ENG 1002 Online Course Rubrics

These rubrics are also available in our course Blackboard shell as well as embedded into assignment links. If you have questions about rubrics, my grading expectations, or have concerns about a grading mistake, please email, message, or visit my office hours.

Please bring grading concerns to my attention as soon as possible.

English Comp. II Online Course Rubrics

Discussion Board (DB) Response and Participation Rubric

Journal Response Rubric

Peer Review Process Rubric



In-text Citation Example

This can be used as a general in-text citation example for a direct quote. But don’t forget that every citation needs to be properly incorporated into your body paragraph/essay text, whether direct, paraphrase/summary, primary, or secondary.

Below is a default in-text citation sample, one mentioning the author name and one mentioning the character in question (useful for literary criticism/analysis). Both use a story we study in ENG 1002, ENG 1003, and ENG 2013 but with a fake page number:

The girl states, “will you please please please please please stop talking” (Hemingway 525).

Hemingway writes, “will you please please please please stop talking” (525).

And this is what you do if you’re using a database source that does not have page numbers.

The author writes, “that was the best scholarly evidence about Amelia Earhart’s disappearance I had ever read” (Smith).

Smith writes, “that was the best scholarly evidence about Amelia Earhart’s disappearance I had ever read.”

Accessing IVCC Library Databases from Home

When researching from a home for computer or one that is not using IVCC’s wifi while on campus, you’ll need to “log in” before you can access the library’s research databases. Here’s the process:

  1. pull up the IVCC library homepage
  2. click on the database in which you’d like to research
  3. it’ll redirect you to a log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name.
  4. you will then have access to research
  5. log in again if your computer remains idle for a long period of time or you navigate away from the library page
  6. NOTE: if it’s still not working, try a different web browser (Chrome instead of Firefox or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer) and make sure your computer is allowing “pop-ups” from the IVCC website.


Welcome to the Summer B Semester!

Hello all and welcome to those taking my online ENG 1002-102 course this semester!

A few of you are familiar with me and online classes at IVCC, but I’ve provided some information about navigating Blackboard, the learning management system you’ll use for the entirety of this course, in this message. The course shell will be available June 14 through August 10, 2017.

To get started with Blackboard (Bb):

  1. After you log into Blackboard, click on our ENG 1002-102-17SU–Lee course shell link from your Blackboard home page. 
  2. Click the “Syllabus & Calendar” link on the left-hand side of your Bb menu for the complete course syllabus and review my course policies and expectations. There you can also view the complete assignment calendar. I will communicate any necessary changes to either document via email announcement and post it to the “Syllabus & Calendar” link. I recommend printing/saving both documents for easy access. 
  3. Next, click the “Weekly Assignments” link where weekly assignments, PowerPoint files, and assignment links will be located throughout the semester. I have two test assignments in the “Online Orientation” folder for you to try. One is a Blackboard Discussion (BD) post and one is an example Journal Response. Feel free to click on that folder and complete those tasks; email/message with any questions or concerns about either example assignment. 
  4. And please note the “Resources” link on the left-hand side of your Bb menu where I will have available File Formatting, MLA Citation and documentation, writing/grammar, and IVCC campus services resources available throughout the semester. I will send a more detailed email announcement about file formatting closer to our first formal essay assignment, but what I have posted will give you an idea of the expectations. I also provided information about free IVCC-provided access to Office 365, another free, downloadable MS Word-like program and a free, downloadable anti-virus program in case you do not have access to such materials on your home/own computer. 
  5. I am still updating the assignment dates in the grade page, so if you are able to view assignments or any other materials in there this week, please disregard them until I have everything set by the end of next week. 
  6. I recommend favoriting/bookmarking/saving the IVCC.edu homepage, a link to the IVCC student email login page, a link to the IVCC Blackboard login page on your computer/laptop for easy access and in the case that the IVCC homepage goes down–usually Blackboard and sometimes IVCC email will remain in operation in that case. 
  7. I also maintain a professional Prof Tracy Lee Facebook page @tlee329a and Twitter account @tlee329a account for class updates, reminders, general IVCC news, and a few random interest items. Students are free to message me via those accounts if student email inaccessible. And if you’d rather not mix academics with your personal social media accounts, you can follow the hashtag #lee1002 for class-specific posts instead.

I’m looking forward to an exciting semester and can’t wait to see your writing over the next 8 weeks. I wish you an enjoyable and educational online experience.

Email with any questions or concerns.

Primary versus Secondary Sources

First off, this description is specific to the Fiction Essay and Poetry Essay assignments in my ENG 1002 course, both face-to-face and online. Each of those essays asks students to use primary and secondary source citation to make a critical argument about a piece of short fiction or a poem/pair of poems.

Primary Source

The short story or poetry you are analyzing in  your essay. If your essay is about Disney’s Frozen, then Frozen is your primary source.

Here is an example way in which you can incorporate a primary source citation into your essay writing.

Secondary Source

The article(s) you use to support or make your critical/analytical claims about your short story or poetry. In most academic writing, the secondary source will fall into one of two categories (these categories will vary from instructor to instructor and assignment to assignment based on the assignment and course learning outcomes at hand):

  • academic secondary source: a scholarly journal article found via IVCC’s library databases, a reputable Internet article, streaming content from a TED talk or reputable podcast, and/or a personal interview. Many instructors will allow .org or .gov sites.
  • non-academic secondary source: Internet articles that may not have all of the WWWs, sites such as Wikipedia or Wikihow, documentaries from streaming sites such as Netflix (some instructors will consider documentaries as academic), social media posts, and most general .com sites.

You are expected to know what types of secondary sources are required for each writing assignment. And here is a link to the IVCC Stylebook ‘s “Using Sources” page with additional information about finding credible sources, representing sources fairly, where to use source information, and how to balance your writing voice with that of your sources.