Office: R230-P†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Phone: 425-564-2425†††††††††† E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: 10:30-11:20 daily††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Campus Mail: R230
Required Texts:† †††††† Morenberg and Sommers: The Writer's Options, 7th ed.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Any good learner's dictionary (e.g. Longman)
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Frazier:On the Rez
Materials:††††††††† A blank disk for Writing Lab computers (PC/IBM format)
Objectives of the course:
∑ To learn a variety of approaches to sentence, paragraph and essay writing..
∑ To learn to work in groups to give and receive feedback.
∑ To learn editing and composing strategies and techniques.
∑ To create a supportive learning community for mutual growth as writers.
1.††††† Please refer to the additional handout on Arts and Humanities Policies, all of which apply in my classes. Pay special attention to the section on academic dishonesty. Plagiarism, which we will discuss in class, will not be tolerated. Be warned that BCC subscribes to a plagiarism detection service that can easily find papers that are taken, in whole or in part, from the internet.
2.††††† The grading for papers in this course will be based on a single standard: portfolio ready. The meaning of this term is somewhat abstract, but essentially it means the best that your paper can be in terms of readability, organization, content, and style. When a paper reaches that standard, as determined by me, it is considered finished and put into your portfolio. You are allowed three drafts or rewrites of each paper. Your grade on the writing assignments is determined by the number of your papers that attain the portfolio-ready standard. You will choose four papers for your portfolio. If all four of your papers have reached that standard by the last class day, you get an A for the paper portion of your grade. If three of them do, you get a B. If two of them do, you get a C, and if one, a D. If none of your papers reach portfolio-ready status, you fail the class, even if you attend every class and do all the assignments. A grade of F will result if you miss more than ten classes. Lateness will count as an absence if I take roll before you arrive.
3.††††† Much of your work will be done in groups, so your participation is essential to others in the class, whose participation grade depends on your preparation. Beyond the writing assignments, participation in groups, quizzes and class activities determines the remainder of your grade, and is evaluated on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. You can ensure a good participation grade if you ask questions and try answering questions in class. Unsatisfactory participation will lower your paper grade by one letter.
4.††††† Your lab fee entitles this class to use the Writing Lab computers. We will meet in the Writing Lab occasionally, and we will use the computers for various assignments. You should use a computer for all of your outside writing. The Lab also provides free tutorial help and instruction in editing.
5.††††† This class is set up with me as manager or facilitator and you as active participants in the educational process. This arrangement will reward those who take their commitment seriously and who keep up with the assignments and plan their work.
6.††††† Be sure to ask about any of our campus services: Writing Lab, Reading Lab, Multicultural Services, Women's Center, Disability Support Services, etc. We have many resources for our students, and we all want to help you succeed. See me if you would like to know more about available help.
7.††††† I invite any students with special needs or circumstances to discuss them with me. I am willing to make any necessary accommodations to facilitate your success as long as I know in advance.
Begin reading On the Rez immediately. Some of the writing assignments and a quiz or two will be based on the book and a related film, which we will watch together in class .The video will also be on reserve in the library media center for you to review outside of class time.
All papers are to be no more than 750 words (a limit of roughly 3 pages, typed in 12 point font, double-spaced). Papers that exceed the assigned length will be returned unread to the writer for revision. Handwritten papers are not acceptable. If you are aware that you have some difficulty in grammar or mechanics, you should plan to make a visit to the Writing Lab with each paper before you turn it in so that a tutor can help you with editing.
The class schedule requires that you spend time on weekends writing your papers so that they are ready for your writing group. When I receive your assignments, I will comment on them and give you advice for revision. Papers may be submitted to me a maximum of three times: one original and two revisions. You may continue to revise your papers throughout the quarter until they reach portfolio-ready status. This may mean that you are revising one paper and drafting another at the same time. It is important to plan your time. It may not be possible to put off revisions until the end of the quarter and bring all of your work up to the portfolio-ready standard. If you run out of time at the end, your grade will suffer.
NOTE: All of the writing and reading assignments will be clarified and explained in class in greater detail as they are assigned.
English 093 Winter Class Schedule (subject to change)
Be sure to look ahead so that deadlines will not surprise you.
††††††††††† 1/05†††††††† Introduction of class syllabus and schedule; Short in-class essay
††††††††††††††† 1/07†††††††† Introduction to sentence combining; On the Rez discussion
1/12†††††††† Sentence combining assignment; First paper introduction
1/14†††††††† Introduction to writing group process; Articles
1/19†††††††† Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--No Classes
1/21†††††††† Turn in first paper to group for reading and commenting
1/26†††††††† Sentence combining activities
††††††††††††††† 1/28†††††††† Second paper introduction, article quiz
2/02†††††††† First paper due; Sentence combining activities; Narrowing topics for second paper
††††††††††††††† 2/04†††††††† Sentence combining activities
††††††††††††††† 2/09†††††††† Second paper writing groups
††††††††††††††† 2/11†††††††† Turn in second paper; Internet assignment; Introduction of third paper
2/16†††††††† Presidents Day--No Classes
††††††††††††††† 2/18†††††††† Healing the Hurts film
2/23†††††††† Film discussion
2/25†††††††† Discussion of readings; Sentence combining activities; Article quiz
Schedules for the subsequent weeks will be announced in class
††††††††††††††† 3/18†††††††† Final Conferences 2:30-4:40
Good Luck in 093 this quarter!† Letís make it fun and productive.†
Always remember that I want you to succeed but that you are responsible for your own success.