Commas: Series, Commas: Nonrestrictive Clauses, Commas: Parenthetical, Commas: Quotations etc, Commas: Addresses & Dates

Semicolon: Review
*Semicolon: Independent Clauses, Semicolons: Series

End Punctuation: Review

Quotation Marks: Review
*Quotation Marks: Quotations, Quotation Marks: Titles, Double and Single Quotation Marks

Question Marks: Punctuation

Apostrophes: Review
*Apostrophes: Possessives, Apostrophes: Contractions, Apostrophes: Possessives & Plurals

Capitalization: Review
*Capitals: Proper Nouns, , Capitals: Titles & Sentences

Italics: Review
Italics: Titles, Italics: Non-English Words

Colons, Dashes, Parentheses, and Brackets
*Hyphens: Compounds, Hyphens: Word Breaks
*Abbreviations: Review

*Additional online exercises:
 Commas 1, Commas 2, Semi-colons, Apostrophes 1, Apostrophes 2 ,
 Quotation Marks 1, Quotation Marks 2, Colons, Dashes, and Parentheses,
 Italics (Underlining), Spelling

12  In-Class Writing Exercise: Incorporating Sources

 *See also,  How to Incorporate Sources (MS Word document)
                     Practice incorporating sources into your work


 Catch-up Day/Research Essay “Workshop”


 In-Class Exit Survey




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