Fall Quarter, 2010 Instructor: Jeffery White
9:30-10:20 M-F Office: R230Q Tel: 564-3084
Room L120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hour: 8:30 - 9:20 M-F
(also available by appointment)
Required Materials: Deep Economy, Bill McKibben
The Little, Brown Handbook, Eleventh Edition
Three-ring, loose-leaf binder (1”-2”)
In English 101, we familiarize ourselves with and build upon basic methods for composing original, interesting and intelligent responses to a particular topic. In an informal workshop atmosphere, we will review certain grammatical conventions while developing a keener understanding of what constitutes an effective sentence, paragraph and essay. We will do this, both in small groups and as a whole class, through various peer response strategies and by becoming careful, critical readers. By quarter's end, you will have a more detailed understanding of how to compose an articulate, intelligent, well-developed discussion of a given topic. However, your skill in executing such a discussion will depend upon the degree to which you apply what you learn in the coming weeks.
As many of you pursue an education to better prepare yourself for a successful professional life, it may help you to think of this class as rehearsal for meeting professional responsibilities. To continue the analogy, you might think of me as your supervisor; I expect you to be engaged and committed to your work, courteous and helpful to those you work with, and regular and prompt in your attendance.
Please understand that this is not a "Warm Body" class -- one of those classes which you attend half conscious, take the occasional note and leave after fifty minutes. As with most courses, we'll be trying to do too much in too little time, so we'll need to divide the workload equally, every student responsible for more than simply his or her own success or failure. You will spend a majority of your class time doing "hands-on" activities and group work, both seeking and giving assistance. If you, for whatever reason, aren't prepared or able to be an active, responsible member of this learning community, then another class may more suit your needs. What follows are our course policies.
As in the professional world, you’ll need to work within deadlines. All assignments are due in class on the specified date. Should you fail to submit a draft of an essay on its due date and still desire my feedback on that draft, you must write and present me with a one-page explanation of why you missed the deadline, outline strategies for preventing it happening again and request an alternate date to submit the work. I will review your request and determine whether to grant an alternate due date or not.
On days when drafts are discussed, either in groups or as a class, those without drafts will be dismissed to complete their work and suffer an absence for that class meeting. On days when papers are due to me, I expect them in class but will accept them in person or in my mailbox until 12:30 PM on the day they are due. I'll accept nothing after that time unless specific arrangements are made with me before the class in which it is due. I'll permit such an arrangement only once.
You are responsible for having a hard copy of your seminar paper in hand at the beginning of the classes on the day it is due. I will not accept emailed seminar papers, nor will I excuse you to go print a copy of a seminar paper due that day. Your seminar paper is due in class and will only be accepted if you are in class to present it.
One indicator of your commitment to your work in this class is your ability to be in class when it is scheduled to begin. Because, quite often, the first five to ten minutes of class are crucial to work that follows, and because groups need your prompt attendance to function properly, let's begin class on time with all members present. You're late if you walk into class more than 5 minutes after its scheduled starting time. Walk into class late 10 times, and you'll receive no credit for the course. I'm certain, however, that out of consideration for your peers, you will do whatever possible to see that we make the most out of our brief, daily meetings.
1. Miss the first week of class: no credit for the course
2. Students who miss fewer than 5 classes receive a bonus on their final participation grade. TEN ABSENCES, NO CREDIT.
3. Those who feel they have exceptional circumstances that prevent prompt, regular attendance should speak to me in person BEFORE those circumstances interfere with your work in this class.
Your final grade will be based on two primary components:
1. Preparedness and class participation:
Seminar Papers: 20% of final grade
Preparedness and Contributions: 10% of final grade
Attendance: 10% of final grade
2. Portfolio of five finished papers that includes all primary and revised drafts of each paper.
Preparedness and Class Participation: Beyond offering thoughtful and well rendered seminar papers, to receive full credit for this component, you must attend class regularly and on time, have with you at all times all writing for this class and text books on days that you made need them, have all completed drafts in hand for peer critique sessions, participate actively and constructively in all peer critique and small group activities, participate regularly in class discussions by offering insightful or thought provoking, relevant comments that advance and develop the discussion (what matters here is the caliber and quality of your comments, not the number of times that you share your views).
Portfolio (60% of final grade): In brief, your portfolio grade is based upon the quality of the final drafts of three self-selected papers, the degree to which they have been revised, a self-evaluation, and the overall appearance and presentation of the portfolio itself. Details about portfolios and the criteria I will use to grade them are in a separate handout.
Note: You should know that the portfolio process allows you to revise your writing as often as you see fit before that work receives a grade. You will receive a mock grade for your third paper, which I will then review with you during a conference designed to give you an idea of your class standing. Circumstances permitting, I am available to review and comment on revised drafts (three drafts per essay), but will not grade the work until it has been included in the portfolio and that portfolio turned in for grading at the end of the quarter. I will review and comment one revised draft at a time from each student. The last day to submit a revision for my comments is November 24.
Cell phones will be turned off during this class. Any interruption due to these devices will disrupt our work and foul the instructor's usually sunny mood. Those who feel they have reason to be exempt from this policy should speak to me in person outside of class.
Should you use another's words or ideas and represent them as your own, you are plagiarizing. Should you get help with your writing to such a degree that it, in any part, is no longer your own; then, too, are you plagiarizing. Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course, and possibly for dismissal from school. Also be advised that Bellevue Community College contracts with a plagiarism detection software company. Should I receive any work that I suspect to be plagiarized, I will submit it for to for investigation. For suggestions on how to avoid these rather dire consequences, see The Little, Brown Handbook.
If you need course modifications / adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, I can refer you to our Disability Resource Center (DRC). If you prefer, you may contact them directly by going to B132 or by calling 425.564.2498 or TTY 425.564.4110. Information is also available on their website at http://bellevuecollege.edu/drc/
A FINAL NOTE: I am here to serve as your guide and then ultimately to evaluate your work. I am interested in helping you do as well as you want in this class. My schedule permitting, I'll assist you in any way I can. If you're having difficulty, speak to me about it, and I'll see what I can do to help. If life interferes in some substantial way with school, let me know. If you show me that you're concerned with doing good work in this class, I'll do what I can to help you around the obstacles. Communication is the key here. Keep me informed of your circumstances, and you should do fine. Talk to me after things fall apart, and there will be little more that I can offer than my sympathy.