ENGL 1101/Fall 2023/Schedule

From Gerald R. Lucas

This schedule represents the ideal outline for our study this semester. Yet, like all best-laid plans, we may not be able to keep up with our agenda. Please be flexible and try to look and read ahead whenever possible.

We will do our best to stick by this schedule, but I will inform you verbally, via an email, and/or a literal change to the schedule below whenever there is a deviation. Getting these updates is solely your responsibility. Therefore, this schedule is tentative and subject to change contingent upon the needs of the students and the professor, and dictated by time and other constraints which may affect the course. For face-to-face classes, this schedule reflects only an overview of the assigned reading and other major course assignments. It may not indicate specific class session assignments or activities. Specific in-class assignments may not be reflected on the schedule.


All journal readings may be downloaded from my file server. See D2L for password.

If this is your first time here, be sure you expand the following section and read it carefully.

Overview and Instructions for Work

All assignments are due Tuesday evenings at 11:59 pm. Have the assigned text(s) read by Sundays at the latest, so you can post your questions and responses to Packback well ahead of the due date. Procrastination and posting at the last minute will earn you lower grades. I suggest the following work schedule for each week:

  • Wed: Begin reading the week’s text(s), including background materials; take notes as you read.
  • Sat–Sun: Post your question to Packback. Read[1] and consider responding to a seed prompt: i.e., one of the questions I have asked about the material (if applicable).[2] Finish the reading. Take the reading quiz on D2L (if applicable).
  • Sun–Tue: Participate in the discussion on Packback. Be sure to support your discussions with evidence from the the week’s primary text and/or the secondary texts, like textbook readings.
     note: On weeks where you have more than one lesson assigned, you still only have to write one question and two posts/responses on Packback, even though each lesson asks you to write more.
     note: Your Packback posts may address anything you read for the lessons, including assigned essays and textbook readings. A good approach would be to try to address everything you read in some way.
  • Tue: Add follow-up posts to Packback.

Look ahead and plan your reading accordingly. I have tried to keep reading to a minimum, but if you are a slower reader, like I am, you may want to plan out your reading schedule so that you can meet the course deadlines.

Week Date Assignments
1 Oct 4–10

Course Orientation

 note: It is imperative that you have this orientation complete by the end of the first week of class. Failure to do so will have you reported as a no-show, and you will be removed from the class. If this happens, you will not be readmitted.

  • Read the syllabus carefully and completely, including “How to Do Well in My Class” and the “Overview and Instructions for Work” section above.
  • Register for Packback if you have not already.[3] See Requirements > Packback for instructions, including the necessary course key.
  • Take Introduction Quiz on D2L.[4]
  • Introduce yourself on Packback: Who are you?[5]

College-Level Writing

 note: Each unit above asks you to write one question and two responses—for a total of six posts; however, you only need to write three posts per lesson. (See Packback.) This is true for each week below.

Read my feedback.

2 Oct 11–17

College Challenges: Essay 1

Read my feedback.

3 Oct 18–24

Narrow, Focus, Organize

4 Oct 25–31

Argumentation and Persuasion: Essay 2

Read my feedback.

5 Nov 01–07

Support Your Writing

6 Nov 08–14

Research for Support: Essay 3

7 Nov 15–28

Reflection and Revision

8 Dec 1

Essay 4 / Final Exam


  1. Even if you do not respond to a seed prompt, you are required to read them and the links they contain. This is crucial background material about the texts and course content. Failure to read these will result in potential lower grades and failure.
  2. Again: pay attention to these prompts, as they might give hints as to what is important for you to know for the test. These are often asking about the background materials I have posted for the primary texts, usually based on lectures.
  3. You should have received an invitation from Packback already, unless you just registered for the course. If you were not invited, please let me know or register yourself. Note: you need to know your course section number when registering.
  4. This quiz signals that you have shown up for the course, so it’s important that you complete it as soon as possible. Each correct answer will earn you a bonus point. Take it only after you have thoroughly read the syllabus.
  5. You will need to be signed in to Packback and have access to our course to answer all responses. Please post your answer then reply to someone else’s introduction. This will count as your being present in the course and give you bonus points.
  6. Log into Packback. On the left will be Packback Deep Dives » Assignments. Here’s where you compose and submit your essays. See this intro video.
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