Essay Writing 91 / 98
Winter 2010 5 credits
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Instructor: Lisa Bernhagen
Office: Bldg 5 room 213
Office Hours: 10-11 M-W, 1:20-2:20 Tues & Thurs, or by appointment
Phone: 206-878-3710 ext. 3213
Home Page: http://flightline.highline.edu/lbernhagen
This course involves every day pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing of
paragraphs and essays. You will frequently write in class, and work on grammar
and punctuation. You will read and summarize essays. You will give and receive
reader feedback (peer response) on student essays.
REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS:
Wordsmith: a Guide to Paragraphs and Short Essays, 2nd edition
Your working brain; your calm demeanor; your ability to read and follow
Everyday access to a computer and a college-level dictionary (if you don’t
have a computer at home, it’s assumed you will spend about 10 hours a
week in HCC’s computer lab, which you have paid for already)
Two places to save drafts. (Always save essay drafts in two places. Never
give away your only copy of a draft.)
A little stapler you carry with you to class
Student I.D. # to log onto HCC computers (bring it with you to the lab)
Lots of clean paper for daily in-class writing
Folder or 3-ring binder DEVOTED TO THIS CLASS to keep all your
course papers. (Keep all your work until you check your grade after the
quarter is over. Bring this folder to class everyday.)
An e-mail account
Reading skills are crucial to your success in Writing 101, where you will be reading
and responding to college level essays. Because of this, reading ability is a
mandatory prerequisite for Writing 101: a minimum COMPASS Reading score of 71
or 2.0 or above in Reading 081. This is in addition to the writing prerequisite.
The research shows that the best predictor of success in college is
effort. Not IQ, not the college you attend, not your SAT scores, age,
sex or race.
--- M. Garrett Bauman Ideas and Details
Writing 91 / 98 Outcomes:
To earn a 2.0 or better, students must demonstrate they can
Write 500 + word essays in their own words that make one point, are well-
organized, and are supported with specific details and an explanation of how
those details support the main point.
Use every day pre-writing and drafting as a method of thinking and choosing a
narrow, college-level focus for each essay
Identify their essay writing strengths and weaknesses and revise their drafts to
make them stronger
Identify their grammar/punctuation strengths and weaknesses and edit their
drafts to make them stronger
Use adjective, adverb, pronoun and verb forms correctly
Write mostly clear, correct sentences in Standard Written English
Give and take constructive peer feedback for writing in progress
Respond effectively to college level readings by applying concepts and/or adding
their own ideas to the ideas of an essay.
Student requests for accommodation:
If you need course accommodation or adaptation, please call Access Services at 206-
878-3710 ext. 3857 or visit their office in Building 6. I must receive a "Letter to the
Instructor" from this office before I can provide students with accommodation.
Portfolio: due at the end of your final in-class essay time
Final in-class essay:
11am class: Tuesday, March 16th 10-11:50 am in our computer lab
12:10 am class: Wednesday, March 17th 12:30-2:20 in our computer
Final Portfolio Contents:
Just clip it all together, or you may use a thin, paper folder
Include the items below in the order listed here:
1. A typed letter to Lisa explaining the strengths and weaknesses of
the writing in your portfolio
2. Revised, re-edited out-of-class with assignment sheet on top (keep
improving it until its due)
3. One revised, re-edited in-class essay with assignment sheet on top
(keep improving it until you turn it in)
4. The Final in-class essay which you will write on the Final day
with assignment sheet on top.
5. The Portfolio Scoring Guide
You may turn your essay in up to one week after the due date, with no points
lost. However, after one week (seven days), late essays receive no points. (If it’s due
on a Monday, you have until the next Monday to turn it in.) No credit for late peer
responses. Late essays go to the bottom of my grading pile and are graded last, so it
may be two weeks before you receive your graded paper. If you will miss an in-class
essay, contact me beforehand. If it’s an emergency and you miss class, call me
that day, even if it’s just to leave a message (206-878-3710 x3213) to let me know
you want come see me to make up the work. Otherwise there is no make up.
Attendance and Participation: is 20% of your grade. Your homework is your
attendance and participation points. Come every day, on time, with your work done,
ready to write quietly, read aloud when asked, or work with another student or
group when asked.
Stamps: . We need you here with your homework done at the start of class so we can
work together. Homework is stamped at the first 5 minutes of class, the day it’s
due. If you arrive after that, your homework will not be stamped. If you are absent,
your homework will not be stamped. Thank you for not asking for special treatment.
If you are absent, I assume you have a good reason; however, homework is only
stamped the first 5 minutes of class, the day it’s due.
I do not grade your homework until a Homework Packet is collected (Packet 1-6,
Packet 7-13, Packet 14-20). Staple them in order. Each item should have your
name in the upper right corner, and the Homework # below your name. You may
lose 1 point if your homework is out of order or not clearly labeled (it takes me hours
to grade homework).
Grade for Homework: Each stamp is worth ½ point. Each correctly completed
homework item is worth ½ point. When you turn in a homework packet, all items
must be done correctly. If you re-do your homework, staple the new one to the back
of the stamped one. After your packet receives a grade, you may leave it at home
and keep it safe until the quarter is over and you see your grade posted.
Extra credit: I give almost no extra credit, because your grade must reflect your
writing skills. Your advisors and teachers will use your grade in this class to
determine the appropriate next courses for you. I give a little extra credit for a few
activities I consider to be very valuable. Extra credit is like a free gift: you cannot
demand it, and you do not need to accept it. It is available to you if you meet the
requirements for it and choose to do it.
Below are things that disrupt teaching and learning in my college classroom. I will
stop class and ask you to stop if you do one of these. I may ask you to leave class if
you continue to do one of these. In that case, quietly pack up and leave, then attend
class the next day ready to participate quietly and respectfully.
Talking or shuffling things while I'm talking to the class, or while another
student is talking to the class.
Speaking on a cell phone in class (even if class is not in session)
Disrupting a respectful college atmosphere with jokes, loud, or negative
comments before, during or after class
Coming to class late, leaving class early, not attending class daily
Turning in work while we are teaching and learning (wait until the end of class).
Talking to the instructor before, during, or after class every single day. There
are many students sharing one instructor – be considerate.
Natural rewards coming to class on time and creating a respectful environment for
Students will want to know you and socialize with you. The instructor will
appreciate your presence. You will learn more. You will enjoy coming to class more.
Mostly likely, you will earn a better grade as a result of all these other factors.
Requirements for passing Writing 91/98: In order to earn a 2.0 or better in Writing
91/98, you must pass the portfolio assessment. If your portfolio earns a pass, your
grade will be based on your completion of the instructor’s grading requirements. Note: you
are not guaranteed a 2.0 or higher if your portfolio passes—you must meet the course
requirements at or above a 2.0 as defined by your instructor. If your portfolio does not pass,
you can earn up to a 1.9 in the course, and you will need to take Writing 98 and pass it with
a 2.0 or better before moving on to Writing 101. The assignment of a grade between 0.0 and
1.9 will be based on your completion of your instructor’s grading requirements.
Visit the Writing Center, in the Highline Tutoring Center--Building 26, Room 319.
Writing consultants are student mentors who can help you understand assignments,
brainstorm ideas, develop thesis statements, organize your writing, and start to find
and fix your own editing errors.
PLAGIARISM – what you should know
WHEN YOU COPY SOMEONE ELSE'S WORDS, IDEAS OR STYLE OF
WRITING, AND PRESENT THEM AS YOUR OWN (without clearly citing the
source), IT IS VIEWED AS STEALING and LYING. If you turn in work, and I am
not sure it’s your original writing and revising, you may receive a zero for that
assignment. For example, if you are absent for 3 days, then show up with a 2-3-page
draft, I may ask you to start over on a different essay. Anything I haven't seen in
an early and a polished draft will receive a zero. This includes the portfolio.
POINTS: Your points are recorded on Angel. However, write them down here, so
you can easily see your percentage. (Divide your points by the points we have
earned so far; then check the chart below.)
Drafts (3 pts) ____ ____ ____
1 1 1
Essay #1 (3 pts) ____
first in-class essay (2 pts) ____
Essay #2 (6 pts) ____
Mid-Term Assessment Conference: (2 pts) ____
(bring all your writing, and a cover letter) 2
Essay #3 (6 pts) ____
Grammar workshop + test (1 pt) ____
second in-class essay (3 pts) ____
Essay #4 (6pts) ____
Homework Journals: (20 pts) ____ ____ ____
6 7 7
Peer Responses: (6 pts) ____ ____ ____
2 2 2
Third in-class essay (3 pts) ____
Writing Portfolio: (45 pts) ____
Students who have not withdrawn from the class by the official date will receive a grade based
on the work they have completed to that date, even if they have stopped attending class. Be
aware that, if you stop coming to class and do not withdraw, you are likely to earn a 0.0 in the
class, which will remain permanently on your transcript. It is very hard for your grade point
average to recover from such a grade. I cannot withdraw you after that date.
An “incomplete” is a grade on your transcript that is converted to a decimal grade when you
finish all of your work for the course. It is intended for students who are successfully passing the
course until the very end, when they encounter a major emergency, such as a car accident or
hospital stay. It is not intended for students who have failed to turn in most of the work over the
course of the quarter. Students requesting an incomplete must have finished at least 80 percent of
the course work and have an approved and documented reason for not completing the course.
A Highest Achievement
B High Achievement
C Satisfactory Achievement
D Below Average
Percent 4.0 scale Letter grade
95 and up 4.0 A
92 3.7 A-
88 3.3 B+
85 3.0 B
82 2.7 B-
78 2.3 C+
75 2.0 C
72 1.7 C-
68 1.3 D+
65 1.0 D
62 0.7 D-