English 092: Developmental English
Section d, 11:30-12:20 daily
Instructor: Donna Miguel
Email: email@example.com (read Prentice 82-83 for email netiquette)
Office: R230-T Phone: (425) 564-2553
Materials online: MyBCC – http://mybcc.net/
§ Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings, 7th ed, by Jean Wyrick
§ Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage, 7th ed, by Muriel Harris
§ Access to MyBCC & printer
§ Dictionary/Thesaurus – optional, but strongly recommended
§ Floppy or USB flash drive (anything to save your work)
§ Folder to keep your work and handouts
§ Mini stapler - optional but strongly recommended
COURSE DESCRIPTION, OBJECTIVES and outcomes
In English 92, you will work on the issues involved in college composition. We will focus on the writing process, which includes how to organize ideas, write rough and final drafts, rely on peer critique (revision), argue effectively, and learn the importance of audience awareness. Along with reading/writing assignments (prewriting, freewrites, essays) there will be grammar exercises and quizzes to ensure that your written English /communication skills are effective and passable for English 101.
By the end of the quarter, you should be able to…
§ Write essays which demonstrate the ability to:
ü Use all stages of the writing process effectively (essays, PW, rd/pc)
ü Identify the needs of the audience (all)
ü Produce a substantive topic (essays, responses)
ü Create a unified, coherent, and well-developed piece of writing which consistently follows appropriate conventions of Standard English (all)
§ Learn rhetorical modes (essays)
§ Use a variety of purposes for essay construction, such as analysis, narration, exposition, and/or persuasion (all)
§ Demonstrate ability to recognize some strengths and weaknesses in your own writing, based on specified criteria (peer critique, revision/edit)
I am not your babysitter, so please act maturely and respectfully. I expect:
If you know you will miss a session, please let me know in advance via email or phone (these absences must be emergency or illness related). Punctuality is also mandatory; 2 tardies = 1 absence, so be on time, and don’t sneak out of class early. At the beginning of class, I pass around a sign in sheet that serves as roll call. If you don’t sign it, then you are considered absent.
MYBCC: If I am unable to come to class for any reason (illness, weather, conferences, off campus) I will post directions under “Announcements” on MyBCC.
I will ask you to leave class if: (no credit, counts as an absence)
Students contribute to making a class effective as the instructor. Do your work, read, and participate in class discussions. Need more assistance?
All homework assignments (unless otherwise
noted) need to be typed, double-spaced, and have 1” margins. Use 11- 12 size
fonts in Roman, Courier,
Class and Section
! Essays (E) 1 – 3: to practice your efficiency in the writing process, sentence/paragraph/essay skills, and critical thinking skills, you will be writing three types, or “modes” of communication essays: Comparison/Contrast, Narration and Argumentation (final paper). You will be completing pre-writing exercises in class, rough drafts, critiqued drafts, and final drafts. These papers need to be about 1-2 pages (~500 words +), typed, and double-spaced.
§ You have the opportunity to revise one out of the first two essays for a possible improved grade. You must turn in the graded essay along with the revised one, due one week after I have returned your essay.
§ If you have received an “R”, that means that your essay did not sufficiently or effectively follow the assignment, and you have to revise (no grade assigned). This also counts as one of your revisions.
! Debate: to prepare you for a position essay (Essay 3), you will participate in a classroom debate, over a societal issue of my choice. You will learn essential skills needed in writing a persuasion essay: critical thinking, elements of the argument, persuasion, countering opposition, questioning credibility of research and/or sources, identifying bias, distinguishing fact from opinion. You will also learn other skills such as public speaking and teamwork.
Quiz #1: subject/verbs, coordination & subordination
Quiz #3: Possessive apostrophes & homonyms
Quiz #2: Fragments, Run-ons & Comma Splices
Quiz #4: Comprehensive OR makeup quiz
! Grammar Lesson: end the quarter in an informal, instructional presentation designed to improve, and show off, your knowledge of grammar and language use. Choosing your group members/partner, make the lesson about 15-20 minutes long, provide a handout for students, and do something that involves specific, brief, direct teaching at the board, followed by a Q&A or exercise. You may also come up with a more creative lesson, such as creating a movie, using School House Rock materials, etc. Make sure to do some research besides your grammar handouts and handbook. Look on the Internet, go to the library, and ask me for help if needed. You will be signing up with your partner(s) towards mid to the end of the quarter.
A: 100-95% A-: 94-90% B+: 89-87% B: 86-85% B-: 84-80% C+: 79-77% C: 76-75% C-: 74-70% D: 69-60% F: 59
F: 59 or fewer
* Essays 310 total (including Prewriting, essay assignments, and
* Grammar Quizzes – 80 pts total (4 @ 20)
* Grammar Lesson – 30 pts
* Debate – 15 pts
* Participation – 50 pts total
§ Although I do not accept late work, if for some circumstances
you turn in your essay after the due date, I will deduct 5 points for
each day late. I will not accept late essays after one week.
TO: English 92 students
CC: Thomas Nielsen, Arts and Humanities Division Chair
FROM: Donna Miguel, Instructor
DATE: April 1st, 2009
The syllabus for English 92 clearly states the policies for the Spring 2009 quarter. The student will receive a deduction of points from the participation grade if he/she fails to turn in any assignments on the date they are due (unless there have been prior arrangements made with the teacher), which will adversely affect the student’s total points for the course.
Also, if the student becomes disruptive or violent to the other students and teacher, then the student will be warned, and possibly be kicked out for the day or the entire quarter.
Finally, if the student uses someone else’s words or ideas without giving credit to the source (plagiarism), then he/she will receive a “0” for the assignment or an “F” for the course, as stated on the syllabus. Please note the other policies on the syllabus that the student must abide by.
This memo serves as a contract/course agreement. ________________________________’s signature ensures that he/she has read, acknowledges, and understood the terms of this contract.
Finally, it is understood by the instructor that the student’s life is his/her own and will not blame the instructor for failure to meet course requirements.
Signature ________________________________ Date _______________________