Ms. Donna J. Meek
Office and Mailbox: R 230, Arts & Humanities Division
Telephone: (425) 564-2359
Office Hours: M – F ,
TEXTS: Primis, The Accommodating Reader, McGraw-Hill, Inc.
A Writer’s Reference, 4th Edition, Diana Hacker
A good portable college dictionary (Webster’s, Random House, American Heritage). Bring it to class daily.
OTHER: SMALL STAPLER (LOADED).
COURSE METHODS AND GOALS
1. Using the natural writing process:
2. Working on your essays together, in groups and pairs.
3. Sharing journal assignments in class. Note: often, work will be read aloud.
1. To write honest, powerful, vivid, and alive essays--not empty, dull, alienated baloney that makes even you yawn.
2. To write unified, coherent, and developed essays that explain your thoughts and feelings in clear, concrete, metaphorical, and/ or logical terms.
3. To improve the accuracy of your editing: for better grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
REQUIRED ESSAY FORMAT
1. TYPED OR WORDPROCESSED/ DOUBLE-SPACED/ ONE-INCH MARGINS.
2. MINIMUM LENGTH REQUIREMENT: 500 - 750 WORDS [ABOUT 2-3 WORDPROCESSED OR TYPED PAGES]. YOU CAN WRITE MORE.
3. TITLE PAGE: SEE FORMAT ON PAGE 351, HACKER.
4. NOTE: AN ESSAY CANNOT BE GRADED UNLESS THE DRAFT(S) THAT I HAVE MARKED ARE TURNED IN WITH
THE FINAL ESSAY--STAPLED SECURELY TO THE TOP OF IT--> (continued)
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5. TYPE OR WORDPROCESS ALL DRAFTS!
6. ALWAYS KEEP A COPY OF YOUR ESSAY and DRAFTS.
7. PAPER: INEXPENSIVE BUT STURDY BOND IS FINE. DO NOT USE PAPER THAT WILL SMEAR OR TOO EASILY TEAR.
8. NO FOLDERS, PLEASE.
REQUIRED JOURNAL FORMAT
1. All journal entries should be a minimum of 250-500 words, in 1-2 typed or wordprocessed, double-spaced pages. You can write more.
2. Journal assignments are given in the syllabus, week by week.
3. Some journals will be read aloud in class--not necessarily by the author--for credit.
4. JOURNAL HEADING: CLASS TIME, YOUR NAME, JOURNAL NUMBER,
& DUE DATE.
· Please allow up to a week for work to be returned to you.
· At times, I can get assignments back to you in a few days;
· At other times in the quarter, I will need either several days or even the full week.
1. Attendance, Participation (See Course Policies), and Journals 30%
2. Essays 70%
3. In-class writing and quizzes also count as participation.
4. No Make-ups.
5. All essays and a passing number of journals must be turned in for
completion of this course.
Log on @ http:// www.bcc.ctc.edu/ ArtsHum/ to read a complete copy of this important
document: the Arts & Humanities Division Policy. (Click on Student Information.) It spells out in clear, plain English (a) how the division supports each instructor’s course policies and (b) what constitutes mature classroom behavior in college. You are responsible for knowing the material in this policy statement.
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1) 0-4 Absences (1-hour class) or 0-3 Absences (2- or 3-hour class)
= NO EFFECT ON GRADE.
2) 5-7 Absences (1-hour class) or -4 Absences (2- or 3-hour class)
= FINAL GRADE MAY BE LOWERED 1/2 LETTER GRADE-->
3) 8-9 Absences (1-hour class) or -5 Absences (2- or 3-hour class)
= FINAL GRADE MAY BE LOWERED (1) LETTER GRADE.
4) 10+ Absences (1-hour class) or -6+ Absences (2- or 3-hour class)
= NO CREDIT (“F”) FOR COURSE.
5) If you come in too late or leave too early, you may not receive credit for attending class; an absence will be recorded.
STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITIES IN ATTENDANCE
Come to class regularly. I
understand that our notoriously bad
2. If you miss the taking of attendance, then it is your responsibility--and yours alone--to ensure that your attendance is recorded,
by doing this:
3. SIGN THE ATTENDANCE ROSTER AT THE END OF CLASS.
4. PLEASE DO NOT ...
--> Interrupt class to sign the roster
--> Pester me about attendance the next day or the next week:
It will be too late by then--I won’t remember who was where!
5. As a professional courtesy, if you do have to leave a few minutes early--or if you wish to bring a guest or a child to class that day--always tell me about it before class begins.
Good = You come to class, and you come prepared; you work productively in your group; you complete reading and writing assignments conscientiously and punctually; and you pay attention when either another student or the instructor is speaking.
Fair = Sometimes you do the above--but neither as often nor as enthusiastically as you should.
Poor = Your attitude, behavior, and performance “suck” (to put it bluntly).
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Effects: If your final grade is a borderline grade (e.g., A-/B+), then...
1) Good participation could raise your grade.
2) Fair participation could not.
3) Poor participation could lower your grade.
1. LATE ESSAYS & JOURNALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS YOU TALK TO ME, FIRST. NO EXCEPTIONS! IF WE HAVE TALKED, THEN THE TABLE BELOW WILL BE APPLIED:
One day late = Grade will be lowered one letter grade
Two days late = Grade will be lowered two letter grades
Three days late = Grade will be lowered three letter grades
After three days = Work will not be accepted: zero = grade
Weekends, etc. = Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays
count as days missed
***** LATE DRAFTS: ESSAY GRADE MAY BE LOWERED IF
ROUGH DRAFT IS MORE THAN TWO (2) DAYS LATE!
(This includes weekends & holidays.)
2. WORK LEFT IN MY MAILBOX [R230] WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS YOU-->
--Ask one of the secretaries in R230 to MARK ON THE FRONT OF YOUR PAPER the following:
--HER/HIS INITIALS + THE TIME + THE DATE.
--ONLY work labeled with the above information will be accepted!
3. Remember, on the front of the syllabus is a phone number with a voice mail system that operates 24 hours a day. If you are struck down by either illness or emergency, please use it! It is your responsibility, as a college student, to keep your instructors informed of any difficulties that may affect your academic progress.
1. You are responsible for knowing what goes on in any classes that you miss-- including any changes in assignments, due dates, etc.
2. If you do miss a class, please do not ask me ‘what you missed’ --until
you have done the following, first:
(a) ASK 1-2 STUDENTS FOR THAT DAY’S CLASS NOTES.
Then, after studying the notes and finishing the readings, you should feel free to ask any questions you may still have. I will be happy, at that point, to answer them.
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1. Plagiarism is the use of another person’s WORDS OR IDEAS--even if summarized or paraphrased, rather than copied word for word-- without proper documentation.
2. SEE DIANA HACKER, A WRITER’S REFERENCE, 83-5 + 76-8.
3. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense:
--> Plagiarized work will automatically receive a ZERO.
--> The college may take further disciplinary action against you.
4. PLEASE SEE ME IF YOU ARE EVER UNSURE OF PLAGIARIZING: I WILL HELP YOU. (MY ROLE IS TO HELP YOU TO AVOID PLAGIARISM--NOT TO “CATCH” YOU AT IT.)
5. “If you can’t do the time--don’t do the crime.” (Street Folk Wisdom)
“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 make an appointment with Julie Freeman, Program Coordinator, BCC Disability Support Services, as soon as possible. Call (425) 564-2699.
If you would like to inquire about becoming a DSS student, you may call (425) 564-2498 or go in person to the DSS (Disability Support Services) program office in C210, the student union building. Thank you! “
** If you have a health problem or a learning disability--or special circumstances of any kind--please speak to your instructor immediately.
** If you have a health problem or a learning disability--or special
circumstances of any kind--please speak to me immediately. Thank you.
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