ENGLISH 3 Critical Reading and Writing (80182)3 units – Transferrable to CSU and UCSpring 2016Melanie SanwoT Th 12-1:15 pmCCC AC2-184[email protected]Office: AC1-284 Phone: 325.5272 Office Hours: MWF 12-12:50, TTh 9-9:50, and by appointmentPrerequisite(requires a C grade or better): English 1A or 1AH.Key Concept of English 3This course is concerned with developing your intellect by learning to practice skills that enable you to start to takecharge of the ideas that run your life; it is to think consciously, deliberately and skillfully in ways that transform yourself. Whenever you are doing a task in or for the class, ask yourself: Would an independent observer watching me closely conclude that I am engaged in taking charge of my mind, of my ideas, of my thinking, or would such a person conclude that I am merely going through the motions of doing an assignment, trying to succeed by rote memorization or regurgitation? The class will focus on practice, not on lecture. It will emphasize your figuring out things using your own mind. In order to think well, you will be required to learn and use key concepts. On a typical class day, you will practice disciplined thinking as you discuss the readings. Catalog Description:A course designed to develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills beyond thelevel achieved in English 1A/1AH. The course will focus on the development of logical reasoning and analytical and argumentative writing skills based primarily on works of non-fiction in a variety of media. Students will write a minimum of 6,000 words during the course of the semester.Required Texts:Think about Itby Mauk, Stayer, and Mauk; Wadsworth 2013 ISBN 978-1285072524Additional online readings posted on Canvas.Required MaterialsRecommended MaterialsReliable internet accessDictionaryReliable printer/print cardThesaurusFolder and USB to save your work or online storage for backup such as Google DriveNotebook/college-ruled paperPen or pencil and eraserGrading2 Argumentative Essays (@1800-2000 words each) 3 Projects (present each in different formats)3 Exams (verbal exam of 25 key concepts; logical fallacies exam; midterm exam essay)1 Researched Argumentative Essay (@2500-3000 words) with annotated bibliography (7 sources minimum)5 Critical Thinking ExercisesFinal Exam Essay (@1500 words)90-100%=A; 80=89%=B; 70-79%=C; 60-69%=D; 0-59%=FFinal grades are rounded to the nearest whole number, e.g. 89.4 = 89%, and 89.5% = 90%English 3 is part of the GE transfer package to CSU and UC. To transfer, you must earn at least a “C”
Major Assignments2 Argumentative Essays Choose 2 Argumentative Assignments from the following 6 choices. Each essay must meet the minimum 1500 word count and follow MLA format; essays that do not meet length or formatting requirements will receive a letter grade lower.