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Classroom: C202 Class time:MTWTH
Phone 425-564-2509 -
Office hours: MTWTh by appointment R230
A Guide to Writing with
A good college dictionary to use at home
3-ring binder, college ruled notebook, pencils and pens, at least one floppy disk for the writing lab, a soft folder for your portfolio
The STEPS program prepares you for either 092 or 093 and eventually English 101. This course emphasizes learning and using reading and writing strategies. You will be writing, revising, and editing papers in class and at home. There is an emphasis in grammar and mechanics.
The hours in the reading and writing labs will help to achieve the following outcomes.
By the end of the course, students will be able to
· Achieve a level of 10.0 or higher on the Comprehension sections of the Stanford Diagnostic reading test or its equivalent.
· Achieve a level of 9.5 or higher on the Vocabulary and Reading rate sections of the Stanford Diagnostic test or its equivalent.
· In their writing, both in and out of class, demonstrate comprehension of longer texts written at a level 10.0 or higher.
· Write essays of about 500 words that have a main point supported by appropriate evidence.
· In their essays, synthesize information from two or more sources.
· In their essays, demonstrate coherence (repeated key words, transition words, and signals of an overall plan).
· In their essays, use vocabulary appropriate to their topic.
· Identify the basic structural elements of simple, compound, and complex sentences (subject, verb, object, etc.).
· Edit their own writing to avoid errors in such things as singular and plural nouns, possessives, verb tense and form, word order, and modifying phrases.
I will take attendance at the beginning of each class. Be there. If you are tardy, see me after class so you can get credit for attending. If you do miss a class, it is your responsibility to get assignments and notes from another student or from me. Three tardies count as one absence. Moreover, if you miss 20 hours, as a combination of absences and tardies, you may receive a failing grade.
Although, students will be working together on some assignments, I expect each student to do his best and turn in his own work. Plagiarism is cheating and it will not be accepted.
I will give you some time to work on out of class assignments. In return, I expect work turned in on time. If you are absent on the day a paper is due, please get it to me either via e-mail, or have some one else turn it in to me. My mail box in R230.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services, room B132 (telephone 425-564-2498 or TTY 425-564-4110), to establish their eligibility for accommodation. Then review those requirements with me during the first week of the quarter.
Come to class ready to work. You only have seven weeks and there is a lot to cover. Turn your cell phone off before you enter the classroom. Let me know before class if there is an emergency situation. In that case, leave your cell phone on vibrate and step outside to answer the call. If you feel that you have to talk, joke around, or be distracted, leave the class and accept an absence for the hour. Feel free to bring water, if you plan to get thirsty during class. Do not bring other food or drinks. They can be distracting. You are here to learn.
Class participation is important to go over vocabulary, redefine and review grammar and mechanics rules, and to further comprehend what you are reading for class. Be respectful when others are talking. We all have different experiences and backgrounds, so we may not agree with everything that is being expressed. Wait, listen, and bravely take your turn.
If you are having a problem with another student or with me, talk to me privately after class, or set an appointment for a more convenient time.
Time spent in the reading lab is important and essential. Your work in the Reading Lab is reflected in your grade.
The Writing Lab
We will be spending at least two hours a week in the writing lab. Use this time wisely. I will be available to help you as you work on your papers.
BCC’s Student Policies
Refer to the Student Procedures and Expectations section online.
I will go over your essays with you and let you know where you are improving, and where you need to work. You will be writing an in class essay at the end of the quarter. I will be working hard for you this quarter to help you improve your essay writing. I am counting on your time and effort. This class is a credit/no credit class. You can pass this class and be eligible for 072, 089, 091, 092, or 093 in the fall.
I am looking forward to working with you.