Office: R 230, Arts & Humanities Division
Telephone: (425) 564-2359
Office Hours: M - F, – .
TEXTS: TEN (10) TOTAL
NOTE: BUY THE EDITIONS AT THE BCC BOOKSTORE, SO THAT WE’RE ALL READING THE SAME PAGES AT THE SAME TIME !
**Drama Textà We will be viewing The Crucible, adapted by Arthur Miller from his play by the same name (starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Allen, Winona Ryder ).
**Optional Textà The Floating World, by Cynthia Kadohata,
a stunningly beautiful, lyrically spare novel in which a Japanese American
family lives an itinerant life on the road in 1950’s
Unfortunately, this wonderful book is now out of print, so that means checking it out of either your local library or the BCC library, where I will try to place this text on reserve.
COURSE METHODS AND GOAL
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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 copy editing: for better grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
4. To master the art and the discipline of interpretive analysis, a skill that can allow us to write a better literary or film analysis, get a better grade or job, graduate with a degree, or cast a more informed vote in an election. And there’s more!
By connecting us more deeply with the subtext of all the “texts” in our lives
( films, television, conversations, dreams, even relationships or life events ), the mastery of interpretive analysis can actually help us to experience a more meaningful, joyful, and vibrant connection with life—perhaps the ultimate goal of true education.
1. TYPED OR WORDPROCESSED/ DOUBLE-SPACED/ ONE-INCH MARGINS.
2. MINIMUM LENGTH REQUIREMENT: 750-1000 WORDS [ABOUT 3-4 WORDPROCESSED OR TYPED PAGES]. YOU CAN WRITE MORE.
3. TITLE PAGE: SEE FORMAT ON PAGE 371, 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.
5. TYPE OR WORDPROCESS + DOUBLE-SPACE ALL DRAFTS!
6. ALWAYS KEEP A COPY OF YOUR ESSAY and DRAFTS.
7. NO FOLDERS, PLEASE.
also count as participation. EFFECTS OF QUIZ PERFORMANCE ON YOUR FINAL GRADE WILL BE EXPLAINED IN CLASS.
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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.
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. SEE ME RE: ATTENDANCE 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
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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).
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. HAND IN WORK DURING CLASS, ONLY ! WORK LEFT FOR ME IN R230 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED !
Always bring work TO CLASS, whether on time or late. Late penalties will apply as shown above.
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. [CONT’D]à
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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.
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, 318-20 + 331-34.
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.
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