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L-Course English Syllabus English 4L, 5L, and Eng 1PA L Fall 2010 Dr. Lash Keith Vance Email: lashv@ucr.edu Office: HMNSS 1103C Office Hours: Wed 10-12 &Apt Before you proceed with this syllabus, please have: 1) Twenty minutes of uninterrupted free time. 2) An open or printed version of the syllabus 3) Access to the Internet PRESS PLAY NOW ON THE VOICE RECORDING FOUND IN THE SYLLABUS FOLDER ON BLACKBOARD. THIS RECORDING WILL FURTHER EXPLAIN THE PARAMETERS OF THE COURSE. (If you cannot play it on your computer, please use a UCR computer). General Description The online English L courses are designed to supplement, not replicate, the work of the lecture classroom. In this way, students enrolled in English laboratory courses must complete a variety of online quizzes and textbook exercises. You must earn a passing grade of 73% for your overall performance on a variety of quizzes and assignments in order to receive Satisfactory credit for the course. 1 In the past, there has been some confusion about Basic Writing 3, English 4, English 5, or English 1PA, their connection to the English Laboratory (or L) courses, and the role of traditional freshmen composition (English 1A, 1B, 1C), so the following is a short explanation as to how the program functions. The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) It all starts with the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE), the test that you took to place you in an English course at UCR after you were admitted to the UC System. Most students take the test in late May after being accepted to the UC System while a few of you may have taken a make-up during the summer. What happens to these tests? They are graded (twice) by instructors from all over the University of California system. Based on two independent scores (much like the SAT Writing section), you either pass or fail this writing requirement. Passing Tests: Students who pass AWPE test automatically enroll in English 1A and must complete the freshmen composition series (English 1A, 1B, 1C) in order to graduate from UCR. Non-Passing Tests: Students who do not pass the test (upwards of 55-65% of test-takers depending on the year) are thought to need additional practice in English composition and language and are placed in one of four courses based upon the writing level determined by a committee of UCR instructors who reread the AWPE tests here at UCR. This is the process that was used to place in Basic Writing 3, English 4, English 5, and English 1PA students. Once students are admitted to UCR, they do not take another AWPE test. Instead, passing English 4, English 5, or English 1PA with a satisfactory grade of C or better satisfies the UC System English Language Writing Requirement (ELWR). Basic Writing 3 students who receive a Satisfactory or S grade in their course must then enroll in English 4 where they have up to three quarters to satisfy the ELWR. English 4 and 5 students repeat their particular course until receiving a C or better. Because English 1PA is a pilot program, they will either repeat 1PA or be enrolled in English 5 if they do not pass. Receiving a C grade in English 4 or 5 satisfies the ELWR, so students may then enroll in English 1A. Students have three quarters to pass English 4 or 5 and thereby satisfy the ELWR; thus, if you are enrolled in English 4 Fall quarter and do not pass the course with a C or better, then you must 2 retake English 4 Winter quarter. Students have three quarters to satisfy the ELWR; otherwise, your enrollment status in the university will lapse. Organization for the Online Laboratory Course The online English L courses are designed to supplement the lecture course and the material you cover in the course. The course itself is organized with five learning units of two weeks each. For each unit, you will need to prepare and complete the posted materials for those specific two weeks. The materials--grammar and reading comprehension quizzes assigned for a specific twoweek period--will only be available online at that time. After the DUE DATE has passed, you will not be able to complete them. Knowing what you need to do in your English L course is easy; each unit follows the exact same sequence of assignments reflected in the syllabus. In each unit, there are two main parts: A) grammar and B) reading comprehension. Grading System Number of Quizzes or Exercises 25 30 20 pgs + survey Percentage of Course 50% 25% 25% Component Reading Comprehension Quizzes Online Grammar Quizzes Book Work and Class Survey This is an entirely online course and there are NO CLASS MEETINGS. To receive credit for the course, you must receive a total average of 73% for the work required, which includes grammar quizzes, reading comprehension quizzes, and the satisfactory completion of book exercises and a survey. This means that you can afford to get a bad grade on a few assignments as long as you perform well on the others. Note that the number of quizzes and book work assignments is approximate, for there may be a few more quizzes or book assignments depending on the need. 3 Books to Purchase All reading comprehension and grammar quizzes are based on the following two books that you need to purchase in order to complete the course. These texts have significant reading comprehension and grammar components that a committee of experienced instructors at UCR has determined to be essential for composition and language development. NOTE: YOU CANNOT COMPLETE THE COURSE WITHOUT THESE TEXTS, FOR ALL THE ONLINE QUIZZES ARE BASED ON MATERIAL IN THEM. YOU WILL ALSO BE TURNING IN WORKSHEET MATERIAL FROM THESE BOOKS LATER IN THE QUARTER. The texts have been packaged together and can be purchased at the University Book Exchange, which is located near the UCR Lothian Dormitories. There is ONE textbook package for Basic Writing 3L, English 4L, English 5L, and English 1PA L (different sections of the books will be used based on the course). Members of the University Writing Program have opted to order books from the UBE because of significant savings to students. MAP and DIRECTIONS to the University Book Exchange (UBE): 229 W. Big Springs Rd Riverside, CA 92507 Behind lot 13 near the Lothian dormitories. The store number is 951 682 3634. 4 Lothian Science Library 5 Books: 1) Papadomichelaki & Vance. Compass: Paths to Effective Reading, 2nd Edition, REVISED. The Write Press, Inc: MI, 2008. 2) Papadomichelaki & Vance. Compass: A Guidebook to English Grammar, 2nd Edition, REVISED. The Write Press, Inc: MI, 2008. If you are required to retake your English course (including the L-Course) in Winter or Spring quarters, YOU WILL NOT NEED TO PURCHASE NEW BOOKS FOR THE ENGLISH L-COURSE. THE SAME BOOKS CAN BE USED FOR FALL, WINTER, and SPRING QUARTERS. Understanding the Assignments You will need to consult the schedule at the end of this document for the specific requirements for each unit; however, in general, each two-week unit in the course will progress in the following manner based on grammar and reading: Following the syllabus for grammar work: Read and understand the appropriate sections of the book (material) assigned. Complete practice exercises in the grammar book appendix offline; these pages will be turned in at the end of the quarter. The answers for these exercises will be posted online for you to check. Complete online grammar quizzes after you are certain of your understanding of the grammar concept. Check your answers and review the automatic feedback that appears after you have completed your online quiz. 6 Following the syllabus for reading comprehension: Read and understand the assigned short essay. Consider the practice questions following the short essay and prepare for the reading comprehension tests online. Complete the reading comprehension worksheet provided after each reading selection. Complete online reading comprehension test. Check your answers and review the automatic feedback that appears after you have completed your online quiz. Where to Find the Online Tests Go to the Assignments folder on your English L-Course Blackboard site and click on the link. Click on the appropriate Weeks folder according to what week of the quarter we are in. There will be only one unit folder available at any one time. The assignments have been conveniently broken up into five units of two weeks each. 7 Select one of the three folders and click on it. Inside, you will find the folderappropriate reading comprehension quizzes, grammar quizzes, or answer key for the grammar book exercises. Please consult the syllabus for the specific items you are to complete BEFORE YOU START ANY QUIZ. Complete all Blackboard quizzes posted in the folder. Taking Quizzes and Avoiding Technical Problems Taking a quiz is easy. You simply click on the link with the name of the quiz (dont do this right now!). This sets the quiz in motion. However, please keep the following in mind: Once you start a quiz, you have ONE HOUR to complete it. You cannot Save the quiz and return to it later. You MUST complete it at that time. Do not resize your browser window, close it, disconnect from the Internet, or basically do anything else on your computer while taking a quiz. Doing so will cause an error in the connection to the server, and you will have to redo the entire quiz. Using a Wireless connection may cause an error, so it is generally best to use a cabled system (Ethernet connection) To go from one question to the next, just click on the arrow at the bottom of the quiz question after you have selected your answer. At no time should you ever hit the Save button. Blackboard will ask you to confirm that you wish to progress from one question to the next. 8 Once you get to the last question of the quiz (each quiz has typically 10-15 questions), click on the Submit button at the bottom of the screen. This submits the quiz for automatic grading. UNLESS YOU CLICK ON THE SUBMIT BUTTON, YOUR QUIZ WILL NOT BE REGISTERED ON THE SYSTEM AND YOU WILL RECEIVE NO GRADE FOR IT. 9 Do not wait to the last day to take your quizzes. If too many students do, an overload may occur with the UCR computer system, and you may also miss the deadline for the quiz, experience significant delays and technical problems. Making up Quizzes That Were Interrupted: i.e. Locks Sometimes, despite your best effort, some kind of technical problem occurs, and your connection to the UCR server (and the quiz) is interrupted. When this happens, just log in to the quiz again and continue. LOG BACK INTO YOUR BLACKBOARD ACCOUNT AND SIMPLY CLICK ON THE QUIZ YOU WERE DOING! Blackboard has been setup so that you can log back in immediately if a technical problem occurs. 10 Because of the vagaries of technology, might you experience a technical problem 5% of the time when taking the online quizzes. Most students haveat mostone such interruption in the quarter, so if it happens, do NOT worry or panic. If there is a continued problem, just contact the system administrator at lashv@ucr.edu ***After 11:00AM on Friday of the day quizzes are due (at the end of every two-week unit, Friday at 5:00 PM), the system administrator may not be able to help you if a technical problem occurs. Please be sure to complete your quizzes early. 11 Mastering the Online Quizzes The online quizzes are not designed to be tricky or difficult; they are designed, however, to test you on the material you have read. Be sure that you have suitably studied the material BEFORE beginning the online quizzes. Quiz models have been assigned as part of the first unit to further prepare you for success in taking the online quizzes. After completing the quiz, you will receive immediate feedback that includes your score as well as an analytical version of what questions you correctly and incorrectly answered. Each question is followed by an explanation as to why a particular answer is correct. Read these explanations. Viewing Your Grade Book Check your Blackboard grade book to ensure you completed all relevant assignments. If you have already taken a particular test, Blackboard will not allow you to retake it. 12 Turning in the Reading Material and Grammar Book Work Exercises As you know, in each two-week unit you are required to complete a few reading comprehension short answer exercises and a number of grammar exercises to prepare you for your online quizzes. What do you do with these exercises? You keep all of your completed book exercises; do not throw them away, for you will be turning them in later in the quarter. Please note: 1) you must handwrite all of your answers on the tear-out workbook sheets provided in your textbooks, Compass: Paths to Effective Reading, Second EditionRevised and Compass: A Guidebook to English Grammar, Second EditionRevised. 2) typed versions of the grammar exercises will not be accepted. 3) photocopies of page sheets from Compass cannot be accepted because of UCR code violations and international copyright laws. 4) book exercises are collected once or twice per quarter (depending on the quarter). Please see the analytical part of the syllabus or any online announcements to see when specific work is due. 5) A Book Work Turn-In Template will be posted to help you understand where and when to turn in your worksheets (most probably at the end of the quarter). Grammar worksheets must be filled in completely; however, many students ask How Much Do I Need to Write about the short readings. The following two pages show an example of acceptable work. 13 14 15 Emailing or Contacting the System Administrator The best way to contact the system administrator is by email (lashv@ucr.edu); however, Dr. Vance typically receives 50-70 emails per day, so utilizing the following email template will expedite a response. Please follow this template. To: lashv@ucr.edu From: *****@student.ucr.edu Dear Dr. Vance, Subject: Name: Student ID: Course Enrolled In: Date: Problem or Issue: Request: Sincerely, If you still have difficulty or you would like anything explained further, please come to my office hours as posted at the beginning of this document. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 16 WEEKS 1-3: Unit One Parts of Speech Review: Students review the main parts of speech and their functions within sentences. Students learn to identify both the form and function of each part of speech. ONLINE QUIZZES AVAILABLE Fri, 9/24 at 10:00 AM ONLINE QUIZZES DUE DATE Fri, 10/15 by 5:00 PM Grammar: Compass: A Guidebook to English Grammar, 2nd Edition, Revised 1. Study and Review: 2. Complete Compass: A Guidebook appendix exercises: Pgs 1-66 Pg 174: Identifying Nouns Pg 176: Identifying Noun Case Pgs 179-180: Identifying Noun Types Pg 183: Counting Non-Count Nouns (Units of Measurement) Pg 185: Identifying Pronoun Case Pg 189: Identifying Adjective Types 3. Check your Compass: A Guidebook exercise answers against the posted answer key online: 4. Complete online grammar quizzes: Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Reading Comprehension: Compass: Paths to Effective Reading, 2nd Edition, Revised Read and Review: Introduction XXVII-LXXIII 1. Nature Through the Looking Glass (Optional Training; No Grade Assigned) 27. Should Everyone Go to College? 28. Traveling as Education 29. Lets Blame the Teachers 30. The Class System in Schools Pgs 169-170; 175-176; 181-182; 187-188 Complete book work short answer exercises on pgs Complete online reading comprehension quizzes for the assigned Compass: Paths essays Posted on Blackboard under Assignments 17 WEEKS 3-4: Unit Two Sentence Structures: Students learn of the main parts to phrases, clauses, and sentences. ONLINE QUIZZES AVAILABLE Fri, 10/8 at 5:00 PM ONLINE QUIZZES DUE DATE Fri, 10/22 by 5:00 PM Grammar: Compass: A Guidebook to English Grammar, 2nd Edition, Revised 1. Study and Review: 2. Complete Compass: A Guidebook appendix exercises: pgs 97-134 Pg 187: Identifying Relative Pronouns Pg 191: Identifying Verbs Pg 195-196: Identifying the Function of Participles and Infinitives Pg 201: Identifying Conjunction Types Pg 216: Identifying Phrase Types Pg 217: Phrases versus Clauses Pg 218: Identifying Clause Characteristics 3. Check your Compass: A Guidebook exercise answers against the posted answer key online: 4. Complete online grammar quizzes: Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Reading Comprehension: Compass: Paths to Effective Reading, 2nd Edition, Revised Read and Review: 21. Citizenship and Friendship Revisited 32. The Canon and the Curriculum 33. Social Education Breakdown 68. Respect Versus Courtesy 69. Friends for Life, Not Likely! 70. Hookin UP Pgs 131-132; 199-200; 205-206; 427-428; 433-434; 439-440 Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Complete book work short answer exercises on pgs Complete online reading comprehension quizzes for the assigned Compass: Paths essays 18 WEEKS 5-6: Unit Three Sentence Errors: Students utilize their knowledge of phrase, clause, and sentence boundaries to detect and fix errors. ONLINE QUIZZES AVAILABLE Fri, 10/22 at 5:00 PM ONLINE QUIZZES DUE DATE Fri, 11/5 by 5:00 PM Grammar: Compass: A Guidebook to English Grammar, 2nd Edition, Revised 1. Study and Review: 2. Complete Compass: A Guidebook appendix exercises: pgs 97-134 (review) Pg 195-196: Identifying the Function of Participles and Infinitives Pg 219: Identifying Clauses / Dependent/Independent Pg 220: Identifying Clauses Pg 221: Separating and Identifying Clauses Pg 222: Identifying Sentence Types Pg 223: Identifying Clauses / Adverb/Adjective/Noun Pg 224: Creating Sentences b y Combining Clauses Pg 225: Creating Sentences by Combining Clauses 3. Check your Compass: A Guidebook exercise answers against the posted answer key online: 4. Complete online grammar quizzes: Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Reading Comprehension: Compass: Paths to Effective Reading, 2nd Edition, Revised Read and Review: 35. Are Families Naturally Close? 36. Keeping Close to Home Revisited 37. The Importance of Being Married 38. The Loss of Childhood 51. Toys Are Us Pgs 219-220; 225-226; 231-232; 237-238; 319-320 Complete book work short answer exercises on pgs Complete online reading comprehension quizzes for the assigned Compass: Paths essays Posted on Blackboard under Assignments 19 WEEKS 7-8: Unit Four Sentence Errors (cont) and Punctuation: Students learn to identify and correct errors in modification, parallel structure, fragments, comma splices, subject/verb agreement, pronoun/antecedent agreement. ONLINE QUIZZES AVAILABLE Fri, 11/5 at 5:00 PM ONLINE QUIZZES DUE DATE Fri, 11/19 by 5:00 PM Grammar: Compass: A Guidebook to English Grammar, 2nd Edition, Revised 1. Study and Review: 2. Complete Compass: A Guidebook appendix exercises: pgs 151-172 Pgs 238-239: Identifying & Correcting Fragments Pgs 240-241: Identifying & Correcting Run-On & Comma-Splice Errors Pgs 242-243: Identifying & Correcting Mixed Constructions Pgs 244-245: Identifying & Correcting Misplaced Modifiers Pgs 246-247: Identifying & Correcting Dangling Modifiers Pg 248: Identifying & Correcting Sentence Errors 3. Check your Compass: A Guidebook exercise answers against the posted answer key online: 4. Complete online grammar quizzes: Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Reading Comprehension: Compass: Paths to Effective Reading, 2nd Edition, Revised Read and Review: 16. TV Watching 43. Whose Space is MySpace? 53. More Graphic Violence, Please 63. The Fear Effect 64. In Defense of Video Games Pgs 99-100; 269-270; 331-332; 395-396; 401-402 Complete book work short answer exercises on pgs Complete online reading comprehension quizzes for the assigned Compass: Paths essays Posted on Blackboard under Assignments 20 WEEKS 9-10: Unit Five Verb Tenses: Students recognize the elements of forming proper tenses as well as the main types of verbs. ONLINE QUIZZES AVAILABLE Fri, 11/19 at 5:00 PM ONLINE QUIZZES DUE DATE Fri, 12/3 by 5:00 PM Grammar: Compass: A Guidebook to English Grammar, 2nd Edition, Revised 1. Study and Review: 2. Complete Compass: A Guidebook appendix exercises: 3. Check your Compass: A Guidebook exercise answers against the posted answer key online: 4. Complete online grammar quizzes: Pgs 67-96 Pg 211: Identifying All Verb Tenses Pg 212: Forming Irregular Verbs Correctly Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Posted on Blackboard under Assignments Reading Comprehension: Compass: Paths to Effective Reading, 2nd Edition, Revised Read and Review: 10. The McMore Factor 11. The Simpler Life 54. The Happy Meter 56. Shedding Light on Culture 58. The Pursuit of Happyness Complete book work short answer exercises on pgs Complete online reading comprehension quizzes for the assigned Compass: Paths essays Pgs 63-64; 69-70; 337-338; 351-352; 363-364 Posted on Blackboard under Assignments 21 ****BOOK WORKSHEETS WILL BE TURNED IN AT THIS TIME. A TEMPLATE, .MP3, AND DIRECTIONS WILL BE POSTED TO BLACKBOARD AROUND WEEK 9 OR SO. 22 ... View Full Document

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