E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Office Location: D 207 I
Phone: 425 564-4038††††††††††††††
Textbook and Materials:
A Sense of Wonder by Bill Preston
The Writerís Options by Max Morenberg and Jeff Sommers
A paperback English-English dictionary
A binder with 8-1/2x11-inch paper (for in-class writing)
plastic envelope (for dra
Course Description: This course is designed to improve your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills so that you can be successful in college-level classes. You will practice using the skills of brainstorming, organizing, composing, revising and editing in all of your written assignments. You may work alone, in groups, or in pairs depending on the activity. All of your written work will be related to something that you read. You will have four readings a week. In groups, you will discuss the readings in your textbook and other articles. Then you will respond in writing. Short responses will be written in class and longer responses will be written at home. The readings in your textbook are varied, so you will have an opportunity to read poetry, short stories, essays, and plays. You will also spend one hour a week in the reading lab working on your reading skills. You will have lots of practice exercises to help you with sentence construction and grammar.
Course Outcomes: By the end of the quarter, you will be able toÖ
∑ Answer literal and inferential questions about a reading.
∑ Identify main ideas and details of a reading.
∑ Use context clues to determine the meaning of vocabulary.
∑ Distinguish facts from opinions.
∑ Identify the pattern of development of a reading.
∑ Use all stages of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing, writing, revising, and editing.
∑ Write paragraphs that have a clear topic sentence and are developed with appropriate and specific details.
∑ Summarize readings accurately in your own words
Attendance: You are expected to attend all classes and arrive on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early, you will be counted as absent for that class. If you are absent more than 10 times, you will not pass the class. You canít learn if you are not there. I understand, however, that sometimes absences are unavoidable. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. You can call or e-mail me, or you can call a classmate. I suggest that you get at least two phone numbers from your classmates in case you canít reach me.
†Evaluation: This course is Pass/Fail. Your work will receive comments, but not grades. You will pass if your work is satisfactory and turned in on time. (No late work will be accepted. If you miss a due date because of illness, you are expected to have it with you when you return to class.) This is an opportunity to focus on learning and not on grades. At the end of the quarter, you will be given a writing test that will determine if you are ready for 092/093. Please note that it is possible to pass the class and not be recommended for 092/093. If necessary, you may repeat 073 to gain the skills required for 092/093.
English 080: The
You must also sign up for 1-2 credits in the Reading Lab and complete a minimum of 22 hours outside of class. Time spent in the Reading Lab during class does not count toward the 22 hours, so please set aside time each week to visit the lab on your own.
Disabilities: If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please inform me as soon as possible and make an appointment with the Director of Disability Support Services by calling 425-564-2498 or going in person to the DSS office in B132.
∑ Check BCC Student Procedures and Expectations at www.bcc.ctc.edu/ArtsHum/studentinfo.asp
∑ Writing done at home must be word processed. If you donít have a computer at home, you can use one of the labs: N250 or the Writing Lab when itís available.
∑ Do your own work. Donít let someone write your paper for you. Everyone has their own ďvoiceĒ when they write just as they do when they speak. I will know if itís not your work. Copying someone elseís words or ideas is called plagiarism and is considered dishonest. I will discuss how to avoid this problem in class, and you can go to the Writing Labís website for more information.
∑ Do all of your homework so that you are prepared for class. Many of the activities in class will require working with others. If you are not prepared, you will not be able to participate.
∑ Manage your time wisely so that you have enough time to do quality work thatís on time! Donít spread yourself too thin.
∑ Please turn off all beepers, cell phones, and headphones.
∑ Please donít bring food into the classroom.
∑ Please tell me if you are having trouble understanding what we are doing in class. Communication is very important. If you tell me early, I can help you. Please feel free to drop in during my office hours: M-F . If you canít come during this time, I can make a special appointment to talk with you.
∑ Come to class with the expectation that you can and will learn!!!! A good attitude is essential to success.
Schedule of Assignments:
†Writing assignments are in A Sense of Wonder.
Reading Assignments are in The Writerís Options
Date††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Focus†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Unit/Lesson
Jan. 5-9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: The Writing Process††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††1
Jan. 12-16††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Paragraph Development††††††††††††††††††††††† ††handouts
Jan.20-23†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Paragraph Development†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 13
(no class 1/19)†††††††††††††††††††††
Jan.26-30††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Coordination and Subordination†††††††† †††††8
Feb. 2-6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Coherence††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 10
Feb. 9-13††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Sentence Variety†††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††2
Feb. 17-20††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Rewriting Using Details†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 14††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
(no class 2/16)††††††††††††††††††††††
Feb. 23-27††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Summary Writing †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††handout
March 1-5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Essay Writing††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††handout††††††††††††††††††††
March 8-12†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Writing: Essay Writing†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† handout
March 15-19†††††††† ††††††††††††††††Conferences/final exam