Instructor: Megan Hansen
Office location: R 230-I
Office Hours: T/Th/F 10:30-12:30, and M/W 2:30-3:30
Keep in mind throughout the quarter that we write to learn, to reflect, and to convey our thoughts to others, and each time we write, we write ourselves into existence.
· Use all stages of the writing process effectively
· Identify the needs of their audience
· Produce a substantive topic
· Create a unified, coherent, and well-developed piece of writing which consistently follows appropriate conventions of Standard English
· Use a variety of purposes for essay construction, such as analysis, exposition, and/or persuasion.
· Demonstrate ability to recognize some strengths and weaknesses in their own writing, based on specified criteria.
Course outcomes will be met by focusing on reading strategies, the writing process, and critical thinking skills. We will also be focusing on building vocabulary, grammar skills, and sentence composing strategies. Students will be expected to actively participate in group discussions and peer review. The final portfolio should demonstrate the student’s mastering of all course outcomes.
Class Participation, Journals, and Homework: You will be expected to keep a journal that responds to readings and class discussions. I will check these every Friday for credit/no credit. Any in class assignments, homework assignments, group work, peer review, and group discussion will be included in determining your final grade. Your vocab presentation will also be included in your participation grade. Active participation is essential to succeeding in this class. I will also be grading on preparedness for each class meeting.
Essays: You will be assigned five essays this quarter. Each essay will focus on the topic we are reading and discussing for that unit. I will provide written assignments for further clarification.
Reading Responses: You will be writing short responses (2-3 paragraphs) to assigned readings from the text. Responses will focuses on summarizing strategies and your reaction to the assigned readings.
Grammar/Vocab Quizzes: Every other Friday we will take a combined grammar/vocab quiz. I will drop your lowest quiz grade at the end of the quarter.
Portfolio: At the end of the quarter, you will hand in a portfolio of your work, showing how you have grown as a writer as well as your finest work. You will have the choice of revising one of your five essays, and will write a final evaluation of your progress as a writer. In order to fulfill this assignment, you need to keep all of your essays, responses, and classwork.
Attendance: The BC’s Art’s and Humanities Division’s policy regarding attendance stipulates that any student missing more than 20% of class time for a course may receive an “F’” as a final grade. Therefore, any student missing more than 10 classes will receive an “F”. I expect you to arrive on time to class each day and stay the entire class. If you arrive after I have taken attendance you will be counted as absent for the day. Please let me know ahead of time if you are unable to attend a full class.
Late work: Daily assignments, exercises, quizzes, presentations and classroom activities cannot be made up. I do not accept work via email, slipped under my office door, in the hallway, etc. Late essays are marked down a grade each class day that they are late. I will not accept late portfolios.
The link to the College Grading Policy is located on page 10 of the Course Catalog and also on the web at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/policies/3/3000_grading.asp.
Real Writing with Readings 5th Edition by Susan Anker
A paperback dictionary
Materials: You will need a spiral notebook, a three ring binder, and writing utensils. Please bring these with you to class every day. You are also expected to bring the text of the assigned reading the day of discussion.
This class is student centered, meaning I will not stand in front of the class lecturing for a long period of time. Instead, the class centers on building knowledge by discussing ideas, raising questions and working through something you may not understand with the help of your peers. At all times you are expected to remain respectful, supportive, and mindful of your classmates.
I expect all cell phones and laptops to be off the entire class time. Use of cell phones, laptops and other electronic equipment that is distracting is considered disruptive to the class, so you will be asked to leave if I see you using any of these devices.
I am always happy to meet with you in my office if you have questions or need further help with an assignment. Feel free to drop by during office hours, or schedule an appointment with me if you need to meet during an alternate time. You may also email me with questions, but keep in mind that I do not respond to email on weekdays after 8 p.m. and during the weekends.
I highly recommend utilizing the writing lab (D204) to meet with tutors for further support with writing essays. Tutors can assist you in planning your draft, revising, and learning how to find and correct grammar mistakes. You can either drop in for tutoring, or call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination.
We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect. http://bellevuecollege.edu/about/goals/inclusion.asp
You can read the Arts and Humanities Division’s policies regarding attendance, plagiarism and cheating here: http://bellevuecollege.edu/artshum/policy.html
Information about Bellevue College's copyright guidelines can be found at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/lmc/links/copyright.html
A good resource for Plagiarism is the Writing Lab: http://bellevuecollege.edu/writinglab/Plagiarism.html
“Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates. The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Vice President of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue College. Specific student rights, responsibilities and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct, available in the office of the Vice President of Student Services.” The Student Code, Policy 2050, in its entirety is located at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/policies/2/2050_Student_Code.asp
We will be using TurnItIn software for all final papers to further avoid plagiarism.
All students registered for classes at Bellevue College are entitled to a network and e-mail account. Your student network account can be used to access your student e-mail, log in to computers in labs and classrooms, connect to the BC wireless network and log in to MyBC. To create your account, go to: https://bellevuecollege.edu/sam
BC offers a wide variety of computer and learning labs to enhance learning and student success. Find current campus locations for all student labs by visiting the Computing Services website.
The Disability Resource Center serves students with a wide array of learning challenges and disabilities. If you are a student who has a disability or learning challenge for which you have documentation or have seen someone for treatment and if you feel you may need accommodations in order to be successful in college, please contact us as soon as possible.
If you are a person who requires assistance in case of an emergency situation, such as a fire, earthquake, etc, please meet with your individual instructors to develop a safety plan within the first week of the quarter.
The DRC office is located in B 132 or you can call our reception desk at 425.564.2498. Deaf students can reach us by video phone at 425-440-2025 or by TTY at 425-564-4110. Please visit our website for application information into our program and other helpful links at www.bellevuecollege.edu/drc
The Bellevue College (BC) Public Safety Department’s well trained and courteous non-commissioned staff provides personal safety, security, crime prevention, preliminary investigations, and other services to the campus community, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Their phone number is 425.564.2400. The Public Safety website is your one-stop resource for campus emergency preparedness information, campus closure announcements and critical information in the event of an emergency. Public Safety is located in K100 and on the web at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/publicsafety/
Our final exam is scheduled for Monday, December 5th at 9:30 a.m.
The Bellevue College Academic Calendar is separated into two calendars. They provide information about holidays, closures and important enrollment dates such as the finals schedule.
· College Calendar - http://bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/calendar/holidays/0910.asp. This calendar gives you the year at a glance and includes college holidays, scheduled closures, quarter end and start dates, and final exam dates.