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Unformatted text preview: English 1B: Composition II Spring 2008 Instructor: Section 11: Section 23: Section 27: Section 47: Office Hours: Jackie Coughlan MW 9:00AM-10:15AM, DMH 208 MW 10:30AM-11:45AM, SH 444 TTh 10:30AM-11:45AM, SH 410 TTh 1:30PM-2:45PM, SH 313 M 2:00PM-4:00PM Th 3:00PM-5:00PM and by appointment Office: FO 116 Office Phone: (408) 924-4579 Email: *papers will not be accepted via email Course Description: This is the second course in SJSU's two-semester, lower division composition sequence, and fulfills the written communication requirement of the university's core GE. English 1B will continue and build upon the writing and critical thinking skills you learned in English 1A, but will focus more on argumentative, analytical, and critical writing. In addition, you will learn to use research appropriately to support your reasoning. Required Texts and Materials: Ramage, John et al. Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings 4th Edition, ISBN #0-321-41289-3 Stanley, Thomas J. The Millionaire Next Door, ISBN #0-671-01520-6 Fulwiler, Toby and Hayakawa, Alan R. Pocket Reference for Writers 3rd Edition, ISBN# 0-13-614237-0 A college level dictionary 4-8 large bluebooks for in-class essays 2 yellow examination booklets for the final exam Assignments: Readings: English 1B is a reading intensive course. Please complete all assigned readings before the beginning of class on the date the reading is listed. Class discussions, quizzes, and essay prompts will relate to these reading assignments. Essays: There are six required essays: three in-class (including an ungraded diagnostic), two out-of-class, and a final research paper. Please Note: You must complete all six essays in order to pass the course! Bring pens, bluebooks, and a dictionary for in-class essays. These cannot be made up unless you contact me in advance, so please take note of the dates. Out-of-class essays must be typed, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. They must also be in accordance with MLA citation guidelines. See handbook section on MLA style for further details. Out-of-class essays will have minimum page requirements that will be listed on the prompt sheets. Essays are due at the beginning of class, in class, on their due dates. The research essay and its components are worth 30% of your class grade. From the time you receive the assignment to the final essay due date, you will have approximately two months to research and write. The assignments prior to the final draft comprise almost 20% of your final research paper grade, so if you neglect to turn them in, your grade will be lowered significantly. Late papers must be turned in to my mailbox in the English Department Office (FO 102) and should be time stamped by the office secretary. For each calendar day that your paper is late, it will be graded down by one full letter grade. Papers will not be accepted after one week. You must contact me before the due date if you will be unable to attend an in-class essay day or if extenuating circumstances prevent you from turning in your out-of-class essay. Workshops: Workshops are an important component of the writing process. They give you the opportunity to get valuable feedback from your peers. Bring 3 copies of your essay, in rough draft, to each workshop as listed on the schedule. You must turn in all workshop materials with the final copy of your essay. If you miss a workshop, your essay will be graded down one full letter grade. Participation and Other Work: Daily in-class work, quizzes, and other in-class assignments cannot be made up and will contribute to your participation grade. Important! Department Final: The department final exam for all English 1B students will be held on a Saturday in May from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (date and location to be announced later in the semester). This exam is mandatory. When I announce the date, make any necessary arrangements as soon as possible. Grading Breakdown: Out-of-class essays (2) In-class essays (2) Research Paper and its components Class Participation and Other Work Final Exam 25% 15% 30% 10% 20% Please note that this information may be subject to change. Grading Policy: In English Department Courses, instructors will comment on and grade the quality of student writing as well as the quality of the ideas being conveyed. All student writing should be distinguished by correct grammar and punctuation, appropriate diction and syntax, and well-organized paragraphs. The Department of English reaffirms its commitment to the differential grading scale as defined in the official SJSU Catalog ("The Grading System"). Grades issued must represent a full range of student performance: A=excellent; B= above average; C= average; D = below average; F= failure. Courses graded according to the A, B, C, No Credit system shall follow the same pattern, except that NC, for No Credit, shall replace D or F. In A, B, C, No Credit courses, NC shall substitute for W (withdrawal) because neither NC nor W affects students' grade point averages. Note: English 1A is an A, B, C, No Credit course, but individual essays will be graded on the A-F scale. A final grade of C- is not a passing grade in this course. Any student with a final grade falling below a C will not receive credit. The "A" essay will be well organized and well developed, demonstrating a clear understanding and fulfillment of the assignment. It will show the student's ability to use language effectively and to construct sentences distinguished by syntactic complexity and variety. Such essays will be essentially free of grammatical, mechanical, and usage errors. The "B" essay will demonstrate competence in the same categories as the "A" essay. The chief difference is that the "B" essay will show some describably slight weakness in one of those categories. It may slight one of the assigned tasks, show less facility of expression, or contain some minor grammatical, mechanical, or usage flaws. The "C" essay will complete all tasks set by the assignment, but show weaknesses in fundamentals, usually development, with barely enough specific information to illustrate the experience or support generalizations. The sentence construction may be less mature, and the use of language less effective and correct than the "B" essay. The "D" essay will neglect one of the assigned tasks and be noticeably superficial in its treatment of the assignmentthat is, too simplistic or too short. The essay may reveal some problems in development, with insufficient specific information to illustrate the experience or support generalizations. It will contain grammatical, mechanical, and/or usage errors that are serious and/or frequent enough to interfere substantially with the writer's ability to communicate. The "F" essay will demonstrate a striking underdevelopment of ideas and insufficient or unfocused organization. It will contain serious grammatical, mechanical, and usage errors that render some sentences incomprehensible. Reminder: Please remember to turn off cell phones and pagers before class. Campus Policy on Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities register with DRC to establish a record of their disability. The DRC website is SJSU Academic Integrity Policy: Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University, and the University's Academic Integrity Policy require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty are required to report all infractions to the office of Judicial Affairs. The policy on academic integrity can be found at The SJSU rules against plagiarism are set forth in the SJSU Catalog, which defines plagiarism as the act of representing the work of another as one's own (without giving appropriate credit) regardless of how that work was obtained, and submitting it to fulfill academic requirements. Plagiarism at SJSU includes, but is not limited to: (1) the act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substance of another's work, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as one's own work. It is the role and obligation of each student to know the rules that preserve academic integrity and abide by them at all times. This includes learning and following the particular rules associated with specific classes, exams, and/or course assignments. Ignorance of these rules is not a defense to the charge of violating the Academic Integrity Policy. English 1B Learning Objectives (G.E. Area C3): Learning Objective 1: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to refine the competencies established in Written Communication 1A (as summarized below). IA Student Learning:: Students should be able to perform effectively the essential steps in the writing process (prewriting, organizing, composing, revising, and editing). Students should be able to express (explain, analyze, develop, and criticize) ideas effectively. Students should be able to use correct grammar (syntax, mechanics, and citation of sources) at a college level of sophistication. Students should be able to write for different audiences (both specialized and general) Learning Objective 2: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to use (locate, analyze, and evaluate) supporting materials, including independent library research, and identify key concepts and terms that describe the information needed. Learning Objective 3: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to synthesize ideas encountered in multiple readings. Jan 24 29 31 Th T Th T Th First Day of Class Introductions In-Class Diagnostic Essay (200-300 words) Bring large blue books, dictionary Assign short writing: How would you vote and why? (LO1) Writing Arguments Ch 1 (1-18) Activity: Small Group Committees Introduce MLA Style Writing Arguments Ch 2 first half (19-34) (LO2) Feb 5 7 Finish Writing Arguments Ch 2 (34-44) (LO1,3) Out-of-class Essay #1 Assigned Argument Paper Get an SJSU library card by next week Writing Arguments Ch 3 first half (45-55) (LO3) MLA Style: How to cite a source Finish Writing Arguments Ch 3 (55-63) (LO3) MLA Style Quiz Show SJSU library cards in class for participation credit (LO1,2,3) Assign Research Paper Writing Arguments Ch 4 (65-77) (LO1) 12 14 T Th 19 21 26 28 Mar 4 T Th T Th T Workshop Out-of-class Essay #1 Writing Arguments Ch 5 (78-93) (LO1,3) Out-of-class Essay #1 Due (1750-2000 words) Writing Arguments Ch 6 (94-111) (LO3) Research Paper Topic Assigned (LO1, 2, 3) Out-of-class Essay (LO2) Library Field Trip #2 Assigned Group Assignment 6 11 13 18 20 ` 25 27 Th T Th T Th (LO1) In-class Essay #1 (300-400 words) Bring large blue books, dictionary Writing Arguments Ch 7 (112-120) (LO2) Infopower tutorial assigned (tentative) (LO1,3) (LO2) Workshop Out-of-class Essay #2 Tentative Library Session Tentative Thesis Statement Due for Research Paper Intro to The Millionaire Next Door, Ch 1: (1-26) (LO1,2,3) Out-of-class Paper #2 Due (1750-2000 words) Movie Day Spring Break Spring Break T Th Apr 1 3 8 10 T Th T Th Group Activity Writing Arguments Ch 8 (121-135) The Millionaire Next Door Ch 2-3 (27-109) Writing Arguments Ch 9 (137-162) The Millionaire Next Door (109-175) Writing Arguments Ch 10 (163-177) The Millionaire Next Door (175-227) Presentations Assigned Writing Arguments Ch 11 (178-197) (LO2) Annotated Bibliography Assigned The Millionaire Next Door Quiz In-Class Essay #2: Practice Final (300-400 words) Bring large blue books, dictionary (LO1, 3) 15 T 17 22 24 29 May 1 Th T Th T Th Writing Arguments Ch 12 (198-216) Presentations Writing Arguments Ch 13 (217-227) Presentations Writing Arguments Ch 14 (228-249) Presentations Writing Arguments Ch 15 (250-274) (LO2) Annotated Bibliography Due Practice Summarizing Writing Arguments Review Practice Personal Examples (LO1) 6 8 *10 13 T Th S T Review and Prepare for Final Final Exam (LO1,2,3) Last Day of Class Research Paper Due (3500 words) ...
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