Professor Hood / Antelope Valley College English 101 (Honors) Fall 2000
office: 783 (main hall, Language Arts/Social Science building)
office phone and voice mail: (661) 722-6472
office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-9:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m., and by appointment
textbooks and other supplies
McQuade & McQuade, Seeing & Writing
Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual (3rd ed.)
AVC's English 101 Guide
an issue of Time magazine (see syllabus)
several bluebooks (large size)
a roll of film or a disposable camera, plus processing
journal (optional purchase)
photocopies of your writing (on workshopping days)
self-addressed, stamped envelope or grade card (at term's end)
This is a letter graded class. Work is evaluated following the English 101 Guide rubric.
Paper #1 = 20%
Paper #2 = 10%
Paper #3 = 10%
Paper #4 = 20%
Paper #5 = 20%
final exam, quizzes = 20%
All out of class papers must be typed or computer printed and submitted as hard
copies; electronic submissions are not accepted.
Late work is not accepted and papers turned in after deadlines fail automatically.
There are occasional exceptions, such as life-threatening medical emergencies, but
routine disasters (hard-drive crashes, printer jams, flat tires, having the flu, work
schedule fluctuations) do not exempt you from the deadlines listed below. If for some
reason you cannot attend class when work is due, have a friend bring it to class or slip
it under my office door.
Please turn off phones, pagers, and beeping wristwatches during class.
All reading assignments are important; don't skip them. Quizzes will enforce this if
necessary. In some cases you will be asked to leave if you have not done the reading.
Participation is important; students frequently absent almost always fail the course.
Course content includes adult material. We may view excerpts from R-rated movies,
discuss controversial topics such as abortion or same-sex marriages, peer edit student
work containing explicit descriptions of sexual activity, or read literature containing
profanity, adult situations, or religious views contrary to your own. If you suspect
that any aspect of such material could be a problem for you, please talk to Professor
Hood immediately after class on the first day. Once the term starts, alternate
assignments may not be available; if in doubt, please speak up now.
Aug 22 course introduction; video, Ad and Ego
29 video, Killing Us Softly 3; S&W 226-247, 256-257, 382; all of English 101 Guide
Sep 05 S&W 107, 138-143, and 511-550; PSM 57-92; punctuation demo
12 video, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam; S&W 162-168; PSM 106-141
19 S&W 31-36, 466-475, and 499-509; bring last week's copy of Time magazine
26 paper #1 due and workshopped; S&W 332-335; skim PSM 196-215
Oct 03 conferences at pre-arranged times in Hood's office (783)
10 S&W 402-404 and 432-449; Crunge IV
17 paper #2, in-class (bring large bluebook, all textbooks, and a dictionary);
also S&W 113-118, 182-184, and 190
24 library assignment (no class)
31 paper #3 photography assignment (no class)
Nov 07 paper #3 due (no workshopping but be prepared to share your work);
also stamps of the 90s (handout); S&W 407-431
14 S&W xlii, 18-26, 208-221, 318, and 366-371
21 paper #4 due and workshopped
28 conferences in 783 at assigned times
Dec 05 paper #5 due and workshopped; final exam prep
12 final exam 7-9 p.m.; bring a large bluebook (unless directed otherwise)
Paper #1 = Time: News or Fluff? (See separate handout.)
Paper #2 = This will be an in-class essay on issues from S&W (topic given out in class).
Paper #3 = Using a roll or two of film, produce two images in response to Sontag's
essay (S&W 182-184); one photograph should prove one of her points, while the
other should disprove a point. Submit the photos with a page or two of typed
commentary explaining what points you're responding to and how the pictures do
or don't fit. (One image can simultaneously prove and disprove, if you prefer.)
Paper #4 = Design a new "decade" stamp to represent the 1990s, including with your
design a convincing essay about why the topic your new stamp portrays is
significant to understanding the '90s. You may draw the new stamp, design
it on the computer, collage it out of magazine elements, or whatever you like.
You may refer to the USPS's current '90s stamps (see handout) and may use
alternate topics from our class discussions. (The tongue stud stamp, anyone?)
Paper #5 = In two to twenty typed pages, answer this question: Is Seeing & Writing
biased? (If so, are all books? Cite examples and/or show alternatives.)