FINAL homestretch syllabusTTh 1B Spring 2010

FINAL homestretch syllabusTTh 1B Spring 2010 - English...

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English Composition 1B Spring 2010 Instructor: Dr. Julie Sparks Class meets: TTh Office: FO 106 Phone: 924-5087 Email: julie.sparks@hotmail.com Office Hours : TBA Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/julie.sparks/ 1 English 1B Course Guidelines 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. Required Texts: Global Issues, Local Arguments: Readings for Writing 2 nd Edition by June Johnson Course Format: Lecture, discussion, in-class writing, small-group work. 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 (argumentative essays will state their thesis clearly and will show an awareness, implied or stated, of some opposing point of view). An appropriate voice that demonstrates an awareness of audience and purpose. Careful attention to review and revision. Effective and correct use of supporting materials, including independent research (e.g., quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, and citing sources); Effective analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis of ideas encountered in multiple readings. Effective organization and development of ideas at paragraph and essay levels. Appropriate and effective sentence structure and diction. Command of conventional mechanics (e.g., punctuation, spelling, reference, agreement).
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Course Content Writing: Writing: Assignments shall emphasize those skills and activities in writing and thinking that produce 1) the persuasive argument, and 2) the critical essay, each of which demands analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. Writing assignments shall give students repeated practice in prewriting, organizing, writing, revising, and editing. Six to eight essays, appropriately sequenced throughout the semester and totaling a minimum of 7200 words, are required; at least one of these essays shall be informed by research. This minimum requirement excludes the final examination, journal writing, quizzes, and any
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