English_1A_Sec_4

English_1A_Sec_4 - San Jos State University Fall 2009...

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San José State University Fall 2009 English 1A: Composition I, Section 4 Course Description: English 1A is the first course in SJSU’s two-semester lower-division composition sequence; it provides an introduction to baccalaureate-level composition, with attention to the “personal voice” and personal experience, on the one hand, and the more formal attitudes and demands of writing at the university (expository and argumentative essays), on the other. Students will develop college-level reading abilities, rhetorical sophistication, and writing styles that give form and coherence to complex ideas and feelings. Prerequisites: Passage of the English Proficiency Test (EPT), or passage of an approved substitute course for the EPT. Texts (Available in the Spartan Bookstore) The Bedford Handbook (Seventh Edition), by Diana Hacker (Bedford/St. Martin's) The Seagull Reader: Essays , edited by Joseph Kelly (WW Norton) A Dictionary Blue/Yellow Books Objectives: Students shall achieve the ability to write complete essays that demonstrate college- level 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). 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. Instructor: Dr. Mark Dowdy Email: madowdy@gmail.com Office Location: Faculty Offices 218 Telephone: (408)924-4433. Office hours: MW 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., M 3-4 pm. Class Days/Times – MW 7:30 -8:45 a.m. (or by appointment) Classroom: BBC 221 GE/SJSU Studies Category: GE Area A2
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Appropriate diction. Control of conventional mechanics (e.g., punctuation, spelling, reference, agreement). GE/SJSU Studies Learning Outcomes (LO) Learning Objective 1: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to perform effectively the essential steps in the writing process (prewriting, organizing, composing, revising, and editing). Learning Objective 2: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to express (explain, analyze, develop, and criticize) ideas effectively. Learning Objective 3: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to use correct grammar (syntax, mechanics, and citation of sources) at a college level of sophistication. Learning Objective 4:
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