Friday, August 31, 2007

Class Schedule

English 115
Section: 23
Instructor: Swan Ashby
Room: 418
Hours: 10:00-10:50 a.m. MW
Lab Room: 425
Lab Hours: W 11-11:50
Office Hours: F 8_8:50
Office Location: Rm. 400K
Mailbox location: 430J

Class Schedule

Week 1
8/20: Introduction, discuss syllabus, writing process,
HW: Read Patterns 1-49, 83-105, create 10-minute freewrite for narration essay (at least one page)

8/22: Discuss narration essay –topics (p. 140-141), chronological order, introduction, thesis statements; writing process
LAB: MLA template, prewrite narration
HW: Read Patterns 83-105

8/24: Continue narration, discuss readings
HW: Write introduction, thesis, and three body paragraphs for narration essay; read Patterns 108- 118,

Journal Assignment: “Journal Entry” p, 106 in Patterns

Week 2
8/27: Quiz on writing process, workshop, discuss transitions, paragraph division
HW: Read Patterns 51-67, Rules for Writers 11-14, revise and finish two full pages of narration essay

8/29: Workshop, discuss readings
LAB: revise and add to narration essay
HW: Read Patterns 120-123; complete Writing Assignment 2, p. 124 in Patterns

8/31: Continue narration
HW: Read Patterns, 134-139 Rules for Writers 15-22; finish full draft of narration essay
Journal Assignment: Exercise 1, p. 41 in Patterns

Week 3
9/3: Quiz on readings, discuss readings, workshop
HW: Read Patterns 387-395

9/5: Begin discussing comparison contrast topics (p. 449)
LAB: Proofread and edit narration essays
HW: Choose topic for comparison contrast, and do prewriting activity

9/7: NARRATION ESSAYS DUE; discuss organization of comparison contrast
HW: Read Patterns 396-418, Rules for Writers 156-163, Writing Workshop (419 Patterns) choose 1, 2, or 3; create thesis and outline of comparison contrast essay

Journal Assignment: p. 139 Patterns, “Journal Entry”

Week 4:

9/10: Quiz on readings, discuss readings, continue comparison contrast
HW: Read Rules for Writers 164-170; begin drafting comparison contrast

9/12: Continue comparison contrast
LAB: draft comparison contrast using outline
HW: Read Patterns 421-422; complete introduction, thesis and three body paragraphs of comparison contrast

9/14: Workshop, discuss readings
HW: Read Patterns 425-431, Writing Workshop 1, 2, or 3 p. 433, Read Rules for Writers 97-105; write FULL draft of comparison contrast

Journal Assignment: Patterns p. 413 “Journal Entry”

Week 5:

9/17: Quiz, Discuss run-on sentences, workshop
HW: Revise comparison contrast

9/19: Workshop
LAB: proofread and edit comparison contrast
HW: Read Patterns 203-210

9/21: Begin Exemplification (topics p. 265),
HW: Read Patterns 211-219; choose topic and do listing prewriting activity. List as many possible supporting examples to your topic as you can come up with (at least one page double spaced).

Journal Assignment: p. 424 Patterns “Journal Entry”

Week 6:
9/24: Comparison Contrast essay due, discuss mixed constructions, continue exemplification
HW: Read Patterns 220-225

9/26: Discuss thesis statements, how exemplification used, planning, structure of exemp. Essay
LAB: choose organization for exemplification essay and create informal outline and thesis

HW: Read Patterns 226-229, Rules for Writers 106-111 p. 230 Patterns, Writing Workshop 1, 2, or 3

9/28: Quiz, discuss readings, continue exemplification
HW: draft introduction, thesis, and two body paragraphs of exemplification.

Journal Assignment: p. 226 Patterns, “Journal Entry”

Week 7
10/1: Discuss dangling modifiers, workshop
HW: Read Patterns 231-237; continue drafting Exemplification essay—have at least introduction, thesis, and three body paragraphs for 10/3 workshop

10/3: Workshop (ques. On p. 209 “Revision Checklist”)
LAB: Continue drafting/revising exemp.
HW: Read Patterns 240-243 Writing Workshop 1, 2, or 3 p. 245

10/5: Quiz on readings, discuss readings
HW: Read Patterns 246-249, Rules for Writers 112-115, finish drafting Exemplification essay—need full draft for 10/6

Journal Assignment: p 250 Patterns “Journal Entry”

Week 8
10/8: Workshop (ques. On p. 216-217 “Peer Editing Worksheet”), discuss verb tense
HW: Read Patterns 252-259; p. 260-261 Patterns Writing Workshop 1, 2, or 3

10/10: Continue exemplification
LAB: Continue drafting and revising exemplification
HW: Read Patterns 262-264; proofread and edit Exemplification essay

10/12: Quiz on readings, discuss readings; review for mid term
Journal Assignment: p. 264 Patterns “Journal Entry”

Week 9
10/15: Exemplification Essay Due , begin discussing cause and effect
HW: Read Patterns 327-345; choose topic for cause and effect (topics p. 385-386) and create cluster

10/17: Journals Due, MID TERM
LAB: Mid Term
HW: Read Patterns 346-348, Rules for Writers 116-127; choose organization for cause and effect and create thesis and informal outline.

10/19: Quiz on readings, discuss readings, continue cause and effect planning, structure
HW: Read Rules for Writers 135-144
No Journal Assignment

Week 10
10/22: Discuss post hoc reasoning, transitions, subordination
HW: Read Patterns 351-358, p. 360 Patterns Writing Workshop. 1,2 or 3

10/24: Quiz on readings, discuss readings,
LAB: Draft cause and effect
HW: Continue drafting cause and effect—you need at least introduction, thesis, and three body paragraphs for 10/24

10/26: Workshop
HW: Continue drafting—have at least two pages for 10/27

Journal Assignment: p. 349 Patterns, “Journal Entry”

Week 11
10/29: Workshop (ques on p. 336-337 “Revision Checklist”), discuss euphemism, slang, sexist language
HW: Read Patterns 361-369, p. 365 Patterns, Writing Workshop 1, 2, or 3; finish drafting cause and effect—need FULL draft for 3/29

10/31: Workshop (ques on p. 342-343 “Peer Editing Worksheet”),
LAB: Revise cause and effect
HW: Proofread and edit Cause and Effect Essay, read Patterns 371-379

11/2: Quiz on readings, discuss readings
HW: Proofread and edit cause and effect, read Patterns 555-567

Journal Assignment: p. 369 Patterns “Journal Entry”

Week 12:

11/5: Cause and Effect Essay Due; discuss argumentation and research (topics p. 697-701)
HW: Read Patterns 568-587 p 589 Patterns Writing Workshop 1, 2 or 3; choose topic for R/A essay and do two prewriting activities—listing and freewriting

11/7: Continue research argumentation
LAB: Begin research in library catalog and article databases online
HW: Read Patterns 753-763, Rules for Writers 370-380; narrow topic and create thesis

11/9: Continue argumentation and research; discuss search strategy
HW: Read Rules for Writers 344-367

Journal Assignment: p. 583 Patterns “Journal Entry”
Week 13
11/12: NO CLASS
HW: Read Patterns 597-610, p. 610-611 Patterns, Purpose and Audience 1-4, Style and Structure 1-7

11/14: Discuss MLKing plagiarism, documentation of sources, final project
HW: Read Patterns 613-620

11/16: Quiz on readings and plagiarism, discuss MLKing continue argumentation and research
HW: create a working Works Cited page for your research/arg. essay. You must have FIVE entries in MLA format

Journal Assignment: p. 611 Patterns, Vocabulary project

Week 14
11/19: Continue Research and Argumentation
HW: Read Rules for Writers 381-391; create detailed outline of R/A essay showing where sources will be incorporated

11/21: Workshop outlines, discuss readings
LAB: Evaluating sources: find one journal article, one book, and one internet article on your research topic. Create a Works Cited for each of these in MLA format. You may substitute the internet article, book or journal article for a newspaper article, but you may not have more than one Internet source.
HW: Read Patterns 763-784, begin drafting R/A essay

11/23: NO CLASS
HW: Read Rules for Writers 392-407, continue drafting R/A essay—you need at least introduction, thesis, and four full body paragraphs for 11/26
Journal Assignment: p. Write one page discussing your role in the desired outcomes of your group project. What will you personally do to achieve these goals? What obstacle/s to these goals do you anticipate confronting and overcoming?

Week 15
11/26: Workshop, continue research and argumentation, begin presentations
HW: Read Patterns 623-632, Writing Workshop 1, 2, or 3 p. 633-634

11/28: Presentations
LAB: In MLA format, write an example of a paraphrase, a summary, and a direct quote from a journal article, a newspaper article, and an internet article, in no particular order. Cut and paste the original source material onto the document you turn in. These sources do not necessarily have to be related to your research topic. Make sure you introduce each entry with a signal phrase and follow each quote/summary with an in-text citation.

11/30: Quiz on readings, discuss readings, continue research and argumentation, presentations
HW: Read Rules for Writers 408-418, continue drafting R/A essay—You need at least three pages for 12/3.
Journal Assignment: Write one page on how your writing has changed throughout the semester. Do you still need to improve in some areas? What is one thing you do well when it comes to writing?

Week 16
12/3: Workshop, final project presentations
HW: Read Patterns 635-647, finish drafting R/A essays

12/5: Quiz, discuss readings
LAB: Work on Research/Argumentation essay
HW: Need FULL draft of R/A essay for 12/7

12/7: Workshop, final project presentations
HW: Revise and edit R/A essays

Week 17
12/10: Journals Due, final project presentations
HW: Final revision of R/A essays

12/12: Research/Argumentation Essays Due, final project presentations

12/14: NO CLASS

Final Exam: Monday, 12/17 10:30-12:30

*All scheduled tasks are subject to change

Course Requirements

English 115
Section: 23
Instructor: Swan Ashby
Room: 418
Hours: 10:00-10:50 MWF
Lab Room: 425
Lab Hours: 11-11:50 W
Office Hours: F 8-8:50
Office Location: Rm. 400K
Mailbox Location: RM 430J

Course Description:
English 115 is a transfer-level course that provides instruction and practice in the reading and writing of expository and argumentative essays. We will emphasize the principles of organization, logical reasoning, the use of evidence, paragraph and essay development, and research techniques. Reading selections will provide material for discussion, topics for writing assignments, and examples of effective writing. This course includes a required lab.

Required Texts: Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen Mandell. Patterns for College Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006
Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers. 6th Ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004.
Recommended Texts: A good college dictionary and thesaurus

Required Materials:
IBM formatted disk
Access to a word processor (all papers must be typed)
Access to the Internet

Course Goals:
Students who give this class their best effort can expect to:
Identify correct inductive and deductive reasoning and avoid logical fallacies in argumentative essays.
Use many different organizational methods in their writing such as Comparison/Contrast, Cause/Effect, Classification, Definition, Exemplification, Narration or Description, and Argumentation
Refine critical thinking skills
Develop research skills and strategies for evaluating relevant sources.
Learn how to properly incorporate research sources
Refine spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills
Go beyond refining syntax, spelling, and grammar and develop a style of writing
Learn how to use campus resources to improve their writing
Develop effective revision strategies
Learn the importance of audience and peer evaluation

Grades Are Based On:
One 5-10 page research paper = 20%
Four formal three-page essays = 20% (5% each)
Mid Term = 5%
Final Exam = 5%
Reading Response Journal = 10%
Quizzes = 10%
Class Participation = 5%
Homework = 15%
Final Project = 10%

Course Policies:

In-class activities depend on your presence. Please come every day on time. You will be permitted 2 absences per semester; your grade may be compromised if there are more. If you know you will be unable to attend a class meeting, let me know ahead of time; it is not necessary for you to contact me if you are not in class. Do not continually leave early or come late; I will count these occurrences as partial absences. You will be able to earn extra credit points with perfect or near-perfect attendance.

The weekly lab hour is an integral part of this course, and you are required to attend all sessions. Each lab assignment is listed on the class schedule. If you are not prepared to work on the given assignment, an alternative assignment will be given, and you will receive a zero for class participation for the day. The same behavior expected in the classroom will be required in the lab. Excessive talking, checking e-mail, or otherwise disruptive/disrespectful behavior will result in your being dismissed and marked absent from lab.

You must come to class having done the reading, homework, and writing that is due that day. Be prepared for reading quizzes, which may be unannounced. Also, all work is due at the beginning of class. No credit will be given for homework that is done in class.

Journal responses are based upon the readings from Patterns and from your own experiences. You are required to write 1 FULL page per week. After each reading, you will be given questions to choose from the Patterns text. Choose a question only if you can write at least 1 page; if you cannot write at least one page but would still like to respond to that question, choose an additional question to equal one or more pages of response. Journals require at least ONE FULL page per assigned reading.

Homework Length/Content:
Homework is based on your readings from the Patterns text and must be typed, double-spaced, 1-inch margins and unless otherwise specified, 1 ½ pages long (1 full page of 23 lines and one half page of 12 lines). You are required to use relevant quoted material from your reading in each of your homework assignments. Once you learn MLA format, all homework must be in MLA format.

Late Homework:

Late Essays
You must turn in every essay the day it is due. I will accept an essay ONE class meeting late WITH a medical/emergency excuse. If you still cannot attend class one meeting after the day the essay is due, ask someone to drop your essay, accompanied by medical/emergency documentation, in my mailbox in room 430J by the end of the day.
Essay Revision:
Every essay you turn in will be graded according to content and technical ability. You will receive a grade when I return the essays. If you are not satisfied with your grade, you will have ONE week from the day your essay is returned to revise it. Once you revise it, your grade is final. Your revising your essay does not guarantee to raise your grade; however, revising your essay cannot lower your grade. ESSAYS THAT DO NOT MEET MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS WHEN FIRST TURNED IN WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE REVISED.

Academic Honesty:
If you plagiarize (try to pass off another person’s writing for your own) in any form, you will risk at the least an F in the course and possible referral to the Dean of Student Affairs. There is ZERO TOLERANCE of plagiarism in this course. At minimum, you will receive a zero on the assignment; at maximum, you will fail the course. If I have questions about the authenticity of your work, I will ask you to prove in some way that the work is your own; this may involve my looking at your notes or your completing another task in my presence. If you fail to prove that your work is your own, you will receive an F in the course. Staying in this class indicates your acceptance of this policy.

Professionalism is crucial to the advancement of your career, both in college and beyond. It includes punctuality, preparation, attitude, participation, and a consistent willingness to assume personal responsibility. Excuses for incomplete or missing assignments will not give you credit because excuses are simply obstacles that have not been overcome.

Course Content:
This course will challenge you to analyze subjects about which you may have strong opinions. In addition, some of the materials that we will be reading/viewing may contain “mature content” and represent unconventional viewpoints regarding sexuality, race, politics, etc. If you object to reading about, writing about, and/or discussing such issues, it is recommended that you enroll in a different section of English 115.

Classroom Etiquette:
v Sexist, racist, and/or homophobic comments are offensive and inconsistent with an academic atmosphere; they will not be given a forum in this class.
v Please give your full attention with others are speaking. Also keep in mind that participating in discussions includes taking turns; even if you have a lot to say, give others the space to contribute too.
v Please do not pack up and leave until class is over.
v Please turn or silence all cell phones or other noisemakers.

Special Needs:
If you have special needs (vision or hearing difficulties, a learning difference, physical challenge, etc.), please let me know right away, and I will do my best to accommodate you. Contact your DSS specialist on the first floor of the Student Services Building for the Academic Accommodations Form, and give me a copy, so I can make any necessary adjustment/s for you. This syllabus and class schedule are available in alternate format upon request.

Writing Center:
English 115 assumes college-level writing proficiency, including the appropriate grammar and punctuation skills. If any aspect of your writing is not yet at this level, it is your responsibility to improve these skills through the use of campus resources like the Writing Center. The Southwestern College Writing Center (Academic Success Center, 420 Building) provides free tutoring to writers of all levels of ability on a walk-in basis. The purpose of the Writing Center is to guide and teach students rather than to “fix” papers; tutoring is designed to help you develop and refine skills that you will carry with you beyond a given assignment or course. The tutors will be happy to assist you at any stage of the writing process. You are required to visit the Writing Center at least once for this class.

*The course requirements and class schedule are subject to change according to time constraints or other unforeseen occurrences.