ENGLISH 071 –GCCNorth Campus, MW
Kay Grosso, Instructor
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Fundamentals of Writing. Emphasis on the fundamentals of
sentence, paragraph, and multi-paragraph structure. Appropriate English placement score or
ENG 061, grade of C or better, is prerequisite.
INSTRUCTOR: Kay Grosso, M.A. Ed. (Arizona State University, 1970)
Absences: The instructor will drop students who miss THREE (3) class meetings (in
a row or total) from the course. If you anticipate an excused absence,
please contact your instructor immediately - before or after class - by
phone. Students are encouraged to communicate with the instructor to
avoid being dropped. Excused absences include bereavement, holidays,
religious holidays not on Judeo-Christian calendar, hospitalization. See
page 46 of GCC General Catalog for college students.
Tardies: Tardiness is ordinarily unacceptable for college students, and can result
in a loss of points for late work. Please be on time.
Help: First, select a “study buddy” and exchange phone numbers. Second, call
the instructor: Office Hours are MW-9:30-10:00 a.m.
Campus message: 623.845.3865
Home office message: 602.952.2490 (Call first.)
1. Coursework written outside of class is word-processed. No exceptions.
2. Please double space writing, and use margins similar to those on this syllabus.
3. Group work and cooperative learning exercises are used to support writing skill practice.
All students are expected to participate in teams as a part of class.
4. Reading assignments are to be completed prior to class.
5. Students will bring paper, pens and text to each class.
6. Assignments are due ON TIME. If a student missed a previous class, the assignments are
still due the next class period. It is the student’s responsibility to call the instructor, or a
study “buddy,” to double-check assignments and due dates. Instructor accepts NO LATE
7. Students are expected to do their own thinking in the creation of essays. Using another
writer’s ideas with appropriate credit given is applauded. Using another writer’s
ideas without credit, and/or abusing another writer’s intent by “sloppy” copying or
faulty summarizing is called PLAGIARISM. Students who plagiarize intentionally will be
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dropped from the course with an “F.” Please see GCC General Catalog, pg. 33, Academic
Misconduct, for clarification.
8. No incomplete course grades are given by this instructor.
9. Course grading relies on both quizzes and writing assignments. Tests may not be retaken.
Essays, 100 points each 400 points
Assignments, 40-100 points 500 points
Tests/Quizzes 600 points
Total points 1500
A = 90% B = 80% C = 70% D = 60% F = Below 60%
ALWAYS PRINT A HARD COPY !!!!!
Karmic Suggestion: Technology can go down. If you finish an assignment, even partially,
make a hard copy of it as well as a disk copy. If the server goes down, you’ll have a copy to re-
key if the disk gets corrupted. It is your job to see if there is compatibility between home and
If you have a disability, please talk privately with the instructor so I can attend to your needs.
Remember: If you are absent, the homework is still DUE next class. Please call for
Grammar Assistance: Go to main campus, GCC, to Center for Learning Building.
They are open M-F, 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.; Sats until noon. Ask for
Skills Software to work on in the suggested grammar areas
recommended by your instructor.
These are free services.
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English 071- “Section 2113” version
Texts: Brandon, Lee, Ed. Paragraphs and Essays. 9th ed. Boston: Houghton/Mifflin, 2005.
Class Meeting Date Assignments In-class and Homework Points
1 1/18 Introduction and in-class writing. Syllabus overview.
Log in procedures. Overview of class goals. Database procedures.
Homework: Read pages 14-18 (top) in text. Select a database article on a topic
you like and following the tips in the text, write a summary of the article. Then,
write a response to the article following the text steps. Use the samples on page
17 to guide you. Bring the paragraphs and the article to class.
2 1/23 Introduction to paragraphs. Text- 21+. Intro to Chapt 3.
Discuss elements of paragraph, topic sentence details, wrap-up. Read
sample paragraphs. Cover “Rule of Six.” Look at Summaries and responses.
HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 3, pgs. 40-44. Do exercises 3, 4 and 5 on word
processor, pgs. 42,43, 44.
3 1/25 A little magic about writing and your brain. Remembering the “Rule of Six.”.
Read 44-51 in text.
HOMEWORK: Using the same topic from the article you summarized earlier,
create a thesis (topic sentence) and then create an outline like the one in the text
to include 3 ideas of support and a wrap-up. Make the outline detailed, but use
phrases, not sentences.
4 1/30 Intro to “Why outline?” Using “Rule of Six.” Working to make outlines “
HOMEWORK: Using the “Rule of Six” and assistance from the text,
Write the paragraph from the outline you have improved. Bring the outline and
paragraph to class. Please title your paragraph, too.
5 2/1 Read each other’s paragraphs. Identify “Rule of Six” tactics. Note
problems with names, numbers, focus, reader involvement, organization.
Review Chapt 4, text. pg. 53 sample. Review coherence, unity, language,
emphasis, support. Note pg. 67 final paragraph draft.
HOMEWORK: Revise your paragraph and improve coherence, unity,
emphasis, support, language. Insert at least 3 more names, 3 numbers, use 1st
person voice at least 3 times, and include at least 3 transitions (so, therefore, on
the other hand, etc.). Bring titled final form to class.
6 2/6 Hand in paragraphs. Intro to Chapt 5., Basic Paragraph patterns.
HOMEWORK: Review Chapts 2-5 and be ready for a quiz.
7 2/8 Quiz on parts of paragraph and ways to write good “brain food.”
HOMEWORK: Do Grammar diagnostic test handout.
8 2/13 Subjects and verbs. Text: 406-412.
Homework: Study verbs and irregular verbs for a quiz. Use handout and text.
9 2/15 Quiz. Sentences: 413-418, text.
Homework: Do exercises on 419-422 (top.)
10 2/22 Verbs. Text: 444, 453-455.
HOMEWORK: Do 450-451.
11 2/27 Fragments, comma splices, run-ons. Text: 434-444.
Homework: Exercises, text pgs. 439-440.
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12 3/1 Semi-colons and Run-ons: correct homework.
HOMEWORK: Do Exercises, text pgs. 441-444.
13 3/6 Practice and review for MIDTERM on grammar so far. HOMEWORK:
Do 406-455 review.
14 3/8 MID TERM-Part A.
HOMEWORK: Read 455-458. Do exercise 21, pg. 458.
NOTE: MID TERM Break 3/13- to 18!!!!!
15 3/20 MIDTERms returned. Go over rough spots. Intro to Subj-Verb
agreement. Look at homework. Do 459.
HOMEWORK: Do 461.
16 3/22 Review homework and go over 462 in text.
HOMEWORK: Do editing for verbs in handouts.
17 3/27 Review handouts. Do text 463.
HOMEWORK: Read 466 and do exercise 28, pg. 466.
18 3/29 Review indicative, imperative, and subjunctive moods. Intro to
pronouns, text 467.
HOMEWORK: Do 477 and 479 exercises.
19 4/3 Capitals and commas, text: 496-497.
HOMEWORK: Do 500-501, 502-505.
20 4/5 MIDTERM PART B practice.
Homework: Do 455-505 review.
21 4/10 MIDTERM PART B!!!
HOMEWORK: Read “Spanglish Creeps into Mainstream” by Kong, pg. 157, text.
Do exercise 6, 159 on word processor in complete sentences.
22 4/12 A look at midterm grades. Overview of essay writing.
HOMEWORK: Look at materials on bullying. Lay out an essay which
answers question: “What should happen to a bully who uses a weapon?”
Outline your essay plan. Concentrate on Thesis, Intro-Conclusion details. Use
3rd person point of view. Keep outline in brief phrases, not sentences, except for
word for word quotes.
23 4/17 Review outline construction and skills forThesis, Intro-Conclusion, and
3 Support segments.
How to use articles and outside information in your essays. Footnotes.
HOMEWORK: Revise Outline to incorporate two quotes from
Articles appropriate footnotes and include at least 3 paragraphs of support
details. Use “Rule of Six.”
24 4/19 Discuss outlines, voice, details, quotations, footnotes.
HOMEWORK: Write Essay #1 in 3rd person voice using college level
grammar. Use 3rd person, double-space, 2 word for word quotes and
footnoted sources. Grading will emphasize coherence, unity, organization
around a clear thesis, good details in support, and a reader-friendly Intro-
Conclusion combination. Lack of specific detailes, colors, names, numbers
will lower grade. Attach outline.
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25 4/24 Essay #1 and outlines are DUE!!!! Instructor will give you an editing
assignment to work on, called Essay #2. HOMEWORK:
Fix Essay #2 using exactly the same requirements as for Essay #1.
26 4/26 Go over Essay #1 in class. HOMEWORK: Re-write Essay #1 and correct
27 5/1 REWRITE of ESSAY #1 Is DUE!!!!! Instructor one to one meetings.
Homework: Fix errors in Essay #2, returned by instructor in one to one
meetings. Revise and improve Essays 1 and 2 based on feedback.
28 5/3 Essays are DUE!!! Write Final Exam essay in class.
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SYLLABUS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT RECEIPT
English 071 – Kay Grosso, Instructor
Note: Instructor reserves the right to alter Syllabus as needed.
Current Phone #:
I have received a copy of the Syllabus for ENG 071, and I have read it carefully. I understand the
attendance policy and agree to communicate as needed. I also understand that all work done outside of
class will be typed or word-processed and that G.C.C. has provided computer labs if I have no other
options at my disposal right now. Also, I understand that if I have any disability, that I may ask the
instructor to accommodate my needs.
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