English 1A, Fall 20171Course Syllabus English 1A: English CompositionFall 2017, Section #71716 T/TH 10:55AM – 12:20 PM Location: Main Building GC - 219Self-Actualization/Identity and Compassion Instructor: Donnelle McGeeOffice: E1- 301BOffice Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 8:15AM-9AM; Wednesday 10AM-12PM, and by appointment Email: [email protected]Mailbox: GC-114 Office phone: (408) 855-5042Course DescriptionWelcome to English 1A. I am excited that you have joined me on this journey. In English 1A you will have the opportunity to develop your ability to read and to write complex, college-level prose. During the semester, we will read and discuss literary works which cover a wide range of topics, both contemporary and historical, that effect us all. Class assignments will include daily reading, at-home essays, and in-class discussion, writing, and peer workshops. Attendance and active participation are expected throughout the semester. Please be aware that there is a good deal of reading and writing in this class; you will need to set aside considerable time to complete the assignments for each class meeting. Required Texts •Axelrod, Rise B. and Charles R. Cooper, The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing(11thedition) •Quick, Matthew, Love May Fail•Walker, Rebecca, Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self Prerequisite The perquisite for English 1A is English 908 or a qualifying placement score. Student Learning OutcomesUpon completion of English 1A, students will be able to: 1. Write a college-level essay, including an argument and research essay, of at least 1,000 words that is focused, tailored to a particular audience and purpose, developed with relevant, well-organized support, and expressed in correct and varied sentences. 2. Document sources according to current MLA guidelines. 3. Analyze culturally diverse, college-level writing, including a full-length fiction or nonfiction text appropriate for college-level reading.
English 1A, Fall 20172Assignments and Grading Assignment PointsAutobiographical Assignment 20 Formal Compositions (3) 150Reader Responses (10) 100 Midterm 50 Research Paper 50 Presentation 30 Final Exam 50 Quizzes, Drafts, Participation 50 TOTAL500 Grade Scale •A 90% - 100% •B 80% - 89% •C 70% - 79% •D 60% - 69% •F < 60% English 1A must be taken for a letter grade. AttendanceAttendance and participation are essential to success in this class. Students are expected to attend all class meetings and to actively participate in class discussions and activities. If you miss more than three classes, your participation grade will suffer severely. If you have more than five absences from the class, you will be dropped. Please be aware, I do not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences: if you are not in class, I assume you have a good reason for not being there. If you have an ongoing or long-term issue that prevents you from being in class, please notify me as soon as possible so we can make appropriate arrangements. Do not simply disappear, or you may be dropped from the class.