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Updated_Syllabus_English_1B - San Jos State University...

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San José State University Summer 2009 Humanities/English & Comparative Literature English 1B: Composition II, Section 4 Course Description: English 1B is the second course in SJSU’s two-semester lower-division composition sequence. Beyond providing repeated practice in planning and executing essays, and broadening and deepening students’ understanding of the genres, audiences, and purposes of college writing, English 1B differs from English 1A in its emphasis on persuasive and critical writing (with less attention paid to the personal essay), its requirement for fewer but longer essays, and its introduction to writing informed by research. Students will develop sophistication in writing analytical, argumentative, and critical essays; a mature writing style appropriate to university discourse; reading abilities that will provide an adequate foundation for upper-division work; proficiency in basic library research skills and in writing papers informed by research; and mastery of the mechanics of writing. Prerequisites: Passage of Written Communication 1A or approved equivalent course and passage of the English Proficiency Test (EPT), unless exempt. Texts (Available in the Spartan Bookstore) A Writer's Resource , by Kathleen Blake Yancey (McGraw-Hill) Pop Perspectives: Readings to Critique Contemporary Culture , by Laura Gray-Rosendale (McGraw-Hill) A Dictionary Yellow Books Objectives: Building on the college-level proficiencies required in English 1A, students shall achieve the ability to write complete essays that demonstrate advanced proficiency in all of the following: Clear and effective communication of meaning. An identifiable focus, tailored to a particular audience and purpose (argumentative essays will state their thesis clearly and show an awareness, implied or stated, of some opposing point of view). The ability to perform effectively the essential steps of the writing process (prewriting, organizing, composing, revising, and editing). Instructor: Dr. Mark Dowdy Email: [email protected] Office Location: Faculty Offices 218 Telephone: (408)924-4433. Office hours: TTh 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m Class Days/Times – TTh 6:00 -8:15 p.m. (or by appointment) Classroom: Clark Bldg 308 GE/SJSU Studies Category: GE Area A2
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The ability to explain, analyze, develop, and criticize ideas effectively. Effective use within their own essays of supporting material drawn from reading or other sources. Effective organization within the paragraph and the essay. Accuracy, variety, and clarity of sentences. Appropriate diction. Control of conventional mechanics (e.g., punctuation, spelling, reference, agreement). GE/SJSU Studies Learning Objectives (LO) LO1. Students shall be able to refine the competencies established in Written Communication 1A (see above).
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