Composition and Rhetoric


  2. A. Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric
    B. Course Number: EN 113 - 10174
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 9:00:00 AM - 9:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Simpson, Melissa
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 209
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2628
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Acceptable score on placement test or TS 113C
    M. Corequisite(s): TS113C (Accelerated)
    N. Class Location: BAC220

    This course offers an introduction to written communication with emphasis on developing college-level paragraphs and essays. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 113C or appropriate score on a placement test.


    A composition course which provides practical instruction in the principles and methods of clear, effective writing, including analyzing audience and purpose, prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Correlatively, the course emphasizes critical reading of non-fiction and analysis and discussion of the readings. This course provides basic writing skills for personal and professional growth; in addition, students learn to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize ideas and to communicate in appropriately focused and logically argued discourse.

    Composition and Rhetoric is required for NMJC degree programs, and the course transfers to most colleges and universities.



    Glenn, Cheryl and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. Stamford: Cengage Learning,2015. Print ISBN: 978-1337284677 Readings.pdf
    In addition to The Harbrace, this course uses online readings from Pannell Library. These readings are available online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection at no cost to you and appear in Canvas. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget of approximately $15 for printing. Here is a tutorial on accessing the readings:


    flash drive

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    90 – 100% = A
    80 – 89% = B
    70 – 79% = C
    60 – 69% = D

    An “A” represents excellent work. A “B” represents very good work. A “C” is competent work. A “D” is below average work. An “F” is failing.

    Over the course of the semester, students will complete a variety of writing and reading assignments. All work must be computer generated with a word processor and submitted in a standard, 12-point font with one-inch margins. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and manuscript appearance always count. Students are expected to proofread and edit all work before handing it
    Essays (3-4 essays) 60%
    Assignments, tests, quizzes, daily work 20%
    Final Exam: Essay and Grammar Exam 20%
    You may pass this course with a D, but you must pass this course with a C or better to move to EN 113.

    You will receive a zero for any daily exercises, quizzes, or tests that you miss, unless you speak with me and there is a reasonable explanation,(the reasonability to be determined by myself), as to whether or not a makeup grade will be allowed.

    Tests\quizzes\exercises will be graded in the traditional manner.

    Assignments are due on the date indicated by the instructor/syllabus. Assignments not turned in at the beginning of the designated class period will be considered late and will receive a deduction of one letter grade for each day thereafter. ("Day" means calendar day, not class meeting day.) Any student who exceeds allowed absences may not submit work after the due date. If a student has extenuating circumstances, it is that student's responsibility to visit with the instructor before exceeding the allowed absences. If you are having trouble with an assignment, talk to me before it is due.

    Rounding of a final grade will be decided by the professor; however, will never be rounded more than one point. Also, whether or not the grade is rounded will also be decided by the professor as to whether the student has been impressive with student's participation, student's positive attitude, and student's respectfulness in class.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Students will:
    • Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    • Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    • Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    • Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    • Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    • Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    At the successful completion of the course, a student should be able to:
    • Express information concisely.
    • Structure and organize information.
    • Develop information with content appropriate to an assignment’s purpose.
    • Discover and limit a subject for writing.
    • Generate a thesis statement for a series of related and unified paragraphs.
    • Organize a paragraph around a single point.
    • Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality.
    • Generate clear sentences according to standard English syntax.
    • Determine supporting details for a topic.
    • Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of rhetorical techniques such as: description, cause/effect, analogy/example, narration, definition, comparison/contrast, process, persuasion, and classification.
    • Edit and revise writing to improve effectiveness in such areas as: clarity, organization, unity, logic, coherence, and audience appropriateness.
    • Proofread a piece of writing to correct grammatical, mechanical, and spelling errors.
    • Evaluate writing for organization, execution, and content.
    • Show an understanding of intellectual property rights and plagiarism, including the use of appropriate documentation for sources.
    • Use basic MLA (or MLA) format.


    Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course. Please note the Withdrawal Policy for additional information.

    • Class begins promptly. If you are tardy, you must notify the instructor immediately after class; otherwise, you will be counted absent. If you leave class early, you will receive a tardy. Two tardies equal one absence. Students who arrive ten minutes late or more will be counted absent. After class has been in session for ten minutes, I reserve the right to lock the door and not allow a late student to enter. If an assignment is due the day a student arrives more than ten minutes late and the door has been locked to block interruption of the class, the student will receive a 0 for that assignment and not allowed to make up the assignment. This is due to a growing number of students who consistently arrive late to class.Students who have more than six absences in a MWF course, four absences in a T/Th course, or two absences in an evening course may be dropped from the course by the instructor. All absences and extenuating circumstances need to be explained during office hours – not during class. If students know they are going to be absent, they should make prior arrangements with the instructor. Leave a message at 492-2628. The voice mail works twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The instructor’s class roll is the official record of attendance.

    • Being absent from class does not excuse you from keeping up with assignments. If you must be absent, you are still responsible for all lecture materials, so get notes from a classmate or contact the professor before the next class meeting.

    • Upon entering the classroom, turn off cell phones and any other electronic devices. Students are not allowed to text and/or use the internet during class time. Electronic devices include but are not limited to Ipads, Ipods, earbuds, and headphones. I do not even want to see earbuds hanging around the neck of a student or headphones that are visible such as being wrapped around the neck. Put them away! If this policy is abused, the student will be asked to leave the classroom. The student will receive a zero/absence for that day.

    • Should a student be dismissed from the classroom due to some sort of disruption (excessive talking, disrespectful behavior, electronic device usage, sleeping in class, or any other action deemed disruptive by the instructor), I expect to see such student in my office before the next class meets. Permanent dismissal may result if I deem it necessary to take the problem to the dean.

    • If a student has a special health problem, he or she should (please) notify the instructor. (Please only discuss the situation with me during office hours.)

    • It is up to the student to do assignments and be prepared to participate in class. The student must bring college-ruled notebook paper, pen/pencil, text(s), and other appropriate supplies to each class. If the student abuses this policy, the student will be dismissed from that class period, counted absent, and receive a 0 for any classwork completed during the student's absence.

    • Handouts on various topics will be distributed to the class during the course of the semester. It is the responsibility of the students to make sure they receive all handouts.

    • Students are encouraged to visit with the professor during office hours to discuss his/her course status during the semester. Students who receive a score below 70 on an assignment are required to schedule an office visit.

    • All graded assignments are to be word processed and submitted in Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins on standard 8 ½” x 11” white paper. Handwritten work will not be accepted unless previously addressed by the instructor.

    • Assignments are due on the date indicated by the instructor/syllabus. Assignments not turned in at the beginning of the designated class period will be considered late and will receive a deduction of one letter grade for each (calendar) day thereafter for a period of three days. Students may submit work within the three day policy if they have not exceeded allowed absences. After three days, the student will receive an F/0 for the assignment. Any student who exceeds allowed absences may not submit work after the due date. If a student has extenuating circumstances, it is that student's responsibility to visit with the instructor before exceeding the allowed absences. If you are having trouble with an assignment, talk to me before it is due.

    •If a student misses a scheduled test, he/she may NOT make up the test unless the student visits with the instructor before missing the scheduled test. Make-up tests must be completed within three days of the original test date. Students must pay attention to the final exam test schedule. It is their responsibility to arrive for the final exam on time and in the correct room. Any student arriving ten minutes late to the final will find the door locked, will not be allowed entry and will also be denied a makeup time for the final exam.

    • Failure to turn in a major writing may result in failure of the course.

    • Failure to print an assignment from your home printer is not an acceptable reason to not have an assignment ready to submit. If you must use a college printer to retrieve your assignment, make sure the assignment is printed before you enter the classroom. Printing of an outside assignment is not allowed during class. Be sure you allow yourself enough time to obtain a hard copy of your assignment.

    • Students should keep any returned papers. Actual graded papers are a student's only proof of having completed an assignment.

    • Graded tests will be kept by the professor

    • Plagiarism is discussed in the General Information section. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You will receive a zero on any assignment that is plagiarized which ultimately could result in a withdrawal from the course.

    • Assignments given as pop quizzes or in-class responses can not be made up. These are used in lieu of an attendance grade. If you are not in attendance, you can not be given the grade or points, whichever is taken for that assignment. The instructor reserves the right to change the course outline or make exceptions to a policy if she determines it is warranted.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    ENG 113 (Composition and Rhetoric) Course Outline—Spring 2019
    Tentative – Subject to Change- This outline does not include all course work or assignments and may be changed at any time at the instructor’s discretion.

    Week One (January 14 - 18)
    Power point of common literary devices/notes
    Diagnostic Writing: Choose a famous quote and explain its importance/daily grade/

    Week Two (January 21 - 25)
    Power Point: Three Levels of Questions/Ethos-Logos-Pathos
    Research editorials finding one that specifically utilizes 2 of the Three Appeals.

    Week Three (January 28 - February 1)
    Analyze famous speeches for rhetorical strategies
    Written work: compile a speech using at least 5 literary devices

    Week Four (February 4 - 8)
    Analyze famous speeches for rhetorical strategies
    Written work: compile a speech using at least 5 literary devices

    Week Five (February 11 - 15)
    Work on first major paper (research):
    Topic: Intellectual Property
    Discuss introductions and conclusions

    Week Six (February 18 - 22)
    Major Research paper due: Intellectual Property

    Week Seven (February 25 - March 1)
    Exercise on writing with imagery
    Introduce next essay topic: Bill O’Reilly
    Class discussion: pros and cons of the issue

    Week Eight (Marach 4 - 8)
    2nd Major Essay Due

    Week Nine (March 11 - 15)
    Research Synthesis Essay
    Topic: College Graduates
    Discuss and annotate all 6 sources

    Week Ten (March 18 - 22)
    Research Synthesis Essay
    Topic: College Graduates
    Discussion: How to cite/outline

    Week Eleven (March 25 - 29) Spring Break

    Week Twelve (April 1 - 5)
    Research Essay Due
    Topic: College Graduates

    Week Thirteen (April 8 - 12)
    Quiz: Literary Devices
    Speech: I Have a Dream, Queen Elizabeth

    Week Fourteen (April 15 - 19)
    Begin Finals Essay
    Topic: Technology
    Class discussion: Annotate six sources/outline
    All work to be completed in class

    Week Fifteen (April 22 - 26)
    Fourth Essay from prompt
    Outline/Rough Draft/Final Draft

    Week Sixteen (April 29 - May 3)
    Preparation for finals and final paper due

    Week seventeen (May 6, 7, 8)
    Final Essay Due
    Final Exam: Wednesday, May 8 at 10:00 AM