English 110, College Composition – 3 units
Spring 2007, Section 5097, Room 352B Wednesday & Friday – 11:00-12:15 Instructor: Barbara J. Loveless Phone: (619) 644-7563 Office: 70-217 (2nd floor of Tech Mall above Writing Center) Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:00-2:30, Tuesday 11-12:00, Thursday 3:00-4:00, and by appointment E-mail: email@example.com Required Texts: College Writing 4 by Li-Lee Tunceren and Sharon Cavusgil The Essentials of English – A Writer’s Handbook by Ann Hogue The MLA Handbook (recommended) Materials: 3-ring binder and 6 index dividers for Portfolio Folders for handouts and homework Please Note: This section of English 110 is linked to ESL 111, Editing Skills for College Composition, Section 5104. This course meets on Fridays from 10-10:50 in Room 352B. In this course, students will learn effective strategies for reducing their errors in grammar, punctuation, and usage, and will develop skills to help them self-edit. Students must take both classes. Course Description: English 110 is designed to prepare students for entry into English 120. Students will practice the writing process by composing essays with an emphasis on effective expression through the study of appropriate language skills. Students will read critically, analyze, and evaluate expository, argumentative, and imaginative writing. By the end of the course, students will be able to write a position paper by using and acknowledging multiple sources. Exit Skills: Students successfully completing this course, in addition to being able to read and analyze college-level texts, will exit with the following skills, competencies, and knowledge: 1. The ability to produce essays substantially free of major spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage errors (i.e. errors with interfere with communication). 2. The ability to write a multi-paragraph essay focusing on a thesis statement and demonstrating an understanding of the concept of an introduction, a body, and a conclusion as wells as adequate development, unity of idea, and coherence. 3. The ability to develop paragraphs and essays through rhetorical strategies (narration, description, process, analysis, definition, classification and division, cause and effect, and comparison-contrast) to accomplish specific purposes with given audiences.
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4. The ability to recognize in professional and peer essays the rhetorical elements listed in #3. 5. The ability to write a position paper that asserts a thesis and provides adequate, documented support from multiple sources that is documented using MLA format.
Attendance: Attendance will be taken throughout the semester at the beginning of class. I will announce when I’m taking attendance. If you come into class late and you haven’t heard me announce attendance, be sure to check with me at the end of class to make sure I recorded you as tardy or excessively tardy. Excused absences: I do not give excused absences, except in cases of extreme emergency. The absences you are granted before a possible drop are there to account for any times you are sick, have car problems, need to appear in court, etc. Choose your absences wisely! Excessive absences: More than 2 absences in this class or more than 3 in the English 110 class may result in an excessive absence drop. I have the option of dropping you from both classes. Tardies: If you arrive more than 5 minutes late two times, or leave early two times, this will be counted as one absence. Arriving more than 15 minutes late is considered excessively tardy and may be considered an absence. If you miss class, call and leave me a message, just as you would call an employer. You may also send me an e-mail message. You should also call a friend from the class to check the assignment. You are responsible for any material covered or announcements made while you were absent. Adding, Dropping, & Withdrawing: It is the student’s responsibility to add, drop, or withdraw from classes before the deadlines found in the class schedule. If a student does not drop the course within the time granted in the schedule, he or she will receive a letter grade for the course. Special Needs: Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact DSP&S in person in room 110 or by phone at (619) 644-7119 (TTY for deaf). Supervised Tutoring Referral 1. Students requiring reinforcement of concepts, additional help, or supplemental resources to achieve the stated learning objectives of the courses taken in English or ESL are referred to enroll in English 198W, Supervised Tutoring, for assistance in the English Writing Center (70-119). To add this course, students may obtain Add Codes at the Information/Registration Desk in the Tech Mall or in the English Writing Center. 2. Students are referred to enroll in the following supervised tutoring courses if the service indicated will assist them in achieving or reinforcing the learning objectives of this course: IDS 198, Supervised Tutoring to receive tutoring in general computer applications in the Tech Mall;
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IDS 198T, Supervised Tutoring to receive one-on-one tutoring in academic subjects in the Tutoring Center (70-229). To add either of these courses, students may obtain Add Codes at the Information/ Registration Desk in the Tech Mall. 3. All Supervised Tutoring courses are non-credit/non-fee. However, when a student registers for a supervised tutoring course and has no other classes, the student will be charged the usual health fee. Classroom Expectations: Respect for those who speak and a climate of acceptance are essential at all times. Talking to other classmates when the teacher or someone else is presenting material is distracting and not acceptable. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND SOMETHING DURING CLASS, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND AND ASK THE TEACHER OR TALK WITH HER AFTER CLASS. Be responsible for your assignments. “I forgot” or “I lost it” are NOT acceptable excuses. Bring the right materials to class, such as textbooks, staplers, pencils, pens, etc. This also includes handouts. I do not provide extra handouts if you lose or forget yours. Students are expected to arrive on time and to remain in class the whole period unless they become ill. Please take care of all your restroom and other needs before class so that you will not interrupt the class by leaving at any other time. The only food or drink allowed in the classroom is bottled water. If a student behaves in a way that the teacher considers disruptive, disrespectful, or threatening, the teacher will ask the student to stop. If the student refuses, the teacher may ask the student to leave for the rest of the class meeting and the next class. Both class periods will be counted as absences. Cell phones should be turned off or put on “vibrate” during class. You may not leave class to answer or make a phone call. I-Pods and other MP3 players must be turned off once you enter class, and please remove any headphones. E-mailed assignments and attachments will not be accepted without the instructor’s permission. You need to be responsible by having assignments completed when they are due. Computer Use In this class, I use PowerPoint presentations for lectures. I expect students to accept and be comfortable with this method of instruction. These class presentations, as well as assignment schedules, the syllabus, information about the instructor, handouts, a discussion board, and other links, are available on the e-platform, Blackboard. You will be given instructions how to enroll on Blackboard during the first week of class. Students are expected to check the assignment schedule on Blackboard daily to look for any updates. Frequent grade and attendance reports will be emailed to you from Webgrade. Therefore, you must have a reliable email address that you provide for the teacher the first week of class. If there are any changes to your email address, you must let her know immediately.
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Email Protocol Do not send jokes, stories, chain letters, or any other information not related to your studies to your teachers or classmates without their permission. Do not leave the subject field blank. Include a phrase to hint at the subject of your message. For example, if you are unsure about 2 homework assignments, in your subject line just put “Homework Questions.” Include a polite salutation (Dear Ms. Jonas), or even Hello Dr. Ruben. Don’t be informal (Hey Cindy, Howzit Dr. Nomura, Whassup Craig) Always identify yourself (given and family name) and your class if you think the teacher may not be familiar with your name. Sometimes students use e-mail formats in a language not recognized by your teacher’s computer, so although you can see your name in the e-mail address, your receiver may not. Also be aware that many e-mail addresses do not include the sender’s name. If your e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, but you never identify yourself in the message, your receiver will not know who you are. Use tasteful and respectful language. Do not use common abbreviations and “emoticons” (e.g. :-p meaning “face with tongue sticking out because I made a mistake) that are common with online chatting. Do not use something like U R GR8!!!! Spell it out (check appropriateness), and follow punctuation standards. Proofread your message for grammar and spelling. It’s very discouraging for teachers to see a message from one of their advanced students read: im so sorry my absent tody in ur class what is gramma hoemwork? Also use capital letters where needed. If your communication is negative, it is best to talk in person or at least by telephone or when unable to do so, reread your e-mail from the receiver's point of view before sending it. Consider and treat e-mail as personal and confidential correspondence. Check your e-mail frequently, at least once a day, even on weekends. Honesty Policy: It is essential that you do your own work for this course. With the exception of in-class group work, all other work, such as quizzes, tests, and writing assignments should reflect your original ideas and writing. While it is okay to seek help from a teacher or tutor in areas such as grammar and punctuation, it is not okay for anyone to write any portion of a paper for you. It is okay to use outside sources, such as magazine articles or reference books to support your writing, but any words that are not your own must be documented and the author acknowledged. It is never okay to plagiarize, or copy someone else’s work and pretend that it is your own. It is never okay to copy information of any form from the internet. If you are caught cheating on a test, quiz, or other assignment, you will receive a zero on this. Plagiarism is considered a serious offense. The first time this is suspected you will either be allowed to rewrite the assignment or get a zero for the assignment. If you plagiarize on subsequent assignments, you may be required to meet with the Associate Dean of Student Services and may be dropped from the course.
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Homework Assignments: Assignments and compositions must be turned in on the due date. No late work will be accepted without a reduction in points. (If you are sick and have left me a message, you may hand in your work as soon as you return to school). If you are asked to rewrite or complete an assignment, you must do this within a week to receive credit for it. Assignments may not be rewritten for a higher grade unless requested by the instructor. WRITING REQUIREMENTS: English 110 students will write evaluated prose as follows: Multiple drafts of at least 3 out-of-class essays (min. 750 words each) Three in-class essay including the midterm and final (at least 600 words each) Multiple drafts of a research paper in argument (at least 1000 words) At least 4 reading response journals (min. 250 words each) All drafts after the first one must be typed and double-spaced using a 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman. First drafts of a paper must be ready for peer feedback on the due date. Students who do not have their draft ready for peer feedback create a problem for the other students in their group and for themselves since the peer feedback is required. If you are unable to finish the second draft of a paper by the beginning of class on the due date, come to class anyway so that you do not miss further info. It is always better to turn something in late rather than not at all. If you are going to be handing in a late assignment, please let me know. You may have up to two days after the original due date, depending on the assignment and time of the semester, so be sure to discuss this first with the instructor. A late paper will receive one letter grade lower; however, you may turn in one late paper during the semester without penalty. English Writing Center: The EWC provides tutorial and instructional support, IBM compatible word processing, grammar tutorials, as well as a substantial library of writing resources. The EWC is located in Room 70-119. Hours: M-Th 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and F 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Journals: You will be assigned occasional reading response journals based on articles that are either supplied by me, that are in your text, or that you research. The focus of journals is to develop your critical thinking skills, your ability to summarize and paraphrase, and your fluency when expressing your ideas. You may therefore turn down the grammar monitor on these assignments, but errors should not be so serious or frequent that they interfere with meaning. Participation: Participation both in the large class and small groups increases your practice with the skill and consequently your learning. I will therefore call on every student unless you have asked me not to ahead of time. All students are expected to participate in cooperative learning groups. If you are not comfortable with a partner or group you are working in, however, please discuss this with the teacher.
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Quizzes: We may have quizzes on sections of the texts. If you miss a quiz, you may only take it later if you e-mail or call me and make an appointment to take it before the next class period. You may make up only one quiz. Portfolio: Five of your writing assignments will be collected in a separate notebook a portfolio. These entries will represent your ability to write on different topics and in different situations. Every paper placed in the portfolio must have been submitted for instructor feedback earlier in the semester. You will be reflecting on your writing progress throughout the semester as you answer questions about each portfolio entry. Your portfolio will be evaluated based on your reflection essays and revisions of the entries you included. Final Exam: All students must take the final to receive credit for the course. NO EARLY OR MAKE-UP FINAL EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN. YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT OUR SCHEDULED FINAL EXAM TIME. Please plan your travel time accordingly.
Grading Policy: The final grade is not negotiable. Of course, any error in arithmetic will be corrected. Homework and participation Essay assignments Portfolio Final Exam (2-hour in-class essay) Grade Equivalents: 90-100 A; 80-89 B; 70-79 C; 60-69 D; 0-59 F The instructor has the option of making adjustments to the syllabus, the course, and the weight given to various assignments as considered necessary for the best student learning opportunities. 20% 40% 20% 20%
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Course Calendar – English/ESL 110 (5097) Spring 2007
CW = College Writing 4 EE = Essentials of English (Handbook) Week Wednesday Friday 1 Course Introduction; Student Information Diagnostic Writing Test 1/24-26 Sheet 2 Summary/Response Essay; Summarizing Summary/Response Essay; Avoiding 1/31-2/2 Overgeneralizations Summary/Response In-Class Essay 3 Summary/Response Essay 2/7-9 4 CW Chapter 1: Expository Essay – The HOLIDAY – LINCOLN DAY 2/14-16 Endangered Species Act 5 CW Chapter 1; Avoiding Plagiarism CW Chapter 1; MLA 2/21-23 6 CW Chapter 1; Paraphrasing CW Chapter 1; Quoting 2/28-3/2 Peer Review for Expository Essay Expository Essay Due – The Endangered 7 Species Act; Midterm Prep 3/7-9 8 MIDTERM EXAM CW Chapter 2: Analytical Essay –Endangered 3/14-16 Species Report 9 Library Tour CW 2; Reputable Sources 3/21-23 10 CW 2; Defining and Appositives CW 2 3/28-30 Spring Break – April 2-7 Peer Review for Analytical Essay Analytical Essay Due – Endangered Species 11 Report; CW 4: Objective Report – Investigating 4/11-13 a Controversial Wildlife Issue 12 CW 4 CW 4 4/18-20 Peer Review for Objective Essay 13 CW 4 4/25-27 Objective Essay Due – Controversial 14 CW 5; Logical Fallacies Wildlife Issue; CW 5: Argumentative 5/2-4 Essay – Taking a Stance on a Wildlife Issue 15 CW 5; Couterargument and Refutation CW 5 5/9-11 Argument Essay In-Class – Controversial Portfolio Due; Prep for Final 16 Wildlife Issue 5/16-18 FINAL EXAM: 11:30-1:30 17 5/25 Please note: This calendar is subject to change. I will let you know ahead of time if dates and assignments change. Please check Blackboard for current schedule, homework assignments, and updates.
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